Thursday, December 20, 2007

New Blog Header

I think everybody would agree with me when I say our blog header looks lovely! That's because our dear friend who's a talented paper and digital scrapper made this for us ... Diane Miraballes!

Thanks Diane for this! Leslie's ulit tayo pagluwas mo hehehe! We really love what you did on our header at salamat sayo sa wakas napalitan na header namin hahaha!

Our Christmas photo for this year (the one with reindeer headbands) was taken by another friend, Meng Lim! It's very seldom that we have beautiful pictures as a family ... thanks to you Meng for providing us one!

Header Layout credits: Be Merry Digi Kit from Two Peas in a Bucket
Blog Header Designer: Diane Miraballes
Header photos (2nd and 3rd) by Liza Bermudez and Meng Lim

Christmas Tag

I saw this on Diane's blog. She didn't tag me but since I love Christmas and it has been so crazy around the house lately, I just want to sit down and answer this hehehe.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? I extremely enjoy wrapping gifts, no gift bags for me!

2. Real tree or Artificial? Artificial tree, it was only once when we had a real one - I love the smell but I didn't like cleaning up all those falling leaves!

3. When do you put up the tree? Sadly, we don't have a tree this year : (

4. When do you take the tree down? 1st week of January (only when we have a tree)

5. Do you like egg nog? nope

6. Favorite gift received as a child? Kitchen toys

7. Hardest person to buy for? my in laws ... they have everything already ... I think.

8. Easiest person to buy for? Jeff and Ethan - I know exactly what they want and need!

9. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes

10. Mail or email Christmas cards? I love to receive mail Christmas cards although I don't really give ones hehehe

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? none

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Any Christmas movie is okay with me : )

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Last minute shopper ako eh ... in short wala kasing money to buy gifts hehehe

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Guilty : (

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? nothing in particular ... lahat naman masarap eh

16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? Clear Lights

17. Favorite Christmas song? I love the Christmas songs of the Jackson 5 (I'm that old I think!), it brings back Christmas childhood memories.

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? travel as in namamasko! : D

19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer’s? Rudof and Vixen - the only two I could remember : )

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? star

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas Eve

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? heavy traffic

23. Favorite ornament theme or color? red

24. Favorite for Christmas dinner?

25. What do you want for Christmas this year? new pair of jeans - I couldn't fit into my old ones!, new shoes, new bag, a new wallet (Hope Santa reads this!) and of course world peace!

26. Who is most likely to respond to this?

27. Who is least likely to respond to this?

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

My name in CK

My friend, Iris called me a week ago gasping, her voice trembling with excitement. Knowing her, there must be some good news. She asked me if I have a copy of Creating Keepsakes January 2008 issue, I told her I borrowed Arlene's copy. She wanted me to get the copy and turn to page 114 and insisted I get it immediately! Hay! Kaloka itong si Iris! I told her I'm in a moving car and the magazine is at the back of the car - I couldn't get it at the moment but she really insisted I get it. I told her, "Sis, nasa CK ka na din?" But she replied, "Hindi ako!!!". Ok so kung hindi siya, who could it be? I knew I have browsed that issue already and I have not seen any Filipina scrappers' work. Sobrang naintriga na ako, I moved to the back of the car (take note, umaandar yung car huh!)

I turned to page 114 and look what I found ...

Here's a closer look of what I found:

I screamed! There wasn't any layout but my name was there. And for me, that is enough that Vanessa Hoy of CK took notice of my work! Thanks Vanessa!

And thanks too for the bearer of good news, my sis - Iris who always encourages me to keep on sending layouts to CK! At syempre, ang sistah ko posted the good news at our e-group hehehe:

Congratulations to our very own PIA SALEM LOPEZ!!!!

I don't usually read articles in the magazines but just look through the layouts. For some reason, the layout "Imagine" caught my eye, and then I was drawn towards the column at the bottom of the layout mentioning the scrappers whose submissions caught Vanessa Hoy's (Senior Editor of CK) eye... and andun ang pangalan ni PIA!!!! Sabi ko nga talaga pang CK ang style nya.... Great photos, clean and strong design, striking colors, baga eye catching talaga! Ayan na nga napansin na sya ni Vanessa Hoy! Kaya tuloy tuloy na yan. :)


Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The "Boss" is back! (Andyan na si Boss! hehehe)

After a few months of being in the U. S., "The Boss" is finally home!

