2009 Layouts

To Work Backward

I guess it’s the best way to update my blog and share with you some of my escapades for the last few months. I’ve been too lazy to post everything but not that lazy to join few scrap challenges, to “play” with my heart’s delight and to have bonding moments with my family and friends. Yes, I am basically overloaded with office works (as DH assistant) but I see to it that as soon as I get home from the office (it’s a stone throw away only) no “office matters” shall interfere with my mommy duties and “me time”.

Little by little, I'm moving at least one step ahead everyday. I uploaded some pics (for the 1st time, hehehe) on Facebook and hoping to upload it here, too. I'm keeping my fingers, crossed!

Better Late than Never

LB Scrapaholics always find ways to support Scrappin’ Moms not only because we owe them a lot but because we simply Love them and we Believe in their dreams. For three years of SM Idol, LB girls are always there – competing and having fun! This time, not everyone is available to join the weekly challenges – but it doesn’t mean we’re OFF from it. Cors challenged everyone to come up with a LAYOUT in accordance to the Idol requirements. Timi, Chix and Helga – being our official representatives will make LOs under time pressure (though it seems they’re not pressured after all), while the rest will make LOs in their own time (so unfair?), hehehe!
So for the elimination round –here’s my ad inspired LO. Done two weeks behind the deadline with 2 more challenges to make.
here's the AD:

And here's my LO - inspired with the swirls and circles:

It touches our hearts
Whenever we see you this way…..
Hands together, happy and at peace.
We can feel that with each other, you’ll never go astray
And life will always be
as safe and as secured as it is
when you’re in our loving arms.
(Tatay and Nanay)

I would like to share with you my most favorite LO – very simple, very basic. But I guess you’ll agree that the picture says it all. I made this during Scrapfest 2006 (On the Spot Challenge). I was so lucky to get the grand prize then.

Journaling: BSP find happiness and draw strength from each other. As they grow under one roof, they learn about fairness, kindness and sharing. Together they laugh, cry, play, fight and love. As they hold each other's hands, I can see that life's journey will neither be too long nor too hard coz' they have someone to lean and count on. They have each other.

Comparing my 2 LOs my feelings remain the same over the years. I still have that great faith that my kids will be just fine no matter what path they take and where their journey brings them as long as they have each other and as long as they trust each other.


Best Award

Last Sunday is Mothers' Day and yes, I was expecting for a gift from kids and DH. And they didn’t disappoint me. I got scented colored pen, a pair of slippers, tote bag and a lovely wooden clock.
After lunch, they handed me another gift. It’s a small envelope and inside is another wooden thing. It’s small and simple, yet very meaningful.
I’m proud to show this to everyone and I can’t help but smile whenever I look at it (the truth is I laughed hard when I saw it the 1st time).

To Alden, Bea, Soy and Pia – Thank You very much for this award. - for appreciating my efforts, and for making me smile and even laugh everyday! You’re the best “Amo”! hehehe!

Meeting Friends Across the Miles

I am lucky to have many good friends from way back to first grade (hey, I was 7, then) until this time. Even luckier that most of them are just a stone throw away from me (plus the fact that my BFF happened to be my DH). Others are reachable via skype, ym, phonecalls and SMS.
Meeting people “online” (hobby or business related) is a different thing. Basically, it’s a sort of “Hi and Hello” especially if they are from other countries. Exchanging ideas and stories, sharing traditions and beliefs and other stuff deepens the acquaintance. You’ll wake up one day and regard them as “friends”!
I am blessed to finally meet in person my friends in Singapore and Malaysia when our family spent our “summer” vacation there.
The first one is Wati. She is lovelier and sweeter than I thought. I was deeply touched when she took time to accompany me and my DDs to shop at Laine’s Scrapbook Store (I felt I was a li’l girl, brought to an extremely huge candy store). The next one is Mich - so elegant , very accommodating and as generous as ever. She spent time visiting us at the hotel with her equally nice kids. We were supposed to shop till we drop, too but my DD was not feeling well, then. Both Ladies, are new found friends from scrapbooking world.
I also had the chance to meet Rashidah and Charlene. They are from Science related companies which we are dealing with for the past several years. When we finally able to put faces in each names… it’s like as if we’ve been together so many times before. Hugging each other came so naturally.
In Malacca, My family also met my DH’s friend back in college – Avi – who spent time driving us around town, had dinner with us (and made sure we’ll have a taste for some of “the best” of Malacca) and still the one who brought us back to the bus station on our departure.
In KL, aside from Mich, we have Sam and his wife Rajani. We had a sumptuous dinner at their lovely home with their kids and other members of the family. Pia had a great time playing with Rowena (their DD).
All these people are busy and occupied with lots of things that need to be done…. yet they took time to see us, chat with us, and have fun with us. And indeed, we’re grateful. Our vacation will never be as wonderful as it was, if not for these people…. whom we call as FRIENDS!

