Little Angel * Sketchabilities Sketch #40

Yesterday was the reveal day for Sketchabilities sketch #40. This fabulous sketch was designed by Karan Gerber. Here it is:
I've used the Tinsel and Twig collection from The Girls's Paperie. I love the traditional red and green colors in this collection. The red polka dot paper was created as a paper piece from a Lily bee design die cut piece. The two pictures are approximately 2.0" X 2.5". 

The ideas are endless with this sketch. I chose my embellishments according to the picture's colors. I've used a Maya Road sheer doily with a green fabric doily by Purple Pumpkin. The red button with the yellow christmas bell is from Purple Pumpkin too.

More Purple Pumpkin buttons.

I've added beautiful sweet spots by Precocius Paper's Shop by Tessa Buys too.
Pictures show Diego dressed as "El Jibarito" at a christmas theme activity at school on December 11, 2008. Not very comfortable to be on the spot even though he was so cute. But he was so little!! He was not even 4 years old. Love my son!

If you like Purple Pumpkin, Samantha is having a giveaway!!! Who would not love to win this???!!! I will love to win this!!! Love bright colors and what a great mix!!
For more information about the giveaway, go to Purple Pumpkin blog

Happy Scrappin'

Happy Holidays 2010

Hi! Yesterday was the last reveal of Scrapbook Challenges. This is sketch #238.
Layout shows the christmas's family picture taken on Christmas's Eve in front of my mom's christmas tree. This was a very simple and fast layout to make. I used a scrapbook kit containing My Mind's Eye Holly Jolly collection.

In addition, I created this layout for ScrapGal January Winter Bliss Sketch Challenge. The requirement was to use at least 50% Pebbles products. It is very little what I have from Pebbles but loved what I did to winterize this spring collection "So Tweet". Happy to use my stash too!

Pictures show Diego at Winter Wonderland! And still I had not made a dent to my christmas pictures!

Have a wonderful day!


Hi! How is your friday? I am happy that another work's week is completed. I am satisfied that I completed my workouts and did some errands and to do's too! Just working to do everything balanced!

Today I am sharing a scrapbook layout inspired in Julie Bonner's sketch. 

Before flash memory and USB ports existed, digital cameras stored their images on an internal 3.5 inch floppy drive. Do you remember those cameras? Do you remember the approximately $800 price tag?  We borrowed this camera from my dad, so we could send pictures via e-mail. This was just 8 to 9 years ago! The technology's speed is amazing! 

This is not relevant to my layout but it just an anecdote. My snow pictures were taken with this type of camera. 

This is me at the top of Mount Pilatus on the winter of 2003. The first time time I saw an USB port (that I remember) was on the summer of 2003. Supplies are from Bo Bunny Midnight Frost. Snowflakes are from K & Co.

The (Paper) Trail makers current challenge is All About The WHITE stuff. We want to see white stuff in your layouts:
  • snow pictures
  • snow theme's papers
  • snow embellishments (snowflakes, mitten, snowman, hot chocolate cups, etc.)
  • hand made snow (for the technique lovers): love this excellent tutorial demonstrated by Karen
Every participant for the month of January's will enter for a drawing for a few of the papers of Echo Park Wintertime Collection included in the January Main kit.

You have until saturday January 29 to submit your creations via Mr. Linky for a chance to the March's Guest Design Position or some Echo Park papers.

I am submitting this layout for The (Paper) Trail Makers "Snow Fun" challenges for my snow pictures. Hope that you can play too.

 I cannot describe with words how excited I am to work with the next kit from The (Paper) Trail Makers. I can only tell you that it is very packed and beautiful.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Winter Wonder * The Paper Variety Week 17

Hi! Today is Wednesday! We have a sketch challenge at The Paper Variety!

We want you, to use those patterned papers with circle shapes from your stash. Or if you do not have any circle shape diecut right away, we want you to use your cricut or if not to get a dinner plate combined with circle punches. Any tool goes! Circles are in vogue!!!!

Here is the fabulous sketch created by the amazing Abby!

And here is my take:

Love this collection from Fancy Pants Hot Chocolate!

