Saturday, June 25, 2011

Still EP For the Record

Pardon my apparent love for one line presently.  Its not actually a blind infatuation but more of my "OCness" to complete a line before I head on to do something else. Here are more layouts created out of the remaining EP For the Record.  

This LO was inspired again by June 15th Challenge at Once Upon a Sketch.  Actually, I made more than one LO and chose the one which got the most votes cast by my small fans club which is composed of basically my household members.  While this one didn't make it to the final submission, I still love the clean effect of the color combo, but then again who can go wrong with a single color paired with black. 

Title: Picture Perfect (except for a sleeping boy) 

Journal: I love how my family is one with me in dressing up in coordinated colors (or they just have no choice).  I convinced them that dressing up alike is a way of stamping a mark of being part of the Castillo family.  They have no regrets since most of the pictures always turn out to be lovely and scrapbook friendly.  While my kids are still young and can still be manipulated, I take advantage of every opportunity to dress us up alike.

Supplies: EP For the Record; Sizzix TH Butterfly; Cuttlebug Paper Frills; EK Punch; Heidi Swapp Clock; Buttons; Stamp: Hero Arts Manuscript; Rub on: Scenic Route

Title: Just Happy Together

Supplies: EP For the Record: Flower: Prima; Stamp: Jenny Bowlin Discover

Thanks for the visit.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

More of Echo Park For the Record

My OC on the use of a kit until the last element is used up is again getting the best in me (or worse).  I am trying with all my might to limit its use only up to the extent that I can come up with a decent layout.  Otherwise, the entire exercise will be reduced to a mere quantity.

So far, I am still quite satisfied with the layout I have been creating with EP For the Record.  But the versatility of the kit is running thin with my available pictures.

Sharing with you the LOs I made using the kit.

This LO was inspired by the June 15th Challenge at Once Upon a Sketch.

Title: I Adore You (everyday)

Journal: You are one of my favorite subjects, be it in photography or scrapbooking.  You always have that ready warm smile that I know is especially meant for me.  Its a smile that is deep with love and affection.  I just hope you will not change even if you are already at age when guys will be fighting over to win that smile.

Title: You Give Us So Much Happiness

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Once Upon A Sketch June 15th Challenge

While I am completing my Echo Park For the Record, I thought it would be more inspiring to create layouts based on sketches posed by some sketch challenge blogs.  Once Upon a Sketch is one of the few challenges I often join in because the blog has one of the nicest people who are ever ready to give inspiring words to fellow scrappers.

This is the June 15th Challenge:

And my take:

Title: Move Over Bieber

As part of the challenge, I provided journalling apt for my son's pictures:

I am amazed with how you love to wear any sun glasses you can grab.  Unlike other babies your age who get easily irritated with anything that may block their sense of sight or even weigh them down, you exude some aura of confidence in wearing a pair.  Somehow, you know that your looks get some booze when you wear sun glasses.  That's vanity in its early workings.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Sketchabilities No. 49

I was working on my Echo Park For the Record and I searched the net for some inspiration. I was awed by the potentials of Sketch 49 of Sketchabilities and I decided to give it a try.

I used again my photos with my two lovely kids at Tagaytay Highlands taken summer of last year. While I've used these photos in various occasions, they once again graced my page to match the vintage colors of For the Record. Since the theme is about summer, I added up some yellow touches to brighten my layout.

Here is Sketch 49:

Title: Bonding Time (Tagaytay Highlands)

Supplies: PP: Echo Park For the Record; Stamp: Teresa Collins Discover; Maya Road Sheer Clock; Alpha: Cosmo Cricket Tine Type; Flowers: Prima, Cuttlebug Design Paper Frills; Crystals: Prima; Mask: TH Ideology

Thanks for the visit.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Little Shop of Sketches # 87

This is my first sketch from Little Shop of Sketches (LSS) as a DT.  As soon as Tanya Leigh sent us the Sketch, I didn't waste time to crack my brain out on how to execute the sketch.  Started with the pictures on hand, base cardstock, some coordinating embellishments, a little toss around, up and down. . .  and voila, I got my first sketch with LSS!

I have been staring and examining my creation for days thinking if I got everything right.  I suddenly was unsure of my scrapping potentials.  I wanted my first LO to be perfect and I was uncertain if it already passed the DT standards, if there is such a thing.  Call it beginner's paranoia or something.  To stretch my paranoia a little further, I even made a second LO so I would have something to compare my first LO with. Unfortunately, things just got worse.  I was even more uncertain which LO would I submit that would best pass for a DT work.  Hay! When my exhaustion got the better of me, I just went with my instinct and submitted my LO.

This is Sketch 87

My take:

Title: Always Grateful to Spend Time Together

I just love the October Afternoon Country Fair pages, it provided the cheapest floral embellies.  I did some rolling of ribbon over a raffled orange ribbon.

Supplies: CS Scenic route; October Afternoon Country Fair; Maya Road Sheer Calendar; Maya Road Sheer Journal; AC Thickers; My Little Shoe Box Mini Alpha Sticker; Hambly Studios Kraft Stickers; TH Distress Ink Spiced Marmalade and Broken China; Maya Road Maya Mists Hydrangea Blue; Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists Harvest Orange and Pineapple; Kaiserkraft metal key; Tattered Anges Glimmer Glass Regal; Ribbons

And this is my LO that didn't make it:

Please head on to LSS and join us with this wonderful sketch.  Go to LSS ning site to upload your layout with mention on the sketch # you used.  Thank you.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Iris' Pink Paislee and Crate Class

I had tiring but fun-filled scrapbooking activity today courtesy of Iris Uy's Pink Paislee and Crate class.  As usual, we were treated to a mix media class of misting, painting, stamping, embossing, and the use of gesso, clear gel, pearl mica, opal dust, etc.  

