E is for... at Scrapbookers-Anonymous

E is for Echo Park at the ABC Challenge at Scrapbookers-Anonymous's challenge blog.

I could not avoid it! I had to use more of the fabulous collection from Echo Park, Holly Jolly! This collection is included in December 2011 Trio kit from 3 Scrappy Boys.  I added some American Crafts alphabet thickers from the Amy's Tan line. I used several circle punches to embellish my christmas tree. The photo shows my boy during the christmas morning of 2007.

What E do you have in your stash? We love people that combine challenges! So if you are using some Echo Park or EK Success,  or zoo layouts with elephant's pictures, etc. Do you get the idea? Come and play along with us!!!

This month, the challenge is closing a little early, so Theresa and Lea can enjoy the holiday weekend and celebrate the new year. You have until December 29th at 9pm EST to upload your layout!

Merry christmas!


Hi everyone! Today, I will share some christmas scrapbook layouts created during the last three weeks.

The first layout was created for Scrapbookers Anonymous, December challenge. This month, you need to create a holiday themed project using a Tag and some glitter.
I used the fabulous December 2011 Trio kit from 3 Scrappy Boys. I added the Avery tag and the white glitter that was applied to the wood snowflakes pieces. The papers are from Lily bee designs. The christmas of 2009 was very special since my aunt came from Orlando, FL to celebrate the holidays with us. Please, visit Scrapbookers Anonymous and see what the DT created. You have until the end of the month to play.

Next are two additional layouts created with the December 2011 Trio kit from 3 Scrappy Boys.
The christmas countdown using Echo Park Holly Jolly. My kid at school during the christmas of 2009.

The best christmas gift ever using the Pink Paislee collection. Our tree during the christmas of 2006.

All the supplies are from the kit, except the white paint and glitter applied to the chipboard elements. I enjoyed browsing thru my photos from last christmases.

I have two more layouts made with the trio kit, but I cannot share them yet! One is for the 3 Scrappy Boys newsletter, the second one is for the ABC challenge at Scrapbookers Anonymous. Can you guess? Are you following the letter sequence? Yes, it is Echo Park Holly Jolly!

Happy Holidays!

D is for...at Scrapbookers-Anonymous

For the month of November at Scrapbookers-Anonymous, we created scrapbook layouts with items, things, etc. starting with letter D. I used a long time fave manufacturer of mine... Doodlebug Design. The relatively new Surprise Party collection just came very handy for the celebration of Diego's 4th year birthday. Even more, the focus photo shows Diego's with Dad. How perfect for the challenge!!

So if you have in your stash: Daisy Bucket, Daisy D, Doodlebug, DCWV, or
dogs, Dad's photos, doilies, dragons, dolls, dinner, your favorite drink, diamonds, daisies, diaries, die cuts, doodling, dance, Detroit, donuts, doctor, dessert, your desk, visit to the dentist, dominoes, dove, dots, plenty of dots, dock, duck, drum, door, dinosaur, deer (so perfect for a christmas layout), dumplings (chinese dinner layout)..., definitions.... disco music, and so on...

With respect to my layout, the banner and the balloons were fussy cut from one of the Doddlebug patterned papers. I love papers which patterns are easy to cut out. In addition, I cut through the score section from one Doodlebug card and used one of the pieces to mat my photo. Even the red button and the red alphabet stickers are from Doodlebug.

Please be sure to have your project with letter D items at Scrapbookers-Anonymous before 9:00 PM EST on November 30th. As usual, check what the DT did to get you inspired. You will be eligible for the monthly prize...which is a fabulous iRock from Imaginisce and a couple bling wheels.

See you soon!


Hi everyone! It is a long time I do not write a post at this blog. Life has been very busy. What can I say?

Today I want to share with you several things...

First is the new challenge at Scrapbookers Anonymous. The challenge consists to use at least seven different pieces of ribbon on a layout. The purpose is to dig in your ribbon stash. The girls did a fabulous job as always. 

