Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Destashing and creating more...

Hello everyone!
I am slowly finishing my one year backlog on scrapbook pages and Project Life. And as I look on how much old stash I had accumulated  through the years, I am overwhelmed! Because they are kinda old already, I am afraid to use them now. I have these WRMK metal alphabets for years, waiting to rust and to be dusted off. My glossy accents is still good, not yet dry unlike my Tsukineko stamp pads , distress crackle paints and acrylic paints. I totally forgot them already!

My all-time favorite is sewing, paper sewing in particular. My DMC threads are just sitting in my organizer and now I use them on papers no more on cross stitch fabrics. The colors are still the same after 20 years in my keeping.

My Boy... Luigi's photo was a studio shot from Great Image. He was turning 21 here, I guess! I used here Simple Stories-Awesome line papers, WRMK metal embellishments and alphabets, glossy accents, Tsukineko silver-black brilliance ink, DMC threads and cardstock.

It's been three weeks of summer vacationing. I get to rest and sleep well, and every morning brings me the joy of sitting on my scrap table to create. I got to finish a set of scrap service last week, now I  am slowly completing my Project Life and a few pages for the kids. Later this week, we will be off to create memories, a road trip going to the North of the Philippines. I am just excited to capture them!

Hope to be creating more! TFL as always!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Scrapping Multiple Photos...

Scrapping multiple pictures on double pages are always a big challenge for me. Aside from finding the right colors and theme, we have to create a balance. Balance pertains to all the elements arranged so that the entire layout has a consistent visual weight. I read once in a beginner's book on scrapbooking, balance can be seen in the Rule of Thirds and the "Z" Movement. It is a common technique of artists and photographers, where the rule divides the page into thirds  both horizontally and vertically. Creating a “z” movement on the other hand, is achieved by arranging elements so that they form a “z”. This guides the eye naturally through the page from left to right, then  down, creating an appealing flow. This helped me a lot in making multiple picture-layouts and even working on big sizes pictures.

Coke Museum... I used here American Crafts white cardstocks, Heidi Swapp chipboard clock face, Thickers' foam letters, velum letter stickers, DCWV papers, My Mind's Eye papers, washi tapes, assorted brads, wooden button and native twine.

Today was a Very Good Day... I used here DCWV cardstocker, Echo Park cardstock embies, washi tapes and buttons.

I am just enjoying everyday doing what I love most... CREATING! I missed this last year, I was not able to do anything last summer because I was writing my thesis then. I recall! Yesterday morning, I peeped on my Project Life pages. I realized I was a year behind and I had to go back to picture hunting for printing again. I want to sew owl pillows and cross stitch a Christmas frame to add to my Santa Claus collection. I want to do afternoon walks and naps, swimming and tons of home cleaning.  I wish to do them all in two months -- not to forget family bonding, time-out with friends and my annual travel. God be with me please.

Okay, so let's start with scrapping instead. Let's Go!


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

My HAPPY Place...

Hello dear Crafters, welcome to my happy place! Summer officially started on my phase, I am finally off from work and done with my studies. And so for this year, I decided to spend more time in my scraproom and with my boys. This morning, I added another table in the room and moved around again to give much needed space to create.

I had to add another table for my cutting area. I also had a space for my daily duties and work updates. I need to spread them out most of the time to keep me updated and force to work always.

I am glad I have enough room to move around my tables and cabinets. I had to use the wall to organize some of my embellishments and chipboards. My paper racks are almost empty, I have not shop for papers lately.

I had my mobile caddy for my frequently used tools like punchers, diecuts, scissors and pens. My wooden cabinet served as my stock area where I store my paper stacks, ribbons, washi tapes, glues, paints, stamp pads and diecuts. 

Now my happy place is all CLEAN! I am inspired to work and ready to mess it again... Happy creating peeps!


Saturday, April 4, 2015

Addicted to Mason Jars

I planned to give away little thank you gifts for my graduation party guests but unfortunately, I run out of time to make mason jar desserts. So instead, I stuffed them with assorted cookies and biscuits, got lemon and cheese filled biscuits, red velvet crinkles and Mom's homemade chocolate chips and sugar-nutella sandwiches. Look! 

I got the mason jars from a local retail store in Calamba, please don't ask me where because I bought them all already (hahaha!). I used cardstocks, October Afternoon scraps, SM's printed masking tapes, Inque Boutique rubber stamps and some native twine for my tags

Thank God, summer is here and I am off from work! I have to do some serious scrapping now because backlogs are really piling tall. Happy CREATING everyone!


