October 31, 2014

#thehandletteredproject : Lettering and Calligraphy Prompts

To those who are into lettering and calligraphy: let's improve our skills by practicing everyday!
Here are some prompts to get you started. Share your works on Instagram with the hashtag #thehandletteredproject

Let's use all of the pens, inks, markers, paint & other materials that we hoarded! haha!!

September 30, 2014

The List Project

If you love making lists or are looking for a new project to start: join The List Project, a 31-day List Challenge for October 2014. Check out the prompts that my sister Ria and I came up with. I'll be using the pocket scrapbooking/Project Life system for this project (baseball card page protectors and 2.5x3.5 PL cards) but you can do this in any format: pen & paper, notebook, art journal, lettering (like my sister), scrapbook, digital/apps, planner etc. 

We created a Facebook group where we can post photos of our lists / projects. Join us! :)

You can share your lists with the hashtag‪ #‎thelistproject2014‬ on Instagram.

Follow us on Instagram:

Ri: http://www.instagram.com/makingideashappen
Ria: http://www.instagram.com/imfeelingcraftytoday 

September 15, 2014

Inspiration Blog Hop

I first knew about the Inspiration Blog Hop on Pam's blog a week ago. I thought it'll be fun to participate & hoped that someone will tag me, haha!! So happy to be nominated by Nicole(of Scrappy Manila), her invitation is so timely, have you noticed that I'm on a blogging streak lately?! I've been meeting more people who are into Project Life and scrapbooking (yay for Project Life Philippines FB group)....I'm so excited to share my processes, ideas, projects, "obsessions" knowing that there are people who can relate with me! :)

What are you working on?

I recently completed a big project (a 50+ page Project Life album about my Baguio trip) so now I'm working on "smaller" ones when I have free time:

- Project Life August pages
- Pyromusical experience (pocket scrapbook spread)
- Highlights of our Calatagan 2010 trip (pocket scrapbook spread)
- Calligraphy and Creative Lettering workshop (pocket scrapbook spread)
- Spiderman 2 movie experience @ BGC (pocket scrapbook spread)
- 6x6 photobook about my DIY gifts (this is one of the 10 free photobooks that I got from Metrodeal/PhotobookPhilippines)
- Craft blog redesign
- Journal 52 layouts (just joined a free art journal group)
- The List Project (an upcoming project with my sister)
- Lettering (practicing almost everyday)
- Planning another "big" project - PL travel album about an Asian trip

I love working on multiple projects simultaneously so I don't get bored easily! (this list is overwhelming - in a good way! Hehe)

How does your work differ from others?

My design style has always been classified as clean and simple. My traditional scrapbook layouts often consist of just plain paper (white board paper's my favorite), patterned paper/washi, letters and photos:

I don't use a lot of embellishments because I want my photos to stand out. I'm really glad that the Project Life/pocket scrapbooking system was invented, it works for me! I can quickly create pages without adding extra embellishments:

Same as my photobooks, I rarely use busy backgrounds, I'm happy with white (I dwell too much on my font choices though - they make or break the design :) )

Even in my line of work as a graphic designer, I tend to lean towards the minimalist style & I don't use too many layers, shadows and textures (love flat designs!)

Handlettering is another style that I'm trying to explore - love that it adds a personal touch to my layouts. One of my design goals is to incorporate hand-lettered elements to my professional graphic design work. I need to practice first on my personal projects in order to 'perfect' my skills  :)

Why do you create what you do?

- To remember events, moments and details (If it's not printed, it didn't happen!)
- To be reminded of the blessings that I have (insert hashtag #blessed hahah)
- To take a break from the computer and other digital devices (I spend 9+ hours looking at screens everyday hehe)
- To improve as an artist (I'll become better when I practice and when I make more art)

How does your creating process work?

Like others, I look for inspiration first - on Websta.Me/Instagram, Pinterest, my craft&graphic design magazine collection. I jot down ideas and sketches on my notebooks.

