Monday, October 25, 2010


As the term implies, a birthday is the the day or anniversary of the particular day on which a person was born according to Wikipedia. So, that would make mine October 15.

Forty-two years ago I was born in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga. Since my birth coincided with the Feast day of St. Teresa of Avila (1515-82) my parents named me Theresa Janette as it was the customary practice of Roman Catholics at that time to name their children after saints.

Now, why Jaygirl? Hmmm....let's see.

My dad who longed for a boy for his firstborn nicknamed me TJ. However, my sister, born a year after me, had a difficult time pronouncing the T before the J and would instead call out "J! J!" to get my attention. Family members mimicked her. Therefore, the monicker stucked and evolved into 'Jay-Jay'.

Years after when I attended college in U.P. Manila I made friends with a group of people and one of them was named Jay, too. Everytime someone would call out "Jay" both of us would always look up simultaneously. Thus, to prevent further confusion, our friends started calling him 'Jayboy' and me 'Jaygirl'.

I hope you enjoyed that bit of trivia about me. Now here's another one. What is meant by the term Tiffany Blue? Well, it refers to the protected blue color trademark of the world reknowned New York City jewelry store Tiffany and Co. whoose products reek of pure elegance.

As a challenge I used the photo above as my inpiration to make my very own Tiffany favor boxes.

Simple. Clean. Elegant.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Fair Weather

Wow! Can you believe it? Mr. Sun is actually beaming down on us today. This is defintiely a welcome respite after a week long of gloomy skies, howling winds and torrential rains brought on by Super-typhoon Juan (international code name: Megi).

Many of our "kababayans" in Northern Luzon like Cagayan, Isabela and Baguio City were greatly affected. Many of their homes were submerged by the flood waters and their livelihood of rice and corn crops destroyed. Sadly, many even perished.

According to the weather forecasters, another typhoon, codenamed "Katring", may enter the Phillipine territory by this afternoon. So, before it arrives, here's a bright and cheerful card to help us enjoy this wonderful weather.

I just love the bright colors on this paper. They remind me of the tropical flavored Skittles which are my son's favorite. Immediately after I saw them I knew that a fun and quirky card is the only way to go.

Did I succeed?

Friday, October 22, 2010

My Rock

What do you do when you are upset or worried? Do you scream? Do you cry? Or do you just stay under the covers until everything gets better or goes away?

Yesterday when I received the sad news that a very dear friend of mine had a massive stroke and was in critical condition, I cried and cried. But soon after I prayed and prayed because prayers have always been my source of comfort whenever I am troubled. Talking to God and sharing with Him my worries and heartaches brings a kind of calmness in me that nothing else can.

When I woke up this morning my friend's condition still hasn't changed. Yet, I knew that all will be well in God's gracious time. So, instead of wallowing in my sorrow I busied myself.

And by the time I finished this personalized stationery set with its coordinating bag, I received great news that my dearest friend had awoken and now reacts with a shake or nod.

Answered prayers indeed!!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Start of Something Big

October is almost over and so far I've only two posts for this month. It's not that I have nothing to share. On the contrary my head is filled with pages of stories to tell you, but I just haven't had time to compose my thoughts and type away. So, please bear with me if I ramble today.

I am proud to inform all of you that Paperworks was invited last September 29 to guest in ANC's Shop Talk, a show that features entrepreneurs. It was a very exciting and nerve racking experience to be interviewed on live tv. I posted some behind the scene photos in Paperworks' Facebook page so please check them out. I will also try to post the video once I figure out how.

With the help of my family & friends, blog and Facebook, I've received plenty of orders for my paper creations. Trying to complete the Christmas orders that I've gotten and at the same time stocking up on all sorts of card bundles are what's kept me quiet and busy.

Now, here's one of the things that's kept me pre-occupied, a pack of Christmas cards which I cased from Michelle Wooderson.

Like she said, it's a very easy peasy reliable layout.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Fun Work

Hey there! Yes, I am still here. I haven't gone off to the netherworld. I've just been pre-occuppied with a lot of things for the past days and also trying to recuperate from my weekend bazaar.

As I've mentioned in my last entry, Paperworks along with Jek, my cousin, teamed up with aklat eklat at Santa's Bewitched Christmas Bazaar spearheaded by Zonta Club of Muntinlupa at the Cuenca Covered Courts in Ayala, Alabang last October 2-3.

This was the very first bazaar Paperworks has joined. It sure was a great learning experience and a whole lot of fun albeit very tiring.

Day 1: Our booth was located inside


other for sale items

with friends who came to support us

Day 2: Our booth was transferred outside by the entrance

with my mom and friends

Jek doing her best to sell our goods to mom

handstamped monogram cards on the spot

Enzo busy with the clay art he bought

That's me showing my support to the booth next to!

Sunday, October 3, 2010


Good evening! Its's midnight and I just got home. It's been a very long day. I've been up since 4:30 am. I had to wake up early to get ready for my daughter's Confirmation because we had to be in school by 7 am. Soon right after I proceeded to the Santa's Bewitched Bazaar by Zonta in Ayala, Alabang. I stayed there until 7:30 pm and rushed to my niece's birthday dinner in the Commonwealth area. To all of you who are familiar with the places I mentioned, you know that all the travelling I did today was no joke.

I've a lot more stories to share with you, but I really need to get my zzzz's now. Tomorrow is another bazaar day. Wish me luck!