Thursday, July 31, 2008

Kaya 15 Scrap a Sketch RAK Winners

Thank you to all the participants of the Kaya 15, Scrap a Sketch.

As mentioned during the challenge, I had humble RAKs to give to the first 5 PSers who could upload their layouts, they are:

Diane, Nina, Marissa, Susie and CV

As for our RAK winners, I had my SO, Art pick from a little raffle and was nice enough to let me write on his hands hehe :-) felt a bit kikay so I opted for a raffle of buttons (don't worry I used the backs LOL).

And so the winners for Kaya 15 are . . .

Congratulations to Lee and Janis!

Please PM your addresses to me, i'll be mailing all the RAKs in one go.
Thanks again everyone!

Note: as per our rule, we can only pick a name once every three months, the following previous winners are ineligible for this draw: Marian, Marissa, Diane and yours truly (Tin).

Wednesday, July 30, 2008


Janis says, KAYA!

I am not so lucky tonight (started the layout about lunchtime and finished it around 7pm - - in my office!!!), not so sure if I pictured it correctly - - my camera's battery is drained already.

So now on Letting go.... just perfect for me to test the waters. I've always wanted to doodle, but not sure if I really know how (good thing a friend of mine showed me her recently bought Kelly Panacci border clear stamps - - I based my doodles there!!!) plus I've always wanted to let go of my scraps (tsamba, goes with the title!!! parang shabby chic kunyari). I hope you'll enjoy my lay out as much as I enjoyed doodling.

Taken during Filstar's Ready, Set, Scrap in Glorietta last July 6, 2008. Tito Jamir was with us the whole time to lend his moral support - - too bad neither Tita Jaden nor me won any prize. That didn't spoil our moods though, Tito Jamir rescued the day by awarding us his masterpiece built from scraps of our layouts!

Materials Used:
DCWV cardstock, AAS papers, buttons, gel pens, blings, various cuttlebug alphabet foam diecuts, UBL rub ons

Techniques Used:
Doodling, tearing, distressing

About ME:
This is my first take on a Kaya Challenge. I started scrapbooking only February of this year, and became a member in pinoyscrapbookers only in May (I think). I've always wanted to join but somehow missed the first two challenges (first one too personal, second one i have no pictures to scrap!!!)

A Year in Milan

Marian says KAYA! 

My daughters are adults already but I still consider them my girls. If and when there are things I can do for them, I feel needed. Most of the time they are really so competent that they can do things for themselves.


It has always been your dream to study abroad and finally this 2008, your dream came true. You did all the paperwork, applications, exams, essays, arranged travel documents, student visa and tickets. I was still in a daze from Papa passing away when all this happened so I really didn’t have the energy or drive to help you in any way. When you finally left in January, the implications finally hit me. I missed you so much and kept thinking how you were doing. Thank goodness for the internet I could see how you were getting along.

I really had to let go as you were so far away and I couldn’t do anything for you when you would e-mail or text. I had to be detached when you said your room mate had spilled hot choco on you laptop and you had 2 reports in it. I was glad I got your message late when you said you were held in London for 7 hours before they finally allowed you to enter. It’s good I only knew about the drunks about to attack you when the taxi driver dropped you 2 blocks away from your friend’s apartment after it happened. It was a relief to know that you had no problems in Austria when the immigration office said you were illegally there for 2 days as they are not Schengen in June because of soccer.

I am so proud of you as you were able to cope and solve your problems on your own. I’m glad you had the presence of mind to scream at the drunks and run into a convenience store while you figured out how to get to your friend’s apartment. You learned to clean your room and bathroom. You had to do the grocery and marketing and cook your own food. You also had to do your laundry. All these household chores were things the maids did for you at home but you adjusted and learned to do it all. You have also kept within your budget spending only for essentials and not going shopping.

I am glad I did not let the fear of letting go prevent you from pursuing your dreams. I am so confident that you will fly, you will soar, in whatever you decide to do in the future.

