Monday, September 22, 2008

Top Ten

Heidi, my co-DT from DBD emailed me yesterday morning that she received an email from her friend about a Daisy Bucket layout at two peas' top ten list. I checked at two peas and found that it's my layout, {Beksfriend}!

What makes me even happier my idol, Kelly Goree left a sweet comment on my layout! Wohoo!!! Thanks Kelly!

Thanks Heidi for letting me know. Had you not told me about it, I don't even think I'll ever know hahaha!


Friday, September 19, 2008

Not Just a Heart Throb

This would be one of my favorite photos of Ethan ...

I made this layout early this year and wasn't able to share it here. I used up my old BG rub ons, it's kinda old already that most of the patterns got stuck on the sheet already. Thanks to my black pen I was able to fix some of the patterns.

The black dragon was courtesy of the ever talented and creative Tita BJay.

Matls used: Scenic Route Capetown (Which Way Black), Laurel (Sailmaker Lane), Loveland (Garnet Street), SR office arrow diecut, Jenni Bowlin, Making Memories Noteworthy Journal, rub ons: American Crafts minimarks, BG, alpha chipboard: AC thickers, Zig Writer pen

I know you're good looking, smart and adorable, Ethan - there's no doubt about that. But there are things in life, far more important than just having good looks and brains.

Remember that good looks may win you acquaintances but it's never a guarantee for genuine friendships.

Remember that being smart may let you reap recognitions but it will never give you true happiness.

Remember that a person with a heart full of love and compassion for others is the richest person in the whole world.

Don't just be a heart throb - the world needs to see your inner self - your true you!

Remember these and you will never go wrong.

Love you,

Photography by Jeff Lopez


Thursday, September 18, 2008

ACOT CT Spotlight layouts for September

It's the time of the month again and I'm so happy I'm part of this list for the third time already! All my 3 layouts featured at the Spotlight article are from Daisy Bucket!!! Wohoo!!!

Thanks to the Creative Team of ACOT! And of course, to Meng Lim for the perfect photo!

The article could be viewed here.

I Love You by Pia Lopez because this layout immediately jumped out at her. She says, "The black border and black buttons are a nice contrast to light pink and blue colors. I love the border of flowers and buttons along the left side; they add a nice touch without over-powering the photo. The photo is perfect; it really pulls you in and lets you experience this special bond. Simply stunning."

Pam says, "The combination of black and a light pink is one of my favorites...add a splash of blue, a great design and a gorgeous photo, and this ROCKS!"

Tracy LOVES the mix of black with the soft colors here. Great contrast-very stunning!

Laura F says, "I Love you by PiaLopez is stunning! The mixture of flowers and buttons is lovely and that photo is priceless!"

Cassandra says, "What a sweet, sweet page! Love the soft colors and the use of so many different types of flowers!"

Angela says: When I first saw this layout in the gallery it caught my eye right away. I love the sweet photo and there is nothing stronger then the love between a mother and her child.

Laura (ArtTeacher) says, "Adorable photo! The border of flowers and buttons is perfect for grounding the photo, and the color scheme is so eye-catching."

Jess says, "This is one of my favorite color combinations and her photo is very striking. The vertical row of flowers and buttons has so much visual interest!"

Cindy thinks the pink and black together look amazing as well as the border. The picture really tells the story.

Kathy says, "What a great photo!! I'm loving the border of flowers and use of ribbon - so cute!"


Sunday, September 14, 2008

Save the Date! Oct. 4, 2008

We are now on Week 5 of the 2nd search for the Scrappin Moms Idol -- after the Week 6, we will only have 10 contestants left to vie for the title at an on-the-spot scrapping challenge! So save the date!

When: Oct. 4, 2008
Where: President's Hall, Johnson Park, North Greenhills
Time: 10am - 6pm

Confirmed suppliers for the event: Lasting Impression, Memory Lane, Visual Creations, Rekindled Moments, Scrapbukan, Yellow Violet House.