Here is "The Boss"! Buti pa siya nakapunta na sa U.S. hehehe. Kidding aside, my most awaited book arrived Thursday afternoon - I was so excited to get it from the post office. I've waited for months to finally see the book printed. This is my first published work!!!

Thanks to Eileen Aber of Memory Makers for sending this to me and for all the communications we've had before the book was printed.

Iba pala ang feeling pagnakita mo yung work mo in print! Hay heaven!

Layout title: {The Boss}
Materials used: BasicGrey Color Me Silly, Bazzill cs, We 'r Memory Keepers, 7 Gypsies sticker, Gin X coasters, ribbons, buttons, DMC embroidery floss, Uniball Signo , Sakura and Zig Writer pens, Editing software: Adobe Photoshop CS

Photography by Jeff Lopez


Monday, December 10, 2007

Not Your Usual Ribbons

What do you usually do with your gift tags - those small and cute cards and tags placed on top of your presents? I have to admit I keep those cards every year and I try to include them in my layouts - after all they're mementos to keep and cherish!

Here's what I did: I created a slit/pocket under the small presents so I can insert the gift cards. To give the presents a 3D look, I used foam squares to adhere them. And since the overall theme of this layout is all about gifts, I thought of "wrapping small presents" too with small pieces of paper and tying the presents with ribbons! I thought of using the paper line's name as my title too.

I used the Wrapped Wishes Collection, Ribbon Elements and Clearly Petite Alpha and Image Stamps to create this layout.

The ribbons are so versatile, I was able to cut them into strips - quilled, folded and curled them up! They're like "paper" so it wasn't hard to adhere. The second and last present from the left have "quilled" ribbons on them! While the third and the sixth presents have curled ribbons.

other materials used: Bazzill cardstock, buttons, BasicGrey alpha stickers, Uniball Signo pen, and brads

Photography by Jeff Lopez


Saturday, December 08, 2007

Ryle Patrick's 16th Birthday

I'm used to covering birthday parties for children and kids but when asked to cover a party for a teenager... I never imagined that it could be twice as fun especially with these folks. Well, the fun and easy part is, every which direction I point my camera people automatically strike a pose with big big smiles on their faces. Hehe. Patrick, his cousins, relatives, classmates and almost all the guests, most especially his dad, are way too cool! Checkout how they dressed up the venue and setup the stage for this "Hawaiian Luau" themed party - cooool huh! From the centerpieces, the hanging lamps, to the necklaces they give each guest as they enter... simply awesome! : )

Ok... when album making time came, it actually - almost made me go nuts - thinking of a design and layout that would eventually come at par with the cool photos I took of the cool folks during that cool party. Hehehe. Well, I think it's pretty obvious from my layouts below where I got my inspiration... nope, it's not from one of Pia's scrapbook papers... If you guessed a particular brand of soda... well, correct! I got inspired by this wall advertisement I saw when I was driving along C-5. So that's where it all started - I actually made a design quite similar to the soda ad. Cool huh?!

To Patrick, his parents and Deborah... thank you very much for getting our services, and for your trust and your patience.

You may click on any of the layout for a larger view. Thanks for looking. Enjoy!

Front and Back Cover

Pages 1 & 2

Pages 3 & 4

Pages 5 & 6

Pages 7 & 8

Pages 9 & 10

Pages 11 & 12

Pages 15 & 16

Pages 17 & 18

Pages 19 & 20


Kail's 8x10 Birthday Album

Sharing with you an 8x10 album I made for Kail. Thanks again Mickee and Clifford for your trust and patience. Wishing you all the best!

Click on any layout for a larger view. Thanks for looking. Enjoy!

Front and Back Cover

Pages 1 and 2

Pages 5 and 6

Pages 9 and 10

Pages 13 and 14

Pages 15 and 16

Pages 17 and 18

Pages 19 and 20

-Photography and Digital Design by Jeff

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Dad Caught A ...

What did Daddy catch at the garden? Find out and see ...

