Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Kaya 27 - It's Got To Be SomeTHING Mixed With aLpHaS!

Can it be? It's already July. Half the year is over. Time flies by so fast when you're having fun.

Starting this month, we thought we'd do things a little differently by sharing a bit more about our monthly challengers. Really, this blog is fueled not only by the participants' enthusiasm, but by the creativity and generosity of our challengers as well. We think it's just fitting that we get to know more about them.

Our challenger for this month is....ROXANNEE!

Roxannee (Rok-sa-ni) says,

I'm into my third year of scrapping now...I've been longing to do this way back in 2000 (that was when I started hoarding) but did not really get serious until baby number two came out. There are too many gorgeous moments of my family being captured and I thought that it is a shame to just frame them or keep them in a plain album. The reasons to start scrapping just started piling up since then.

Aside from the journaling, which reveals what's inside the heart of the scrapper, my favorite part of scrapping is the time before I finally complete the layout- this is when I realize that all the elements come together unintentionally. It's the time when every element is no more a piece of itself but becomes a part of a whole new thing. My least favorite is the beginning...what picture to scrap and what to do with it. I guess in any project, the planning stage takes so much of one's time.

I can only scrap on my free time - which is almost impossible to have when you are juggling running the house and having a school kid and a toddler. It makes me feel that work is my time to relax. :-)

Scrapbooking has given me so much more than I've expected. I have tried a lot of craft activities but this particular hobby is the best. I think it is the "preserving the memory" factor and no set rules. I discovered that in scrapbooking, you can evolve as a creative individual at your own pace, in your own time. No set rules, no counting threads or patterns.

Scrapbooking as a therapeutic activity is a cliche but I stand by it. The year 2008 was challenging and this hobby was my constant companion- it helped me focus on my new life now as a parent to my kids and a life partner to my hubby (they are my subjects most of the time). The process of moving on and letting go was more bearable. It made me feel better about myself & gave me something to look forward to. Not to mention the friends that I've met through this group. I think that I'll scrap throughout my life.

Visit Roksani's Creative Nook at http://rock-n-rox.blogspot.com.


I’m pretty sure that you are undergoing a certain phase in your life right now.
It can be big or small, simple or complicated.
Whatever stage it might be, there must be some kind of THING that inspires you.
Or some THING that is a constant companion.
Some THING that is cherished and treasured...
Some THING that you really love or like- right now.

So for this month's challenge, I present:

It’s Got To be SomeTHING Mixed with aLpHaS!

The Rules are:

1. Make a layout of the most important THING (must be an inanimate object) in your life right here, right now. It can be 12x12 or 8.5x 11, traditional or digital.

2. Photo Requirement: Any size, any number, but must highlight that THING. If you are having a hard time looking for photographs, you can be in the photo, but remember it should emphasize/highlight the most important THING.

3. Use a mix of AlphABets for your title. Each word should contain a mixture of fonts and/or materials. For traditional lay out entries, any material will do (chipboard, stamped, cut outs, plastic, vinyl, etc.). Take this opportunity to use your left over alphabets and get creative with it!

4. You should include in your journaling why that thing is important to you right now. Remember, you are recording the memories of today. It will be nice to know one day why you took a picture of that thing.

5. The layout should be specifically made for this challenge.

6. You can submit as many pages as you can (traditional or digital) about your important thing, but you can only enter once in the drawing.

7. Deadline for submissions is on: July 30, 2009, 11:59 PM, Manila Time.

The lucky winners who will be drawn by my two boys will get these:

for the Traditional entry:

and these from Australian distributors and designers like Christina Re. ( I thought a little touch of Aussie scrapbooking RAK will be nice.)

And the Digital entry winner will get these:

and these:

So sisters in scrap, let’s go and take a photo of your most important thing right now! Kayang kaya ba?

There’s gotta be someTHING there...

Kaya 26 winner is.......

Thanks so much ladies for your "labor of love" that I consider as my birthday gifts.;o) Here are the numbers assigned of the participants eligible for the RAK (I didn't include Timi and Ms. Marian for being past winners of Kaya Challenge):

1) Alby
2) Arnie
3) Mia
4) LG
5) July
6) Cathy
7) Mye
8) Isah Mae
9) Rowee
10) Cheska
11) Roxxannee
12) Jona
13) Ruth
14) Issa
15) Lee
16) Moira
17) Ems

I used RANDOM.ORG to select the random number


and the winner is........


