Giveaway from The Paper Variety

Oh! Life is good! Today, I received a blog post from the cool girls of The Paper Variety, with the chance to win this gorgeous ECHO Park "Life is Good" paper kit.

The Paper Variety is a new weekly challenge blog starting on September 15, created by Abby and Suzy!!! Tomorrow, September 1, they will announce the new design team. Cannot wait to see and participate in the new challenges!!! Please, do not wait and click on The Paper Variety, so you can enter too!

"5 facts about you" Scrapbook Layout

Today, I am at home with my kids. My dear husband is at work. Classes in Puerto Rico were suspended, today, due to the pass of hurricane Earl. We were fortunate, this hurricane did not pass through Puerto Rico. Right now, it is cloudy, and we have a little breeze. We have electricity and water, and we had it all the time, yesterday, which is good!!! 

Hurricane Earl brought cooler weather to my house!! The photo below, courtesy from Intellicast website, shows the track from hurricane "Earl".

And, what I did?? I scrapped and finished a layout. This one is dedicated to Luis!!!. 
I just wrote 5 facts from him (photo taken on February, 2010), when he was 5 years old. Right now, they seems trivial. But by my experience, if I do not track these facts right now, they can be easily forgotten, 20 to 30 years later.

The layout was made according to sketch "77 from The Scrappiest. The colors were inspired from Simply Scrapping Craft, Color Combo Challenge (August 2010, week 4). I am submitting this layout to the current challenge of Practical Scrappers, which requires the use of white pen. I did stitching marks around the big circle, on the black cardstock. Cool!

Patterned Paper: Lily Bee Design, Hello Sunshine Collection: Fly a Kite, Posies, Picnic, Twirl
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics (White, Black)
Alphabets: Basic Grey, American Crafts Chit Chat Puffy Thickers (White)
White Pen: Sakura Gelly Roll
Buttons: Unknown

"I Am So Proud Of You" Scrapbook Layout

I am very happy to play with the latest sketch from  Sketchy Thursdays (sketch 8.26). The layout shows my DH with my two kids after a basketball's clinic game on October 18, 2008. It was not a competitive game, but more a simulation to show the kids, the dynamics of the game. 

Observing the boys playing, definitely was very fun. They were very happy to receive a medal for their efforts, in addition to the toy and candy.  Dad was the most happy of all, since basketball is his favorite game.  I used a page kit from The Scrap-Room Kit Club, using Glitz Design Kismet Collection. I added the alphabet letters used for the title, which are from different manufacturers.

Patterned Paper: Glitz Design Kismet: Number, Stripe , Dots, Floral
Punch: Stampin' Up! Star
Buttons: Coconut
Alphabet: American Crafts, Making Memories, KI Memories

Capture the Moment Scrapbook Layout

Today, I am sharing another layout from our family vacations to Paris, France (June, 2009). My DH took this photo of me with the Eiffel tower in the background. He had the always handy, point and shoot camera. I still remember this day of the trip, where I was savoring this long morning walk through Paris. Amid the children, and the street busyness, I took photos with the SLR. Love the cities, that are walk's inviting!! This layout was created according to palette #156 from Color Combos Galore. The challenge included a sketch, too, which I followed. Loved to use this Pink Paislee collection, it is very versatile.

Well, this is everything until now. Hope to scrap about other themes, pretty soon. I do not want to give the impression, that this is a scrapbooking blog of travel layouts only. I need to print more photos, and to organize my albums is in my "TO DO" list too!

See you!!!

Time of Departure Scrapbook Layout

Today, I am sharing this layout with old photos (August, 2007) and retired paper from Autumn Leaves, Foofala, Going Places (2006). We were at Luis Munoz Marin airport, waiting for departure to Las Vegas, NV. It was our first time for Peter and me, to travel with two kids on vacations, except to see our family at South Jersey. 

We were very excited about this trip, since an RV truck was waiting for us!!

I used the Foofala paper: travel stripe, euro and globe flowers. I used the punch-out tags, ribbon, and rub-ons, from the same Foofala collection. This is a collection, that I had been hoarding since it was released and I had not used until this last week. I do not know why, Autumn Leaves was retired from the market. They were one of the company, I always look around at every CHA release. I still love them!!! 

The newest supply from this layout is the American Crafts thickers letters (Gift Box; chipboard). And, this is why, I love so much to participate in online challenges, they help with your mojo! This layout was created for Sketch Inspiration: Sketch #137 and Color Combos Galore: Palette #155. The sketch was designed by Aphra Boyler.

What do you think???!!!! Very similar??? Worth the wait!!!

Have a nice day!

Toad Hall Scrapbook Layout

Diego is posing for the photographer, ie "me" at the front of Toad Hall at Disneyland, Paris. Toad Hall is a counter-service restaurant near the Peter's Pan ride at Fantasyland area. The restaurant features fish and chips to keep with Mr. Toad's setting in England. The food is OK!, the architecture is fabulous! We were lucky to find seating inside the restaurant, as it is always cramped during lunch time. In addition, we took our time here, and rested a little bit from the rain that day (June 5, 2009).


My Little Boy Scrapbook Layout

Here is my little boy, posing for me on Saint Valentine's day (Feb. 14, 2010). I showed the completed layout to him, and what he said was "Diego Pelu". :) He had barely four years old by the time this photo was taken!, and now he is in Pre-Kinder! My little boy!!!, Maybe, he is "little" in age and height but he is so great in personality, and originality!! It has been only two weeks of classes and all of his teacher's know him, and love to talk with him very much!! 

