Thursday, January 24, 2008

One Crazy Year and a Lifetime of Lessons

Inspired by my blog entry here and by the Scrapbytes December-January Challenge, I was able to start making my Up With People scrapbook.

There are hidden journaling under the tags. They're handwritten.

TITLE TAG hidden journal :

" Though the actual journey was only for half a year, my whole 2007 was occupied with thoughts and lessons about UWP. When faced with the question, "How was it?" Explaining the experience to the letter would be very difficult. I could probably enumerate all the stuff I learned ranging from leadership principles to immigration policies, but I will spare you from that overwhelming sensation and share with you the seemingly small but valuable lessons."

LESSONS TAG hidden journal:

"My adventure was never without bumps. I pray that this half year of my life will impact me forever. This page will hopefully serve as a reference for me to look back to when I start to forget about the good things in life, and when I need to be reminded about the lessons I learned..."

I decided to make it a "Suitcase" Theme and I already have a very smart sketch for the cover And the rest of the album will carry this theme ! I am so excited to get started on making the whole thing.

Without a job, I can't go on a scrapbooking binge so I am making do with my current stash and hopefully be able to create the whole album with what I have (this also brings back the essence of "scrap"booking, hehe) I can't even buy those fancy schmancy refillable albums so I decided to use All About Scrapbooking's biggest album, which I hope will work well! (I made provisions for margins tho, so if it falls apart in the future I can have it bound again!.

To save on cash, scrap supplies AND time, I made a layout using more of my style and less "Contest" style. What do I mean by "Contest" style? Oh, fancy stuff. Publish-worthy stuff with all the blings and embellishments that I can't afford, hehe. But I want to create whole albums and I can't afford a whole album if I do it that way. (I also want to make my albums relatively flat and "closeable" -- what good will "acid and lignin free products do if your books won't close flat?)

However, I like my style :-) although I know without too much bling I have a far shot at winning contests. Eh, but I am having fun making and joining. Malay , maka-chamba, eh di hitting two birds with one stone. ;-)

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Split Personality

This LO won the June 2007 Scrapbytes Challenge "Man of the Hour" (YEY! I don't know how to claim my prize tho! I was out of the country by the time I learned I won.. pero .. YEY pa din !)

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Of Backlogs and Sidelines

I am back!

After 5 months on the road, I stare at my scrapstuff (hindi naman ganun ka-dami) and I feel sad that they all don't look and feel familiar anymore.

I am so excited to start organizing and scrapping again. I am yet to finish my traditional wedding scrapbook (I'm done with the digital) , and then it's going to be hard, hard work for my Up with People album (how can I finish a 5 month-long exhilirating experience album?)

And... I am unemployed right now. More time to scrapbopok and more time to make kutkot. Hopefully I discover a way to have income in the middle of all these kutkots :-)

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Wedding Album -- Finished Product!

I showed you the layouts before :::

Now, let me show you the finished product! Hardbound! Oh I'm so happy it came out nice!

My apologies if the photos of the album are low res -- I only used my phone ...

The FrogFlops Won !

To refresh your memory, here are the FrogFlops :

After worrying whether I made the deadline (because of the suspicious SM saleslady) am so happy that I won! Not the grand prize tho -- just one of the 4 consolation prizes... a P1,000.00 gift cheque from SM :-) Not bad, considering I paid only P150 for the slippers.

Since I posted the FrogFlops online I've made PigFlops, SunFlops, StarFlops. Still in the pipeline are MoonFlops, TigerFlops, CheetahFlops, ElephantFlops! (Pangit ng name -- parang FLOP! haha. Well, I can't help it)

Whew. Text me 0917-5201888 for your orders. I just have to say that orders beyond these bananaspin-Flops will be priced slightly higher than the first ones. (I used my old stash of materials for the first few flip flops, and just learned now that they are priced wayy higher than before :-(( )

The designs are handdrawn and handcut by yours truly.

While supplies last.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Celebrate Her - My Scrapfest SHE Layouts

I had quite an interesting time picking the photos and themes for the "SHE" sayings for the scrapfest 6x6 layouts. I did the Mom and Dad layouts at the Scrapfest. The Solo, Sam and the Stuff layouts I did at home :-) Thanks for looking. Sorry if some of the photos are dark :(

(I also realized just now that I am a happier blogger than a Multiply account keeper!)

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Scrappin' with my Mom (an account of our Scrapfest Experience)

“Memi Scraps” Digital LO Credits
Sarah Batdorf’s Arboretum guide for “circles” paper strip and pink ribbon, Rhonna Farrer’s June free kit for background, flower doodle ( Danila Peuss Simplicity Kit for the bubble alphas ( Flower frame (
Journaling reads: "What else can top a whole day of Scrappin' as a Mother's Day treat? I totally enjoyed bringing my mom to the Scrapfest! Now that she's been "exposed" I hope she appreciates my kalat in the house from now on! I love my mom (she's such a lucky charm!). If you were in the Scrapfest, you know what I mean! 'Til next event!"

As early as April, I told my mom if it was okay with her for us to celebrate Mother’s Day a week later. Fine with her, and I was so excited! My mom is a great crafter (she doesn’t need magazines or idea books to come up with something great from scraps or useless things. She was a bit hesitant about modern scrapbooking because she told me she had no idea about a Scrapfest and a bit uncomfortable about people spending a lot of money for “scraps”

Well, I was like that when I first joined the egroups (Pinoyscrapbookers and Scrapbooks Exchange) and that was why I was on lurker mode for a long time! Soon, the artist in me won over my cheapskate personality (hehe, and this is also the reason why I also explored digital scrapbooking) and I decided to plunge right in!

