Friday, August 31, 2007

Kaya Four Favorite Layout

It was a dark and stormy night... like this one, when I had to make sure to be positioned at the computer just to share this happy news.

Come on down, Jenn Valmonte! Your layout, "Full Circle", is the Favorite Traditional Layout for the month of August!

Jenn is the sweetest person and is such a talented scrapper to boot. Head on over to her blog to find out the juicy and behind-the-scene details on how she did this amazing layout. Yep, Jenn, you are one talented scrapper and as a token of my appreciation for being this month's favorite, you get these goodies:

Thanks so much to everyone who participated in this month's challenge! You all amazed us with your talent and creativity. You all prove that no matter what the challenge, Kayang-Kaya talaga!

Special mention goes to Marj Velarde and her layout, "What Took You So Long?" It was a really close fight and it was exciting to see who would finally cross the finish line first. For a first entry to a challenge, you really wowed us and amazed us with your talent.

Watch out for next month's challenge which will be brought to you by one incredible scrapper too. P.S. Do ask her for her secrets too so as to get an edge on the next challenge. Haha.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

All Kaya! 4 Layouts

Time once again to look at all the layouts your fellow scrapbooking artists submitted for this challenge. Look closely at each one (click on the titles for details), admire them once again, and then vote for your FAVORITE. You have two days to vote. Polls will close on August 30, Thursday, 12 midnight, Philippine time.

Many thanks to Nina, who started this challenge rolling and to everyone who heeded the call. Indeed, you are already amply rewarded by the fact that your ephemera (some of you call it "scrap", "basura", "kalat") have been removed from your boxes and transformed into very beautiful, creative and interesting showcases. Congratulations!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Joieful Expectation

Geng says, KAYA!

Joie, you have no idea how excited your kuya waiting for your arrival.

Materials Used:
Bazzill and unknown CS; Provo Craft papers; Simply Scrappy tag template, misc ribbons and flowers, brads, MM staple wires, Colorbok envelope; Cosmo Cricket alpha, Scrapworks alpha rubon; unknown photo corner sticker; Technique Tuesday stamp; Versamark ink

Nothing fancy about this layout. I just put the pregnancy test kit inside the vellum envelope.

About ME:
I am Geng, 33 y/o mother of 2 boys who got addicted to scrapping since I gave birth to my first son. I never thought I would be hooked this much. Visit my gallery at

Full Circle

Jenn says, KAYA!

Just a simple layout to commemorate the event of all events (so far) – watching the concert of my most favorite band of all time: Hanson.

Journaling Reads:
“I have been a Hanson fan since summer of 1997. Like any fan, I, too, have collected different Hanson memorabilia and merchandise, to the point that most of my college classmates have teased me being *overly obsessed.* Can they blame me? Not only do these brothers possess good looks, they also have great talent. Of course, I have also dreamt of
seeing them performing live here in my own country. That dream came true in 2004, when finally, the brothers went here in the Philippines as part of their Underneath World Tour. I was overjoyed when I heard the news, and although I bought my tickets late, I managed to get a center seat. I may be in the tenth row from the stage, but I felt I was sitting on the best seat in the house. Funny though, I was the only one wearing an office uniform in the concert. =) Seeing them personally and hearing them perform live was one of the best things that could happen to me as a fan. It gave me that overwhelming feeling that will forever remain in my memory. Being on the same building with them, sharing the same oxygen, and singing along with them completed me as a fan. It was that day that my being Hansonite has became ...”

Materials Used:
Ephemera – newspaper article, concert ticket
Patterned Papers – HOTP more ephemera papers, Provo Craft, DCWV
Cardstocks – Miss Elizabeth’s
Flower Stickers – Jolee’s Boutique
Font – American Typewriter-Light (Journaling), CafĂ© Rojo (title)
Others – paper flower, film template

Special thanks goes out to my co-Hansonite, Mina, whom I met during the concert. She sent the pictures thru my e-mail address three days after the concert, as I didn’t bring any camera on the event.

