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

The Paper Variety * Week 11

Hi! Happy Wednesday! Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving Week! 

Today is The Paper Variety * Week 11 * Reveal. The prompt consists to create a holiday gift bag or box using many embellishments. Any type of gift wrapping will do as long as it is completely homemade.

We have a wonderful prize for grabs, I love American Crafts, especially one of their latest creations the City Park collection! Our sponsor this week is Scrappy Jo's. By the way, all this month you can save 25% on every order!!! I was browsing their store and they have a lot of punches!! 

Here is what I created. I went simple this time! I took a brown bag gift wrap, and covered one of the sides with the latest collection of Bo Bunny Christmas collection, Noel!

I cut the square from the bracket papers and glued at the center. The sentiment is also cut from another patterned paper. I glued red rhinestones just to provide dimension. Hope, I had inspired you to use holiday's theme papers, to make this easy and simple project, that could bring a smile to the person that receive it!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Yara

What a pair!

Hi! Happy Sunday!
My two kids at Universal Studios, FL (July 28, 2010)! Love when they are posing for me together! The smaller photos show them with "Thing 1" and "Thing 2" caps. They are really very friends, they play together and miss each other. The every now and them fights occur, but they look for the well-being of each other every time! Love my kids!

Supplies are from Basic Grey Pyrus. This is a fall collection, but since I love to dress my kids with "earth colors", it makes easy to use these papers, even these photos were taken in the heat of Florida's summer. 

Love this woolies from Basic Grey too! The orange alphabet is from Jillibean Soup! I was inspired in the sketch from Martine Labelle at Let's Capture These Sketches!! The twist was to use patterned paper only, no cardstock allowed. This is why I did not mat the photos, as I almost always do with white cardstock! Anyway, I loved working with Martine sketch!

Yara

Fun & Play

Hi! Happy Saturday! Just, love this time of year, the beginning of the holidays! In addition, that we have a well deserved brake, since my kids does not have classes in the "Thanksgiving Week". Woo Hoo!!

Today, I am sharing the last layout I created just for fun! Fun and Play. On the photos, Luis is posing for me at Jurassic Park, Universal Studios, FL (July 28, 2010). He was enchanted with T-Rex coming out from the bushes!! Sketch is from Sketchy Thursdays (11.18 Sketch Challenge). In addition, I followed the recipe challenge from ScrapFit Workout #32 "It's all about numbers". This layout also coordinates with color challenge from 3ScrappyBoys forum. And it is about animals, the dinosaurs, that even they are extinct, dinos are animals too! So I am submitting this layout to Candy Shoppe Designs! I would love to win the prize from Blue Moon Scrapbooking!
  • 1- cardstock: brown background, 
  • 2 types of alpha: fun & play are from different stickers, 
  • 3 different embellishments: stickers from Stampin' Up! and Bo Bunny U Bug Me!, cork circles from Pink Paislee, and Rubber charms from October Afternoon,
  • 4 - patterned papers: Bella BLVD One Fall Day collection,
  • 5 - photos: On the grid, I combined five 2" X 2" photos from my son, the jeep, T-Rex and "Jurassic Park" sign.
Thanks for stopping by and wishing you a happy weekend!

The Paper Variety & Julie Bonner Sketch

Hi! Today I am very excited to announce the challenge for this week at The Paper Variety!!
The Paper Variety is honored to have Julie Bonner to design a sketch exclusively for us!

Here is the fabulous 2 page sketch Julie created:


And if this sketch is not enough! Here is the fabulous prize, one random person will get for playing with us! The November Scrapbook kit from Scrapcetera! Thankful! 

Full of many and very yummy products from Lily bee Designs and American Crafts! worth more than $26!!

Here is what I created with the sketch! I love to do single pages, and I still included three photos! 

Here is my take on the sketch:
They are my kids posing for me at Epcot Center on July 30, 2010. 

Supplies are from October Afternoon Weathervane and RoadMap collections. These papers are classics! The circles in the middle were cut from patterned paper with a 3/4" punch. I used a notebook punch under the letter world too! The chipboard alphabets are from Basic Grey.

Hope to see you play with us, and do not forget to see what my DT friends did with the sketch! There are many beautiful two page layouts to get inspired!!

Please, remember that submissions close on Tuesday, November 23 at 12pm ET.

Ciao
Yara

Reims * Sketchabilities #35

Hi! Happy Monday! Today is the reveal of Sketchabilies Sketch #35. Here is the lovely sketch to work for the next two weeks of november! Love all the layering and the possibility to add multi-photos!

