Sunday, April 22, 2007

Nothing Fancy (My MLA Fancy Pants Entry)

When Nette of My Little Attic announced that the challenge for this month is about the colors of summer, I expected that many of the entries will be about the beach or the pool. I immediately decided that I would veer away from any photos involving any body of water. I scrolled through my photos in my mind and had an idea what event to scrap - our day-trip to the Pahiyas Festival in Lucban, Quezon last May 15, 2004. However, when I looked at my digital files, I received an unexpected surprise. I only had about ten photos of our entire trip, and not all of them very good. I can't think why, trigger-happy that I am, I didn't take more pictures.

With Pahiyas in mind, I ordered my Fancy Pants Chi-Chi papers from MLA (see side-story above). I chose only 3 PPS that I thought would be perfect for my planned LO. The papers arrived in record time, but as usual, I waited (too many things happening in the house, or should I say, too many restless kids in the house) until the last day to scrap my LO. When I was about to upload my entry, I learned that the MLA site is down. At first, I was disappointed - nalipasan na ako ng gutom, ano. I worked from 4 pm to 9:30 pm without stopping for dinner. And then, I thought it was a reprieve - a chance to make additional changes. But then I viewed the LB Scrapaholics' LOs and the wait is just plain torture.

I am not one to back down from a challenge, no matter how tough the competition, so here it is.

Materials Used: Fancy Pants Beautify & Awaken; foam tape; alpha stickers (unknown); white Uni-ball Signo pen.

Journalling reads:
A thanksgiving to San Isidro Labrador
A road trip to Lucban, Quezon
A dilapidated white van
A family of 7 adults and 4 kids
A lunch of pancit habhab
A string of rice kiping
A summer fiesta

The Process:
Paper-cutting galore. While moving my MAPED cutter along the lines, I tried to channel Joanne Yap. Good thing the designs were not very intricate. Adhered the cut pieces with foam tape to add dimension (not quite Joanne-style) and to form layers of colorful kiping. Kiping is made from rice dough and is traditionally used by Lucbanons to decorate their houses during the Pahiyas festival (every May 15). I was just positioning the journalling strips at the top when my DH arrived and noted that there's something missing. Since it's a fiesta, he suggests my LO should be more decorative and more colorful. I added triangle banderitas (flags) at the top pero hindi daw bagay. He wanted more kiping. But alas, the only paper I had left had only tiny flowers on it, so it wasn't very useful. So I did the next best thing. I cut the paper at the back of my photo and got enough "petals" to form the kiping you see at the top-left of my LO. So if you look closely at my LO, there's a gaping hole at the back. Hahaha. After I adhered the kiping, I felt it was too much. But then again, fiestas in the Philippines are always too much. Too much food, too much fun, so I guess it's just enough really.

Another day, another LO done. Let's all do the dance of joy.


jennifer said...

very great idea to do a summer layout minus the water. it made your layout stand out, i guess.

my brother loved the layout you did. he said that it's not really too much, he praised your craftmanship - especially in re-creating a kiping embellishment. he said it made him envious that you guys have experienced pahiyas.

good luck in the challenge, lee.

jennifer said...

ps - i loved the layout, too!

Nita said...

I love, love, love what you did to replicate the 'kiping' - it's ingenious! Who would think that chi-chi pps could look local? Hahaha... kuha mo mood ng fiesta. Ganda pa ng journaling :D Bigla tuloy ako na-transport back to Lucban. Au & I went there during our college days. Your LO certainly brought back fond memories. Good luck!

Lee i. said...

Thanks, Jenn. To your brother, too. Madami din non-water LOs na entries pero I thought I'd zoom in sa Pahiyas kasi very colorful talaga ang fiestas natin. Dream namin as a family, to attend all our major fiestas like Ati-Atihan, Moriones, Sunulog, etc. Go na sa May 15 sa Lucban! Road trip. :-)

Nita, maraming salamat. It's a big deal coming from you kasi alam ko mabusisi ka, Hehehe.

leira said...

GANDA nya you really channelled the Pahiyas theme into the LO.. love the kipping!!ganda talaga.. good job