Saturday, December 08, 2007

The big 4-oh!

Somebody turned 40 today. It is my husband's nephew's wife. We were invited to celebrate with them tonight. It is going to be a long drive - about an hour. (And it is freezing! It snowed yesterday and the other day. It's very pretty though very cold.) I have to go to give her a hard time about being 40. She did that when it was I who turned 40. Kakain ako, then gaganti, hehehe......

I made her an LO. DH was supposed to frame it but he only has 10x12 frames. So now we'll just give it as is... I don't have a current picture of her so the LO is blank. I will let her put her 40th birthday picture on this LO. We inserted a birthday card with a gift certificate. She can buy her own frame if she wants... or perhaps a photo album.

I chose black, red and white because these are the colors she has in her house. If she decides to frame this, it will not clash with her decor.

Supplies used: Cardstock: DCWV textured cs; big flowers cut from patterned papers from the Inspirations stack by Memory Block; border is from DCWV Black & White Stack; Live, Laugh, Love red ribbon; fonts: Jasmine [Cricut]

Card greeting:
On your birthday, count your candles, count your years, count your gifts, count your lucky stars, and count all the people - like me - who are wishing you a wonderful day!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Debutante of the Year

It will probably take me another week to finish a digital album of Stephanie's 18th birthday. This is one of 3 pages I have made so far. The other two have no journaling yet.

The party was held at a banquet hall in Schaumburg, IL. It was so "marangya".

DonnaMoore: Morning Sunshine tan ribbon & flower colored pink; floral paper; tan paper; CorreenSilke: We Escape beads; Lemonade Lucy: newspaper swirl; Font: Vladimir Script

Stephanie is Christina's first cousin once-removed. She is my husband Ed's sister's grand daughter; therefore, Stephanie's Dad and Christina, who are of the same generation, are first cousins. Stephanie is a cousin, one generation apart, hence, once-removed.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Grandpapa Aqui

This is another picture I took in 1986 when I went home for a visit. My Grandma passed away 2 years after we left the Philippines. According to my Dad it was a big blow for my Grandpapa. I couldn't imagine how it feels to lose a mate after decades of being together. 'Papa endured it all.

BrandyHackman Stylize Scratched paper; Fonts: Times New Roman; Vladimir script; CinziaL - Beauty tag

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

4 IBARRA Generations

I found this photo among old pictures I kept in a plastic shoebox. This was taken in 1986, my first balik-bayan in five years. During that visit, it was so shocking to see how old my father [Cipriano] became during my absence. The brother [Julius] I left has married and has a son [LeeJay]. My grandfather [Aquilino] still strong as ever. In fact, we even went bowling during that visit.

Fonts: boldly go out [four]; you rook marbelous [pride]; Zenith Script [honor]; zodiastic [love]; ├ćnigma Scrawl 4 BRK [with]; Stencil OTC [3, husbands]; BN BenWitch Project [bound, generations]; Ultra Condensed sans 2 [remember, memories]; Vladimir script [family, fathers, sons]; xerox malfunction [4]; virgin [brothers]; times new roman-names

BlytheEvans-PineappleParadise paper #2[blue] & 3[orange]

Monday, October 22, 2007


Whenever I take a picture of my daughter, she makes faces. She goes cross-eyed, sticks out her tongue, or gives out a crooked smile. So, what to do with all those goofy pictures?

Supplies used: sequins, ric-rac, ProvoCraft diecut alpha, buttons, beads, DCWV cardstock and patterned papers.

Supplies used: Nana's Attic Foofaraw papers, flowers, ribbons, tag, lined paper

Fonts: Latchboy, Lucida Fax

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Graduation Album

I made a digital album for Aira, my husband's grandniece... who is kind enough to call me "Tita" [hehe].

Here are a few pictures... but the rest [all 41 pages which I made in one week] are found here.

Aira graduated the top of class 2007. The journaling I used is from her speech. I find it quite difficult to journal someone else's memories, especially because I wasn't there to celebrate this great milestone with her.

Most of the supplies I used were from Nana's Attic. I have yet to put the credits on each LO.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Heaven's Gift to Me

Oh, my! I really have neglected my blogspot. I just find myself spending a lot of time reading emails, blogs, and chatting on the internet.