Please email me your address Cheska! Congrats everyone to a job well done!!!

Stay tuned for the next KAYA challenge!!!


Monday, June 29, 2009

Perfect In Purple

Marian says KAYA!

Happy birthday Janis! Glad I was able to join this month's challenge.

These photos were taken last New Year's eve with my in-laws. It's a tradition that we meet for New Year's eve dinner and at the stroke of midnight we say a prayer for family unity and blessings for everyone throughout the new year. Ever since my mother-in-law passed away we take turns hosting the dinner.

Journalling: Without any plans, we discovered quite a few of us were in different shades of purple. What a great photo op.
New Year 2009
Nanette's home

Materials used: Plain and printed paper : Bound & Determined; Chipboard circle frame: Fancy Pants; Flowers: Prima; Pearl conchos : AAS; Journalling tags: MM; Letter stickers: K& Co.; Glimmer Mist

Techniques: Sprayed the chipboard frame with various shades of pink and purple

About me:

I love to stamp and scrap. I like to join the workshops that our local scrapbook stores offer. It's a great way to learn new techniques and bond with other scrappers.


Ems says, KAYA!

This is the 2nd attempt to make a layout for this month's Kaya challenge. I should have used a photo with me in it. The first 1 was with photos of my youngest *tsk tsk* (pls check my Groovy Baby LO in my blog) Nevertheless, I had fun doing both. Thanks Janis for the challenge, I got to use my pearls stashed away (for years now) in my sewing kit ;oP Happy birthday!!!

I won't deny it...I can't!
Yes, I am!...
I'm hooked...
I'm addicted...
I'm a certified scrappaholic!

Materials Used:
BG patterned paper, DCWV CS; DCWV & Heidi Swapp alpha chipboard; K&CO chipboard tag; TLC chipboard ribbon holder; local ribbon, lace, bling and pearls; Stampin Up French Script stamp; unknown glass beads.

Techniques used:
Paper tearing, distressing

About Me:

I'm Ems...a certified scrappaholic! The addiction gets worse everyday, I tell you! There's no cure, so beware! ;oP Get to see my high in this addiction at http://emsfronda.wordpress.com

Pahina Ng Saya

Moira says, Kaya!

Here’s my entry for the KAYA Pearl Challenge. I got interested in joining since I saw my mother having fun doing her entry and since I also have some artsy side, I said to myself, why not give it a try. The concept is based on June being a nationalistic month as we celebrated the 111th anniversary of our Philippine Independence last June 12, 2009. I then decided to showcase in here my Filipiniana graduation photo (taken last February 10, 2009) and one of my poems entitled: Pahina ng Saya (originally written last June 3, 2007)
so here it goes….

Pahina ng saya
sa buhay na puno ng pangyayari
mga nagaganap, di mawari
panahon ng kasiyahan
naaalala twing sumasapit ang kalungkutan

'yan ang napapansin ko
sa isang kaibigan ko
isang makatang filipina
na buhay nasa bawat pahina
ng kaibigan niyang kuwaderno't
nasusulat ng kanyang lapis
na pinagbabahagian niya kanyang saya't hinagpis
kasama niya itong madalas
marami naring kalungkutan dito'y nailabas

kelan kaya kaligayahan niya matutuklas
nawa ito'y nasa nalalapit na bukas
nang maibahagi niya rin sa kanyang kaibigang kwaderno kung gaano siya kasaya
at kaibigan ko'y makita ko ring maligaya

Papers: We R Memory Keepers, Paper Pizazz Sheet, Alphabet Stickers, Wrapper (Use in flower bouquet)
Flowers: Prima flowers, Cut out flower(We R Memory Keepers)
Others : Pearl Beads, Abaca Sheet, Brads, Glue, Cut out butterfly, Clip (Studio Azul kit), Thin Abaca Rope
Pen: Pilot ballpen

TECHNIQUE USED: Paper cutting

About Me:
Hi! I’m Moira Gabrielle S. Gacayan, 20 years of age. I’m a newly graduate and now one of the “certified tambays”. So being one, I sometimes do artsy things and one of them is scrapbooking in traditional as well as digital (some of what I’ve done are in: http://www.scrapblog.com/moirielle) ;). I’m still a newbie, and still in the process of learning how things work so please bear with me ;) I got influenced by my mom so I decided to join ;)
=*.*= Thanks =*.*=

Sunday, June 28, 2009


Lee says, KAYA and Happy birthday, Janis!