Patterned paper from K & Co. Mc Kenna paper pad, chipboard flourishes Technique Tuesday, die cut letters Quickutz Metro & Magnolia, bird chipboard Maya Road, Stickles glitter glue, transparency Hambly Studios, Basic Grey magnets, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist candy apple red, forest green & and Luminarte Radiant Rain iridescent gold, brown pen Steadler Triplus, computer journalling.

cut flowers from patterned paper; sprayed the flourishes with Glimmer Mist and Radiant Rain;outlined the flower cut out with Stickles, covered the bird with stickles; die cut the letters, journalling is behind the 3 photo block. Its kept closed with the Basic Grey magnets.

About Me:
I have always loved doing arts and crafts. I used to make macrame belts, paper mache, hair accessories, cross stitch, candles, beaded accessories and Christmas decor. My current favorites are card making, stamping and scrapbooking. I think these 3 are intertwined with each other. I do believe these will be lifelong hobbies as there will always be friends to get in touch with, pictures to document and stories to tell. I am learning to use Photoshop Elements by reading on-line tips and tutorials and trying to do what I read. I hope to become a good photographer through the classes I just started recently.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Tatang Celso

Lee says, KAYA!

Where did the time go? Suddenly it's almost the end of the month and I almost missed Tin's Kaya! All my scrapbooking stuff are at home (haven't been there for 3 days and counting...) But thank God for a laptop and the internet, I was able to come up to the challenge.

This is my tribute to my former officemate who passed away last February 2008. I have always meant to scrap these photos, taken when we last saw each other in 2006. I still feel bad that even though we called each other sometimes, we never had the occasion to meet again. And I missed his last phone call because I was busy with something I could no longer recall now. I feel guilty that I was never able to return that last call. I guess I should let go of that and pray that he is in a good place.

You were more than just the office driver. You drove me where I needed to go but you also drove me crazy. You caused me to lose a big housing loan because you answered the telephone! But still, you were my friend. You made me laugh in the office. You brought me dinuguan that Manang cooked. You took care of me and everyone else. You were everybody's Tatang. 7/08

Supplies Used:
Michelle Coleman's Fall Splendor kit; Adobe Photoshop CS.

About ME:
Hi, I'm Lee. When pressed, I can also digi-scrap, but nothing can replace the feel of paper and smell of glue for me. So I will never be assimilated. :-) I have been scrapbooking since high school but only turned to the acid-free kind about two years ago. Scrapbooking combines all my loves - photography, writing/storytelling, designing, cutting things up to bits and pieces, and then gluing them back to some semblance of order. More scrapbooking LOs at my blog.

Friday, July 25, 2008

The Way He Was, The Way He is Now

Ching says, KAYA!

I need to learn to accept that this is part of my son’s “Growing Up”! Letting go of the old ways of my son’s childhood is allowing him to grow-up and prepare for whatever the future holds for him.

Journaling Reads:
I love my child. For so many years he was small, dependent, vulnerable, but full of wonder and curiosity about the world. Now, as a teenager, he exhibits a sense of independence and refuses to accept any suggestions I may make. The current
experience is vastly different from what I remember in years gone by, but hopefully
this stage will pass quickly.

Materials Used:
K&Comp. - Basic Grey pattern paper, Chipboard letters and embellishments, DCWV Cardstock & Pattern paper, Memory Makers brads and ribbons, Sizzix die-cut letters
Fiskars - heart border punch & paper hole punch, Adhesives squares & glue.

Layering, Mounting, Punching, Die-cutting, Journaling

About ME:
Ching, a stay at home mom to a 15 years old son and married to a wonderful man. We live on the Southeast coast of USA. I started scrapbooking in 2004, but like most, I have more supplies than pages, done. I eagerly began scrapping again when I joined the Pinoy Scrapbookers group in January, 2008 and quickly did some albums of layouts for my family. I love to make double layouts with 2 to 4 photos each.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Ready for School

Me-anne says, KAYA!

The challenge is so timely because my daughter is back to school for the second time around. But unlike her first day of school, we had a short photo shoot of her new uniform during her very first day of attending class last year. She was only 3 years old then ready for Nursery Class.

