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It's my turn at Sizzix blog now! Check out my tutorial on how I used Echo Park dies to come up with this layout. 

Spool Card for Sizzix

Check out my post at Sizzix blog featuring Jillibean Soup Spool Card Die! 

Happiness Found

This layout perfectly conveys how Rujim is as a person, and how we are as a family, with him in our life. He has autism and it doesn't feel like it. In God's infinite love and mercy, we have the courage and the acceptance. We live differently in some aspects but mostly, we are just like other families. Just so thankful that as early as now, with our limitations, we are able to find our happiness. 

Started with creating my background by randomly blending these pretty color from the mini distress pads kit #7 over a white cardstock and a stencil.

I always say this and pardon me if I'll say it again. I wish I had girls so I could always easily scrapbook with pretty things, laces and flowers. But then I have boys. Can I still scrapbook? Scrapbook with pretty things? The answer is YES! Thanks to SIZZIX! Dies such as the one below enable me to enjoy making beautiful layouts even without the girly stuff. 

I used this super cool, cute, very versatile Sizzix Thinlits "I Heart This" die set to cut gold foil paper to accent the page. 

I used a foam adhesive to give the die-cut some height. Love how it perfectly framed Rujim's beautiful smile! 

One of the most important elements in a layout is the journaling. It will tell us what photos and embellishments can't tell... like our thoughts and sentiments. We can journal with stickers, typewritten notes or we can even print it out through our computer. But for me, the best way to do it is to just write. I used a calligraphy pen to write freely. I love how the letters look so spontaneous and free. 

Quite happy with  how the distressed background complements the colors of the papers I used. And a few pieces of sequins and dewdrops always give that little magic and give my layout a "finished" feeling.

All supplies used in this layout are available at Made With Love.

Bigshot Machine
Sizzix Thinlits "I Heart This" (659767)
ink - Mini Distress Ink set #7
stencil - Basic Grey/ Hero Arts Stencil 
papers - Webster's Pages 

Yogurt Sponge Cake

I have to stop thinking about iphone 6 plus.  My iphone still works perfectly. In fact I took all these photos with my iphone and I am blogging now, in my iphone. Yeah. I'm convincing myself I don't need it. 

Anyway, I baked this delicious cupcake yesterday and a lot of you are asking for the recipe. 

So here it is. Forgive me for I have no strength to type it here so thanks to my iphone... here's the recipe from my baking book:

I swear it's yummy. My husband loved me more after he ate it. Lol! 

I still want an iphone 6 plus. Heard that Dear Husband? hahaha! 

Teachers Day Gifts

It's Teachers Day this Friday and I am so proud of myself for making these gifts early. The boys will be participating in the process for I will have them to make handwritten notes to be included in these wallet's contents. 

This project is for my friends who think that scrapbooking and paper crafting is difficult, and it takes too much time, and it's stressful, and expensive. 

It's not. Not always :) Today let me show you how easy, fast, relaxing and cheap this hobby is :) 

When I bought my Bigshot machine, I have my kids school activities, birthdays and school projects in mind. With this cool tool, I can save time, money in making handmade gifts and party details while I enjoy at the same time. 

Just like today. I am making this "stress free" Sizzix project starting off with these supplies: Bigshot machineXL Wallet Die, Paper pad by Pebbles. Just these and about an hour to make my kids so happy to see me making something for their dear teachers!

Now the extremely easy steps. So easy I can just describe each step with a single word!


Fold (because all these will already be scored for you!) 


Fill with gifts and notes. 

I used brad + washi tapes.

Ready for delivery! :) 

Paper pad - Pebbles.

I had the happiest birthday!

Yes. I turned FORTY. I used to think I'd have a hard time turning forty! But when it finally happened, I surprisingly didn't feel anything unusual except for the fact that I enjoyed every bit of everything that happened. If there's anything in excess, it would be the gratefulness in my heart for being where I am now at this point in my life. It's just super. 

Now, if you think I feel this way because of some grand party, or huge gifts or that my wishes were granted.. you're wrong. Because I didn't have any of those.  Although I kind of obsessed a little bit about it a few months back, with this idea of a huge party or something like that, but on my birthday week, I just got very lazy and only wanted to chill :)

What makes it awesome is the fact that even though I think I am not perfect (I'm just a self-centered, shallow human being who most of the time sucks at the roles He gives me) He loves me just as I am and never gives up on me as long as there's this little seed of faith in my heart. He loves me and makes sure I know it. And He did an extra special job in making sure I felt it when I turned 40. Now this is the part when I really want to cry. ha! 

Here are some highlights of my special day ... 
  • surprise "Hat Party" by my Filipina friends
  • video made by my sister Dit2
  • blog post by my sister Anne
  • sketch by my father with a written greeting from my mother that really made me feel extra special because she never seldom says "i love you" haha
  • "makeuptransformation" by dear husband 
  • dinner date with my family
  • and hundreds of greeting from my family and friends in facebook, instagram :)
Now, if these won't give you a happy birthday, I don't know what could :) I treasure all these and I want to shout out a BIG THANK YOU to all of you who made it happen. Thank you for being God's instruments. It humbles me, gives me so much inspiration and love ... Bring it on 40s! 

I have made it a practice to make a layout of myself on my birthday. This time, I made it using the very pretty dies from Sizzix and papers from Crate Paper

I love love love these Prima dies. I cut a mixture of vellum and patterned papers and added pretty dewdrops. 

I wrote this verse that sums up how I feel about my life right now. Loved and filled with goodness. Not in terms of things I can see but intangible ones. Family + friends + peace + contentment and His everlasting love. 

