Summer 1973

This is me, on August, 1973, at a beach in the island of Taboga, Panama. I gathered some facts, to help me have a bigger perspective,  of events occurring at the time, this photo was taken. Many of the history facts from Summer 1973, belongs to Wikipedia.
  • Me: 11 months
  • Peter: 4 years
  • Mom: 22 years
  • Dad: 23 years
  • Mother-in-law: 24 years
  • Father-in-law: 38 years
  • I live in Panama with my family, at a US Military Base. I am the only daughter.
  • Peter lives with his family at Puerto Rico. Wendie was born on 1973. Peter has three sisters.
  • Rafael Hernandez Colon was governor of Puerto Rico.
  • Just two months later (October, 1973), started the oil crisis, when the members of Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries or the OAPEC proclaimed an oil embargo during the Yom Kippur war, it lasted until March, 1974.
  • 1973: Puerto Rico was wracked by recession, induced by the oil crisis. Since Puerto Rico economy was highly dependent in oil, ie. Corco. Has we learned from this experience?
  • Roberto Clemente was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1973.
  • Richard Nixon is president of United States of America
  • July 16: Watergate Scandal
  • July 21: Philippines wins miss Universe title.
  • Top songs of 1973 are Let's Get it On by Marvin Gaye and Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree by Tony Orlando & Dawn.
  • Top movies: The Exorcist & American Graffiti
  • July 28: Summer Jam at Watkins Glen, a massive rock festival.

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper Petty Cash
Cardstock Stickers: Sassafras Lass 
Buttons: Sassafras Lass
Ink: Color Box Cat's Eye Pigment Brush Pad: Fresh Green
Journaling Scallop Die Cut: Jenni Bowlin

Card "Thanks"

Today, I created a clean and simple card. I was just browsing through my stash, and found this flocked transparency from Fancy Pants. Then, I remembered that Design Dollies, had a color challenge, a combination of gray and yellow, and how much a loved, the layout created by Dana Tatar. The rest was very easy..., So this card is inspired by Dana! Thanks!!

I used for the first time a Scor-Pal with this card. I love how easy, it is to score cards with this tool!!! However, I need to ask, how do you create A6 cards with the Scor-Pal? There is no lines to score at 4 5/8 inches. I am just a card apprentice, I will appreciate any help, in the comments sections. Thanks!!

  • Design Dollies: Create a card or layout with a combination of gray and yellow.

Bazzill Paper: Yellow

Fancy Pants Road Show Flocked Transparency

Stampin' Up! Much Appreciated 

Stampin' Up! Classic Ink, Basic Black


My grandmother was happy to turn 82 years old, last March 2010. Here we are!!! Celebrating her birthday, at her house! You can see my mom, and my little sister!!! Love them all!!

This scrapbook layout was created during Puerto Rico Scrapbook Event. All the supplies are from Dear Lizzy + American Crafts, except the pearls which are from Stampin' Up!. The class was given by the awesome teacher Elizabeth Kartchner. This is one of three scrapbook layouts taught at the 2 hours class. The class consist, to learn how to do the spiral flowers with fabric. Loved this technique!!

Patterned Paper:

American Crafts Textured Cardstock 12" X 12" cream


Pearls: Stampin' Up!
Scallop Border Punch: Stampin' Up!

Summer Scrapbook Layout * Little Yellow Bicycle Class

This layout was created during Puerto Rico Scrapbook Event at Little Yellow Bicycle class. I added the pictures at home. Here, we are at the pool with my extended family. They visited  us on July, 2008 from South Jersey. They are my sons's cousins. Cool!!! At this time, both of my sons still used life jackets. Not anymore!!! We had a great time sharing together!!! Hoping to see them again, soon!!!

Patterned Paper: 
Little Yellow Bicycle Free Spirit: FS-106 (Sunshine) 
; FS-107 (Orange Geo);
Blue Bubbles (FS-108);
Blue Skies (FS-104)
Little Yellow Bicycle Free Spirit Fabric Favorites (FS-220);
6X6 Decorative Edge Cardstock (FS-133);
Clear Cut Shapes (FS-230)

Wishing everyone a happy day!!