Actually, this photo was taken at the village clubhouse. Ethan just came from Working Mom Magazine's photo shoot (the photos were featured at WM's October issue) and he wouldn't let us remove his face paint - he loved the look so much! So, what does a mommy scrapper do with that kind of situation? Of course, take advantage of it! Ethan was very cooperative while his photos were being taken. This photo is one of my favorites.

I finished this layout almost three weeks ago but failed to post it here at once hehehe. : )

So, where you able to find out what did Daddy catch? Let me know, ok? ; D

Title: Daddy Caught A ...
Materials used: Scenic Route Sumner and Ashville; American Crafts rub ons, Thickers, and felt flowers; buttons; Paper Salon notebook paper, Faber Castell pencil crayons, Sakura Gelly roll pen

Photography by Pia Lopez



Tears {BasicGrey Infuse}

Here's a layout I made for Scrapbukan using my BG Infuse Kit.

Ethan was having tantrums as I took this photo hehehe. He probably thought I'd stop pressing the shutter just because he was crying! Well, he stopped crying anyway ... good thing I got some good shots! Oh the things a mommy scrapper would do ; D

Special thanks to my friend Nina for all the help : )

Title: Tears
Materials used: BasicGrey Infuse (Introduce) - courtesy of Scrapbukan, Bazzill cardstock, BasicGrey chipboard block alphas, Fancy Pants Biggest Board – Flourish, Making Memories paint, Colorbox ink – Dune, brads, Uniball and Zig Writer pens

Photography by Pia Lopez



Monday, November 12, 2007

Little Lady {Daisy Bucket Designs}

I made a layout for Ria's "Little Lady", Bianca. For Bianca's layout, I decided to play with the Daisy Bucket Clearly Petite Stamps.

The flower embellishments were made using the "Petunia" and the "Stitched Daisy small" stamps. I stamped them on paper, cut and layered the two together. My favorite embellishment for this layout is the "Daisy Bucket" stamp I put on Bianca's hand. I tied the stamped image with a ribbon which actually matches the color of the ribbon on Bianca's hat.

Materials used: Daisy Bucket Clearly Petite Stamps - Alpha, Daisy Bucket, Petunia and Stitched Daisy small, Ribbon elements - Neopolitan, Magical Moments papers - Debbie's Dragonflies, Amylynn's Afghan, Brecken's Blossoms and Ring Around the Rosies, brown cardstock, mulberry paper, Colorbox ink, Sakura gellryroll and Uniball signo pens

Photography by Jeff Lopez

Thanks Ria for letting me use Bianca's photo!


Cutie Pie {Daisy Bucket Designs}

Three weeks ago, I recieved my box full of Clearly Petite Stamps and ribbons from Daisy Bucket! (Thanks Cassandra!)

I was excited to play with my ribbons; I used it to create a layout for the "Cutie Pie" Kalea, Kitkat's daughter. To create the title, I covered alpha chipboard with "Poolside" ribbon. What I love about the DBD ribbons is that they're like paper, you can fold or press them, they adhere easily so making the title wasn't that hard at all. I also folded a "Keylime" ribbon to make the stem of the flower. The ribbons could also be shredded - look at the small strings that I tied on both sides of the bookplate.

Materials used: Daisy Bucket Bloomin' Paislies papers and tag elements - Delightfully Delia (back side), Heidi's Hodgepodge, Captivating Kelly, Enchanting Emery, Perfectly Piper ; DBD Ribbon Elements - Keylime and Poolside; brad; Gin X alpha coasters; letter stickers; Zig Writer pen; Colorbox ink

Photography by Picture City

Thanks Kitkat for letting me used Kalea's photos!


Thursday, November 08, 2007

Natural Beauty {Daisy Bucket Designs}

This is one of my ways to share the many blessings that have been coming my way. I thought of asking my close friends for photos and scrap them using my Daisy Bucket papers. This is my second RAK, the first one being was the "Bloom" layout I made for Arlene's daughter, Reese.

Yes, you are not mistaken, you are looking at my layout, this is not Iris' blog hehehe! I finished this layout for Nicole (Iris' lovely daughter) almost 2 weeks ago but I waited for this LO to appear first at the DBD gallery. I truly enjoyed creating this one ... scrapping a Natural Beauty like Nicole! I love that the pps matched her clothes. Using flower embellishments is something that's not new for me but I don't usually add on my layouts - I find this a great opportunity to do things I don't commonly do.

