8th and LAST LAYOUT (scrapperie's eight weeks challenge)

I thought i wasn't going to finish this after doing so much stuff the whole week. For our final challenge, we have to use green,red and gold in our layout..we can use other colors but those three colors should stand out when you look at the layout. I used black as may background to emphasize the reds,greens and golds.

This photo was taken December 25 at my Uncle's place. For Francine,this is her best christmas ever coz she got a visit from santa, got her favorite toys and was able to meet new friends.

Growing Old (scrapperie's 7th week challenge)

For this week, we cannot use any photo on our layout..We can use ephemera, or include our thoughts, expectations, etc..

materials used: bazzill cs, daisy d's pp, petaloo, mm letters, the paper studio twill stickers, rub-on, pearl paint, cat's eye chalk, pearl utee, mambi bling, buttons, paper doily, wrmk hardware, ribbon, basicgrey fiber,brads, tulle

Who Is This Girl?

A few days ago, my daughter francine wanted to find out how sharp my cutterbee scissors are...But instead on a piece of paper, she tried it on HER HAIR! I didn't even noticed until i saw a pile of hair near my desk...She cut about 8 inches of hair and it looked like she has bangs..Since she was born,she had only 1 haircut coz we both like long hair for her..This afternoon, i took her to super cuts to repair what she did then i decided to have the rest of her hair shorter..I kept on staring at her, on how younger she looks now...I think i will try to maintain this length for her. Oliver was so happy when he saw Francine, he's been nagging me about it for a long time..I was sad when i saw her hair falling on the floor, i thought of the time spent brushing those. Then I also remember how Francine cried because it hurt when there were so many tangles..I asked her after the haircut if she likes it, and she said YES! I will miss my long-haired daughter but i think i like the short one better..

Dance With My Father

(this was chosen as layout of the day at Scrapperie for December 15, 2007)

When i found out that this week's challenge at scrapperie is to make a layout that includes at least two lines of a song with a photo of the person that reminds you of the said song...No second thoughts, i immediately knew that i would be making one layout of my father again...The lyrics are 99% accurate regarding my thoughts, my prayers and my sadness...

Dance With My Father (Luther Vandross)

Back when I was a child, before life removed all the innocence
My father would lift me high and dance with my mother and me
And then spin me around 'til I fell asleep
Then up the stairs he would carry me
And I knew for sure I was loved
If I could get another chance, another walk,
another dance with him
I'd play a song that would never, ever end
How I'd love, love, love
To dance with my father again
When I and my mother would disagree
To get my way, I would run from her to him
He'd make me laugh just to comfort me
Then finally make me do just what my mama said
Later that night when I was asleep
He left a dollar under my sheet
Never dreamed that he would be gone from me
If I could steal one final glance, one final step, one final dance with him
I'd play a song that would never, ever end
'Cause I'd love, love, love
To dance with my father again
Sometimes I'd listen outside her door
And I'd hear how my mother cried for him
I pray for her even more than me
I pray for her even more than me
I know I'm praying for much too much
But could you send back the only man she loved
I know you don't do it usually
But dear Lord she's dying
To dance with my father again
very night I fall asleep and this is all I ever dream

Move With The Wind

I made this last week for scrapperie's challenge...We had to scrap a photo that shows movement and to use dimensional embellishments...We needed to make our own 3d stuff too...I made the frame using chipboard then covered with brown yarn...I almost didn't submit anything for last week because of a lot of stuff going on...A few hours before the deadline, i sat down and tried working on it...


Another hectic past few days for me...We all got sick with stomach flu and Isabella is just starting to get better...Thank you so much to those who sent me messages,emails and on my cbox..sorry couldn't reply to you right away...

I got a package last week,the one i've been waiting for since Anna Z. informed me that she mailed the rak that i won...And Anna put-up a very generous one..She even made a card for me...thank you so much Anna! This is my first rak winning and i am so lovin' it!

I did this for scrappin'kids FesTee december challenge: Make a layout with your child's name as title...

