Monday, December 29, 2008

Meet Chuchay

It's almost the end of 2008 and I must say that 2008 has been a good year for me in terms of digiscrapping. In fact my "dream" to digiscrap have materialized this 2008. I have created layouts for family and friends, and I have told a thing or two about each of the layouts I've created. As a yearender layout (this MIGHT be my last layout FOR THIS YEAR knowing how busy my family will be in the upcoming days), I have created a "different" layout - different in the sense that it doesn't feature a person or a human for that matter. It features my officemate/friend Glenda's beloved cat - Chuchay.

Chuchay is actually a male cat (blame my friend Glenda for naming him with a girl's name). If I got the details correctly, he's a Siamese cat, who's very, very, very domesticated. He knows how to pee and poop in the right places, knows how to ask for food, and knows how to battle it out with his veterinarian and even his master, my friend Glenda. He's basically Garfield personified (minus the talking and minus the love for lasagna).

Credits for this layout: Pet Collection and Tropically Hot Collection from

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Pare Ko

Next to my Dad, Zion has another buddy here at home - my brother Philip. Philip is one of Zion's godfathers during the latter's baptism. And since most of us are already adults here at home, the closest "kid" or "playmate" Zion has here at home is my brother (who's only 16 years). Somehow, despite the age difference, both enjoy similar things - eating sweets, watching Disney channel (and even Nick Jr) together, and lastly, pulling off tricks and jokes to everyone here at home. I must also admit that if there's one person whom Zion is really afraid of, it will be Philip. It's not that my brother hits or spanks Zion. In fact, I can barely remember the last time Philip had reprimanded my son. Zion has that certain respect (and fear?) for Philip that even the simplest "sutsot" from my brother would send Zion running. But after the "sutsot" and "Zion behave!" command from my brother, it's back to playtime for both of them, as if nothing happened. =)

The 3 pictures were taken at different times. The 1st picture and 3rd pictures were taken during a trip to Baguio last 2007. The 3rd picture was taken in front of a military tank in Philippine Military Academy (PMA). The 2nd picture was taken before Zion was one year old.

Credits for this layout: Monkey Business Kit from

Saturday, December 20, 2008

You're All I Want for Christmas

How fast time flies. It was only a few months ago when I started digiscrapping with the help and encouragement of some online friends from Girltalk. Now, it's already December, which means it's been 6 months since I started digiscrapping. Wow! And what's another reason why December is an important month? Of course it's Christmas! My family and I (including Zion) has almost completed our Christmas shopping (I hope!!). Unfortunately, due to our hectic shopping schedule plus the long tiring lines at the malls, I still haven't had the chance to take Zion's pic this holiday season. Oh well... I just have to contend myself using two of Zion's older pics for this layout - at least the pictures have the Christmas spirit in them. =D

Pictures were taken when Zion was about 6 months old. It was taken during our stay in Legenda Hotel in Subic. It was our first time to spend Christmas outside our home, so everyone was excited including Zion and I. There was a BBBBBIIIGGGG Christmas tree in the hotel lobby, that both Zion and I was amazed because of the sight of the big tree. Santa Claus was also making his Christmas hotel visitation that time, which allowed us to have a group picture with him. =)

Credits for this layout: Winter Spell Kit from

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Sleeping Child

If one asks me to define or describe peace and serenity, the best way I could describe it is to ask that person to look at a sleeping child or baby. I don't know why, but there seems to be something peaceful and calming everytime I look at a sleeping baby (like Zion's picture above). Looking at my son sleeping helps me ease out whatever troubles or worries I have at work or in my personal life. It sort of silences the inner noise in me. Somehow, it takes me back to time when my own mother (and grandmother) tried to calm me by assuring me that they are always there by my side and everything will be alright. So the next time you feel that the world around you is in chaos, try to look at a sleeping child. Just like me, you may find peace and comfort in them.

Picture used in this layout was taken when Zion was about 5 or 6 months old. I was actually experimenting with the color features of my new digital camera that time. Though the entire layout was created using Photoshop, the sepia color in the picture was done via the color feature of my digicam. I'm still figuring out how to do it (i.e. change the picture's color to sepia) using Photoshop (CS3). Any suggestions will be appreciated. =)
"... Sa aking pagtulog na labis ang himbing
Ang bantay ko'y tala, ang tanod ko'y bituin
Sa piling ni Nanay, langit ang buhay
Puso kong may dusa, sabik sa ugoy ng duyan..."
- Filipino Song - Sa Ugoy ng Duyan

Credits for this layout: Java Joe Kit and Endless Ephemera Collection 1 and 2 from

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Big Boy

It's nice to watch how kids grow - from the time they were helpless infants needing an adult's help for almost anything to little toddlers who are very curious about their surroundings and anything that tickles their fancy. Zion is not different. I remember seeing him for the first time in the hospital's nursery room. I still remember the feeling when I first cradled him in my arms. I was even afraid of carrying him for fear that my clumsiness and my being feeble that time (note: I underwent forced labor for almost 2 days before my OB finally decided to have me deliver Zion via C-section) might take the better of me. After almost a year and a half in these pictures, Zion is now bouncing little toddler, very eager to conquer anything that ignites his curiosity. Time flies. And sometimes I hate how it flies so fast. =(

These pictures were taken at Camp John Hay in Baguio City during our family's trip there last September 2007. Inside the said place, they have an "activity center" (just can't remember the name of the place) where the kids can take on different rides (like the ones Zion was riding). There are also bump cars and bicycles for "bigger" kids. =)

Credits for this layout: Big Boy Kit from

Saturday, December 6, 2008


Since I was kid, there is no subject that I enjoy most back in high school and elementary other than Literature and Creative Writing. Though I must admit, I'm not really that gifted in the art compared to my writer friends. Nonetheless, writing has helped me express myself and say those things that I can't say in verbally. It has become my outlet to voice out what I truly feel. People who know me well know that I can write my best compositions during those moments when I am very happy or very sad. And one of the pieces of literature that "inspired" me to hone this love for writing is Joyce Kilmer's poem, Trees. I remember learning this poem back in elementary (I just can't remember which grade level). The poem was simple enough to be understood and memorized by a grade school kid like me, but it's meaning is something even adults should learn and internalize - "Poems are made by fools like me.. but only God can make a tree" - Man can create the most fluent verses and the most advanced machines, but only one God has the power to create and give the greates miracle of all - Life.

