Friday, August 14, 2009

>> the scrappin moms idol 3 experience <<

when honey, my fellow scrapper (only) in dipolog introduced the idea of joining SMI 3 only a few months into 'real' scrapbooking - it was an outright no! i recall saying, oh my, the ones who join there are hard core hon! but she convinced me some more and said - i promise you'll learn a lot!
i got truly convinced when she said we can scrap together! i was more excited to learn from her than joining SMI3 per se then.

i remember my glee when i passed through the elimination round and even so when i passed through round 1, 2, 3 ... it was then that i truly realized..yeah i am learning a lot. but i knew that in each and every round i didn't give it my best - i didn't stretch too much because at the back of my head, i always just want scrapbooking to be a stress release rather than a source of stress! haha

when i found out i got eliminated in the last round - the last 'til the finals!! i was really sad and happy at the same time!!! sad just because it was sayang! happy because of all that i learned..because i made 7 layouts! and just because i got through the course of everything without getting stressed!!! thanks SMI for allowing me to enjoy lots of 'me time', allowing me to create lots of wonderful pieces to browse through and teaching me lots of techniques that'll help me enjoy this hobby even more!

sharing with all of you now, my SMI 3 layouts!

elimination round: ad interpretation

What caught my attention was the chance to win 100 trips, the enumeration of local sponsors and the showcase of water related activities in the pictures. So I thought of translating to a scrap layout a documentation of the water related activities that i got to experience around the Philippines. And since the theme is summer my choice of colors are bright, sunny, fun! I also got inspired by the hibiscus themed graphics which i thought has a very summery feel :)

Title: Summer Unlimited
Journaling: Mt. Pinatubo (trek and swim)
Dipolog ( speed boating)
Cagayan de Oro ( white water rafting)
Anilao, Batangas (diving)

round 1: paper piecing
we were asked to create a layout using paper piecing

design process:

1. i drew the paper piecing patterns first on a piece of cardboard for easy tracing. i drew the mug, butterfly, hearts and coffee beans but the latter two i just drew instantly on the paper i used for the final lay out.

2. for the mug, i used three coordinating papers and pasted them together at the back and manually stitched two hearts as mug design.after which i inked the edges of each paper piece

3. i just arranged the pictures accordingly and cut out a circle as space for my journaling.

4. i used brown cardstock to make coffee beans paper pieces and used foam tape to stick them to the lay out.

5. applied fancy pants and 7 gypsies rub ons beside the photos and on all corners of the lay out and subsequently arranged all the other paper pieces. to add dimension to the page, i used foam tape on the paper pieces.

6. i used AC thickers and Noteworthy design card for my title.


fancy pants delight PPS (thoughtful & bubbles), Fancy pants summer soiree (lounging), DCWV plain cardtsock (blue, maroon, yellow, orange), DCWV textured cardtsock (green), DCWV glimmer stack ( silver), 7 gypsies rub ons, Fancy pants rub ons (botanical). staedler .3mm pens, foam tape, UHU glue, DMC thread, Colorbox ink (brown, orange, blue), AC thickers


I LOVE COFFEE!! because..
it got me through school
it's the most effective, cheapest enema yet
it gets me excited to go to the office
it feeds my hunger without making me feel fat
it allows me valuable time with my friends

and so day in, day out, coffee will always be with me such that the stain
it leaves my teeth will forever be! :)

round 2: reduce, re use, recycle

applying the 3rs:

reduce: used 1 bo bunny pp, 1 dcwv cardstock

re use: i used the punched out paper from where the large eyelets are placed and used this to form the letters in the word, delight. since these weren't enough to complete the letters, i punched out more circles using the dcwv cardstock and completed the word.