Will post pics soon! Promise!

Extended Love

I am deeply touched by the people who are so passionate for this craft (scrapbooking) that they even extend their love to my DD who at a very young age is more passionate and addicted than me.
At first it was only the LB Scrapaholics who are fond of giving stuff to her, then came Joan Yap of Scrappin Moms who is so fond of giving away "goodies" whenever we visit her at her home. Next is Master Iris Uy when DD insisted to have an autographed copy of MM Mag where Iris' LO was featured. Even Ms. Nette of MLA shared her generosity to Pia when she met her at the Attic. This time, even our good friends from Scrappinkids are also sending her scrapbook goodies to encourage her to scrap more.
She's down with fever now for almost 3 days due to Tonsilitis, but this doesn't stop her to scrap. She made one 12x12 LO on Sunday night as entry to Kidscanscrap.com , and an altered item on Monday night. She's up for a mini album but still conceptualizing on the theme.
She's so excited to use all the RAKs she received. And mind you, what belongs to her is HERS, and what belongs to me is OURS! Very clever, isn't she? One thing we don't share is scissors coz she's left-handed!

They're Here!

Emily of Manhandled is so sweet! She sent the twilight buttons via USPS since UPS requires a lot more paper works. Knowing I'm afraid that it might get lost somewhere she said she's willing to replace it then if it happens. Good thing, the buttons arrived safe and sound! My DDs are so excited (so do I) and don't know which to use first! Here it is!

While this one was handcarried by DH from Singapore....

Soaking Wet!!!

It was a mixture of emotions – fear, disappointment and grief. I was busy last Sunday editing pics of our lanterns for SK when DS on a “panic mode” said “your scrapbook is wet!” The message didn’t sink in at once because there’s no reason for my scrapbook/s to get wet! The sun is up (definitely, there’s no rain) and they are secured in my playroom (drinking/eating is not allowed). I went to our playroom and lo and behold!... it’s not the scrapbook…. but the scraproom! Everything is dripping wet. Words didn’t come out in my mouth but the tears flowed unstoppably. I don’t know which one to touch first, to dry up and to save. I keep on crying as I wipe each pack of PPs, embies, tools. My AMM tote has water in it. My trolley and carry along bag were not spared, too. DD and DS used bath towels in drying up anything they can touch. DH is the one mopping the floor and giving instructions to my kids. I guess, we're all shocked! Where did the water come from? Our garden hose was left hanging by the fence and its nozzle facing the playroom’s windows. Maybe a street kid got thirsty, used the garden hose to drink some water and most likely don’t know how to turn it off. The water pressure was at its peak since the water hose was used in cleaning the car that morning (that explains why in just few minutes the playroom is soaking wet). Whoever could have seen me in that particular moment would be amused as to why this “girl” is crying over those wet stuff! Only a scrapbooker will surely understand!

This Kid Can Scrap!

Yes, she can… and I’m proud of her. She showed interest in this craft when she was barely 4 yo only. In 2007 , she joined her first online challenge (actually it’s for adult scrappers only) at “my scrapworks” (Valerie Salmon’s sketch and scrap challenge). What amazed me is her enthusiasm to scrap. She even encouraged her siblings and her father, too to join the challenge. You can view her entry here:
She’s always in the mood to scrap and she’s the one who never gets tired of “pushing” me to scrap. She’s fondly referred as “honorary member” of LB Scrapaholics coz’ she’s always present in our crop sessions (whether we like it or not!) LOL! She even joined some of online crops and recently an online tutorial at Scrappinkids. She actually had received several RAKs from wonderful scrappers whom she idolized (LB Scrapaholics (of course), Master Iris Uy, Wati and Michelle of Scrappinkids).
Finally, Chix and Issa recommended one site that caters to kid scrappers! And look here....

SK's Online Tutorial

Last Saturday, Pia and I joined the online tutorial over at Scrappinkids! It was Jessy who patiently gave us the instructions. It was a blast, and we had so much fun. It's a worthwhile experience made even better with my DD's presence.
Here's our finished Lanterns!

This is Pia's creation. I did all the cuttings (since she isn't allowed yet to "play" with the craft knife). The next one is mine!

One More Luck, One more RAK!

