Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Wanna be

I have always been drawn to art - music, painting, drawing, writing - but art never finds its way through me... until i discovered photography. Now I have a medium to express my love for art. With the lens as my canvass, i can paint the beauty of God's creation, my children's pretty smiles and glowing eyes; all the things that surround me and everything i wanted captured and framed.

Photo courtesy of my idol and friend alan borras 1/2007

I really admire those who are very passionate about this hobby and has an eye for art. Me, I am just too lazy to bring my camera and shoot. And if ever I brought my camera, I am not so trigger happy.
And normally, I do not post my pictures online. I just don't think they are worth sharing. And just yesterday, some friends were asking for my shots. And I just have to give in.
Here are some of my wanna be attempts:

These pictures were taken using point and shoot camera.. Too bad I did not bring my SLR camera on my trip to Shanghai.

Doesn't really look like I have what it takes to be one.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Creatively Yours Sketch #29

Sketch #29 is now up at Creatively Yours. Head on over to the blog to see the beautiful creations of the resident DTs.

Materials used: Studio Azul Going Postal (April Kit), additional materials - MM noteworthy die cuts

Friday, September 26, 2008


When it comes to losing weight, i am really a loser. Three weeks ago, I seriously planned on losing weight. I wrote down my starting weight, my current weight, my personal goal and my overall goal. I planned my exercises for the week and note down all my food intake. I was able to sustain only for one week. Going through my food diary, I must say that I am bound to fail. And truly, I am not only far from my goal, but worst is I am getting farther and farther away. I gained 4 lbs since my initial weigh in. I was 134 and now, I am 138. For health reasons, I have to take this seriously. Otherwise, my number will be 34/34...meaning my waistline is 34 at 34 years old...or it could get worst I will end up with serious health problems just because I am overweight.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Visit to the Dentist

Last Saturday was my kids the semi-annual dental visit. Kuya Bujoi got used to seeing Dr. Eric Hernandez that for the second time, he sat on the dental chair on his own. Dr. Eric even gave him a mirror so that Kuya can watch what he is doing with his teeth.

Joie was left outside the play area while waiting for his turn. He was a little bit scared at first, unlike our previous visit this year, but soon felt comfortable after seeing Sponge Bob on the TV. One thing I like about Dr. Eric is that he can really make his patients feel so comfortable by making friends with the kids and getting to their interests. He had stickers ready to be given away to remove the fright in the kids. And he has this TV on the ceiling so that kids can watch TV while he is doing his works on the kids’ mouth.

Sunday morning, on our way to church, Joie was like playing with me. He pretends he is a dentist cleaning my teeth. He even turned on the light inside the car as if you’re really in a dental chair. How smart is that.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Not Bad

After few months of blogging, I can say that I was not as bad as I initially thought I would be.

I noticed that I have never been posting layouts recently. So here you go.

I made this layout using several pieces of scrap papers. I just cannot threw them away even if the papers are as small as 2x2 or 1x1 inch. After adhering the tiny scraps of paper in random, I used Heidi Swapp butterfly mask and Ranger Distress Ink to create the butterfly image. To unify the page, I sprayed all over the page with Memories Mist. After spraying my Tim Holtz grungeboard alpha with Glimmer mist, I applied stickles on the swirls to give extra dimension

Materials used: Heidi Swapp butterfly mask and photo corner, Ranger Distress Ink, Tim Holtz grunge alpha, DCWV boy quotes; 3BIAR die cut label; memories mist spray; Fancy pants designs Felt shape; Glimmer mist; stickles

Here is a layout I created for Creatively Yours. I am so glad to be a Guest Design Team member for the month of September.

Noella asked me to do a layout for her 6X12 Sketch #4. And for the very first time, I've got to try doing a 6x12 layout. Right in time, as I found some very old pictures of me and my friends when I was doing some clean up. So I decided somehow to make a mini album for those pictures. I have several corrugated board from various boxes that I cannot dispose and that makes a very useful base for the mini album I have in mind.

Materials used: Websters Pages paper; Prima flowers; DCWV rubons; Pink Paislee alpha stickers; American Crafts Rub On alphas; Queen and Co felt; Making Memories journalling notebook; Colorbox chalkpad; Making Memories Paints; Prima Say It in Crystals; American Crafts Slick Writer; Corrugated Board;

I also had the chance to make a card layout for her Card Sketch #15.

Materials used: DCWV Rub on; Heidi Swapp flower; Bazzil flower; Karen Foster circular brad; American Crafts rubon alphas; Queen and Company Felt; Provo craft patterned paper.

It was totally an honor designing for Creatively Yours. I received another Sketch from Noella so watch out for it.

That's all for now. Hope I was able to provide you some inspiration with these layouts.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


A week before their first quarterly exam, Bujoi was sick. But this boy is just so amazing that he scored 98/100 on the exam. I am one proud mom!!!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Am I a listener?

Maybe I am not. I have noticed that most of the time, I interrupt when someone is talking and challenge what someone said and sometimes find the negative in the things that were said. Why can’t I just let the person finish the statement before saying a word. After all, we should treat everyone with respect, including those who are talking.

If I agree with the statement, I should wait for my turn to talk and if I disagree with what has been said, all the more I should wait, because with a few more minutes delay, I can think over and come up with a better way to say it or better yet, even find something good with have been said.

And reading a friend’s email, I came across this message at the end of his mail:

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (Ephesians 4:29)

Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. (Colossians 4:6)

What a coincidence. I believe it is time to time to learn a better communication style. And what is better than listening first and then thinking of the best way to say it and say it positively