About Me:
A 27-year old lady who has been into crafts since high school but just officially dived into real scrapbooking September of 2006. Even though I think I am probably the poorest of all the scrapbookers here in the Philippines, I don't see financial constraints as hindrance for me to create layouts about my life’s memories. Actually, with the very few materials that I have, I am now about to fill my second album. Style wise, I love to do multiple pictures in my layouts, and as much as possible, I want to put as much memories from a life’s event into one layout. Aside from scrapbooking, I am also into cross-stitch, card making (though I only create cards for select people), and altering boxes to accommodate my knick-knacks and old letters from friends. To know more of me and my scrapbooking, please check my scrapblog at: or head on to my personal site at:

Little Teacher Award

Ems says, KAYA!

I planned to really incorporate Gaby's school knick-knacks/awards (if any) in her school albums, either by taking photos of them or simply slipping them in the lay-out. The first one (which I already scrapped) was a certificate of her participation in a summer program (her first to attend a school). It was photographed with her holding it. The second was her award during the moving up day from Nursery to Kinder. I was tickled pink to know what her special award was because it was an affirmation on how she is becoming as a person. Can't help but use it in our Kaya Challenge this month.

We are so happy and proud of your special award. It really proves that you have a helpful and kind spirit. May you continue to be giving, ever ready to lend a helping hand.

Too bad we were not able to snap photos during your “moving-up day”. After one shot of this blurry photo, our digital camera has gone kaput---Nevertheless, this single photo and the certificate are enough to make the memory of that day remain in my heart forever…
--- Mommy ---

Materials Used:
DCWV & Fabriano CS; Rob&Bob PPS; Heidi Swapp flowers; Colorbox chipboard; MM staple wire; ric-rac, ribons, fibers and eyelets; Colorbox ink

About ME:
I'm Ems Fronda, working wife to a wonderful hubby, Oliver & Mommy to a beautiful girl, Gaby and another one on the way (after almost 7 years). Started scrapbooking when I was in High School using magazine cut-outs, ordinary stickers & other knick-knacks. Got hooked on "real" traditional scrapbooking in 2003 with the push and shove of my dear friend, Joanne Yap (thanks dear). Since then, the bug has never left me. I would say my style is clean and mean but would love to develop from there. I envy those scrapbookers who can just dump a lot of patterned papers and embellishments in a single LO and still look clean and not busy. Since I'm a working Mom, I'm ecstatic just to finish 1 or 2 LO/s a month. My subject is mostly my daughter Gaby so I'm glad that she'll have a sibling soon (another backlog on the way too).

USA - My First Trip

Chay says, KAYA!

This is my first time to travel to the USA so I kept all the things that would remind me of the trip.

Materials Used:
Bazzil gray CS, acid-free fabric flowers, sakura pens, Craft Express travel stickers

About ME:
I am Charissa Gail Bruan but most of my friends call me Chay. I have an almost-3 hyper son and a wife to a very loving and supportive husband. I am a working mom and a scrapping addict. I started scrapbooking in September of 2006. I was introduced to the scrapbooking world when I attended a 2-hr workshop by Ms. Iris Uy at our office building. I am still trying to define my style but recently I got hooked to using flowers and solid colored-CSs in my LOs. Making LOs help me shed off the everyday stress.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Sooo Scary…Let’s Go Again!

Julie says, KAYA!

I can only imagine the thrill of suddenly dropping down 13 floors off a building. I see that in the faces of my husband Jeff and and my son Ian (circled in yellow), as they rode the Hollywood Tower Hotel Ride during the kids’ first visit to Disneyworld, Florida. I didn’t do it. I knew I would wet my pants. Sara Jade and I waited happily outside and ate all the cotton candy. Ian said “It was so scary, can we go again?”

Materials Used:
Ephemera of the “keys to the world”, Players Club cards, hotel brochures, Disneyworld park brochures and maps, “Where Dreams Come True’s First Visit button, and vacation club info. Die Cuts With a View, Disney crappola

Inspiration/Techniques Used:
Becky Higgins’ Sketches, Scrapbook Trends magazine.

