More Christmas Scrapbook Layouts

Hi! Happy Friday! Just getting ready to celebrate the arrival of 2011!

Today I am sharing two christmas layouts created with 2010's pictures. This December, I created many christmas layouts with pictures from previous years ("a miracle"), except the two scrapbook layouts listed below:

Believe! I created this layout last night. It is my layout 132 and the last one from 2010. The picture shows my two sons with the Three Kings. Photo was taken last tuesday December 28, 2010 at Plaza Las Americas mall. I will never forget their eyes full of "believe" when they met the three kings. They told them their wishes for the next year!!

Supplies are from Basic Grey Jovial collection from The Scrap-Room Kit club, which is already sold-out (sorry!). The red poinsettias were cut from patterned paper. The beige flower located at the center of the big poinsettia is from Maya Road.  The stickers at the side of the small poinsettias are from The Girls's Paperie! The blue christmas tree bling is from Basic Grey. The glitter letters are from American Crafts. 

The sketch used for this layout is from Paper Craft Star Challenge #26. I am submitting the "Believe" layout to ScrapFit Workout #34, too. The challenge consist to tell a story about a holiday tradition.

It is highly probable that you had seen this already, since I had already uploaded at several online galleries. "Photo with Santa at School" is from this christmas when Santa visited the school. A senior student dress as Santa, to help with their class funds. 

I used Jillibean Soup Christmas Chestnut Soup collection papers. The white tag came from stash but you can find it at Crop Addict December kit. The candy cane is from melissa Frances. The red "Santa" letters are from Chatterbox. The tiny alphas are from Making Memories. The red rhinestones are from Kaisercrafts. To attach the red/white twine to the gifts, I just used glue dots! I liked how it turned out. 

For this layout, I used sketch #232 from Scrapbook Challenges ning site.

This is everything for today. I want to give thanks for all the beautiful people I had met on 2010 through scrapbook communities. I really appreciate  every time you take of your precious time to stop by my blog and writing comments. I am really grateful!!

Hope tomorrow to write a post of my ten favorite layouts from 2010! Really loves that!!

Happy New Year!!!
Hugs!!! 
Yara

at Rockefeller Scrapbook Layout


Today is reveal day at Sketchabilities! Here is another fabulous sketch from Karan Gerber. This is sketch #38:
Love that this sketch provides guidance for embellishment's placement. I wanted to use snowflakes too! and I was happy to scrap photos from our last trip to the states during the christmas season.

We went to South Jersey on December, 2008 and after seeing the family during christmas, we did a three day visit to NYC, the first three days of January, 2009. In addition to visit the family, we wanted to see snow, but it was not in the cards.

However, we enjoyed at the NYC trip to see the Rockefeller Center with the skate ring and the famous christmas tree. We could not avoid to take photos with the beautiful christmas tree on the background!!

Supplies are from Crate Paper Snow Day page kit from The Scrap-Room Kit Club! I added the white snowflakes from my stash! Loved that Crate Papers combines so well with my son's scarf. The title are American Crafts thickers from my stash too!

Hope to see you playing with us!
Happy New Year!
Yara

January 2010

Hi! Just came from Plaza Las Americas. We saw TRON movie, not sure if this movie is for kids, LOL! I am little disturbed yet! LOL! 

Another activity we did in Plaza was to take a picture of the kids with the Three Wise Men. But, I will share the photo in another layout! I promise!

Today, I am sharing another christmas layout, this time a Puerto Rico tradition inherited from Spain. It is to pick up the grass for the camels on January 5. My kids enjoy to see the empty box on the morning of January 6. This photo was taken on 2010.

Loved used the paper collection from Doodlebug Designs, Happy Holidays. It was just too easy to design the page with the doodle cuts and the cute cuts! The glitter alphabet stickers are from Making Memories. 

There is a reason for the three blue buttons at the top right corner. They represent the three wise men as seen in the starry sky. Not sure, if in other world places, kid does the same. But it is already a holiday tradition for my kids, to go outside in the evening and look for the three stars in the starry sky.

This is everything for now! Just return on December 30, when the next sketch from Sketchabilities is up! Here is a sneak!!!
Ciao!
Yara

December 25 at Grandma's House

How was your christmas?!!! We had a lovely christmas, spent with family. On Christmas's eve, we went to my parent's house. 

The novelty of the evening was that around 7pm, we felt a temblor of magnitude 5.4. We felt the house shaking, and a strange sound for around 3 seconds. This was my first time, feeling a temblor, so far. It was not a good experience. 

