One fine Sunday...

Any mom with (just) BOYS out there? Come let's scrapbook :) 

Scrapbooking is not just for pretty girls. It's not just about flowers and laces and pretty things. It's for our little rock stars too. Thanks to Sizzix for making my life easy with the coolest dies they have. 

I have kept this photo for awhile because I wanted to use it with this Sizzix bicycle die. And when the die came, this layout happened effortlessly! 

Remember that pretty pink camera in my previous post? I used the same Retro TV Camera die and changed to  "manly" colors and alas! 

When my son Miguel got home and saw this, he read the journaling and I was shocked that at 6, he could already read cursive. Or maybe it's just normal for a 6 year old to read cursive? I don't know. never mind. What I want to think about is what he said after reading it. "Thank you Mommy for making a scrapbook about me and Kuya and for saying that you are happy to see us enjoy together at the park!" 

I was speechless :) and happy! 

washi tapes
diecuts - Pink Paislee

Celebrate Love

It's time to share with you my latest creation for Made With Love. This round, our theme is "Celebrations".  And it is just perfect because I'm going to celebrate my birthday soonest!

If you'd let me choose between and expensive bag and a notebook, I'd choose the latter. Honest. My notebook is my best friend. It knows my secrets, my dreams. I write my prayers on it. My disappointments, my happy thoughts! I list down my goals on it.  Recipes.  Grocery list. I can't live without a bag but I can never ever survive a day without my notebooks! 

In a few days, I will be turning 40 and I am quite excited about it. It feels great at this point of my life now, (Thank You God!) So to celebrate this great milestone, I made a special notebook for myself. In here I will record all the happy events of my life... to celebrate life and love, at forty :)  

It's actually just an ordinary notebook from a local bookstore, that now looks extra special because of some simple tricks made by Sizzix!

I covered the notebook with papers from Webster's Pages and played around with stencils and texture paste. Once dry, I cut details such as balloons, bicycles and such from the patterned papers and adhered those on the notebook cover.

Then I made these flowers using the Sizzix Camellia die. You can never go wrong with a Sizzix flower die + vellum + glitter. It's a guaranteed no-fail combination! 

How do you like this cute camera detail here? It's made using my little scrap cardstocks and the really cute Retro TV & Camera die set.

This notebook is so much fun and easy to make :) All you need is your Sizzix machine and dies, a little bit of supplies and a heart full of happy thoughts and inspiration!

All supplies available at Made With Love.

Sizzix Bigshot
Sizzix Retro TV, Camera and Fab 50's die
Sizzix Camellia die
Webster's Pages papers
others: brads, washi tapes, texture paste, glitter cardstock

worth remembering

I checked my calendar and looked at my activities this past week. I wanted to be proud of myself for having done a lot for the world. But when I really thought about it, the things that made me smile were not the ones listed in my calendar. These were the simple things I did randomly. Things that were not urgent but I did them anyway. 

... wanting to make someone happy.

... seeing Jaime Oliver's very effortless way of making a poached egg and attempted to do it too, failing miserably haha! I ate 3 poached eggs today because I didn't wanna waste eggs :) 

... crackle painting my nails.

... discovering my two darlings bonding non-verbally. 

... Okay,  to have their hair cut is was my planner. But the burgers + caramel sundae date? Definitely not! It happened after a debate with Miguel lol. 

 Thank God for  providing me with all the time to do the things that are so simple but worth remembering.... (that's why I blogged about them!)  Hope we all have a bright and happy week ahead! 

Do more of what makes you HAPPY

Like making quick and easy cards!

This card was super easy to make. Really. The only most difficult part of it was tying the ribbon. I swear!

How is that possible? Only when you have Sizzix Bigshot and the Triplits dies, which are currently my most favourite things in the world. 

If you are a simple gal like me, you would be happy even with just two colors.. and one of them should be white :) 

And then with a little help from Mr. Foam Dots, layer shapes any way you want :)

Making a card base as cool as this is as easy if you have Movers and Shapers XL Card Die because you just need to cut and fold, because the card will already be scored for you. Add a little gold background paper if you like!

Punch a lace border for a textured background.

Arrange and layer the flowers!