The art of pasting cards, brochures, and other objects together – thanks to Pablo Picasso and Braque for inventing the Collage. Also a little bit of Cubist-like, Picasso-style art, using geometric shapes, circles, rectangles, squares.

About Me:
Philippine-born, living in the US for almost 2 decades. Primarily full time mom and homemaker. Volunteer Art and Reading teacher in my kids’ classrooms. When not involved with kids, I work from home as President & CEO of my own Human Resources and Learning Management Intl Consulting firm, and as hands-on partner of Scrapbooking is a hobby my kids, friends, and I share and enjoy very much. Cardmaking, Photography, Suzuki Music (piano and violin), and Interior Design (only of my own home), are now great interests of mine.

Friday, August 24, 2007

my room, MY RULES

Christine says, KAYA!

EPHEMERA - have tons of those, as I am such a certified JUNKIE, LOL! However, the moment I got word about this challenge, only 1 thing immediately came to mind - and it was my DD's documented set of room rules *wink*. She worked on this when she was about to graduate from senior kinder (she's in 2nd grade now), if I remember correctly (I've kept this piece of paper for so long, I am having 'truble' remembering the exact date, haha!)

Inspired by daddy's room rules for Ian, Nikki made her own set and posted it on her wall. I just had to take it coz it was too cute to pass up!

Journaling Add-on (DD's 'rules' for her brother, verbatim)
0. clean up after playing
1. don't calat
2. don't disturb
3. don't touch anything
4. don't fight
5. do not make baby truble
6. you can have fun
7. don't distroy

Materials Used:
CS: Bazzill (ahem, please excuse my base CS - it's been sitting out for far too long, waiting for me to complete this LO, it got creased in the process haha); PP:Creative Imaginations; STAMPS: Technique Tuesday, Paper Salon, Purple Onion; INK PADS: Versa, Colorbox; Dymo label

Techniques Used:
nothing out of the ordinary

About ME:
Married, with 2 kids - DD 7 and DS 4, part-time lecturer on restaurant operations. I have been scrapping on and off since 1984 using non-archival safe products (because I thought the acid-free stuff around that time looked cheesy, haha). I converted to the "other side" in 2006 when I saw gorgeous acid-free papers and other supplies. I've also dabbled in other crafts such as cross-stitching and candle-making. (Learn more about Christine at

Thursday, August 23, 2007

I love Hello Kitty!

Tin says KAYA!

Before anything, sorry sa delay. After the very mind boggling challenges for SM Idol, Kaya is a breather for me :-) I didn't know I could block my layouts so well hehe.

Anyway, no one would think that I'm a Hello Kitty fan. The love affair began as a child and it hasn't stopped since then. My only wish, is to have a Hello Kitty party with a Hello Kitty cake! Hey, I can dream, can't I?

As a child, I had every excuse to use any Hello Kitty item I can get my hands on. It was at Gift Gate where the love affair began.

At 34, things are not so different. Although now I choose more practical things like my --- HK calculator for my bills, HK pens for writing, HK shirts to wear, HK bags for my things, HelloKitty.Com for my email and yes . HK toaster for my toast. The latter was a gift, I swear!

Just can't get enough of this cool Kitty!

Paper: Bazzils black, aqua and white, Love Elsie Roxie Quilt and Red felt
Embellies: Scenic Route Chipboard, Making Memories Sweets, Ki Alphabet Soup, American Crafts Playhouse Felt Arrows, AEIOU Studio Iron On Patch
Rubons: Sassafrass Lass Cotton Candy, SEI, Lasting Impressions Scrappy Rubs
Stickers: Love Elsi Roxie Stickers, EK Precious Finds Adhesive Gems
Ephemera: Hello Kitty note pads, tag, prize tag, tin cover and plastic star

I didn't use a lot of techniques really, just plenty of blocking. I used the felt ribbon, rub-on and sticker to create unity and continuity between the pink and white blocks.