This time I was not able to turn my project on time, just pure procrastination of myself. I am grateful to know that Lea and Theresa are so sweet letting us know that if we cannot turn in a project on time it is OK. I just do not feel OK with myself. Anyway, even I do not have a sample to share with you here, just visit us. Lots of gorgeous inspiration and a great prize too!

Second is the announcement that my DT term at TrailMakers challenge blog is over. Karen decided to close the challenge blog as she will concentrate all her time and energy in her new brick and mortar store. I had a great time and I really hope that if you live near Fayetteville, North Carolina you can visit her.

Next are the November kits from 3 Scrappy Boys. The Main and the Add-On are just full of Jillibean Soup goodness. The Trio kit has Crate paper Random, Fancy Pants and Basic Grey. Please, click the link to see them. They are gorgeous! I do not have layouts to share with you since this is my off kit month but just visit the gallery for the fabulous inspiration.

Next is that Heather from 3 Scrappy Boys prepared a December Daily kit using several manufacturers and Elle' Studio items. All the information can be found at this thread.

Finally, I am sharing a layout I had sitting on my desk, just waiting for the finishing touches. And, I just finished today. It was for a PageMaps sketch challenge last month.

From our visit to Madrid zoo. The papers are from Lily bee designs and the embellishments are from Purple Pumpkin. The panda button was just perfect for the theme!

So now, I have to go!
Happy weekend!


Halloween Scrapbook Layouts

Hi, everyone! 

Today, I am sharing the last two layouts that i created inspired in the Halloween holiday. Both layouts show my kids dressing their last year costumes: Wolverine and King Tut.

Created with Echo Park Apothecary Emporium. I used the most sketch 10.20 from Sketchy Thursdays challenge blog.

The second layout show my kids during a Halloween event at Punto Verde park. I used a Page Maps sketch and supplies from Fancy Pants: Oct 31 collection.

Wishing everyone a great week!

Recycle your Cardboard

This past summer I went to Spain with my family. We had a great time together and the kids showed interest for everything related to castles, small streets, etc. 

I made this layout with Imaginisce Bon Voyage collection which is available at The Paper Trail store. The navy and burgundy colors were the perfect fit for the cardboard challenge taking place at Trail Makers challenge blog. 

The cardboard was inked with gold ink. It adds a touch of dimension and rustic feel to my page. I love the die cuts from this collection, the stamps with the travel images, and the sentiments. There was no need to use alphabet stickers for my title.

I was inspired in the sketch from the monthly challenge at Imaginisce's blog. It is due on October 25. 

If you notice, I combined the Bon Voyage goodies with several vintage items from Purple Pumpkin (felt flower, brown vinyl cogs, white/brown twine, vinyl heart, spotted brown button). As you see, they blend very well together.

Some close-up photos below:

The cardboard, Imaginisce die cut and Purple Pumpkin round flower

Purple Pumpkin felt flower, vinyl heart and vinyl cog

View of Purple Pumpkin button

View of Imaginisce die cut

Thanks for visiting me!
Have a nice day!


Studio Calico Memoir * 3 Scrappy Boys Add-On

First of all, I am super excited to share that I am back on the 3 Scrappy Boys DT for another term!!! I love the kits and I loved being part of the community this year. Congrats and welcome to the new designers. Checkout the announcement, here.

Second, today I created two additional pages with the fabulous Add-On kit from 3 Scrappy Boys. This kit features the Memoir collection from Studio Calico.

For my first layout, I used some old photos from our family trip to San Francisco, California. Specifically, the photos show our stop previous crossing the Golden Gate. I still remember, that kids were super active that day. Well the evidence can be shown here!!! LOL!

Reflecting right now, they were so little! Right now, they do not remember.
Just everything you see is from the Add-On kit except for the kraft cardstock and the mist used (Studio Calico - Custard (sun, flowers) and Studio Calico - white(clouds)). The camera is one of the images included in the Maya Road clear stamp set.

For the second layout, I wanted to showcase the ribbon included in the kit. I attached it with liquid glue to a circle shaped chipboard frame from my stash. This photo is more recent. It is  from this last summer. 