Stamp a sentiment, tie a bow and add some dewdrops. Done! You can see more awesome Sizzix projects and tutorials HERE

Do you want to make this card  + 4 more different ones yourself? Sign up for my class at Made With Love this July! :)

And here's another card I made using Sizzix Triplits among others. This  will be one of the projects to be done in the coming Made With Love Bigshot Party... 

Speaking of party. I just love the fact that lately, dear hubby and I have started to spend time with friends again. We both love entertaining at home. Since we got married, weekend get-togethers with friends at home were a must. It only stopped when Rujim was diagnosed with Autism. I never ever thought we could ever party again. I thought we would be forever on our own. Taking care of him. 

Fast forward 8 years later... Rujim is now okay. Not so sociable that he would also want to party with us. But he is okay. As long as I tell him "we have visitors".  The other day I told him, "Kuya say hi to our visitor" he replied "Hi visitor!" haha! 

We are living a happy life. Different but not less. 
We are able to do things that make us happy. Simple things.
Like bonding with friends who have the same interests with us.
We are blessed. 

papers - Websters Pages
others - dewdrops, ribbon, stamps, ink

Hello Cebu

Good morning! It's my turn to share with you my creations for Made With Love. This round we will be sharing with you scrapbook projects about our "travels" and I have picked this photo when my family went for a week-long vacation to Cebu, Philippines. 

I started with the idea of making a layout using Sizzix Life Made Simple dies and papers from Simple Stories Good Day Sunshine collection. I love that the dies complement the fun summer-themed papers which are perfect for our photo.

This is one of my fave photos. Look at those smiles :) I know travel should be about the places, the people, the culture but at this point,  the boys are growing so fast and I would like to take family photos with them as often as possible while they still comply. I know time will come when I have to already bribe them just to pose with us. Time will come when travel would mean just me and their Dad. That time I can take all the travel-ish photos I want haha! 

These are project life/pocket pages dies but I love that I can use them for other things such as cardmaking or scrapbook layouts! 

And because it's a die, I can cut over and over again to create layers. In this card, I cut multiple times using different paper designs to create this dimensional card. Cute isn't it? :) 

To fill the rest of the page, I layered stickers that tells about the details of that short vacation we had.  Sunshine, road trips, food and lots of photo taking! :) 

Sizzix Bigshot
Sizzix Dies - Life Made Simple
papers - Simple Stories
washi tapes - MT
baker's twine - Maya Road
foam dots - American Crafts 
All available at Made With Love. 

Enjoy. Each. Moment.

Today is our 11th wedding anniversary. I think it's first time that we didn't plan something unusual. Maybe because we are  so busy with so many things. This week was the kids' parent-teacher meeting week. Work deadlines to meet. Church. And too many things to mention haha. 

I am anticipating a nice gift from dear husband. I have bought a nice one for him too.  Definitely we will attend the Holy Eucharist. 

I just want everything to be simple. Ordinary. And genuinely happy. 
I just want to enjoy each moment. 

This card is a reminder for me to enjoy every moment as it comes. To not focus so much on the details and stuff. 

I made this using the following three different die sets from Sizzix.... 

... I cut a paper from My Mind's Eye with  Life Made Simple (659747)

... Yellow and white cardstock papers with Triplits - Hexagon (659630)

... chipboard for Phrase Enjoy (656566) 

... I then painted the chipboard with a white texture paste.

Once all the die-cuts were ready, I assembled the card and added trims and dewdrops.

(Edited: He gave me a super long letter and my long-time wish --- a black water-proof/scratch-proof leather tote. I gave him his white polo shirt in his fave brand and this flipagram. We also sacrificed a little bit of our special day coaching two friends in their "life goals" (Feels great to serve others). Managed to have quality time with kids at Candylicious and KFC. And the most beautiful part of the day was when the two of us lifted tables and chairs, and prepared the room for our Community's Holy Eucharist. It was such a happy moment. It didn't end there. We both watched movies at home (movie was not nice haha!) but the day ended really nice *wink* Thank You Lord for blessing our marriage!)

Sizzix Dies 
 Life Made Simple (659747)
Triplits - Hexagon (659630)
Phrase Enjoy (656566) 
texture paste - Daler Rowney
trims - May Arts
dewdrops - Robin's Nest
papers - My Mind's Eye


... for old friends who stay through the years. 
... for new friends who trust and add color to my days. 
... for a family who gives me reason to work harder. 
... for my boys who make me smile and love life.
... for a husband who makes me feel like he's the luckiest guy in the world to have me when it's really the other way around. 
... for discouragements that lead me to greater things. 
... for dreams coming true.
... for opportunities to help. 
... for excess weight lost. 
... for goals reached. 