Pearl is also my birthstone so I was quite excited to do the challenge but I didn't have too many pearl embellishments. So it was a lucky break (?) when one of my pearl necklaces broke - my daughters were playing with it. I still have to have it re-strung but I don't think one bead would be missed. I used it for the center of my flower. I also used seed pearls I bought in one of my many trips to the south to form loops around the flower.

This is based on a Page Map so I was able to finish it quickly. The longest part was waiting for the crackle paint and the adhesive I used to attach the pearls to dry.

These are the magic years, and therefore, magic days, and therefore, magic moments. - Anonymous

Materials Used:
CS - DCWS; PPS - Heidi Grace; Alphas - American Crafts; Diecut - K & Co.; Flowers - Prima; Chipboards - Maya Road; Paint - Ranger; Stamping Ink - Colorbox; Pen - Sakura; Adhesives - Ranger, Saunders.

The Process:
Paper Tearing, punching, crimping.

About ME;
I am wife to a most supportive husband for 12 years now, mom to 3 KiDS, been a SAHM and scrapper for 3 years, and now a student of public administration in U.P. I am really trying hard to concentrate on the lectures and discussions in class, but more often than not, I find myself making scrapbooks in my head. I hope this is just a phase or I will never hear the end of it from my husband. Please drop by at my blog for other layouts. Thanks for looking.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Butterfly Kisses

Pia says, Kaya!

I'm so happy to be submitting my first ever kaya entry. But since I didn't read the rules (or maybe I just didn't notice it hehehe), mine will be a non entry instead : ) Just let me have my layout posted here LOL!

I used #24 sketch from Inspired Blueprints in making this layout. I tried distressing, layering and even splattering paint (and I intend to do it again!) I painted the cardboard before attaching it at the back of my layout.

Btw, happy birthday janis! wishing you more layouts to make, more contests to win, more DT stints and most of all more memories to record and cherish!

Butterfly Garden, Palawan
Oct. 31 '07

Techiques used: distressing (by paper tearing, painting the edges, applying chalk ink, using an edge scrapper), hand cutting/fuzzy cutting

Materials used: Sketch #24 Inspired Blueprints; Making Memories, BasicGrey, My Mind's Eye pps, Bazzill cardstock, Fancy Pants crochet flowers, Chatterbox pearl brads and chipboard frame, Ki Memories border stickers, American Crafts Thickers, Making Memories letter stickers, MM paint, Zig pen and cardboard

About ME:
Hi! I'm Pia! Here are snippets about me:
I love mocha ice cream...I can eat half gallon in one day (maybe even after several hours). I love buttons...I can make a scrapbook layout with papers and buttons only (or so I think)! I love anything with colors...life's boring without colors, right? Oh yeah, they must be bold and bright always! I love street food...don't ask how many times I got hospitalized becoz of that hehehe.
Visit me in my blog: http://www.shootandscrap.blogspot.com/

Capture Life's Little Pleasures...

Issa says, KAYA!

I'm a bad girl, I didn't read the instructions completely before posting a page for Kaya 26! Sorry Janis, oh Happy Birthday too! And so, since I still have time to scrap, I made a new layout for this month's Kaya. Here's a photo of me using my cousin Ronald's heavy and loaded digicam... my EOS 350D came from him and he replaced it with this sweet baby EOS 40D. Now, I shouldn't be missing anything, everything needs to be captured... hahaha!

Journaling: Eversince I got hold of this baby, I promised to myself never to miss life's little treasures. Thanks to my cousin Ronald for his Cannon EOS 350D hand-me-down cam, now I never miss a thing in my life.

Materials Used: Basic Gray Aged and Cofused Vagabond-Fog pps, Love Elsie-Zoe Click Click and Sketch Book pps, rub-ons, KI lace cardstock, Bazzill cardstock, glittered glue, Prima epoxy sticker and flowers, Colorbox fluid chalk ink, Vellum writer pen and AAS pearl conchos.

Technique Used: Paper tearing and inking.

