Monday, September 29, 2008

The First Year

Beth says, KAYA!

Tada! … A photo-finish entry after a break of several months from scrapbooking.

It is just so amazing to see how much our angel grew, month after month, during her first year.

cardstocks, scrap PPs, diecuts, yarn, stickers, eyelets, brad, flowers, ribbons, buttons, crystals, glitters, wire binder, foam stamp

About ME:
I’m Beth, a wife, a mother, a daughter, a friend. I spend most of my time doing schoolwork with my daughter. But my me-time is spent cross stitching, scrapbooking and reading magazines / novels. I’m so into craftworks. I used to also make candles. And next year, I plan to take review classes in dressmaking.

Mia @ 35

Mia says, KAYA!

This is a 6x6 album I created to commemorate my 35th year. Well, my birthday was last February but as early as January, I have been planning to create this. Thanks to Marian for her challenge, I have now succeeded in finishing the album! The album is in ABC format. I just listed things that I am thankful for. It's more than 26, of course, but here is just a glimpse of all my blessings. :-)

God has been so good to me. Thirty-five years of life, love and laughter. I created this ABC album to document a glimpse of these blessings. There is just so much to be thankful for.

A - Alyssa, so adorable!
B - Breastfeeding and bonding and bliss!
C - Carrier a.k.a. sling or pouch
D - Daughters, all three of them
E - Embrace
F - Friends
G - Good Health
H - Home, our first!
I - Imagination and creativity
J - Journals a.k.a. my scrapbooks and layouts
K - Kisses
L - Lechon from Cagayan de Oro
M - Married to Mier, my bestfriend
N - Nadine, my beautiful firstborn
O - Out of Town trips
P - Parents for their support and generosity
Q - Quiet Moments
R - Raya, my precious princess
S - Sisters, Mabel and Marla
T - Thirty toes -- perfection!
U - Unconditional Love
V - Voices of my girls -- talking, singing, laughing
W - Water
X - Xtraordinary children
Y - Years, 35 to be exact
Z - Zzz, time to sleep, time for me to scrap!

Bazzil cardstock, Prima papers and flowers, Queen&Co. brads, Inque Boutique letter stamps, American Crafts stickers, Fiskars Lace Puncher, Carl Corner Rounder, Staedler Pen, Colorbox ink, Acrylic letters

About ME:
I am in my mid-thirties, married to my bestfriend, Mier, for 8 years and blessed with three beautiful daughters, Nadine (age 6), Raya (age 4) and Alyssa (11 months). I have been fixing my photos since high school but got really serious (as in using acid free materials) in 2004. I am a self proclaimed scrap addict. Visit me at

A Mini for Yan

Tin says KAYA!

I want to share a mini album I made for my daughter, Ienne, for her retreat . I usually don't use pre-made kits but this mini was a surprise, so I would often scrap secretly; what better way than use a kit and use other scraps I had on hand.

As part of the retreat the girls received Palanca letters, as my daughter was going through her letters she noticed two people didn't send her any note or letter at all. The culprit was yours truly and my younger sister whom she is close to. Then Ienne noticed two odd looking items that was not included in her box, the scroll from my sis and this CD tin from me :-) I'm not much of a mini-album person, actually this was my first! In the end it was all worth it, because Ienne enjoyed going through her mini.

Note: Please forgive the photos, baka ma vertigo kayo sa iba iba na position hehe we were taking photos in a cramped space (we blame the boxes we've been packing and are scattered all over the condo)

(the journaling below are the quotes I used in order, excluding the letter medyo private eh hehe)

- A daughter is a little girl who grows up to be a friend -- author, unknown

- I've seen fire i've seen rain, i've seen sunny days that I thought would never end.
I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend, But I always thought that i'd see you again.
-- Fire & Rain, James Taylor

- A daughter is the happy memories of the past, the joyful moments of the present, and the hope and promise of the future -- author, unknown

- Who will see the beauty in your life, And who will be there to hear you when you call. who will see the madness in your life, And who will be there to catch you if you fall -- Fra Lippo Lippi

- A family is love, that's a family. They come in all different sizes and different kinds, but mines just right for me -- Barney

- And He said, "Cast your burdens upon me, those who are heavenly laden. Come to me, all of you who are tires of carrying heavy loads. For the yoke I will give you is easy and My burden is light, come to Me and I will give you rest"