For this layout, I chose some of the pictures we took while driving along the man-made Mahogany forest in Bohol. The Mahogany trees are so tall and planted so near each other that the higher branches reach out to each other, forming a canopy which provides a shade against the scorching sun to those travelling on the road. According to our tour guide, Ms. Flor, the Mahogany trees here were planted to prevent the floods from reaching the lower areas. Thus, these trees are very much protected and taken care of. How I wish all trees in Philippines are treated this way. =D

by Joyce Kilmer
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts its leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives in rain;
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

Credits for this layout: Harvest Spice Kit at; Teen Collection and Family History Collection at; Endless Ephemera Collection at; Autumn Gold Kit at; Frisson Kit at; Cherry Mokka Kit at

Monday, December 1, 2008

Best Buddies

There's one pair of sparring partners here at home that we consider "untouchable" - my Dad and Zion. When Zion is alone he is definitely very vulnerable to my and my brother's "bullying". Bullying here is not to be taken on a bad note. Zion can just easily be made to cry and easily give up the control of sofa and most importantly, the television. During these "bullying" moments, Zion has one savior to look up to - my Dad. I cannot blame my Dad. Zion can be considered my Dad's xerox copy. We often joked that if my Dad was Dr. Evil (from the movie Austin Powers), Zion would definitely be his Mini-Me. Zion's complete name which comprises 3 separate names (it's quite long so I won't mention it anymore!) includes my Dad's real name (this was a very serious request from my Dad, that we almost argued about it when I was filling-up Zion's birth certificate). Zion's tantrums and mood swings are like my Dad's (this is confirmed by my very own Mother... hehehe..). And during family outings, Zion would definitely look for my Dad. On his part, my Dad has one BIG picture frame in his office that is ALMOST SOLELY devoted to Zion's pics. The family picture where he (my Dad), Mama, my brother, and I are together occupies a typical 3 x 5 frame, but for Zion, a book-style (i.e. 2 frames joined at the middle) 6 x 10 (i.e. 10 inches per "page") frame houses 4 3R pictures of Zion. Talk about a Grandfather's love for his beloved apo.

For this layout, I chose pictures of my Dad and Zion together. The first one was taken in front of one the big aquariums at the Manila Ocean Park. It appears that my Dad is showing Zion how fishes and underwater life looks like. The second picture was taken in one of those bonding moments between the "mag-lolo" here at home.

Credits for this layout : Grandparents' Day Collection kit from

Saturday, November 29, 2008

You Complete Me

If there's one thing I realized when Zion arrived is the sense of fulfillment he has brought into my life. Prior to having Zion, I must admit that I'm a happy-go-lucky type of person. Yes, I work hard and earn a decent living, but the reason and the purpose why I work hard is not that clear to me yet. During that time, I work to spend, and sometimes I spend on things that I don't necessarily need. During that time, I really had no definite goal in my life. Zion's arrival had caused a 180 degree turn in my life. For one, I learned the value of responsibility. I live no longer for myself. There was another being who's dependent on me. Today, I know I need to strive for a better future not only for myself, but for Zion as well. Today, my goals are no longer centered on myself, but it already involves a tiny being with a big importance in my life - Zion. Somehow, despite the consequences that surround his arrival into this world, Zion completed me.

For this layout, I chose a picture of me and Zion which was shot in a studio. Zion was only about 3 or 4 months old when this picture was taken.

Credits for this layout: Serendipity Kit from Mandy Mystiques at

Friday, November 28, 2008

Stand By Me

If there's one woman whom I have a high respect for, it would definitely be my Mother. Not only because I owe her my life, but because I have seen in her the right combination of heart and mind during the most critical moments in our family life. She's able to balance (or should I say juggle) the tasks of being an articulate office worker, a supportive wife, and the most challenging task - an understanding and loving mother to two unique and "pasaway" kids. My Mom is not perfect. In the past there were times wherein we usually fight over small things like her being overprotective and her long sermons. Now that Iam a Mother also, I can now see and understand where my Mom is coming from. It is only now that I realize that for a woman to fully understand her own Mother, she should experience motherhood herself. I am thankful that I have realized this while my Mother is still around. I know I have a lot of catching up to do to show her how much I love and appreciate all her efforts. For this reason, I always pray to God that He blesses my Mom with more years, not only because we still need her, but for me to show her how much I love and appreciate her.

Top picture was taken at the airport on our way to Bohol. The second picture (i.e. the one with 2 pairs of slippers) was taken on the beach of Bohol Beach Club. The gold-and-white slippers belong to my Mom, while the blue-and-white belongs to me.

Credits for this layout : Kit Precious One from Malily at

Friday, November 21, 2008

Little Geek

After much waiting, I am now enjoying my one-week break from work. I am currently enjoying my vacation leave from last Wednesday till next Wednesday (I'm still thinking if I would extend it until December 2... =D). I have already listed the things I need and intend to do during this rest week. I have a lot of things to do, and part of this is to look for a preschool for Zion. His pediatrician advised me to enroll him to a playschool class to allow him to learn socialization skills. This should also help him control his temperamental streak. As planned, today my Mom and I visited about 4 preschools, offering different approaches to teaching, and each of them offering different starting-levels for my little Zion. Honestly, it's not easy to choose a preschool for a very "makulit" yet a very eager learner named Zion. Tomorrow, my Mom and I will continue "The Search". We have 3 more preschools to visit on our list. =D

For my layout today, I chose a picture of Zion wearing my Dad's eyeglasses. Picture was taken only this year during one of those regular playtime moments between my Dad and Zion. I have to admit that due to the oversized eyeglasses, Zion looks like a geek or a nerd in this pose. =D

Credits for this layout: Simple Indulgence Kit from Designs by LorieM at Scrappin Digi Kreations; and Kit Blue Dream by Digiscrapcoco at