Being positive, my family (DH and kids), my mom, my dad and my two sisters were all in the family room. We were just getting ready for dinner. This brings me comfort, just knowing that the people I love the most were together! The not so positive, was my reaction, I just got stoked. I did not move! Hoping that if something similar like this happens in the future, I would have a faster reaction. Just thinking, God creative's ways to remind us the important things of Christmas!

The dinner's menu: Rice with pigeon peas, pork, "morcilla", green plantains, "pasteles" and home-made "sangria". We had "Tres Leches" cake for dessert. Everything was delicious!

On the 25th, while the kids played with their new toys, my DH and me had a lazy day of caribbean winter! LOL! The menu was the leftovers from Christmas's eve.

I just wanted to share a page I did last week for Sketch Inspiration. This is sketch #155. The papers are from The Girls's Paperie, Tinsel & Twig. The doily and fabric flower are from Purple Pumpkin. I submitted this layout to The Scrap-Room Kit Club Week #51 challenge. I scraplifted the layout from Brenda Carpenter. I was inspired to use the quilted paper as background and to mat the photos with the black cardstock. My touch was to mat all the paper pieces to ease the paper busy's patterns. 

On the top of the photos, there is an Elle's Studio journaling card.
The journaling says: Diego is playing with this medieval castle that Santa brought at grandma's house in Puerto Rico on December 25, 2009.

Just to remind you!
There is still time to participate in Scrapbookers-Anonymous December Challenge: Let get all those beautiful rub-ons to good use!

Have a nice day!
Yara

Una Feliz Navidad

Merry Christmas everyone!!! 

Today, I am sharing this clean and simple card created with Bella BLVD One Fall Day and SU! stamps! Hope you had a warm, safe and happy holidays!!!

Hugs!!!:):):)
Yara

Design Team Announcement


So excited that Abby and Suzanne has accepted me for a second term at The Paper Variety!! I am very grateful to them, since they provided me, my first opportunity to create as a designer. I am very happy to play again along with the returning designers and the new ones too!

What I love most about The Paper Variety is the chance to play with the variety of cues or inspiration triggers we get to design with! I like very much the chance to experiment with layouts, cards and altered projects and how each designer interpret the prompts in different ways.

I had already seen the upcoming challenges for 2011 and I need to tell you how much I love them, already.

So head on over The Paper Variety to see who are the returning designers and to find out who are the new designers. And I hope you stop by everyday starting tomorrow during the holidays, so you can get to know each other better, and to be inspired when seeing their favorite projects! Now, we will get a little break and we will return on January 5, 2011 with a new challenge and a lineup of fabulous sponsors and great prizes!! Hope to see you at The Paper Variety!!

Merry Christmas!
Yara

My Joy!

Hi! Today I am sharing this layout with photos from December 24, 2008. Here is my mom, dad and their dog Nacho. We were waiting for Santa and we were having fun taking photos with this Santa plush toy. 

I used a page kit from Jillibean Soup. The letter stickers and roses are from Bo Bunny Noel, which I found out combines very well with this Jillibean Soup collection. The felt pieces are from American Crafts. The misting used is Tattered Angels Glimmer mist "Santa Baby"

I am submitting this layout to the following challenges:

By the way, you have still time to play with this The Paper Variety Weekly Challenge which is due tomorrow Tuesday, December 21 at 12:00 PM ET, for the chance to win a beautiful kit from Cosmo Cricket!!!

Merry Christmas!!!!!
Yara




December 25

Hi! Good morning! Today I am sharing a scrapbook layout from photos taken on December 25th, 2008. 


The photo shows Diego reaction when he saw the gifts left by Santa at 6:40 AM. He was just 2 years 11 months old.


Layout was created according to sketch #154 from Sketch Inspiration. The supplies are from My Mind's Eye Holly Jolly. The felt embellishments are from Precocius Paper etsy store. The kraft journaling die cuts are from Jillibean Soup! 

The selection of papers was inspired by a beautiful photo from Challenge #25 at PaperCraft Star! What a coincidence that wall from the inspirational photo is very similar to the paint from the walls at my living room!

This is the last weekend previous christmas. Wishing you that everything needed to be done! it's done!!

See you later!
Yara

Nativity Scrapbook Layout

A new sketch is up at Sketchabilities. This is sketch #37. I know, everyone is busy as typical from the christmas season, but you should not miss the beautiful christmas layouts done by the Design Team. And maybe you can treat yourself, with some very needed "me" time and endulge yourself creating with this layout sketch done by Karan Gerber!


