My Dog

Sadly, this is my last reveal as a design team member of Sketchabilities. I could not reapply for a second term due to conflicts with another sketch design team from which I am currently a member. If it wasn't for this, I would had reapply in a heartbeat!

Anyway, I will stalk the Sketchabilities blog the 15th and 30th of every month. And, I will continue creating with Sketchabilities sketches as time permits as a follower. I just love karan's sketches. They are too good!

I still remember the excitement when I received Karan's acceptance email. Sketchabilities was my second design team. Did you know that, I received the acceptance letter on my birthday? What a perfect gift!!! 

I still remember that I was celebrating my birthday with my family at my house and it was late already. Everybody was gone, and I was just in my pajama ready to sleep. Then, when I checked my email I could not believe what I was reading. I read the e-mail like twenty times. It was a total excitement!!!!

Well, now to focus in the sketch! Here is the fabulous sketch created by Karan:
Love it! This sketch is great for multi-photo layouts and for using those beautiful die cut patterned papers. Love that it allows to place lot of embellishments, and that it is perfect for spring!

I used my 3 Scrappy Boys March Trio kit to create this layout about Diego and my mom's dog. He just adores this dog. We do not have pets at our house except for two beta fish. Why? Honestly, I know that the full responsibility of any animal will fall on my shoulders. I do not feel ready for an additional responsibility yet.

Anyhow, I love that my mom has a dog. I like that we live a 10 minutes walking distance from my mom's house. Therefore, my kids can satisfy their pet's needs with my mom's dog. And, the love is mutual. My mom's dog loves to play with my kids, too.

The patterned papers are from Studio Calico "Countryside" collection. This collection is part of March main kit from 3 Scrappy Boys. When I got my Trio kit, I just requested the patterned paper add-on. It was like getting a enormous kit with four paper collections. 

With respect to the embellishments, the die cuts are Sassafras whimsies, the chipboard is from Melody Ross and it was misted with SC bluegrass mist. I applied Adirondack Dimensional Pearls "Espresso" to the butterflies. The flowers are from Prima. The white die cut containing the handwritten journaling is from the new Jillibean Soup "Chilled Strawberry" collection. The letters are from American Crafts. The brown button is from October Afternoon. The metal piece is from Little Yellow Bicycle "Twig"

I cannot leave without telling again to Karan that my term was an amazing one. I enjoyed so much. And I will be always grateful for this opportunity and for having me. Thank you!


Congrats and best wishes to the new design team!
You will love it, if not already! I will looking forward to see your creations, and I am very excited for the additional features that are in the making at Sketchabilities!

So keep tuned at Sketchabilities!

See you soon!

"School" Scrapbook Layout & 1*2*3 Recipe Challenge

This week at The Paper Variety, we bring you a 1*2*3 Recipe Challenge. You can create a recipe of your choice!!!!

You create the recipe! Along with your 1-2-3 you may include other supplies, too. Just be sure to tell us what is your 1*2*3.

Here is my take in the 1*2*3 Challenge:
This was a fun challenge. My recipe consists of 1 photo * 2 rub-ons (the school banner and Our Little Bookworm! sentiment) * 3 double sided patterned papers. I just used both sides for more possibilities. 

I love to cook with lots of condiments, therefore I could not control myself for adding a little bit of condiments to my layout like 4 buttons, 1 piece of twine for the October Afternoon buttons and banner, the two die cut pieces ("Nerd" die cut circle from Jillibean Soup and Sassafras whimsy circle), and 1 piece of memorabilia. 

You can add more supplies to your project too, if needed. 

I love the theme and playful patterns from Kaisercraft Class 87 papers included in my 3 Scrappy Boys March Trio kit. I decided to take advantage of this fun challenge and of the papers on this layout about Diego posing for the traditional school's photo this year. The sketch found in Kaisercraft blog was perfect to scrap my portrait photo.

I loved how well the colors of my photos popped up with the B sides of Kaisercraft patterned papers. 

I have a milk crate full with all the school paperwork done this year. Sadly most of it, will go to the recycling bin after school ends. But this Itsy Bitsy book will stay with us forever. This piece was the lucky one to be the first one I found in the crate that would fit in my layout.

Looking forward to see you playing with us!!!!! Ohhhh, I almost forget!!!

