Friday, December 30, 2011

Sketch 62 at Sketchabilities

My second term at Sketchabilities begins now with Sketch 62.  As usual, I am so excited with Karan's Sketch so despite the hectic schedule of the yuletide season, I still got my mojos working.  Head on to Sketchabilities and you will know why.  

Sketch 62

My take:

I have to apologize though for failure to take a list of the materials used.  As far as I remember, I used Fancy Pants and Echo Park for my patterned papers, Lily Bee Designs for the rub-ons, Little Yellow Bicycle for the overlays, among others.

Thanks again for dropping.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Buttons Up at Scrap Your Crap

I believe that most, if not all, scrappers consider buttons as staple in every scrapper's stash.  These are one of those we hoard first when trying to build up our stash.  But for some reason, they are often forgotten owing probably to the never ending releases of new embellies in the market.  In fact, I have seemed to have abandoned them, thus, the dust accumulating on jars upon jars of buttons.  

It just an excellent idea that Scrap Your Crap came up with a challenge to find creative ways to use buttons in a layout or project.

This is what I came up with:

I used yellow buttons to create the rays of the sun.   I used lesser embellishments than usual to highlight how buttons can themselves be used as the highlight of a layout.  I love how the LO turned out.  The colors are so vibrant (loving my own, of course!)

Please head on to Scrap Your Crap and you will be glad you have now the reason to use those buttons which are just sitting in the containers begging to be used.

Thanks for dropping by.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Sketch 61 at Sketchabilities

I am excited once again to share with you my take on Karan's Sketch # 61 for Sketchabilities.  As usual, the challenge sketch provides ample inspiration to come up with a well-made layout as the sketch itself provides guidance on where to put just the right amount of embellishments.  

Sketch 61
My take:

I did some misting here using a Prima mask.  Stamped on musical notes stamp (the info on manufacturer will follow) and embossed with fine glittery embossing powder.  The overlay which says "sweetest day"  is from Pink Paislee.  Made some fussy cutting also to add to my Prima flowers.  Owing to my messy work area, I could not recall anymore the pp used.  It was taken from a kit prepared by our LSS.

Thanks for looking and hope to see your take at Sketchabilities.

Friday, December 16, 2011

I Am Part of Sketchabilities Again!!!

Yay! I am privileged to be invited again to be part of the DT at Sketchabilities.  This is my second term, which is the maximum term a member can stay as DT.  

Meet the members who will attempt to inspire you from January1-March 30th 2012

Aki Iinuma - Japan
Helen Tilbury-South Africa-returning
Kim Kendell-Austrailia-returning
Leah Cameron-Austrailia
Linda Eggleton-Austrailia
Marilyn Rivera-Puerto Rico
Nina Stenzel-Germany
Regina Castillo-Philippines-returning (this is me!)

Please visit us at Sketchabilities and be inspired by the sketches of Karan Gerber and the interpretations of her team.

Thanks for dropping by.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Trying my Luck with Imaginarium

Owing to the versatility of chipboards, most of my layouts are never complete without them.  They provide the needed dimension without much effort.  When I heard of the DT call for Imaginarium Designs, a designer and manufacturer of chipboards with unique designs, I summoned all my luck to be picked as one of the DT.  

I have chosen few of my favorite layouts which used chipboards as one of if not the main embellishment.

 Title: You Complete Me

A layout is surely given a lift with the use of the clock chipboard.

 Title: Adoration

Chipboard is likewise a great way to use as title to a layout.

 Title: My Baby is Now a Lady

For some natural feel, chipboard can be used unaltered.

Title: Precious Memories Shared

Or you can paint and mist chipboards to match your color motiff.

Title: I will Guide Your Through

Chipboard will never overdo your layout but will always provide lift to what may be an "overdesigned" page.

Title: The Look of Love

Title: You Make us Proud

I can never have enough of those butterflies.  Their possibilities are endless.

Title: A Star is Born

Love the effect of crackled paint on the bird and the cage.

