Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year Blog Hop!

Happy New Year everyone!!!

Thanks for hopping by my stop. Heard about the blog hop over at Scrapbook Challenges? What a BIG event to start the year off huh? If you haven't heard of SC, then go ahead and check it out! It is a place to find weekly challenges and sketches that will get your mojo working. And if you join us at the hop you can win awesome prizes. Hop starts at Pamela's blog - she's awesome lots of inspirations there. But If you're already in the hop, you must be coming from Annie's blog.

Well to start it off, I'm one of the proud and new Design Team Member of Scrapbook Challenges! Yipeee! I'm so honored to be a part of this great team. I was surprised when Pamela emailed me because I'm sure there were a lot of applicants and being in the Philippines, I thought that would be a disadvantage but fortunately she picked me ~ CHOSEN me! Yipeee!

So who is me? heehee... I'm Catherine Bautista, I'm currently working as a Performance Management Manager at a BPO company and a part-time Strategic Consultant outside that. I basically do a lot of reports and being a consultant involves planning, executing and measuring performance through Scorecards for small organizations. Sounds boring huh? Well, that's why scrapbooking was invented and that's why I'm so hooked to it! LOL. I'm newly married to my childhood sweetheart Gio. We got married almost a year ago and life had been really good to us so far. We don't have kids yet so most of our time are spent traveling and that means lots of photos to scrap about for me. Lucky me! :)

Ever since I was a kid, I have loved collecting papers and stationaries. You can always find me in a bookstore looking at notebooks criticizing the smoothness of the papers inside and opening stationary sets to check out the printed designs. How I wish I took a picture of my collection, they're a lot and most of my allowance is saved for those! Unfortunately I had to let them go when we transferred from one house to another. It was a hard decision but they're occupying too much space in the house so had to say bye bye to them. That was me in High School through College.

When I started working, I started collecting again. Yes again! I guess it's a sickness LOL. This time I discovered paper punches! It was such an amazing tool for me when my friend and I first saw it. That was about 8 years ago and that started it all. I've been hooked on all scrapbook stuff since then. But I have mostly "hoarded" stuff, asking a friend or two from the US to bring the stuff I bought online. And you can imagine my shock when I found out a year and a half ago that there were actually stores now here in the Philippines who sell 'em and there's actually a yahoo group of Filipina women here! You can imagine my excitement so I immediately joined and got hooked especially when my husband and I moved in together, one whole room is spared for my scrapbooking goodies :). So that's when I actually started "creating" out of all the stuff I've hoarded over the years.

I have to admit I've been obsessed with this hobby especially at the latter half of 2009. I've spent gazillion hours in front of the computer researching for tips and techniques, blog hopping and shopping of course. It was intense so I quickly learned a lot and met friends who helped me love this hobby more. I don't have a signature style as of yet, I don't want to stick to one or two because I love trying out new things. I've bought tons of tools that supports this thirst for new techniques so I tend to challenge my self to use them. My fave would be Tim Holtz and Rangers tools and goods. I just love shabby chic and vintage looking projects. I'm also currently hooked into paper cutting and incorporating fabrics to LOs.

Hope you can join us at Scrapbook Challenges because the team is now bigger and we're offering a lot more activities for all of you this year which means a lot more opportunities to win!

The theme for this blog hop is of course New Years! Time to reflect on what you did on 2009 and also a time to look forward for new possibilities. Here's sketch 179 and the layout I did. I have to admit the sketch is a bit off of my normal layouts but I really enjoyed it.

I used mostly Graphic 45 papers. The scalloped circle is a bare chipboard from boutique which I painted and crackled.

Journaling reads: Of the many adventures I've had for 30 years, this year marks the most significant. I married my childhood love and we traveled a lot to our hearts content! Now I'm ready for the new adventures 2010 brings!

Close up of the crackled chipboard. The butterfly is cut out from GCD paper. I rounded the corners of the paper through folding and also applied crackle paint on the CS.
More close ups...

