I would like to share Stamp Sheets Design Series for the Filipino
Scrapbookers. This has been on the drawing board since year 2011 and never
thought that this could be possible at an early year of 2011. 3 years
has passed and everyone saw the birth of the Filipino Scrapbookers
Challenge Blog and my resting and resignation as administrator of both
Filipino Scrapbookers Club and the Filipino Scrapbookers Challenge Blog. This has opened the doors and brought me to Postcrossing. And this year 2014, I discovered Philately.
This is one of the groups (Filipino Scrapbookers Club) I've been an
administrator of and am still the owner. The plan for postage stamps release came from when I was still only a design team member of UK-based and American-led Kaboodle Doodles. It has been a dream for the Kaboodle Doodles team until I took helm and ownership bequethed to me.
The Filipino Scrapbookers Challenge Blog
has been my baby project. The design team members are all volunteers in this group and I
had to see to much of my ability to host and manage activities all year
round for almost 2 years since year 2012 for the Filipino
Scrapbookers Challenge Blog and managing,
designing and activity coordination for the Filipino Scrapbookers Club.
For now, I only have the liberty to share my designs for customized postage stamp sheet release of the various banner logos for the
2 years the challenge blog has been up and for the 3 years the facebook
group of the Filipino Scrapbookers has been in existence.
Now, sharing the photos of the stamp sheet designs
which I hope I and the group realizes soon:
The sketches above, the 3rd stamp sheet design above, are also my
own sketch designs as part of the Filipino Scrapbookers Challenge
Blog's sketch team which is also for my postcard designs printed and published under my name - Creo by Lady Katutz Designs. The above
and the chosen postcards from my works for the Filipino Scrapbookers
Challenge Blog are purely for Maxicard purposes under Maximaphily which is a
branch of Postcrossing.
I'll be looking into my Design Team Profile photo, should it be needed to include a Filipino Scrapbookers label below the name. The design team members can follow suit and have their own.
NOTE: the variation in the DT profile photo stamp sheet design were to show designs for each season in the year, milestone and challenge blog anniversary. All
Design Team members, I have prepared the same variation in DT Profile for the Filipino Scrapbookers Challenge Blog's sidebar in showcasing the Design Team profile and bio.
With the Filipino Scrapbookers Club starting only last 2011. The group was aptly featured at Craft Time Magazine in year 2013. With 2 years worth of work with and for the community, we have only a handful of community activities with Quinn Gabatan prodding all of his admins to produce and hold activities and for everyone to share their work to the members.
My work with my baby project - the Filipino Scrapbookers Challenge Blog and the release of the first print of the Filipino Scrapbookers Book / Photobook or Mini Book of the Design Team's 1st term in year 2012, opened the door of Craft Time Magazine for us.
Here's sharing Craft Time Magazine's feature of the group - The Filipino Scrapbookers Club:
I have already missed several workshops this year, starting with Cecilia Atengco’s cards (Magnolia), the very first Lasting Impressions workshop for the year if memory serves, Ime Oranga’s Halloween and Christmas layout workshops for Gourdo’s, and the “Paper Doll” Scrapbook Day (Prima) organized by Christine Salceda Tica (for which I was invited by Hot Crafting Mama, Raisie Serrano, one of my friends from Scrapstash). Fortunately I finally had free time and Ms. Iris was kind enough to let me pay later (I later found out it was already the 4th batch so as to accommodate all participants).
I came to Lasting Impresssions to find the place filled with people and every square inch of the tables occupied. So imagine my reaction when one of the more regular attendees remarked that he was glad that it wasn’t elbow to elbow like it usually was, making for a more relaxed atmosphere.
This time, among other things, Ms. Iris introduced the use of watercolor for stamping, which is good news for the budget conscious, and a welcome change of pace for those who have become jaded with how expensive quality scrapbooking materials are. She used Prang watercolors especially, for the metallic glitter.
She also used ordinary acrylic paints and a sort of comb tool to simulate a grid effect. Which is great when you don’t happen to have a piece of wire mesh lying around.
She also introduced a new product, pan pastels. Quite similar to scrapbooking chalk but as vivid as make-up. And even better, it can be erased with an ordinary eraser, in case you make a mistake. Much to the dismay of a lot of people, it is not yet available in Manila.