(materials used: bo-bunny pp, noteworthy paper, prima, noteworthy embellishments in a jar, decorative pin, basicgrey chipboard(infuse), gold utee, 3d white paint, buttons, wrmk hardware, mm ribbon, american crafts rub-on, embossing ink (ranger), foam dots, glue

Three Out Of Three (with Basicgrey)

A few months ago,i submitted my first layout (Beauty In Bloom) with basicgrey and they accepted it...My second layout (Waiting For Papa) was also accepted...Donna reminded me to submit monthly so that my name won't be taken out of their gallery...But, I forgot! heehee...I then decided to submit a third one last night, my acrylic layout and this morning, i got an email letting me know that this layout was also accepted...I just love basicgrey products...They are a little intimidating but, they are just gorgeous....

First Attempt At Acrylic

***i also uploaded this to scrapbook.com's gallery (it became one of the favorite layouts along with my lo This Is Our Moment) and guess who left a comment? Ms. Kelly Goree, DT for Basicgrey AND 2006 Memory Makers Master)!!! she even thanked me for submitting this to BG gallery... ***

I've been holding on to this acrylic sheet for a few months now...this afternoon,after my endless organization,i found this and suddenly,i got inspired to do one layout...i didn't use a lot of pp coz i want to emphasize the clear background...die-cuts from basicgrey infuse are perfect for this...

Materials used: basicgrey infuse die-cuts,cut-outs from infuse pp,3d paint,magic mesh,utee gold (for F), and clear utee for the title, cats eye chalk, gemstone, foam dots, glue..

Two Of A kind

(this is for scrapperie's eight week challenge- novemeber-december challenge)

i posted my first attempt at this week's challenge, and like what i mentioned in that post, i miscounted my embellishments..and i finished one more yesterday,but i wasn't happy at all with it..i showed it to Donna, and she just confirmed what i knew all along,that layout should be rejected..lol! thanks Donna for encouraging me tomake another one and to just use the first layout for inspiration...so i went back and look at the said layout and did just what donna suggested...4 photos,4 word title(two of a kind), 4 colors(white,red,green and gold) and 4 embellishments (chipboard flowers,trim,chipboard letters and 3d paint)...thanks for looking!


i was able to make 4 more cards today for the bonus round at scrapperie...this bonus round is worth 20 points...i really like making cards,although i've only made 6 including these...with all the scraps i'm accumulating,really have to do more..

This was intended for scrapperie's fourth week challenge...but there were some confusions regarding the classifications of embellishments...For this week's challenge, we have to use 4 word title,4 colors, 4 embellishments, and 4 photos...whew! i thought chipboard letters and chipboard swirls will be counted as one coz they are both chipboards,and the embossing powder i used for the title will also be counted so i used more than the required number of embellishments...it was too late when i found out about it,so i decided to make another one...

This Is True Beauty

This one is for scrapperie's nov/dec challenge week 3...the challenge is to do a layout with a title THIS IS TRUE BEAUTY...i wanted to do a layout using my mother's photo..i want to use one with all the age spots and lines visible on her face but couldn't find a good one..when i saw this photo of my dd Bea,i knew this would be great...her innocence shines through...


isabella, you are so pure, so innocent, so beautifull...

materials used:

materials used:backgroun pp: memory botiqueamerican crafts ppmm metal letterwrmk metal hardware collectionpaper salon bare essentials chipboard (fence)colorbox ink chalkamerican crafts rub-ongesso (priming the letters)stamp (pattern on the letters)utee (clear)noteworthy die cutslace (misc)k&co.. journaling block


For this month,Miss Nita decided to really challenge us..We are to find an inspiration,and make a layout inspired by it...We cannot use anything scrapbook-related...wow,i had a hard time finding an inspiration...one time, i was tidying up my daughters' room, i spotted this red hat i bought from hoblob(hobbylobby), and got inspired! hehe..so here it is..i had a hard time using that satin fabric..i had to iron it and make sure that it was somewhat straight...then that shade of red was really hard to find..i was done with 2 days ago but wasn't satisfied with the color of the cs...so i had to make an extra trip to archiver's (*wink*) to find the right color..i was successful so i had to redo the layout again..talk about being OC right..(attention Ms. Nita Ang)...thanks for looking!!!


By Timi...and now i am tagging other super scrappers too..,i know some of you had been tagged with the same thing already, still want to tag you ladies...i tag donna, ria, pia, and iris...thanks timi for the tag..