To highlight the two pictures, I elevated it a bit and rolled the top and bottom section.

Here's the bottom section and the big brown flower is made out of a lace ribbon which I stitched and squeezed into a circle.


So what's in it for you??!?! PRIZES! PRIZES! PRIZES!

For simply leaving comments on all the blog hop participants, you can win this amazing My Little Shoebox goodies!

And this goes to one person who leaves a comment on the blogs in the Hop On section.

Don't you just love Prima goodies! Well we've got two for you. You must join the group this weekend and invite your friends this weekend through the invite link on the group.


LAST BUT NOT THE LEAST, if you do the sketch and post your take on the Hop on section of the forum you could win this amazing BG collection! Which includes:

* Origins Collection Pack of 12 x 12 papers
* Origins Stitched Brads
* Origins White Tracery Doilies Paper
* Origins Brown Tracery Doilies Paper
* Origins Chip Sticker Shapes
* Origins Chip Sticker Abcs
* Origins Canvas Tags
* Origins Bloomers
* Origins Buttons


Aren't these just yummy? This is it for my stop now head on over to Deb's blog for another inspiration!

Cheers everyone!

Cathy

96 comments:

  1. Fabulous layout! Congratulations!

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  2. I'm all about details and you really have brought out the beauty in this layout!! Love it and I love your blog!!

    Happy New Years

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  3. Congrats on getting married! I love all the texture on your LO!

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  4. Congrats Cathy! Great take on the sketch :)

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  5. LOVE all the details on your page. So so great. Can't wait to see your work with the up-coming challenges. congrats.

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  6. i told you on SC and I'll tell you here: your page is wonderful: so many details!!!

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  7. Awesome LO!! LOVE the butterflies!!

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  8. love the graphic bold colors and designs here! Great to get to know you a bit! hopping along

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  9. Happy 2010..luv the butterfly elements! Hopping...

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  10. Oh, How beautiful. What gorgeous details you have put into your take. It's just perfect.

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  11. Love all those little details! Congratulations! I am looking forward to more inspiration from you!

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  12. I love all the extras on your layout. Very pretty

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  13. congrats on making the DT

    love your layout! all the details are amazing!

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  14. Congrats - Great take of the sketch!

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  15. Love your layout! It's so colorful!

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  16. congrats on your marriage (even if it is a little bit late). I love your take on the sketch.

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  17. Love all the texture on your layout!

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  18. WOWSERSSSSSSS Cathy!!!
    ♥LOVE your layout
    ♥LOVE you married your childhood sweet♥
    ♥LOVE your scrappin' style!
    Congrats on making the DT!!

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  19. Beautiful page!!!
    Love your blog site!!!!
    Happy New Year!!!
    http://scrapbookingbykellymesser.blogspot.com/

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  20. Great job with the sketch. Nice way to review your year!

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  21. Congratulations on making the Scrapbookchallenges DT, WTG!

    Your take on the sketch is Beautiful!

    Good luck in 2010 everyone!!

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  22. wow, thats a amazing lo! Congrats!

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  23. love the crackle!Happy New YEarS!

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  24. You definitely had a busy 2009! Congrats, Cathy.

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  25. Congratulations on making the DT!!! Great take on the sketch, love it!!

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  26. Your LO is jammed full of gorgeous elements!! There is so much to look it! Wonderful Job!

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  27. OMG Love your take on the sketch!!! Layers and Layers!!!

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  28. fantastic lo - Beautiful picture of you in your wedding dress. So glad your part of our team!

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  29. WOW. Fabulous work on that layout!! Congrats on your DT spot!

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  30. Wonderful layout. I love all the elements you put in it :)

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  31. I love all the detail work on your layout.

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  32. HAPPY NEW YEAR! I love your take on the sketch and the fabulous colors too.

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  33. Great layout, love all the details!

