Been on a scrappin' mode a couple of days ago and tried this sketch by Kristine Davidson from Creative Scrappers:

And here's my very simple LO with my DS. Every time I ask him to smile and look at the camera, this is what I get.....hm? as if he didn't hear nor understand me. It is his own way of "lambing"! For around two years, I've been used to it, and managed to enjoy taking pictures of him with or without his smile.


This time, I tried my hand on Design Dollies Trifecta:
Here's the sketch:

the Colors:

and for the Elements: Animals

And here is my take: DH really had fun chasing those crabs during low tide at Sandbar Island - Caramoan. But he made sure no one gets hurt during the process!

Taming the Bicycle

Over at Page Maps' blog is an ongoing sketch challenge which is up until the 25th. This is my first time to join their challenge though not my first time to use their sketches.

Here's the sketch as well as my take:

it took me sometime to think of the appropriate title for this LO. Until I came across of the essay written by Mark Twain (1884) with the same title. Though we are of different accounts with regards to bike matters, still I find it perfect for the LO.

Pia is so eager to go biking with us around the campus. She insisted to re-paint the hand-me-down bike she got from her Kuya Soy and we decorated it with "acid free" stickers the scrapbooker way. It's so tempting to add flowers and blings, too! (LOL) DH customized and re-assembled it in accordance to Pia's own preferences. We had few sessions with her teaching her to ride the bike without the aid of the small training wheels attached at the sides of the rear wheel. We actually don't remember that we went through this way with our 2 older kids.

I'm looking forward to a fun filled "bike tour" with the whole family.

Self Portrait

This is my take for Scrap-the-Girls' April 5,4,3,2,1 Challenge:
Use 5 x buttons, 4 x patterned papers, 3 x flowers, 2 x photos, 1 x alpha

My 2 DDs are fond of taking pictures of themselves, making faces, expressing varied emotions. It is mostly done either by using mobile phones or our point and shoot digicam. I'm amazed seeing these pics coz' Pia managed to strike a pose and took pictures of herself using my DSLR which is too big for her little hands and even made sure that she has a plain backdrop.

The fun memories behind the pictures inspired me a lot and it is evident of the colors I used on the layout.



The LB Scrapaholics and Family 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunting was a blast! Each year, our family is getting bigger, the hunting gets merrier, the "bonding" is deeper, and the fun and laughter....... PRICELESS!

Quite sad that we missed Timi and Family this time but we're looking forward for the new member by next Hunting! Tons of photos were taken and some have been uploaded on FB and each others' blogs and highlights can be found at our own LBS blog But what deeply touched my heart were these pics:

We're not just FRIENDS.....WE ARE FAMILY!

Scrappin' Mode

Hi Everyone! I'm still feeling "high" and in the best mood creating simple layouts. My good friend Chix suggested to try the Ad challenge over at Butterfly crafts. Challenges" force" me to go out of my comfort zone and try new things.

Here's the Ad:

And here's my entry entitled SMILE!

Quote: always remember to be happy because you never know who's falling in love with your smile! (author unknown)

Li'l by Little

It's been almost a month since I last sit in my playroom. On February I managed to create 14 LOs in 11 days (thanks to Scrapmuse' Spread the Love Challenge) and on March, I made 2 LOs only, just beating the deadline for Scrap the Girls and Scrapmuse' March Challenges.

Scrap the Girls (Ad inspired Challenge)

Journaling: True Friends - are the people who brighten your smile every time you're with them!

Note: They perfectly have the brightest smiles....coz' I'm the one behind the camera! (Makati Parks and Garden, August 2009 - my birthday!)

Scrapmuse March Challenge (Use the title "Live out Loud")

Journaling: Enjoy LIFE as much and in as many ways as possible:

- smile and laugh often
- do what you want to do
- expect the unexpected
- see value in each experience
- be who you want to be

And here comes April.....The HEAT is on.....it's SUMMER!!! I have finished 3 LOs already. The first one is for a friend who's getting married next week (can't post it yet) and the other 2 is for Design Dollies.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed - I'll beat my record for February!

Design Dollies (Elements Challenge)
ingredients for this week's Elements challenge must include:

1) a Frame of sorts (My Mind's Eye Transparency Frame)
2) A stamped image (A swirl near the title)
3) The color brown (Matting and border, and the alpha chipboards, too)
4) 3 flowers (no more, no less) - (Basically I used 3 only)
5) Butterflies (I got 2)

And for the Color Challenge ( Use RED, TURQUOISE and BLACK or WHITE)