Weekend Vol. 1

this weekend was rather hectic for me...dh left friday for bloomington,illinois (126 miles from our place) to do degree work for scottish rite (he's a mason)...while he was gone,i immersed myself with the cake i had to do for the baptism and 1st bday of hannah celine (i learned her name means divine grace)...i was so rushed saturday with baking,decorating and the part i hate,cleaning up...i was able to do an 8-inch chocolate cake covered with chocolate marshmallow fondant and 2 dozens cupcakes covered with regular mmf and decorated with a flower and sugar pearl...

dh came home around 7pm saturday while i was preparing dinner (kare2)...my tita stop by our house to pick-up the cake and cupcakes and brought me my favorite soup from wonton gourmet...we had a light snack while waiting for the kare-kare to cook...dh was so tired from driving that he fell asleep on the sofa... we followed suit after an hour and didn't even care to have a proper dinner...for the first time,i went to bed at 11pm and fell asleep right away..

Sunday,we woke up early and headed for church (the church was magnificent btw)...i met Sahrie (of scrapbukan) there who is also a "ninang" (godmother)...then we had brunch at Papa Deaux seafood restaurant and their waffles with whipped butter is out of this world... i was the assigned "cake server" but they didn't want to cut the cake i made so we served the one they got from sweet table...

after a full stomach and droopy lids,we headed for home, 3 miles away from the venue...took a nap,woke up,had snack, then sat in front of the pc...hehehe...


No,not the type of sketch designers make for a layout for scrapbooks but the other type of sketch..heehee..while i was organizing one of my drawers this afternoon,i found these...my "doodling" during my confined-in-the-office-and-bored-to-death-nothing-to-do-days...Dh was impressed when he first saw these,but finally learned the truth that i am just a wannabe when he saw the beautiful paintings my twin cousins, Monica and Monina did..but,then,these were enough to pass the time...

Challenged Until Green

For our second week's challenge at scrapperie,we have to make a monochromatic layout...the hard part is we are not allowed to use black or white except for journaling..no black or white for titles,borders,mats,etc..not even for doodling..we should also include a minimum of 1 patterned paper (with only one color), and a minimum of 2 embellishments...what a challenge! i decided to go with my fave color, green..Starting was the hardest part,but once i checked my stash for anything green i have,i found it was actually fun doing this...One thing i kept in mind,was contrast...i was careful to use a shade of green,different from the shade that is near or beside it in the layout...



the bond between us is the most precious gift of all..Someday,when you are your own individual, a wife, a mother, you will alwayb be your mother's daughter..

Materials Used:

fancy pants pp
corrugated cs (paper studio)
tres jolie buttons
flowers (the papers studio)
lace (misc.)
zig pen
zig glue
fancy pants chipboard
mm paint
k@co chipboard alphabets
paper studio brads
bazzill bling flowers
tim holtz pine needles ink

Featured On Memory Makers Newsletter

I woke up this morning checking my emails and it was a pleasant surprise after the images completely loaded in the newsletter from mm...they chose 5 layouts to feature and i am honored that they included my layout flower...

Featured Page on Memory Makers Magazine Website

Yes! a week ago i decided to submit my layout flower on memorymakersmagazine.com...On november 11, my layout became the one featured on their online idea gallery...again,it's no big deal for some,but for me,seeing my daughter's face on their homepage is very rewarding...

TATAY (father)

This is for the scrapperie.com's 8 weeks challenge..First week's challenge is to make a layout about your superhero...No second thoughts,my tatay (father) is my hero...i've been saving these photos of him, waiting for the right layout...it was hard not to get emotional while i was making this, the worst part was the journaling...thanks donna and monet for giving me the right path...it was hard not to focus on the pain...



whenever i was burdened with troubles in the past,you were always there to lift me up...a phone call with you,then i was strong again..you were always our happy tatay, enjoying life however big problems were...i would like to believe that you led a happy life even how short it was...i still call out for you tatay,silently...even with you gone,you are still able to give me strength during the lowest point in my life...there are still many battles that lie ahead,but i know that i could survive it and still be happy with my life,co'z i learned from the best...i would like to pass this on to my children like you passed it on to us...and maybe someday,my children will appreciate how i tried to stay strong for them because i would like to think i grew up like you, tatay..

materials used: basicgrey paper,cosmo cricket(gretel),mme bohemia, mm paint, bazzill bling flowers, mm eyelets,basicgrey ribbon,cosmo cricket letter (letter T), fabric letters,dmc floss, rub-ons


(i would like to give credit to Miss Aurora Lim for the concept of how i put my jounaling circles together)

NOTE Worthy

Ever since i saw the color palettes of the note worthy collection from making memories,i knew i would love everything there are.. I was able to get some from Archiver's...still have to go back for the paper and i hope,some paints...the felt flowers are great coz unlike some of the felt flowers from other manufacturers,these are embossed..

