Boy at Age 5


Our challenge this week at The Paper Variety is all about polka-dots or dots! Polka dots are a timeless staple in creating and designing. They are everywhere! And we want to see your projects with polka-dots!


I am very excited that Karen from The Paper Trail is sponsoring The Paper Variety this week. I am member of The Paper Trail design team, so I can testify the gorgeous goodies Karen includes in the monthly kits. In addition, The Paper Trail is an online store where you can find Dusty Attic chipboard and a large variety of dimensional paints among other goodies.


For my layout, I was inspired in the magenta color from the playground's tube shown in the photo. The patterned paper used to mat the picture, the big star, the two fabric buttons, the fabric flower and the cardstock sticker banner show polka-dot patterns.

I am submitting this layout to Moxie Fab World: Tuesday Trigger (4.26.2011). 
Since the Moxie Fab picture shows polka dots and the background features a gray color, ie a masculine color like my scrapbook layout.


I had lots of fun mixing different manufacturers in this layout about my son playing in the playground!

Supplies: Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye Quite Contrary and Crate Paper Toy Box; Cardstock Stickers: Crate Paper Toy Box and Echo Park Paper Springtime (banner); Fabric Buttons: Purple Pumpkin; Fabric Flower: Purple Pumpkin; Die Cuts: Elle's Studio.

Let's get started!!! Link-up your polka-dot paper project before Sunday night for a chance to have your project / blog featured and before Tuesday at noon to be entered to win a $25 Gift Certificate to The Paper Trail!

Happy Creating!
Yara

Scrapbook Challenges and The Paper Variety

Hi! Hope you had a wonderful easter weekend! Mine was good but could had been better! When we arrived on sunday to our home from a very sunny beach weekend, we found our two bettas fish dead. We concluded it was the high temperatures from the room. I will not enter in details, but my two kids were very sad about this. :( Me too!

Today, we got two new betta fishes and two bigger tanks (so the water takes more time to heat). Now the tanks will stay downstairs instead of my kids respective rooms. In addition, I placed a direct fan to both tanks as a preventive measure for the summer. Let's see if this works!

Today is reveal day at Scrapbook Challenges
This is sketch 251:
There it is lots of possibilities with this sketch! I used a 11X14 professional photo and just cut around my son's border. Here, he is at one's year old (February 2007). 

Everything is from Crate Paper Toy Box collection. 

Since this layout is about numbers. Did you noticed the big white one number in the photo? 
I am submitting this layout to the current challenge at The Paper Variety. This is everything for me tonight. Hope to see you next wednesday with the next reveal at The Paper Variety!!!

Wishing you a wonderful week!!

Good night!!!
Yara

Life's a Splash!




Hi! Today is my turn to reveal my take in The (Paper) Trail Makers Rain / Water Challenge!

I admit that this was a difficult challenge to me, since where I live spring is not associated with rain. At the caribbean, we do not use rubber boots due to the warm weather. We use crocs when it rains. Most of the time, rain is short-lived. We could experience 30 minutes of heavy rain, then the sun comes out. And you could not tell about the rain!!

But fortunately, I have several photos from splashing stations at theme parks. So I went to that route.

And, they say april showers bring may flowers. This is so true here!! Where I live, there is a lot of yellow oaks and they flourish during our spring season. They are so beautiful!

This month, all designers were free to use any paper collection from the Leave a Trail Store. I combined my photos with one of my favorite paper collection from all times, a Sassafras Indie Girl kit. This layout shows my son enjoying himself at Toon Lagoon! 

I liked the combination of sassafras self adhesive button in a stitch blossoms - deep blue with the ScrapMatters Krisi's Kreations; Create It Yourself: Flowers V.1. I used this template for the green flower shown below. The advantage of using this templates are that you can create flowers in the size needed with any patterned paper. The blue flower was used as a center.

In addition, the random blue flowers helps in the whimsical movement of my son jumping in the splash station. Hope, it does not mind in the near future. I just cannot help it. I love using flowers at my layouts! LOL!

I used a Valerie Salmon's sketch for April Sassafras Blog's challenge.

There is plenty of time, to submit your project for this challenge. Due date is April 30 at 5:00 PM. I will love to see your take in the challenge!

Happy Easter everyone!
Yara

For The Record

Hi! Happy Monday! Today a new sketch is revealed at Scrapbook Challenges

Here is sketch #250.
Brynn Marie has done an awesome job. Loved this sketch! 
I even included two small photos!

