Hey All! My share this month…YAY!!! I joined a handmade flower swap at the beach. 🙂 Color for June is yellow. So, here are my sunshiny goodness. 🙂
So, what do you think? I’d love to hear your comments.
So many things have happened since my last entry. In fact, I have been soooo out of it that it’s Dec 13th and Christmas creeping up fast. *sigh*
I need to send Christmas cards so after the Scrapbook Garage Sale I had yesterday, I immediately went to work. I used the My Mind’s Eye Christmas Card Kit. If you were in the recent Philippine Jam and received this kit, can you believe I was able to make 28 cards using this kit with of course, some additional products like ribbons, blings, distress ink, stamps, rubons… Here they are…sorry about the bad lightingand shots. I used my cell phone to take these pics. Can you believe 3 cameras and all of them with dead batteries? lol! 😛
Made a total of 39 cards to give out….yeah, getting in the spirit of Christmas. So, what do you think of the cards? 🙂
Did I mention I took a Photography class through University of Hawaii? Well, don’t be impressed yet…because, this is the basics of all basics and the class was aptly titled: KNOW YOUR CAMERA 1. It basically taught me the different cool things my Canon XT (I need an upgrade BAD!) can do. Yup, I’ve only using the automatic functions of this camera since my hubby gave it to me for my birthday 2 years ago. 😀
Okay, so, I hear you guys asking me, why not read the instruction booklet that came with the camera, right? Hmm…it’s not Marisa-friendly… I don’t know what I was reading as far as aperture, ISO, and all those technical boo-hoo they were talking about. Besides, being a visual learner, I need someone to take my hand (not that my teacher had to literally hold my hand, mind you! hehehe!) and point out what the different buttons, menu and what those numbers are that I see when I peek through the eyepiece of this crazy camera of mine!
The class was shown the very basics starting with exploring the camera, taking it apart, what the lens can do, etc. Then we were given homework on our first week–btw, this class was every Monday for 5 weeks. The first homework was on aperture and to bracket or show different exposures changing the aperture by one F-stop — the normal, normal minus and normal plus of the same image using one of the compositional elements.
So, here’s my take on this homework using COLOR as my compositional element at normal exposure:
Our second week’s homework was on Shutter Speed–stop motion and stop action. Again, here’s my take on stop motion, normal exposure:
Our third week’s homework was on Portraiture. Here’s my take on it, it’s on normal exposure, but I felt it was overexposed:
Our fourth week’s homework was on Night Photography. Here’s mine on normal exposure:
Oh, while I was waiting for the sun to set to take our 4th week’s homework, I took this…my futile attempt on rule of thirds:
I submitted my sunset picture as an add-on photograph to be critiqued, which we did mostly on our last class last Monday. I think my teacher was prepping us for the next class. And yup, got me hooked and I signed up for the next class…Know your Camera 2! 😀
Jian’s having a slumber party to celebrate her 13th birthday with a few classmates and friends. So, I figured, just tell them to come to the hotel, right? Well, these girls are spoiled because they wanted invites to show their parents. I’m not truly sure, though. I think they just wanted me to make the invites–again! You see, for as long as I remember I have been making Jian’s invites…don’t ask me where they are now…I’ve lost most of them from all the moving around of boxes and things in the house. Maybe I’ll find them again when I move things around–yet again! LOL! 😀
Jian asked these colors for her 13th birthday…scared me a bit…these would be colors I’ll pick, but didn’t think she’ll like these “older” colors for her 13th Birthday invites. Anyway, here they is!!! hehehe 😀
Very easy invites to make. I think I spent less than 1 hour to finish 9 of these babies. I used Bazzill cardstocks, black colorbox ink pad, Memories white ink pad, Micron 03 black pen, 1/4 tape adhesive, CTMH Slumber stamp set, and red fringe ribbon. The red cardstock measures 3 1/4 x 7 3/4. Black cardstock measured 4×12. I folded the black cardstock with the “pocket” measuring 4×4. I adhered the sides with the tape adhesive to form a pocket. Stuck the fringe ribbon on the front of the pocket, stamped the bed stamp with the white inkpad. On the red cardstock, I stamped the pillow using white inkpad and used black ink for the rest of the word stamps. Pretty easy, huh? 😀 Yeah, these are my type of projects, fast and easy to create. 🙂
Yes, 10 days to go…my baby’s going to be THIRTEEN! So sad. It’s just yesterday that I had her in my arms, breastfeeding and bonding with this cute baby girl of mine. Where did the time go?
This hit me again as I was working on my assignment today for my photography class…here are some pics of my little girl…
Whew! Got back to the island on Sunday afternoon and I am just talking non-stop according to my hubby. The kids even looked at me weird when I came in the house. My honey told them that he couldn’t shut me up from the airport. I was soooo tired and sooooo sleep-deprived that just couldn’t stop talking!