He is a popular boy already, in so little time!! More than one kid, and many of the teaches say Hi! to Diego, wherever he goes, through the hall, and through the cafeteria!  For example, I had to bring the Paris album to the school, to show to his teachers, since he had talk very much about this trip at the class!! His home's teacher tells me, that he is very independent and that he is always smiling!! Now, I am very excited to know about the good and interesting stories I will be able to narrate, from this school year!!!


The Sleeping Beauty Castle Scrapbook Layout

Today, I am sharing this layout "The sleeping beauty castle" or "Le Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant." 

This castle is located at Disneyland Paris, Marne-la-Valle, France. After visiting this beautiful castle, we stumbled with "Belle" and her prince. Sorry "Prince", but I really searched for your name at Beauty and the Beast  movie's information, and I did not found anything. Please, if someone know his name, please leave me a comment. Or maybe, this is a feminine's movement revenge???!!!! Ha, ha!!!

I was surprised to learn that Beauty and the Beast is a traditional fairy tale, first published in 1740, and very popular in the 19th century. Interesting!!!! 

Well, about the photo's story, Mom and Dad, were the most enthusiastic to tkae photos with them. Luis was very brave to take a photo with the characters, and Diego was just a little shy, about it!! How, I could imagine, that one year later, his favorite thing at Disney parks, was to pose with every animated character available, even with a long queue at a temperature above 90F????!!!!. Kids grow so fast!!!!

  • Sketch: Let's Scrap 08-04-10: I used the left side of the double sketch.
  • Recipe: Let's Scrap August Cosmo Cricket Challenge: Create a card or layout with Cosmo Cricket supplies and using a Let's Scrap sketch. (Note, there is still time to participate, challenge is due on August 31, 2010).
  • Color: Color Combos Galore: Palette #154


Paris Obelisk Scrapbook Layout

This was the last scrapbook layout, I did before flying to Florida last month. Therefore, I am sharing with you now. This is me, with my kids at Place de la Concorde; Paris, France. It is the largest public square in Paris, and the history of this square is not so pretty. On the photo's background, it can be observed a giant egyptian obelisk, located at the center of the place. It is one of two the Egyptian government gave to France in the nineteenth century. The date of the photo is June 7, 2009. We just enjoyed our leisure walk at this place!

  • Paper: My Mind's Eye, So Sophie Collection
  • Paper: Making Memories
  • Swam: From my stash
  • Alphabet: American Crafts Thickers
  • Flowers: Petaloo
  • Stickers: Daisy D's
  • Swirls: PRIMA Marketing. Inc.

Learning the art of Champagne Scrapbook Layout

This photo shows the outside of Veuve Clicquot Champagne house at Reims France. It was founded in 1772. The lower photo shows some stairs inside the store. I did this layout on July, for two online challenges. Now I am sharing this layout with you. My kids loved the display of empty champagne bottles. This layout can be the first one of a series of layouts documenting our visit to the champagne houses, since I have several photos from the champagne caves.

  • Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
  • Alphabet Stickers: American Crafts - Bumble - Glitter Puffy
  • Rub-on: Hambly Studios
  • Transparency: Hambly Studios
  • Ribbon: unknown
  • Stickers: PRIMA Marketing, Inc. Dude

Top 100 Books: Pride and Prejudice

This year, I took the personal challenge to read in ten years the top 100 books of all times, according to Newsweek magazine. At the beginning of July, I completed my second book of the one hundred books from my reading list. The book was Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I loved reading this book.

I admit that I completely feel, the last person that had read this classic.  But now, I understand why, there are so many Jane Austen fans!! Her novels are a must read by every woman. Her work is fabulous!!!!
As I did with War & Peace book, I already saw two of the movies related to this beautiful classical novel.

Pride and Prejudice (Restored Edition)  Pride & Prejudice
I enjoyed both novels, even though I personally prefer the one with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. For me, the timeline and the acting are more similar to what it is written with the book. Even more, I feel inspired to read many of the literary adaptations of Pride and Prejudice. But this will take years!!! I know, I know, focus!!! 

Now, I am reading Ulysses. I think, I need to hurry up, if I want to complete my 2010 reading goal. This can be using less Goggle Reader. :(!!!!

See you soon!!!

Project 12: March, 2010

This layout documents the happenings from our family on March, 2010. I did this layout on July, 2010. When I saw the Project 12 challenge at the beginning of this year, I already knew, I was going to post the layouts for this project in a late manner. I know myself very well. Normally, I print my photos in bunches of 3 to 4 months, to save gas and/or shipping fee. Or just waiting for a good discount, or just to save time. It is just me!!! I printed these photos in late june, so this is fine with me!:) The journaling handwriting, just lists our schedule. 

The highlights from March, 2010 were when kids went to the pool. Luis had his field day at school, and the celebration of my grand'smother birthday.

The papers are from Bo Bunny Flutter Butter. The sketch used is from Let's Scrap, sketch 07-14-10.

  • Recipe: Simply Scrapping Crafts, Creative Corner Group July Week 1: to create a card, layout or other paper based design using recycled / repurposed materials and newsprint / bookprint. The flowers were punched from a brown bag with a newsprint design. The vertical photo was mated with the packaging of Making Memories's stickers.


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