If you noticed, I have been using white space now in my layouts. Well, I suppose "I'm the one who needs space and my layouts reflect them" hahaha! Seriuosly though, almost if not all my previous LOs have so many elements on it, I think for a change I needed my layouts to "breathe". So, expect most (maybe not all) that I will share in the future will have white space.

By the way, the previous week has been quite productive for me too. Before we left for Palawan for the long weekend, I was able to finish 3 layouts (one for Scrapbukan so I need to wait till Sahrie posts it at the Scrapbukan gallery) including this one. To date, I finished 3 more! I'll share them as soon as they're posted at the DBD gallery!

Layout title: Natural Beauty
materials used: Daisy Bucket Bloomin' Paislies (Heidi's Hodgepodge, Perfectly Piper, Bewitching Bryleigh and Captivating Kelli), silk flowers, brads, BG Obscure alpha stickers (courtesy of Scrapbukan), American Crafts alpha rub ons, brads, Zig Writre pen, Colorbox ink

Photography by Iris Uy

Iris, this isn't a Master's work ha but I gave my 101% on that layout! Thanks for letting me use Nicole's photos!


Monday, November 05, 2007

Cars Make the World Go Round

If I'm not mistaken, I finished this layout 5 months ago! For some reasons, I have forgotten all about it until I saw it in one of my old albums.

The photo was taken at Ethan's 2nd birthday party when all of us were busy watching the magic show and here he was playing with his cars! He really loves cars to the bones ... and he can be really quiet and indulged in his own "car world" whenever he's playing.

I placed a hidden journaling under the photo which can be pulled using the arrow.

Materials used: Bazzill cardstock, Sassafras Lass Playtime-Hunky Dory and That a Way, Gin X Scientifically Weird paper and Rings, Cherry Arte (stars), Fancy Pants Biggest Board, acrylic paint, Paper Salon (notebook paper), Zig Writer pen, 7Gypsies sticker (mine), Colorbox ink, metal washers, Sizzix Ransom

Photography by Owee Salva


Friday, October 26, 2007

My Fancy Pants prize package

This is my second good news yesterday, the first one being is the ACOT CT Spotlight. I received my prize package from Fancy Pants. I joined their online contest last August and was lucky to be one of the winners!

I got the whole True Collection (papers, rub ons and ribbons) yipee!!! I also got another set of rub ons, buttons (yummy!), posies (crochet flowers) and the pins (I've been wanting to have these!)

I can't wait to use my new stuff. Thanks Jodi of FP!


ACOT Creative Team Spotlight (again!!!)

I have just opened my blog when I saw Geng's message at my chatterbox. She said I did it again at ACOT. Curious, I opened the link she gave me. I was surprised to find my layout, Bloom featured at the CT Spotlight. This is the second time my layout was picked!

CT Spotlight is a monthly feature at ACOT in which the Creative Team will put the spotlight on superior layouts that have caught their eye in the gallery (this is what the intro paragraph says hehehe).

Here's what the CT says about my layout:

Jackie Pettit says: "I love the colors, the flowers and buttons up the side. Gorgeous photo!"

FairyMouseMom says: "I love how those flowers grab your attention...and then have you look directly at the photo."
4peasinourpod says: "I saw this layout and immediately hit the save button! The small but striking title, the flowers, the is work of art!"
Laura Fiore says: "Such beautiful floral work on this one. Pia's layouts always have great artistic balance!"
Beth-W says: "The photo here is gorgeous and I love the subtle colors and design that make it shine."
nun69 says: "The flowers are the perfect embellishment for this page and that little bit of red gives it that extra punch!"
bamablue says: "I love the use of flowers on this layout - the little checkboard piece behind the picture with those little flowers is just precious! And the buttons in the flowers up the side!"
suslvgeo says: "Love the use of different shapes. The diamonds, flowers, and stripes work so well here! Love the frame around the pic as well as the letters used to spell the title!"
Last month, it was also Geng who informed me that my layout, Mine was featured at the CT Spotlight. What makes me even happier is that the layouts chosen are my Daisy Bucket layouts!
Thanks ACOT for this wonderful oppurtunity to share my work. And of course, thanks to Geng for being the bearer of good news for the second time already!
You may also view the announcement here.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Saturday Crop Night

After almost a month of no househelp, I wasn't able to scrap a layout. It was so frustrating since I needed to finish my layouts for Scrapbukan and Daisy Bucket. Last Saturday was my first time to finally scrap again after the long hiatus! Believe me it wasn't easy, it was like I'm a newbie in scrapping!