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Wild Child

Today wasn't really a nice day. I had to render overtime work from morning till about 1:30PM to work on some problem tickets, since I will be on-leave next week. Oh well! I had to remind myself that my sacrifice today will prove to be useful in the next 2 weeks. ;-) I just look forward to next week - I'll FINALLY have that much-awaited and much-needed vacation and time-off from the work stress. Whooohoo!! :-D

As soon as I got home, I kept on thinking what could be a good way to unwind from work today? Hmm... Of course! How could I forget digiscrapping! So I started to check out the digiscrap kits on my PC as well as the pics as that I have in my pile of backup CDs. I can't decide on the pics. And the task of choosing becomes more complicated if you have a 2-yr old Zion trying to push you and takeover the PC. So since Zion was bugging me all the time with his crazy antics while I was busy viewing the kits and pics, I decided to choose some of his wackiest and wildest shots, some of which were taken when he was barely a year old! So I hope you enjoy this layout, as well as Zion's pics. I tell you, if you find him "makulit" in his pics, be prepared to meet him personally. It's twice the fun and twice the laughter! :-D
Credits for this layout: Wild Child Paisley Kit at

Sunday, November 9, 2008

We Are A Team

I am enjoying the weekend. After going out with my family and meeting up with some new friends, I usually spend the late evenings surfing the net (downloading digiscrapping kits), visiting GT forums, and my favorite hobby digiscrapping.

I just can't get enough of the Crop Designs Kit. Perhaps it's because of the elements that are in it that are very unique (not your usual ribbons and buttons elements) and very Pinoy in nature, plus the fact the knowing that the proceeds for the kit would really benefit some needy Filipino kids. Add to this is another fact that the collab kit was created by an all-Filipina team. Talk about team spirit and girl power! =) Speaking of team spirit, this is the picture that I chose for my layout. This picture was taken in front of one of the Nipa Huts in Clark Expo Zone in Pampanga. People in the pic is my Mom and her officemates. Actually my family were only "hitchhikers" during that trip. It was really supposed to be a sort of "teambuilding" activity for my Mom and her officemates. I must say that these bunch of people are really exemplifying the meaning of team spirit. I've seen them work and play just like a family, not really nice and perfect (no one's perfect anyway!), but cohesive enough to understand each other strengths and weaknesses . My Mom is surely lucky to be part of this team. =)

Credits for this layout: Crop Dreams Kit at

Saturday, November 8, 2008

In Your Eyes

This week was a stressful one for me at work. Lots of problem tickets to balance, so little time! I was really relieved when the office clock finally hit 5pm last Friday - time to go home and enjoy the weekend! Digiscrapping time! =)

For my 1st layout this week, I chose Zion's picture which was taken during his first birthday. I can say that among the pictures that were taken during that occassion, this shot was really the best. I think his eyes and expression show the simplicity of life and innocence as exemplified by the look in a child's eyes. I must also say that Zion's eyes are very expressive. His eyes reflect his feelings and emotions. And everytime I look into those pair of eyes, I always remember these lines from a song by George Benson...

"...In your eyes, I can see my dream's reflections
In your eyes, found the answers to my questions
In your eyes, I can see the reasons why our love's alive
In your eyes, we're drifting safely back to shore
And I think I've finally learned to love you more... "

Credits for this layout: Cherry Moka Kit from

Monday, November 3, 2008


I really think I'm feeling better now than I was early today. My tummy had "stabilized" and my headache is not that nasty anymore, though I must admit, I still get a few headache throbs sometimes. I'm partly happy for this because I know the discomforts associated with the upset stomach and nasty headache are no longer bugging me that much. Nonetheless, I am not 100% happy because I know that I should already report for work tomorrow. Hehehe.. =)

My second layout for today features my Girl Friends. To be honest, I really don't have a lot of people whom I can call true friends. Perhaps because I'm not really the sociable type. Opening conversations is not really my cup of tea. I can carry a conversation, but I'm not good at starting one. But, if you get me to talk, that's where the fun begins! This is the reason I cherish my Girl Friends. They are the few people who were able to crack and bring me out of my shell. And to these ladies, I would like to share this short quote which I found on the net (sadly, no author was given...):

Girlfriends bring casseroles and scrub your bathroom when you are sick. Girlfriends keep your children and keep your secrets. Girlfriends give advice when you ask for it. Sometimes you take it, sometimes you don't. Girlfriends don't always tell you that you're right, but they're usually honest. Girlfriends still love you, even when they don't agree with your choices. Girlfriends might send you a birthday card, but they might not. It does not matter in the least. Girlfriends laugh with you, and you don't need canned jokes to start the laughter. Girlfriends pull you out of jams. Girlfriends don't keep a calendar that lets them know who hosted the other last. Girlfriends are there for you, in an instant and truly, when the hard times come. Girlfriends listen when you lose a job or a husband. Girlfriends listen when your children break your heart. Girlfriends listen when your parents' minds and bodies fail.

Journalling: Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It's not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything at all. - Muhammad Ali.

Credits for this layout: Playful and Pretty Kit at; Summer Time Bugs Kit at; Spring Breeze Collection kit from; Paisley Power Kit at;

P.S. My apologies to my other girl friends whom I haven't featured in this blog entry/layout. It doesn't mean that I don't love or cherish you that much. I just can't find the pictures wherein we are together.

I Love Gifts

No layouts were created during this past weekend. I had to help my Mom in the preparations for All Souls' Day. Unfortunately, the weekend was so tiring I had to take a leave from work today to rest. I was having an upset stomach and a nasty headache since yesterday. To keep me busy today, I went through some of the photos I have here in the computer to see if I can create any layouts.

Here's the product of my sick leave today. The picture in this layout was taken the morning after Zion's 2nd birthday party. We were not able to open all his gifts on the night of his birthday because we were all dead tired (even Zion was "plakda" - super dead tired in Filipino - that he didn't even care to touch his presents on the night of his birthday party). So instead of forcing him to open his presents while being grouchy, we just opted to do it in the morning - at least he looks fresh and relaxed (and we won't be victimized by his "sumpong" - grouchiness). It's a good thing we did the opening of gifts in the morning, he had all day to play with his presents, tearing the boxes and giftwrappers.