Always On My Mind - Forever In My Heart

Layout was created according to Big Picture Scrapbooking, Dimensional Details Class, Week 1. The layout was created on 8.5" X 11" cardstock, converted to a 12"X12" layout. 

Color Challenge: Simply Scrapping Crafts: Color Combo Challenge: June Week 1

Patterned Paper: Crate Paper Crush Collection; Sand & Kelp, Stampin' Up! DSP Fall Flowers (Really Rust) & Spring Break (Soft Sky, Blue Bayou)
Chipboard: SEI Moravia
Plastic: Autumn Leaves
Distress Ink: Tim Holtz Vintage Photo, Color Box Pigment Brush Pad - Cocoa
Embossed Stickers: Marcella by K - Well worn Tags
Stamp: Stampin' Up!, Always (111141)

Summer Celebration at Simply Scrapping Crafts

This sounds a lot of fun!!!!! I participated in the National Scrapbook Day's activities, and love it!!! Not sure, if I will be able to participate:(.  Peter is free this weekend, therefore, we have a family's day, and date night!!! Anyhow, I wanted to share!!!

After the Puerto Rico Scrapbook Event

Last weekend, I was at the Puerto Rico Scrapbook Event 2010 at the Puerto Rico Convention Center. I had a very, very  good time, a very good "me" time!!!

I went on saturday, to take four "principal classes", then I returned on sunday, to take a 3-hour COPIC's class. I learned some techniques, which I had already seen, but I had still not tried, like paper flowers, and fabric flowers. I enjoyed a lot the classes. All the teachers were very professional, very helpful, and explained the instructions and techniques, very well. I saw some familiar faces, and I saw many new faces, too.

At the registration, I received one 12X12 American craft album, with the following make and takes (ie 4 page kits with detailed instructions).

Below, it is when I came home, on saturday, with more than eight (8) 12X12 layouts, and a lot of leftovers (paper and embellishements). For the layouts, they gave to us, the full package!! Awesome!!

Now to the classes
  • Free Spirit with Sharon Ann Kropp. We received a lot of goodies from Little Yellow Bicycle. Loved the brochure, with all the detailed instructions.

  • Fabric Flower Class with Elizabeth Kartchner. We received a lot of Dear Lizzy goodies. We learned to do paper and fabric flowers.

  • Paper Girl Class with Margie Romney Aslett with a lot of Girl Paperie goodies. We did a double page layout with banners. And another one page layout. Margie is an awesome teacher. She has the ability to teach a fast-track class, very easily!!

  • Two 12X12 layouts with Donna Downey, with a lot of goodies from PRIMA Marketing Inc. We used stitched paper as a background, and her fabulous stamps designed by her from Unity!!! Loved her sense of humor!!!

I bought this T-shirt from her. Hope, I get inspired to reach my fitness goals!! Really, it made me happy!!

On her class, she gave us ideas to decorate this stunning apron!!!, that was given to everyone, that registered at the Puerto Rico convention!!!

  • On sunday, I took the COPIC I class with Colleen Schaan! She is an awesome teacher, we leaned about COPIC's essentials, and practice the blending technique.

On summary, I am very happy with the convention!! Loved the classes, the teachers, the enthusiam from Yamille (Memory Box's store owner) and her team, the class participants (very friendly, and helpful), from which many times, my class's neighbors offered to me the tools I needed without asking them, Thanks!!!, the prizes (eventhought, I did not win any), the free coffee stations, the very well replenished store with the 10% discount, everything!!! 

Definitely, I will return next summer!!! Hopefully, I will be able to take more classes!!! If you live in the states, I strongly recommend it , this scrapping vacation!!!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a happy week!!!

Summer is in full Swing...

Summer is in full swing, here where I live. And no, they are still not lazy days of summer for me, like in the picture. Now, I have the TAXI's mom hat. All day, I am between, english summer camp, basketball camp, occupational therapy, basketball clinics, Basketball's Colors Tournament, yada, yada, yada!!! 

