Sunday, May 29, 2011

Layout for MWL #2 Challenge

Hello, dear bloggers! Hope your weekend has been great :)

Here's a layout created for the challenge over at Made With Love.  This challenge calls for the following:

"1) Create a 12 X 12 layout.
2) Use Lace, it has to be clearly visible in your layout. Lace can be in fabric, it can be in paper pattern, transparency, lace doilies or lace paper you cut out using punches..."

"2) Use man or boy photos, I've used one but you can use more photos if you like as long as they are guy photos.
3) Journal using lyrics of a song, it can be more than one song.
4) Upload your layout to
#2 Aida's Challenge.
5) Closing date is 30th May, Monday 12pm."

You can hop on over *HERE* for all the details.

Had wanted to do a clean layout this time, going for some white space.  Got inspired by these wonderful layouts from Karen Grunberg's blog which i recently discovered.  Her layouts are mostly about her sons and i am in awe how beautiful she made the "boy" pages.  On my part, in the end, i completed my first ever "flat" layout LOL!

Here it is, titled:  When I See You Smile

Here's another view.  See? No lumps or bumps at all, LOL!  Love all the papers in this May kit from Studio Calico and like very much the paper lace stickers from My Little Yellow Bicyle included in the kit (the blue strips near the journaling).

I love how clean and simple this ended up. Have seen the other entries in this challenge and they're all awesome! With layers and embellies.  And then i see mine, and it looked so...oh, i don't know...does it scream "beginner?" LOL!  But i love that it's different from the rest and that i got to make another style of layout :)

Materials are from Studio Calico's May kit, plus alphas from October Afternoon and Kaisercraft.

Thanks for dropping by!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Layout with Sliders

You might think, "Layout with what?"



Have borrowed a book from the library on interactive scrapbooking and gotten this idea.

Here it is, titled Puddle Jumping:

Here's what i meant by sliders:

The photos (on the photo mats) can be slipped in and out of the pockets made with the larger square papers.

Here are some close-ups:

Have blobbed some glossy accents around the title to make "splatters."  Have also put some on the alphas so they'd look like they're wet from the splatters.

Had fun making, or more like learning how to make, the sliders. 

The sketch is from the February 2011 PageMaps (Thank you!).  All papers and embellishments are from Studio Calico's April kit (brought over by Scrappin Studio), plus some October Afternoon buttons.

Would love to hear from you.

Thanks for dropping by!

Layout from Studio Calico's March Kit (Into The Woods)

Hi there, dear readers!

How's the start of your weekend going? Hope you enjoy it!

The June school holidays are now here! Yaaay! I can wake up later than usual - wheee!  My personal challenge, though, is keeping the kids occupied.  Must sneak them out of the house every now and then so they won't get bored and pickled  LOL!

Anyway... here's a layout i did a while back, and i've just photographed it very recently.  It's from Studio Calico's March kit (brought over to Asia by Scrappin Studio) and it's another one of my kids spending time at the beach.

Title:  Beach Boys

Here're some close-ups:

Have put some stickles on the title alphas to represent the twinkling sand :)  It might not be noticeable on the photos of the boys on the beach but i've also placed some stickles on the waves - again for sparkly waters :)  And stickled the layered flowers also. Hey - it's a stickled layout! :)

Would love to hear your comments.

Thanks for visiting again!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

My Mind's Eye Layout Challenge #23

Hello again!

This one is for My Mind's Eye Layout Challenge 23.  Sketch and details can be found *HERE.*

This LO is about and for my family.  Pictured here are my Mom and my 2 sisters.  Our Dad was in Manila at the time.  I almost "inserted" a pic of him, but decided will just make another LO for him, solo :)  I've used purples and browns in this one, two of my favorite colors, but never as yet used, until now.  Another first for me is making a "floral" or "girly" layout like this one.