My kids were very excited to see "snow theme" characters at Winter Wonderland Park. Winter Wonderland is a indoor seasonal park with many snow related attractions. They were very enthusiastic since they hardly had seen real snow. I was so happy to have the chance to take snow photos without taking an airplane and enduring the real cold.

The snowflakes chipboard from Maya Road were mist with Tattered Angels "Jack Frost". I glued white buttons with silver glitter! The silver letters stickers are from Making Memories.

To see other beautiful examples with this sketch, click here.

The sponsor for this week's challenge is The Scrapbooking Cottage:

The lucky person chosen randomly will win a $15 gift certificate in addition to this beautiful kit from My Mind's Eye!
Good luck everyone!

RAK Winner

Thank you to all of you that stopped at my blog during the Blog Hop and commented and became a follower! I grouped all the comments from the two posts announcing the giveaway and used!

Congratulations to Kimberly Fordyce!! 

Kim, please email me here: freytesy at gmail dot com with your address and I will have the kit out to you between 3 business days.


Best Friends

Hi! Today is reveal day at Scrapbook Challenges. This is my take for sketch #237. 

I had these chipboard frames at my desk longing for their use! In addition, I had this so yummy paper kit from Sassafras Lass, Count me In collection. I added the rosette flowers at random and Voila!, I had my page! This page includes some chipboard flowers from Sassafras Indie Girl, collection too! Love this colors!

So happy to scrap one page with one of my best friends, Annie. We went together with our respective families to Florida's theme parks last summer. We had a blast!! and our kids too!

To see what the Scrapbook Challenges designers did with this sketch, do not forget to visit Pamela's blog. Hope to see what you create at Scrapbook Challenges gallery! Who knows if your layout can be a Gallery Gem or SC Pick of the Week!

This is everything for now! Have a wonderful day!


If you read this, I just want to let you know (if you do not know already), that Cardabilities Blog Hop was cancel. But I am still offering my giveaway.

For my giveaway, you just have to follow me and leave a comment at this post before tomorrow 17 midnight (ET). If you need a time reference my time is from San Juan, Puerto Rico. At this site you can enter current time, to calculate what is the time at your city!!

You can comment about anything!!! For example, if you had created with Sketchabilities sketches?! What paper line collection do you like the most from CHA sneaks, anything!! This is very easy!! No blog hop, just to follow me and leaving a comment, about anything you want to comment!

In addition, I am very excited that Sketchabilities has 500 followers already, there is also a fabulous giveaway, for more information, check here!!!

Cardabilities Blog Hop

Welcome to the first ever Cardabilities Blog Hop!

If you came to my blog from Martha, then I hope you are enjoying this blog hop!

I am Yara, one of the designers of Sketchabilities which is the blog's sister from Cardabilities

I am not able to share my take on the card sketch with you but I am happily celebrating with you the first birthday of Cardabilities. If you want to see what I created for today, you can scroll down to the previous post (my take to the current Sketchabilities sketch)!

If you started on my blog you might just want to hop over Karan Gerber's blog because you should not miss the opportunity to get inspired with the amazing cards created by the very talented Cardabilities designers!

This blog hop is run a bit differently then others. There is an order for you to hop!

Firstly..Begin hopping to Design Team Blogs as listed at the bottom of each Designer Blog. Your first Hop is over to Karan's Blog. Beware…there is an order for you to follow.

Secondly…For our followers to be considered for the final Sponsor Giveaway, you need to hop to all the Designers Participating in the Hop.

…On those blogs, you will find a highlighted word in BLUE

Find the highlighted word and leave some feedback. All these highlighted words, form a catch phrase about Cardabilities.

Thirdly: You need to comment on each Designer Blog to be considered for each individual RAK the Design Team Members are offering,

Lastly: You will need to put that “catch” phrase together and bounce back to the Cardabilities site to leave your final comment and the “catch” phrase to be considered for the Sponsor Giveaway.

You'll have three days to complete the hop… January 15th-Jan 17th.

Winners of each DT Blog Rak and the Final Sponsor Giveaway prize will be posted Jan 20.