These are some of the layouts I finished during the crop night at Ria's house last Saturday (read more about our crop night in her blog). I truly enjoyed my stay ... if only we can do this more often. Part of me wanted to go home that night because I missed my baby, Ethan, yet part of me too wanted to stay because this rarely happens. Besides, I wasn't sure if I can still scrap at home.

Technically I finished 5 layouts - 2 are for Arlene (our birthday gifts for her) and 3 are personal ones. I only managed to ask Arlene to leave me this layout I made for her daughter, Reese since I promised her I will submit it to the Daisy Bucket gallery. I can't post the LO I made for Scrapbukan yet until Sahrie posts it on her site.

I'm not so happy with this layout but my only compensation is that I finally was able to scrap this picture of Ethan taken last Christmas!

This one is my favorite. The title is actually from the movie, Madagascar. I couldn't help but use that on this LO since I remember the penguins kept on saying those lines, "Just smile and wave boys, smile and wave!"

Special thanks to Liza for cutting the waves!

Thanks Ria, Arlene, Iris, Bjay, Kitkat, Joanne, Liza and April for that memorable night! I'm not sure if I can still attend the next ones ... will surely be missing a lot!

Layout Credits:

Title: Bloom

Materials used: Daisy Bucket - Astor Park pps (Madison, Quincy, Clay, Emilie, and Cass), MM chipboard, Colorbox ink, buttons, Zig Writer, Daisy D's rub ons and cotton twill letters

Title: Am I Still on Santa's List?

Materials used: Daisy Bucket - Wrapped Wishes (Twinkling Lights, Frosty's Buttons), American Crafts Thickers and rub ons, Sakura Aqualip and Zig Writer pens, blings, MM pebble brads - courtesy of Scrapbukan and Bazzill cs

Title: Just Smile 'n Wave

To make the title, I drew the letters and colored it with color pencil.

Materials used: Scenic Route Metropolis (Carter Drive, Johnson St.), Sakura Aqualip pen, buttons, AAS fish brads, Uniball Signo white pen, Faber Castel water color pencil

All photos by Jeff Lopez


Monday, October 15, 2007

Me @ {29} - Collage Press layout from Scrapbukan

I'm not really fond of answering "tagged" questions that are circulating among blogs. For someone who finds it so hard to write, I don't enjoy such. But I realized these questions are also a way of knowing oneself! So I thought of a creative way of incorporating them on my layout. I answered a few of the questions posted at Cynthia's blog. And since the name of the game is "tag you're it", I thought of using almost all of the tags included in my Collage Press kit from Scrapbukan.
I enjoyed creating the handcut flowers and using the color pink! These are things I don't normally include in my layouts!
Materials used: Collage Press – Fresh (Paisley, Blooms, and Vines), die cuts and tags, American Crafts Greenhouse foam and plastic flowers and Typehouse plastic punctuation - courtesy of Scrapbukan, Bazzill cardstock, Brenda Walton chipboard (M and E), BasicGrey bock alpha chipboard (29), Simply Scrappy acrylic brackets, buttons, Zig Writer pen, Pebeo glitter touch, Li’l Davis paint (green), Reeves acrylic paint, DMC embroidery floss, felt ribbons, and fabric flowers

Photography by Jeff Lopez


Independent {BasicGrey Infuse}

Here's a layout I made for Scrapbukan using BasicGrey Infuse.

It's about Ethan being independent. The photo was taken a year ago after he turned two. I finally scrapped that photo - atleast before he turns three on Monday hehehe.

By the way, I tried to make this a monochromatic layout. I finished this 2 weeks before the Scrappin' Moms Idol's monochromatic challenge - I wanted to try if it will be difficult to do. Unfortunately, I only noticed that some of the pps I used have brown patterns on it!