- When you feel the world is tumblin' down on you, and you have no one that you can hold on to. Just face the rising sun, and you'll see hope, and there's no need to run. Lift up your hands to God, and He'll make you feel alright. -- Lift Up Your Hands

- Watching your daugher being collected by her date feels like handing over a million dollar Stradivarius to a gorilla -- Jim Bishop

Materials Used:
K & Co. CD mini album kit, Patterend Paper: K& Co., Scenic Route, Bazzils, etc.; Embellishments: Scrapworks, Fancy Pant, American Crafts ; Stamp: Hero Arts
** Please forgive me this is an incomplete list, I was never able to write down the materials I used. And unfortunately, I don't have Mia's super powers when it comes to scrapbook products LOL

Techniques Used:
I made this mini using small photos of Ienne through the years, I filled it with quotes that we both knew and ended it with a small pocket containing my letter to her; I also stamped, inked and ripped patterened paper.

About Me:
I just learned the 7B's from my daughter, Ienne.
For you ladies with daughters, pay attention:

The 7B's
Books Before Boys Because Boys make BaBies

Yes, I learned this from my 18 year old. If I had known this . . . well then, things would have ended differently wouldn't it?

But I can't imagine life without my alter-ego and conscience, Ienne :-) I can only hope that SHE'll take the 7B's to heart LOL

Marcie and Her Bag of Words

Gracie says, KAYA!

Here's my last minute entry for the mini album challenge. I got the base of the album from Artzdescrap. I actually got to finish this during my birthday last Saturday. I had a "Scrappy Birthday" as I called it. I was thinking of a theme for this mini and I came across some random pictures of my daughter. She has been learning a lot of words lately so I thought of creating an album for her own vocabulary. I guess all our kids go through that phase where they have their own terms for certain things. Sometimes I have no idea where they get those words but I guess it's how they want to call certain stuff.

1st Page:
Dyda- Pronounced as dee-da.
That's how you called daddy at first. It's like saying the syllables of the word daddy backwards. You sure are dyda's little girl. A lot of people say you look alike & you do have some trait that are just like your dyda's. =)

2nd Page:
Kuka is how you call your two cousins. I guess you can't pronounce the letter "Y" yet so instead of Kuya it turned out as "Kuka". You get all happy & excited whenever you see your kuya JN & NJ.

3rd Page:
Mamam is your term for milk while "kuka" calls it "giya". Oh you two are so cute while having your drinking session.

4th page:
You love bananas & you call them "Nana". Lolo would often buy lots of nanas for you to eat as he loves nanas too! I even catch you every now & then trying to climb up the table to reach for a "nana".

5th Page:
Strawberry Shortcake who is "Fabeya" to you, is your favorite character. We even bought you that big SSC doll because you couldn't let go of it when you saw it at the mall. Your birthday theme was "Fabeya" too! =)

6th Page:
This is one of my favorite word from your silly dictionary. I don't know where it came from but it's how you say swimming. h boy do you love to swim! You look so adorable in that bathingsuite too!

7th page:
You're a girl but you have this love for cars. "NGING" is how you call them. I guess it's the sound of the car or something... You love to sit at the driver's seat & play with the steering wheel too! Vroom! Off you go! =)

PPs- Itty Bitty Scrap Pads from Provo Craft, other left over scraps from various PPs
Alphabet block beads, ribbons, foam shapes, alpha stickers, Making Memories Brads & Flowers, Buttons, The Paper Company Cardstock, Thickers- American Crafts, Craft Express Chipboard shapes, Elmer's glue, black felt, DMC Thread

About ME:
I'm Gracie Ann David-Tan, currently 25 years old & turning a year older next month. A current resident of Angeles City. I'm a mommy to Marcie (now 19 months old) & a wife to my loving & very hardworking husband, Mark. I'm a lover of arts & crafts (scrapooking, card making, altered art & paper crafts). I believe that you need not spend a lot to create art. Of course I do have my splurging moments too sometimes when I go shopping for arts & crafts materials & tools. I like to invest more on useful tools. I see myself as a resourceful person. Before I throw something away I try to visualize what I can create with that item. Like the emptied formula milk cans for example, I decided to create unique gift containers with them instead of just throwing them away. You can view samples of my altered cans at this site: & for my other LOs & creations.

I'm also a lover of music & dance & chocolates of course! I'm a stay at home mom but I also co-manage our family business. We sell perfume & health & beauty products both retail & wholesale. I still dream of putting up my own arts & crafts store here in our place since we have limited sources of scrapbook supplies here. I love to cook & bake too!