Credits for this layout: Bedtime Doodlebugs Kit from

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Devilishly Cute

All Soul's Day is just around the corner. I'm saying that the occassion is just around the corner. I'm hoping that the souls associated with it are NOT around the corner. Hehehe... As we all know it, this occassion is usually tied up with Halloween, where all the underworld and out-of-this world creatures come to life for just a day (or night) to "mingle" with humans.

For my second layout this week, I chose various pictures of Zion in his supposedly Halloween getup - the red horns (unfortunately, it is not visible from the photos that the horns are actually "glowing"), the pitchfork, and the scythe (which I think is called "kalawit" in Filipino). The shades/sunglasses was added because it was personally requested by Zion himself (remember I told you that he is fond of wearing shades and sunglasses that I was able to create a separate layout featuring him modelling various sunglasses). One may think it is very easy to take those pictures. Hell no!! It was literally hellish taking the pictures because Zion won't stay put and my poor digicam was suffering from a shutter lag. We had to bribe him with chocolates, biscuits, and several hours of playtime before he finally settled down.

Credits for this layout: Halloween Kit from and Spooky Night Kit from


I love weekends! It allows me to relax, unwind, spend some time with my 2-year old son, and during those rare nothing-to-do moments, I daydream. I guess everyone has tried to daydream at one point in their life. And I think it's ok to do so, except of course, it should be done at the right place and at the right time.

For my 1st layout this week, I chose my brother Philip's daydreaming moments which was caught candidly on camera. I'm not really sure what he was thinking about when the photo was taken - perhaps it could be about school, about his crush (I won't mention the girl's name here lest I be killed by my brother for doing so.. hehehe..), or simply what's for dinner (hehehe...). The photo was taken at Nayong Pilipino at Clark Expo Zone in Pampanga. The place is really neat. It showcases various Filipino emblems, such as the nipa hut in the picture. One would really feel the "Mabuhay" spirit when one visits the said place. It can also send one into memory lane, daydreaming of how life was during the time of our Lolo's and Lola's.

Credits for this layout: Crop Dreams Kit by

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Remember the Moments

Zion's 2nd birthday was very memorable. I had only about a month to prepare since I was out of the country due to an onshore assignment/training. The preparations were difficult and I was just thankful that my family was always supportive of us - physically, emotionally, and even financially (hehehe...). Despite of the lack of sleep and tiring preparations, I was so happy and touched with the turnout of the visitors/guests. Family and friends came, partied, and showed their support and love for Zion. As described, the picture was taken during Zion's 2nd birthday this year. It was taken by one of my former officemates, as an experiment of the black&white features of his new SLR camera. I am just so thankful to my former officemates (Pao and Jelly) for being my "photographers" during the event. They were trying out the features of their SLR cameras and used it to take wonderful pictures during the birthday celebration.

For this layout, I tried my hand on creating a minimalist layout and to resist the urge of putting a llllloooootttt of embellishments, I used black and white elements together with the black & white photo.

Journalling: We do not remember days, we remember moments.

Credits for this layout: Black and White side stitching, White Stamp, and White lace from Urban Kiwi Collection at; Black brackets from MzP brackets by Coralee Evans at; Black and White small ribbons from Colorful Memories Collection at; Black buttons from Tropically Hot Collection at; Silver Pocket Watch Birds of A Feather Collection at;

Proud Momma

I guess only a handful of people would disagree with me that next to the two days of weekend - Saturday and Sunday - Friday is the day most people love. For one, I love Fridays because it gives me some time off from the mental demands of my very logic-dependent work, as it allows my creative energies (or whatever remains of my used-to-be-abundant creative energies) to get recharged. Friday nights allow the left-side of my brain (they say that this is the "thinking side" of the brain?) to relax, as it allows the right side (the creative, artsy side) to get some exercise. And what better way to do it than digiscrapping!

For today's layout, I chose a pic which includes me and Zion takes in front of a fountain in Nayong Pilipino in the Clark Expo Zone in Pampanga. If you would try to look at my previous LO's, you'll notice that it is seldom that I use pictures with me on it. "Makulit"and "magulo" as I may be perceived, I still hesitate to show the whole cyber community how I appear on pics. But I guess, no mother would hesitate to show the whole world how proud she is of her own son, even if it is just in pictures. I'm proud of my son, Zion. We've been through a lot, even while he was still in my womb. But despite of everything, we survived and we are still surviving. I guess that's one of the enduring traits of every Filipino - to be able to thrive even in times of adversity.

Credits for this layout : Crop Dreams Kit by

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


Due to my abdominal cramps last night (which allowed me also to create one digiscrap layout), I wasn't able to go to work today. The cramps was still there early today and until this moment, there are still moments, when I need to sit or lie down to relax my abdominal muscles.

Since I have nothing to do here at home, I decided to put my spare time to good use by creating a digiscrap LO using the first-ever kit I bought a week ago - Crop Dreams Kit which I found from the digiscrap site of sis Lorie M. (a fellow digiscrapper and a sis in GT). I decided to buy this kit because of the unique elements in it, which is mostly Pinoy in nature, plus proceeds from the sale of the kit would go to a good cause (Opportunity House and the Pearl S. Buck Foundation).

For this layout, I used Zion's pic on board a jeepney (which is very Filipino in nature). Pic was taken at the Nayong Pililipino at the Clark Expo Zone in Pampanga. The word art in the LO - "Sumisibol" - aptly describes Zion, as he is a growing young Pinoy, exploring the things around him.

Credits for this layout: Crop Dreams from

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Baby Beachcomber

It's 11:30pm on a Tuesday evening and I'm still awake. My abdominal cramps is keeping me awake. *sigh* It's really hard to be a woman! It's one of "those days"... Aaarrggghh! =(

Oh well.. Instead of whining, I tried to put this lack of sleep into good use, by making a digiscrap layout. I wasn't able to create one last weekend because of my busy schedule, so I think now will be a good time to create one. At least it takes my mind off the nasty cramps I'm having right now.