Materials used: BasicGrey Infuse - Extract, Invest, Condense and Seethe, BG Sweet Meat Mini monograms and BG fibers (courtesy of Scrapbukan), Making Memories paint, Karen Foster Loppy brads, felt ribbons, Sakura Aqualip, Zig Writer and Uniball Signo pens, buttons, green cardstock and We R Memory Keepers folder tab for the hidden journaling

Photography by Jeff Lopez

Hidden Journaling:

You don't want me to brush your teeth. You don't want me to hold your spoon when you eat. You want to do things on your own. You’d often tell me, “Ako na, ako na!”, whenever I’ll do things for you.

You choose the food you want to eat. You tell me what video you’d like to watch. You pick the toy you’d like to buy. And more often than not you’d don’t appreciate being told what to do.

It seems obvious you want things your way. You have become so independent since you turned two.

I feel sad you have needed me lesser each day yet I also feel a sense of pride whenever you show signs of independence.

Ethan, please remember that mommy will always be here for you as you grow … even if you need me less.


Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The Scrappin' Moms Idol Contest

Congrats again to the top 12 finalists ... Cabbie, Au, Tin, Cookie, Nita, Issa, Diane, Lee, Cors, Mia, Rita and Darlene! From the bottom of my heart, I'd like to thank each of you for participating in this year's Scrappin' Moms Idol!

I cannot fully explain how I was feeling last Saturday. I literally wanted to go home so I won't be judging any of the awesome layouts created in 3 hours by these ladies hehehe. I feel there was so much responsibility given to the Scrappin' Moms, ang hirap to judge. Everytime I was about to write down a score, I stop and think if the score I was about to give is something the scrapper deserves. I wanted to be fair and just to everyone. What was even more difficult is that we only have a limited time to judge the layouts.

After I gave the scores to April, I knew everything is no longer within any of the Scrappin' Moms' hands. As what we've mentioned before, the 60% total of the scores are from the 6 rounds of the Idol Contest. Every round from the past weeks counts a lot in contributing to each participant's final score. The remaining 40% are from the finale challenge. The scores are accumulative so everybody has a fair chance of winning.
When April handed me the results, I was stunned! Not because the winners don't deserve to win but because I think I lost the courage to announce hehehe. If I was to announce a good news, I knew too there's some bad news (if it could be considered as one) to go with it too. It was only I, April, Sienna and Jeff who know about the winners ... the rest of the moms do not have a single idea!
I've seen all the top 30 participants from the very first round and I've seen how each did their best in this contest. I'm happy to know that even if there were many complains (; D) as we go along the contest, everybody had a learning and enjoyable experience.
So, the time came for me to announce who the Idol is ... my tears started to flow. I'm sorry about that - mixed emotions perhaps! I think I need to confess I'm really iyakin hehehe. The idea of building up the excitement and announcement mala-American Idol was really my idea but right then and there I thought it wasn't a good idea after all ... mukhang ako yata mahihimatay hahaha!
Seriously, I'm really happy ... so happy Joanne thought of this contest! It was all worth it after all, di ba Scrappin' Moms? ; D

Visit this link for other Scrapfest photos.

All photos by Jeff Lopez


Monday, October 08, 2007

The All New Scrappin' Moms

I have to admit it, days before the Scrapfest I was hoping time would slow down a bit! Don't get me wrong please, I mean I'm happy and in a way excited because it'll be my first Scrapfest wherein I'm part (real part) of the organizing committee. But oh boy it was more difficult than I ever imagined! If before I'd go to the Scrapfest because I want to learn, meet new and old scrappers alike, shop and simply enjoy the day, being part of Scrappin' Moms changed all that. Now, I think if everything will turn out the way we envisioned things to be. I think of ticket sales, I think of the Idol Contest, I think of everything and yes I even think of my attire hahaha!

Now, that Scrapfest 4 has finally ended, I can breathe and relax quite a bit (yup because Scrapfest in May will be next hehehe!). This event is the first venture of the new Scrappin' Moms. And yes, amidst the difficulties we encountered, it was a very memorable experience for me!

