Monday, June 11, 2007


During the weekend, I visited the online album of Iris Uy just to see her new LOs. Halfway through, I was already in awe and a pang of self-pity was creeping in. By the time I finished, I was muttering to myself: “My LOs looks like Sugar-Honey-Iced-Tea. I know nothing… nothing!” Her album definitely has a humbling effect on me and I was left questioning my capability as a scrap booker. That night, I decided to do an LO but my muse had abandoned me altogether. She must have been driven out in shame by Iris’ work of arts. I sat for 2-1/2 hours staring at the picture I have printed earlier and the papers I have chosen the day before. Nothing came to me. I looked up at the wall clock and it said 12 midnight, and I haven’t even cut a piece of paper yet. Finally I said to myself: “Oh heck, you’re not as good an artist as Iris, but who’s to stop you from getting inspirations from her work.” So I cut the first piece of paper to commit myself.

I noted that Iris has this fondness for putting a bunch of flowers on one corner of the photo so I decided to duplicate that. She’s also fearless about using a dark background and I decided to experiment on that as well. The outcome is nothing close compared to hers, but it’s mine. And for now, I’ll have to be content with that. But it wouldn’t stop me from continuing to aspire and practice (a whole lot) so at least my LOs would look less of a Sugar-Honey-Iced-Tea next to hers. Thank you for the inspiration Iris. I only wish I’d be half as good as you in the future.

Hidden Journaling Reads: I just love this picture of you with your favorite cousin, Nadia. It clearly shows how much you enjoy her company. Now, mind you, your Di-Tsi Nadia is an imp and she just loves toying with you – but you never seem to mind. I guess deep down inside you know she adores you and you are only too happy to do what she asks.

Materials Used: Bazzill cs; Kaleidoscope “Make A Wish” pps; Kaleidoscope “Princess” Flower pps; Craft Express Glitter Stickers; Kimberly Hodges Embossed Stickers; 7 Gypsies Happiness Card.
Others: Kulascel Ultimate Circle; MM Brads; Ribbon; Sizzlits Roundabout alphabet; Colorbox Chalk Ink.


Au Lim said...

Ay! so pretty!...pretty na ang subjects ng photos, pretty pa ang LO. Love the juicy colors. At siempre pa, may butterflies that i love so this can't go wrong in my book. I also like your use of the striped patterned paper for the title. Very, very nice talaga. Mukhang kahit di ka kamo pinapansin ng muse mo last night, nagkabati rin kayo finally ah! :-D

Nita Ang said...

Ano ka Au, brinaso ko muse ko. Sabi ko: "tutulungan mo ba ako o hinde?" Buti na lang at nakisama kahit kaunti. I'm just wondering right now, ilan kaya ang muse ni Iris?

the dreamer said...

Um, bad news. Iris herself is a muse. LOL.

Torture-in ba ang sarili by looking at Iris' layouts bago mag-scrapping? Hehe.

Pero, in fairness, ang ganda naman ng kinalabasan ng pag-inspire sa yo ni Iris.

One of my sources of inspiration, Nita dear, is the Peanut Gallery of Twopeasinabucket. I learn more by looking at fellow "forever newbie" scrappers, criticizing their work, then wondering how to improve my own. Pag tinitingnan ko talaga ang trabaho ng mga tulad ni Iris, natutulala lang ako.


Jenn said...

agree with nina...kapag nakikita ko layouts nila pia, ria, and iris, parang may bumagsak na lang sa ulo ko, heheheheh...

they are so great scrapbookers, minsan nakakaintimidate, pero gaya ng sabi mo, we learn from the masters. in time, siguro, we could be masters in our own right. madami pang lilitaw na newbies. who knows, they can get inspirations from you, too! =)

i love this layout...the colors and the embellies are perfect!

C70 said...

Another pretty page, Nita! I love how you put everything together! Tama si Au, bati na nga kayo ng muse mo :)