For tonight's layout, I chose Zion's picture when he was about 10 months old. Pics were taken during a trip to Camayan Beach in Subic. Zion loves the outdoors. He is curious about everything he sees outside the four corners of our house. And since he seldom gets the chance to get outside, he enjoys every moment he gets when he's out. I'm thinking that he's a future beachlover just like his mom, me!

Journalling : Sand, Sea, and Sun - I Love the Beach!!

Credits for this layout: Seashore Splendor Kit from Font used is Rickles from

Saturday, October 4, 2008

The Dynamic Duo

Zion and I had to stay home the entire day today. Yaya Linda took her usual monthend day-off, which leaves me and Zion to stay at home and enjoy each other's company. ÜÜ Luckily, Yaya Linda came home early today, and my parents were out to attend a birthday party. These fortunate events allowed me to create another layout this weekend. Ü

For my 2nd layout this week, I chose my parents as the subject. The pics used were taken while we are having a family outing at Camayan Beach in Subic. I have created separate LO's for them (check my previous layouts for my Dad and Mom) but I haven't featured BOTH of them in a single LO. So here it is right now - the Dynamic Duo who patiently and lovingly raised 2 great and bright kids (*ehem* *ehem*.. walang kokontra! Ü) and currently attempting to raise another little boy named Zion. This is the Dynamic Duo who taught us all we need to know about life and love by being good examples to us. This is the Dynamic Duo whom Philip and I are very proud of! Ü

Journalling: Parental Requirements: Affection without sentiment, attention without cruelty, discipline without aggression, humor without ridicule, sacrifice without obligation, companionship without possessiveness - William E. Blatz.

Credits for this layout: Blue Dream Kit by Font used: Black Rose from; Quote from

Friday, October 3, 2008

Mona Lisa Smile

Thank God it's Friday! I have time to unwind from one helluva workweek. And what's a good stress-buster? Digiscrapping of course! =)

For this week, I go back to the traditional "browns" for my layout. Most of the kits I downloaded this week were mostly of this shade, so I decided to make good use of it for my layout. For this week also, I'm featuring Zion in what we call his "Mona Lisa smile" - a kind of "pakipot" smile wherein Zion doesn't smile that much but people close to him know there is something naughty and mischievous running in his mind which allows him to smile that way. For this one, I think Zion was hiding something in his pocket causing his Nanny to go into panic mode searching for that item. Unfortunately, it wasn't seen in the picture, because it had been cropped (yup! that's one new thing I learned and experimented with photoshop today. =D).

Credits for this layout: Background paper and elements taken from the following kits - Pepete13 kit at, and Automne kit from; Alphas from Harvest Spice kit at

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Music Lover

It's weekend again and it's digiscrapping time! I noticed that for my past layouts, I have tried the shades of blue, green, brown, and some brighter colors such as yellow, pink, and orange. Have tried most colors, except for the daring color red.

For this week, I tried to experiment with creating a layout featuring the color red. And for the pics, I chose to feature one of Zion's interests : music. At his young age of 2, Zion enjoys listening to music, be it on my or my brother's mp3 player. Even our stereo here at home is not safe with Zion because he knows how to turn it on if he wants to listen to the radio. This is not a surprising phenomenon because ever since he was in my womb, I already exposed him to music. I usually listen to my mp3 player when I was still pregnant with Zion. I put one end of the earphones near my tummy to allow him to hear whatever was playing on my mp3 player. I listen to a variety of music that time, from classical to hiphop, and even reggae! When Zion grows up, it would no longer be a surprise if he would appreciate a wide range of musical genres.

Credits for this layout: Paper background, polka-dot red-white-and-blue ribbon, and red buttons from Going Circles kit at; Beadstring and tag from Radiant Roses kit at; Frizzel Edge embellishment used as border from Kiddy Kit at

Monday, September 22, 2008

A Blessing

I had to take a leave from work today because my stomach wasn't doing well. After doing a quick visit and checkup with our family doctor, I decided to stay home and rest. While at home resting, I tried to play with my little Zion. While playing with him, he suddenly asked me (in his "bulol" manner), "mommy, aryupayne?" (i.e. mommy are you "fine"). And when I asked him if I could go to work already instead of playing with him, he strongly answered "NO!" with matching tears in his eyes. These are only examples of how endearing my little boy is. These are only some of the reasons why I consider my Zion as one of life's blessings to me. I have been unlucky in some aspects of my life, but I must say God has been good to me for sending a little bundle of joy in Zion.

I created the layout above during the weekend, but due to my hectic schedule, it's only now that I will be posting this. Another layout dedicated to my precious Zion.

Journalling: "If one feels the need for something grand, something infinite, something that makes one aware of God, one need not go far to find it. I think that I see something deeper, more infinite, more eternal than the ocean in the expression of the eyes of a little baby when it wakes in the morning and coos and laughs because it sees the sun shining on its cradle..." - Vincent Van Gogh.

Credits for this layout: Journalling note from Express Yourself kit from; All the rest of the papers and embellishments from Aqua Glass Collection at

Friday, September 19, 2008

Little Asian Flavor

I love Fridays! Aside from the fact that I get a respite from the burnt-out effect from work, I usually set aside Friday nights for digiscrapping. I don't know but this hobby is REALLY, TRULY, MADLY, DEEPLY ADDICTING! ÜÜ Just imagine, every Friday morning, while attending to my problem tickets at work, I am already thinking of what layout or pic I would do and use when I get home. ÜÜ

My first (and hopefully not my last) layout this week uses this cute Sushi Bar mini-kit which I found from Ikeagoddess (see credits below for the exact location). Since I can't find some pictures of Zion in Japanese kimono, I just used those pics of him wearing his Chinese silk pajamas (well.. at least parehong may Asian touch and feel diba? Ü). My mom (Zion's grandma) bought this cute pair of silk pajamas for Zion while she was on a vacation. My brother is featured with Zion in one of the pics.

Credits for this layout: Sushi Bar Kit from (found the link at Ikeagoddess).