No one will go wrong scraplifting Iris' creation.  

Looking forward to Iris' next class.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

My LO was featured at Scrapbooking Whimsy

What makes scrapbooking addicting?  Every scrapbooker may have different reasons for finding the craft as addicting as caffeine.  One common reason may be to create the stories behind what simple pictures depict and to preserve such stories even beyond the scrapbooker's lifetime.  This is particularly true to yours truly.  I want to share who I am, what I value in life and how I appreciate persons and things around me through the pages I create.  

On a lighter note, scrapbooking may be addicting with the thought that every page is an opportunity to create the best art ever, and so the quest is never ending.  The appreciation and inspiring words from fellow scrapbookers are the icing on the cake which give you assurances that you may be really cut for this craft.  One of this inspirations may come in the opportunity to be featured in one of the scrapbooking sites available in the net.  

Scrapbooking Whimsy was sweet enough to feature my take on Once Upon a Sketch May 15th Challenge.  This is one of the simple joys that make scrapbooking addicting.

Please head on to Scrapbooking Whimsy for some inspiration.

Thanks for your time.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Color Combos Galore #196

I particularly love sketches which require a particular color combination.  It provides that added challenge to create a page that would use colors that usually are not my cup of tea.  As a matter of experience, if I follow the color combinations to the letter, my LO will not be a disaster.

Color Combos Galore is another site I usually visit for some inspiration.  The inspiration board for this week is a focus on what one loves about summer.  What appears as more inspiring about the challenge is the color combination of subtle blue with earthly colors.  

The Inspiration Board # 196

My take:

Title: Summer Fun & Beyond

As seen in my recent works, I love misting using combination of colors which usually are the required palette.  Also, the manuscript background is likewise a recent style fave.

I made use of a Cuttlebug Design border frills, rolled and pasted them around to create the flowers.  I put them over prima flowers to match the color motif.

Supplies: PP: Echo Park for the Record; Screen Prints: Hambly Mod Circles & Scrapbooker's Sonata; Ink: Brilliance Olive; Versa Fine Onyx Black; Flowers: Prima and Cuttlebug, Inc. Paper Frills; Rub-ons: AC Spring & Summer Book One; Border Stickers: Crate Paper; Stamps: Hero Arts Old Manuscript: Technique Tuesday The Family Circle by Ali Edwards; Mask: Prima.

I love the clean appeal of the color palette.  I will definitely use this again for my future LOs.

Thank you again for taking time to visit.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

The Color Room Palette # 61

Another palette is up at The Color Room.  Since I never doubted the potentials of every palette at TCR, I always make it a point to join, if I can.  This week's challenge is whitewashed.  You have to use color orange in different shades.   I always associate orange with something vintage.  So I attempted to make one with some tearing, distressing, inking, stamping and crampling.  While not so "vintagee", I still like what I made out of it.

Palette # 61

Title: My Precious

Supplies: Paper: We R Memory Keepers Frenzy Burst; AC Blue Skies; Journal: October Afternoon Cherry Hill Journal Cards; Aplha: Sizzix Twang; Flowers: Prima Swaney Collecton; Others: Heidi Swapp Clocks; Maya Road Antique Mini Chipboard Set; Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists

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Friday, June 3, 2011

June Challenge at Once Upon a Sketch

Headed on to Once Upon a Sketch to get some inspiration.  The June Challenge requires one to create an LO with female as a subject.  The journalling has to be at least 2 lines that say something about the female subject.  I found pictures of my daughter which are perfect for this sketch.  I just love how it turned out.

The Sketch:

My take:


Saw this style from Iris Uy's blog to mimic a flying butterfly, flapping its wings. 

Journal: Reality Check, Believe in yourself. Be you (that is the best thing you can be).

I stamped here a Stampin Up Sweet Serendipity to match my theme.

Supplies: CS - October Afternoon Country Fair; Webster's Page; Journal - Maya Road; Alphas - Sassafras My Dream; Tapes -  Heidi Swapp Theme Tapes; TH Distress Ink, Spiced Marmalade; Tattered Angels, Glimmer Mist, Harvest Orange; Tattered Angels Glimmer Class, Regal; Stamps - Stampin Up! Sweet Serendipity; Hero Arts Old Letter Writing; Prima Mask; Punch - Marvy Uchida Butterfly; buttons. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

My DT Stint at Little Shop of Sketches

Yehey! I am so excited to have received news from Ms. Tanya Leigh of Little Shop of Sketches (LSS) that I made it to the Design Team  (DT) of LSS for 2011-2012.  This is my first time to apply for a DT call and I am so blessed to have been chosen along with talented scrappers around the world.  Now I will not be a mere passive scrapper but will attempt to inspire fellow scrappers who usually browse the net to get their mojos going.  

Little Shop of Sketches is a sketch blog that releases a sketch once week which can be very useful for those needing some inspiration.  

I am posting again my submission for the DT call.

Hope you visit the site and play along with us.