This time from Scrappinkids. My name was picked (again) by Aniza’s DS as one of the 2 winners for the V-Day Card challenge. The other one is also a Filipina, Mia Castrillo – a member of Scrappin’ Moms. Wati Basri (owner of SK) is the one who will send out the RAK for me, while Aniza will send the RAK to Mia. Thank you Scrappinkids!

Happy Valentine!

Hello! Here's my take to Aniza's Card Challenge (Scrappinkids). The felt flower is handmade. Chix shared me a link to You tube on how to mimick Maya Road's felt flowers. I enjoyed doing it and actually made four pieces in one sitting.

Have a healthy heart, too! TFL!

Valentine Treats

This monogram block has been standing in my playroom for more than 2 years now. Thanks to Wati of Scrappinkids for coming up with a Valentine inspired challenge. I was able to use it, as well as my old stash. The Keepsake bracelet features the whole family. And to make valentine complete, a box of dark chocolate comes with this monogram block!
Happy Valentine!

A is for Arellano, my family whom I Adore.... we are Affectionate and Attached to one another. Bound by Love we will Always be there for each other.


Bite Me!

Yes, please bite me and tell me I’m not dreaming……. I won, ooops , it should be WE WON! WE WON! Yeah, we’re so lucky to be picked as the winner for Twilight Challenge#1. Please see the announcement here:
and look at these lovely buttons courtesy of Manhandled

Aren’t they adorable? My DD just can’t wait for the package to come. Seems I can’t even touch them, huh! She wants all the 25 pcs. My very supportive DH immediately gave his UPS account to ensure that the buttons will reach us safe and fast, (LOL!)
Once again, Thank you to Jessica of anappleinhand.blogspot.com for coming up with twilight challenges ( #2 is up now, come on give it a try!) , to Manhandled who sponsored the RAK, to LB Scrapaholics for that extra PUSH, to Lee and Candy for the encouragement and of course, to my DH and kids who never cease to believe in what I can do and always give me reasons to scrap. Love you all!

Twilight Challenge #1

Thanks to Jessica for coming up with this challenge and to Candy for informing us about this. Yes, Candy – the same person who infected Lee and subsequently infected me with the Twilight Fever.
Here are two Los I made on Sunday afternoon. Both are inspired by the colors of the book itself, and I also used some quotes from the book. This is my DD who in some ways resembles Bella.
Just like Bella she’s serious, shy, and intelligent person, with a very dry sense of humor, non- athletic, also stubborn though not as clumsy as she is. She also has a very private mind and not good in lying.

Twilight Obsessed!

Yes, I’m one of them. At first it was DD who requested me to buy the book. I thought it’s simply a fad, because everyone in school has it. When I found out that co-scrapper Lee and Candy (whom I admire and idolize for being good in almost everything) are both hooked in Twilight, I started reading it, too! And as expected, I fell in love, and immediately bought the whole set. I gave it as a birthday gift to my DD and partly a gift to myself, (LOL!) Not only that, DH also bought the movie’s soundtrack and the Complete Illustrated Movie Companion! We also watched the movie (DH,DD and I) and all these things happened in December 2008. Yes, it’s true, scrapbooking took a backseat due to Twilight obsession. But the good news is, twilight also helped in bringing back my mojo! Watch out for it!

2009 – A Better Year…. A better ME….

That’s my goal. I want some changes not only to myself but to everything around me.
I enjoyed the long vacation last December by just being HOME with DH and kids. Since my ‘yayas’ were on vacation I was full time on household and mommy chores and literally off from office workloads.

For 1st half of January, here are some of my “achievements”:

1. dispose old stuff – clothes, bags, toys, household items (not through yet)
2. do several crunches before breakfast (temporarily stop from biking due to weather condition)
3. limit my intake of rice to 1 cup each meal and maintain a balance diet
4. make my “playroom” clutter free!!!!
5. Bedtime at 9pm

I also had my Routinary Check up and Complete Blood Test. My Internist said I’m perfectly healthy as far as PE and blood tests are concerned. My Orthopedic Surgeon said there’s nothing to worry about my foot (Achilles Tendonitis) and true to his word I’m fine in just a week time. Well, my ENT won’t definitely give me a passing grade – my allergic rhinitis is at its peak. I’m going to see my OB-Gyne this weekend for annual pap smear and would ask about mammogram, too.

My health (as well as my kids' and DH's) is on top of my List – I believe that if we are healthy we can do more things together each day of our lives.
Scrapbooking temporarily took a backseat and hopefully my mojo will be back before this month ends.

Happy New Year to all!