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Echo Park For the Record; Doilies: Maya Road, Flower: Prima and Purple Pumpkin, Cardstock Stickers: Echo Park, Transparency: My Mind's Eye Stella and Rose; Brads: Crate Paper Emma's Shop; Chipboard: House of 3 & Crate Paper, Emma's Shop; Glimmer Mist: Tattered Angels, Santa Baby; Stickles: Ranger Xmas Red.

I received a dozen of roses from my DH last Saint Valentine's day. The florist came to our home after we arrived from school, but before my DH coming from work. The two small photos show our excitement when we received the flowers.

Hope Maya Road continues making these black doilies. They make the perfect circle elements. Did you noticed the felt flower with the B/W polka dot center. Yes, it is from Purple Pumpkin. Love those flowers too! They come very handy for the finishing touches!

Mark your calendars!!!
Starting, April 22, Scrapbook Challenges will be having Earth Day 2011 "Save your Scrap"

April 22nd is Earth Day and the DT here at Scrapbook Challenges’ are organizing a fun weekend of challenges and games for everyone. Join us as we reduce, reuse and recycle all those scraps and packaging materials that are leftover after a page is done.  Start setting aside you scraps and packaging now so you’re all ready :)

Please Note: Challenges will be posted during the weekend (April 22 to April 24), but you will have at least a week to complete any projects you want to enter for prize drawings. 

This way even if you have plans for the weekend you’ll still have time to join the fun!

Have a nice day!
Yara

April Showers, DT call Extended and a Sale

They say April showers bring May flowers - let's test that theory with a rainy day project!!! Today, The (Paper) Trail Makers challenge blog reveals one new challenge. 


The challenge for you this time involves WATER!! Anything rain or water related - It can be in the photos or the title or all over the project! Use teardrops, rain drops,the colors of water or even umbrellas and clouds for your embellies. Whatever you can think of that is rainy/watery is a go!

You have two weeks to submit to Mr. Linky below. Deadline for this wet challenge is Saturday April 30th, 5pm EST. I cannot wait to reveal what I did with this challenge!!! It is something involving Sassafras and a theme park, this coming friday!!







Wait til you see the many different ways the DT and our Guest Designer interpreted this challenge - you will be very inspired! So stay tuned at The (Paper) Trail Makers challenge blog.


And I can't wait to see what YOU create for this challenge! Have Fun with it!


In addition, the DT call at Scrapbookers Anonymous was extended until April 25. For more details, check here!!


And you need to check 3 Scrappy Boys store. There is an extra 10% off clearance and everything else is 20% off. This are some of the new items from Winter CHA 2011 that you can find in the store!!!


Webster's Pages Ladies and Gents
Webster's Pages Yatch Club
Webster's Pages Country Estate
Echo Park Summer Days
Kaiser Craft Bubble Gum Hills
Lily bee Picket Fence
Fancy Pants to the moon
Fancy Pants it's the little things
Coredinations Cardstock
Maya Road


and the list goes on and on....


See you tomorrow with the reveal of a new sketch at Scrapbook Challenges!


Wishing everyone at wonderful sunday! and thanks always for stopping by at my blog and leaving comments! I really appreciate it and it means a lot to me!!


Hugs!
Yara

No Place Like Home

Hi! Happy Wednesday. It is time to share challenge #29 from The Paper Variety. This time, it is super easy!!! Just use flowers!!!

Here is my take to this wonderful challenge:
"No Place Like Home" I feel blessed to live in a beautiful island with a year round warm climate. Just in case, if you do not know it already, we are at a spanish fort. The round tower is called in spanish "la garita". The photo was taken one week previous our wedding in 2001. Now this fort "San Geronimo" is close to the public. 

As a mother of two handsome boys, I consider me a "boy scrapper", but I love to create "travel" and "me" layouts, as in this case, as a big excuse to use flowers.

I love to use handmade and store bought flowers as in this layout. The handmade flowers are from Precocious Papers. The yellow flower is from Prima.

For this layout, I used an expired sketch from Sketchy Thursdays, which I do not submitted to this sketch site, but saved it for this TPV reveal. The papers are from Studio Calico, Countryside.

If you play along, upload your project at The Paper Variety for the chance to win a beautiful kit from Citrus Tree Studios sponsored by one of our designers, Patti. Please remember, you have until next Tuesday at noon, to qualify for this amazing prize!!