I have just submitted my KAYA! 6 challenge entry tonight and am waiting for someone to upload it. Donna Espiritu came up with the challenge - the use of basic supplies: cardstocks, basic pens and pencils, glue, hand-cut titles, hand-written journaling, no store-bought embellishments, nothing fancy such as glitter, metallics, stamp inks. Regular glue, regular scissors...and everything has to be made with the use of these supplies.

The scenario is that I was shipwrecked and washed away on an island. I am alone except for a luggage with my scrapbooking supplies. Only the basic supplies survived the wreck.

I prepared my LO digitally first. I wanted to see how it will look like. The beauty of a digital LO is that I can change embellishments, move things around, add, delete, re-color as much as I want until I get the desired effect.

This is my digital version.

Supplies used:
Nana'sAttic: Muddled white swirl; black&white flowers; photoprong, and doodles;
Seishido brushes used on the background;
BrandieValenzuela brush flowers on the green cardstock;
Font: Helena Script ES
Photo mat: CraftFairy
Journaling: from the song "You Are Beautiful to Me" by Joe Cocker.
Photography by Tracy Whiteside.

Below is the traditional version. I have pictures of how I did the LO in my

Since we cannot use patterned papers, I drew my own patterns on the cardstock.

I hope the pictures I posted on my site will give you ideas of how to make an LO just using basic materials. You really do not have to buy fancy embellishments. You can make your own, you can make them simple or fancy.

Thank you for looking.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Quick Pages

I hadn't had time for more serious digital scrapbooking lately. I have been busy re-organizing my kalat room and downloading free digital supplies. A big thanks and a bear hug to those who are so generous in sharing their works of art!!! If it weren't for you, I wouldn't have these quick pages [ploppers] to use in times when I am too busy to do anything complicated.

Here's one of them!
Supplies used: Springtime Quick Page by Alma Townsend at Scrapbook Bytes.


Sunday, July 01, 2007

Pop LOs

Pop layouts seem to be getting popular these days. I've done several of them but it was just 3-D and don't really look like they're popping out of the picture if you don't look close enough.

A picture of Kahlo was the first 3-D picture I made more than a year ago, I believe... I revised the LO when I entered the June Pop Challenge at A Cherry On Top. However, I couldn't decide which one to submit.

I liked the one above because the paper background is colorful. However, I have to use something that is supplied by A Cherry On Top...(the patterned paper with circles and dots) so I had to revise it to the one below.
Should I "pop" the bottom part of the picture? or the top part of the picture? That's another decision I had to make.
Supplies used: shabbyPrincess - striped gel silde and dotted ribbonsKristianne Swanson: ACOT It's My Party background paper & yellow metal rim tagCarla Gibson/OS - flower
To check out what I submitted for the June Pop Challenge, here's the link:,932,4/
I also tried my luck at the Bigi Digi Digital Scrapbook -(
Please visit and leave me some comments. You can vote for your favorite entries. I don't think there is a limit to one vote per person/computer. I will post my entry in this blogspot when the contest period is over.
Thank you for looking.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

On a Roll

It's a beautiful day outside, but I opted to stay in and catch up with my scrapbook projects. DH is busy tending the garden in the backyard, the cat is by the glass door watching, DD went to shop for hair coloring highlights with a friend. It's her first time to drive - she got her driver's license yesterday. I have to keep busy to not get nervous about her 18-mile drive to Vernon Hills.

For all of my LOs today, I used Khristy Schmidt's Flirty Flowers Kit. I am featuring my husband's brother's (Benjamin's) family

The first LO is about Jhing, Benjamin's granddaughter. She is the one on the far left. I used Tekton for the font; re-colored the flower from yellow to pink, made a frame out of a row of beads.
The second LO is of Jaymie [Jhing's older sister] and Rosita [Benjamin's wife]. I used assorted colors for the flowers to give more color to the LO.

This is Jhing again. I don't know who she is with. Jaymie sent me the pictures via Yahoo! IM. For Bloom and Grow I recolored the flowers pink to give the LO some color. I used Gina Huff's Creating Beauty swirl2. I cut the swirl as it
was going to make the bottom part too busy. I copied the part that I cut and connected both halves to make a different swirl. The font is Script MT Bold.
This is Jolo, Jhing's and Jaymie's younger brother. What a ball of energy!