My processes are different for each project:

Project Life travel, food and experience spreads/albums:
1) Choose color scheme, gather supplies that I'll use and place them in one container
2) Make a duplicate folder of my photos and then delete blurred shots, duplicates etc
3) Choose photos (the hardest part!! I wanna print almost everything haha)
4) Plan sketches and layout photos on Photoshop (actual size, 12x12)  - I tried using post-its but it didn't work for me, I ended up forgetting to print some photos
5) Slice the photos on Photoshop to 4"x 6", combine some 3x4's
6) Print photos @ Photoline
7) Slip photos into the pockets
8) Choose cards (the FUN part!)
9) Add few stickers, stamps, journaling

Step 4: Plan sketches and layout photos on Photoshop (actual size)
This step is really helpful for those who are making an album about an event or a trip

Project Life monthly documentation:
1) Try to write details/journaling on bond paper everyday  (one bond paper per month)
2) Print photos at Photoline
3) Slip photos into the pockets (no planning ahead, just go with the flow)
4) Choose color scheme
5) Slip cards into pockets
6) Add few stickers, stamps, labels

Travel photobooks
1) Decide on a look/style
2) Delete photos that I don't want to print (again, the hardest part!!)
3) Layout photos
4) Add titles and designs
5) Add captions
6) Proofread, brighten photos

Art Journal
I go over the prompts at Journal52, let ideas pop into my head and write them down on my notebook. I work with the topics that inspire me the most. I try not to overthink while working on my pages (I do too much thinking on my scrapbooks, photobooks and design work already so this project is kind of a breather hehe)


I nominate my sister Ria, friends Tracy and Airees to participate in this bloghop. Interested to know your answers! :)

September 9, 2014

Art Journal Ideas 01

I have (another!!) new hobby - art journaling! Got excited to start my own journal after seeing the works of Instagram users (such as my sister I'm Feeling Crafty Today, Caylee Grey and Andrea Collects). Check out the hashtags #getmessyartjournal and #52weeksofartjournaling on Instagram, you'll get inspired for sure! My layouts are quite simple compared to others' works though - I'm not sure if these will qualify as "art" journal pages? These pages only took minutes to make. Will play with paint, crayons and colored pencils when I have more time :) 

Wrapping Paper from Printcafe

Cosmopolitan Philippines August 2014 issue

7Gypsies large alphabet stamps, Sharpie

MT washi tape brochure, Sharpie 

MT washi tape brochure, Sharpie 

Imaginisce camera stamp, Sharpie

Pebbles Inc. Christmas alphabet stamps, Sharpie

Sassafras arrow stamp

Quote from Cosmopolitan Philippines 2014 Cosmo Commandments Journal

September 5, 2014

Favorite Things 01: Crafters' Must-haves

1. 1" circle puncher, EK Success
My scrapbooker friend Tracy recommended this to me and I agree with her, it really is the best brand! Wish I'd known this earlier :) I want to sell my Fiskars 1.5" and 2" punchers and replace them with EK, hehe. I use my circle puncher when I make my own embellishments and cut printables

2. A5 binder / notebook, Muji
Every crafter needs a notebook for jotting down ideas for personal projects: scrapbook layouts to create, albums to make, quotes to write, etc. I use binders so I can rearrange the fillers and group them by topic. Will write a separate blog post for this!

3. White pen, Uniball Signo
Best for writing on kraft and black paper. I use this when I want to add a personal touch to my Project Life cards and embellishments. Check out my sister imfeelingcraftytoday's review on this product and her awesome works!

4. Labels, Kaitlin Sheaffer   
You can download her files for free at www.kaitlinsheaffer.com - Downloads Tab. Comes in 11 colors!! She recently released 2 new sets - Navy and Purple but they're not yet included on the Downloads page. The links can be accessed on the blog/home page.

5. Alphabet Stamps, Pebbles Inc.
The best thing about stamps is that you can use them over and over again! Cheaper alternative for Thickers / alpha stickers. 

6. Small 4" inch scissors, All About Scrapbooking
I don't have a Silhouette Cameo (not planning to buy one because I have no space and budget for it) so this is what I use for cutting alphabets & embellishments with intricate designs.

7. Glue tape, Kokuyo
Love using glue tape cos it's mess-free! 

8. Trimmer, Making Memories
One thing I like about this trimmer is that the blade is self-sharpening, you don't have to buy new blades! This is a bit expensive (P2000+). I consider this tool a good investment because I use it almost everyday -- for cutting photos and trimming 4x6" and 3x4" cards out of 12x12" or 6x6" papers. It may not cut perfect straight lines when I follow the grid, but it's alright as long as I'm using it for my personal projects. I don't recommend it if you'll use it on items that you'll sell though.