There is a fabulous prize too!! 

We are very excited to have Artful Delight monthly kits as The Paper Variety's sponsor this week!

Leanne, the owner of Artful Delight has generously donated the April kit for the random winner of this week's 1*2*3 challenge. Love this kit! 

This kit is full of Pink Paislee Hometown Summer, MME and october Afternoon and so many embellishments including sweet spots from Precocious Paper Etsy Shop.

Totally worth it????!!!!! Isn't it???!!!!! You have until next tuesday morning to submit your project!!!


San Juan Scrapbook Layout

Today is reveal day by the sketch team at Scrapbook Challenges. This is my take to sketch #247. This sketch was created by DT member Shannon.

Here is the sketch:
Love the simplicity of it. I did my layout in less than one hour. And this is a miracle! 
The picture shows a view from San Juan taken from the front gate at Saint Christopher's castle.

For my layout, I used the gorgeous Trio kit from 3 Scrappy Boys. Everything, but just everything I used in this layout is from the kit. Love how well the collection from Little Yellow Bicycle Twig complements with the new Jillibean Soup Chilled Strawberry collection. Love the Sassafras whimsies too. They are perfect for travel layouts.

Hope to see you play with us at Scrapbook Challenges. I will see you next wednesday with two additional layouts created with my kit from 3 Scrappy Boys.

Have a wonderful day!

Scrapbook Sketch at Trail Makers Challenge Blog

Today is my turn to reveal challenge #2 at The (Paper) Trail Makers Challenge blog. This time, the challenge consists to create a project according to this fabulous sketch by Amarilys Doria.

To see the sketch, I strongly recommend to visit The (Paper) Trail Makers Challenge blog. Please be sure to scroll down to see more gorgeous takes on the sketch.

Here is my take on the beautiful sketch designed by Amarilys.

I am the little girl in the picture. The photo was taken on March 1975 when we lived in Panama. I was in my bed with all my toys. This layout title is "Once upon a springtime", since the picture represents my life spring's season.

To create my layout, I painted the big scallop circle chipboard frame from my stash with acrylic paint. Then, I attached it to the gorgeous Graphic 45 "Fairy Folk"patterned paper.  The "Butterfly Kisses" patterned paper was used as background.

I attached some paper strips created with my edge scallop border punch. I matted the original photo with vanilla cardstock and attached the beautiful blue frame on the top with pop-up glue dots. Finally, I added three buttons at the left of the blue frame. I like the subtle colors from the buttons included in the march kit and how they combines beautifully with the Graphic 45 papers.

The Melody Ross chipboard tag included in the March kit from Leave a Paper Trail was painted acrylic paint too. Then, I attached a patterned paper die cut tag and applied Glossy Accents to the lady's dress. Love the angelic feel glossy accents adds to the dress from the tag. 

This post shows several ways how to use Glossy Accents.

The original color of all the flowers in the layout is white. I applied the following mists: Shimmerz Vibez Hot Fudge and Tattered Angels "Snow Queen" to combine better with the gorgeous Graphic 45 papers and the buttons.

The fabric button and beige doily are from Purple Pumpkin.

The rose at the flower's center is one of the twelve Prima Fairy Tale roses included in the kit. Love that they came in white color so I can easily modify them according to my project.
I used five Prima Fairy Tale roses for each flower at the right section of the layout.
Hope, I have inspire you to use this sketch. If you create a project with it, please let me know, I will love to see!

Happy creating!


Beach Boys Scrapbook Layout

Well, it is time for another Scrapbook Challenges sketch. 

This is the sketch #246:

I created a summer scrapbook layout using the gorgeous papers from Lily bee Design "Hello Sunshine". This collection was perfect for my bright and summery photo. 

Lot's of awesome Yellow Super Stars from Precocious Papers etsy store by Tessa Buys. The glimmer mists used are Tattered Angels  "Caribbean Blue" and "Jack Frost"

The photo shows my two kids with one of their best friend. They are having an awesome time at this surfing board at Universal Studios, FL. They did not want to leave that surfing board.

While you are there at Scrapbook Challenges, do not forget to check all the fun we are having by celebrating the Spring arrival. My friends at Scrapbook Challenges organized a Spring Fling. Spring Fling is a week of challenges brought to you by the Design Team. You should not miss it!!!!

