good times

Using Crate Paper's Neighborhood collection, I made this mini accordion album for a dear friend... will be sending this to Japan as my "thank you" gift for her.. she's not blogging and I don't think she checks my blog so I guess it's fine that I'm posting it now haha! Hope she likes it :)

... that green handmade envelope contains more photos we took while they were still here :) 

Thanks for looking! :) 

date night @ Arab St.

... it was one of my most favorite among our date nights :) Thank you BB! :)

feeling bad

I'm disappointed. Makes me want to be home (in Bacolod) and be with ...


I miss them so much and I hate them for not being techy enough to get hooked on Facebook and Skype and the like so that I could reach them when I badly need them... for instance, right now.

It is also at this time when I realize how valuable and precious the kind of friendship I have with them. I don't think they will ever read this. Because they don't blog. Or if they do read this, I don't think they will comment. Because they don't know how to post a comment. lol.

I love them and I THANK God that in my lifetime I experienced wonderful friendship with them.

I hope to see them soon. God willing.

Dearest Lolamamang...

We wish you pure and genuine happiness today and everyday... a very good health and many birthdays more to come so that you get to enjoy life with us, your 11 grandchildren! Happy birthday! :)

Rujim and Miguel

Thoughtful Crafts Monday!

Some Graphic 45 goodies just for you! Visit this site for details. Happy new week to all! :)

XOXO! :)

mini in a box

This is a gift for myself. A mini album celebrating being mommy to my two adorable boys...

... I got the box from Daiso, altered it with trims, flower die-cuts using Sizzix dies. 

... for the album, I used Sizzix bracket album die and American Crafts confetti papers and thickers. 

Hope you like my simple, precious album in a box! 

By the way, what do you think of my new blog design? :) 

Lastly, I'd like to thank Echo Park for featuring my work in their blog here.  Today, I am a fan winning their contest... someday, I will meet Mr. Madison as one of their designers. DREAM. It's free. hahaha! 

3 projects using 1 paper pad

This week, I challenged myself to make 3 different projects using just 1 6x6 paper pad from Echo Park... 

Project #1: Receipt Holder Home Decor 

To make this, I cut 12 pcs. 2x3 papers and randomly added some stuff from my stash... played around the lovely papers using dies, punches. Very Easy! :)

Project #2: Christmas Tree - Mini Album

This tree is actually a mini album measuring less than a foot! It's toooo cute right? First, I punched the papers, and sew them into paper ruffles... adhered the ruffles to the tree album...

... then I prepared all the elements I wanted to put together: tiny frames with my kids handsome photos in it, the paper christmas lights, the flowers, the stars, the tiny presents... all of them are extremely tiny and cute!!! :) 

... presenting, our humble little Christmas tree! The little presents are actually matchboxes wrapped with Season's Greetings paper :) 

Project #3: Christmas Cards

I hope you enjoyed my budget-friendly creations! :) 

thankful tuesday

I feel a little sad about a few things.

I thought I was being thoughtful to somebody, but it looked like that somebody didn't like what I did.
I was so excited to spend time with my family this Christmas but I found out this morning, one of my sisters will be spending Christmas somewhere else.
I have been trying very hard to lose weight, but the more I do, the more weight I gain!


Should I stop being thoughtful? No. I will still be the same person I am, Because I know there are more people out there who know how to appreciate. Besides, I should not expect anything in return when I do something for others :)

Should I feel bad towards my sister? No. I will understand and I wish her all the happiness she deserves. Besides, she will be with my brother's family. I'm sure my brother will be so happy too.

Should I quit exercising? And eat as much as I want? No. I will still keep going. It may take long but I know I will achieve my ideal and dream weight. Maybe God will grant me my desired weight when He sees that I'm not doing it for vanity reasons but for good health and well being.

Those few things are but so little compared to the great blessings God gives each day.  Like what happened yesterday morning after breakfast...

... I wanted to take photos of my projects, and I had to go down for better and natural lighting. Suddenly hubby and the boys wanted to come along.  So even in their pajamas, it was an instant "picture perfect" moment :)

... thanks to this guy for the very lovely photos!

date with Him.

After 3 days and 3 nights of praying, listening to the catechists, scrutinizing the bible, listening to one another, I have realized how sinful I am and how little my faith is... therefore I must always ask for His wisdom. I must always seek for the Holy Spirit. In His grace, I will be renewed. Little by little.

I thank You Lord for calling us by our names. Blessing and glory,  honor and praise be to our God! Amen!

"Our history is important."
"Do not run away from your cross."
Prayer: In the morning, let me know your love.

picture perfect

Here's my new class at Made With Love...

Make two mini accordion albums that double as a lovely room decor, with a bonus 12x12 scrapbook layout to match it.  Learn to stamp with paint, decorate and embellish using paper cut-outs, sizzix shapes and painted chipboards.

I would like to shout out a special THANK YOU to all scrappers who attend my class. It warms my heart to see same faces and it makes me excited to meet new scrappers as well :) For you all, I promise to make more fun crafts from the heart for us all to enjoy! Thank you thank you again! :)

Other on-going classes I offer at MWL: 

Click here for more information on all the other classes offered this month.