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