Hope you will play along with this sketch! Upload your take to the Scrapbook Challenges ning site to be in the run for prizes! Combine with the spring theme challenge for more chances to win!!

This is everything for today!!

Have a good and wonderful week!

Scrapbook Sketch by Jana Eubank

This week is truly a special one! First, we are very excited to have the very talented Jana Eubank teaming with The Paper Variety this week (Week Challenge #25).

I am a huge's fan of Jana's scrapbook projects and her fabulous sketches for quite sometime. Jana has kindly offered an exclusive sketch just for The Paper Variety. We know you are going to love it!

The challenge is to create a project using this sketch:

You should see Jana Eubank take on her sketch at The Paper Variety challenge! It is beautiful!

There is also an awesome prize:

Stacy, the owner of The Scrapbooking Cottage has kindly donated a $15 gift certificate to the challenge winner. In addition to receiving a "Crate Paper" Restoration collection kit.

Here is my take following Jana's sketch:

I loved working with Jana's sketch. Her sketches are so detailed that you do not need to figure it out everything to get a beautiful layout. 

Garden Memories: My kids at Museo of Puerto Rico's garden on July, 2010. This is a great place just to wander and relax in the middle of the city.

For my layout I chose the beautiful new papers from Jillibean Soup "Chilled Strawberry Soup" combined with some emebellishments from Little Yellow Bicycle "Twig". Most of the supplies are from the 3 Scrappy Boys March Trio kit. Love the great touch it provides the beautiful red/cream sweet spot from Precocious Paper etsy store by our friend Tessa.

Now, it is your turn! Create a layout or other paper project that follow's Jana sketch and you could be the randomly chosen winner. All projects are due by Tuesday noon. 

I cannot wait to see your projects this week!

Have a wonderful day!


Too Cute to Spook

Hello everyone!!! It is March 15, and you know what that means SKETCH REVEAL at Sketchabilities!! 

Here is the amazing sketch designed by Karan Gerber:
I created this layout with Jillibean Soup Atomic Soup on White Collection. This collection was perfect to scrap this photo from my kids with Mike from Monsters Inc. Do you agree? In addition, I was itching to use a patterned paper with hexagon shapes.

I misted the background paper with Studio Calico "blue grass" mist. The "pinch of electrons" patterned paper was fussy cut following the hexagon lines but trying to trace a circular shape like in the sketch. The borders were marked with an orange Copic marker. Everything is from Jillibean Soup including the journaling strip and cardstock stickers. The paper photo film belongs to "Pasta Fagioli" collection.

I hope you will dig in your stash for your circle cutter or circle die cut papers to use this beautiful sketch. 

Have a wonderful day!


The "Three Challenge" at The (Paper) Trail Makers

We are celebrating March, the 3rd month at The (Paper) Trail Makers!!! Our first challenge this month is all about 3's!! The challenge is anything goes except you must include these 3 things:

1. If you submit a layout - you must use 3 photos. If you submit a card - make 3 different ones. If you do an altered project - it must be 3-D!!!

2. Use 3 different papers. (can be cardstock, patterned paper, or a combination)

3. Use the number 3 somewhere on your project. Can be in the title - the journaling- anywhere and in any way - it can be the number itself or it can be spelled out.

Whatever you can imagine and create we want to see!!!
This month we will have a drawing at the end of the month for a $15 Gift Certificate to our Store - The Paper Trail. For each activity you participate in this month, your name will go in the hat and we will choose one lucky winner to receive the Gift Certificate. Also, remember, if you would like to be in the running for a Guest Designer spot for May - participate in BOTH challenges and post a comment stating that you are trying for the Guest DT member spot!

You will have until Sat. March 19th to submit your "3" Challenge to Mr. Linky located in The (Paper) Trail Makers Challenge Blog.

Here is my take in the challenge with the gorgeous March kit from Leave a Paper Trail store featuring Graphic 45 "Once Upon a Springtime". If you are thinking about this kit, you better get it fast. There is only one (1) kit  left!!!!!!

I chose to create a scrapbook layout for my take in the challenge. This layout was inspired in sketch #245 from Scrapbook Challenges designed by the very talented Jolanda Simons.