Ria and April already said their thank yous to all our sponsors, to those who helped us in the preparations and to the participants but the thank yous and the commendations have not been addressed to the people behind this fantastic event! So, please bear with me as I say my piece.

To our Ms. Congeniality, Joanne ... the dreamer of the group yet through her I wanted to believe in the power of dreams. She's the woman behind the 1st ever Scrappin' Moms Idol. She's the one who looks for sponsors - the reason why we had Canon as sponsor during the May Scrapfest and now Del Monte! The thought of her leaving for Australia a few weeks from now makes me wonder if we all can move on without her. I know when she gets there she needs to adjust, having three boys without any help must be really difficult for her. So that will mean we cannot bug her as often as we want to. To Joanne, we will surely miss you!
To the other prime mover of this group, April ... I have to tell you that I admire this woman very much! You probably don't see her talk often especially infront of an audience but I have to tell you that she's the woman behind all the leg works of Scrapfest! She oversees the ticket sales, the venue, the food, the kits, the sponsors, she's even the one uploading the Idol entries (it was only on the 2nd or 3rd round when Joanne, Liza and I helped her), she did the Scrapfest logo even the homepage for the Idol contest. I can go on and on for all the things she did for the Scrapfest! She's a real trooper! Oftentimes, I'm lost with my duties and I can always turn to her. And to top it all, April is working full time in an IT company! Whew, what a lady!
To our manager, Ria ... if there's one person who always thinks ahead, it'll be her. She tells us if something is not feasible, she checks everything making sure nothing will be missed out. She generously let us use her house everytime we have a meeting for the Scrapfest. She, together with Liza are the persons behind the mini album and the demo at the Scrapfest! I loved that album because it's very doable and is something new for everyone to try! Ria is also my savior, she bought the blouse I wore at the Scrapfest hahaha! Sabi ko na nga ba I can trust her style!
To Liza, our accounts manager hehehe (advertising ba ang dating?) ... if there's a question posted at the Idol forum, she's the person I bother hehehe kahit madaling araw na, together with April. She's also behind the mini album done during the demo. She's our ever reliable event host. Like April, she's also working full time in an advertising agency so you can just imagine how she handles all her duties!
To our muse and master, Iris ... our challenge master that is! If we need inputs regarding our challenges, we all of course consult the authority! I know she's a really busy person but she always see to it that she supports us even in spirit!
To Sienna, even though you rarely see this girl. She does her share too of course! She's our finance manager and one of our resident materials shopper (aside from April). She sourced out the materials needed for the challenge even though she was told about what she would buy only a few days before the Scrapfest.
And last but not the least, to Mia ... oh I know she feels bad that she didn't make it because she now lives in Cagayan de Oro. We feel the same too but as what she told me, "Someday we will all be complete again!" I believe her.

To our Scrappin' Dads, Jeff, Meng, Nelo, Buddy, Bryan, Patrick, Tom, and Mier! We know that we become a little busy at times but we are more than thankful for your unending love and support!

Allow me to mention these too; Jeff, thanks for all your help not just to me but to the whole group, I know that sometimes you feel I'm always busy with so many things but I'm grateful for your understanding, love and your mere presence in my life! Everything that you have done to let me know that you support me in my passion makes me appreciate you even more!

Meng, thank you for all your help ... we could not have been visible in the net if it weren't for your generosity. Thanks too for being our photographer during the Scrapfest!

To the Scrappin' Moms thanks again for making me part of this group! You have made me a better person and scrapper after this experience. I'm sorry for my shortcomings too! I look forward to our next events! Love you friends!

All photos by Jeff Lopez


Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Scrapfest 4

The countdown begins! We're all busy getting ready for Scrapfest 4.

OCTOBER 6, 2007
10:00AM – 6:00PM
Scout Tuazon, Quezon City

Join us for a day of scrapping, shopping and sharing, together with other scrapbooking enthusiasts and suppliers.

  • Show off your creativity during our Scrapfest 4 Challenge.
  • Join our surprise challenge for the day.
  • Watch the Idol finalists battle in the final round of the 1 st search for Scrappin' Moms Idol!


Shop for the newest scrapbooking materials during the event. Top scrapbooking suppliers will bring in the hottest items from the USA and Asia, and have special offers only for this day.