9. Alphabet stickers, Simple Stories 
I mentioned before that I rarely use alpha stickers (don't know what to do with the left-over letters). I trace chipboard letters and cut them manually to save money -- but it doesn't save time. :) So now, when I see a sticker set that's inexpensive (and w/ a nice, classic font), I'd buy it cos stocks will run out fast! :)  This Simple Stories DIY sticker set was a great steal (8 sheets for only P200+!)


Lasting Impression (Facebook , website) - puncher, alpha stickers, stamps, white pen, trimmer, glue tape
National Bookstore - white pen, scissors
Muji - notebook
Bee Happy Crafts (Facebook) - alpha stamps

September 1, 2014

Project Life Travel Spread: Bohol, Philippines

Fell in love with the Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party mini kit when I first saw it at the local scrapbook store! Bought this kit without seeing the complete preview of the cards. I usually download the card reference PDFs at Digital Project Life or watch other scrapbooker's "unboxing Project Life" videos before making kit purchases.:D
The triangle-patterned card (below) and the camera cards had me sold, it reminded me of the washi tape from Typo! Love the color combination too! I wasn’t planning to buy a new set of cards because I still had 2 full core kits then (hoarder!). Didn’t have any buyer’s remorse when I unboxed the kit!

Love this kit so much that I’m saving the cards for my Bohol trip album and highlight spread. 
The pink shade matches the logo of the resort that we stayed in:

Left side:

(I had to include a photo of Amorita Resort‘s signature dish, Crispy Sinigang na Baboy. Best sinigang I’ve ever tasted! )

Right side:

Love this wood-textured card! Wish I had more copies of this. Mini kits only have 1 copy of each 4x6 card. :( Used the American Crafts Doll fabric Thickers for my title card:

See, the 3×4  floral graphic looks a bit similar to Amorita Resort’s icon

I love adding memorabilia to my pages! Good thing I saved this bag tag.

I often use journal cards as backgrounds for my square photos

For journaling, I used the Typo mint green pen that I got from Malaysia. Wrote about the things I loved about Amorita Resort: GREAT service (staff is very friendly & made us feel pampered, delicious food, infinity pool, etc.) If you're planning to go to Bohol, check out their site, we highly recommend this resort! 

I'll make a full album about my Bohol trip, will post photos when I’m done. I'm just waiting for the 6x6" Polka Dot Party pad that I ordered from an online seller (which I will cut to 4x6" cards, yay!)  :)
Follow me on Instagram (@makingideashappen)  for more personal craft project ideas!

August 29, 2014

Project Life Travel Spread: San Francisco 2006

We R Memory Keepers’ Jet Set is my favorite travel-themed kit so far!! Love the colors, fonts and illustrations. I love the kit too much that I used almost all of the 4×4 designs on one spread:

1. If you want to save time, use page protectors with pockets that have the same size.
It’s much easier to move the cards and photos around (especially if you’re not happy with your first layout). I didn’t take a lot of time to make this compared to the other travel spreads. Didn’t have to decide if I should this print this pic at 4×6 or 3×4.. I just printed them all in one size.. 4×4! :)



2. Print travel posters from Pinterest and use them as title cards.
Just search “travel posters” or “san francisco travel poster” and you’ll find a lot of pretty illustrations!

3. Print your old photos!
You wouldn’t remember your trips if the photos are just stored on your hard drive. (Note: These photos were taken 8 years ago!)

2006 Number stickers: Amy Tangerine Remarks

4. Use Instagram filters / Photoshop actions
I didn’t have a nice camera then so I applied a Photoshop action on my images. For this set of photos, I used the Valencia effect (my favorite Instagram filter!), which is downloadable from Photoshop Tutorials for FREE. Visit this site

5. If you hate your handwriting, try writing in capital letters. It appears much neater!

Check out my previous posts for more tips! :)
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Project Life Travel Spread: Malaysia

Hi everyone! This time I’ll be sharing pages about our recent trip to Malaysia. For this project, I used mostly cards from the Me & My Big Ideas Travel Themed pack that I got from our local scrapbook store last year. (Last year!! Yey I’m finally using my supplies now)

(Note to self: fill in the missing N on the Explore The Unkown card, hehe)

Left Page:

Right Page:

Tip#1- Have a starting point
In every project, the hardest part is getting started :) If you have a lot of cards and can’t decide which color scheme to use, look around you – your memorabilia stash, magazines, scrapbook products, patterned paper, bedsheet etc. — you’ll find something that will inspire you, for sure. In this spread, my “starting point” was this cute postcard that I got from the The Arch Kuala Lumpur Gift Shop @ The City Gallery. I looked through my travel cards and found designs that coordinate with it :)

Tip#2- Don’t forget to buy postcards!

