Saturday, January 31, 2009


WOW!!! All the layouts submitted on this challenge were BEAUTIFUL !!! Thanks to everyone for playing along ! We enjoyed your creations !

And also thanks to everyone who made an effort, but weren’t able to play and to all who stopped by the site and left a comment. It really does mean a lot to all the participants to see that people took time to leave a note.

All you “PS “ members make this site so wonderful !!!

Now, Drum Roll …
Our four (4) Early Birds “catches the worms” - (Success comes to those who
prepare well and put forth an effort.)
are: Tessah, Rowee, Susie and Gracie. CONGRATULATIONS Girls !

Winner of the Major RAK is ...


And the Bonus RAK goes to ….


Those winning prizes, please send your mailing address to and I will make every effort to send your prize. Thank you!

Friday, January 30, 2009

My Bead Treasure

Marian says KAYA!

In a previous life I used to bead everyday. I was obsessed with beads and hoarded them much like I hoard scrapbook materials now. When I stopped making beads I gave away a lot of the unstrung beads and findings just leaving some that I really like and hope to put together one day.

A few years back I enjoyed making bead jewelry. It was the time when semi-precious stones and swarovski crystals were still not hot items for accessories. I went out of my way to learn the craft through magazines and taking lessons from the beading lady, Portia Leuterio.

I enjoyed making different types of jewelry stringing them with nylon string, twisting and weaving them with wire, knotting them with twine and even crocheting them with fine wire. I loved the look of different types of beads, the colors and designs and I loved making something beautiful with them. Whenever I would wear my creations, people would ask me where I got it and would always be surprised when I said I made it. Many of my relatives and freinds suggested I should sel and make it a business. I never got to do it as I felt it would not be fun and relaxing if it were a business. I did enjoy teaching some friends, relatives and my helpers the basics. I also made many pieces for gifts.

Sadly my eyes deteriorated and I found it difficult to bead so I decided to give up my hobby. I also stopped wearing my creations when bead jewelry became so common I found it passe.

These treasures have been gathering dust in the basement, completely ignored for several years. I hope to put them in shadow boxes for display soon.

Basic Grey Perhaps line pattern papers, Maya Road Chipboard Swirls, Prima flowers, Doodlebug bling,Prima bling, Divisoria bling, Art Institute glitter, Scenic Route sticker letters, Chatterbox lace, a bead brooch, distress ink

Cut, ink, paste and layer patterned paper, paint and glittered the chipboard, computer printed the journaling and attached a bead brooch which is part of my stash of bead jewelry

About ME:
I'm a mother and grandmother but I'm enjoying my role as grandmother more.

A small, tiny ball

Nina says, KAYA!

I've been wanting to scrap this for a while. Thanks so much to Ching for the challenge and forcing me to put it down on a layout.


... served as God's reminder that life is tiny and precious and should never be taken for granted.

It was one of those nights when AR was away abroad on a business trip and I was busy scrapping and Matt was watching TV as per usual. Matt came into the room on the verge of tears. When I asked him what was wrong, he pointed to his nose. When I shone a flashlight inside his nostrils, I found this tiny ball he had been playing with and inhaled by accident...

I was on the verge of tears myself, feeling helpless, alone and a terrible mother for letting such a thing happen.

I had to keep my cool, quickly got dressed to go out and walk to the gate outside with Matt. My heart was beating in my ears and Matt was strangely quiet, obviously not in pain but so afraid I'd get mad at him, which I was, but mixed with pain and guilt.

A trip to the charity hospital behind the village proved futile so we got into a taxi bound for Medical Center ParaƱaque. Matt became a breath of fresh air and caused stunned disbelief mixed with smiles in the ER. Compared to the emergency cases they receive, this was probably an easy one to handle. A kindly grandmother looked on with quiet concern, even as she was a patient herself.

A pedia finally appeared and Matt burst into tears as he has always been terrified of doctors. As soon as he did, this teeny-tiny ball slid out of his nose. It was kinda awkward to explain to the doctor that there was no need to look at Matt anymore.

For P56.10, this was probably the cheapest, and most memorable, hospital bill I've ever paid. February 19, 2008.

Materials: cardstock - Bazzill; kit - April Going Postal Kit by Studio Azul; pen; small Ziplock bag; stapler; actual items in journaling - hospital bill, ball and coin for contrast.

About ME:
stay-at-home mom, homeschooler, scrapbooker

Thursday, January 29, 2009


Janis says, KAYA!