About ME:
Hello everyone, I'm Issa! I'm a member of the LB Scrapaholics and a true SB addict. I'm a little bad in blogging, but you can visit me here... Thanks for looking!

Flower Girl

Ruth says, KAYA!

This is my first lay out and my first time to join a challenge in scrapbooking. I have just joined PS last May 24, 2009. I got interested in joining since pearl is my birthstone.

This is my first time to be a flower girl. I was 6 years old then. It was the wedding of Uncle Junior and Aunt Jean. She is the cousin of my mother. June is also my birth month.

Materials Used:
Papers : Memory Box, We R Memory Keepers, Paper Pizzaz Sheets, Alphabet Stickers
Flowers: Prima Flowers, Embossed Felt Flowers, Cut out Paper Flowers
Ink: Stick Writer
Others: Pearl Beads, Pearl Beads with plastic string, Hinges, Rub-on, Ribbon, Glitter
Glue: Crafts Glue, Foam Adhesive

Techniques Used:
Paper Cutting, Tearing and Distressing

About ME:

A wife to Ulysses and a mother to Moira, 20 years old and Marius, 18 years old. A full time mom and do FERN C business for part time.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Back In Paradise

Jona says, KAYA!

Hi janis,
Here's my take in your challenge, thanks!

El Nido, my paradise, my home for two years. it was great coming back this time as a tourist and with my family. Snake island, El Nido,Palawan

American crafts pp ( brown- back side), My minds eye - bloom and grow pp and die cuts, Basic grey sugared pp, faux pearls, prima flowers, thickers, queen and co alpha chipboards, may arts ribbon and lace, memory marker pen.

About ME:

I am Jona Panesa, working mom to a three year old toddler Zid. I have been scrapping for almost 3 years now.

BLOOM [fabulous]

Roxannee says, KAYA!

I can't find any new photos of myself... but this is my favourite one 'coz I really look happy and so in love in this ;-). I am glad that I've captured that. Happy Birthday Janis & thanks for this challenge. I had fun making this layout!

stay happy... be yourself... & enjoy life girl!

Materials used:
DCWV pastel cardstock in pink, patterned paper- "Misha" by Kaiser Mumma Bushka range, AC thickers, pearl stickers, plain A4 paper, vintage pink Whispers marker, Scenic Route rub on "[fabulous]", foam adhesive, Bostik glue. Font- American typewriter.

Techniques used:
nothing flash 'n fancy -just cutting the cute patterned paper!

About ME:

Hello, I'm Roxannee. A Mum, a wife, and a part time Nurse.
I've been scrapping for nearly 3 years and still addicted to it!
This hobby has given me so much more than I've expected.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Flower Girl

Cheska says, KAYA! (take 2)

Hi Janis!! Submitting my second layout for your pearl challenge. The first one was mali!! Used a photo of my grandmom. Now this one's really me na at 5 years old when i was taken as flower girl for the first time!

Flower Girl
May 24, 1989
Holy Rosary Cathedral, Dipolog City

BG patterned papers as primary paper and for the bird that I cut out, pearl conchos from all about scrapbooking, colorbox ink, marvy uchida pen, K and Co chipboard, 7 gypsies pin, generic bamboo beads in copper, generic flower attachment, generic white pearl beads, technique tuesday clear stamp

About ME:
Hi! I'm Cheska Herrera, 24 and from Dipolog City. I was just approved membership a few days ago and this is my very first challenge entry with any scrap group!! I started scrapbooking in January/February this year and as such, familiarizing myself still with the materials and techniques. But am super duper enjoying every bit of it!! Excited to learn so much more with everyone :)

Thursday, June 18, 2009


Rowee says, KAYA! (take 2)

This is my KAYA take 2... Have to replace my recent entry. I overlooked the rules. Sorry Janis!!! Anyway, this is my entry on your challenge.

Being a mom is my greatest joy.

My Minds Eye (Out and About), DCWV (Happily Ever After) pp's, Shabby Chic circle tag, Prima, Conchos (AAS), bead pearls and cardboard.

Paper tearing

About ME:

Rowee as they call me. Scrapping since 2005. Visit me at Simplemom-lovingmom blog.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Isah Mae says, KAYA!

Happy Birthday ate Janis! This is my 2nd entry for PS... I'm so sorry for being a passive member.
The photo in the LO was taken last summer during Sam's (my niece) birthday party. The 3 of us (Nina, Icon and I) were very exhausted because we pumped some balloons for the party. But we also had fun doing it and it shows in the picture.

