Thank You Mr. Lee Kuan Yew

This "Thank You"  card I made using Sizzix fold-a-long thinlits dies by Jen Long is dedicated to the man who made Singapore happen. Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, thank you Sir!

I am not a Singaporean but my heart is full of gratefulness to Mr. Lee Kuan Yew and to Singapore. I know that my family and I are here in this beautiful city for a reason. A number of beautiful reasons. I even want to call it God's miracles. A clear manifestation that He is a father who loves and provides for His children. 

Close 7 years ago, when my husband  told me that he will be transferred by his company to Singapore was also the very same time when our oldest son, Rujim was being observed to have signs of autism. It was such a dark moment for us new parents because we knew nothing about the disorder neither did I know much about Singapore. But when I googled both words... HOPE filled my heart. Singapore happens to be one of the best places in the world for Autism Therapy. It has many big schools for autism. World's best programs are available here! And when we eventually came here everything exceeded my expectations. From the kindest social worker who walked us through the process of everything we needed to do for Kuya to the very loving teachers and therapists to the world class facilities and therapy equipments and tools. One of my favorite is that Kuya loves swimming and there is a big pool in his school which he enjoys every Monday. All these and a lot more privileges make our challenging life bearable and many a times, comfortable. And these make me wish that all the families  with differently-abled kids around the world, most especially those from my own country, Philippines were able to enjoy the same benefits we are enjoying. This wish further led me to my current dream of putting up Kuya's Autism Therapy Centre Foundation in God's time. If God allows. I am very positive that it will happen one day and many kids and families will be helped. 

I shared this with a knowledge that there are also very good, services in the Philippines but the sad fact is, it is only available to the very few who can afford it. In Singapore, the services are for all the residents. 

That's just one of the many things I am grateful for being a PR in Singapore. Thank you God for planting us here. Thank you Mr. Lee Kuan Yew for what you have sacrificed to make Singapore what it is now! 

This card is a fold-a-long card. It's really a fun card so and easy to make. You just need to have a Sizzix Bigshot machine and a few Sizzix  dies and accessories needed which I will discuss in details later. 

In the photo above, I started by die-cutting and folded the card base with Ticket Fold-a-Long card by Jen Long in white cardstock. Sizzix sandwich should be in this order: Sizzix magnetic Platform + Sizzix standard cutting pad +paper + thinlits dies facing down + cutting pad. Just run the sandwich through my Bigshot and I folded along creased line. I had my card base ready. 

The next detail is super! It was my first time to try the Sizzix ink sheets and it's so cool. Imagine to use all your thinlits, framelits and triplits dies as stamps? That's really amazing and that's what I did to the front of my card. Let me show you how I did it in the photo below:

When using Sizzix Inksheets the sandwich is composed of (from bottom to top) magnetic platform + inksheets transfer pad + paper or chard you want to transfer the image to + Sizzix Inksheets + thinlits die + Sizzix Standard Cutting Pad. Run this sandwich to the Sizzix Bigshot machine and you'll see the magic!

There! It's already nice as it is but I just tried adding stickles for more texture. Look at the pretty glittery details! 

Once the card cover was done, it's time to decorate the ticket found inside the card. So I die-cut a beautiful "Thank You" using the same thinlits die I used to "stamp" the image on the card front. 

To cut this phrase, just follow the same process mentioned above when I die-cut the card base. 

The card is done. The thank you ticket can be attached to the flaps at the center of the card. 

And it looks like this! 

Finally, I tied it with a baker's twine to secure. It's just a very simple and clean card. Pretty much describes to how Mr. Lee is as a person. I admire his being frugal, simple and humble. I hope and I pray that his life will continue to inspire not just Singaporeans but people around the world. 

Again, THANK YOU Mr. Lee Kuan Yew! Thank you! Thank You so much! 

Sizzix Bigshot
Ticket Fold-a-Long 
Magnetic Platform 
Sizzix Standard cutting pad 
Sizzix Inksheets

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