Friday, February 29, 2008
I've always wanted to visit Russia. Blame it on my childhood obsession on ballet. I've always been intrigued by the mystery behind the iron curtain, the development of the highest standards for dance. When Peek Into Yesterday had a challenge on Fantasy Destinations, it was such an obvious choice.
I was hoping I could use actual Dove of the East Russia papers, but no such luck. I ended up using a Japan paper called Kimono Silk. Nevertheless, I like how the silk cloth design still looked eastern european. With a little cutting here and there, the Kimono Silk became the Red Square. Since it was a fantasy destination, I didn't know what photo would fit when I haven't even been there. In the end, I decided to make a photo passport as the center of the LO.
Journal reads: See the sights. Taste the culture. Love the life. (Inside the passport) To visit the wonders of Russia, the Red Square, the Kremlin, St. Petersberg, the Kirov Ballet... all a life-long dream. My fantasy.
For Lasting Impressions' Webster's Challenge, I made 2 LOs. This was the first. I was so excited to use the papers, I was the first to even submit a LO! Talk about eager-beaver!
Lately, I have become obsessed with painting. Although I have been painting for years on canvas, I've never done so on an LO. After seeing Studio Azul's "paintables" last Christmas and seeing Luminarte's pots of paint, I knew I just had to start taking up the palette again.
My wedding photo captured a spontaneous look back at my friends and well-wishers while my dad gave me away to hubby at the altar.
Hidden Journal: In my secret garden, I am forever beautiful. I feel the bountiful blessings of life, the sweet serenity of youth, and the tranquility of love. As the years pass, this image will be locked in the secret garden of my mind.
I had a difficult time making this LO based on Au Lim's sketch for Studio Azul because it needed 4 photos. I loved the photo of the water fountain so much, I decided to make it as part of the foreground papers by printing it on a transparency. Since the background is a water paper pattern, the pattern just showed through the transparency. The photos of Galo playing and having fun with the squirting water in Market!Market! were really worth capturing.
Monday, February 18, 2008
I made Matriarch for the Pillar of Strength Challenge of A Peek into Yesterday. It didn't win, but my friend, Lee, won for I Know Her Heart about her mother. Matriarch is about my Lola Chiching, a favorite subject of mine. She was quite strong for a female with 5 rambunctious sons.
Hidden Journal: She single-handedly raised my dad and his 4 brothers during WW2, while her husband was a soldier, fighting the Japanese. When
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Hidden Journal: If I could design a stamp, it would have my husband and my son in it. It's face value would be P5.00 just like common stamps, but its real value is priceless. it will be rare and a collector's item. This stamp will commemorate the many occasions of fun, laughter, tenderness and love I have with them. This stamp will last forever in my heart.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Hidden Journal reads: I saw you at the store. It was love at first sight! I knew I had to have you. We ran outside, you almost flew away. You floated, but you obediently went with me wherever I went. I love playing with you. You are my dog, and you make me happy.
Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, a man with his wife and 5 daughters visited this enchanted kingdom called
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Em Magpoc's beautiful sketch for Scrapbytes (Feb. 2008) is what I used to make this lay-out. I am so glad because hubby's wedding photo was just perfect for it.
I had a hard time making the journal, but I found a perfect poem to show the sentiments I feel for this man. It reads:
You are my earth and all that earth implies:
The gravity that ballasts me in space,
The air I breathe, the land that stills my cries
For food and shelter against devouring days.
You are the earth whose orbit marks my way
And sets my north and south, my east and west,
You are the final elemental clay
The driven heart must turn to for its rest.
Excerpt from Angela Manalang Gloria’s “To the Man I Married,” an early 20th century Filipino poet.