And so I did a little retail therapy...

Gorgeous patterned papers from Daisy Bucket

Sumner, Ashville & Background arrow and Journaling spots from Scenic Route.. Funky...

I was also able to buy a new craft knife from Making Memories since the Xacto I bought has long since given up on me... And althought the Honeybee scissors can do the cut, nothing beats using a craft knife to carve intricate patterns..

So I should say I have reached my scrapping quota this month.. The Paper Posies kit is already available so I may be able to get that tomorrow and meet Amy at Tiong Bahru at the usual place. And the Poppy Ink and SOMO kits - probably within the week as well.

I'm still in the middle of finishing my entry to round 3 (aiyo! who would've thought I made it?)and - true to the form of being a poster child for procrastination - I'm dilly-dallying again..

A few weeks ago I decorated the 8x8 American Crafts album I bought and named it Pearl's visual diary... I seem to be doing a lot of scrapping in SIN since I got here (since I have more time alone by myself with nothing better to do..).

Papers and alpha stickers are from BG Infuse and I bling-ified the patterns by using Stickles...

On a not so scrappy note...

I am so blue today that I played hooky and did not go to work.. I'm really starting to have serious doubts whether I would be able last the year here in Singapore.. I can no longer explain the loneliness I feel and everyday it seems to be getting worse. I really need to stop and think if this is what I really want. I chose to be here and so I can also choose not to be here.. I hate disappointments but sometimes I just need to raise the flag and surrender... If my feelings don't change I know I need to go home before I lose my sanity..

Apart from being lazy today, I've finally downloaded the whole Grey's Anatomy season 3 episodes and will probably begin the marathon after I finish this book:

I've had this fascination on vampire novels ever since I read Interview With a Vampire when I was in college. But it was hard to find really good fiction about vampires without the novel turning into something fantastical. The last good vampire novel I read was The Historian 2 years ago.. And then I had this love affair with anything related to The DaVinci Code, self help books and Jodi Picoult novels.. This one I stumbled upon the B&N bestseller list -the third book in it's sereies unseated the 7th Harry Potter book in - I think - it's third week.. It's more juvenile fiction than adult - but lemmetelya - I can't put it down! I went to a couple of bookstores here just to hunt down the 3 books - I got lucky at Times in Plaza Singapura. Good thing it was payday weekend..

Have a great week ahead!

I've been living under a rock these past few days fully concentrating on myscrapbook layouts for the first ever Scrappin' Moms Idol contest. I am so lucky to have reached round 2 and be in the playing field along with some really lean and mean Filipino scrapbookers.. This contest is far different from all the challenges I have joined - and by far the hardest.. So hard, all I think about the whole day is my layout execution. And I know I have to step it up so as not to embarrass myself (see the Scrappin' Moms Idol Gallery here to see what I mean).. At this point I am criticizing myself to pieces with the layouts I have entered so far.. I can't help but compare my work to the other contestants whose layouts are just insane! The entries are so good sometimes I wonder what brain function should I stimulate in order to get the same calibre as these scrapbookers. But alas.. I can only be myself and hope my mojo is still working which will at least put me in the top 12 by the end of the weekly eliminations.. I want to see the look on myboss' face when I file my leave of absence to go home to Manila over the weekend so that I could compete in a scrapbook contest.. She'll probably think I'm nuts...
I am stressing this week on the round 2 eliminations.. I think that this is going to be the end of me.. In as much as I want to make a banging layout, my senses told me to skip the LSS to shop for materials and just stick with what I have on hand right now. Imagine me last weekend, in the living room with all the papers that I have spread around me and grouping them to which color family they belong. If I can justify my ignorance for the color wheel (I swear on my Honeybee that I did not learn this in prep or elementary school), I will. So there.. I've just confessed.. I'm a fraud - I do not have a single idea how the color wheel works.. I am an embarassment to the scrapbooking community... Wahh!!!
And so I have submitted my layout today with crossed fingers and toes..And crap! I was in the office really early today to scan it.. Oh, woes of a scrapper...
I received an email from Sahrie, owner of Scrapbukan, congratulating me that I won the Scrapbukan challenge. I was surprised - really surprised! - but most of all, I was very happy - so happy that I was laughing myself with amazement from the news (and earned a lot of stares from my Singaporean co-workers). This news comes unexpected to me - I really wasn't expecting to win at all.

