Mini Envelope Album Tutorial

I made lots of mini envelopes and turned it into a book. Wanna know how I did it? Click HERE. 


Because I have a brother....

When Miguel saw this layout's title, he added: "I will love him always!" I hope and pray in my heart he will always stay true to that. Even on days when Kuya becomes too much for almost always being the one to decide which movie to watch, or which fast food to eat at. Miguel has always been very understanding of his brother who has autism. Loving. Supportive. Patient. And sometimes jealous I think. There was one time, he innocently blurted out "Sometimes I wish I was a special batchoy* too so I can go to Kuya's school and we become school mates." That's because he was jealous because Kuya gets to go swimming every Monday in school. Then a few minutes of heart to heart talk would lead him to a deeper understanding of how things are. It's amazing how at 6, he is able to grasp everything like a true hero. 

God knows what He's doing. He takes care of everything. And having Miguel and Rujim as brothers is part of it. I can't help but smile and feel at peace. When the trumpet sounds and I'm outta here, they both have each other  and they both have God :) 

It's my turn for a quick inspiration post now at Sizzix. Go and have a look! :) 

*special batchoy - his endearment for Kuya because he has special likes and preferences, behaviours, etc 

Project Life: Rujim's 9th Birthday

I remember the last time we threw a party for Rujim (I think he was 6 that time). He did not like it. He stayed in his room most of the time while all the guests enjoyed outside. Can you imagine how I felt? Being so passionate about party-planning, party details, giveaways, balloons, decors and such, it broke my heart. But then again, it's his birthday. Who am I to choose his happiness right? Birthday is about thanking God for our life, for celebrating this life with our loved ones. In any way that makes the celebrator happy :) And so the next parties became much simpler. We would go to the beach or have a simple dinner with a few friends... and this year, we went on a staycation! 

For those of you who don't know, Rujim has autism. I can't believe I can say that now with a smile and joy and peace in my heart. What a beautiful journey it has been. Not easy but beautiful. Autism has brought so much blessings to our family. One of which is benefiting from Kuya's love for hotels and beaches and cozy places haha! This project life spread is about that weekend. When we went to Shangri-La with no plans but to just follow Kuya's lead.  It's as if we did nothing but just enjoy each other's company and nature. 

Now let's talk about how I go about making a PL layout. 

My Made With Love DT kit for this month consists of papers and Bits and Pieces pack from Simple Stories Say Cheese 2 collection. This collection is really perfect for Disneyland photos but I challenged myself that it can also be used for any photo that's available. Besides, the happiest place on earth is anywhere with our loved ones. But I'm not saying I don't wanna go to Disneyland. Who knows.. maybe next year, on Kuya's 10th birthday hahaha! 

Since the papers and die-cuts I would be using are really bright, I printed my photos in black and white. This way, the colors of the embellishments won't clash with the colors in the photo. The colored version of the photos will be reserved for the mini album I'm making :) 

This is how I do it. I created a collage in picasa and edited it at once. Then printed using A4 photo paper. 

Then I cut white card stock paper according to the layout of my page protectors. 

Next, I arranged the photos, trying to distribute it around the pages. 

Here's the fun part. Embellishing the page. It's easier when the embellishments come from the same collection. You won't have to think about color coordination. It'll just look good however you arrange it. But. You can't just stick anything anywhere.. You have to arrange the embellishments according to how you want to tell your story. Use stamps to add more details. Add embellishments like buttons, dewdrops, sequins or wood chips for dimension. Lastly, show your thoughts about the photos with your own handwriting to make your cards special and personalised. Here are some close-ups of my cards... 

For the title, you can use thickers. But if you don't have enough letters (always happens haha) or the availalbe color you have is not the color you want, you can use Sizzix Block Talk like what I did here. 

The joy to see Kuya smile and enjoy his birthday is reason enough for me to be happy even if it means I'm never gonna be a party-planner-mama for him. It's okay, at least I still have Miguel. I still have the chance. Lol!

Products used* 
white cardstock
Bits and Pieces Pack - Simple Stories 
stamps - Heidi Swapp
washi tapes 
Sizzix Bigshot Machine
Sizzix Block Talk

*All availalbe in Made With Love

Baby Shower Card

Believe it or not, I can't draw to save my life. In fact, I'm the only one in my family who can't draw.  And I want to believe God led me to Sizzix because,  well, I don't really need to :) Here's proof! 

I made a baby shower  card using my Sizzix Bigshot Machine and the latest Sizzix Dies by Stephanie Barnard. 

This 3D  card is actually a "happy birthday" card but I cut off the word "birth" and changed it into a onesies. This now becomes a "welcome baby" gift!

I used the two dies Sizzix Triplits Die Set 14PK - Oh, Baby  and Sizzix Framelits Die Set 19PK - Card, Happy Birthday Step-Ups to cut all the shapes I wanted in white cardstock. When cutting framelits or triplits dies, the Sizzix sandwich should be in this order: Magnetic Platform +  Standard Cutting Pad +paper + thinlits dies facing down + Standard Cutting Pad. Just run the sandwich through the machine and you will have your die-cuts in seconds! 

I played around with the water colors and let all the die-cuts  dry. 

Once the die-cuts are dry, It was time to adhere the pieces together to the card using foam dots for dimension. Then I added  some stickles here and there! 

Lastly, stamp a card sentiment and you're done! Easy as 1 2 3! Here's the final look once again...

Thank you Sizzix for giving me the chance to be an artist even though I don't know how to draw :) 


Sizzix Triplits Die Set 14PK - Oh, Baby 

Standard Cutting Pad 
white cardstock
water colors


Paper Chucks :)

This it the cutest thing I have ever made in my entire Sizzix Design Team life. Ever. 