Now... on to my RAK giveaway, I am happy to give away this home made kit. There is something old (Junkitz bookplates), something new (like BG chipboard), something to alter (October Afternoon), something for everyone (from stickers, patterned papers to rub-ons).

In order to be eligible for the random draw for my RAK, you must!

1. Become a follower of my blog, if not already!

2. Leave a comment indicating you are a follower.

3. International winners will be asked to pay the difference in postage before accepting the prize.

Now for the word, the word you are looking for is with.

Next, hop on over to April Hall to get your next word!

Good luck everyone!

Birthday Boy

During this weekend I will be celebrating the 5th birthday of my little boy in addition to the 1st birthday of Cardabilities. I am very excited that Karan's gave us the opportunity to participate along with the Cardabilities designers at this event (Cardabilities's blog hop)!

Today is the reveal of a new sketchabilities sketch! Here is sketch #39.
Looking for photos, I wanted to scrap a portrait from my birthday boy even though this photo is from summer 2010. Most of the supplies are from 3ScrappyBoys November 2010 Add-on kit. 

For this layout, two corners from the background paper from House of Three Anthology collection were inked with yellow mist using a distressing application tool. 

The photo is double mat against vanilla cardstock and the packaging of some Prima Marketing's vines. I opted to not alter the packaging's blue color, since it is very similar to one of Studio Calico's patterned papers.

The chipboard is raw chipboard and came with the kit. I painted it with vanilla acrylic paint, then I applied gold stickles. Love how it turned out!

The scallop diecut is from Jillibean Soup! I added a circle from patterned paper to hide the design and make everything more uniform. 

Love all the Prima and Tim Holtz buttons that came with the kit, as you can see very glittery and sparkly but at the same time masculine!

Some items are from my stash: I added the round stars stickers from my stash (Prima dude) and the chipboard letters used for the title. The yellow stars were created with a star's punch from Stampin' Up!

The roses transparencies were fussy cut with scissors. This is an old transparency from Heidi Swapp, therefore it is not wonder it fits so well with the background paper designed also by Heidi! 

I created the rosette with Studio Calico's paper that came with the kit!!!! Love rosette's flowers since they work very well with masculine pictures and/or layouts. For the rosette, I used the Scor-Pal to score the flower. This tool makes everything very easy.

I like very much how this one turned out! Definitely, I will use this sketch again!! And every time, I stumble at clothing stores with some T-shirt's like the one at the photo, I will get them! I really do not know this style's name but I like it!!

For more inspiration with sketch #39, do not forget to visit Sketchabilities, to see the always gorgeous work of the other designers!

Wishing a wonderful day!

Happy Scrappin'

Friend What I want you to know

Hi! Happy Wednesday! First of all, I want to thank all the people that commented in my blog at the Scrapbook Challenges Blog Hop last weekend and to my new followers! I will do my best to provide interesting posts full of news, stories and inspiration! 

Today, I am sharing this layout that was created according to sketch #236 from Scrapbook Challenges
Like very much the versatility of this sketch! You can add three small photos and border stickers too!
Do not forget to visit Pamela's blog, to see the amazing work done by SC designers using this sketch! For a chance to win the monthly sponsorship prize you can upload to the Scrapbook Challenges gallery.

I do not consider a technique driven scrapper. I always go to the easiest route when creating; ie meaning if I have an embellishment, I use it instead of creating one! 

However, the current challenge at The (Paper) Trail Makers Challenge blog made me realize that my self-believe is not totally true. Each of us, use scrapbook techniques even without realizing it!!

Now I will list the techniques I used for my "Friend" layout. My favorite technique is fussy cutting. Here is the fussy-cut definition:


 v. in quilting, to cut shapes from fabric that take into account the fabric’s decoration or pattern.

For example: the numbers at the left were cut from a Jillibean Soup patterned paper. Another fussy cut is the triangle border element from another Jillibean Soup patterned paper!