We were at Avila, which is a very antique city, which I feel it justifies the use of the vintage ribbon over the photo. Moreover, love the contrast provided of the white chipboard letters against the kraft cardstock. Love the color combination of wine / blue / turquoise, too.
This layout is pretty simple, but I preferred that way. BTW this was my 5th layout from the kit. The brown/white twine is from WRMK that can be found in the store. The scripted patterned paper belongs to Studio Calico Memoir 6"X6" pad.

October kits are now for sale!  Heather decided to donate 10% of all sales in October to either the Susan G. Komen Foundation or The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. These donations will be made in honor of breast cancer awareness month and Heather's father, who passed away from multiple myeloma. 

There are kit packs as well that will offer you a special discount in addition to your donation. A great way to contribute and get something in return!

Wishing you a great week! and thanks so much for your comments! They make me very happy every time I receive a visit or receive comments! and your patience since finally I am getting on the routine as a full-time working mom!



C is for....

This month at Scrapbookers-Anonymous is the letter C...
where C stands for Crate, Cosmo Cricket, Coredinations, Copics, Cards, Cardboard...
I used some patterned papers from Cosmo Cricket Odds and Ends collection and Coredinations cardstock from the Basic grey collection. I was inspired in a sketch from this month at Purple Pumpkin, ie the embellishments (the red flower, the red doily, the black buttons are from Purple Pumpkin). 

I Iove this photo from my beautiful sister with my son. They were posing at church after Diego's baptism ceremony. I really have sweet memories of that date.

So what "C" things do you have in your stash? Dig deep and see what you have in your stash. Maybe you have a "C" we didn't think of. If you submit your project before 9pm EST on October 31st, you'll be entered into the drawing for the monthly prize.. Some cute Echo Park paper... .

Come on and play along and show us what you've got!!!


Two More Layouts with Studio Calico Memoir

Today, I am sharing two more scrapbook layouts with the kit I got to play from 3 Scrappy Boys. This is the Add-On kit which is filled with beautiful supplies from Studio Calico Memoir.

First Horse Ride - Diego is having a horse ride at Villa Campestre. However he did not enjoy the experience. Loved how turned out the Maya Road chipboard. I applied white acrylic paint and while wet, I misted with Studio Calico "Estate Green".

en Plaza de Colon - This is the first square when you get to enter "Old San Juan". Actually, this was a family day trip for the first week of October last year. As you can see by my son expression and my glasses, we were not comfortable with the sun's exposure.  Love, love the Studio Calico chipboard buttons. Must of the patterned paper grid was created with the 6" X 6" papers included in the kit.
I was inspired in a sketch from Sketchy Thursdays. Tip: Do not throw away cardboard packaging. The cream mat belongs to the cardboard from Prima alphabet stickers. Love the blue / cream combination.
Do not miss out! There is only one kit left!

On another note, TODAY is the last date for applying to the DT at 3 Scrappy Boys. The DT applications are due October 6 by midnight!

This is an excerpt from Heather's newsletter published yesterday:

Just a quick reminder that DT applications are due tomorrow by midnight! I just wanted to update you in case you are still on the fence about applying. We have gotten quite a few applications so far, overwhelmingly international applicants. We would love to see some more US applicants, as there are more US spots available than international spots. Please send your application to heather@3scrappyboys.com

All the info can be found here! Do not miss this amazing opportunity! I loved my term and I know you will too!

Have a nice day!

Let's Fly Away

This was my first time scrapping with Imaginisce supplies, and it will not be my last. Loved to scrap with this company's papers and die cuts. 

Everything you see in this layout is from The Paper Trail store. There, you can find this fabulous travel collection from Imaginisce "Bon Voyage". By the way, I feel so happy for Karen that last month opened her brick and mortar store located at Fayetteville, North Carolina. I wish great success!

For this layout, I was inspired in sketch #174 from Creative Scrappers.

We are in front of "Avila" cathedral at Spain. One of my goals for my kids is to show them the world. We want them to have a global mindset.