Hidden Journaling:

Ready for school MJ, start building your dreams as I hope you would help us fulfill ours for you. Believe you can do things you wanted most and believe you can do it. Learn and inspire us and others as well. We let you go and learn and earn your independence as you are now ready for school.

Material Used:
Stemma Beige buds, DCWV Stickers, Noteworthy Brads, MM Brads, Creative Imagination Narratives, Squisshes, DCWV Nana Kids PP, Rusty Pickle Lucky, SR Rub-ons, Prima Blings, SR Summer Line, Rick Racks, Maya Road Chipboards

Techniques: Layering and Hand-cutting

About Me:
I'm me and I love to be me, others misunderstood me because of my eyes, but there's more of me that your eyes dont see, hehehe, mysterious ba hahaha, check on my blog:

Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Geek Squad

Sheryl says, KAYA!

Perfect chance for me to scrap about the group and the colleagues I became friends with while I was still working. It was time for me to let go of that episode of my life and time to move on to what the future holds for me. Though it feels sad to miss their company, especially during lunch breaks where the discussion is suffused with interesting topics, I realized that I don't have to let go of the good relationships, much more of the friendship.

the Geek Squad. Spent lunchtime for almost a year with them for my daily dose of geeky thoughts. When I left the company, I realized I only have to let go of 'the work'. The rest, like Friendship, I can keep. Thank you, Geek Squad.


Katie Pertiet Storytime kit

About me:

Happy Mama to now happier Lilaa and Maia (ages 2.5 & 1 year old respectively), wife to my one big love. Rekindled my love affair with Scrapbooking in May 2006. I c0-own and co-manage an online bookstore with a good friend Julie Kelly.

Also, I have moved to my new virtual home here. Though you can always come by here.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

puppy love

Christine says, KAYA!
here's something i managed to put together this morning. i've been itching to scrap since last night, but i had to work on my lecture presentation first hehe. so this morning, i just had to give in to my urge before i left for work.

you were so excited to meet Polo for the 1st time. Even though you sometimes feel apprehensive about getting near dogs, you just couldn't resist to play with him. 4/07

Materials Used:
studio calico kit - pink paislee, sassafrass and scenic route papers, scenic route and making memories stickers, prima alphas

About ME:
Learn more about Christine at

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Potty Time

Susie says KAYA!

Here's my take on this month's challenge. I want to let go of my boy's nappy at 18 months, but still no luck yet. He thinks his potty trainer seat is his new chair, a garbage can, or a storage for his toys.

Wow! Mama got me this toy @ 18 months,oh, it's a new chair! How to sit here? first, put my feet into the tiny hole, then find a comfortable spot to sit. Mama removes my nappy and gets upset if i pee anywhere in the house. I like to sit here in this position, cool chair! Or i hide my toy cars inside...........Jerome @ 21 months.

Materials used:
DCWV papers, daisy D's tag, riboons, rub-ons, button.

layering, paper cutting, stitching, embossing

About Me:
I'm Susie, 38 years old, living in Hongkong, married for 10 years, with 18-month-old son. Been scrapping since 2002. SAHM with part-time job as a mystery shopper.


Marissa says, KAYA!

The LO below is about my daughter transitioning from high school to college life. It is difficult to let go especially if it turns my husband and me into empty nesters! Most especially when it is a daughter who has been sheltered all her life going to the big city. Come to think of it...she is beginning to start her own life. Time really fast it hit me hard!

[To the tune of Camp Granada]
DD: Ready, Mother?
ME: No, my Daughter
DD: I am leaving
ME: See me crying?
DD: For Chicago

ME: I can't let go

DD: Don't you worry...
ME: I can't help it!
DD: I'll be back soon, just get ready with some money in your wallet...!

Raspberry Road Designs - Color Your World Elements: star, wired frames, brackets, paint splatter, paint strokes, bling; Raspberry Road Designs - Butterfly Dreams: bg paper, tabs, blue bows. butterfly wings
Fonts: Myriad Pro and Weltron Urban
WTHS picture downloaded from WTHS home page; UIC picture downloaded from UIC home page; created using CS3-Ex

Layering, re-sizing, drop shadows, embossing, extracting

About me:
Hi... I'm Lee's sister.