Title: Because of You

Need I say more about my love for chipboards.  Lady luck, please, please, smile my way. :D

Thanks for dropping by.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Trust at Bird is the Word!

Jeannie, one of the November celebrants, prepared a canvass kit for the Wednesday Group to channel our inner talent in painting  . . .  at least in painting the base where we would put our scrapbook layout on.  :D

We applied gesso on the canvass before applying paint. I used Making Memories paint in lagoon and yellow as my background (courtesy of Sharon Chua).  I stamped on Tattered Angels stop watch and applied medium gel to set in the paint and stamp.

My project:

Journalling: Trust that your love will guide you through life's struggles. 

Since I intended to enter this to the next challenge at Bird is the Word, I deliberately used the word Trust in my journalling.  I always love to join challenges at BITW because my layout always end up more meaningful with my heartfelt journalling inspired by the challenge word at BITW.

Thanks for dropping by.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Sketch No. 60 at Sketchabilities

Another great sketch is up at Sketchabilities.  Please join us and be inspired by the versatility of the sketch.

The Sketch:

My take:

Title: My Girl Forever

I used again the feminine line of Echo Park Victoria Garden.

I used the clear tag of Tim Holtz to stamp on and emboss "Life is Good" by Technique Tuesday.

Thank you for dropping by.  Hope to see you at Sketchabilities.

Birthday Layouts

Everytime a scrapper of the Wednesday Group celebrates her birthday, she has to prepare a project for the group.  As I turned a year younger, I prepared layouts for the group using a Crate Paper's Kit (I just need to get back on the name of the Kit).  I generously used the paper so I was able to create four (4) layouts which I think could be stretched for one more layout or two.

Title: Home is Where You Are

I created a brick using a gesso and a paint, although I didn't get the desired color (I must have done something wrong).  I glued on mica flakes on the house, tree and flowers for some shimmer.

The flowers were from Karen.  I used them sparingly to extend its usage (you know how expensive prima flowers are).  It would be nice though to put more flowers to make a frame out of them.

The strip of chipboard with butterflies was copied from Iris' class.  I painted the chipboard with pearl dabber.  I melted 2 layers of UTEE and while it was still soft, I stamped on the butterflies by Tim Holtz.  I brushed on some gold perfect pearl and set it with water with the same color of perfect pearl.

This layout is basically about layering, nothing much.  I just used the Pink Paislee mistables and misted it with Maya Road Mist on pink (I think).

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, November 26, 2011


One of my favorite LSS, Lasting Impression, is having a month long anniversary celebration.  They are offering a kit per week for just P800 each (about $18) with lots and lots of PP and some embellies.  The challenge is to come up with at least eight (8) layouts to be eligible for a prize.  Not being a fast scrapbooker, naturally I didn't get to pick a prize.  But since I owe it to my depleting financial resources to at least make the most of the kit so I made as many LOs as possible.  I made nine (9) so far, the other one will be my submission for SYC so I have deferred its posting.  I still have few papers left.  I think I can still stretch it to two (2) more.  In the meantime, I want to share with you my layouts.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Sketch 59 is on at Sketchabilities

There is a kind of excitement I feel whenever I do my layout based on Karan's sketches (at Sketchabilities).  It somehow suits my current style of making clustered embellishments in 2 equally-weighted sides (almost at least).  

Also, I especially like her sketches because of its multi photo use, an opportunity for me to use up the photos piling up. 

Sketch # 59

My take:

Title: The Many Faces of Joachim

While I cannot seem to make a layout without flowers, I did go easy on my floral embellishments to fit my boy layout.

Supplies: CS: AC; PP: Echo Park Victoria Gardens Picket Fence, Botanical Ballad, Sunshine; Sticker: Crate Paper Phrases and Thrift Shop; Alpha: Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type; Rubon: Lily Bee Design Three Little Bird Accent; Border: Crate Paper Portrait Collection; Die: Sizzix TH Alterations Mini Paper Rosette.

Please visit the site and be inspired by the different interpretations of the DT.  Do not forget to link up your take.