Speaking of sleep-deprived…
This is my friend and niece, Rollyn. Don’t let her fool you with the glasses–on the first picture above, she’s actually catching some z’s at Goofy’s Kitchen and then again at the new Nemo ride at Disney. Yep, in fact, I caught her drooling in her sleep at the Nemo ride! LOL! 😀
Rollyn flew all the way from the Philippines for the Winter CHA. She’s approx. 6 months pregnant. We had a blast and walked M-I-L-E-S around the Anaheim Convention Center during the Winter CHA from Jan 24 to Jan 28.
I also went to see my first NBA game with Rollyn…Lakers played against Charlotte. Charlotte won after two overtimes. Rollyn was funny as she jumps everytime the Lakers scores. One would think she’s not pregnant! LOL! 🙂
And oh, we also visited the Mouse…
We opened all our gifts and we toasted the New Year…
and yes, to include me catching my children running away and divvying up remainder of the bottle. Thank goodness it’s Welch’s Sparking Grape and NOT real wine. Can you imagine if it was real wine???
Now that the holidays are over, I am looking forward to this year as I hope to enjoy and do a lot more with my family, take care of myself, learn to properly use my cameras, have more scrap-time for myself, etc. 🙂 Of course, I still plan to bring you the latest in scrapbooking both in supplies and techniques through the website and events I plan to attend and teach. However, I’m taking a break in January…or am I? Towards the end of January, I plan to be here:
Yeah!!! Can’t wait! My dear friend, Yoyin, will be flying from the Philippines and will join me in Anaheim to peruse only the best and latest scrapbook products for all of you in Hawaii, US mainland, and in the Philippines. Please stand by for more on this as we bring you more through Scrapbooks Hawaii! We’re hope that you all continue to support us and Scrapbooks Hawaii in 2009. 🙂
HUGS to you all and here’s wishing all of you the best in 2009…more blessings for you and your family, more scrapbook supplies for you, more layouts and more cards, too!
Ok, those of you who are curious about my scrap room. It’s still in the works. I did tell you it’ll be a loooonnnnngggg time–months and years– before I can actually finish organizing it, right? I’m still working on it and yes, there are still stuffs in the living room to Stan’s dismay. 😀
Anywho, look what arrived in the mail last week in a HUGE box. Here’s a pic of the box.
I haven’t filled it up yet. I am still looking for my ribbons and other flowers to add to it. Anyway, here’s what you’ll see as you enter the room. See my embellishment center and the top of my clip it? Hmmm…speaking of clip it, I’m debating if I should get a second even a third one. I might not have space for them. 😦 There’s still loads of stuff that needs to get in this room. But one two-tiered clip it is not enough. Waaaahhhhh!
Another thing I’m loving? It’s far from done, but I did say I was still looking for the rest of my flowers, right? hehehe This is what you see as you leave the room.
Ok, can’t show you the rest of the room. You might move to Stan’s side if I do! LOL! 😀
Today is Stan’s birthday. For the past few years, whenever the kids and I ask him what he wants for his birthday, he tells us the same thing over and over again. And every year, over and over again, he gets disappointed. It’s during these times that I truly miss living in the Philippines. If only… The gift he wants? A clean house…
This year wasn’t any different. He asked for the same thing. So, the kids came up with the idea and here’s what they got him–painted by Jian (can you tell?). Yeah, my kids are both smart a _ _es… hehehe
Yeah, we checked. It’s clean! LOL! 😀
Ok, still going through my digital pictures. I have been going to Southern California in Jan or Feb every year for 4 years in a row now. It started with attending CKU at Anaheim in 2005. After the CKU and later CHAs, I would visit my best friend, Neng, and high school barkada/girlfriends. Lucky enough because most of them live in Southern CA.
So, this year after attending the Winter CHA, I thought I’d teach them scrapbooking. Aside from Neng, my other friends do not scrapbook. Since most of them are the practical types, I figured to get them hooked with an altered project.
Neng introduced me to BIG LOTS a few years back and boy, do I love this store! I went to BIG LOTS after the second (or was it third?) day of CHA and just rummaged thru the items there and lo and behold! CLOCKS for $3.50 each! I was thrilled to find them and they only had 7 so I took all of them. I started looking around for embellishments in their crafts aisle. I also found some ricracs and snagged those, too.
I then went straight to Target (my other favorite–we don’t have Target in Hawaii) and scrounged the scrapbook aisle and found some papers, felt ribbons, and other embellishments. Okay, we’re in business. So, here’s the barkada at work…
here they are with their clocks! I’m soooo proud of my students! LOL!
And here are their clocks…pretty good for first-timers, huh? 🙂
That’s it for now. It’s getting late and I’m tired. Time to sleep. Goodnight! 🙂 Zzzzzzzz….