Have a wonderful day!

Yara

Living in my "Happy" Bubble

Hi everyone! Wish you had a wonderful weekend! Mine was a great one! We had a lot of family time, which it is always good! 

Last friday was DS field day, which is always fun! On saturday, we went to a birthday party at Chuck E Cheese, then we did a car trip through all the east border of Puerto Rico. I took photos from my kids at Punta Santiago's beach. 

Sadly, I did not have my camera, but I took lots of them with my iphone. Hopefully, I will upload them to my computer tonight! On sunday, we went to another birthday party. As you can imagine, no scrapbooking for me during the weekend!

On the scrapping front, today I am sharing my take in sketch #249 from Scrapbook Challenges. This sketch was designed by the very talented Jolanda.


At first, I was clue less on how to start. But then, I found some circle elements from my stash, like the Maya Road doilies, hence the inspiration. I love this sketch!!! It was perfect for my journaling.

Journaling: " Last year, I decided to stop following the local news. Most of it, it is so negative. I choose to be surrounded by the positive. Please do not judge me! I feel so impotent to resolve our social problems. I just pray! I prefer to focus in my husband, my kids, my family. I pray to God to show me the way" Photo date: 2011

Do you like the cute bird and the so pretty handmade flower? Both are from Purple Pumpkin. I was not able to get anything on the last sale. Now everything is sold out. :(

The happy news is that next sale is scheduled for April 29. Cannot wait to see the new items! LOL!

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Crate Paper, Chipboard: Crate Paper, Die cuts: Maya Road (doilies), Button: Purple Pumpkin, Flower: Purple Pumpkin; Alphabet Stickers: Crate Paper; Butterflies: Jenni Bowlin

Hope to see you what you create with it!!!!

Yara

The (Paper) Trail Makers Banner Challenge * Blog Hop Rak Winner Announcement * Dusty Attic

This month's first challenge at The (Paper) Trail Makers is the following:


Use our Banner as inspiration for your project!! You can use anything about it that you would like - the design, the colors, or something else from it to inspire your creation! Have fun with it and let us know what inspired your creation!

As always - you have two weeks (until Sat. April 16th at 5pm EST)to submit your creations using Mr. Linky

If you would like to be considered for a spot as a guest designer on our team you need to participate in BOTH challenges for the month AND leave us a comment telling us you would like to be considered for a guest DT spot. We will then enter your name to win a spot as our JUNE guest designer.


As soon as I saw this challenge, I knew that I would use Echo Park, Be Mine collection. I was inspired in the colors from the banner. The banner's colors are almost identical to the Echo Park papers.



Love how this Echo Park collection combines with one of the sentiments of Krisi's KreationsScrapMattersButtoned Up sentiments: "thanks for all you do". 

This sentiment "thanks for all you do" was perfect for this layout which express my love for my dear husband.

I was able to use some of the gorgeous chipboard embellishment from Pink Paislee: Parisian Anthology Corrugated Elements. Love how that Eiffel tower looks at this layout. 


Like how "Buttoned Up: sentiments" looks against kraft cardstock. I applied Ranger Liquid Pearls in platinum to the corrugated flowers. This dimensional paint can be found in the Leave a Paper Trail store, also.

Do you know that Dusty Attic products are available in the Leave a Paper Trail store? Yes!!! Now you can buy this fabulous chipboard shipped from continental U.S.A. How cool is that!!!

There are more than 25 different chipboard pieces to choose from. And they are flying from the shelves. I advise you to check them soon, for the best selection!!


And now I want to announce the winner from "Welcome to the Neighborhood" Blog Hop!
Using Random.org

The winner is Savanna Lea

Please contact me at freytesy*at*gmail*dot*com with your address to send your goodies to you next week!

Thanks so much everyone for your participation at The (Paper) Trail Makers Blog Hop!! We really appreciate it!

and 

Looking forward to see your take on the Banner Inspiration Challenge!!

Ciao
Yara

Sharing Some News!!!!


Today was the new design team announcement at the 3 Scrappy Boys forum.

I am super, uber excited to see my name along with the other talented ladies.

This was my second time applying to the design team, and I am very happy that I was finally chosen. Since the beginning of this year, the forum is my home at the online scrapbooking world. I love hanging out there since the members are the best bunch of gals around. They are very sweet and supportive and super talented. The gallery is full of inspiration and the current designers share a lot of their knowledge with tips and techniques through their blog and newsletter. I have learned a lot of things through 3 Scrappy Boys.