- also used the large eyelet to stamp the circles on the left side of the photo and below the placement of the eyelets for accent

subsequently, i used the part of the cardstock with punched holes as my border

recycle: i painted the plastic container of my pp with acrylic paint and manually sewed to form the 3 flower stems by the photo

materials: bo bunny patterned paper #12 my darling, dcwv cardstock in maroon, large generic eyelets, all bout scrapbooking small eyelets, plastic container of pps, small generic flowers, making memories acrylic paint in green, colorbox ink in chestnut, dmc thread, kaiser pearls in mint green, generic rhinestone, staedler pen in green, stickles in pink, glossy accent

round 3: white space
we were asked to incorporate the concept of white space in our layout

Life in the province can be so routinary that especially at my age, I wonder if this is all there could ever be. But every time I browse through photos I see images of fresh air, all things natural - a quality of life. Easily, I appreciate that all these I enjoy as an everyday moment will be those that will stay on wherever and however I may be for I may not get any of it wherever else. It prompts me to absorb and enjoy home.


K & co Carolyn Gavin line, dcwv cardstock, colorbox ink, cherry arte rub ons, AC thickers, staedler pens, inkssentials opaque white pen

round 4: let's play
we were asked to alter at a patterned paper and embellishments

- i altered the sassafrass anthem patterned paper by cutting out two of its star/wheel shaped design and alternately cutting out the elements in it with one being the inner stars cut out and the other with the inner borders cut out. i then stuck these in yellow cardstock to create a different design altogether. i mounted one of the stars/wheels to put emphasis on this as central design.

- i altered the buttons on the bicycle wheel and on other parts of the layout by adding green and black rhinestones. i also changed the look of the AC thickers by sticking beads on top of it. i did the same on some parts of the die cuts.

journaling: it's safer, it's wider! it's our non
conventional bike!!!


sassafrass patterned paper anthem, dcwv cardstock, generic buttonsa and beads, dmc thread, k and co rhinestones, colorbox ink, AC thickers black, basic grey self adhesive die cuts marrakech, marvy uchida pen, offray ribbon, ki memories clear glue

round 5: be a bookworm

round 6: which disney princess are you?


as soon as i read the requirements for this week's challenge, i truly stumbled at the thought - so what kind of a princess am i? am i even a princess? i asked my sister and my mom which disney princess i should project to be me in my layout and as they dropped names and reasons, i realized they were just focusing on the technicality of it all - who i should chOose to be able to project a funny, witty, cute layout. that didn't make sense to me because this layout should stand so much more than that! so i gave it days.

while seeing lee's status in facebook that asked the same question that has been stressing me for days, i realized that i can be each one!! i suddenly was able to put sense into my asking myself if i even felt like a princess! i believe that one cannot be a princess if there's no prince that makes her feel like one. all of the disney princesses that i idolized eversince i was young only became so because a prince came as a happy ending. as of now i can only be and feel like a princess up to certain extent. i can never be like the disney princesses - YET! but soon.. when i realize my happy ending with my prince will i be able to identify which story / which princess is fitting to be mine / me. or maybe i'll be my own different princess.. UNTIL then i'll just say, 'SOMEDAY MY PRINCE WILL COME - I BELIEVE!'


so for this challenge:

- i downloaded and printed in cardstock an image of the disney princesses in a castle as the focus of my layout
- i then cut small photos of my face and stuck it on top of each of the faces of the disney princesses in the image to stand as me in different persons
- applied different embellishments to attain the magical feel that i wanted to appear in my layout

techniques used

- i altered the plain cardstock by painting it with mm glimmer paint in pink, green and blue as grass, background color and sky ( first first-time used technique)
- i sprayed tattered angels and maya road spray ink / glimmer mist in gold and red against white corrugated board as background of the castle and my solo photo emphasized at the bottom of the layout (second first-time technique)
- i heat embossed leaves and flowers at the base of the castle and in the area where my solo photo is positioned ( 3rd first-time technique)

materials used:

DCWV cardstock in pinkish lavender, mm glimmer paint in blue, pink, green, tattered angels glimmer mist in gold, maya road mist in red, white corrugated board, prima flowers, flowers, AAS and MM brads, colorbox ink, embossing powder, AC thickers, generic rhinestone, fancy pants rub ons, K & Co chipboard words, kaiser rhinestones, say it in crystals, all about scrapbooking ribbon


  1. congratulations, cheska. you came a long way. and you're right, no stress on scrapfest. hope you can join us for the after-idol dinner. ask honey about it. :-)

  2. hi lee!! yes, i think honey and i will. we'll be going together. so excited to meet all of you!