Do not forget to visit Trail Makers challenge blog. Right now, there is a challenge running over there.

Scrapbooker's Anonymous October Challenge - Die Cuts

On to this month's challenge at Scrapbooker's Anonymous... it's all about the DIE CUTS. This time you need to dig that die cutter now like you Big Shot, Cricut, Cuttle Bug or Silhouette.

If you do not have a machine, you can use pre-made die cuts. Surely, you have several of them piling up in your stash.

Here is my sample layout...
I used both type of die cuts at my layout. One of my best dies investments is the Stampin' Up! Top Note Bigz Die. I think I use it on a monthly basis. 

I used pre-made die cuts too, like the scalloped Jillibean Soup journaling die cuts. They were covered with patterned paper circles cut with the Bigz Die Circle #2. 

Love the colors of this collection from Jillibean Soup Apple Cheddar. I combined this collection with a sketch from Julie Bonner. 

Here is my little boy posing for me at the living room before going to a birthday party. I love when he dresses with button shirts. It was a summer day, but who matters?

Do not forget about all the awesome mini BIRTHDAY challenges my friends from Scrapbookers Anonymous. You have until midnight October 7th to link those up. The links are on the left side bar from Scrapbookers Anonymous blog.


And what you can possibly win for playing along at the DIE CUTS challenge? Well how about a Sample Pack of Echo Park - Country Drive, Happy Days, Victoria Garden, and The Apothecary Emporium.

And to be eligible for the monthly prize, you must have your project linked up by 9 AM EST on October 31st.

Hope to see you playing with us!!
Have a great day!


October kits are now available!!!

Hi, there! Guess was happened this morning? Three fabulous kits from 3 Scrappy Boys were revealed today. Really, really this time is very hard to me to choose which one is my favorite. Let's start with the Trio kit.

The October Trio kit features Studio Calico Classic, Pink Paislee Nantucket and Glitz Designs Vintage Blue...

and the Main kit and Add-On featuring Studio Calico Memoir...one of my favorite scrapbook collection from CHA 2011 Summer.

I had the great pleasure to create with the Main Kit Add-On and this is one of the layouts I created with it...
What do you think? Everything you see in this layout is from the October 2011 Add-On kit. The "Smile" sentiment was stamped with brown ink from a Maya Road clear stamp which is also included in the kit. The paint splattering is from Studio Calico "Custard" and "Estate Green" which can be also obtained at the store.

Love the Studio Calico "Memoir" chipboard buttons. I am very happy that I have still several of these buttons left from the kit. Love that this kit includes 6" X 6" patterned paper, which is perfect for creating embellishments. The bracket frame was created with one of those 6" X 6" papers, which is very nice since I can create more with the kit and you do not have to fear to us another 12" X 12" paper.

This layout follows sketch 252 from Pencil Lines. And, the photo shows my little boy playing at the playground in the evening of a Memorial Day weekend.

Keep tuned for more layouts created with this fabulous kit during the next weeks! You will see how versatile is this kit.

and do not forget to check about the DT Call
We would love to have you part of the 3 Scrappy Boys team!

Wishing everyone a great weekend!


More Purple Pumpkin Layouts

Just popping by to share more layouts with Purple Pumpkin embellishments. I love the buttons and felt stars. They make any page to pop!!!

This layout shows a photo from our visit to the Kennedy Space Center. I used Bella BLVD Mr. Boy collection. The stars and the yellow tag are from Purple Pumpkin.
This layout shows a professional photo from our visit to "el real Madrid" soccer stadium. The patterned papers and chipboard border and stars are from Bella BLVD.

Sorry for my short posts lately. I really had been very busy. Just hoping to get to the normalcy soon.

Good night!


Photo Inspiration Challenge at Trail makers

I created this 12X12 layout based on the photo inspirational challenge at Trail Makers Challenge Blog. This challenge is named as "What is your inspiration?"

I was inspired in the range of brown colors from both photos at Trail Makers challenge blog.  Somehow these photos inspired me to dig in my stash of vintage photos.