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Relaxing Mood

I found this new mini-kit by LorieM. The colors of the papers and embellishments were refreshing and makes me feel close to nature. I can't help but create a layout using this mini-kit.

Pic used features me in front of the Batis Pool in Leo's Leisure Park in Pampanga. Similar to the mini-kit, the resort was also refreshing and makes one feel closer to nature.

Credits for this layout: Relaxing Mood mini-kit by DesignsbyLorieM at

Sibling Revelry

My second layout for this week features pics of me and my brother Philip. My brother and I are not really the perfect brother-sister siblings. There are also times when we get into each other's nerves, and fight like 5-year olds (note that I'm older by 15 years... my brother is only 16 years old... hehehe.. Ü). But most of the time, we get along well. I must say that my brother Philip, despite his young age, has been one of my closest male friends. Sometimes we cover each others' backs when our parents are making their infamous "sermon".

The pictures were taken from different locations. The first one was taken from Camayan Beach in Subic. The second one from 8 Waves in Bulacan, and the third one from Leo's Leisure Park in Pampanga.

Credits for this layout: Seashore Splendor kit from

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Carnival Fun

Thank God it's the weekend again. Time for digiscrapping! Ü Since I'm quite happy right now, I chose a "theme" and a set of pictures that depicts happiness. This is the reason I chose the Carnival as a topic for my first layout this week. The pics in this post were taken last March 2008 while we were enjoying an afternoon and early evening at the Big Red Barn, located somewhere in the Ortigas area near Tiendesitas. Zion definitely had a great time riding the merry-go-round, the mini-ferris-wheel (with Mommy!), the choo-choo-train, and even having his picture taken with one of the mascots (I don't know but it looks like a yellow bird/duck?).

Credits for this post: Background papers and Coral RicRacs from Festival Collection kit, Orange button and Staple from Promise Collection kit, Peach Flowers from Vintage Collection kit, Vintage floral frame from Harvest Spice collection kit. All kits from

Sunday, September 7, 2008

50 Years

Now I can say for this week, my theme for my layouts is definitely on the "blue side of things". After my "Faith & Light" layout last Friday which utilized the color blue, here's my 2nd layout for this week - 50 Years which incidentally uses blue papers and embellishments. This is also my 2nd attempt (afte the Faith & Light LO) to use Photoshop. Hope I'm improving. Ü

Both pictures used were "stolen" shots - the first pic was taken when Zion was about 3 or 4 months old, and the second one is a picture of my Dad (Zion's grandfather) taken while he was sleeping (I'm thinking if I should show this LO to my Dad... he might ask me to remove it from the net due to his "macho" pose while sleeping.. hehehe... Ü). Zion is the "50 Years Before", while my Dad is the "50 Years After".

Credits for this layout: Jeannelle Paige July 08 Freekit at for the Background paper, Blue Flowers, Blue buttons on the flowers, and the blue pins; Moody Blues Collection at for the blue printed papers used as frames; Festival Collection at for the light blue ric-racs; Splendid Collection at for the light blue Alphas.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Faith & Light

Here's my first (and hopefully not my last) post for this weekend - Faith and Light. This layout is created using only Photoshop CS3 (no intervention from scrapbookflair... Ü). I tried to stick with one kit only for this layout since I was trying to focus on how I could play around with Photoshop, and not really on the embellishments. One thing that amazes me with PS is the text (babaw ko ba? hehehe.. Ü). To be honest, I just experimented with the colors and the effects I could do with the text. Well.. I must admit that I still have a lllllooooooottttt to learn about Photoshop. But I hope my first layout proved that I could have a future in using PS.

Oh I almost forgot! Regarding the pic, this was taken at the Candle Gallery at the Shrine of our Lady of Manaoag in Pangasinan. Devotees who visit the Shrine, usually light candles (white or colored) while praying for their wishes/petitions. It is definitely a matter of faith.

Credits for this layout: Blue Dream Kit by DigiscrapbyCoco.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Slim Shady

I am trying to catch up with the 2 days I lost due to Adobe Photoshop. This afternoon, I made another layout. Zion is not exactly slim-shady (i.e. crazy, weirdo, wacko). Well.. there are times he's so "makulit" and naughty, he drives US crazy. :-) But one thing's for sure, Zion definitely has a passion for shades/sunglasses. During long trips, I or Yaya Linda, never forget to bring along a pair of shades for him because at the middle of the trip, he usually asks for his own shades, if he sees me or his grandma wearing ours. I was able to take several photos of him "modelling" his and our shades. This layout shows some of his cutest and most playful shots.

Credits for this layout: Background, ribbons (blue w/ black dots, white w/ blue and black stripes, black with white stitches), Blue w/ black design button, and Alphas from Moody Blues collection and Urban Kiwi collection at; Black filmstrip and black flowers elements from Tropically Hot Collection at

For Pao and Mau

It's Sunday and it was only now that I was able to create a LO. I was busy last Friday and yesterday studying and playing around with Adobe Photoshop because it was more "powerful" in creating digiscrap layouts, and more flexible in manipulating and altering images. I guess it will take some time before I learn some PS tricks. Still have to stick with scrapbookflair. :-)

For this post, I would like to thank my friends Pao and Mau for allowing me to create a LO for them, even if I'm just a novice in digital scrapbooking. Pao is one of Zion's godfathers during the latter's baptism. And soon (January 2010 if I'm not mistaken), this lovely couple will tie the knot in marriage. Advance best wishes to you Pao and Mau! :-)

Credits for this layout: Mother's Love Collection at for the background, paper slices, and rose embellishment. Spring Breeze collection at for the pink staples. At The Beginning lyrics (Donna Lewis and Richard Marx) for the notes on the post.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Young Jin

According to my brother, people who study or who are into Taekwondo are called Jins. This post shows one of Zion's current interest - to be a little Taekwondo jin. I cannot blame him. He watches eagerly and closely while my brother practices his routines, and even watches during tournaments. At his young age of 2, Zion can already kick and punch with some impact because my brother patiently teaches him because he can see Zion's inclination and interest in the said sport. Perhaps, I will enroll him in a real class when he reaches four or five. By that time, he can, at least, understand the command "ZION STOP!". ÜÜ