My second favorite technique is inking raw chipboard!! There are many companies offering raw chipboard shapes. In addition many chipboard shapes can be created with a manual die cut machine or the Cricut! The title friend and the key are made from raw chipboard and were inked with distress ink (vintage photo)!

Third, I used rub-ons to embellish the red mat to frame the photo! These ones are from Daisy's D, including the title! I still miss this scrapbook company!! They made great products.

As you can see, many times we use scrapbook techniques without realizing, therefore I will submit this layout to The (Paper) Trail Makers challenge.

The layout shows my dear husband with my son (June, 2009)! Love this type of photos where they are together! The Jenni Bowlin die cut contains the space for hidden journaling that will be written by my DH!

This is everything for now! Hope to see you on Saturday for the next Sketchabilities reveal!

Wishing you a wonderful day!


The (Paper) Trail Makers

If you are coming for the Scrapbook Challenges Blog Hop, click here!

I have some fabulous news I can finally share!! I was so excited when Karen invited me to join her fabulous design team at The Paper Trail. So excited to be joining these sweet talented ladies on the design team.

Yara Freytes (me)

and the returning members:

I want to thank Karen for this wonderful opportunity to design with The Paper Trail kits. What I love the most about The Paper Trail kits, is that kits are designed to bring the latest papers and embellishments and one or more technique items. Love the objective too, which is to document our life stories!!

The Paper Trail Makers have a blog challenge too, full with beautiful projects made with the kits and techniques tutorials.  Everyone can participate at the online challenges, you do not need to have the kit to participate!! 

You can see the current challenge, here! It is all about making your own embellishments!! 

In addition, with your participation at the challenges you can be chosen to guest design for The Paper Trail! This is an awesome opportunity!!! What do you think?!! For more details about the Guest Designer program, you can click here!!

I would love it if you pop in and say hi!

Happy Scrappin'

Scrapbook Challenges Blog Hop

Welcome to Scrapbook Challenges Blog Hop!

If you have just stopped in, please join us and start at Pamela's blog. It officially starts today at 11am (ET) and will go through Sunday at Midnight (MT). If you are hopping already, you should had come from Rene's blog.

Scrapbook Challenges is a fun group filled with talented designers and lots of inspiration. They have weekly sketches and challenges. There are monthly sponsors with fabulous prizes to win.

If you have never been to my blog before my name is Yara. I am glad you are here at It is Summer Everyday!! 

I am one of the new members of Scrapbook Challenges's design team! I am very excited and honored to be picked by Pamela.

Today every blog you hop to will have a layout that is based on this sketch created by Pamela (sketch #235):

Here is the layout I created with this sketch:

For one person who leaves a comment in all the blogs in the hop, will get the new Spring Market collection from Webster's Pages, including chipboard buttons and twine.

For one person who does a layout based on the sketch and posts in the Hop On section, will get the Be Mine collection from Echo Park Paper company.

For inviting people to join the group, one person will get a collection of adhesive from Helmar.

For one new member over the weekend, will get new stamps from Unity and Webster's Pages that coordinates with the new Sunday Market line from Webster's Pages. This is a new release, as soon I get the picture, I will edit this post!!

Now hop on to Dani to continue the Hop!!!


Brrr! It's Cold * The Paper Variety's Week 15

Hi! Happy Wednesdays! The Paper Variety's Weekly Challenges are back! The Challenge for Week 15 is Snowflakes! Include snowflakes on layout, card or other paper project!

We are overjoyed to introduce Your Scrapbook Stash store as this week's sponsor!!

And checkout this wonderful prize, a Basic Grey Wonder mini album kit!! A bunch of Basic Grey Wonder patterned paper with matching cardstock stickers and rub-ons, alphas, journaling spots, a mini album and more!Everything you need for a fabulous mini album about your latest travels or trips to the city!! and so much leftovers for layouts and cards too!

Here is my take:
Brr! it's cold. My DH and kids were waiting for the opening of American Museum of Natural History at NYC! We came early, and we were waiting like 45 minutes before the opening. Worth the wait, though! This museum is amazing! We have family at South Jersey and we made the travel that christmas, so the kids could see snow. I guess, we chose the wrong seasons's year to go!! LOL!