Need I say more? I can't stop looking at it.
And here's the very easy  and fun steps on how to do it...

First you need to get the following materials: 

star stamp
black ink
sharpie pen
white twine

Die-cut the shapes needed. This part is very easy as long as you have the Sizzix Bigshot Machine   All you need to do is to make the "sandwich" which consists of (from bottom to top): Standard Cutting Pad  + die + paper + Extended Premium Crease Pad and run it through the machine. You will then have the diecuts needed!

Then using the crop-a-dile, attach eyelets. If you don't have a crop-a-dile yet, you can use the old-school method of attaching eyelets using a hammer and an eyelet setter, or you can just leave the holes as is.

To make the logo, cut an inch sized circle using the Sizzix Originals Circles Die  or a puncher then stamp a small star and add a broken line around it using a sharpie pen. That black accent you see is a strip of black cardstock.

Then finish the shoe with, of course, the shoelace :) This paper shoe is perfect for many purposes. it can be a favor box, a diaper cake topper, a baby room decor.

How do you find it? :)
XO, Gen

Products used: 

star stamp
black ink
sharpie pen
white twine

Love Today + Little Giveaway

It's my turn at the Sizzix blog now and I shared a tutorial on how I made this planner dashboard using the latest dies from Tim Holtz. One of which is the uber cute coffee cup! Look! 

There is something in a cup of hot coffee that makes me alive.

And there is something in planners that makes my day complete.

Having both makes me one happy person! And I'd like to share the happiness ... I must. 

So if you like to these coffee cups here's how: 
1. Like my blog post. There's a LIKE button at the bottom of this post. 
2. Leave a comment. 

Will pick a winner on 1st of March, Singapore time. Winners will be notified directly by me and will be announced in my next post. Goodluck! :) 

*There is also a separate INSTAGRAM giveaway which will double your chance of winning! Find me at instagram: @genevive for more details :) 

Thanks for dropping by and don't forget to check out the tutorial HERE :) 

Valentines Gifts for K&B's Teachers

Hey there everyone! Here's what I made for my son’s teachers for Valentine’s Day using 2 of the really great dies by Stephanie Ackerman — the Sizzix Bigz XL Die Box & Card and the Sizzix Originals Die Flower Layers #6.  It’s such a fast an easy project. And you can even do it with your gradeschooler. Because I did. I let my child help me in this project because I believe the process will make  him proud to really say to his teacher .... read the rest of my post HERE. 

Birthday + Valentines Box for my Love :)

40 is the new 20.
So we still can be cheesy!  And it rhymes. LOL!

Today is Benjo's 40th birthday. So I made this special gift for him which doubles as a valentines gift too. Save time and Money. Just kidding :) 

To make this day extra special I made this mini-in-a-box that's not a usual gift box... 

When you open the box, you won't find any store-bought gift. Because there's actually an accordion album that pop's out. Surprise! 

Now would you like to know how to make this? Let me show you. But first, here are the materials you will need. You can get all of these from  Made With Love:

Beacons 3-in-1 glue
Dewdrops - Robin's Nest
Ribbon - May Arts

I started with the Sizzix “sandwich” in this order: Extended Cutting Pad + the Sizzix Pizza Box die Die facing up + patterned paper + Extended Premium Crease Pad. I then rolled the sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine, folded the scored lines and attached the flaps using a liquid glue to make the box.

Once the box was done, I cut 2 strips of patterned paper measuring 3.5" x 12 and scored it at 3.5" so that when I fold it in and out, it becomes a square accordion which fits into the box. The bottom has to be glued to the box as shown in the photo above.

Then it was time for the fun part --- embellishing the box and the accordion album! I used stickers from the Echo Park Anything Goes Collection and two handmade details using the Sizzix Bigz Die - Hearts #4.

First is this heart dewdrops shaker with stickles. It looks like a candy treat! :) 

I made it by diecutting 2 pieces of heart vellum with the same process I mentioned above (but this time, you won't need the Crease Pad. Just the cutting pad will do). Seal the two vellum hearts halfway with the glossy accents. Fill the heart pocket with dewdrops and seal the opening. Add stickles!

Second way to use the same Sizzix Bigz Die  is to make this little heart card detail that I used to embellish one of the pages. What I did was to fold a piece of paper that's twice the size of the heart shape I wanted. When I placed it over the die, creased part of the paper should be inside the blade so that part won't cut because we want to have a heart that opens as a card. I know you get what I mean! You can check this tutorial on how I cut the album pages using the same process. 

So that's how I made this little gift. I'm pretty sure dear husband will pretend he so loves it! Haha! But I won't mind a bit. I want to believe he knows this is just "one of those gifts" but the real gift is my love and faithfulness, my fulfilling my roles a wife to him and as a mom to our kids, my patience when he is most annoying, my effort to feel and look good for him, and many more efforts lol!

Happy birthday my love! I hope I make you happy everyday and extra happier today. I love you so much :)

Beacons 3-in-1 glue
Dewdrops - Robin's Nest

Handmade Love.

This is something money can't buy. The joy of seeing someone you love smile while ripping off the envelope and smile some more while reading the sentiments you wrote in the card. 

For most people including me, the card doesn't need to be so dramatic. It can be simple.

It has to be pretty. 

Straight to the point. 


Sweet. So sweet ants want it too! =) 

See more of these cards I made at Thoughtful Crafts. I only made a dozen so hurry! 
 Happy Valentine =)