The swirl is from Kate Hadfield's Just Minty Mocha Kit. I recolored one of the papers into burnt orange, recolored the tag blue, and used the font, Roddy.

I love the scotch tape that came with the kit. It is the first time I used scotch tape to "adhere" the picture. It was so perfect for a boy's LO.
The next LO is that of Lynne's Benjamin's youngest daughter. I re-colored the flower from yellow to blue and added the butterfly epoxy in the center. I also used stitches from FafBr'Scraperia Savana.

I enjoyed making these layouts. Thank you, Khristy, Kate, FafBr, and the guys who designed the fonts!

Monday, June 04, 2007

The Black and White Challenge

I've wanted to do journaling in swirls for some time now but didn't get the time to do it. Thank goodness for the June challenge hatched by Jenn ( for

Although the journaling is about what I believe in, the title of this traditional LO entry is Black and White and Read All Over.

Supplies used: Zig white chalk writer; DCWV b&w patterned papers; red glitter gel pen, Sweets double-sided flowers by Making Memories, red and white ribbon from Michael's craft store, and Dress It Up red petals.

I also made a digital LO using the color orange this time. I just couldn't resist making one. Digital gives me a lot of freedom in choosing my supplies, re-coloring, re-sizing, cropping, turning them around whichever way I want. It is quicker to complete as well. I think as I go until I achieve the effect I wanted.

This is Ysabella, Elisa Faye's daughter and my sister Josephine's first grandchild. I wanted to show that black and white is also fun to use for kids' LOs. I recolored everything to meet the specifications of the challenge.

Supplies used: MarieStones Blue gel alpha - which I colored orange, BethNixon's Shabby Blooms torn mat which I turned into grayscale; Amber Clegg's Charmed wings recolored orange; Font used is Tekton

I enjoyed making Ysabella's LO that I just had to make another one! This is Hannah, my sister Blesilda's first grandchild - only a few weeks older than Ysabella.
Supplies used: Nancy Kubo's black and white kit - Sweet Memories, portions of which I re-colored in pink. Font used is Script MT Bold.
Thank you for looking. Comments are welcome. If there is anyway I could have improved these LOs, please let me know.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Live it! Love it! Scrapbook it!

Making crafts is one of my hobbies. Thus, the name CraftFairy [with a "1" just because Yahoo! insists on having at least one number on the user ID. I have accumulated so many craft items that I have bins of ribbons, lace, yarn, felt squares, wooden shapes, beads, glitter, cardstocks [to name a few] in the basement. I made party favors for birthdays, baby and wedding showers, weddings, Christmas, and other occassions. I sew, crochet, crewel, made dolls, made Barbie furniture out of foam-core boards, stuff-toys, made earrings, bracelets, shoulder bags, tree ornaments, snowmen, scarecrows, witches, brooches, crocheted baby blankets, made scarfs, all-occassion cards...alas! cooking is not one of my crafts.

I discovered the pretty scrapbook papers and cute embellishments when I went shopping for more craft items. I buy anything cute, btw, ^o^ so I bought those fancy scissors that cut different edges, a stack of scrapbooking paper, some pens, a lot of templates, some glue and a handful of cardstock. When I got home I happily announced to my husband (who was eyeing the plastic bags I brought in the house, which were clearly marked Michael's, Joann's, and/or Archiver's ) that I finally found my one true craft...scrapbooking.

I made this decision when I realized I've got a box full of undeveloped rolls of film, discs upon discs of digital pictures, and shoeboxes full of printed pictures. I decided I have to catch up with my scrapbooking. However, there was just too much. My daughter and I take pictures faster than I can scrapbook them. Then I discovered digital scrapbooking. It was faster and there was no fear in making mistakes or making decisions. So here I am... a collector of so many things, a digital scrapbooker, a traditional scrapbooker, and sometimes, a tradigital scrapbooker.

My entry to the Kayang-Kaya Kaya? challenge for the month of May. Supplies used: Love Is You Kit by Jenny Limayo; Kirsty Wiseman's Torrent overlay; Willy Wonka font; CS2; Dell notebook; Lindor chocolate truffle; Olympus Camedia.