I won! I won! :):):)

My 100% Boy LO won as challenge winner here at Scrappers at SG!

And I'm jumping up and down! Thank you Sookie for inviting me to the group and for encouraging me to join the challenge. Thank you scrapmates for your warm and friendly welcome! Thank you so much Sarah for picking my simple layout. It's my first time and can you guess how it feels? :)

Thank you Lord for these little simple things which bring great big joy! Thank you K and B for being my constant subject and inspiration... Thank you BB for supporting ang cheering me on in my hobby :) I love you!

Lol. Am I imagining giving a speech in Academy Awards? hehehe

birthday present in the making...

My little angel Miguel's 2nd birthday is 3 weeks away! The coming days will be so exciting. I just love planning and preparing for my sons birthdays. Right now I'm busy finishing up his baptism album. It's going to be my birtday present for him :)

Sharing with you one of the pages...

Supplies used: Asssorted blue, white and brown pps and cardstock (thank you sookie!), Chocolate Chips chipboard alphas, glossy accents, assorted die cuts, brads, buttons, Sizzix square and round scallop dies, Sizzix swirl die.

joyfully busy

I'm glad Kuya joins his classmates during music and movement/ circle time now. After three weeks of adjustment. He really acts like a big boy now :) so very Kuya (elder brother).

The little Miguel on the other hand seems to know it's going to be his birthday soon. He's gonna be two in less than a month's time. For all moms out there you already know what it means. Capital "T" days are jut around the corner... In my case, I think it's already here haha! That explains my not being "daily" in posting lately. He just doesn't want to see me near my laptop! He would drag me away as much as if he could! He'd say, "sleep" or "help" or just whine till he'd get what he wants! But he's too adorable to resist. So most if not all the time, he wins.

And now that he's asleep, I also need to sleep. It's an hour past midnight and I need to wake up early tomorrow for a parents meeting at Kuya's school.

But before I say goodnight, let me share with you some random images of what has been keeping me busy (and happy!) lately. Some concrete reminder of God's kindness, generosity, sweetness and love. For all of you, His instruments, you know who you are, I thank you very much :)

Someone's calling me now. Blogging duty stops for the mean time here, Mommy/Wifey duty continues.

Goodnight and be safe everyone :)

Kuya gets home from school

Starbucks date :)


goodies! goodies!

scrapping with young girls! love love love them!

beautiful world

How's everyone doing? I 've been so busy the past days for a number of reasons. One of which is the kids scrapbooking class which was a blast! So grateful for my friend Min who organized it for me. And It loooks like there's another one to follow!

Meanwhile, here's my latest ...

There's no way to best descibe this LO than with my two sons' favorite nursery prayer:

"Thank You Lord for this beautiful world, for the sun and the blue blue sky, for the birds and the trees and the flowers and the bees, and the pink pretty butterflies!" just changed red to pink coz that's the color of the butterflies that I have lol :)

Supplies used: American Crafts glitter cardstock and papers, Dear Lizzy typewriter thickers, American Crafts bird stamp, hambly butterflies, prima flowers, brown felt, ribbons, TA glimmer mist, sharpie pen, beads and ribbons from my stash.

so busy

'Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.'

Hugs ang kisses for everyone!


It's been a lazy Friday around here. I didn't make any layout. Just spent much time with my boys, especially Miguel while Kuya was in school this morning. You should hear our alphabet song :) It's out now... in FB hahaha! Couldn't believe hubby played it the office and let his colleagues (including his boss!) listen to it! Super proud Daddy! hehehe

So what do we have here....

Chinese New Year "love letter-cookie" jar turned bead jar!

A little gift for Mona :) I stamped her name on a vintage paper, and adhered it to my bag's key chain. Nalingaw sya :) Thank you also for the magazine Moningskie! Daghan na ko utang nimo jud!

And my happy book! This is my anything-that-I-wanna-scrapbook-but-don't-have-time-yet-so-keep-it-here-till-i-get-the-time-and-the-inspiration book. And then I won't ever ever get that time so this becomes the scrapbook that I wanna make... Am I making any sense? lol

I can't wait for tomorrow, hubby promised to go with me to my LSS after his basketball game :) Thank you BB!

100% boy

Thanks to Sookie's motivation, I'm in the mood for challenges again! While hubby was with colleagues last night, I had extra time for scrapping!

The challenge: pink and green color scheme, 2 photos. 1 big, 1 small. Think think think!