I do not want to order the paint collection online and pay for shipping so i am currently waiting for Archiver's to have them. And i hope that it's sooner than later..

Isabella's First Costume


I got this flower costume for Isabella's first trick or treating...then we got an invitation a week before halloween to a birthday costume party...She wore this during picture taking only coz it was too warm inside the house (heater was on)...but i was able to capture a few cute photos of her..

MATERIALS USED: basicgrey pp,felt fusion(queen @ company), mm ribbon(note worthy collection), primas, k@co stickers, dcwv vellum words, fancy pants chipboard, imaginisce brad, ek succes fasteners, heidi swapp ghost letters, mm paint, embroidery floss, scrapworks shimmer shapes,mini brads,k@co glue...

Photos To Share

we attended a costume birthday party last weekend and here are some of the photos...My daughter Isabella wore a flower over-all costume and Francie was "Mulan".. although she told us that she wasn't mulan but MIDLAT (lightning)..you know the joke i hope..hehe..

I've been tagged by Alby

Instructions: Each player starts with 7 random habits/facts about themselves. People who are tagged need to write on their own blog about their seven things, as well as these rules. At the end of your blog, you need to choose 7 people to get tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them that they have been tagged and to read your blog!

7 random facts about me:

1. i am addicted to iced coffee or anything coffee flavored
2. i am an organizational freak
3. i am a procastinator
5. i am scared of the dentist
6. i have 2 daughters,francine and isabella and a step-daughter,nicoleen duci
7. i love wearing a skirt or a dress

A - Age: 31
B - Band Listening To Right Now: nada
C - Career: used to be an office girl,now full time SAHM
D - Drink or Smoke: Drink but very,very,very,very rarely
E - Easiest Friends To Talk To: Donna! and a few friends from here
G - Gummy Bears or Gummy Worms: Gummy worms
H - Have a Boyfriend: i have a husband
I - In love: and in bliss...
J - Junk Food You Like: tostitos with dip
K - Kids: 2
L - Longest Ride Ever: Manila to New York
N - Names For Your Future Kids: Gabriel (for a boy),
O - One Wish You Have Now: to have the photo printer i saw this weekend.
P - Phobias: nothing...
Q - Favorite Quote: Life is too short,live it well!
R - Reasons To Smile: my kids,my family and my scrapping stuff!!! heehee..
S - Sleeping Hours: 2am-9 or 10am
T - Time You Woke Up: 8am (my 2 kids decided to get up earlier than usual)
U - Unknown Fact About You: i once drove 110mph...
V - Vegetable You Hate: i love vegetables so the answer is nothing...
W - Worst Habit: staying up so late AND going to the LSS a few times a week
X - X-rays You’ve Had: Chest..does MRI count?had one (orbital area)
Y - Yummy Foods: shrimp and calamari crunchy roll,pastillas
Z - Zodiac Sign: cancer


I Fell in-love!!!

I went with SIL at bestbuy this afternoon and while they were finalizing their purchase, i saw this sleek,shiny thing...the HP-photosmart compact photo printer( model A627)...i tested the printing quality and it was excellent..i had to stop myself from impulsively reaching for a box and buy it...but, i can't stop thinking about it,i keep on looking at the website again and again...oh well,not sure how long i can resist its charm..

These Eyes (entry to pinoyscrapbookers Kaya6 Challenge

Backgrounder: Supper Donna made sure we are stranded on an island with nothing to do but scrap using only cardstocks washed ashore with us...and to make matters worse,she said there is a tidal wave coming and if we want to be rescued like the rest we must also come up with a layout...