My layout includes three photos from the last time I went to Yosemite National Park. I chose the "Palo Verde" cardstock for the background and the pale yellow cardstock for mating the photos and patterned paper. 

The patterned paper used is "Woodland Fantasy". I think this collection combines very well with the yellow and green colors from the Yosemite Park photos. Love how versatile it is since it can be used for vintage baby, travel, spring and fall themes.

I wrapped the "Woodland Fantasy" patterned paper with the gorgeous hand dyed crinkled ribbon from ScrapinKris etsy store. 

I applied yellow glitter mist to the white Prima Fairy Tale rose. Now the rose combines perfectly with the beautiful yellow ribbon used for the die cut tag where the journaling was written.

The "3 days" title was inspired in the challenge too. We had only one day to visit this park. But it was really needed at least 3 days to appreciate better the amazing things this beautiful park offers. 

The "3 days" title was created with the alphabet included in the March kit. Love the fabric texture and font from this chipboard thicker stickers.

The March kit includes a bottle of Glossy Accents too. I applied it to the rose flowers in the circle die cuts. In real life they add a beautiful dimension to this layout. 

If you want to know more about how to use "Glossy Accents". Each designer did a very detailed and well explained tutorial on how to use "Glossy Accents". So keep tune in March at  The (Paper) Trail Makers Challenge blog, to see this great tutorials.

Have a wonderful day!!!

Blog Hop Winner, Announcement and Award

Hi! Thank you to everyone that participated in the first The Paper Variety Blog Hop "Let's see your green" challenge last week. We hope you enjoyed it and found a lot of inspiration along the way. 

Thank you so much for all your sweet comments. And thank you to all my new followers! I will do my best to keep you inspired!!

And I know that what you want to know is.......

who won my RAK??????? 

without further delay

So, my winner is, using Random org from 1 to 84.


Kelly Massman

Please Kelly, could you email me at the following email address: with your address so I can send you your kit.

And, please be sure to check The Paper Variety tomorrow for another great challenge.

My other news is something I am very excited to tell you!!!

I am very excited that I was chosen as Guest Designer for Purple Pumpkin
Here is the announcement of   the Purple Pumpkin Design Team. Wow! I really feel very honored and grateful to be in the team with the other talented ladies. 

Thank you Samantha for choosing me!!

Just in case, you are not familiar with Purple Pumpkin. Purple Pumpkin is an handmade embellishment store based in Australia from amazing Samantha Hauzer

I just love everything about her embellishments. I just find out that they make the perfect touch to my scrapbook projects. Love, love the bright colors and the variety of buttons and fabric flowers.

In addition, last month I received a blog award from one of my friends in blogland, Aubree. We met through Sketchabilities design team and we share frequently in the 3 Scrappy Boys forum. I admire a lot Aubree design layouts and I enjoy reading her blog for her family's stories too.

One of the things, I love from this hobby is the opportunity to make new friends. I want to pass this blog to the following people which I had not given a blog award before:

  • Sue: I met Sue through Scrapbookers Anonymous challenge blog. I just love her designs and reading her blog which is very informative like reading a specialized scrapbook magazine. I like from Sue that she shares her process for making her scrapbook pages. Love her Friday's picks too.

  • Rita: I met Rita through Scrap Gal's forum. I love Rita's work, they are piece's of art, full of details. I am very grateful for Rita's wise advice too. I had learned so much from her! Thank you!!!
  • Patti: I met Patti through The Paper Variety design team. I admire a lot her work too! Love how versatile she is creating beautiful scrapbook layout and cards. Love reading her sweet comments too.

And Here are the rules for the Liebster award:
1) Accept it, write a post about it and display it.

2) Pass it on to 3-5 fabulous but yet unknown blogs [not ones with large amounts of followers] and tell them they have been awarded the love blog award.

3) Link back to the person who awarded it to you.

This is everything for now!
Good Night!


The Paper Variety Blog Hop

Good  morning! Welcome to the first PAPER VARIETY blog hop! We are so excited to announce this week's color challenge, generous prize and sponsor, share our projects with you and offer some BLOG CANDY for hopping today. We have some FABULOUS designers at TPV and want to showcase their personal blogs this week.