Normally, I eat lunch at home, but now I am having lunch outside!!!. Happy to have a kitchen break!!! My best friends says to me, that with my schedule, I seems a working mom. Ha, ha!!! No much time to scrap, either!!!. :(

But I am very happy that, this saturday, I will be at the Puerto Rico Scrapbook Event. So happy to meet Donna Downey and Elizabeth Kartchner, among other instructors!!!! This is my Mother's day present!!! Love it!!! Thanks, Peter!!!! Thanks mom and dad for babysitting my kids!!!

I created this summer layout on NSD weekend (May 1, 2010) for Simply Scrapping Crafts Sketch Challenge. I created this layout in less than 1 hour, including choosing the photo, and the papers. This was a real challenge for me!!! I had other plans with this layout, including to journal a summary of 2009's summer. But, this will be for another post!!

Next week, I will be here, with photos of the Puerto Rico Scrapbook Event, so please, stay tuned!!!

Patterned Paper: Scenic Route

Veuve Clicquot Rose * Scrapbook Challenges Sketch 202 * Candy Shoppe Designs

Yes, here is another layout from our last summer vacation. This time, I created a layout of me & my son L at Veuve Cliquot store's front  at Reims, France.
A very short description ("From Wikipedia") 

Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin is a champagne house in Reims, France. This house was founded in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot-Huiron. He died in 1805, leaving his widow in control of the company and she made it grow with great success. "Veuve" means widow in french. 

The photo below shows Madame Clicquot. 
Photo: From Veuve-Cliquot website.

During the napoleonic wars, Madame Clicquot, made strides in establishing her wine in royal courts, notably that of Imperial Russia. By the time she died in 1866, Veuve Clicquot had become a respected champagne house brand.

Now to the challenges!!!!!

1. The Scrap-Room Blog: Week #22: Create a layout with a large tag to house your page title (due: Monday, June 7, 2010)

2. Scrapbook Challenges: Sketch #202 (due: June 30, 2010)

3. Candy Shoppe Designs: Razberry Dazzle Create a layout with the following color combination (due June 7, 2010).

Do not miss it!!!!!, otherwise, you will not have the opportunity of winning this fabulous kit from June's sponsor Color me Miki!!! The papers are from October Afternoon and Melissa Frances. The last day is June 7, 2010, to post your creation. Go to CSD for details!!!
Go on over Color me Miki! They have a great selection, and great prices!! Everything in the mart is from 25% to 45% off, all the time!!

Patterned Paper: Glitz Glam Frame, Glitz Glam Lace, Bo Bunny Teen Chic
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics White & Tink Pink
Flower Center: Petaloo Daisy
Alphabet: American Crafts Thickers Vinyl Daiquiri

That is all!!! Good Night!!

My reading list for the next decade...

These days, I completed reading the historical fiction novel War and Peace from Leo Tolstoy. This novel's setting is in Russia at the beginning of the 19th Century, and it is about the life experiences of those who lived before, during and after the Napoleonic Wars. I tried to read War and Peace in High School, however, I was put off by the huge amount of characters introduced at the beginning of the novel. Reading this novel, was one of my life's goals.

I started reading it on January 2010, taking me four months to complete it. I loved this novel, just that I am really a slow reader. Through reading it, I saw the following movies rented from Netflix: War and Peace (1956 film) with Audrey Hepburn and Henry Fonda. Also, I saw the television serial based novel from BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) War and Peace (1972) with Anthony Hopkins. I loved this opportunity to learn history from the Napoleonic era, to look in the maps and wikipedia about the cities of Vilna, St Petersburgo, Moscow. I just want to go to Russia, right now, so I can imagine Pierre and Natasha Rostov living at those places.

Newsweek in 2009 ranked War and Peace top of its list of Top 100 Books of 2009. Here is the list:
Pure coincidence, was finding this list, after starting to read this novel. Now, I want to read all those one-hundred (100) classics. I want to complete reading them on 10 years. Therefore, on 2010, I want to read the first ten books!!!

1. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

2. 1984 by George Orwell

3. Ulysses by James Joyce

4. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

5. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

6. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

7. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

8. The Illiad and the Odyssey by Homer

9. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

10. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

Next is 1984???? or Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen??? Well, I will check in Amazon, and let it the book's price and my mood to decide.

Hoping everyone a happy weekend!!!


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