Credits for this layout: Blue background paper and white printed paper used for frame from It's My Party Kit at; Embellishments from Back to School Collection at and Splendid Collection at Last Ninja font from

Bold Star

Don't be deceived by the post's title. This should be a very wholesome post. Ü My first post this week is about Zion enjoying his bath time. Pictures were taken when Zion was about 10 or 11 months (just before his 1st birthday). Zion loves to take a bath and play with his bath water. This is the same reason why nobody wants to give him a bath - because they will also end up taking a bath because of his playfulness. Ü Yaya Linda (please refer to a previous post for her picture.. Ü) is always the patient one who gives Zion and bath, and ends up taking a bath too. Ü

Credits for this post: Papers by FreshNClean paper collection at, Embellishments from Sweetie Pie Collection and Tropically Hot Collection at, Gilgongo Kaps font at

Friday, August 15, 2008

For The Boys

It's Friday once again and as you might have noticed, this is digiscrap time for me. A friend who just recently learned of my addiction to digital scrapbooking had asked/challenged me if I could create a layout using only a single kit, such that everything (papers and embellishments) except for the photos (hehehe.. Ü) should come from that kit. It was quite difficult at first because I was used to getting a little bit of everything from several kits, but the challenge was really interesting, so I agreed. Here's the product of that challenge - For The Boys. This layout "features" the 3 most special men in my life - my Dad, my Brother, and my son Zion. These pics were taken during our trip to Baguio last August 2007. Pictures were taken at Bakahan at Manukan with those real-looking Igorot statues (for my Dad and Zion), at Camp John Hay (for Zion and my Brother), and at the PMA (where the three boys posed in front of an armalite).

Credits for this go out to : July 08 Freekit by Jeanelle Paige at

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Remembering Lola

Here is one layout that's overdue. I created this layout as a tribute to another special and influential woman in my life - my Lola Pacing. She was a second mother to me, taking care of me since I first set foot on earth. She was a grandmother, a mother, a sister, a lawyer (who always saved my neck from my parents' wrath.. hehehe.. Ü), and a best friend rolled into one. She saw me in my best and worst fits, and loved me in both occassions. Unfortunately, some good things never last. Last April (of 2008), God decided to give my Lola her own set of wings. I surely miss her. And I know wherever she might be, she is happy. For she had a life well-lived, full of rich experiences, and wisdom gained through the years.

Credits for this layout: Family History Collection and Colorful Memories Collection from

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Be Like Mom

Despite the fact that I'm not feeling well today, I was still able to create 2 digiscrap layouts (I'm not sure if I'll be able to finish the 3rd one this Saturday). For my 2nd post today, I chose to create a layout/post for my little boy, Zion. I've created layouts for almost everyone here at home, I almost forgot that Zion was the primary reason why I decided to go into digital scrapbooking! Hehehe.. Ü While I was going through our pics here at home, I chanced upon my picture in front of a PC which was taken on my last day at my previous company. And then I remembered taking Zion's pics while he was playing with his toy lappy. My imagination became playful which allowed me to create this cute layout.

Credits for this layout: Tropically Hot Collection from (for the background, aqua rickracks, and swirl with butterflies embellishments); Pink and Blue staples from Spring Breeze Collection at

Pinoy in Canada

It's weekend once again so I get to create digiscrap layouts! Ü I have informed a couple of friends of my new addiction - that is, digital scrapbooking. Hehehe... Ü And have dared some of them to allow me to create layouts for them (lakas ng loob ko noh? hehehe.. Ü). Some of them have answered my "challenge" and readily submitted their pics. Here's my first "victim" - my good friend Jun who currently resides in Canada.

Credits for this post go out to the following: Oh Canada Collection at (paper, red & white frames, red & white paperclips, white rickracks, red corner markers, red leaf embellishments, and Canada word-art); StitchedX from Splendid Collection at; Red and white buttons (on the frames) from

Saturday, August 2, 2008

San Na Nga Ba'ng Barkada Ngayon

I love weekends (who doesn't?!?)! Ü I was able to create another layout today. This time I chose my high school barkada as the subject of my layout. My high school friends and I graduated last April 1994. 14 years after, we still do our best to keep in touch - via email, chat, or text message. If one comes over to Manila for a short visit (since some of us are already living or working abroad), we try to arrange a get-together so that we can meet up, update each other on personal developments, and of course reminisce about the good old high school days! Ü I can definitely say that my high school friends are one of the closest set of friends I've had and will have. I surely miss our get-together-events, and the memories, and stories that go with it.

Since my high school buddies are much younger than my mom or my dad, I chose colors and embellishments which are more refreshing and "young". Paper background from Festival Collection at; Green buttons from Sun Porch Collection at; Green and Orange Flowers from Tropically Hot Collection at; Friendship and Wonderful Memories word-arts from Sunny Days Collection at

Familia de Honor

After creating several layouts for almost everyone here at home (I said almost because I haven't created a layout yet for my beloved grandma who passed away last April - I'm still trying to find a picture of her among my files.), I have created one now which featured my family (at least kasama na ako sa pic! hehehe! ÜÜ). This layout features my family (my brother carrying the "#1" banner at the back, my Dad, my Mom, my son Zion, and of course Moi!). This pic was taken last January - at the eve of New Year 2008. I almost got left out (again!) of the pic. Had to set the camera on timed mode, run, and land on my brother (hehehe.. thanks for catching me bro! Ü). I love my Family. I wouldn't know where I would be without their constant support, guidance, and of course love. As the quote in my layout says, "Home is where Your Story begins".

For this layout (paper & embellishments), I used the Family History Collection at

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Yaya Linda

For today's post, I chose Zion's ever-reliable nanny - Yaya Linda - as subject. This is still part of my "tribute to family" layouts. Yaya Linda has been with us since Zion was 1 week old (he's now 2 years old.. Ü). Yaya Linda has been like a second grandmother to Zion. She never fails to keep Zion healthy, safe, and out of trouble (hehehe.. Ü). Cheers to you Yaya Lindz! Ü

Credits for this post go to the following : Background, brown buttons, brown frame, and yellow flowers from; Brown RicRacs from the EndlessEphemeraCollection at

Saturday, July 26, 2008

An Experiment in Black & White

I tried to shoot two birds with one stone in this post. First bird to shoot is to create a layout for my cousin (as part of my goal to create layouts dedicated to my family). The second bird I tried to shoot is to try creating a layout in black & white. Featured in this post is my cousin Josie, who's been like a younger sister to me since time immemorial. To note, Josie is one of Zeegy's godmothers (ninang), and have been a very great help in manning the house.