When I saw this sketch with the trees as embellishments, I thought christmas. Then when I did a fast search through my christmas photos file, I found these ones from December, 2009. I had also the new line from Basic Grey Pyrus on my table. The color from the photos were so similar to the Pyrus collection, that mojo started to flow!!

Therefore, I decided to do a Nativity scrapbook layout. It is a family tradition to go to "San Patricio Plaza" at Guaynabo, Puerto Rico for the living nativity booth. We go every christmas to this place. My kids love it, since they can feed the goats, rabbits and chickens. We enjoy it too!

Here is my take on the sketch:



Supplies are from Paper Posies Kit Club November 2010. Everything is from Basic Grey Pyrus except the alphas (thickers), the metal brad and the ribbon. The palm tree was manually drawn and handcut. Without having a Cricut cartridge from a palm tree, I liked the result. The background is a kraft cardstock painted all over with brown mist. I am submitting this layout to The Kraft Journal.

I want to include in this post another christmas layout created with a sketch from Julie Bonner. This is Diego posing with the Christmas tree on December 23, 2009. Supplies are from The Scrap-Room Kit Club, December 2010 kit. Page kit is from Basic Grey Jovial! I added the red poinsettias, green brad and pearl button. The alphabet is from Girls' Paperie!
This is everything for now! Wishing you to enjoy this holiday!! Hoping that you can take some time to play!

Ciao
Yara

My Mom

Hi! I am here, with a super long "To Do" list at my side. This list is fill with items I want to do before my kids starts their holiday vacations this friday.

Today I am sharing a layout I created for The Scrap-Room Kit Club Challenge #49. The challenge prompt was to create a layout with one photo and a two word title. I used a sketch from PageMaps.
I really liked the outcome of this layout. The supplies are from Crate Paper Restoration collection. 
The title is made from American Crafts thickers. The brown rose tape is Basic grey paper ribbon from the basics collection. I used white/brown twine too.

The photo is my mom and me on Mother's day layout on May 9, 2009. I wrote in the sticker label, how happy I am that through the years she is always at my side.

Hope to see you tomorrow with a layout from the next reveal of Sketchabilities. Thanks again for stopping bye. Wishing everyone to enjoy the holidays!!

Yara

It's a Tree Thing!

This week I created this christmas layout with Bella BLVD Man of the House collection. 

This is me decorating the christmas tree. One of the rare photos, when one of the kids took the camera. Still looking for the photo date. Not sure if photo was taken on Christmas 2008 or 2009. This is a sign that digital photo organization is urgently needed! LOL!

The inspiration for this page comes from all the fabulous december challenges and contests currently happening at ScrapGal!! If you have significant stash from Bella BLVD, you should visit ScrapGal, Sketch is from PageMaps, another contest from this site. See ScrapGal's forum for more details.

I am submitting this layout to Scrapfit Workout #33 also. The Bella BLVD papers's colors are so similar to the vintage christmas ad inspiration provided by ScrapFit. In addition, my layout includes a tree similar to the inspiration ad. This similarity is pure coincidence.

This layout is entered to Frosted Designs challenge "It's all about Glitter". Distress Stickles "Scattered Straw" was applied to the star. Cinammon stickles was applied to the tree border. 

I am including some close-ups:

Another close-up from the tree:
This is all from today!!
Bye for now!

Yara

Piles of Smiles

Today is the reveal of week 13 challenge at The Paper Variety. The challenge is to create a project (layout, card or altered item) about a child or for a child.
We are very honored to have the awesome and very talented Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker sponsoring The Paper Variety this week!

Nikki has generously donated not one but TWO Complete collections, Tree Love and Happy Holli-days for one lucky winner! Super fabulous!!

Each collection includes several sheets of 12X12 patterned paper, a diecut sheet, a 6X6 paper pad, cardstock stickers, alphas, corduroy brads, bread tabs, burlap buttons, and more! WOW!!!!!!!

Be sure to visit The Paper Variety on Friday to learn more about Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker!

One lucky person will be selected at random Tuesday December 14, 2010 after 8:00 PM ET. Try to add your project before Sunday evening if you had the chance to be chosen for the Spotlight! :)

This challenge was very easy for me since I scrap mostly about my two boys. Here is my take with one of my favorite photos of last christmas. 
Luis is posing with the inflatable bear sit in one chair before placing it in the garden. This toy was part of our christmas decoration last year. We had a lot of fun with our "friend" visit!! Design: PageMaps sketch.