So, if you are coming from Shannon you are in the right place! If not, head back to THE PAPER VARIETY to get started from the beginning and see a list of all the links if you get lost along the way. You don't want to miss a thing! :)

Our challenge this week is a COLOR challenge in honor of the upcoming St. Patrick's Day holiday :)

Our sponsor for this week's challenge is Your Scrapbook Stash!

In order to win this GRAND PRIZE you need to submit your own GREEN project toThe Paper Variety by Tuesday at NOON. If you submit before Sunday evening, you have a chance to have your blog featured on TPV! ;)

To get you inspired, I want to share with you....

When I saw this challenge prompt (create a project with at least 50% green) I knew I wanted to create a scene scrapbook layout. I decided to scrap "The Tree of Life" from Animal Kingdom from our visit to Florida last summer. 

I was hoarding this MME Quite Contrary paper from my stash and I was so happy to finally use it. I loved combining the trees paper with my clouds paper for my scene. Some stickers, fussy cut trees and clouds were attached with pop-dots to add dimension. 

The original color from the Prima flower was cream. I applied green mist to this flower to better combine  with the patterned papers. Love the glitter effect of the glimmer mist.

Thanks so much for visiting today! It wouldn't be a hop without some BLOG CANDY :)

This is an assortment of 15 patterned papers from Sassafras, Lily Bee, KI Memories and Basic Grey with several embellishments from Prima, Petaloo, KI Memories, Imaginesce...

Please become a follower and leave a comment 
below to win! You do not need to enter the challenge to win blog candy.

However, you ARE going to want to hop to the next design team member to see their GREEN! 

We are looking forward to seeing YOUR green at THE PAPER VARIETY, too!  Remember to link up before TUESDAY at noon for a chance to win the GRAND PRIZE! :)

Have a wonderful day!!!!

My Baby * March Kit from The (Paper) Trail Makers

It is the first day of the month, which means a new kit over at Leave a Paper Trail Store. Totally love working with the beautiful patterns from Graphic 45 "Once upon a Springtime" line. This beautiful kit is filled with twelve Graphic 45 patterned papers, flowers, organza ribbon, alphabet thickers, buttons and bling!

When I received this beautiful kit filled with the gorgeous Graphic 45 papers, I knew I would scrap this picture of my little baby just 2 weeks born. 

For my layout, I cut the green frame from one of the patterned papers and attached with pop dots for added dimension. I cut the book and fairy girls from patterned paper too. 

The original color of the blue frame was pink, but I wanted it blue. Therefore I misted with "Tattered Angels" Caribbean Blue glimmer mist. Love the glitter effect of the mist.

It was my first time using Glossy Accents. I applied it to my butterfly located in the tag. Love the dimension it provides. I still had Prima flowers leftover from my February kit "Sweetness". They are the yellow one located at the top right corner.

I just loved working with this kit. Love Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime.


Scrapbookers Anonymous * Flowers

We have a new challenge for you at Scrapbookers Anonymous. The challenge is to use at least seven (7) flowers on your layout. The only requisite is that they should be pre-made. Not home made flowers please. 

Scrapbookers Anonymous is a "Use your Stash" challenge. We want to help you to dig into your stash and use the flowers you have been meaning to use but for some reason have not... think outside the box. And we won't stop if you use more than seven... as we always say, more is better...

For this layout designed according to sketch 2.24 from Sketchy Thursdays, I used Sassafras Mix and Mend paper, Core-dination cardstock, some coordinating stickers, Heidi Swapp flowers in orange and yellow and Purple Pumpkin buttons. The yellow doily is from Purple Pumpkin too!! 

I was drawn to the kraft colors combined with the bright turquoise, yellow and orange, so that it was inspired this layout. I had this flowers since Heidi Swapp flowers and embellishments was the hot trend of the moment. I am so happy to finally use them!

Some close-ups of the beautiful doily and cute buttons from Purple Pumpkin:

More owl, flower and bird buttons!

This layout documents the celebration of Mother's day at Diego's pre-school last May (May 5, 2010). I was so happy to see his smile and hear him sing!

One participant will be chosen at random to win a beautiful scrapbook kit from CHA Winter 2011. You have until March 31 to participate. You can see the prize's picture at Scrapbookers Anonymous!!!

I will love to see what you can create with flowers!!!

Until next time!


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