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  34. Congrats on making the DT! Beautiful LO too!!! :)

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  35. Wow! You are an artist :) Beautiful pic of you in your wedding veil.

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  36. fantastic LO - love the rolled edges :D

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  37. Congrats on making the DT! Great way to recap the year!

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  38. Your layout is wonderful....Congrats on your DT spot!

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  39. love your take on the sketch! Happy New Year!

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  40. Beautiful layout! Love what you did with the rolling, bending and folding of papers! Very cool!

    Congrats on the DT position!

    Loved reading your blog -- very interesting!

    Happy New Year!

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  41. Your blog was intersting. Congrats on both the marriage and making the DT! LOVED your layout. so pretty, cant wait to see more of your work.

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  42. Love all the detail on your layout, can't wait to check out more of your work!

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  43. great colors!! love the chipboard circle too! thanks for the inspiration!

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  44. Love your take on the sketch!

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  45. 1. What a gorgeous bride.
    2. I agree, that IS why scrapbooking was invented.
    3. I have always loved stationery and paper too!

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  46. fantastic! so many gorgeous elements in the layering...and you mentioned gcd which i LOVE! I see why you got picked!

    KateB
    http://kateblue.blogspot.com/

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  47. Congrats on being part of the design team and that LO is incredible beautiful, love every detail

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  48. Nice to see fellow pinay as DT at SC again!!!

    love ur page!!!

    hugs
    Rowee

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  49. Great mix of pp's and embellishments on your sketch challenge lo, Catherine. Looking forward to working with you on the SC DT. Happy New Year

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  50. Absolutely LOVE your layout! I am really looking forward to having you on the team. :)

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  51. Lovely LO! Congratulations Cathy and Happy New Year!

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  52. I love your distressing and crackle work

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  53. I agree that this is a wonderful and addicting hobby. Gotta love it.

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  54. such a wonderful layout! the photos are amazing, the dimension is fantastic and the colors are superb!

    xxbesos
    j.leija

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  55. Beautiful, beautiful layout! Such gorgeous details and I love the chipboard circle you used! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  56. i LOVE this layout!...so many elements and the cracle paint makes my heart sing!...awesome inspiration to start the new yr!

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  57. wow! Great take on the sketch!

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  58. Congratulations with you mariage! And i wish you all the luck at 2010.
    Beautifull take at the sketch.
    I'm hopping to the next.

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  59. Congrats and beautiful layout!

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  60. Fabulous color scheme. Love ur take on the sketch:)Great little details in your embellies.

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  61. Stunning layout! Such wonderful details!

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  62. Love what you did with the sketch and love your blog design!

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  63. Loving your layout - how super fun!!

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  64. Great work on the page! Hope you have many more great adventures in 2010 =)

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  65. I love your page, one of my faves

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  66. so creative and so inspiring.. how i wish i could do this..thanks for sharing ..godbless

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  67. great layout girlie!!! So happy you are a part of the DT!

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  68. Love your take on the sketch...great layering! Congrats on the DT!

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  69. Congrats on the DT spot! Love your layout too!

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  70. Great layout! I think thru all your collecting, you've developed a good eye and feel for the papers and elements of your layouts! Love the blog!

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  71. Wow, your layout is one of my favorites on this blog hop - it's gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing, and congrats on the DT spot!
    //Nina

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  72. love all the dimension on your page!

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  73. congratulations on the DT position -- you have a really fun blog to read! I'm subscribing.

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  74. Stunning LO! Congrats on making the DT!!! Your work is beautiful!!

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  75. Beautiful work...Congrats & welcome to the team :)

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  76. I like all the borders and layers you incorporated into your sketch.

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  77. absolutely goregeous! love all the details! Congrats on your marriage and making the team

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  78. Congratulations! Great take on the sketch. Can;t wait to see what else you come up with.

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  79. Absolutely stunning LO!...Love the details!

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