This is the only piece of paper (literally) from college that I kept. I had it photocopied on acetate (and made it my background, hence the sheen on the photo). I placed the actual paper inside the pocket (see arrow), it is a submission for my Philippine Literature subject discussing my view of death. Naturally since it was a literature subject, we were given the freehand on how to discuss it (please visit my blog for the contents of the paper because it?s rather long - - I thought I might as well share it, just to explain my professor?s remarks). Anyway, for this LO, I used BearyBox?s Sketch#10 (was not able to upload my entry in their gallery though, I forgot about the deadline!!!). Thanks Ching for this great challenge. ;o)

The last project in my Philippine Literature subject was to stage an actual play in class - - I cannot recall the title of the play but I remember that the role assigned to me was that of a child prostitute. I?d (secretly) longed to act, but the idea daunted me. I never joined any dramatic arts group in school (even though I wanted to) as I prioritized the ?intellectual? clubs.Anyway, it was my last shot - - and I gave it my all. My group did not attend class after our performance, we were just so happy that it was over. It was only during the class card distribution (and return of a previously submitted paper) that I learned of my professor ?s (whose name I have already forgotten) feedback.This is the only piece of paper from college that I kept. It has been more than 10 years now, yet every time I read this I can?t help but smile and be reminded of the drama queen in me.

DCWV cardstocks, K&Co Papers, Xerox/acetate, woman chipboard cutout, acrylic paints, sakura pens, Uniball signo journaling pen, prima flowers, MM brads, chipboard labels (unknown), cloth flower, MM rub-ons (expressions), MM tiny alphas (pink ledger), MR sheer journal, AC Thickers (Jewelry Box, painted with pink acrylic paint, topped with Glossy Accents), Colorbox inkpads for distressing.

About Me:

I am

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

I'll Always Remember...

Marissa says, KAYA!

My parents instilled in me [and my siblings] the importance of prayers. I remember family prayers every 6:00 in the evening. It is a solemn time, a peaceful time. It made me feel good about everything afterwards.

I treasure this box of prayers that my parents gave me years ago. For me, these are prayers not for me to recite, but prayers my parents ask of God for me, all placed in this little box. It is my parents' wishes, hopes, and desires, for everything best for me. It is their voices I hear telling me of the goodness and greatness of the Lord.

Journaling reads:

I'll always REMEMBER my parents' teachings. I do not need a boxful of prayers to read. My nightly private conversations with the Lord comes deep within my heart.

Materials used:

Black cardstock, scraps byMy Mind's Eye, flower cut-outs from a patterned paper [sorry I forgot which one], Prima flowers, Colorbox fluid chalk used around the Prima flowers; bling from Darice, Fiskars Threading Water punch, foam dots, K&Co Blue Awning journaling tag.


Nothing much - just cutting and glueing, some distressing on the prima flowers with Yellow Citrus fluid chalk,

About Me:
I am a pack-rat. I am a paper addict.
I am a Lindor extra extra dark truffle chocoholic. I am an ex-Frango Mint-aholic. I am a digital scrapbooker.
I am a traditional scrapbooker.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Hats Off

Mei Ann says, KAYA!

In 2005, my husband and I decided to spend New Year's Eve out of town. We don't want to spend too much money so I searched the Internet for an overnight stay at a 3-star hotel with dinner and show. Lo and behold .... I found something like $60/person. Drove for 2 hours from our place to the country side. Can't complain ... the room was pretty, the steak dinner was sumptuous and show was hilarious. The only thing was that, except for me and my hubby, all the people in the room were LOLOs and LOLAs!!! Yes it was a gig for 60 years and older!!!! They gave these HATS for us to wear and they were dancing to the tune of Broadway music. Oh we had fun. Since then, every New Year's Eve that we are at home, we made it a point to wear the hats and reminisce the fun of that funny evening!

On the side, our HATS OFF to our elders!

Oh yeah! These hats are made for Broadway singing/dancing which we love to do every New Year's Eve (after several glasses of wine)! We missed them in '08 because were in San Fransisco. See us wearing them again in '09!

Materials Used:
Cardstock (Citrus Neopolitan, K&Company), Paper Pizzazz (black/white dots), flower, foam letters, gem brad, crystal flower stickers, Color Box fluid chalk inkpad, glue dots, ZIG pen and feather from the hat

Techniques Used:
Detailed cutting, distressing

About ME:
I'm Mei Ann, loving and living life as it unfolds. Thanks for the opportunity.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

A Letter for Adee

Leirs says, KAYA!

