Sue's new kit

think about the seashore.... fresh soft blue- greys, sage greens and creams. the perfect kit for those beach and ocean photos. order this or any of sue's products and get the "celebrate summer" mini-kit free here.

here is my page with the new kit "beach"


Focus on myself...

i mostly scrap about my son, family, holidays, vacations, trips and yes even my dogs get their good share of pages.
once in a while i get out from behind the camera and make pages about myself - doing a little soul searching i can scrap about my dreams, wishes, fears, choices & experiences. i can revisit my childhood and create new pages with old photos and in the process do a little reminiscing and tell my story. here are some old and new layouts.


paper You My Angel-NinaScraps designs Matte-Sue Cummings Journaling strips & brushes- Katie Pertiet Art Play pallette 6- Ana Aspnes Brushes 500Ml

mood du jour
Credits: Hipster Plumes Korner Edges Script Tease TimeFoto Blendz Clipping
Mask - Ana Aspnes Background Paper - Symphony Kit - NinaScraps Designs

looking back
Word Art - Ticker-Tape 2 - Taylor Made Designs Frame - Sue Cummings
Staples - Fei-fei's Fortunate Kit Flowers - Blooming Poetry - MD

Credits: Old Text brushes Dreams Kit All Vinnie Pearce


Rocking Girls Ct Spotlight:

this week is all about Lia! there's still time to participate on the challenge, win some of Nina's products and grab your FREE clustered frames! visit the blog to get to know talented Lia and her amazing pages using Nina's products.

here is my page for Lia's challenge
credits: joyful days, u are and escape kits all by ninascraps designs at O'Scraps.


On my recent trip to Asia

we returned from our trip to Asia a couple of weeks ago and being completely over jet lag wanted to share some photos and a few of my impressions of China, Cambodia & Thailand with you. wish i had kept a journal like i said i would - it would make this easier since all starts to shrink to vague impressions....all in all we had a marvelous time!

on China:
  • construction is everywhere, specially in Beijing and Shanghai. locals say that the "crane" is now China's national bird!
  • i loved to see old people exercising in the parks but i was expecting tai-chi and not tango or aerobics to western music.
  • even in 5 star hotels people do not speak english - explaining a taxi driver where you want go is almost impossible. better take a little paper with the address written in chinese.
  • people driving in china weave through traffic with very little room to spare. Kind of scary and confusing!
  • crossing streets is hard - better to follow the locals since they know what to do and when to do it.
  • cities are clean.
  • bilingual signs are not common - bilingual menus either.
  • "lady! you want rolex watch?"
  • the Peking duck at LiQun Roast Duck restaurant was out of this world!

The Great Wall of China on a rainy & hazy day

Roof tops at The Forbidden City

The Forbidden City on another hazy & muggy day
one of many souvenir shops
morning exercises (tango) at a park
Confucius Temple - Beijing
mall at Shanghai
Shanghai pedestrian street
tuk-tuk ride Beijing
terra-cotta army - Xian

on Cambodia:

  • one feels pretty safe to walk around most streets in Cambodia specially Phnom Penh.
  • traffic is chaotic - no set traffic patterns - lights and/or signs are irrelevant & tuk-tuks weave in and out of traffic from everywhere! i am glad i never had to cross a street in the city.
  • you see all kinds of transportation - some very creative.
  • poverty is really bad - lots of beggars and malnourished kids on the streets.
  • i was surprised to find out that lots of people speak english and spanish too!
  • the markets are packed full of everything - fruits, watches, wood carvings, clothing, food, car parts, luggage, t-shirts, silver jewelry....and a million other things.
  • we ate really well and were surprised at the low prices.
  • the heat was unbearable - 100% humidity did not help.
  • taxis are cheap - so is everything else.
  • you see lots of cats with broken tails, mangy dogs and long legged chickens everywhere.
  • monks with saffron robes can be seen going about their daily routines.
  • temples are grand are impressive - absolutely spectacular!! i would probably need a whole post to describe this temples but to paint an accurate picture of them would really be beyond me! i would go back to Cambodia just for Angkor!

huge tree hugging one of the temples
Siem Reap
Angkor Wat temples
kids diving in to the moat that surrounds Angkor Wat
young monk at Siem Reap
monk with saffron robes - Siem Reap
Siem Reap group photo
Phnom Penh Museum
3 on a scooter
sticky rice and mango

On Thailand:

  • traffic is also chaotic but not as bad as in Cambodia. there are scooters, bikes, pick up trucks buses and all kind of vehicles, old and modern, moving along really crowded streets.
  • squat toilets are very common. ugh!
  • streets are crowded with markets - food scenes everywhere - rice shops, pots of curry, fried foods and all kind of food stalls.
  • seems that you could get a massage almost anywhere - signs are stuck to almost all buildings and houses.
  • food was great - the blue elephant restaurant in Bangkok has excellent food.
  • the floating market was certainly picturesque but i don't know about getting an idea of local life since most people there were tourists!
  • we loved the fruits - specially mangosteens, rambutans & longans.
  • i love Buddha statuettes and i think i have seen them all now!

elephant ride
ride on a water buffalo-drawn cart
Buddha figures at Doi Suthep
Doi Suthep temple
rice paddy farmer

massage anyone?
removing shoes before entering another Buddhist temple
giant reclining Buddha - Wat Pho Bangkok
Wat Arun Buddhist temple - Bangkok
floating market - Thailand
market on the rail road tracks - Thailand


...and a blogger too!

finally have gathered the courage to give this blogging stuff a try to share some of my scrapbook pages, ideas, thoughts and everything else.
about 2 years ago i gave up on traditional scrapbooking realizing that when God handed out the craft gene he bypassed me - so i launched into research mode (Google) and discovered digi-scrapping. Who could have guess that a computer program would help me (finally) unleash my creativity!
i have always had a passion for art, photography and the stories behind the photos so my new discovery was just what i needed.
today i am on 2 creative teams for 2 wonderful designers at O'Scraps which has given me inspiration and motivation to strive to be better and to believe in myself.

My Style:

clean and simple. i am a minimalist at heart but also love to explore and experiment with different designs, techniques and elements. here is a page that defines my style:

credits: mask & elements Vinnie Pearce