Some other techniques of course the others already knew but I didn’t. Like the use of distress inks and its blender to make a colored border, which I first thought was painted with a brush. Combining paper tearing and brown ink nicely simulates a burnt border without the danger of the real thing. (Brings back high school days and classmates toasting the edges of their letters with candles.)
I thought distressed inks only had faded, darkish vintage colors but apparently there are quite bright cute pastels. With gesso it gives the prettiness of a freshly painted room.
On the other hand, yellow mist on blue paper gave the impression of wallpaper in an antique Victorian home.
And as always, you can count on Ms. Iris to use charms and flowers, which I added to my hoard with glee. (My precious…)
Apart from the techniques, I have always enjoyed getting ideas from my veteran co-attendees. Like one used a different stencil and another used a different stamp.
Definitely hoping that I’ll be able to attend more workshops soon.
The Year 2013 will always be the year that scrapbooking changed my life. A few months before that, in late 2012, I started attending craft and art workshops, thanks to Life After Breakfast and Craft MNL. At first, I still had remnants of my old life as a Japanese language teacher, I was looking for ways to incorporate arts and crafts to make learning enjoyable, and mostly memorable. But eventually I was just looking to make pretty things.
ALL ABOUT SCRAPBOOKING (AAS) of Filstar Distributors Corp.
It was looking through supplies in National Bookstore that I came across an application form for All About Scrapbooking. At the time I was only curious and interested in the materials they have. I was at a loss why the meeting would take up more than 3 hours, I mean, how long would it take to just paste decorations on a page? I had no idea at all how complicated it could be.
At the first meeting I finally attended, the instructor made us cut our own petals and assemble it into the most complicated flower I have ever seen. I had no idea what distressing or tearing meant, and how interesting it could make a page. Around me people were taking out their special “craft” stamp pads, and bringing whole paper cutters, not just ordinary rulers, and using double sided tape was already a given.
Every meeting there was always something new to be learned, at least for me. The other workshops I attended before, calligraphy, bookbinding, watercolor, knitting, polymer clay… the basics are easily grasped and all that is left is mastery. But with scrapbooking, everything is a continual surprise.
All About Scrapbooking (AAS) not only taught scrapbooking techniques, but how to make extra items as well e.g. picture frames, boxes and drawers using scrapbooking paper. It was worth the membership fee and kit fee. Sometimes I wonder if they were losing profits because of us because they also gave away a lot of freebies.
Sadly though, All About Scrapbooking (AAS) had to stop the monthly club. I tried my best in their Speedscrap competition as a last hurrah, but all it gave me was the certainty there was still a lot I didn’t know. Most of all, I didn’t have the scrapbooker’s eye, the one that could gather so many elements together and still make it work.
DISCOVERING THE GROUPS OF PHILIPPINE SCRAPBOOKERS and CRAFTERS ONLINE
Fortunately, I discovered the Philippine Scrapbookers (The Filipino Scrapbookers Club, Pinoyscrapbookers and the Filipino Scrappin' Moms) and Philipppine Crafters Association. Say what you will about facebook’s invasion of privacy, but in this case it worked to my advantage.
If facebook had not been monitoring my preferences I would never have known about these groups, and eventually the workshops at Lasting Impression, Yellow Violet House etc. And if I felt I lacked scrapbooking knowledge before, oh boy, more so now. Now there’s embossing, stamping, stenciling not with ink or paint, but with gesso and gel medium. And there’s the heavier, more expensive, equipment, Sizzix, Cricut, Cameo, Silhouette, and their corresponding dies and folders. And the paints! Mists, dabbers, reinkers, each with a gazillion hues.
I know that when a veteran scrapbooker reads this she would smile and think I only mentioned the tip of the iceberg.
The atmosphere is different too. At All About Scrapbooking, every meeting was a kid’s party. I miss the kindness, patient, upbeat and encouraging energy of the instructors. The Lasting crowd is grown up time, everyone already knows more or less what to do, and experienced hands work away while anecdotes are exchanged and all sort of things are discussed. I don’t think there is any other art or craft where a single layout is shared but each of us makes it uniquely our own, and no other art or craft that could gather different ages and backgrounds together.
ALL ABOUT LASTING IMPRESSIONS:
My first Lasting Impressions workshop was with Ms. Cecilia Atengco, who made cards with Magnolia stamps, but I always think of them as mini-scrapbook pages. For me who thinks of cards as a printed picture at the front and a message inside, the cards were out of this world. The paper was thick and luxurious. (Later I learned it was called cardstock.)