Most of all for  God who never leaves me unattended. He continues to be my number one fan. He gives me so much to thank for.  


This 'thank you' card is very easy to make. All you need to do is cut these following shapes using the Elegant Stand-ups Card die set by Stephanie Barnard + Bigshot machine. 

I used papers from Pebbles. Using papers from one paper pad or collection makes life so  easy. You can never go wrong in color combinations :) 

So card looks normal and flat like this. 

When you open it you will see the phrase die-cuts "thanks a bunch". You can write your thoughts if you want to :) 

And the card can stand up like this! Awesome right? :) 
Thanks a bunch for popping by! Have a nice day :) See you soon! 

Sizzix Bigshot
Elegant Stand-ups Card die set by Stephanie Barnard
papers - Pebbles
ribbon - American Crafts
blings - Prima

This is the real me | Selfie Contest :)

One day, just for fun, I posted a selfie without make up on, using no filter (but I think I just got lucky the lighting in the house that day was good! haha) and challenged my Instagram friends to do the same, tag me and I will pick a random winner  who will receive a special gift from me.  This is just a game. But this also means that we agree on one thing. That beauty is not about being perfect. It is about being yourself,  and loving yourself and celebrating who you are. 

Look who are my oh-so-natural IG friends who joined in the fun... 

Not only that. When I posted in Instagram, it was automatically posted in facebook too and I love that my FB friends joined as well! 

So I decided to pick one winner from the Instagram entry and 1 winner from facebook using the Random Number Generator... and the winners are: @moonleetaiwan and RyanShine!!! Please email me your address at [gen8880ATyahooDOTcom] or PM me at facebook: THOUGHTFULCRAFTS. Congratulations! 

Thank you to all of you who joined! I had so much fun seeing your  bare and pretty faces haha!

Choose Real | Sizzix

It's my turn to inspire you  at the  Sizzix Blog today and if you want to know my thoughts behind this layout, what Sizzix die I used, go and check out the rest of my post HERE. 

Hope everyone's having a fantastic summer! :)

INSTAGRAM Challenge for Made With Love!

This month, all the Made With Love designers will host fun challenges for you and I'll start the ball rolling... 

Let's talk about our FAVOURITE THINGS. I have got a lot! But to make life less complicated for the challenge I will pick my top 3. 

1. Dewdrops
2. Washi Tapes
3. INKS! (This one came as a surprise to me. Thanks to my colleagues Jasmin and Aida for dragging me out of my comfort zone. I wanted to cry when they did. hahaha. (Guys you know what i mean)  I will forever thank them for it because now, I JUST LOVE INKS! 

So this is the layout I made using all those 3 items I listed above. In under an hour, I finished a page that becomes one of my faves if not the most fave ever.  Because when I was doing it, I was so emotional. Just truly happy and at peace. Grateful of my son, Rujim who has autism. He is my angel. My hero. Because of him I learned to be more simple. I learned to be more quiet and serious and deep. Because of him I am happy. And I learned that happy doesn't always mean we laugh out loud and smile all the time. Tears can mean happy too at times. 

 I wanted my layout to be simple, minimalist and so I didn't use any dimensional adhesives. No flowers and heavy embellishments. I just want the washi tapes, the inks and dewdrops to be showcased.. but most of all I would like the spotlight to be on the photo of me and Rujim and my thoughts about us. I think I achieved what I wanted :)

So here are the challenge details:

1.  I would like you to take a picture of any of your project, it can be new it can be old, as long as it shows you used one of the favourite scrapbooking supplies I mentioned (washi tape, dewdrops, ink) and post it on INSTAGRAM.

2. Hashtag it with: #mwldtchallenge

3. Your Instagram account must be public, and you must be living in Singapore.

4. Make sure you follow @madewithlovesg and @genevive (that's me) in instagram.

5. I will choose the winner  from all the instagram entries Sunday, 11th of May. Enjoy and goodluck!

See you in instagram! Xoxo, Gen :)