I chose the patterned papers from Lily bee "Catching Fall" collection since colors are similar to my photo's colors. The notebook star is from Jenni Bowlin. This star was inked with Tim Holtz "Old Paper" distress ink to mix better with the paper colors. The orange chipboard is from Crate Paper Restoration. I used two punches the notebook and circle scallop. The small chipboard hearts are from Crate Paper, Seasons collection. The brackets is from a Lily bee diecut. 

Do not forget The Paper Variety is currently accepting applications for the next Design Team term starting on January 2011 including giveaways! See here for details!

Thanks for stopping bye!
Yara

Beach Vacations in Puerto Rico

During Thanksgiving week, we went to Culebra, Puerto Rico. Today, I am sharing some of the photos of our trip.

On monday, maritime weather was turbulent so the ferry to Culebra was suspended and we had to get a charter plane from Ceiba, Puerto Rico airport. This family photo was taken by the pilot.

 Some views of Culebra taken from the inside of the airplane. This is a 15 minutes flight, but full of beautiful aerial views.

 Finally, on that day we arrived to "Playa Flamenco"


These are some of the gunnery leftovers by the US Navy at Culebra.
From wikipedia: In 1939, the U.S. Navy began to use the Culebra Archipelago as a gunnery and bombing practice site. This was done in preparation for the United States' involvement in World War II. In 1971 the people of Culebra began protests, known as the Navy-Culebra protests, for the removal of the U.S. Navy from Culebra. Four years later, in 1975, the use of Culebra as a gunnery range ceased and all operations were moved to Vieques.

My kid ate everyday Shark kabobs for lunch. They are delicious.

They liked "agua de coco" too!

On the hammock at the pool from the hotel. The water at the pool is too cold. The water at the beach is warmer and more fun!!

They loved this playground!
 The view of Ecological school. The power source and water supplies from this school comes from the sun light and rain.

We had fun building a sand castle!

My kids doing body surfing!

One of my favorite photos at Playa Flamenco. This photo will go to a layout for sure.



They found this star fish at Playa Tamarindo. We had a lot of fun feeding the fish.

Previous Thanksgiving dinner we took some photos. This is in front of our room.

Another photo at the garden from the hotel previous "Thanksgiving Dinner".

Hoping you had enjoyed my beach vacations summary at Culebra, Puerto Rico. We really had a great time, for sure we will return again!

Wishing everyone a happy sunday!
Yara

Christmas Tag

So many places to get inspiration on these days, for our christmas projects. Here I am including two places I like for making christmas tags, lot of information, and tutorials here!

In the spirit of christmas, I created a holiday tag according to Challenge #23 from Papercraft Star:

Create a Holiday Gift Tag Using...
Cardstock
Patterned Paper
Stamp and/or Die Cut (Cricut or Other)
Ribbon or Twine
Gems or Pearls

The star is a cardstock diecut punch, which was inked with Tim Holtz "Old Paper" ink. The patterned paper is from Bo Bunny Noel collection. The tag includes brown/white twine and grosgrain wine ribbon and a pearl from Kaisercraft. The sentiment is from scraps of Bo Bunny patterned papers.

Bye for now!!
Yara


The Paper Variety & Design Team Call

Hi! This week challenge #12 from The Paper Variety was already revealed. I strongly recommend you to read this post until the end. There is a lot of giveaways for grabs!

"The Paper Variety" challenge for Week 12 consists to play Tic Tac Toe game. Just create a project with 3 in a row! Super easy!
You will want to get in at this game. Look at the prize, the sponsor is Tidbitz in Time, a monthly kit club.
Love the variety of projects Design Team B did for this challenge! Check here, you will see there is a beautiful banner, christmas cards, double page layouts and a December Daily mini album!

So lucky, that I can participate for this prize since it is my off week. I did a project for this challenge! I chose a row for layout, 3 photos and a die cut made with my Big Shot (SU! Top Note die). I am not so sure about the design. Lastly, I feel my mojo is on vacations. Hoping it is returning soon. However, this will not stop me about doing this hobby which i love so much!! 

The good thing is that you will get to know more about me.
This layout documents all the places where I had live. I was born in Germany, since my dad was serving the US Army. I grew up in Panama, until Pre-school. I lived in Puerto Rico but in college I lived 2.5hrs away from my home. I did graduate studies at Florida International University in Miami, and worked for 20 months at Latina, Italy. Now, my husband job is what is holding us in Puerto Rico. But I really do not see me and my dear husband living in Puerto Rico when he retires, maybe earlier. I do not see my kids studying in Puerto Rico, neither! These are my gut feelings. Do you trust in your gut feelings? 