Materials used:
Ribbons (Simple Joys), cardstock, alphabet stickers, pearl conchos (All About Scrapbooking)

Technique used:

Paper Tearing

About ME:

I'm Isah Mae, but my friends call me sahmae. I am a Marketing student in Central Colleges of the Philippines. I've been scrapping since I was in high school but when I entered college, I became passive on that hobby. I am also interested in photography, creating AVPs and reading books.


Mye says, KAYA!

Hi there,

This is my first time to join a challenge in traditional scrapbooking but i have done digi over the last couple of months so pardon my layout this time.

Materials Used:
Flowers - Prima and Heidi Swapp, Diecut Alphas and photo corner - Colorbok, Patterned paper and rubons - from Studio Azul kit

Technique used:

I haven't done any technique since I have limited resources. I just started doing paper scrap since June 12 (though I've joined this group earlier) and I was only able to use the kit delivered to me from Studio Azul.

I used pearl beads on the flowers and on the rub on swirl to add accent. I can't think much of how to do it so I chose a patterned paper and replaced the circles with pearls instead.
I chose the picture of me and my husband when we got engaged since I haven't scrap about it yet and i thought this is the time to do so :)

That's all!

About ME:

I am Myrlyn De Leon from Rizal. I am a scrapper, event coordinator and mom to my twins, Scieszka Raine and Elysia Raine. Scrapping and blogging has been my diversion from the serious and busy life in the city as a working mom. Visit me at Blog Appetite and Home and Parenting.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Always Yours

Cathy says, KAYA!Add Video
I've been a PS member for only about 2-3 weeks and this is my first time ever to join a challenge. I had fun doing this challenge and I promise to join more!

I had so much fun doing this challenge because I got to use items that I never thought I would be able to use on my scrap pages. It really squeezed my creative juice and I'm very happy with the outcome I think this is my bestest ever layout to date - or so I think. :-)

Materials Used:
Cardstocks: DCWV luxury paper & Imaginisce, Chipboards: Inque Boutique, Lace: All About Scrapbooking, Flowers: Prima, Pearls - miscellaneous, Karen Foster Rubon, Kaiser paint, Colorbox ink pads, Ranger crackle paint and super fine embossing powder, Hero Arts stamp and Judikins diamond glaze

Techniques Used/Process:
- The huge photo corner I used is a chipboard from Inque Boutique. I fist painted it with gold acrylic and then crackle paint on top. So when it cracked you can still kinda see the gold beneath.

- The lace at the bottom of the picture is where I almost kinda gave up. I couldn’t glue the small pearl beads to it so I had to hand sew it. Anyway, when it was finished it was worth it.

- The chipboard (same IB set) on the right side is inked, stamped and embossed. I first inked it with colorbox pigment pad then embossed using hero arts script stamp and then used clear embossing powder.

- The flowers were all prima and except for the crochet piece and I just added some pearls on top.

- The bead strings shown as doodles on the flowers are actually hand made too. I just strung the beads together. I was so happy with this because I got to use my old beads that were already stuck in the basement. - How happy is that? I never thought I’d be able to use it on my scrap pages!!!

- Lastly, the title “always you” is actually a rub-on from Karen Foster and I just used Judikins Diamond glaze to lift it up.

About ME:
I'm a scrapaholic! Started scrap shopping when there were barely any suppliers here and that was 7 years ago. Since I only had my own scrapbook room last year. that's when I started scrapping and got introduced to the different suppliers here! Since then i've attended a few workshops and have only been active in blogging a month ago.

These are also posted in my blog at:

Monday, June 15, 2009


July says Kaya! Again!

Hi Janis: This is my second take for this challenge. You inspired me too much that I was able to make another LO. Intentionally, this layout is for double page but the only pearl left in my stash is for this LO only.

I thought this is one time experience since we lived in two different places.

Materials Used:
Sassafrass Lass-Winter Wonder, Basic Grey-Sultry, Jewelry Seal (Pearl), All About Scrapbooking Gem

About ME:
I still experiment on my scrapbooking style. I love trying different ways to explore my creativity. Afterall, scrapbooking is one sure stress-buster for me after my high pressured day job.