remember to always...

Choose joy! 

This card is a reminder for you. And for me too.  Whatever happens, however challenging our day or night can be, we can choose joy. 

Today I did. 

Woke up earlier. Did my work out. Did a little charity. Ate breakfast with my boys. Worked with a smile despite never ending deadlines. And made this simple card using Hey Kid papers and  Fresh Squeezed stamps from i{heart}papers

I {Heart } Papers Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale!

i{heart}paper is celebrating Black Friday and Cyber Monday with a 20% off store-wide coupon (in stock items only and not valid on gift certificates) on all orders $50 or more, valid through 12/2, Cyber Monday. Use coupon code Black20DT13 at checkout. All orders will ship on Tuesday December 3. Enjoy and happy shopping!

stamps - Fresh Squeezed
ink - Palette

Robin's Nest + i {heart} papers

I want to thank you for checking out my previous post and for leaving kind comments.  So please pardon me if for now, I couldn't visit your blogs to leave some love.. I am still very busy in carrying out a craft-related fund raising sale for the victims of typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in the Philippines.  It's fun and fulfilling but replying to countless mails and messages on my phone and mails and facebook can be so overwhelming. When I feel very tired and stressed, I just remind myself how insignificant it is as compared to what the victims may be going through right now.

These are some of the Christmas cards that will be included in the fundraiser comes 24 November at my place... I am also creating this for The Robin's Nest and i {heart} papers. 

The pretty red and white Christmas collection from Robin's Nest and embellishments and supplies from i {heart} papers suits so well with my clean and simple style. Doing these is as easy as 1-2-3. 

1. Cut white cardstock paper to 6x8 inches and fold in half. 
2. Cut 6" patterned papers and adhere to page. Add embellishments.
3. Stamp sentiments and mat with red paper. Add to the card. 

Check out Robin's Nest and i {heart} papers now!


The Robin's Nest: 

I {heart} papers: 

washi - MT
stamp - Hero Arts
adhesive - Glossy Accents

Smoothfoam + Robin's Nest Blog Hop

Hi there... sharing with you some Christmas ornaments  I made yesterday , alternately with packing destash bags for fund raising for my beloved country, Philippines. I am sure by this time you already have heard about the tragedy. The strongest typhoon ever recorded hit our land. Thousands died. I can't go on. Thinking about it makes me want to wail and be hopeless.. but I wont. That's the last thing a Filipino like me must do. If you want to help me in my humble relief campaign, I am accepting scrapbooking stash donations.. I will then repack it and sell. Money will be sent to a trusted agency or volunteer groups. All details of this campaign are posted in my facebook page. If you are interested to help me, please send me a private message HERE.

I made these ornaments by covering these  foam shapes from Smoothfoam, with my patterned paper stash. I first traced with a pencil, cut... and paste.

Then covered the whole thing with white glue and added glitter. 

Here are the rest of the ornaments...  I embellished it with dew drops, buttons, ribbons. 

This is a blog hop by the way. There are exciting prizes to be won so make sure you visit The Robin's Nest for the complete list of the blogs participating. Peace and Love everyone. Thank you for dropping by.  XO, Gen 

foam Shapes - Smoothfoam
dewdrops - Robin's Nest 
patterned papers 
glitter - American Crafts

Hello again!

... that's the collection from Carta Bella I am loving and playing with at the moment. Makes me imagine the things I love.

A relaxed day at home. With not so many fancy stuff but clean and happy with a bit of mess here and there and occasional noise courtesy of K & B. 

Or tea time with a dear friend. 
Or late night movie marathon with Benjo. 

Or just me .... with my craft supplies, my notebook and my favorite pen. 

Journaling: "The older I get, the more I realize that it's the little things that count. Praying to God that He will help me to focus less on this "world" but on things that really matter. 

Here's a layoutI made...  and a cover of a mini album which for some reason, refuses to be finished. It's been 2 years since I started this album LOL! Some things always get in the way I guess. Whatever. At least I already made the cover hahaha. 

Go and and check out the rest of the Made With Love ladies and let their awesome works inspire you enough to be able to do nothing but craft this weekend! 

paper - Carta Bella (Hello Again)
embellishments - Websters Pages, Studio Calico 

i {heart} papers


Glad to be back =) Though frankly, I am not quite ready yet for November & December. I am way behind my project life and other crafts. Got so much to do. Got so little time. Blah.. blah... 

But let me tell you, life right here is not all that bad and pathetic :) I have quite a number of things to be thankful for! One of which is to have this awesome privilege to join i {heart} paper as guest designer for November and December. 

For two months,  will be sharing with  you projects using yummy products from their store. So watch out for it... for starters, here are some pages from the mini-album I made using Studio Calico's Heyday Thoughts stamps. 

These photos were taken during our vacation in the Philippines. I am glad to finally be able to scrap it  =) 

papers - Carta Bella (Hello Again) 
stamp - Studio Calico 
embellishments - MAMBI, Studio Calico
washi tapes - MT, Glitz Design 
medium - Faber Castell (Gelatos) 
others - paper clips, stars sequins, alpha stickers