Monday, July 7, 2008

God allows u-turns

Nina says, KAYA!

Whenever I think of the roads I could have travelled, I don't really have much regret since I know I am where I need to be, as God's will. But what's harder to face are other people's comments and questions, like, "Ay, sayang, ba't hindi ka na nag-wo-work?" or "Bakit hindi mo tinapos Master's mo?"

My only response is, "Tapos na yun. Masaya na ako where I am."

I "borrowed" my title from the book of the same name but haven't read it yet.

I always thought my life would go in a straight line. Since I was young, I always knew I wanted to be a writer. But after failing to get my Master's degree and quitting my job to become a stay-at-home mom, I realize everything is really in God's hands and He knows what's best.

Patterned paper - American Crafts, Pink Paislee, KI Memories, Love Elsie, Basic Grey; transparent butterfly mini-book page - Maya Road; chipboard letters - Heidi Swapp; journaling die-cut - Jenni Bowlin; pen - American Crafts Slick Writer; others - acrylic paint, cardstock, decorative tape.

Collage, layering, painting, used a butterfly punch to create accents and a border punch for edges.

About ME:
30 years old, stay-at-home mom soon to be homeschooler, writer, scrapbooker/altered art artist wannabe.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Good Bye

Diane says, KAYA!

What a great Challenge! Thanks Tin! I love the sketch! Anyways, this is a hard one for me again. I was thinking of making a LO about Huey but I made the Letting Go LO last last month I think. And I thought my feelings of the leaving of my niece and nephew on the 14th to Kuwait is perfect for this challenge. I am again losing another child of mine. They were like my kids already. But I have to let them go. And look forward for their vacation here or our vacation in Kuwait... hmmm sounds fun! LOL!

So here is my entry for KAYA 15. I hope you all like it!

Alyssa Maree and Danniell Vibar, my two loving niece and nephew. Treated as my own child. Loved and envied by many. We played a lot on the backyard, watched thomas and friends on Cartoon Network and DVD’s, Eat so many hotdogs, cried for being stubborn, scolded so many times, laugh together with some silly things, and went to the Mall together to buy milk and diapers. I enjoyed a lot being with you two for 10 months. I will surely miss those moments that we are together. My dear lilo and Liit continue being the source of happiness to everyone, never disappoint your parents and always obey them. Be good OK?

I can’t believe its been 10 months since you two arrived here in Bicol. Time flies really fast. And now you two will leave us already and go back to Kuwait and be with your parents. It is SAD but you need your parents more than us and they need you too. Goodbye my dear Lilo and Liit. We will miss you so much! We will see each other again very very soon. Love you!

Blowing Dandelions kit by Kasia Designs, Metal Tag, Painted Frame, Buttons from A Beautiful Mess II kit, Heavy Duty Staple, Wrap a Round Ribbons and String a Ling III by Natalie Braxton, Torn Dotted Paper and stitching by Jenna Desai, Memory Date Stamp 2 by Miss Mint, Ribbon Fastener and Funky Fresh Flowers by Annie Maning, Clock by Jen Wilson Designs, Yummy Letters by Misty Cato, Font: Another Typewriter, CK Handprint.

Layering, drop shadow for depth of the page, image editing, cropping.

About ME:
I am Diane, 24 years old from Bicol, Philippines. I am happily married to Jun for 4 years. Blessed with an angel up in heaven named Huey. He is my inspiration to scrap. I am still on the recovery stage on his passing but I think I am slowly accepting it. I do scrapbooks because of him and I want to continue scrapping for him. I am a paper and digital scrapbooker. I am also a proud owner of Nikon D80 and I am still learning how to use it. I hope to scrap more beautiful photos this time. To know me more and be updated on my life please visit my blogs A handful of Surprises and My Paper Scraps. Thank you so much!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Time to Fly

Tin says KAYA!