Scrappin' Moms with the help of their friends will be sharing various scrapbooking techniques during the demonstrations.

For a ticket fee of P650.00, each participant (same price for adults & children) is entitled to the following:

A mini album kit to complete during the hands-on workshop
A Scrapfest challenge kit.
A lunch and snack coupon
A raffle coupon
Use of various materials for stamping and embossing, as well as use of die-cutting machines.
Access to special discounts offered by the best scrapbooking suppliers all 10 of them in one venue, in one event
A slot to various demonstrations during the day.

These demonstrations are also perfect for newbies wanting to dabble in hands on scrapbooking!

Note: As space is limited, ONLY TICKET HOLDERS will be allowed to enter the event.

Please check our site for payment details and promotions (several raffle prizes up for grabs) of the event -

Monday, September 17, 2007

My First Daisy Bucket Designs Layouts

I'm so happy to share with you my first Daisy Bucket layouts!!! I got my box full of yummy papers from Daisy Bucket but it took me a week before I finally had the courage to use them. Talk about pressure! I sure felt this when I was starting with Scrapbukan and so I know it'll pass too and it did! Now, I'm truly enjoying using my papers!

Ethan was only a week old when these precious photos were taken.
Title: Mine
materials used: Daisy Bucket Southern Belle (Olivia, Abigail, Savannah and Isabella), tag
others: Bazzill cardstock, BasicGrey alpha chipboard, Fancy pants paisley chipboard, Making Memories paint, We R Memory Keepers metal embellishments, Zig Writer pen, Editing software: Adobe Photoshop CS

Title: She's My Girl
others: Prism cardstock, brown mulberry paper, American Crafts felt flowers and foam letters, BasicGrey letter stickers (She), buttons, Pebeo glitter paint, Sakura gelly roll pen, We R Memory Keepers metal embellishments, Queen & Co brad, Quickutz, Editing software: Adobe Photoshop CS and Digital brushes courtesy of Jason Gaylor of Designfruit

All photos by Jeff Lopez



Friday, September 14, 2007

Scrapbukan is Turning THREE!!!

Entrance fee of P150. Kindly email Sahrie Wenceslao to sign up:

See you on the 22nd!!!

Concept and Design by Jeff Lopez

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Fun in the Sun once more!

I knew I've said goodbye to summer already but yes it's "Fun in the Sun" once again! I'm not talking about summer this time though. My layout, "Fun in the Sun" won again! This made it at the Miss Fancy Pants Blog Challenge!!!
Thanks to those who have chosen my layout! The announcement of the winners can be viewed here.

Friday, September 07, 2007

ACOT times two!!!

I opened my e-mail at 2 am today and saw a message from A Cherry on Top with the subject line, "A Gift Certificate for you". I know what was in that mail even f I don't open it hehehe. How do I know? It's my 2nd time to win from this site hahaha!
My layout, "Live Out Loud" layout was announced as one of the winners for the 4x6 Contest. You may view the announcement here. Honestly, I wasn't expecting to win since there have been a number of great entries. Thanks to ACOT for picking me as one of the winners.
Now I'm off to bed.

Thursday, September 06, 2007


Jeff and I rarely have our photos taken together. These photos are just two of the few taken by the Master herself, Iris Uy! Luckily, we also have photos from Ria, Meng and Phylline! (Yup, there were four photographers present that time!)
I loved these pictures of ours. I know it's getting more and more difficult for Jeff to carry me (kasi kahit siya hirap sa sarili niyang weight hahaha!) but I appreciate all the efforts whenever he would.
I really enjoyed making this layout. I couldn't get enough of those beads! By the way, I got this idea from Scrapbooks Etc. and from my friend, April Lim.
Title: Together
Materials used: Collage Press Fresh (Blooms, Vines and Mille Fleur), Fresh die cut, Making Memories Pebble brads - courtesy of Scrapbukan, Bazzill cardstock, safety pins, Sakura Aqualip black pen, Uniball Signo white pen, beads, and Colorbox ink
Journaling: Jeff, I know that marriage isn't always a bed of roses. But in times like these, I look at our photos, I smile and tell myself ... it's all worth it after all!
Photography by Iris Uy