I chose several patterned papers and supplies from different manufacturers: Crate Paper - NeighborhoodFancy Pants - It's the Little ThingsBo Bunny - Time Piece; Pink Paislee - Sweetness - Canvas Borders; Parisian Anthology - Corrugated Elements; Jenni Bowlin - Pearl buttons; Alphabet Stickers: Fancy Pants; ribbon: from a past The Paper Trail kit; journaling die cut: from a past The Paper Trail kit.

I love the vintage feel with the chic style from all these collections, therefore I was inspired to scrap a photo of myself dressed in my baptism dress. I used sketch #173 from Creative Scrappers.

To create my 12X12 layout first, I cut a non symmetrical square frame approximately 9" X 9" from the Crate Paper patterned paper. Then, I distressed all the paper borders with my MM distresser. Then I attached the grid patterned paper from Crate Paper with pop dots to the Fancy Pants patterned paper. Next I distressed and attached three paper strips at the left side. I placed two photos, chipboard elements, flowers and the rest of the embellishments.

So, which supplies inspire you to create with the photos from the challenge? Do you have photos with similar colors and/or style feel? I will love to read your ideas!

Have a wonderful day!

Guest Designer for Purple Pumpkin

Hi, everyone! I am very excited to share that for September, I am guest designer for Purple Pumpkin. I just love Purple Pumpkin embellishments. Love the bright colors, their cuteness, the great variety of buttons. 

They add that little something every time to my layouts! I just love my Purple Pumpkin container where I store all the mix of embellies.

Thanks so much Sam for the chance to play and showcase Purple Pumpkin embellishments.

This is one of three layouts created with the Purple Pumpkin beauties!
I used Bella BLVD Mr. Boy collection and Sophisticates. The yellow flowers, the felt sun, the felt cloud, the Bee button and the owl button are from Purple Pumpkin. The buttons were sold at their last sale.

Keep tuned to the Purple Pumpkin blog for more layouts. In addition, you should not miss the DT call. Sam is very generous with their designers. I got this GDT spot at their last DT call. 

Have a wonderful week!

Letter "B" Challenge at Scrapbookers-Anonymous

We are on month two of our ABC challenge at Scrapbookers-Anonymous. I love letter B! So many options. I found many items that starts with letter "B".

Here is my example:

My layout includes "Bella BLVD" Sophisticates patterned paper and chipboard letters, bulls, black color, brown color, blue color, and the banner. Easy isn't it?

You know the drill. You have until September 30 at 9 PM, EST to submit your project. And this month, the happy winner will get a fabulous "B" prize. The winner will get some fun "B" papers from Basic Grey!!

See you!

School Portraits

Every year my school invites a photography studio to take similar photos to each student. Every year, I finish getting their complete package since I know these photos are a memory I will treasure.
Most of these pictures are usually reserved to give away to my extended family but sometimes I end up with so many pictures, that I do not know what to do with them except than scrapbooking them. But I have so many pictures... Well you know the story.
Here is one layout i just completed from my son using an 5 X 7 picture of him.
This layout took me only 30 minutes to complete because of the fabulous supplies from Fancy Pants"Off to School" collection, which is selling out like "hot bread". Love the red heart and the title from their element stickers. Easy peasy! Sketch is from Sketchy Thursdays.
Patterned Paper:
Fancy Pants - Off to School - Measure Up
Fancy Pants - Off to School - Flashcards Paper
Fancy Pants - Off to School - Book Cover
Fancy Pants - Off to School - Cards
Fancy Pants - Off to School - Element Stickers
Cardstock: White, Brown
Buttons: from past 3SB Monthly Kits

What is your favorite way to preserve your school portraits? I would love to hear your ideas.

Summer Vacations: Day 4

Hi! Happy Labor day!
Here is day 4 from our summer vacations. 
We went to Museo del Prado in the morning and El Palacio Real in the evening.
This time it was prohibited to take photos inside of both places. :(
This was a hard day for the kids, I could not immerse myself at both places as I would have like it. 
However, they enjoyed running freely at the Palacio Real entrance. The iphone games and Nintendo DS came very handy...many times.