Title:  Always There

i just love this brown patterned paper (from MME Quite Contrary Little Miss Muffet line), and it's nice that it's got the same hues as the photo!   Used the Lime Twist purple twine for butterfly paths.  If you notice, i placed the twine on the edge of the brown paper to extend the white dotted lines on it towards the purple and blue papers (both from MME Lime Twist Happy Go Lucky line).  i wanted to give it a feel of continuity between the butterlies and the flowers.  i hope it made that effect :)

Here are some close-ups:

All the rolled flowers are made from MME patterned papers.  Also, do you notice where i've tucked in  my journaling?  :)  The butterfly on the journaling spot is just perfect for the curve on the brown Quite Contrary PP.  What's more, the color just nicely matches the purples in the LO, although i've to sponge the middle of the spot with Distress Ink, just so it wouldn't be too white :)

All patterned papers, embellishments (bling, twine), journaling spot are from the following MME collections:  Lime Twist Happy Go Lucky, Quite Contrary Little Miss Muffet, Lush, So Sophie Living Proof, Bohemia Bella.  Other items used:  Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Tim Holtz Distress Stickles, American Crafts Thickers, Glossy Accents, Beacon's.

Hope you like this one.  i would be thrilled if you could share your feedback.

Thanks so much for visiting!

My Mind's Eye Card Challenge #23

Hello, dear readers!

This is a card for My Mind's Eye Challenge 23.  Sketch and details can be found *HERE.*  i truly love MME!!!  They are a big part of my paper stash :)

Made this in a spur-of-the-moment decision, late in the night, after just having finished the layout for the MME challenge.  See?  i just can't get enough of MME!!!

All patterned papers and die cuts are from the MME Penny Lane Feeling Groovy collection.  The blings are from MME Fine and Dandy True Blue line, and the twine is from MME Lime Twist.  Card base is from Bazzill.

Let me know what you think.

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Mini Album with Basic Grey Papers

Hi again!

Here's a mini album i made with Basic Grey paper pad and assorted embellishments.  The album pages are easy to make (for the method, special thanks to the LiveWithPrima video by Marion Smith), and embellishing them are fun.  However, i had to take into consideration the fact that the user might want to write on the pages (hahaha!) and found that embellishment placements are important as well.

The sentiments/reflections on the pages i copied from the Melody Ross stickers.  The sticker set were suggested by Scraplicious owner as i was browsing in her store.  Am not sure why she suggested it (LOL!) but i find it very timely :)

Here it is:
Material list - All patterned papers: Basic Grey Olivia paper pad.  Other common materials used throughout:  Distress Ink, Stickles, Distress Stickles, Studio Calico Mister Huey, Maya Road Mist, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, ribbons, tulle, trims, baker's twine,  rings.

Cover Page - Sticker: Melody Ross; Flowers: Prima, Maya Road; Chipboard: Maya Road.

 Page 2 - Flower and bling: Maple Treehouse.

Page 3 - Doily flower (handmade from doily, Distress Stickles), flower center: Making Memories.

 Page 4 - Prima Pebble

Page 5 - pearls

Page 6

Page 7 - Flowers and centers: Maple Treehouse, handmade doily flower.

Back page and Tags:  Maya Road flower, Prima stamp, Daisy Bucket stamp, Martha Stewart puncher.

i hope you enjoy viewing the pages :) Do let me know what you think.

Thanks for taking the time to visit!

For Scrappin Studio Weekly Challenge 16May

Hello, dear readers!

Am back again, this time joining in the Weekly Challenge over at Scrappin Studio.  The challenge is to create an 8.5"x11" layout.  It is my first time to make a layout of this dimension and i surprisingly found out, in this instance, that i could easily fill the page! :)  The sketch i used (and rotated and flipped) is from one of the April 2011 PageMaps.

This LO is about my kids spending time with my side of the family at the beach.  Just when everyone is grouped and lined up for a photograph (guess who's the photographer?), the two boys just walk off in different directions!!!  i love that i captured this :)

Here it is, entitled Beach Escape.
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Here are some close-ups:

On the largest photo: you can see that the word "escape" in the title is popped up.  Used stickers here, but putting the foam tape on them had been a bit fiddly for me, so i placed the alphas on acetate and this made it easier for me to pop the word up.