Therefore, here I am sharing the good news:
The Paper Variety is looking to add 4 to 6 new smiles to share their love for paper crafting. For more details about the call, please check this post. You have until December 17, to apply. 

I love to be in The Paper Variety design team for their cool challenges, and Abby and Suzy are great friends and the best moderators. It is really a great team to belong to!! Hope to see a lot of my scrap friends applying to this call!! 

This post also shows how to win the a Crate Paper "Snow Day" collection kit, If you help us spreading the news about this call.

Nice! I do not have snow pictures, but love a lot this collection!

Ciao
Yara

Scrapbookers- Anonymous December Challenge


Hi! Happy Wednesday! How fast this year went away!!! It is incredible, that we are already in December! Today is the reveal of Scrapbookers-Anonymous December Challenge too!

Here is the challenge prompt!

December Challenge
Use up some rub-ons.  No patterned paper allowed.  You can use cardstock and rub-ons and embellishments of course; we’d like to see you making your embellishments with cardstock or rub-ons.
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I want to ask you? How many rub-ons do you have! I have lots! By doing this challenge, I found out the many lovely things you can do with rub-ons! I used almost one complete sheet of Kaisercraft Lush Coloured Rub-ons.

Kaisercraft Lush Coloured Rub-Ons 8.25"X4" Sheet; 5 Items/Order
I received the sheet of rub-ons from my online friend Laura as a RAK at one of the member challenge at the forum from The Scrap-Room Kit club. Laura, thank you so much for choosing these rub-ons for me! I gave them a very good use! They came at a perfect time! Thanks again! I used a scallop border punch. From the rub-on colors, I chose the cardstock with the most similar colors. This layout is designed according to a Page Maps sketch.

To submit for the December challenge, you must have your layout submitted by 9PM on December 30th. You should see and participate in this challenge, the prize is a lot of rub-ons and My Mind's Eye Christmas papers. You can see what the DT did with this challenge prompt at this link.

Ciao
Yara

Where do you want to sit?

Hi! Happy Tuesday! Hoping you are recovering from "Thanksgiving week" and that you have enjoyed a great time with your family! I had a great time too! 

I admit that I am really still trying to return to the normal routine. This weekend we decorated the house inside and outside, shopping for decorations, put up the tree, and loads of laundry from vacations.

We had beach vacations at Culebra, Puerto Rico on the Thanksgiving week. I confess that I almost did not ate turkey, but I ate a lot of "Catch of the day" fish! All of them typical of Culebra's water! Delicious! 

Culebra has one of the most beautiful beaches of the caribbean, if not of the world. We spent our days at Playa Flamenco and Bahia Tamarindo. Wait for a post very soon (next weekend) with lot of photos documenting our thanksgiving week! I still had not downloaded my photos from the camera with the Christmas set-up!. I hope to do it soon!! I promise! 

This is not a traditional way to celebrate thanksgiving, but I am really grateful to spend quality time with my dear husband and kids. Also, really grateful for the beauty of Puerto Rico beaches. Really grateful for all the people that defends our ecological treasures against the big developments. We lose the habit to see the clock!

Now for the scrappy stuff! Today is reveal day at Sketchabilities! Loved this sketch from Karan Gerber, as always, so full of possibilities!


 There is a sponsor giveaway too!
The Technique Junkies newsletter was started in 2002 as a resource for Rubber Stamping Techniques. The prize would be a Fancy Folds and MotionPaper Crafts CD and a one year on-line subscription to the Technique Junkie Newsletter. So cool for everyone looking to learn more stamping techniques!


Here is my take on the sketch!


Where do you want to sit? Please do not comment at my lack of originality to create the title? This sentence is what came up first at my mind!

My two boys at the gardens from Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (MAPR). It was a working day on July! I do not remember the exact temperature, but on July we have temperatures above 90F. We went to the museum to escape the heat. It was so cool! This was a really cool idea to spend our leisure days of summer! Since it was a working day, all the museum and gardens were only for us! My kids really enjoyed that day! The sofa is a rock sculpture! So cool this sofa is located under the shadows of bamboo's and tropical trees.

Supplies are from Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934. I used some patterned papers and chipboard stickers. In addition to Kaisercraft red rhinestone, red twine, and MME Lost and Found brads embellishments!

How to win? Create a layout with sketch #36 and link using Mr. Linky, you have until December 12 to complete!

Ciao!
Yara

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