Philbert wrote a letter for Adee. I've been itching to put that in a scrapbook because I know that my husband is not that letter writing kind. I tried to include that in this Layout and I sealed it with prima crystals making and aptly using the letter A for Adrianne.

Journaling Reads:
Who: For Adee, What: Philbert's letter for Adee, When: December 21,2007,Where: San Pedro, CA. Why: He wrote a love note for Adee!

Materials Used:
Cardstock. Joann Stickers, Ribbon, American Crafts, Basic Grey Rub Ons, Sasa Frass Lass, Prima Crystal, Scrapbook Tape

About Me:

My name is Leirs married to Philbert mommy to Joshwa and Adee
and my only resolution is to scrap our family photos.
I know i've been slacking when it comes
to scrapping. I really really need to make time to join
challenges and at least do 1 Layout a week.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Hidden Treasure

Gracie says, KAYA!

I wasn't quite sure at first what to do with my LO. I didn't know what memorabilia I should use until I remembered my grandpa. He's not really my grandfather by blood since he's my step-father's dad but he treated me like his own grand daughter. After he died, we discovered his hidden treasure from his bedroom. That's where I got the inspiration for my 1st LO for 2009.

Journaling Reads:

A few days after lolo Pete died, we were all surprised to find a box in his room where he kept his "hidden treasures". Inside the box were cards that people gave him and even the money they gave were still in the cards. Dad gave us these money which are no longer in circulation. You would think they're still new because they're still crisp, but when you look at the year printed on them, you'll see they're from 1949!

Materials Used:
PPs & Stamp- Fancy Pants, CS-Bazill Basics, Rub-ons- Craft Express, Ink-Whispers, Flowers- Prima, Alpha Stickers-Misc.- lace, string of pearls, acetate, gold thread, button & the actual money

Techniques Used:
Distressing, Stamping & Stitching ( I stitched an acetate on the PP to create pockets for the pics & the money)

About ME:
I'm a scrap addict from Angeles City, married to a loving husband, Mark and a mother to a very cute daughter named Marcie. I am a lover of arts & crafts and have been for almost 10 years now. I started scrapbooking in 1999 but stopped along the way. I then fell in love with other crafts like card making, cross-stitching, paper crafts and creating new things from recycled materials. I found my way back to scrapbooking again last July 2008 when I attended my first Scrap Jam here in the Angeles City and I've been hooked to the art again since then. My style with my creations vary depending on my mood or inspiration. I always see to it that every work of art I make is created with love. Visit me here. TFL!

Car Bonanza

Susie says, KAYA!

I won a car in a raffle draw few years ago. I have sold it so got a miniature version of it. It's displayed in our living room to remind me of this blessing and how it brings joy to my life.

How do you feel when somebody calls you that you won a car? Is it a dream, is it a fantasy? I pinched myself three times to make sure it is a reality. That was April 2000. Yes, it's been a long while ago. The car has been gone and all that remains is a memory, and a miniature model of Volkwagen golf car, to this day reminds me of the sweet blessing years ago.

Materials used:
DCWV papers, stickers, tags, chalk, ribbon, foam tape, MM pen.

Layering, matting, inking, chalking, tearing

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.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Pamana ni Lola

Rowee says, KAYA!

Happy to know that we have this wooden antique statue in the house. We call it the Twins. Here’s my take.

Lola gave us this twin wooden statue last 4 years ago. She told us that she brought them in Bicol from a souvenir shop when she was in her early age. Our Lola is still with us till now, she’s 94 years old now and most probably this statue is 60 older. We promise that we will keep it and will take good care of it because they are Pamana ni Lola.

PP-Cosmo Cricket9 slue foot sue), Fancy Pants(ornamental), Basic grey(boxer-low rise)DCWV CS green, thickers, metal flower, scotch foam tape, Hero Arts stamps, glue

Techniques Used:
Detailed cutting of the pp. inking, used 3d foam tape to make a 3d look on the flower

About ME:
I'm a simplemom-lovingmom.

Saturday, January 3, 2009


Tessah says, KAYA!

I can easily relate to this challenge.

Journaling Reads:
Weird as it may seem I have this mosquito net syndrome. Yes, meaning since I was a child, as early as 5 years old I guess I can't sleep without my net. I bring it wherever I go. I have a lot of fun memories with this net. Back then, My dad was so mad at me and thought that my behavior was so odd that he tried so many times to stop me from bringing my net everywhere. Imagine, even if I am just eating or resting at sofa I bring this net. My brothers and sisters played a lot of jokes with me once we were young. Till now I am a married girl already, I still use my net. And I am so happy that my husband, one of my family members now, shared funny thoughts with my net as he also laughs at me.