See you soon!

Chipboard Challenge at Scrapbookers-Anonymous

Hi! Yesterday was the reveal for Scrapbookers-Anonymous challenge blog.  This month it's to use Chipboard! Any kind raw, chipboard alphabet letters, shape or size etc.

Here is my take in the challenge...
The photo show my Diego, I miss those days, sometimes... He was such a good baby! I miss holding up him, even though I enjoy my free hands more! :)

I used some papers from Basic Grey Luscious and combined with some of the following Basic Grey Curio Adhesive Shapes.

I combined these chipboard shapes with this beautiful orange satin flower from Precocious Paper and one sweet spot for the fall in orange. The journaling was written in one of the BG chipboard journaling die cuts. 
I used a previous sketch from Inspired Blueprints.

This is a close-up from shape chipboard along with one Precocious Paper sweet spot. 
There is a free shipping code here. It is due on September 5, just in case you do not want to miss it.
Close-up from the title. I painted the Dusty Attic banner with Jenni Bowlin paint dabber- brown sugar and applied the BG chipboard flowers on the top of each triangle. You can find Dusty Attic chipboard at US retailer The Paper Trail store. For this weekend only, there is a 15% discount. You can see the discount code, here.

The title letters are from Basic Grey chipboard alphabet stickers in white. They were painted with the JB brown dabber, then misted sparingly with Studio Calico mist.

Hope to see you playing with us! There will be a very nice gift for one participant selected randomly at the end of september!

In addition it's an exciting month for Scrapbookers- Anonymous!! We are celebrating our first birthday!! Full of mini challenges and prizes every 3 to 4 days! Wait to see what the DT have up their sleeve...

So keep tuned!!! We will keep you busy and inspired at Scrapbookers-Anonymous!

Thanks again for visiting and thanks again for your comments! 

Have a nice weekend!

Road Trip to Avila

Hi, everyone! and Welcome September! This month at Trail Makers Challenge Blog, each DT girl chose different products to work with and we used up some of the older products.

For this weekend only if you make a purchase at The Paper Trail store you will receive a 15% discount on your total purchase using the code CleanOut. Just stop by The Paper Trail and start shopping! The discount will be good through monday September 5.

In addition, The Paper Trail store is sponsoring the September Month Long Sketch Challenge at Let's Scrap. The sketch is from Julie Bonner. You can find out more about the September challenge by going there.

For my debut project, I pulled out the "Old School" from Pink Paislee and the "Out of Print" from Basic grey to create this lovely layout.

Here we are - the group that went together to Avila, while the students went to their conferences at Madrid. My first son is missing in the photo since he was the photographer. Definitely, a must have side trip if you are in Madrid.

I used sketch #61 from Sketch Savvy. Since I used a sketch I am submitting this layout to the open challenge at Sketches in Thyme.

Some Close Ups:

I layered a flower pop sticker from the "Out of Print" collection to the Parisian Anthology corrugated chipboard flower and banner.

Close up of the title work and the journaling sticker. The title is a die cut from Crate paper and the journaling sticker belongs to Sassafras.
 Close up of the die cut flourishes.

Supplies from The Paper Trail:

Patterned Papers:
Pink Paislee - Old School - Goody 2 Shoes
Basic Grey - Out of Print - Tribune 
Basic grey - Out of Print - Special Feature

Basic Grey - Out of print - Pops Layered Stickers
Sassafras - Indie Girl - Cardstock Stickers Journal Tags

Alphabet Stickers:
Sassafras - Glitter Alphabet - Chocolate
Basic Grey - Out of Print - Alphabet Stickers

Die Cuts:
Crate Paper - Static - Impression Die Cut Shapes

Pink Paislee - Parisian Anthology - Corrugated Elements

All right! Do not forget to check out the Trail Makers challenge blog. Each designer chose different products to showcase from the store. 


I will come later with my take in the September Challenge from Scrapbookers Anonymous! It is all about using your chipboard stash! Thanks for visiting today!


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