And here is what I created with this lovely sketch:


For my layout, I chose Sassafras Lass Indie Girl. This paper collection combines with Diego's blue shirt at the photo. I selected gray mats for the photos to contrast with the vanilla colors of the papers. Love the background Sassafras paper, which has already a frame for the design, and the lines for journaling. 

I love this photo of Diego at Reims. At the background is the Cathedrale Notre Dame de Reims.
The journaling says: "So happy to see you smile, enjoying this day trip. I remember from this city full of history how peaceful it is. It was not crowded, the weather was cool! So much to see! The beauty of the architecture, the art! Beautiful flowers in many colors and combinations! My kids running joyfully in the parks near this very important monuments is what I remember the must about this trip.

And this kid, this 4 years old kid from time to time, asks me when we are returning to Paris. I tell him that I do not know. I really do not know. Who knows if he will go before me, for his honeymoon maybe 30 years from now! Like very much that they still remember this trip! And here is another page for the album!

Thanks for looking and do not forget to go to Sketchabilities to see the amazing pages the Design Team did with this fabulous sketch!

Yara

With the British Marine * Hippity Hop Blog


This weekend five challenge blogs joined forces to do the Hippity Hop Blog! 
The Hippity Blog is a recipe challenge blog. 
From each blog you get an element to create a layout:

- Sassy lil Sketches: sketch
- Scrap Fit - 3 elements of the same things: blue brads
- Crop Suey: use ink, I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink Old Paper for the October Afternoon card.
- Scrap Tiffany: lace. I used stars lace cardstock.
- The Cuttlebug Spot. - Embossing or texture. I do not have any tools for dry embossing, but I found in my stash this texture paper and I attached at both sites of the layout. I was lucky to hoard this paper. It adds character to the marine theme.

But I wanted to add more happiness to the navy feeling, since my boy is in the photo. So I added the chipboard fish from Fancy pants, and the camera from Basic Grey Wander and the red crab!!

The photo is from the cruise we took in July, 2008 in the east caribbean. During one of the ports stops, there was a british ship. Later, we found out that in this ship was Prince William from Great Britain. It was at the time he was deployed in the British Navy.

Well, this is my third post for today.
See you on Monday for the next reveal of Sketchabilities!

Yara

Bliss * Echo Park Summertime

Bliss! Love this candid photos of me enjoying the Super Dogs show at DeVarona. This is a very nice place to celebrate birthdays for kids. We were celebrating that Luis had four years old on April 26, 2008.

I used sketch #88 from The Scrappiest. As soon, I saw this sketch, I knew immediately that I would use the banner sticker from Echo Park.

In addition, I am submitting this layout to Your Scrapbook Stash, which have a contest that requires to submit any layout or project using Echo Park Products.

Yara

I am thankful for family

I am thankful for my family. Both photos were taken in 2010. The first one in May 8, 2010 before a date night. The second one in a week leisure date on July 13, 2010 in Museum of Puerto Rico gardens. I am really very thankful for my family. My boys are the world to me!!!

I created this layout for the scraplift challenge at Paper Posies kit club. We had to scraplift Cari Fennell. I do not have a Paper Posies kit, but I had some of the beautiful papers of Lily Bee Catching Fall, which are in the November kit. And I have a Bo Bunny Olivia Stickers from the October kit. Love the combination of Lily bee with Bo Bunny Olivia. The flowers are from American Crafts.

I am submitting this layout to Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday Challenge. They are looking for projects that includes the words Thanks or Thankful!

Yara

Bo Bunny & Sketchabilities

Did you saw todays's Layout Challenge Friday at Bo bunny blog
Bo Bunny Layout specified for the challenge is based on a sketch from Karan Gerber from Sketchabilities!! 

Here is the sketch:

And here is my take!! I used Bo Bunny Noel!


For my layout I chose to use Bo Bunny Noel. Here is Diego on Christmas' Eve, 2008 with the Santa's hat. I used the Noel Collection Pack and the cranberry rose trim.

Hope to see playing with this sketch!, Do not forget to see what Bo Bunny Design team did with the sketch and Sketchabilities Design Team listed at my blog sidebar for more inspiration.

To play link your project at this Bo Bunny blog post!

See you soon, I will share more layouts during the weekend!

Yara

My Purpose In Life Is To Create A Home


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Hi! Happy Wednesday! Today, I am sharing the layout I created for The Paper Variety Week 9 Challenge. Here is the challenge:

This is a Recipe Challenge! Easy as 1-2-3:
1) Use one color of mist or paint: I used Tattered Angels "Crushed Shells" to paint my white doily.
2) Add two flowers or pieces of chipboard: I added the ribbon flower, there are two but they are together, Right! and the chipboard "home".
3) Use at least three different patterned papers. I used the collection from Webster Pages Lullaby Lane. The background paper, the mat used for the photo, the paper cut with a scallop border punch, and the papers cut with a tab punch. I addition the bottom right corner of the layout ('the leaves") is cut from other piece of patterned paper.