Postcards make perfect title cards for a travel-themed layout.

Tip#3 – List down your itinerary
Since my layout is limited to only one spread per country/place, I can’t print every photo of all of the places that we went to… I just wrote a list so I won’t forget the details.

Tip#4- Collect lots of travel memorabilia 
Always bring a journal/notebook with you, it can serve as temporary storage for the stickers that you got from each tour. Also, if you’re traveling to a different country, don’t forget to bring home foreign currency!  I always save bills (with the lowest denomination) for my scrapbook, hehe.
Tip#5 – Cut regular 12×12 paper! 
You can still use traditional scrapbook supplies for PL! I got this travel-themed 12×12 paper from October Afternoon’s Travel Girl series. At first I thought that the labels were just dummy text, until a friend of mine pointed out that it’s a map of France (totally unrelated haha!)

Tip # 6 – Bring home 2 or more copies of brochures and maps 
I think I have about 10+ map illustrations of Malaysia (cut from brochures, guides, magazines), good thing there’s an Orange one that matches my layout!
Tip # 7 – If you don’t have enough 4×6 cards, make your own card with washi tape and a blank index card
I got this tip from Life Documented Manila. I never knew that blank index cards existed til I read their post! I was only familiar with the lined ones that we used in school.

The FLY card was a freebie — again, I can’t remember where I downloaded it (I download way too much freebies) and I’m not sure if the link has not expired yet. Will get back to you. )

Tip # 8: For Manila-based scrapbookers, buy your materials at the following stores:

Lasting Impression (Facebook , website)
- Me & My Big Ideas (Themed cards – travel)
- WRMK Albums Made Easy Photo Sleeves
- WRMK 12×12 Classic Leather Album (Black)
- Travel Girl paper (map)

National Bookstore
- Corona White Blank index cards (4×6)

- Colored gel pens

Project Life Travel Spread: Baguio, Philippines

Hi everyone! Sharing the first spread that I made for my travel album. This album will consist of layouts of the places that I’ve been to..from childhood to present, one trip per spread:

My original plan was to make a Project Life album for our Christmas vacation in Baguio… but I felt so overwhelmed as I was selecting photos for printing. I wanted to include almost everything! We brought two cameras with us so it made it even more difficult to choose among the photos (even if they look almost the same, hehe) I stopped in the middle of the project and remembered my sister telling me that it would be great to have a Project Life album dedicated to her trips, one page per place, if only she hadn’t started on a traditional scrapbook. So I kind of copied her idea haha (Thanks, Ate)
Here are some tips on making your travel album:

Tip#1Print only the highlights of your vacation – one photo per place.

Tip#2Use alpha stickers for your titles
I never used my American Crafts Thickers on my traditional scrapbook layouts, these chipboard stickers were only meant for tracing on scrap paper so I could create my own alphas without spending too much money (I was always thinking…”What if I run out of vowels? What will I do with the rest of the letters?”)  A lot of Project Lifers use this technique so I gave it a try – it definitely added more “oomph” to my layout! I ended up buying more Thickers for my travel album, haha. After all, I consider these trips as special occasions so it wouldn’t hurt to spend, right? Hehe

Tip#3Include a list of places that you went to
Scrapbook journaling is not my cup of tea so I usually record memories in list/bullet forms.

Tip#4: For Manila-based scrapbookers, buy your materials at the following stores:
(I’m only featuring the items that I used for this layout. Will mention more stores on my future posts)

Lasting Impression (Facebook , website)
- Simple Stories Christmas Sn@P! card set – 4×6 and 3×4
- American Crafts Thickers (Hardcover)
- Becky Higgins Project Life Design A Photo Sleeves
- WRMK 12×12 Classic Leather Album (Black)

National Bookstore
- All About Scrapbooking 6×6 paper (green polka dots)

- Lime Gel pen

Tip#5: Download freebies to save money
I used a card freebie (the 3×4 tree card on the left page) I forgot where I downloaded it, will give credit once I find it in my files :-) You may check my Pinterest board for links to other freebies.

Will post more ideas soon! I currently have 5 finished spreads. :)
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