Credits for this layout go out to the Urban Kiwi Collection from (background, white stitches for the border, black&white lace near the text). Splendid Collection still at for the stitched "X" at the borders of the pics).

Monday, July 21, 2008

The Heart of a Champion

I really wanted to do layouts for my family. This time, I give tribute to my brother Philip. A member of the his school's Taekwondo team, I am proud to say that my brother has won several competitions at his young age of 15. Soon (this August I think), he will be taking his promotion exams to become a full-fledged black belter. Good luck bro! I am so proud to have you as my brother and one of my best friends. :-)

Credits for this layout go to the following: Paper background, green diamonds, and white leaves border from Whimsical Garden Collection at; Green buttons from; Font used is Karate from

Saturday, July 12, 2008

The Leader of the Band

Here's my second post for the day. After making a post-Mother's-Day-post for my everdearest Mama, it's but right to create one also for my everdearest Daddy. It's also my simple way of thanking him for all the little and big things he's done for me and Zion. And similar to what I did for my Mama's post, here's a song (well, a portion of it...) which I dedicate to my Daddy - the true Leader of the Band.

I thank you for the music
And your stories of the road
I thank you for the freedom
When it came my time to go --
I thank you for the kindness
And the times when you got tough
And, pap, I dont think I
Said I love you near enough --

The leader of the band is tired
And his eyes are growing old
But his blood runs through
My instrument
And his song is in my soul --
My life has been a poor attempt
To imitate the man
Im just a living legacy
To the leader of the band
I am the living legacy
To the leader of the band.

Much thanks to the following for this post: Paper background, paper w/ clip and quotation embellishments by Father's Love Collection at; Brown frame, Floral border, and yellow flower corner from Sun Drenched Collection at; D-A-D letters from Antique Rusty alphabet set at

Mama Mia

My recent post gives tribute to one of the most influential women in my life - my Mama. This is a post-Mother's-Day-Post to show her how much I love her and how much I appreciate all the little and big things she has done for me and Zion. To match this post, I dedicate the song below to my Mama - Mama by the Spice Girls. Lyrics are so applicable to us.. Hehehehe...

She used to be my only enemy and never let me be free
Catching me in places that I knew I should'nt be
Every other day I crossed the line I didn't mean to be so bad
I never thought you would become the friend I never had
Back then I didn't know why
Why you were misunderstood
So now I see through your eyes
All that you did was love
Mama I love you.Mama I care
Mama I love you . Mama my friend.
You're my friend
I didn't want to hear it then but I'm not ashamed to say it now
Every little thing you said and did was right for me
I had a lot of to think about,about the way I usedto be
Never had a sense of my responsibility
Back then I didn't know why
Why you were misunderstood
So now I see through your eyes, all that you did was love
Mama, I love you. Mama, I care
Mama, I love you. Mama ,my friend. You're my friend
But now I'm sure I know why,
Why you were misunderstood
So now I see through your eyes
All I can give you is love is love
Mama I love you. Mama, I care
Mama, I love you. Mama, my friend,You're my friend
Mama, I love you, Mama ,I care
Mama, I love you, Mama, my friend, You're my friend

Credits for this layout go to the following : Paper and Embellishments from the Mother's Love Collection at

Monday, July 7, 2008

Newborn Happines II

As promised here's the 2nd part of the Newborn Happiness series. This layout shows how Zion appears to react to the camera. All these pictures were taken while he was still resting on his Nursery bed, just a few days after he was born. As his mom, I'm so proud of my little Zion. At birth, his face and features are already defined. He has thick hair. And his eyes already show intelligence coupled with his being naughty (Manang-mana sa Mommy! Hehehe..).

Credits for this post go to the following:
Background - New Born Collection from;
Alphabets lettering still from;
Blue Ribbon borders from Satin Ribbons and Bows Set at; Small Blue button embellishments from

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Newborn Happiness

This should've been my very first blog entry. Hehehe... =) Anyway, this post shows Zion's very first moments on earth, including a scene from the delivery/operating room, and the actual baby ID that was placed in his nursery bed. I will TRY (hehehe...) to create another post that would show he appears to be responding to the camera whenever we tried to get pictures of him from the Nursery.

Credits for this digiscrap entry goes to the following: for the background paper : Goodnight Little Lamb Paper Kit (; for the light blue ribbon embellishment : Bows in; and the cute little bees from the Bees and Beads embellishment kit at

Monday, June 30, 2008

Farewell to the Sun

This most recent post is all about my despedida at my previous company last July 2007. Had two despedidas that time. One was with the whole department, held at Chili's Greenbelt. And another just with my closest friends, which was held at Giligans. I must say, that my 3 years stay in Sunlife has brought about one of the tightest friendships I had. A kind of friendship that is not limited only to the 8am-5pm work schedule. A kind of friendship that you know is sincere, genuine, and doesn't think only of one's personal interest.

Credits for this digiscrap goes to - from the background to the embellishments.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Welcome to the Christian World

This blog entry is all about Zeegy's baptism. He was welcomed to the Roman Catholic fold at the St. Joseph's Shrine last May 27, 2006, 4 days after he celebrated his first month on earth. On the lower picture is Zeegy (barely seen) carried by Mommy, and surrounded by his godfathers (Philip, Toto, Ron, Marco, Pao, and Oli) and godmothers (Josie, Grace, Zsa, and Vicci). The other godparents who were not in the picture were Weng, Ge, Candy, and Ate Analyn (for the godmothers); and Bene and Ver (for the godfathers).

For this layout, credits go out to the following - for the background -Boyish Fun Papers c/o For the embellishments -