Since I have 2 boys, I've often used blue, brown, black, yellow for my layouts.... and Im kinda getting tired of blue... so I want to challenge myself a bit more: to use these girly girly sketch and color schemes with my son's photo!

How? Taking advantage of the title and journaling! :):):)

"That cute little smile and cheeky cheeky face make them think you were a girl!"

Thank you imaginisce "beep beep" stamp for helping me convey Miguel is a boy hehe... and the ball sticker (with Ranger glossy accent) too!

A heart banner for a 'trendy' touch! :)
Win or lose, I don't care.... having so much fun (literally smiling the whole time) while doing this page is my ultimate prize!

it happened!

Long have I wished, wanted, hoped, prayed, planned for this to happen. And it happened! Scrapbooking class for kids! Hurray!

I would like to thank my ever supportive friends Margie, and Didi for cheering me on this endeavor (And for Mare Cathy and Pare Noy, for the dinner and swimming party that followed after our scrapping that day! So generous of them to serve us the yummy burrito and pizza!) Im so grateful. And congratulations to Marissa, Gae, Fiona (and Marsha!) for being my very first students! And excellent young students at that. I find their journaling cute and so loving.

I'm so happy! I'm doing the things I really love: teaching and crafting. I earn a little bit too :) plus more importantly, there's this fulfillment of doing something for the kids, helping them to develop their creativity while having fun at the same time :)

The next class will be this Sunday in Sea View, East Coast. My good friend Min organized an exclusive scrapbooking party for her daughter's friends. I'm going there with hubby and our kids so maybe we can go swimming after the scrapping :) How great is that! Thank you Min!

it's a fine day

My way of deciding to have a good day despite having otherwise. A very simple, really fast less-than-30-min page. Inspired by Dear Lizzy's challenge in pp. 36 of her book.

See my smiles now? :):):)

Mr. Sun is handpainted (just added some DoodleBug Sugar Coating). Kabalo man ko gali hahaha!

Here, another first try: stitching!

Dear Benjo, Rujim Paul and Miguel,
There are days when I wake up in the wrong side of our crowded queen bed (which reminds me, K and B, you munchkins should really transfer to your own beds!) but constanly, because of the three of you, who love me unconditionally, it just ends perfectly fine.

Yes, even if our bed is already quite small for the four of us :)

The Beautiful Mommy in the house.

P.S. Thank you for making me smile. For your hugs and kisses. For making me feel I'm the best in the world. XOXO.

simple vs. real

A simple friend doesn’t know your parents’ first names.
A real friend has their phone numbers in his address book.
A simple friend brings a bottle of wine to your party.
A real friend comes early to help you cook and stays late to help you clean.
A simple friend hates it when you call after he has gone to bed.
A real friend asks you why you took so long to call.

A simple friend seeks to talk with you about your problems.
A real friend seeks to help you with your problems.
A simple friend wonders about your romantic history.
A real friend could blackmail you with it.
A simple friend, when visiting, acts like a guest.
A real friend opens your refrigerator and helps himself.
A simple friend thinks the friendship is over when you have an argument.
A real friend knows that it’s not a friendship until after you’ve had afight.
A simple friend expects you to always be there for them.
A real friend expects to always be there for you!
I could add some more lines just to prove my point. But I'd like to believe that we shouldn't say something when we're mad, pissed, irritated.... because now, im extremely irritated. Like I wanna strangle someone because of something. And that someone is supposed to be my friend.
Thanks to Hannah's great news. I can let this one pass. At least for a day? Help me Lord.

canvas art: LOVE is...

Inspired by Donna Downey I made this canvas art for my hubby. Mixed brown paint, water and ranger perfect pearls, and just let it drip from side to side, top to bottom, (and bottom to top? haha!) of the canvas! then sprayed some Iridescent gold Tattered Angels mist...

look... my handwriting! thanks ranger perfect pearls and tombow glue pen! first time to use it.

For the embossed effect of each frame, I used sizzix "friend" texture plate, stamped with versa mark, and embossed it with Ranger weathered white... first time to use my heat gun (fun!!!)

Im so happy with my work of art... I feel i love my BFF even more (photo was taken 8 years ago, not married yet)... love! love! love!

That's it! By the way, My very first kids scrapbooking class was a blast yesterday. I'll blog the photos after I finish some errands around here... Let's all have a great new week. Bless the Lord! Give us the courage and strength to carry our crosses every day.... and do some lovin' and scrapping' along the way :)

family matters

I must always remember, no matter what happens, as long as we are together, everything is just fine. God is on our side all the time. If we seek Him first, all things will work together for good!