Thank you for dropping by.

Scrap Your Crap Mist Challenge

I am happy to share with you my first submission for Scrap Your Crap.  The November challenge is for those who built up an array of mists among their stash but do not get to use them up.  I know, many of us are guilty as charged.  Its time to bring them out and spray them to your heart's content.  This month's challenge requires you to make use of at least THREE different mists or color sprays.  For those who do not have much mists, you can use paint instead.

My take:

Title: Because of You

Supplies:  CS: AC; PP: Echo Park Victoria Gardens Sunshine, Botanical Ballad, and Delightful Doilies: Journalling Cards and Element Stiickers: EP Victoria Gardens; Chipboard: Dusty Attic Picket Fence, Bird Cage by Prima item 551247, Clock by Heidi Swapp; Flowers: Prima Arcadian Collection Rosy/Eminence Collection; Stamps: Technique Tuesday Favorite Memories by Ali Edwards and Stampers Anonymous Stuff to Say; Canvass: Prima Resistant Canvass item 551612; Alpha: Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type; Mists: Memories Mists in Mango Lemonade, MR Maya Mists in Charcoal, and Tattered Angels Pineapple; Paint: Dabber Paint in Pearl White; Others: Glimmer Glaze in Mellow Yellow.

Please visit SYC and be inspired by the submissions of the DT.  Hope to see your project.

Thank you for dropping by.

Friday, November 11, 2011

New Word at Bird is the Word

Bird is the Word has a new challenge word - Adore.  This perfectly fits the title of one of my favorite layouts previously done for an ebook.   I am just glad to share it at BITW.

My take:

Title: Adoration (I have so much for you)

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Webster's Pages A Sweet Life (Miracles Occur); Flowers: Prima Symphony Blend Blue and Symphony Amoroso Pink; Chipboard: Maya Road; Die: Sizzix TH Alterations Dress Form; Bling: Prima Say It in Crystals; Rub-on: Fancy Pants Key Lime Pie; Medium: TH Distressing Ink Broken China; TH Alcohol Ink in Lettuce and Bottle, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Pineapple, Memories Mists in Blue Martini; Sticker; Stamps: HA Manuscript; Sticker: My Big Ideas Childhood Slang Sticker; Others: TH Idea-ology Fragment Charms; Pink Paislee Butterfly Collection.

Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

My Last For Little Shop of Sketches

Some good things had to end.  Sadly, Little Shop of Sketches has to close down.  This means one forum out from where inspiration can be obtained.  I guess everything happens for a reason.  I just wish the challenge owner, Tanya Leigh, the best of luck.

Now for the last Sketch:

My take:

Title: A Star is Born

Pardon my inability to include the materials used.  I made this a long time ago and I could not find the paper where I listed all the suppliers.  At any rate, the patterned papers are from Webster's Pages;  the bird cage, bird, butterfly and flowers are dies from Sizzix; alphas are from AC; stamp is from Technique Tuesday.

Thanks for dropping by.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Sketch # 58 at Sketchabilities

Is it just me or the sketches at Sketchabilities really exude a great aura of femininity.  I could not help myself but embellish my layouts with tons of flowers that my daughter had to stop me for overdoing it.  But isn't art about self-expression? Is there really "too much" in art? Well, you be the judge. :D

With this lovely sketch, can you fault me?

My take:
Title: My Fair Lady

I used here Victoria Garden by Echo Park. I so love the softness of this line.  Everything is about femininity.  I hope to do more girly layouts using this line very soon. 

Thank you for dropping by.  Please join us and link your project at Sketchabilities.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Yay! Another Good News!

Life is really good.  Around the same time I got news that I was accepted to be part of the DT of Scrap your Crap, I got email from Joy's Life that I got in also as part of the DT of Joy's Life, an international scrapbook store that specializes in stamps.  Woo hoo. . . lots of opportunities to inspire (in my own little way) fellow scrappers around the globe and to be inspired by the enormous talents of the other DTs.