On the top right photo:  i just love the columns of circles here! This is what actually drew me to the sketch :)  The butterflies on the circles are just partially glued, so the wings are a bit lifted up.  Have put some Stickles on their centers, and realized too late that i've put too much LOL! Not really the effect i wanted but it turned out fine and i like it :) And i really like using Studio Calico's Fabrips, although i've to get used to manipulating them hahaha!  Made uneven pleats with them on this layout to give a feeling of ripples in the water. 

On the bottom right:  made a pinwheel for a sun.  It can actually spin! :)  (See the difference in position between this photo and the big one?) Wanted this layout to be a bit interactive, with the pinwheel and the ripple-y Fabrips.

Materials:  All papers and embellishments are from Studio Calico's March kit; alphas from Pink Paislee;  Addy stamp from Studio Calico; flower brad.

Let me know what you think, i really appreciate your feedback.

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Layout from Studio Calico's April kit

Hello again!

Here's another layout i did with the April kit from Studio Calico (brought in by Scrappin Studio).  It's about my eldest; he's 5 years old now.  He's a tiny bit different from other kids, i guess.  Or he's just not what i expected him to be as a regular 5yo in some ways.  But he's a kid, a boy nonetheless.  Together with his younger brother and their shenanigans, there are just days that i exercise my vocal cords waaaaaay too much LOL!

Here it is:

Title:  Amazing

He obligingly (hehe!) posed while doing this. "This" being him just out of the blue/voluntarily/without prompt asked for the Hiragana/Katakana study book (that i've had since 2003, wanting to learn a bit of Japanese since some of the technical instructions in my previous (oh, it seems like eons ago!) work had some Japanese characters in them) and copied one block!!!  And he can remember them too!  i mean, there are times that i can hardly sit him down to do his alphabet writing book.  And you know what i had to bribe him with, just for him to finish his writing homework?  To teach him how to write in SCRIPT!!! Oh,my gulay! ("gulay" means vegetable in Tagalog).  I've learned that with him, sometimes, we are aiming for the same goal.  I wouldn't know it at the time, and i'd get all frustrated.  It's just that we are going in different directions getting there.  His way just stuns me most of the time!  That's why i used the gears in this layout, because of how his mind ticks differently.

Here are some close-ups:

I've die-cut some Studio Calico papers with Tim Holtz Alterations Gadget Gears,  then used some as masks and misted away on the top part of the LO.  Again used an Ali Edwards Technique Tuesday stamp :)

All papers and embellishments are from the kit and the add-on.  Also used Studio Calico Mister Huey in Sunshine and Schoolhouse; Fiskars punch; Tim Holtz Distress Ink.

Would love to know what you think.

Thank you for visiting!


For Scrappin Studio's 01May Sunday Sketch

Hello, bloggers!

It's been awhile since i've last participated, but am joining again in Scrappin Studio's Sunday Sketch for 01May.  Here's my take on the sketch:

Title: So Lucky To Have You

I really like this photo of my 2 boys.  They always keep moving around and i very rarely (less than 5 fingers, count 'em!) have a picture of them both smiling,laughing and facing the camera at the same time. Most of the time the photos i get are just the back of their heads, hair in the air or very blurry shots (either they move uber-fast or my cam is too slow - hah!).  This is why this photo is a gem to me :)

Here are some close-ups:

Do you see the small banner above the houses? I cut it out from the packaging of Crate Paper's very cute buttons!  Also, finally used some stamps (by Ali Edwards, Technique Tuesday) on my layout.  Am favoring the word/sentiment stamps these days :)

All papers and embellishments (except the stamps) are from Studio Calico's April kit and Moses Supposes add-on, plus the add-on patterned papers (i heart papers!). Get yours now at Scrappin Studio. The kits are really great and saves you lots of time in coordinating papers and embellies.

Other items used: Studio Calico Mister Huey Classic Calico, Fiskars punch, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Zig Pen.
Thanks for visiting!

Do let me know what you think, i'd really appreciate it!