>> Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Here it is, my first ever creation, inspired by the color challenge from Lazy Kitty's blog. You can check out my previous blog entry to see the layout I created. I really have no idea what I was doing, LOL, just fiddling around with the buttons and experimenting. I would definitiely want to take full classes in photoshop one of these days. So this is what I came up with for the color challenge, I ended up making too many sheets in different variations of the same design and thought I would want to share it with whoever wants them. I could give a million and one reasons and critique my work but if I don't put it out there, I will never learn, will I? So heeeeere it is...I shall live and learn.

Here is the preview..its called "First Time Ever" (doesn't the title remind you of all your first time ever's? Wink, wink! I would love to hear of all your "first time ever's" I don't mean what you think I mean! Tell me about any of your Firsts, it could be anything that comes to mind. It's my way of getting to know you all better. :)

As always, do let me know what you think, I would appreciate comments and feedback and of course a little thanks! Please do not share the files, send them over to my blog to get them, you all know that for sure. :)

You can get them here: [Finally got the links to work! You Dasha - AprilMouse are a genius! Thank you for helping me out.]

First Time Ever Elements

First Time Ever Patterned Sheets

First Time Ever Solids

Enjoy your day!


Of Brothers

>> Monday, January 28, 2008

My eldest son is becoming interested in Photoshop, he is only eleven, but I am encouraging him to play around with it. It all started with this layout above. We were looking at a layout of a child with butterfly wings, commenting on how cute it was. So I asked him if he wanted me to give him wings in a layout I would make. We chose the picture together, it is a picture of him and his younger brother which I love so much, this picture was just taken using my cellphone so the quality is not tops, but it is a picture I love nonetheless.

From there I worked my way into producing the layout. I currently LOVE the altered art look and so that is what I gave my layout. First off, I wanted to use a really cute freebie by Mabelle Santiago-Rubia from her My Treasures from the Attic kit (love the work she has done here, her papers are so detailed!), do check out her blog,, I love it so much! Then I worked my way using a lot of elements from another new favorite artist, Poetique Piquture designs by Lorie Davison, her work is also known as Studio Lorie at The wings are by JoanneBrisebois Designs, check out her altered art papers too, they are gorgeous! I just had to get them. Ephemerals by Jofia Devoe Designs at the

My son, who got my predisposition for creativity is now intrigued and wants to do some cropping work on our beloved Shih-tzus picture! So we have now scheduled a weekend for me to guide him..this child will pick up anything to do with computers so fast, I would not be surprised if he eventually becomes better than I am. I am curious to see what kind of work he will produce for his first layout, haha, I can't wait for the weekend.

I have another layout to share, I discovered this blog and so loved her pixie dust kit which she was giving away if you submitted an entry for the color challenge. Now, I haven't really gotten my hands wet designing and creating papers and elements, but I decided to give this a try, making my own papers and elements to use for this layout using the color-scheme provided. I used some brushes by to create the papers. There are some other brushes I used but could not find the creators since I had loaded the brushes into my computer some time ago, sorry, please do let me know if you recognize your work so I can give proper credit. Thanks also to Ephemeral Victorian for the use of the ribbon designer tool.

Here's my layout, let me know what you think.

I had so much fun making the papers and experimenting with the brushes, I thought I'd give them away to anyone that wants them, although I warn you, I am not that good at this yet, so bear with me. I will post them in my next post since I am still figuring out how to do that, LOL!

Hope you all have a good day!



>> Thursday, January 24, 2008

I am in a whirlwind of thought, activity, feelings, scrapping seems to embody my thoughts, "altered art", is what they call it, so apt for the altered life I am about to embark on. I am a bucket of anticipation for the so called Future. Today, I started putting my life into a box, one box today, that is all I was able to take. I did not think that I would be overwhelmed but that is how I felt. I could not continue. It just seems so trite and contrary, how could you put all those you cherished in a box? So many things I thought was important and could not let go of will have to go. Just like that.

Its not moving to another house, its moving to a whole new country and a whole new way of life. Throwing away all my security blankets. Being away from loved ones and friends. My children, my life capture a dream I have tried to hard to say no to and so many opportunities lost. It is time to say "Yes". And I thought yes was easy, but it is not. I pray for the strength, the steady vision, and the love that will pull me through all this.

I feel humbled and pensive and yet I know I will make it, I always have, no ifs, no buts.

Carpe Diem!


Late Greetings

>> Sunday, January 13, 2008

December had been such a hectic month that I had neglected my blog - for a whole month! I have been inundated with work to finish as well as all the things that come with the holidays and family members flying in to visit from different parts of the world.

I had not been able to scrap much last month, only able to generate a Christmas Card for my sister to send out to friends, check my gallery as I have posted the card there. The month had been so hectic that I plagiarized my own layout meant for my sister and used it as my Christmas card too, LOL! But, the work and intention comes with the same heartfelt wishes for everyone. I used papers and elements from the Whimsical Wonderland collaborative kit freebie and elements from Holiday Sparkle Blog freebie from Bonscrapatit Designs, thank you for your generosity! Here it is below:

I hope your holidays were filled with love, joy, laughter and the memories of families and friends brought together in celebration and that the new year brings you home to where your heart will be filled with peace, love, contentment.

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All about me, my musings, ramblings, fancies, quirks and dreams; the blessings in my life - the kids and their growing years; and my love for digital scrapbooking/design and graphic arts; and my eternal quest to keep learning something new each day and give back in my little way.

This blog used to be 3 blogs which I decided to merge together, my scrapping blog (Pandoras Box of Thought), the blog about my kids (Beyond the Four Walls) and my cooking/recipe blog (Cooking Mama) - all the old posts are still up but I've decided to just post everything in the future in one forum, with all the things I'm doing, I'd like to keep everything in one neat container :)

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