Supplies from My Mind's Eye Holly Jolly, Snowflakes from MME, Melissa Frances and Maya Road! The kraft die cut is a journaling sprout from Jillibean Soup! The brown alphabet letters are from Jillibean Soup too!

Do not forget to go to The Paper Variety for more inspiration about projects including snowflakes!!

Let's get started!!  

Link up your entries before Sunday night for a chance to have your project/blog featured and before Tuesday January 11 at noon (ET) to be entered to win that awesome BG Wander prize from Your Scrapbook Stash!!!

Hoping you can play!
See you!


Beach Scrapbook Layout

Hi! Happy Tuesday! Today I am sharing a layout I did last night! Play! I wanted to use a Jana Eubank sketch posted in Sketches in Thyme, Thursdays Take #30. In addition, it was a long time, I did not play at The Color Room. This is for TCR Palette #39. 

I used a combination of Jenni Bowlin (turquoise) and The Girl's Paperie (greens) with Stampin' Up (Pumpkin Pie cardstock). The title is from Prima. To ground the title to the white cardstock, I just layered two circles in contrasting colors, below the title.  The three circle embellishments were made with my Big Shot (Circle die), Prima stickers and scallop circle punch. The orange circle at the left corner contains leftovers from a Prima flower. The white/blue button with the cute pirate ship is from Purple Pumpkin.

The photo show my three boys playing at Isla Verde beach after the end of semester. (December 19, 2008).

I am very excited since tomorrow is The Paper Variety challenge #15. We are coming with new challenges, more talented designers, more inspiration, and a great sponsor with an awesome prize.

And I am very, very excited that one of my layouts is featured in the Crate Paper Blog: Snow Day: Appreciation Week!!! Here is the link!! So excited!!!

See you tomorrow!!

Tree Idol

Scrapbookers Anonymous has a new challenge for you! What we want you to do for this month is... to use 17 buttons on one layout. You can use more than 17, but there must be a minimum of 17.

I am a button junkie. I have jars of buttons sorted by colors, so this challenge was perfect to use my stash of red buttons. I was inspired to use red buttons from my red scarf at the photo. 

This layout is the second part of this page. I had difficulties finding a title for this page, and "Tree Idol" was my first thought that came to my mind.  Why? I still remember the excitement when I saw this tree for the first time. Maybe this excitement came from all the Hollywood movies filmed in NYC at christmas time. For me, the christmas tree at Rockefeller center wins the American Idol contest.

I wanted to use the red buttons all over the Crate Paper Snow Day collection patterned paper inspired by the white dots simulating snow. The purpose of the punched turquoise circles is to ground the red buttons in the tree patterned paper and to balance the layout with the turquoise title.

On Puerto Rico, the most famous tree is located at Plaza Las Americas Mall, and it is an indoor tree. This tree has a show of lights and music at different scheduled times from everyone to enjoy.
This is a photo of my kid this christmas with the "Mr. Christmas Tree Puerto Rico", taken on December 28, 2010.

If doing a contest of christmas trees, what do you think is the most famous christmas tree in the world? I would love to know about famous christmas trees. Please leave me a comment and links if possible, since I would love to know about famous christmas trees around different states and cities in the world!

To submit for the January challenge, you must have your layout submitted by 9pm on January 30, here.
We want you to be able to play along each month. This challenge is very easy to combine with other challenges in blog land (sketch, color, theme, recipe). We even offer you a sidebar with many online challenges that you can participate!!

This is everything for know!! And this week, I will wait for the Three Kings on January 6!!
Next weekend to put down christmas.
And next week to jump in in the New Year / New Goals resolutions bandwagon!!

See you soon!

My Favorite Layouts from 2010

Hi! Happy 2011! This is my first year picking my favorite layouts from 2010 in no particular order. So, I am joining the bandwagon of listing the top 10 or my favorites.

Most of them are from the second part of the year since I feel my scrapbooking skills had evolved since I started participating in challenges, joining design teams, and participating in online communities.

That it is all for now! Thanks for stopping by!!

Till next time:!


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