I could not avoid to add more elements to the page. But at least I made sure all the recipe's elements were included in the layout.

Here there are close-ups!
Showing the title made of cardstock stickers and chipboard.
The butterflies created with a butterfly punch and a rhinestone in the middle.
The flowers and the layering of a second pattern paper.

The Scrapbooking Cottage is our sponsor this week.


The prize is a collection pack of Bo Bunny Midnight Frost! Perfect for the coming winter! This is a NEW Fall 2010 release from Bo Bunny!

As always, you have until Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 12 P.M. ET to submit your project to qualify for the prize. Hope to see you at The Paper Variety!!

Wishing everyone happy scrapping and good luck!

Bye
Yara

Nine Months

Hi! Happy Tuesday! What you thought first when reading the title? I am talking about the photos, that were taken in a time frame of 9 months. It is incredible how fast babies grow in so little time. The top photo dates May, 2006. Diego was a three months baby. The photo below dates February 11, 2007. Diego was already one year old. 

Supplies are from 3 Scrappy Boys Kit Club. This was my first kit from 3 Scrappy Boys and it was also my first time creating with Studio Calico products. The line is Studio Calico Elementary!!
I got the November Main Kit Add-on. Just loved all the beautiful embellishments available in the kit. They have a forum for kit challenges, which consisted on creating a layout with wallet photos. 

With this challenge in mind, I searched for the last Design Dollies Sketch Challenge, which shows beautiful sketches with small photos. So here, you can see. Everything you see in my layout is included in the kit except for the black cardstock and Tattered Angels glimmer mist "Jack Frost", which was used to ink the Maya Road chipboard. And the scallop punch, of course!!

I will see you tomorrow with the next reveal of "The Paper Variety" Week 9. Here is a sneak of the layout I created for the reveal tomorrow:
Please do not forget the current challenge from Sketchabilities, sketch #34. This is a great multi-photo sketch (Due on November 10, to qualify for the prize).

And the recipe challenge from Scrapbookers-Anonymous, which consists to create a non-holiday themed layout with holiday paper (Due Date: November 30). Oh wait!! Can be considered school themed paper a holiday?? I just discovered that I made a layout with school papers, totally not related with school!:)

Thank you for stopping by!

See you tomorrow!
Yara

Blog Award

Hi! Happy Sunday! Yesterday, I went to see Megamind movie at the theater with Peter and the kids. I liked this movie, loved the message. This movie really exceeded my expectations.

Yesterday too, I received my first blog award by Marilyn, she is a very sweet and very super talented friend from Puerto Rico. Please visit her, her blog is full of inspiration!
The rules is to answer the following questions and to pass to the next five persons. So here there are my answers:
1. Thank you so much to Marilyn for choosing me to receive this award!
2. I already placed the picture on my blog sidebar.
3. Three things I enjoy: 1) Spending time with my family, 2) Walking, 3) Scrapbooking
4) To award this Cherry on Top Award to five people.

This is so difficult to me, because there are so many people with beautiful blogs that I like to visit, and from where I get inspiration, eventhough I am the first to admit that not always I leave a comment.

I am listing five, but they really are more than five! 

Here they are:
1. Alia
2. Lea
3. Lynnda
4. Deb
5. Angi

Yara



Scrapcetera November Challenge & Giveaway

Hi! This is my second post of the day! I created this layout yesterday for Scrapcetera November Challenge. Please, read until the end where I am telling you about a great giveaway provided by Scrapcetera Paper Kits!



Shannon challenged us with:
***to print out an enlarged photo and cut around it
***use at least 4 patterned papers
***use some stitching somewhere on your layout
***and hand journal
***and because everyone is encouraged to re-use, reduce and recycle -- re-use some packaging somewhere on your layout.

I took an old photo from JCPenney Studio, 11X13 and cut around it. The photo is from July, 2007, and it was not even stored in a frame. This fabulous photo from Diego was hidden in a big binder where I store my big and wallet photos.

I used sketch #128 from Creative Scrapper sketch site. I rotated the sketch! Can you see the resemblance?