Tickets: Shopping Pass - P150; Cropping Pass - P300

Check out the Scrappin Moms blog for more details.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Tired and sleepy ...

Tired and sleepy ... that's what we actually feel right now. Yesterday was my mother in law's 50 birthday celebration. The past week has been very hectic for us - Jeff has to squeeze in time scanning photos and editing for the AVP of MIL; I had to do the program and do some research for the games (OC, OC, OC hehehe), I had to make the cupcake toppers and decorate the 50 candles for her cake. The night before the party, we even had to pick up some water containers in Manila (work, work naman hehehe), leaving both of us without sleep. We went to the party the next day afternoon without eating lunch too and yes both of us we're hosts of the said party! Good thing, MIL agreed that Jeff won't be the official photographer or he might have collapsed!

Unfortunately (or fortunately?) while these things are happening, we had to run back and forth to Manila during the wee hours of the night. The water station has been operating (we had a soft launch a month ago) and we didn't know we had to order a large amount of containers to sustain the customers orders (we're learning each day). We had to pick up the containers at 12mn, return to the water station and clean them up! It was exhausting! Considering that we need to wake up early for Ethan's school the next day and of course we had to be at the station too. We're really considering to order from a nearby store so we can save on gas but at the moment we're clueless if there's one here in Cavite.

This schedule has been running for awhile now. We hardly can read our emails nor chat. I only check emails from the Scrappin' Moms regarding the Idol contest. I'm trying to squeeze in some scrapping for Daisy Bucket and have finished 3 projects for the month of September but I haven't found time to take pictures of them. In fact, I have several layouts finished during the past months that I haven't taken a photo of.

Meanwhile, Ethan's no longer crying when I leave him in school. This went for almost a month - he would cling to me whenever I'm about to leave him, he would cry out loud and call my name, he would tell me he doesn't want to go to school anymore and he even said he wants to go to another school! I was so frustrated already and it has left an emotional toll on me. I was wondering what went wrong? He used to be full of confidence and was always excited to go to school. But thank God it was just a phase he went through. After the first quarter evaluation test, Ethan's back to his usual self! I leave him from the gate of the school and let him walk his way towards his classroom. We're on the second quarter of the schoolyear already and I'm really hoping my happiness is not at all short lived : ) And before I forget, we had a tutorial chat last Monday in school, the teacher said Ethan is a very witty boy and very creative! The teacher has so many written anecdotes about him and Jeff and I both kept on laughing while listening to those stories! Hay naku sobrang komedyante talaga nitong anak namin!

About Jeff - although he's taking most of the work nowadays, there must something positive about it. He has been losing weight! Woohoo!!! Gone are the Winnie-the-Pooh-days hahaha!

We're grateful that even though we struggle everyday on so many things, the Lord continues to bless our family. We're happy that the business is slowly picking up and hoping that it'll continue to do so. So even though we're both tired and sleepy right now ... we believe it's better this way than both us doing nothing because we're both jobless.

Before I leave, I'm sharing with you a layout I made.

Title: Sun Kissed
Materials used: Scenic Route Grafton papers and stickers, SR chipboard circles, American Crafts Thickers, Daisy Bucket Designs paper ribbons, Absolument Scrap stamps, Quenn & Co. bards, buttons, beads, rickrack Fancy Pants rub ons, Uniball Signo and Zig pens, Staz on ink

Photography by Jeff Lopez



Saturday, September 06, 2008

Ethan's {beks}friend

Who's Ethan bestfriend?

This layout could be seen at the Daisy Bucket blog. If you have time, check it out friends! I'd love to hear what you think of this layout : )

On a side note, the Chatterbox International Design Team has been announced. Ria and I didn't make it though our friend, Cookie Aguilar did! She makes us all proud for her latest achievement. I remember when I interviewed her for the first issue of the Designer Spotlight for Scrapbytes, she mentioned that one of her goals is to be a manufacturer DT and I knew that dream was never far from reality. Congrats Cookie! Thanks too to Courtney Walsh for giving me an opportunity to share my work with Chatterbox!