About ME:
Scrapping, as I discovered, is a great cure when you're homebound, stuck with a horrible cough that can be mistaken for barking, a cold that can sniff up a ship and when cabin fever is driving you up the wall. I've sanitized my hands while scrapping, coughed away from it and sprayed my layouts with Lysol people, not to worry :-) you don't have to stay 50 feet away from my album in the next EB hehe. Hayaan niyo, ibibilad ko na din sa araw LOL.

Don't let this innocent face fool you, it can launch a hundred expressions, made hearts break, make you laugh, cry and even make you silly. Oh yeah, and Josh is in it too :-)

B is for Baby

Mitch says, KAYA!

Materials Used:
Bo Bunny, Heidi Grace, American Crafts, Doodlebug, Fancy Pants, Cloud 9 papers. American Crafts ribbons and thickers, MM Sticker, Heidi Grace Flocked Sticker, Heidi Grace, 7 Gypsies, American Crafts rub ons, WRMK snaps, All about scrapbooking phototurn, American Crafts felt embellishments and plastic tagsand corners, Prima and Bazzill flowers, Heidi Grace pin, Queen and Co. blings, American Crafts and Queen and Co brads.

About ME:
I'm Mitch, full time mom with 1 kid. I have been scrapbooking since January 2007. Visit my store at


Joy says, KAYA!

This is my first attempt to join the traditional LO for kaya challenge. My previous one was made through digital one. When I heard about ephemera, there is no turning point to back off. I love ephemera, simply because I love to keep and treasure anything that can remind me of something in the past. Memories should be cherished for a lifetime.

Hidden journaling 1

Hidden journaling 2

Message in the card from hubby, Erwin

To my dearest Love Joy,
This is our 3rd valentine together as a couple. During these wonderful 3 years, there's been ups and downs on our relationship, but still I thank God that we are still together. Sometimes I hurt you (which i don't know), but you still bear it with me. I'm so happy that we are still together by
loving each other and you're being thoughtfulness. I'm so bless for having you as my wife and hopefully, God willingly mother of our children. I love you so much. I hope our stay here at Makati Shangrila will be the most memorable valentine day. MWAH!!!


My response to his message:
I thank God for giving me a lifetime partner like you. You are the reason for everything. You complete me.


Materials Used:
HOTF Sarapapers Vintage Paper & Embellishments, Roses and Daisies from Simple Joy, Reeves Glittered Glue, Ribbons, Cream Cardstock, BIC Glue, Foam Tapes, Nail Polish, Dune and Cocoa Colorbox, Heart Foam Stamps, Slot Carl Punch, Sizzlits Funky Brush, Sizzlite Love Set, Arrows Die Cut Template.

Makati Shangrila Membership Card
Makati Shangrila Voucher
Hallmark Valentine Card from my hubby

Double Matt my focal photo, cut the other remaining photos. Cut the scrolls for my borders. Brushed it with glittered nail polish. Add the roses on the different area of the scrolls. Glued it with a foam tape. Cut the circles using the Coluzzle Circle Companion. Add the daisy flowers
and polish it with glittered nail polish. Cut an arrow using the Arrows die cut (courtesy of Elizabeth) and embellish it Reeves Glitter glue. Cut out VALENTINE and HAPPY from Sizzlit Funky Brush Put the Hallmark Valentine Card inside for my hidden journal. Distress the
white BG paper with Dune Colorbox. Add 1 photo, put my personal message to my hubby and stamp it with hearts. Wrap with brown ribbons.

About ME: I'm Joyleen Dianne Co Lim, 30 years old, a wife to a VERY supportive hubby, Erwin. I can still recall, when my family goes on vacation, I was the one who will put all the pictures in our magnetic photo album. Used cut-outs from magazines, and brochures and wrappers to decorate every single page. The term Acid free wasn't that known that time. Until 2002, then I got married, I start scrapbooking. My first project was my wedding album. My sister and I helped one other to finish the entire album then I stopped due to low supply. Until one day, someone invited me to join PINOY SCRAPBOOKERS and SCRAPBOOK EXCHANGE, BOOM!!!! I'm so HAPPY to know that FINALLY I can buy some scrap stuffs and start working again. I'm glad to know that there are a lot of scrappers here at Philippines, I never thought that SCRAPBOOKING (expensive hobby) will be the lastest fad of many moms here. My heart was overwhelmed to meet fellow scrappers and learn different kinds of techniques each day. Do visit my website at and

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

What Took You So Long?

