Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Card #2 for OLW84

Hello, dear readers!  It's another card today for One-Layer Wednesday 84.  I think the card turned out like a little child did it haha!  See the smeared stamped edges on the bike? :)  I actually wanted to play with the gingham border and the bike image.  Must do some more practice though.

Supply list:  Cardstock - AC; stamps - Paper Smooches, Fancy Pants, Papertrey Ink; inks - VersaCraft, Ranger TH Distress Ink, Papertrey Ink.

Thank you for your visit!


Monday, March 26, 2012

Card for One-Layer Wednesday 84

Hello, blog friends!

Today is for a card for One-Layer Wednesday 84:  Pinks and Orange.

This is actually my second attempt. I wasn't sure about my first because i used Berry Sorbet for my pink shade.  It turned out to look more like red :)  So i switched to Raspberry Fizz for my pink.  I ended up making a card set of six, though.  Am enjoying these chevron images so much!  I had been eyeing the PTI chevrons but they went out of stock, and only came back in when i've gotten the chevrons from Lawn Fawn.  Sometimes, patience is not one of my virtues :)

Supply list:  Cardstock - AC; stamps - Lawn Fawn, Papertrey Ink; inks - Papertrey Ink, Versafine.

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, March 25, 2012

Papertrey March Blog Hop Challenge

Hi, everyone!  Hope your week is going well.

Today am posting for my first ever Papertrey Ink Blog Hop for March - Yaaaay!  i always miss out on doing something for the monthly hops, but this month i was fortunate to have enough time to do something.

Here's the Challenge, from Nichole Heady's page:
"We are excited to get back to our inspiration challenges for the blog hop each month. For the month of March we wanted to focus on sunshine and the upcoming spring season. What better way to do so than with a fresh color scheme of aqua & yellow. Use the inspiration piece as a jumping point for your color scheme, pattern combinations, overall design or whatever else inspires your creativity. We look forward to seeing your creations!"

Here's a scrapbook page i made:

Title:  Mr. Handsome

The photo is one of my most favorites of my eldest. Everytime i see it i always tell myself to have it framed. And everytime i see it, it never fails to melt my heart :)

My inspiration stemmed from two items: (1) the colors in the photo (aqua, yellow, white/cream) and (2) the arrangement of the items in three rows.

Three strips of vintage cream paper were die-cut with Framed Out #1, leaving negative "windows" or squares.  I've filled these with stamped die-cuts or just stamped inside the window with the inspiration colors.  The sentiment and image stamps came from several different sets (e.g. "proud of YOU" came from Tiny Tags I ("proud of") and  Simply You ("YOU")).

Have stamped the background with BB: Tin Types.

Oh, and there's NO patterned paper involved too :)  I don't have PTI patterned papers.  I would have used some non-PTI but whenever i see a PP that would have coordinated well with the colors, it always got me to think "Hmm, which stamp could i use instead of PP?"  I don't know why, but somehow at the back of my mind i had this thing to use only PTI products :)

Here are some close-ups:
TOP PHOTOThe "windows." Have used several PTI stamp sets for the images and sentiments. 
BOTTOM PHOTO:  The heart columns are supposed to be banners :)  The gingham pattern is from the Half & Half set.

Supply list: 
Cardstock - AC (white), Papertrey Ink (vintage cream, classic kraft);
Stamps - Papertrey Ink (Framed Out #1, Tag-Its #10, Pretty Peonies, Boy Basics: Simple Circles, Heart-2-Heart #1, Gratitude Journal, Simply You, Tiny Tags I, Happy Day, Lighten Up, Flower Fusion #9, Background Basics: Tin Types, Half & Half, Label Basics);
Dies - Papertrey Ink (Framed Out #1, Block Alphabet);
Others - ink (Papertrey Ink, Memento); adhesives - Helmar, AC This to That, EK Success.

Thank you very much for visiting!  Happy blog-hopping!


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Third LO for Pages with Papertrey Challenge 7

Here's my third layout for Leigh's Pages with Papertrey Challenge #7 (to use PTI sentiment stamp on the scrapbook page).

This is of me and my youngest son - my carbon copy :)

Sketch is from Julie Bonner's POST HERE.  Do check out her blog as she makes great scrapbook pages AND cards.