I am officially a college mom. I can't really explain it. Sometimes i feel anxious for my DD and there are times when i'm scared out of my wits, but I guess it's what moms do . . . worry, even endlessly. Just as much I would love to always have my children look up to me, there comes a time when we just have to stand back and let go and let them be their own heroes. Easier said than done *wink* but i'm getting there :-)

It was 2 o'clock in the afternoon when we were all scurrying around the condo helping you prepare for your high school graduation that evening. As I was passing by your room I caught a glimpse of your white toga hanging outside your door. I just had to pause and take a photo, an image held in time where memories of your primary and high school days came rushing back to me.

I STILL CAN'T BELIEVE IT! WE DID IT BABY GIRL! This is the REAL DEAL. Soon you'll be dealing with new classmates, hard core professors, boys, keeping count of your cuts, boys, exposure trips, internships, did I mention boys? You get the picture :-) Back in ICA you were safe behind walls . . . in CSB the world is literally at your reach. Perhaps these are just new fears for your dear ol' mumerz, but I TRUST & KNOW you to always do the right thing (including BOYS, *ahem*).

NOW is your time to discover yourself and the world . . . now is your time to FLY!

(And will you succeed ? . . . 98 3/4 percent, guaranteeed! -- Dr. Seuss --)

Materials Used:
Label Tulip Kit (April Showers): Pink Paislee Outside the Box and Close the Loop, SEI Dill, Prima Roundabout, Sassafrass Lass Buttercream Bliss, AC Crafts Playroom Felt Alphas, Maya Road Clock rubons, Pink Paislee Office Lingo die-cut, Maya Road School Rubon and Journaling sheers, Jenni Bowlin chalkboard alpha, Sassafrass Lass My Dearest alphas, MM Tiny Alph stickers, Pink Paislee mini clear stamp doodle star, LT stamp Houndstooth / Not include in the kit: Technique Tuesdays Whirly Gigs stamps, Ac slick writer, Micron 08, Nick Bantock Cerulean Azure and Adirondack Cranberry

Techniques Used:
- stamping, paper cutting and layering

About Me:
I'm turning 35 this month, my heart is still young at 18, mentally I can be 7 years old to 50 in a split second, and my knees firmly believes it's 70! If anyone has bursitis, PLEASE, my knees needs a support group LOL

KAYA 15 - Scrap a Sketch

2008 for yours truly has been quite interesting, my DD is off to college, moving to a new home , new ventures . . . that said, we also usually also let go to make room for all things new.

Just as we usually scrap, we want to grow out of our comfort zone and dabble with themes and even techniques not tried before. Perhaps if you often made a girly layout, how about making one that's more graphic? Or if you always scraplifted one layout, how about scraplifting a combination of 5 layouts?

But how to start?

On those mojo-less days, what gets me going is a good sketch. Whether it's from our favorite sketch sites, or seeking inspiration from fellow scrappers a sketch is a great way to get your creative juices flowing.

So have a go at my humble sketch for our July Kaya:

Here are the requirements for this months Kaya:
  1. LO's must be 8 1/2 x 11 OR 12x12, either Digital or Traditional
  2. Follow the sketch as you please, you can copy it exactly, move it upside down, move elements here and there. As long as you have the essence of the sketch, you're good to go.
  3. Use any materials you wish.
  4. The theme of your LO must be LETTING GO. Whether you have a child off to his first day of kindergarten, letting go of your favorite sweater or foregoing dessert (heaven forbid!). You get the picture :-)
  5. And of course, have fun!
  6. Deadline for this challenge is on Wednesday, July 30, 2008, 11:59 pm.
a Birthday month . . .
TO all PS Kaya participants:
July is my birthday month and I was so happy that I got assigned for Kaya 15. Other than prizes for the random picks for the Traditional and Digital Layout, here's an additional incentive . . . as thanks to you, my fellow PSers for sharing so much inspiration since our first Kaya challenge, the FIRST 5 participants to upload their LO's by 12:00AM (Philippine time) July 23, 2008 to the Kaya Challenge Blog gets a small prize from me! Soooo time to get a scrappin'!

-- Tin --