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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Happy Chinese New Year (2011 Year of the Metallic Rabbit)

"Kung Hei Fat Choi!!"

For the Chinese New Year, we didn't have a grand celebration.  It was enough for me to have the "sticky cake" at home.  But my mom and young sis decided to bring the family to a new place in the city - where the new developments are: McKinley Hill in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.  To capture the scene, I've created 2 layouts on the area.  The 1st page, I entered into Colorful Creations' Monday Mixers Challenge.  While the 2nd page, I entered into the Colorful Creations' Guest Designer Sketch Series Challenge.  This week, the Guest Designer is Cabbie Lopez, also a Pinay scrapbooker.  Here are my layouts:

TITLE:  Gondola at McKinley Hill, Bonifacio Global City, PHILIPPINES

SUPPLIES:  Assorted Fabric Flowers: All About Scrapbooking, Chipboard letter G: All About Scrapbooking, Foam Letter Stickers: All About Scrapbooking, Flag: Nikki Sivils Scrapbooker, Journaling tag & Sub-title tag: Nikki Sivils Scrapbooker,  Other: Paper & Brads - gifts courtesy of Janice Lane Sorgea, Brown Art Paper, yellow & red Specialty Papers.

JOURNALING:  I so wanted to take a gondola ride at Venice and Macau.  Soon you could take one in Manila.

SUB-TITLE:  Venice, PIAZZA (February 6, 2011)

NOTES: The development of the Venice - Piazza at McKinley Hill located at the Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines with the gondolas will probably take minimum of  5 years.  I'm setting my sights and looking forward to their opening to take my first gondola ride here in Manila whichever comes first - whether their opening or a trip to Venice or Macau . . . Here's hoping and wishing!  Cheers to Megaworld Properties, Inc., the property developer.

DESIGN NOTES:  I find it difficulat to create a layout using a 5x7 photo.  So to challenge myself, I decided to make use of one for this call. 

I chose to effectively cluster an assortment of flowers - handmade and store-bought of varying sizes and materials.  I would have opted to make use solely of handmade or personally crafted flower embellishments but these wouldn't complement each other and would render the page monotonous.  Thus on the page you'll find 3 big red and yellow flowers personally handcrafted which are called Lollipop Flowers.  The edges of these flowers were distressed and inked. Upon finding a strategic position for these 3 big ones, I clustered 2 kinds of fabric flowers near the big ones bordering the 5x7 photo. 

On the other bottom side, I adhered another variety of fabric flowers which frames the journaling tag to contrast the predominantly brown layout and tag.  The Philippine flag I had difficulty positioning and after a few try-outs found an apt place on the top right corner of the page by the Lollipop flower.  I made sure the focus is on the photo with the grouping of embellishments, followed by the title, then the sub-title and the journaling.

TITLE:  The Venice Piazza

SUPPLIES:  Paper: DCWV (for the Metallic Pink background Paper) & Sandylion Sticker Designs (for the Confetti & Daisies Pattern Paper) courtesy of Brenshevia Baker (Oct 2010 Colorful Creations Tackle Me Tuesday winnings), Foam Letter Stickers:  All About Scrapbooking, Parchment Multi-purpose Boards (pink): by Delta Pacific Sales, Inc., Typing Correction Fluid: Touch and Go by Eberhard Faber, Inc.,  TOOLS: Embosser:  Japan Home, Inc., One Hole Punch: KW-trio, Border Puncher courtesy of Brenshevia Baker (Oct 2010 Colorful Creations Tackle Me Tuesday winnings)

JOURNALING:  Kung Hei Fat Choi – 2011 Year of the Metallic Rabbit!! McKinley Hill, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, PHILIPPINES (2-6-2011)

DESIGN NOTES:  The sketch alongside is the inspiration for my layout from the CC Guest Designer Sketch Challenge.

I made use of the distressing technique by using correction fluid on the edges of the inner pattern paper and the sides of the photos.  I decided to create a multi-photo layout to showcase what Venice Piazza has to offer with more major developments coming soon.  I highlighted the right side and bottom of the cluster of photos by matting them with border punched parchment boards.  The bottom were teddy bears - embossed and outlined.  While on the left side one hole – punched with journaling written near the photos’ side.  I dabbled on varying shades of pink in this layout from the background paper of Metallic Pink, the pattern paper with coordinating colors of pink-white-and-brown, to the edge photo matting of pink parchment.  While, the white contrast applied from the lettering to the distressing highlighted the major areas of the layout.

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