Title: YOU Are My Mini-Me

Have used the big "YOU" from the Simply You set and the "Grateful for you" (please see close up below) sentiment from the Half & Half set.

Some close-ups (sorry for the blurry images):

Supply list:  Cardstock - AC; patterned papers, stickers - My Mind's Eye (Lime Twist, Lime Twist 6x6 pad); stamps - Papertrey Ink (Simply You, Half & Half); ink - Papertrey Ink (Hawaiian Shores); die - Spellbinders Small Pinking Circles; adhesives - Helmar, AC This to That; ZIG pens.

Thank you for visiting!


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

For Pages with Papertrey Challenge 6

Hi, everyone!  Am posting a simple layout today for Leigh's February Pages with Papertrey Challenge 6.  I know, it's March already, haha! That's the good thing about her challenges - there's no due date; you can do them anytime.

The sketch is from Heather Landry's Sketch 11. (Do check out her blog as her scrapbook pages are awesome!)  I had been drawn to the hexagons, yes!  Instead of hexagon die cuts (of which i don't have), i used the biggest hexagon image (for the first time too! yaaay!) from PTI's Rosie Posie set.

**Oh, and speaking of Heather Landry, i've been fortunate to have been among her featured layouts (for using one of her sketches) in her Reader's Pages post HERE.  Am so tickled! :) (Big smile here!)

Ok, back to regular programming...

Title:  Look-Alikes

The photo is of my husband and my eldest son taken while we were at the eye clinic (for my son's eye check-up).  At the time, i took this just to have a picture of them.  After transferring the files to the computer, i was pleasantly surprised having caught their expressions and their body positions - so  much alike! Magic moment! :)

Creating the page, I was actually stumped after stamping the hexagons, on embellishment placement, and what kind of embellishment to use (ended up using rosettes).  Maybe my brain at that time didn't like to think too much haha!  Plus, i had difficulty with the colors.  (Here's my little scheme right now - i have several SC kits i've yet to fully use, so what i do is just blindly grab a bag and work with what's inside.  Yep, like a mini-challenge haha!)  The scrapbook pages i have done so far are mostly of boys, or masculine-themed, and one would think i would've gotten the hang of color combination by now for these pages. Well, it still stumps me!  It seems everytime i am choosing colors, something pulls me back and says "that's too girly" or "it's too soft."  I know, i know, a lot of scrappers there do not think twice putting some pinks in there and end up with gorgeous pages.  Ah, i still have a lot to learn.  But as always, the main thing is to document the memory.

Supply list:  Papers and embellishments - Studio Calico Handmade kit; stamp, ink - Papertrey Ink; brads, die cut, sticker - My Mind's Eye; brown brad from stash; adhesive - Helmar, Glossy Accents, AC This to That.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Layout - Blue and Orange

Hi there!  Posting today a scrapbook page about my youngest son's first taste of a Philippine sweet candy called "yema" while visiting our box of a house :)  It is now officially one of his favorites!

Title:  Yema

Have used THIS Lily Bee sketch, although i don't have any Lily Bee in my stash...but i've a feeling that's going to change soon - haha!  In the sketch, i love how the photos are clustered and that there's white space.

The title is supposed to have been on one line.  I've actually stuck the frame die-cut and alphas already, starting from the last letter, but it would seem too long and awkward to look at.  Since i cannot unglue the top frame die-cut anymore, i just glued another one below it.  Luckily, i was able to remove the alphas before they became permanently stuck :)  End result - one syllable per frame :)  Oh well...

Some close-ups:
Had been pleasantly surprised that the colors of the My Mind's Eye buttons and blings almost exactly match my son's shirt.

Papers and embellishments - Studio Calico Glee Club and add-on Pep Squad kits;   stamp (Fillable Frames #11), dies (Fillable Frames #11, Simple Circles, Limitless Layers 1.75" Circles) - Papertrey Ink;  buttons, bling, brad - My Mind's Eye; punch - Martha Stewart; ink - Ranger TH Distressed Ink; small badge; adhesives - Helmar, AC This to That; Zig pens.

Thank you for dropping by!


Sunday, March 11, 2012

Another LO for Pages with Papertrey Challenge #7

Hello, blog friends!  How's your weekend going so far? Here in Singapore, it's the usual mix of sunny and rainy weather...in one day! It's like the sun and rain are playing tag during the day :)

Here's another layout for Leigh's Pages with Papertrey Challenge #7.  This is about our Manila visit last December, when our boys spent fun times with their cousins, on their father's side (i'm the only one who has kids in my family).  The boys enjoyed it a lot and it's the first time that both of them are "old" enough to interact with their cousins.