I fell in love with the kits, since I got my first one last year. Love that there are three kits to choose from... and paper add-ons. The kits are full of my fave items like Maya Road and the latest embellishments. In addition, the store has a lot of goodies, that you can add to your kits. For example, I love to combine the trio kit with the main paper add-on. Love the flexibility to customize your kits. Not sure, if other companies give those options.

Once, again congratulations to everyone who made the team! I am very, very excited to be working alongside to the other designers in this coming term starting in May! Once again, thank you Heather for choosing me!

I love 3 Scrappy Boys and I cannot wait to get started in this team.

To see the rest of the design team pop over to the 3 Scrappy Boys forum.

Looking for Scrapbookers Anonymous Addicts

Theresa and Lea are looking to add a few more design team members to the Scrapbookers Anonymous Design Team who will be capable of committing to a minimum of a 6 month term, starting in May 1st.


Just in case, Scrapbookers Anonymous is a "Use your stash" challenge blog. If you loves to scrap from your stash, this is the way to go!!!!


In addition that, Theresa and Lea are one of the best challenge owners. They are very sweet and beautiful persons. You should not let pass this opportunity! Right now, I am having a blast and I feel very good about using my stash! 


The challenges are already lined up for 6 months, so you will  receive the challenges ahead of time. You will have plenty of time to work on them. That doesn't sound too demanding does it???? =)


You have until Saturday night, April 16, to get your submission ready!!! For more information, please check here!!!!


See you tomorrow!!
Yara

Treasure & Grandmas

Hi! Happy Tuesday! I cannot believe that we are already in April. I am really counting the days for our Spring Break vacations or better said home cations. Sometimes, it is nice to have a little break from school and homework... and sleep a little bit in the morning.

Today, I am posting my take in the Lily Bee sketch challenge. The sketch was created by Virginia Tillery.
 I do not have the new collections from Lily Bee, yet.
But I was very happy to use my paper's leftovers from an old time favorite "Catching Fall".

I created this layout with some photos from our trip to Reims, France in 2009. I created the paper flowers with the help of this great tutorial posted in Lily bee blog. One of the challenges at 3 Scrappy Boys Kit club forum consists to create paper flowers according to this tutorial.

The fabric flowers are from Prima Moulin Rouge. 

Yesterday was the reveal of sketch #248 at Scrapbook Challenges ning site. This was my take on this sketch by Jowilna. 




I admit that I was not feeling creative at all during the weekend. Maybe it was my lack of already printed good pictures. But I had the time to scrap and I opted to not use one of my weekly passes at Scrapbook Challenges. Who knows when I would needed it. Right??!!!

In addition, I wanted badly to use this beautiful paper from Jillibean Soup, which I got from my 3 Scrappy Boys March Trio kit. The theme of my layout was inspired in the Jillibean die cut. "Grandma's never runs out of hugs or cookies". I substituted cookies for candy at the Jillibean die cut.

I always scrapbook about the sweet memories, this was a great opportunity to scrapbook about the not so good stories or better stated the real life stories.

This layout documents one of my eternal battles with my parents which is the huge availability of candies, lollipops and chocolate at my parents's house. 

Sometimes my kids eat so much candy at the expense of a healthy meal, when my kids stay there on friday's night or during the weekend. I try to not buy candy to my kids so frequently, since the holidays and the society makes sure that kids eat candy all the year. Saint Valentine, Easter, Halloween, Christmas and all the candy included in the favor bags for every birthday celebration they are invited is more than sufficient for their yearly intake.

Fortunately, I gave up, and now I oversight it. No matter what I say, my mom will buy candy at her house and everyone is free to eat as they please. I grew up that way too!!! She will not change and I do not want her to change. Therefore, if mom and my kids are happy, then I am happy. I just make sure the rest of the weekend they eat healthy meals and they brush their teeth daily. 

For the record, my kids visit the dentist every 6 months and as of today, they do not have cavities. LOL! I remind myself this is what is truly important!

And now, I need to go! Need to prepare dinner!
See you later!

Yara

Scrapbookers Anonymous Challenge * Eyelets

For the Neighborhood Blog Hop from The (Paper) Trail Makers, please scroll down one post.

This month at Scrapbookers Anonymous, we want you to use your eyelets. Not 2 or 3 or 10!!! We want you to use at least 23 eyelets. Are they too much??? No!!!!!!!!