I used three patterned papers from Lilybee Catching Fall collection, and one patterned paper from American Crafts Abode Collection! I used brown stitching at random on one of the page borders, between the felt flowers attached with metal brads. I hand journaled in one of the lilybee design catching fall stickers.
And I reuse some of the packaging such as Shannon did with her fabulous layout. I took the cardboard from the Pink Paislee brown letters that came with the kit, and used them to attach the title to create contrast. Everything is from the Scrapcetera Paper kit except the brown stitching and the brown ink to distress the packaging cardboard.

I won this November kit during a Scrapcetera Paper kit blog hop done on September. I am very glad that I received it, because it is really fabulous. It is really a great price for your money!!! And I am telling this from my heart, and this comments comes from a person that had bought and scrapped with a large variety of kit clubs as a consumer!

But you have the same opportunity, as I had to win a Scrapcetera November kit!! Sarah, the owner of Scrapcetera have a few more November kits featuring Lily bee Design Catching Fall line. If you do want one click on this link, with instruction of what you need to do! Good Luck!!
Yara

Happy Birthday Card

Hi! Happy Saturday! This is a very short post, just to submit this card to the following challenges: Paper Craft Star Challenge #20 (my first time participating in their challenges). This week it was a Simon Says recipe card. It was very easy to follow it. The second challenge is ColorThrowdown Color Palette #117. The color palette from CTD117 was inspired in Theresa Collins collection which I had from a page kit from The Scrap-Room Kit Club. It was very hard to let pass this opportunity to participate in this challenge, and use my scraps. The third challenge is for Wee Memories Challenge #30, which consists in making a birthday project, for its birthday bash!!

Wishing everyone a happy weekend!
Yara

Wedding Scrapbook Layout

Hi! Happy Wednesday! Today is The Paper Variety Week #8 Challenge Reveal! This week challenge is to create a wedding theme layout, card or project!! It is not my Design Team week, but I can link and participate! Love this week prize too!! Our sponsor this week is a $20 gift certificate from Precocius Paper Etsy Shop from Tessa Buys. She has so many beautiful handmade embellishments in her store, that I would love to buy.

For my layout, I used sketch 10.28 from Sketchy Thursdays, which is due today!! Since I did not had small photos from my wedding, I created three small scalloped squares with a punch and paper cut small flowers from Pink Paislee Queen Bee pattern paper. 

The metal brads are from Making Memories. The flourish shape chipboard is from Fancy Pants and was painted with acrylic paint. The die cut paper was inked with Tim Holtz Distress Ink "Old Paper", to create a contrast with the background green paper! The title is from a Daisy D's diecut. I think the newest supplies are the paper, yellow button (Dear Lizzy) and the light yellow ribbon. 


All the rest is from my stash 4 to 7 years old. Like this Making Memories brads that were release previous 2003. Love using supplies from my stash!

The photo is from my wedding date! We are doing the brindis! The flowers were white and green and the Pink Paislee Queen Bee collection combines very well with my wedding colors. 

The journaling is dedicated to my DH and it says: "One of the happiest days in my life is our wedding date. I feel so blessed to share my life with you. I love everyday of our journey together"

Well, that is everything for today!!
Have a nice day!

Yara

Scrapbookers-Anonymous November Reveal

Hi! Happy Monday! So happy that we are already in November!! Love the holidays and November is one of my favorite months! Today, I am very happy to show the layout I created for Scrapbookers-Anonymous November challenge

The challenge for you is to use holiday paper (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Saint Valentine, Easter theme papers) for a non - holiday layout.

I took paper from my old stash. I used Basic Grey Blitzen. Do you remember this collection? It is five years old. It was released in 2005. So do you have an idea of a pack rat I am!!! LOL!  But Blitzen is now IN!!  Just two days after I created this layout, Basic Grey announced the release of BG Blitzen digital collection! This made me smile!

I created this layout with an updated look for a boy layout. I used Tattered Angels glimmer mist "Santa Baby" and stars. The transparency is from Prima marketing Inc. Dress Up! two sister designs. The red/white twine is from Jillibean Soup!

The photo shows Luis running bicycle on November 2009. Love that the spiderman bike and the green helmet from Go Diego GO! combines so well with the BG Blitzen collection!

So, please check what the other ladies of Scrapbookers-Anonymous design team did! Everything is fabulous! This challenges run all November! You can submit your project until November 30, 2010 at 9:00 PM ET to qualify for this fabulous prize! 

A lucky person selected randomly will have the chance to win this Fancy Pants 12X12 stamp, Fancy Pants papers from Celebrate collection and Fancy Pants Rub-ons!



So, I will love to see you there, looking forward to see what you create! Please, remember that you have all the November month to play with us!!

Ciao!
Yara

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