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Getting Crafty with Note Cards!

Teaching duties will be done in less than two weeks, holy week is almost here and summer has just arrived... and so, I'm slowly getting back to my crafty mood! I have TONS of backlogs on my scrapping service, my kid's pages and last year's project life. I don't even know where to start.

I had several trips to Shoemart lately and found these cut masking tapes. I believe all SM malls carries these stash and there are so nice to play with. They are not exactly the same as washi tapes, but it's perfect for note cards. Here's what I did...

I made these for some friends and students as a little thank you for a wonderful semester. Hopefully, I have two months to work on my backlogs and just spend all my summer days in my craft room. I used here Tiger marking tapes, cardstocks, prima flowers, blings, paper twine and Technique Tuesday stamps.

I have two months away from school work and teaching... I can't wait to be CREATIVE again!
TFL as always!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Thank you 2014... Hello 2015!

In a few hours from now, we will welcome 2015!
But first, I want to thank 2014... although it was not a favorable year for me (that's according to Feng Shui), I still have a lot of things and blessings to be thankful for. Looking back for now...

2014 was a good year for my little Lorenzo... he turned 10 in March and had a bit of a celebration with our family and his close friends. He got another silver medal for being an Academic Achiever in Grade 3. Although we did not have much summer fun this year, we had a little family getaway with the Virtucios'. Sad that we went out right after the burial of Uncle Eddie Virtucio who died in May, we also celebrated Uncle Omy's homecoming. And finally, the next generation of the Virtucios' were complete... Luigi, Mianne, Lorenzo, Wimpy, Ivan, DK, Pia and Georgina.

Mid of this year were full of celebration! My brother Louie came home to celebrate our Mom's 75th birthday. Typhoon Glenda swept us to MOA for some eat all you can feast at YakiMix and a pre-Christmas shopping for the kids. Mommy turned 75 in July 23 and partied at David's Tea House in Calamba City. Thank God for her good health and for being the prayer warrior of the family.

I had the journey of my life this year! I had another trip to Bangkok, Thailand in July with friends Mai and Jake. Took this breather in between my thesis writing and defenses for my MBA degree. I finished my final and colloquium defenses in October with very minor revisions. Then to my surprise, I had an impromptu graduation pictorial right after my final defense. I am so excited for my graduation in March 2015.

My eldest baby boy Luigi turned 21 in September. I am so proud of him... although he haven't graduated yet, its totally OK! He was left with 30+ units in college, slowly maturing from a teenager to a young SINGLE man. Yup, single and detached from his ex-GF of years. He gave me a Starbucks' mug for Christmas, so thoughtful! My two boys are growing up and my other boy is getting old, hahha! But please, no signs of being a granny this time.

I turned 46 this year! Being a mom, a teacher and a student were all very fulfilling. I had peace with my HRM and TM students, and I am now teaching POM and Entrepreneurship aside from Economics. Lorenzo had his first communion in December, he was so cute on his black bow. This year, Letran Calamba celebrated its 35th year and I was one of the 25 year-Jubilarian in college. Well, I was really happy to be home.

Scrapbooking took the back seat again for this year. But now that I am almost finished with my masters degree and pretty much adjusted to a full-time work, I can feel that creating will be back very soon. I have done 34 12x12 layouts, 8 framed calendars, 6 picture frames and 4 stick-ons holders this year. I almost forgot, I blogged 8 times this year as well, tsk I am not so creative this year! I need a lot of time to catch up with my 2014 project life.

Well, in spite everything, I still have a LOT to be thankful for! I want to thank the good Lord for the every mornings of 2014 and the many more mornings that will be coming; the blessings of rationality, humility and patience for my major journeys this year; the strength of the body and faith to face all challenges of life; for the love for my family and my boys, and friendships. Thanking you Lord won't be enough, I know.

Greetings from my little family to yours...
Thank you 2014! Hello 2015!

TFL and see you next year!

Sunday, December 14, 2014


It's great to be creating once again! 

I've been both busy with work and a little on scrapping. As usual, I am still doing my personalized Christmas presents and for this year, I still made a lot of framed calendars and now scrapped picture frames. I made use of my paper scraps, some Thailand paper flowers, chipboards, cardstocks, ribbons and native twine.  

Its 10 days before Christmas and everyone is busy shopping and wrapping presents. I'm done decorating our little home and 90% done with Christmas shopping. I wish to finish my lessons and prelim grades before the year ends, and of course, the final hard bound copies of my thesis. Other than these, I am on Christmas vacation mode already... can't wait!

Thanks for looking as always!