It was fun planning for the Scrapfest. My computer illiterate mom struggling with selecting photos from our PC, and me struggling to explain to her scrap terms like LO, embellishments, blings, vellum, 6x6, 12x12. Oh, you can imagine how many nights I had to explain to her that “the 6x6 layouts are for the altered box so we need to make 5 of those. Mum, that’s small, you can’t fit a lot of photos there. The 12x12 layout is BIG, choose nice, big photos.” Every night she comes up with more photos for the 6x6 and tiny ones for the 12x12. Hehe. Oh well. A day before the Scrapfest I had our pictures printed and told her, “Memi, bahala na bukas!”

This was my first time to attend a scrap event. I was nervous and excited AND overwhelmed. My dad dutifully loaded our scrap stuff in the car (my whole stash can fit in two large tote bags, my mom and I will share). Along the way my mom asked me how much I have been spending for scrapbooking (we had to make a stopover at our Makati apartment to pick up some alpha stamps I left behind). To which I answered, “If papa has golf, I have scrapbooking”. I admire my dad for putting up with two females like us, hehe.

The first sentence that we heard when we stepped in the Makati Parks and Gardens hall was, “Naku, mauubos pera natin dito!” haha, to the delight of my dad who wanted to come with us and “make usyoso” My mom whispered to me that she was really overwhelmed!

We were lucky that we arrived early and was able to sit on the 3rd row (what I can call the winner’s row! Later on, our row was a recipient of raffle prizes and major prizes! Yup, we were in the same row as Hall of Famer Donna!). The thing about the physical arrangement of the place was that it was too crowded and it was hard to move around and to fix your tools to where you can have easy access to them. Worse, when a scrapper in front of us moves her chair back, the chair hits our table and disrupts whatever we are doing! (I ruined a journal because of this huhu) Maybe next time the Scrappin’ Moms can get a bigger venue with sturdier tables! “Form and Function” right? I heard the Scrapfest gets better every year.

For a relatively “newbie” scrapper, the demos were a big help, definitely added to the things that can help prettify my pages. It was also my first time to see Sizzix (amazing!) and first time to try embossing with a heat gun! And I was so proud of my mom who was able to follow all the instructions in the demo (and even got it faster than I did..) Oh, and let me share also that she is my “human Sizzix” I swear she must have been born with a cutter in her hand (that’s not even X-acto!)

Soon, my mom was “serious” about the layouts. She told me how come I left our Modge Podge at home, and even stood up to buy some rub-ons from Craft Express. When the Cherry Arte challenge came, she asked me if I can go get us some “brighter” Cherry Arte papers! It was so fun to see her “in her element” :-)

And we were lucky, lucky, lucky also! As expected, we did not get any of the LO prizes but we did win in the raffles, two times each! For the “Bring a Friend” raffle, we both got a Xyron Sticker Maker Travel Scrapbook Kit (keep posted we might sell/ swap one of them). Then we also won stuff from the regular raffle! A Handcrafted Expressions accordion album for me and a super nice Chatterbox mini album kit for my mom. Luckiest! ;-) our entrance fee was really worth the fun we had and the prizes.

My dad picked us up at the end of the event and I can see that he also enjoyed the short time that he was there. He even bought me the photo cubes from Handcrafted Expressions because they looked nice. He had fun looking at the “kung ano-ano” and commented that it was really tough for the judges to judge the diverse layouts. Each scrapper had a unique style and it was a headache for him to decide which was best. (A suggestion from my dad: the ultimate layout contest for him will be a contest that asks you to scrap a standard, generic photo, standard papers, standard tools.)

I was able to buy some stuff also – my Colorbox black and brown (thanks for the advice ladies!) – some papers: Cherry Arte, Urban Lily, Fancy Pants. On my wish list but way out of budget are chipboard letters (decided not to buy because at P900.00 I cannot even use the obscure letters like X Q Z, etc) , paisley chipboard prints (when I decided I wanted them I can’t find them anywhere na!) , scrapbook paints, heat gun, Alpha stamps, and I also loved the Cuttlebug machine. Sigh.

I am on the lookout right now for the nice tool tote (like Tin’s) which I totally forgot to find during the event.
When we got home, my mom helped me fix all the scrap stuff back to their respective racks and containers. Up to the clean up, it was a bonding moment! We also decided to do a joint project on one of our photo boxes for my foster sister Irene.

Congratulations to the Scrappin’ Moms for a great event! It was stressful but fun! I enjoyed meeting all the other ladies Au, Nita, Lee, April, Ria, Pia, Joanne, Jen, Bjay (yahoo you got the Pig-Flops), Dianne, Mia, Jhoy, naku if I forgot anyone – sorry! It was a very overwhelming event, and packed also! We did not even get to do our “Inking tutorial” – maybe we should just schedule that, eh? Oh, and I'm also sorry for the mix-up at the registration table -- you see, I'm still not used to "Hanna Pacua" -- I still use "Hanna Fernando" :-)

Kudos to everyone! I might not be a mom yet – but I brought a scrappin mom! ‘Til next event!

More photos and our Scrapfest layouts at