The embellishments were beautiful vintage images that I had no idea existed outside old faded international magazines. The other shapes were precisely cut as if they could be bought too but were actually cut by Ms. Cecilia herself using dies. It was my introduction to the wonderful, complicated world of distress inks.
It was also the first time I got to use gesso as both decoration and adhesive. She showed us cleverly constructed cards she had taught in the past that made us sorry we missed them. In her next class though, she started using embossing powders a lot, enough to make me get a heat gun (good thing her nephew Aaron introduced his Black and Decker one).
My second workshop was with Ms. April Lim. I actually had no idea what Project Life was. I was just given a kit and her layouts and she encouraged us either to imitate hers or make our own while she continued making more. I am grateful to Ms. April for that was the first time I learned and I can think of a lot of scrapbook layouts in one sitting. And although she didn’t use anything fancy, just the stickers, chipboard etc. in the kit, she was able to make pretty complex designs.
My third workshop was with Ms. Iris Babao Uy. Because of her, I started to use mists and stencils in the background, and hoarding lots of charms to decorate. I was used to cutting out parts from scrapbook paper in All About Scrapbooking, but she took it to a different level, using flowers in one paper to decorate several layouts. On the other hand, she used the multi-green part of a paper to punch out leaves, and I began to see possibilities not just in the patterned parts of papers, but in the plain color only parts as well. Most interestingly she used gel medium to give 3 dimensional life to the stencil backgrounds. However Ive only been using gesso for stencils just as introduced by Ms. Ime Oranga.
ON GOURDO'S STORE
My first workshop with Ms. Ime was actually not in Lasting but in Gourdo’s, the very first scrapbooking workshop held by them actually. I applaud Gourdo’s for branching out, but it was a different crowd, everyone fell into talking about Krupps and Wilton when I was used to folks talking about Fiskars and Tim Holtz. I know how to tear paper, but once again it was taken to a different level by Ms. Ime. Tearing and distressing corners to make it look like the background was made of 3 pages. I learned to love spreading gesso on all things from her, and using brads (conveniently cutting out the prongs and just sticking them with double sided tape) and using washi tape, pearls, chipboard letters and even popsicle sticks. Ms. Iris had used a large stamp (I never knew there were stamps larger than your hand) with embossing powder in one of her layouts. From Ms. Ime, on the other hand, I learned to use stamps all around the page.
ON CHARITY WORKSHOPS:
Then, Yolanda happened. The charity workshop organized by Ms. Bessie, Ms. Karen and Dr. Sharon made it easier for me to donate. Dr. Sharon showed us how to make a 3-tiered sliding card, and it was like being in All About Scrapbooking again, especially we had a couple of kids joining us too.
From Ms. Bessie, I learned to make tags with stamps and washi tape. I like that they could express sentiment in such little space and it took me a while, but Ive only recently started getting into this more.
Ms. Karen showed us different kinds of layouts but only us sketches or guides. Much as I learned a lot from the above, it was relaxing not to try to copy the layout exactly this time (and Ms. Karen was there to hand out embellishments here and there if she thought your layout needed it), and we didn’t use much paints or embossing that can get messy, just maintenance-free dabbers.
THE VERY 1ST MAGNOLIA DAY IN THE PHILIPPINES
Then the much-awaited Magnolia event finally came. Ms. Cecilia this time introduced the use of glass shards. Ms. Ime had white ink for stamps. (See, there’s always something new.) Ms. Susan Lee came all the way from Dubai to introduce decoupage and kwilling. I didn’t know there was actually a stencil for pie-sized clocks. I didn’t think much of kwilling before, but after that afternoon I couldn’t wait to make more flowers. They give a different life to cards than die cuts, and especially with color-gradient specialty paper strips.
MS. RUTH's (of POP-A-CRAFT) WORKSHOP
I am looking forward to learning more from them this year.
Ms. Ruth holds weekly workshops but I had bad timing when I'm in the area. But she kindly lets the kits be available anytime.
SCRAPBOOK MEET with SCRAP STASH
I have also went to a scrapbook meet with the Scrap Stash bunch comprising of Ainee, Tracy, Raisie and Rizz Claycat, unfortunately due to our schedules, it was only once. But we had a great time and I hope I have made friends for life. They make affordable scrapbook kits made of different embellishments from here and there, as well as making their own, giving me access to material I would never otherwise have come across. Rizz is also a professional polymer clayist, but that’s a different story.
