Tugging on my Heartstrings


Two posts in one day! I’m certainly making up for lost time. Now that I have my new website up and running, I can’t wait to fill it up with content. I do have a few pages I haven’t shared yet and even more pictures to scrap. This one is for a sketch challenge over at Scrapbook Circle. It was made right before I started taking notes on which supplies I use on each page. Also, I have some bits and pieces from kits that I don’t have the packaging for so I can’t remember which brands they are. More than likely, it’s either from Studio Calico or from one of Scrapbook Circle’s many gorgeous monthly kits. I subscribe to both of them and enjoy getting my monthly pizza boxes. There is actually a pile of them atop my craft cabinet. I’m still contemplating what to do with them. I don’t want to throw them away just yet since I think I will be able to repurpose them for something wonderful. Suggestions are welcome and encouraged.

These photos were taken when I last went to visit family in the Philipines, almost 3 years ago to the day. Nothing lightens up the mood during a 12+ hour commute like that grin and the squealing laughter. It almost makes you forget you’re in a tightly packed van with at least 12 other family members (grumbling, pouty tweener included). This little one is now a a rambunctious little toddler, and the tweener will soon be an official teen. Oh how they grow up so fast. I’m very thankful that I have these memories of his adorable face to keep and look back on. Also, it would make for some fun throwback Thursdays in the future.

Stop and Enjoy the View


Every now and then we get caught up with the everyday stress of life: work, bills, dysfunctional relationships. We often forget to stop and take stock of things. We get so preoccupied with what is happening in our little bubble that we start to think the world is coming to an end.

It helps to look outside ourselves and our little bubble once in a while. We start to see the world in a different perspective. We notice the bigger picture. This was what I realized one morning when, as I was making my way home from yet another grueling night at work, I looked out of the window of our building’s sky bridge and saw this tree. I have walked past this tree many times before and have only been vaguely aware of its existence until that morning. I saw the beautiful blossoms on its branches that reminded me that no matter what happened today, spring will come and life will continue.

Since that morning, I have reminded myself often to pause and look out the window. I encourage you to do the same. The view will surprise you if you stop long enough to see what is outside.

Supplies: Patterned Paper (American Crafts Mayberry Collection, Echo Park Note To Self Collection), Alphas (Studio Calico, My Mind’s Eye Now and Then), Embellishments (Chickaniddy Crafts, Studio Calico, Elle’s Studio Cienna Veneers, Simple Stories DIY Journal layers), Inks (Mister Huey Color Mist: Ocean, Ranger Black Archival Ink)