Title:  Cousins

I've CASE-d THIS layout by Lisa Day from Lily Bee Designs. What caught my eye were the long banner strips and the pretty colors, plus i haven't done this type of page yet :)

Instead of Lisa's banner half-strips, i used one of Papertrey's Half & Half dies cut in half.  The papers are from SC kit and am so thankful for these kits as they make it pretty easy to have lovely color/pattern combinations on hand.

Some close-ups:
Top Left:  Used some stickers where i stamped "Enjoy the moment," and on the light blue lace border the word "smile."
Top Right:  Another stacked buttons and Tiny Tags die cuts.
Bottom Left:  Journalling area.  Have die cut the lamp also because of the lamp in the photos :)  More stickers and stacked buttons.  Have glued  the Mat Stack 4 die cut only in the middle as i was not sure at first if i wanted to put some layers underneath.  Turns out my eldest son wanted to include a message, which he'd written on the skinny strip of blue patterned paper.  We tucked it underneath the Mat Stack 4 die cut :)
Bottom Right:  The Half & Half strips.

Supply list:
Papers and embellishments are from Studio Calico Lawn Party and add-on Rope Swing kits; stamps (Lighten Up, Mega Mixed Messages), dies (Half & Half, Tiny Tags, Mat Stack 4, Lighten Up), inks (Classic Kraft, Dark Chocolate), buttons - Papertrey Ink; stickers - October Afternoon, 7Gypsies, AC Papermarket; ink - Memento; adhesives - Helmar, AC This to That, EK Success.

Thank you for taking the time to visit!  I sure do appreciate it!

Happy weekend!


Thursday, March 1, 2012

For Pages with Papertrey Challenge #7

Hi out there!  Hope your week has been going well. 

Today's page is years overdue! Haha! The photos are taken 2 years ago, on my eldest's first day of school.  My youngest son has started his first day of school this January.  Yep, took me years to make a page haha!

I've realized for sometime now that i couldn't scrap pages chronologically, as much as i want to.  I always take lots of photos of everyday life and of course, big events like birthdays and holidays.  However, there's the question of time - time to do these pages.  I think a lot of us are in this situation, what with daily life going on around us. And so, i've accepted the fact that i won't be able to scrap most of the photos i have (even printing them out takes time (i print my own), considering they have to be cropped or editted if need be). I don't Photoshop our photos as i haven't gotten around to learning it, and i just either crop them or adjust the brightness/focus. Am not so much a fan of pages with photos with bright blue eyes or super red lips popping out of the page that you just know they've been editted.  But i don't really know much about blue eyes either, having grown up and lived amongst black and brown eyes only :)

Wait, what was i talking about?...Oh, right, chronological scrapbooking...So, yes, am stuck with creating pages which i believe i can finish in the shortest time i am capable of (yes, am willing to lose sleep just to do some crafting, too haha!), until that time that my boys are themselves capable of tending to their needs, without calling "Mommy!" every. single. moment.  Oh, but who doesn't love being needed, right? :)

So, ok, here it is.  The long-overdue page :) 

Am also joining Leigh's Pages with Papertrey Challenge #7 ("which is to use a PTI sentiment stamp on your layout.") with this layout.  I was actually about to post this layout when Leigh released her Challenge #7 post.

Title:  First of Our First

 Some close-ups:
Have stamped images and sentiments from PTI Boy Basics: Out of This World (at the rocket die-cut on top ("3-2-1 Blast Off" - i wonder if that would count for the challenge?) and the bottom of the page, below the pocket envelope ("To Infinity and Beyond").  The journalling (what transpired on that day) is in the pocket.  Have used Cosmo Cricket stickers for some messages to my boy.

Edited to add: The sketch is from Heather Landry *HERE*.

Supply list:  Papers and embellishments - Studio Calico Paper Moon and Country Fair kits; stamps, die - Papertrey Ink; badges - October Afternoon; stickers - Cosmo Cricket; ink - Ranger TH Distress Ink, Versacraft; adhesives - Helmar, AC This to That.

Thank you for stopping by!