Materials: bazzill cs AND glue

Cut equal sizes of cream cs then thin strips of pink cs were glued on each white cs.. Made two rows leaving a bit of brown cs showing…cut a wide strip of lighter pink cs and two half moon (this was done by drawing a line using a cs then after a few tries, was able to make a half moon which was traced to make two pieces) to give the impression of a circle in the middle..outlined with short strips of green cs.. I drew a big and small flower then again traced to make the other flowers..a thin strip of pink cs was glued on each petals of the brown ones..smaller green flowers are then glued on to give dimension then doodled on..

(this was inspired by a layout which I forgot the name of the artist…I tried looking for the lo again but couldn’t.. my bad!)

my sister Monet..

(this layout became featured layout of the day at creatingkeepsakes.com on October 24, 2007)

i have one younger sister and one younger brother..my brother is in canada with his family,and my sister is in qatar working for Qatar Airways... I saved this photo from her multiply account and after buying the tres jolie paper,i realized that it is perfect for this one...it is hard to read what's in the bottom right corner so here it is: I smile,because you are my SISTER...then i LAUGH co'z there's nothing you CAN do about it...i could not take a clear image of this lo...i tried going outdoor,using the flash,turning off the flash..still blurry...
thanks for looking!!!

materials used:
tres jolie (background paper)
tres jolie (buttons)
mm ribbon (note)worthy-hillary collection
k&co brads(flower center)
american crafts rub-ons
mm rub-on
prima flower
k@co tag
dcwv cs for the mat
zig glue
zig pen

First Cards..

after seeing all these hand-made cards, i decided to join the card-making bandwagon two nights ago...and i just love it let me tell you...the first one (for the love...) is what i am planning to give to dh on sweetest day (october 20)...it took me sometime to finish this..then after finishing the first one,the second one which is a thank you card was done in 10 minutes...i am planning to make more in the coming days..

Thinking outside the box...

If you look at my layouts,you will notice that i do not use light colors...i find it easier to work with rich and neutral colors. This morning, i suddenly felt the urge to do something outside my comfort zone..At first,i was at lost on what to do...But after i found the right paper,everything came smoothly..

Materials used: Fancy pants paper (sweet pea), fancy pants chipboard(frames),american crafts ribbon, felt flowers(forgot the brand),mm paint, paper studio letter tiles,mm ribbon glue,mm metal glue,dcwv colored rub-ons,bling stickers..

I AM FAB! (according to Donna that is..)

Donna tagged me with my first ever tag..and here is what she has to say about me:

MARJ VELARDE-for me, her layouts aren't just the one that is fab but her personality as well. She's very down-to-earth and straight forward at the same time. I love how we "clicked" it's as if we've know each other for a very long time already! SO Marj my girl, you are one fab girl to me!
Thank you girl! Is it ok if don't tag anyone yet? na-tag n yata lahat ng kilala ko.hahaha..we are all fab ladies!

because of you..class 5, (unity)

for this class i chose balance to have unity in my page...the symmetrical balance (formal balance) was achieved by positioning the elements in the center..if u make an imaginary vertical line in the center, you will find all the embellishments in the left side match those in the right..even the letters are positioned in a way so that you will have an equal number of letters on each side...i also used color to further empasize unity..i chose green and purple which are both cool colors..a touch of orange was added to break the monotony..orange is a complementary color for green...i handstitched the circle with purple floss to give it texture...

Ina Girl (Class 4-badgirls: white space)

what i found out about this class was how difficult it was to use white space without making your lo too boring(like what teacher Ania mentioned in her lecture)...i wanted to have enough eye candy to make the viewer interested longer...
i had a funny talk with my daugther last night after finishing the lo..i said,oh thank goodness,i am done. she said."mommy,not yet!" i said,"why?"..and she replied,";you haven't put anything in here yet!"(her hand was pointing at all the white space...i guess i still have to teach her about white space.lol!!!

the image is not that clear coz this was taken by my phone camera (almost 2 years ago). i wanted to use photos that are in my "to scrap" box to keep me on schedule.lol!

journaling (located at the side anchored by the chantilly charm):
francine,they call you ina girl,and i like it. i got that nickname from my mother "wilhelmina" who looks exactly like you..

materials used:
imaginisce chantilly charms
mm mini brad
bling (misc.)
american crafts rub-on
basicgrey for tags
mm photo anchors
amrican crafts ribbon

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