Materials Used:
PPs and Alphas Ribbons; Buttons; Glue; Sandpaper; Stationary for Journaling; And of course my very own net. I made a bouquet out of it to accent the LO.

Techniques Used:
Layering labels and pictures; embellishing; Sanding- I sanded the edges of my kulambo´s (net) picture.

About ME:
Hi. I am Ramintessah Aihara. I am a Filipina who married a Japanese national and now living in Japan. I love reading and making friends. Just last December I was hooked by blogging and knitting. Due to blogging I meet a lof of friends and was introduced to scrapbooking three weeks ago. Since then I was hooked. I found your blog. And I think that it would be a wonderful idea to scrap with my Kabayans. I am really new to scrapping and I am still studying how to design layouts. I'm too excited to join this one since this is my first time to join your blog. And...I'm jut wondering, am I included on the first 3? LOL! Just kidding.

Friday, January 2, 2009


Ching says, KAYA!Italic

We had some antiques displayed in our shelves in my husband’s possession from his ancestors. The item that catch my eyes is this cute wonderful pair of old shoes that my husband’s mother owned when she was a toddler.

These shoes delighted the whole family of my husband for over 120 years. They belonged to my husband’s mother. Due to the foresight of first, his grandmother, then mother and now my husband, the shoes, as a decorative item have been seen and admired by several
generations of family members.

These shoes are water resistant and made of tan and black leather with six button hooks. The shoes show only slight wear and they are stuffed with cotton, that so far, over more a hundred years, no one as had the nerve to remove.

Materials used:
-Paper Pizazz heritage pattern paper, alphabet tiles, tags and art cut-outs
-DCWV pattern papers
-Eksuccess vellum paper
-Making Memories brads
-Tim Holts distressed ink
-Inkadinkado blending chalks
-Elizabeth’s foil embossed sticker
-Ribbon and fibers
-Scotch double sided tape and glue stick

Layering, matting, inking, chalking, tearing, journaling

About Me:

Wishing you all the best
throughout the coming year!

Best Wishes,

Kaya 21 - Things Remembered

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Hope you all have a wonderful holidays!

Since it’s only the beginning of the New Year, I can still remember the last week of December 2008, when the media was full of articles and TV segments recalling the past year’s events. I thought the challenge should be simple, but the theme, mature.

So, your mission is to search through your closets, attics or wardrobe and find some old relic or treasure which brings to mind, cherished memories that brought joy and wonder to your life. This reminiscing is not confined to any particular year and hopefully will encourage conversation with family members and help you conjure up some vivid representation for your layout.

Guidelines for this challenge:

1) TITLE: should be the item(s) you found or in your possession. It could be things that are very old or just something that is precious and wonderful to you. Examples: Clothing, vases, figurines, pictures, frames, pottery, jewelry, etc.
- My Grandma’s Wedding Gown
- Great Grandpa’s Cool Wig (He he he )

2) PHOTO: should be two(2) of any size, current photos, one photo of the item(s) and one photo of you with the item(s).

3) JOURNALING: must be visible, writing the 5W’s (Who, When, What, Where, Why) story of the item(s).

4) LAYOUT: maybe 12 x 12 or 8 ½ x 11, traditional or digital.

5) 3-D: You may use only photos or the actual item. Bonus RAK for the scrapper who can creatively include an actual memorabilia in her layout.

6) Layouts must be new and made for this challenge.

7) Deadline for this challenge is on January 30, 2009, 11:59 PM, Philippine time.

One lucky scrapper will receive this lot by random drawing:

And a bonus RAK for using actual memorabilia.

All entries adhering to the challenge guidelines, except for the winners of the past two challenges, will be eligible for the RAK draw. Scrappers who use actual memorabilia will be eligible for a bonus RAK draw, except if that scrapper's name is already drawn for the major RAK.

And… I have surprise prizes for the first three early birds: Ummm…something yummy!?

Good Luck and Happy Scrappy New Year to all!

Thursday, January 1, 2009


Congratulations to all the ladies who took the time out to work their tails off this Christmas. Everyone was busy trying to meet the demands of the season, it's a wonder how we actually made it through! There were many of us who really, really wanted to participate, but of course, family matters come first. After all, the season is really about our cherished families.

Hence, I'd like to personally thank everyone who did burn the candles at both ends and still were able to come up with their wonderful Christmas creations. And now, the winner of RAK #1 is CHING!
And the winner of Rak #2 is

Congratulations, Ching and Marian! May you have the best year yet!