MS. GEM BLANCO'S WORKSHOP in ANGONO
I also went to Ms. Gem Blanco’s workshop. She is part of the famous artist clan in Angono, Rizal. Her technik is incorporating watercolor with embossed cards, and it felt good to be in touch with the traditional arts again. Although later on she gave us a lot of diecuts to do delicate-looking card layouts with. I started hoarding rhinestones because of her.
I am fortunate I guess to currently reside in Pasig that they are within reasonable commuting distance. My only regret is having bad timing that I have never gone to The Yellow Violet House. Maybe this year 2014 I’ll have better luck.
I got introduced into Swapping Activites in the Netherlands scrapping forum Sketches4All owned by Fia Uiterwijk with Handmade Card Swap Activities as early as I got into their Design Team. Later on, I got introduced into Artist Trading Card and more Handmade Card Swap Activities at a US online scrapping forum at My Sketch World as a Design Team Member also.
Here in our country, it was Pinoyscrapbookers who did introduce me to a locally themed Artist Trading Card Swap.
CHRISTMAS CARD EXCHANGES n SWAPS (2011 - 2013)
Being with the Filipino Scrapbookers Club, it was my turn to conduct Christmas Card Swaps and Artist Trading Card Swaps since 2011 when FSC was created as an FB Group. I would hold Christmas Card Exchanges on the 1st 2 years at FSC. And it was only last year that we first have a real Christmas Card Swap. This was gladly taken off my hands and hosted by our very own FSC Admin, Gaye Lagula Niango.
Some of the Christmas Cards in
the 2011 FSC Christmas Card Exchange
(from Kath Hernandez and Iris Babao-Uy)
Christmas Cards in
the 2012 FSC Christmas Card Exchange
(from Kath Hernandez and Melanie Anne B. Cheng)
All of the Christmas Cards in
the 2013 FSC Christmas Card Swap
(a joint activity between the Filipino Scrapbookers Club and
the Philippine Crafters Association)
1st Ever MINI ALBUM PAGE SWAP (2013)
It's FSC Admin Melanie Cheng's brainchild to be conducting the 1st ever Mini Album Page Swap at FSC. I would hear of Mini Album Swaps (I saw one held at Pinoyscrapbookers in 2011). And it was Melanie Cheng who thought of making a much easier swap with the end result of coming up a Mini Album for each of the Swap participants.
Here are our individual pages:
Melanie, painstakingly and was steadfast and got to work with asking each one of us swap participants to prepare numerous identical pages for each participant included in the activity. Sent to Melanie, she tediously set out to swap page for page and had everything binded together and sent to each Mini album page participant. Made with love and carefully binded with loving notes to each one of us, we are all proud owners of a Mini album with every page a souvenir from each participating swapper.
Lovely idea indeed!!
ARTIST TRADING CARD SWAPS (2013)
It's the year 2013 that I decided to start hosting ATC swaps within the Filipino Scrapbookers Club. This was seen by some FSC member who were also members of the Philippine Crafters Association. And I remembered my promise of hosting craft swaps at PCA when PCA started in 2012.
Armed with the various mechanics learned from each international scrapping sites I did become a member of and those for which I served as a design team in pure leisure and scrappy enjoyment, here I am giving back to my country thru FSC. I also took the liberty to hold it at PCA as well. A joint activity between the Filipino Scrapbookers Club and the Philippine Crafters Association. But I couldn't just forget Pinoyscrapbookers - the group where I started locally swapping atcs. So, this became a combined activity between 3 Filipino crafting groups.
Here are the list of the year-long ATC swaps conducted:
Mother's Day ATC Swap (host: Kath)
Father's Day ATC Swap (host: Kath)
Back to School or Teacher's Day ATC Swap (host: Kath)
Halloween Party ATC Swap (host: Kath)
Christmas ATC Swap (host: Gaye)
Here are the photos of the various atcs created by the year-long non-stop activity:
5 Collaged Photos of ATCs from the Mother's Day ATC Swap
5 Collaged Photos of ATCs from the Father's Day ATC Swap
Back to School ATCs in my collection
Halloween Party ATCs in my collection
Christmas ATCs from the Christmas ATC Swap
I hope you all loved looking thru all the photos of each atcs created for the year-long atc swap.