Please meet the members of the DT of Joy's Life.  Please do visit their pages and be amazed by their talents.

Please tune in for incoming challenges.

Monday, October 24, 2011

I am part of SYC DT!!!!

Yay! I was chosen to be part of Scrap Your Crap DT.  When I chanced upon SYC's DT call, the qualifications appealed to me.  They were looking for hoarders who surround oneself with pretty papers, chipboard, embellishments, etc.  It was like they were specifically describing me so I tried my luck and applied.  I was fortunate to be chosen among the applicants.  May this be the opportunity for me to use up some of my hoard rather than a justification for me to shop. . . oh no! How come the last option sounds more appealing?! :D

Meet the rest of DT members:
Natt Smith:

Regina Castillo

Renee Zieglmeier

Caryn Kidwell

Martine Labelle

Norine Borys

Nitisha Griffin-Johunkin

Jenifer Evans

Dana Tatar

Kate Vickers

Greta Adams 
(SYC Founder)

Kim Sonksen 
(Blog Admin and DT Coordinator)

Hope you will join the challenges that we will be posting soon.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Ashley Horton's Sketches

A co-DT at Sassy Lil' Sketches, Ashley Horton, has unleashed her other talent - to make scrapbooking sketches and she made quite awesome sketches. Head on to her PAGE and be ready to be inspired.

While I attempt to interpret her other sketches, I would like to share a layout with the same pattern as Ashley's Sketch No. 7.  Hope it will give her followers some idea on how to tweak the sketch.

Sketch 57

My take:

Title: Ride Along

Supplies: PP: American Crafts CS While and Yellow; Echo Park Dots and Stripes Navy Large Dot and Navy Small Dot; Mask: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Timeworks; Stamps: Technique Tuesday Get it in Gear; Technique Tuesday Life in Pictures by Ali Edwards; Mists: Maya Road Hydrangea Blue; Memories Mists Mango Lemonade; Rub-ons: Scenic Route Vacation; Dies: Sizzix Gear and Sizzix Loops and Rik Raks ; Alphas: AC Nutmeg; Lily Bee Designs ABS Stickers; Others: Versa Fine Onyx Black.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

31 Days of Halloween at Paper Issues

Halloween is not much here in the Philippines except for the trick or treat where kids are dressed up in costumes.  Apart from that, we do not decorate our houses with halloween stuff.  

The theme at Paper Issues, 31 Days of Halloween, and the submissions of the DTs got the better of me.  I was so inspired that I needed to come up with my own take. I bought my son his costume this early and I had him tried it on for the pictorial.  

This is my take:

Title: The Last of the Triceratops

I resurrected my DCWV Fall Collection and my Little Yellow Bicycle Halloween transparency.  I used foam tape to have some lift on my photos.

After months of non-use, I had reunion with my MM Slice.  I used Basic Elements for my title.

Paper Issues is having this theme for the entire month of October.  You still have time to link your take.

Thanks for dropping by.

My First Ever at Sketchabilities

Yay! I am so excited, Sketch 57 is up at Sketchabilities.  I am so happy to see my first ever submission as DT along with the rest of the talented DTs.  My first sketch with Sketchabilities came as a breeze.  I did not have a hard time coming up with my own interpretation.  The sketch was so inspiring and it fits perfectly my style (at the moment). :D

Here is Sketch 57:

 My take:

Title: The Look of Love
Did some paper rolling here:

I love how the color of my butterfly matched the page's motif.  I put pearl powder around the edge of the butterfly for some shimmer.

Supplies: PP by Webster's Pages Country Estate Serenity; CS by AC; Mask by Prima; Alphas by AC and Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type; Butterfly by Pink Paislee Butterfly Garden Collection; Flowers by Prima; Doilies from Gourdos (local store); Journal strips from Little Yellow Bicycle; Die leaves by Sizzix; Stamp by Technique Tuesday (one of Ali Edward's); Others: washi tape, ribbons; pearl powder; pearls.

Head on to the site to get some inspiration and do not forget to link your take.

Thanks for dropping by.