For this layout, I made my own pps! embossed the maroon cardstock using sizzix "heart retro" texturing plate. And for the orange cardstock, I did stamping using sepia versa fine ink. Framed the photo with orange paint :)

It's fun making this handmade flower out of organza cloth (thanks mader!) combined it with stamped/embosed images, buttons, flowerettes & hambly.

And I just realized, misting and Prima flowers just go together like bacon and egg! It's one of my latest faves already! :)

There you go! I hope everyone's having a great weekend! I got to start preparing my materials for the kids class... though for some reasons, a couple of girls won't be able to make it today... still I believe it's going to be one memorable "girl bonding" with Gae, Fiona, and Mommy Marge :)
P.S. Pacquiao will bring honor for the Philippines again today. That's for sure! Go Pacman!

friendly friday

Yesterday was both good and bad. Good because I had a date with a great friend Min. We had lunch with my kids. Exchanged some little presents (She said she gave not the cookie but what's written in the tin packaging:)

But it was bad because she told me they're going back to Japan. I'm gonna miss her :(

Meanwhile, I'm deeply touched by what I read this morning from the "Upper Room".

Read on...

"Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up."
- Romans 15:2 (NIV)

I have tried to grow roses in my yard; but as the roses get their first blooms, the neighborhood deer strip them down to twigs. This year I decided to transplant the roses into pots on my deck, away from certain destruction. By the time I finished uprooting and repotting the plants, my arms were covered with painful scratches. But it was worth the effort, knowing that I could look forward to beautiful flowers.

Moving my plants made me thankful that God plants me where I can bloom, even though I can be prickly and unlovable. Loving the people who rub me the wrong way - prickly people - is an effort for me. Befriending people is easier when they think the same way I do, like the same things I like, and reciprocate my offerings of friendship. But scripture says, "Love your neighbor as yourself" (Luke 10:27), which includes my prickly neighbors, too.

The parable of the Good Samaritan gives me an example to follow. The Samaritan was not intending to become the wounded man's best friend, but he took care of the man's needs. Prickly people may never be my best friends, but I can do all I can to help them bloom. And when I am being prickly, I hope people will direct me to areas where I can bloom. Some of the most beautiful gardens are those with a variety of flowers."

Prayer: Lord, help us to see people through your eyes and to reach out to them unselfishly. Amen.

God loves all of us prickly people and asks us to do the same for one another.

-- Caroleah Johnson (California, USA)

PRAYER FOCUS:Those Needing A Friend


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time for coffee...

...and the good things!
  • listening to God's 'word' last night, and being reminded to live like a child. Hubby's sharing touched me much and spoke to me about the thing that's been bugging me. Like a child, I should be trusting and dependent on God, my Father.
  • new sandwich maker from Teresa. It's fun to make different kinds of sandwiches for BB's baun every morning =)
  • phone calls from friends... Maggie and Min called me today. Isn't it great. Will have a date with Min tom =)
  • stumbling upon this line: "butterflies don't count months, but moments" which again enlightened me and made me glad I played, showered, ate, sang, laughed with Migs earlier today while his Kuya was in school. I realized we are having "our moments" these days. Just like when it was only me and Kuya years ago. I also noticed I've been taking lots of photos and videos of him lately. He won't be able to tell me: "Mom, how come Kuya has a million photos and I only got very few?" hahaha!
  • starting my two peas in a bucket gallery.
  • texting with my cousin Joanne.
  • praying the "palm" prayer while Mig's was beside me watching Baby Einstein.
  • ym from hubby saying he got a "blind side" movie and we will watch it tonight! yey! :)
  • making and sharing with you these 3 quick and easy things...

For this coming sunday's kids class, I made name tags using my stash: stickers, currogated cardstock, glitter pens, and sizzix "daisies" texturing plate. Quick and so easy!

Express card for Annie! I used stamping and doodling! and some little silver ribbons.

Bedroom slippers! The slippers are actually from Daiso. I just added the flowers using my sizzix "daisies" dies + needle + thread + love :) check out the rest of the designs here! :

sweet little things

I've been using my Bigshot machine a lot lately. Thanks to Made With Love for the encouragement with their never-ending promotions and challenges! It's really fun to make crafts ! I hope to make many more of these in the days to come...

See more goodies here and here!

starting today...

I'm making Miguel's baptism album. Here's the first page...