Another favorite thing:  alphabet die-cuts using Tim Holtz Block Talk die... in gold! I can't get enough of this. You will definitely see more in my coming projects :) 

Thank you for allowing me to share with you my birthday special! And for my fellow scrappers out there, I hope I have inspired you with this layout :)

Sizzi Bigshot  

One fine Sunday...

Any mom with (just) BOYS out there? Come let's scrapbook :) 

Scrapbooking is not just for pretty girls. It's not just about flowers and laces and pretty things. It's for our little rock stars too. Thanks to Sizzix for making my life easy with the coolest dies they have. 

I have kept this photo for awhile because I wanted to use it with this Sizzix bicycle die. And when the die came, this layout happened effortlessly! 

Remember that pretty pink camera in my previous post? I used the same Retro TV Camera die and changed to  "manly" colors and alas! 

When my son Miguel got home and saw this, he read the journaling and I was shocked that at 6, he could already read cursive. Or maybe it's just normal for a 6 year old to read cursive? I don't know. never mind. What I want to think about is what he said after reading it. "Thank you Mommy for making a scrapbook about me and Kuya and for saying that you are happy to see us enjoy together at the park!" 

I was speechless :) and happy! 

washi tapes
diecuts - Pink Paislee

Celebrate Love

It's time to share with you my latest creation for Made With Love. This round, our theme is "Celebrations".  And it is just perfect because I'm going to celebrate my birthday soonest!

If you'd let me choose between and expensive bag and a notebook, I'd choose the latter. Honest. My notebook is my best friend. It knows my secrets, my dreams. I write my prayers on it. My disappointments, my happy thoughts! I list down my goals on it.  Recipes.  Grocery list. I can't live without a bag but I can never ever survive a day without my notebooks! 

In a few days, I will be turning 40 and I am quite excited about it. It feels great at this point of my life now, (Thank You God!) So to celebrate this great milestone, I made a special notebook for myself. In here I will record all the happy events of my life... to celebrate life and love, at forty :)  

It's actually just an ordinary notebook from a local bookstore, that now looks extra special because of some simple tricks made by Sizzix!

I covered the notebook with papers from Webster's Pages and played around with stencils and texture paste. Once dry, I cut details such as balloons, bicycles and such from the patterned papers and adhered those on the notebook cover.

Then I made these flowers using the Sizzix Camellia die. You can never go wrong with a Sizzix flower die + vellum + glitter. It's a guaranteed no-fail combination! 

How do you like this cute camera detail here? It's made using my little scrap cardstocks and the really cute Retro TV & Camera die set.

This notebook is so much fun and easy to make :) All you need is your Sizzix machine and dies, a little bit of supplies and a heart full of happy thoughts and inspiration!

All supplies available at Made With Love.

Sizzix Bigshot
Sizzix Retro TV, Camera and Fab 50's die
Sizzix Camellia die
Webster's Pages papers
others: brads, washi tapes, texture paste, glitter cardstock

worth remembering

I checked my calendar and looked at my activities this past week. I wanted to be proud of myself for having done a lot for the world. But when I really thought about it, the things that made me smile were not the ones listed in my calendar. These were the simple things I did randomly. Things that were not urgent but I did them anyway. 

... wanting to make someone happy.

... seeing Jaime Oliver's very effortless way of making a poached egg and attempted to do it too, failing miserably haha! I ate 3 poached eggs today because I didn't wanna waste eggs :) 

... crackle painting my nails.

... discovering my two darlings bonding non-verbally. 

... Okay,  to have their hair cut is was my planner. But the burgers + caramel sundae date? Definitely not! It happened after a debate with Miguel lol. 

 Thank God for  providing me with all the time to do the things that are so simple but worth remembering.... (that's why I blogged about them!)  Hope we all have a bright and happy week ahead! 

Do more of what makes you HAPPY

Like making quick and easy cards!

This card was super easy to make. Really. The only most difficult part of it was tying the ribbon. I swear!

How is that possible? Only when you have Sizzix Bigshot and the Triplits dies, which are currently my most favourite things in the world. 

If you are a simple gal like me, you would be happy even with just two colors.. and one of them should be white :) 

And then with a little help from Mr. Foam Dots, layer shapes any way you want :)

Making a card base as cool as this is as easy if you have Movers and Shapers XL Card Die because you just need to cut and fold, because the card will already be scored for you. Add a little gold background paper if you like!

Punch a lace border for a textured background.

Arrange and layer the flowers!

Stamp a sentiment, tie a bow and add some dewdrops. Done! You can see more awesome Sizzix projects and tutorials HERE

Do you want to make this card  + 4 more different ones yourself? Sign up for my class at Made With Love this July! :)

And here's another card I made using Sizzix Triplits among others. This  will be one of the projects to be done in the coming Made With Love Bigshot Party... 

Speaking of party. I just love the fact that lately, dear hubby and I have started to spend time with friends again. We both love entertaining at home. Since we got married, weekend get-togethers with friends at home were a must. It only stopped when Rujim was diagnosed with Autism. I never ever thought we could ever party again. I thought we would be forever on our own. Taking care of him. 

Fast forward 8 years later... Rujim is now okay. Not so sociable that he would also want to party with us. But he is okay. As long as I tell him "we have visitors".  The other day I told him, "Kuya say hi to our visitor" he replied "Hi visitor!" haha! 

We are living a happy life. Different but not less. 
We are able to do things that make us happy. Simple things.
Like bonding with friends who have the same interests with us.
We are blessed. 

papers - Websters Pages
others - dewdrops, ribbon, stamps, ink