The reason I joined the Scrapbukan challenge was for several reasons. First and foremost, I just love to scrapbook - I refrain from going out in the weekends or staying out late in the evening just so I could marvel at my papers, tools and embellishments (which is really not that much here in Singapore - believe me), create something that will make me happy. To me, scrapbooking is heaven! Second, I joined the 2nd Scrapbukan anniversary challenge last year - I did not win, nor did I garner any honorable mention - but I loved the challenge and I enjoyed the process of doing the layout. I loved the process so much that when it was announced that there will be another anniversary challenge, I told myself 'hey!' I might as well make a layout and make it a yearly tradition for me.. Third, as I mentioned in my previous post, how COOL was it that your layouts will be judged by a product founder and famous international scrapbookers? I wanted them to see what I can do, if they liked it then that's really great and if they don't then that's okay too. Time and again I would say it is not easy to show your layouts to others - let alone having your layouts be subjected to 'judging' - but that's a risk you take. In any competition, whether you win or not, the only thing you lose is the monetary prize. But there is also so much to gain: experience, learning, wisdom.

And as in any competition, there are rules. If you don't follow the rules or broke one of the rules, a lot of eyebrows will be raised. But if you didn't follow the rules and you won, hands and feet will probably be raised in the air. I intentionally used the Scenic Route paper because it felt right to me.. Had I been dying to win this challenge, I would have adhered 100% to the rules and easily used the required paper brand. But if in the end if you are not satisfied with what you have done, what's the point in scrapping?

In as much as I want to thank everybody (you know who you are) for the congrats and encouragement in my affiliated scrap groups by posting a message, I can't because I don't want some of them to assume that I was gloating.. So I can only post it here. Thanks guys for the encouragement.. I will try to leave personal messages to all of you to thank you for the kind words and non-judgement..

But most of all, I am grateful to Sahrie. Read her post here regarding this issue. She could have easily disqualified me but she didn't. Her explanation made me teary eyed (as in!). I'm over the roof happy that despite garnering a zero in the challenge requirements category, I still had the most number of points. For someone like me who only scraps out of sheer bliss and happiness, I must be doing something right.. And although this such a long shot, my thanks to Marcia Cornell, Jamie Waters and Joy Uzurraga (if in your lifetime you get to read this - big hugs and thanks to all of you). And Sahrie... Congrats Scrapbukan is 3! I wish you more and more success.. God bless you! Here's a big big hug to you!!!

For the whole week, the top 5 layouts of the challenge will be posted in the Inspirations section of Scrapbukan . How cool is it to be in the same gallery as Pia, Ria and Iris?

Despite this, nothing can rain on my parade... Finally, I am validated.
Title: Thoughts on turning 3 (decades,that is)
Name: Pearl Rigonan
Now that I'm Thirty (hidden journaling)
I've learned that no matter what happens, how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.
I've learned that you can learn a lot about a person by the way he/she handles four things: a rainy day, the elderly, lost luggage and tangled tree lights.
I've learned that making a "living" is not the same as making a "life".
I've learned that life sometimes gives you second chances.
I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.
I've learned that if you pursue happiness it will elude you; but if you focus on your family, your friends, the needs of others, your work and doing the best you can, happiness will find you.
I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.
I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.
I've learned that everyday, you should reach out and touch someone.
I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.
- anonymous -
Materials used:
Patterned papers: MME Tres Jolie, Scenic Route; Cardstock: Bazzill; Felt Ribbon: Queen&Co; Felt flowers: Junkitz; Bling Flower: MAMBI; Chipboard: Scenic Route (Joyful) and Heidi Swapp (3); Brads: Making Memories; Cardstock tab & stickers (hidden journaling): Love, Elsie; Flowers: Prima; Library card: Hygloss; Pens: American Crafts and UniBall Signo; Others: DMC thread, buttons, ribbon and colored pencils