Do you remember when eyelets were a hot item? I need to admit that I was lucky to find my Making Memories eyelet setter.  But I am really so happy that I was able to participate in this challenge. Since, I love, love how this layout turned out. Sometimes, old techniques are what is needed to add just the right touch to our scrapbook projects.

If you do not have eyelets in your stash, or they just went away at your last spring cleaning from your stash. You can use grommets. Grommets function in most of the same way as the eyelets, except that they are bigger and hold much more space. In addition, that they have beautiful decorative designs.

I took some of my eyelets in pastel colors and placed them at random for one of my flower's die cuts. For this fun challenge, I was inspired to use one of the new collections from My Little Shoebox, Home Tweet Home. Even more I used the March sketch created by Aphra at My Little Shoebox blog

This paper collection combines perfectly with this photo of Luis and me at Walt Disney Studios. I still remember all the beautiful flowers everywhere. Photo dates from June, 2009. Sigh, I still have lots of photos from that trip.

If you want to join us, do not forget to check the awesome ideas created by the other designers at Scrapbookers Anonymous blog.

Come on!!! I know you want to play along with us! Show us, what can be done with eyelets!!

Hugs!!!
Yara

Welcome to the Neighborhood Blog Hop


Woohoo!!! Are you ready to get our Fun in the  Neighborhood Blog Hop started?

We're so glad you are joining us at our Neighborhood Blog Hop.  At each of our Design Team Member's blogs, you will stop and be able to virtually eat some yummy food at our progressive dinner.  You'll see how we were inspired by our dishes to inspire you with some great projects using The Paper Trail's April 2011 Kit.

April 2011 Kit includes 8 Crate Paper Neighborhood DS patterned papers, 4 sheets Bazzill cardstock, Crate Paper Neighborhood alpha stickers (12x12), Border stickers, trims, and buttons. Plus, Prima felt embroidered flowers, Prima birds, and a package of Bo Bunny Double Dot Chipboard Swirls and alphabet.


So, if you are coming from Amarilys you are in the right place! 


If not head back to The (Paper) Trail Makers Challenge Blog 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!


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


When I saw this challenge prompt I knew I wanted to create a scrapbook layout with the following patterned papers from the new Crate "Neighborhood" collection: "Garden" and "Together".


This layout was created with a sketch from Sketch Inspiration (sketch #213). The buttons I attached to my layout are from the "Neighborhood" collection too. I applied Ranger "Stickles" in Dark Blue to the pink flower by bordering the stitches. In addition, I applied Adirondack "Dimensional Pearls" in Dark Denim to the house as a small accent. Both items are available at Leave a Paper Trail store.

You can see better, here...

Love these sentiments "you are the apple of my eye" and "i pick you". Both were printed in kraft cardstock from the following template: Krisi's-Kreations from ScrapMatters "Buttoned Up: Sentiments".

Thanks so much for visiting today! It would not be a hop without some blog candy!:):)

Please become a follower, if you are not already and leave a comment below to win my little RAK! One Crate Paper layered chipboard in addition to an assortment of chipboard stickers from Scrapworks.

Hurry and get hopping!

Next is Sandi


Remember, to become a follower (if you aren't already) at The (Paper) Trail Makers Challenge blog and tell there what you liked best about the Fun in the Neighborhood Blog Hop for a chance to win an April 2011 The Paper Trail Kit (retail value $35). 
WOWsers!!! That's going to be one lucky winner!

You have until 11PM EST on Sunday, April 3rd to complete the hop and get your comments posted!

Have a wonderful day!!!
Yara

In case you get lost, this is the order for the hop:

Trail Makers blog  http://www.trailmakers.blogspot.com/
First up is our Appetizer at Heather T's blog...guest designer for April http://scrappingmomof3.blogspot.com/
Going for drinks next at Amarilys' http://amadrian8.blogspot.com/
Then we're off to Yara's for some saladhttp://itssummereveryday.blogspot.com/
And the main dish at Sandi's http://sandileescraps.blogspot.com/
A scrumptious side dish at Karen'shttp://www.leaveapapertrail.blogspot.com/
A yummy dessert at Krystle'shttp://hightimesinthehighdesert.blogspot.com/
an after dinner mint at Krisi's Kreationshttp://www.krisiskreations.blogspot.com/
And ending the evening playing some cards at Tanya'shttp://tanyalsblog.blogspot.com/



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