Marj says, KAYA!

This is my first entry to a challenge. I did not plan on joining but when I was about to do an LO for my older daughter's birth, I remember Donna told me to join and not be scared. I have one or two ephemera I can use for the LO so I did.

What took you so long is an expression of how I almost gave up on having a child. It took seven painful long years of thinking I would never feel a child's embrace. And just like that, she came. Every time I look at her, of how loving and vibrant she is, I think of all those years without her and I realize I could never be without her again. I did not expect to be blessed like this. I have a loving husband and another baby girl who is 4 months old.

Close-up of fabric pouch made from baby's receiving blanket

Inside mini-folder

Journaling Reads:
Francine, I waited for you so long that I almost gave up. You never fail to amaze me since that first time I held you in my arms. A smile from you makes everything your papa and I went through very much worth it.

Materials/Supplies Used:
Bohemia paper(My Mind‘s eye), CS(DCWV), Cricut paper (reds and blacks pad), Cricut machine, Jasmine font cartridge, round metal letters (Making Memories), eyelets (The Paper Studio), mini brads (The Paper Studio), mounting squares, Autumn Leaves clear stamps (Rhonna Farrer), Primas, Swarovski crystals for the flower centers (local hobby store), chipboard (raw), fluid chalk (Colorbox-stack of 6), Lace(LS), purple embroidery floss (DMC)

- a piece Francine's receiving blanket
- ribbon from her shirt
- hospital bracelet
- ultrasound pics
- tag from going home outfit

Tags are made from raw chipboard then was cut to desired size and shape, then painted with acrylic, sanded then inked. The heart-shaped tag was covered with paper then sanded and inked.

Mini- album holding the "us" pics are made with 2 pieces chipboard then attached with a small piece scored in the middle then painted with black acylic then glued to act as the binder. The top was covered with lace attached with small brads.

The title was made with Cricut using the blackout and regular feature
The four sides of the matted picture were stitched to give it dimension
The fabric pouch was sewn from a piece of the receiving blanket (I think it's better to see it in a LO than being hidden in a closet) which was soaked in coffee to stain it light brown. It holds one of the tags I made with the details of the birth (time, birthweight, height, place, etc.) written in white pen, the hospital bracelet and the tag of the outfit she wore when she went home.

About ME:
Hi! I am marjorie, Marj to most of my friends. A stay-at-home-mom of 2 adorable girls, Francine and Isabella. I got into scrapbooking May 2007 after I saw some of the digital LOs my sister did. I finally took the plunge and been loving it ever since. I am also a self-taught cake decorator but I find it impossible to do baking and decorating with 2 kids clamoring for my attention all the time. Llearn more about me at Happy scrappin'!!!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Love Notes

Sym says, KAYA!

This layout is composed of letters and notes that my DH gave me when we were still single. I attached the letters to the cardstock without permanently adhering them because some of them also have notes written at the back. I planned the layout such that I can still pull them out and read them whenever I want.

The journaling are the love letters themselves as shown below.

Materials Used:
Daisy D's papers for the background, buttons from Mitch Sy, ribbons from Tutuban Center, other papers from Nina, Rob and Bob paper for the pink and yellow flowers, Prima flower.

Techniques Used:
I used the Basic Grey Notch and Die Tool to create notches that would anchor my notes. Brads also served the same purpose. I did not glue the letters to the base paper so I can pull and read them whenever I feel like it.

About ME:
I'm Symbelly, 30 y/o, wife to supportive hubby Sherwin, and mother to 2 beautiful children, Vien 5 and Will 2. I'm a working mom who loves scrapbooking. It lets me have a world of my own... my own rules, my own taste, just pleasing my own, boss of my own. Yeah! I love my scrapbook friends EBs and mini-EBs. They add color and love to my life. Makes me realize I'm not alone, that I've got lots of friends. Visit me at