It's School Time

My kids completed their school year last friday, therefore I am really enjoying the "lazy" days of summer.  LOL! But the "Lazy" is in quotes since mother duties and the house does not recognize vacations. However the slower pace and the extra one hour wakeup time are really well appreciated.

This week, we want to see your school theme projects at The Paper Variety.

The Paper Variety is sponsoring this challenge and will award this "Crate Paper" School Spirit kit to one lucky randomly chosen winner.
Honestly, I have dozens of school portraits, pictures, school's events just waiting to be scrapbooked.
This time I scrapped in chronological order. This layout documents the first time I went with my son to school to pickup his uniforms and books. He was four years old at the photo, but it seems like yesterday. This layout was based in a sketch from Sassafras Manufacturer's blog designed by Marcy Penner. I used the Cherry Delicious collection and beautiful journaling die cuts from Elle's Studio.

Now, it is your turn! Get out all your school theme photos and scrapbook supplies and link up your school theme project before tuesday at noon.

Have a wonderful week!

Rain or Shine

Hi! Happy Sunday! Today, I am sharing a scrapbook layout for challenge #5 at The (Paper) Trail Makers Challenge Blog. This time, we want to see projects using the Paper Piecing technique.

I used the beautiful Nikki Sivils It's raining, it's pouring collection that is available at the Leave a Paper Trail store.
This layout is inspired in a sketch created by Anam Stubbington. I am very excited to submit it to the Guest Designer spot contest! Let's see what happens!
I really hope to have the opportunity to create with all the amazing Nikki Sivils products.

Do you see the dark cloud below the yellow arrow? It rained a lot that day, but the rain does not stopped us to enjoy the gardens. I dreamt to see this place, since I was a little child. I still remember my History elementary teacher words with respect to these gardens.

On the scrapping note, It felt so good to use my so many times forgotten stamps collection. I used one Unity stamp from my stash and stamped the sun and the cloud using yellow ink at the white cardstock. This white cardstock is used as my layout background. 

Then, I stamped the same sun / cloud image in the blue patterned paper. 
After that, I cut with scissors the cloud from the blue patterned paper and attached it with pop foam dots for dimension above the same cloud stamped at the white cardstock. 
Love this way of creating my embellishments using the paper piecing stamping technique. 
I still cannot believe all the stamping I had done this month.

Looking forward to see your creations. There is still time to submit your projects for the following challenges at The (Paper) Trail Makers Crop:

Each of them has prizes. Lots of chances to add goodies to your stash! I will love to see you there!

Have a wonderful sunday!

Weekend Recap, Two Layouts and a Card

Hi! Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was busy but very good!!

I spent last saturday scrapbooking at the Scrapper's Place Event and had a fabulous time! I met so many nice and talented scrappers, took two advanced classes, learned new techniques, ate wonderful food and just had fun!

So happy to take classes with my friend Marilyn Rivera, she is so talented, and she is so nice. If you just drool at her layouts in the computer. Let me tell you, you just have to see them in person, they are truly works of art! simply amazing! I just wish to have just half of her talent!

I loved the class from the other teacher Yanitza Ramos, too! Loved her class with the distress inks. Her cards and layouts and the coloring with the Magnolia stamped dolls is simply amazing!

We received three classes to go. Love all the supplies and pdf files provided. Looking forward to work on my layouts this month.

I want to thanks Rebeca, the owner of Scrapper's Place, for doing this event. It was fabulous! Looking forward for next year already!

Only if, I not had to leave at 5pm from the event! I had a two hours drive, just to see one of my favorite singers of all times, Luis Miguel on that same saturday. I went with my DH and had an amazing time!

On the scrapping note, I have two layouts to share with you today and a card. 

First is my take on the sketch #254 from Scrapbook Challenges. If you have a patterned paper die cut with bracket shape, you should see this sketch! I used My Little Shoebox, Farmer Market collection. I am submitting this layout to the MLS Farmer's Market Challenge.
This was the perfect collection to document the favorite breakfast from my youngest son: scrambled eggs with olive oil with yellow cheese and honey crackers. I prepare this on the weekends, since it is his first request specially on sundays mornings. I tell you, he really eats, just that he has a very fast metabolism. How fortunate!

Second, I am sharing another fast layout I did for My Scrapbook Nook Virtual Crop, last weekend. I just did one layout for challenge #1: Go wild with quotes.
I just copied the same quote provided in the challenge on this Basic Grey patterned paper. It is a quote I love to read. By creating this layout, I confronted my fears of stamping, and the photo of me at the beach in the background represents the so large creative world, I could miss, if I do not confront my fears. So let stamp more frequently!!

I just stamped, without worrying, if stamps were very well inked, or if I had a well alignment. I just stamped with my heart content. It was really liberating.

Third is my card, that was revealed for Scrapbookers Anonymous, May Challenge. I created this card last week, before the event. I just had not the chance to share it in my blog. 
It was a real challenge for me too. 
The objective is to encourage using the scraps from the layout used for the challenge and make a card using stamping.
The scallop circle was stamped with a background stamp. This was easy! The hardest part was the stamped flower. The flower was stamped and cut. Really need to use what I learned at the event. The sentiment "you make me happy" was stamped too with brown ink.

I used my scraps from Little Yellow Bicycle, Twig and the stamps are from Stampin' Up! 
There is still time to participate in this challenge for a very nice prize featuring Tim Holtz supplies. 
This challenge is due on May 31.

This is everything until now. Hope to see you getting your stamps too!
Wishing you a fabulous week!


Doily Challenge at The (Paper) Trail Makers

Doilies are everywhere. It is not a new trend, but they came to the scrapbook world to stay just as polka dots or stripes patterns. They are used frequently in papercrafting projects since in addition to inexpensive, they are very versatile. 

For this challenge, you need to create a scrapbook layout, card or project with at least one doily. Doilies can be from patterned paper, fabric, stamps, crochet, chipboard, cardstock embellishments. But at least, we want to see one doily on your project. This should be easy!
I used the Fancy Pants Designs; Little Sprout collection. The big doilies are made from laser cut chipboard by Dusty Attic. They were inked with "Old rose" pigment brush ink pad. They were embellished with self adhesive white pearls from Kaisercraft. 

The beautiful fabric roses are from May 2011 It's all the little things'. Sketch is sketch #154 from Creative Scrappers (it could not be easier - sketch has doilies too! LOL!:).

Here some close-ups:
The pink button is from Crate paper and it was included in April Monthly kit featuring Crate Paper Neighborhood.

The center of the punched butterflies were created with Ranger Liquid Pearls platinum which is available at the Leave a Paper Trail store.
This is a view from the beautiful white rose included in the May Monthly kit from Leave a Paper Trail
Even the rose cardstock used as a base for the photos's patterned paper mat was punched with a doily border punch.

Now, it is your turn! 
Enter your project before May 31 at The (Paper) Trail Makers Challenge Blog for your chance at winning a fabulous prize.

Looking forward to see what you create with doilies!


Movie Inspiration Challenge at The Paper Variety

Welcome to weekly challenge #33 at The Paper Variety!
We want to see your projects inspired by a movie, movie title or featuring a movie theme! 

We are thrilled to have Diana Fisher of Design by Diana as our sponsor this week for The Paper Variety!

I created this layout inspired in this challenge:
Avatar is one of my favorite movies so far. Here is my son playing with two toys from the kid's menu. I am not super fan of eating at fast food restaurants, but i do not mind when the toys from the kids menu are from my favorite movies.

Everything is from April 2011 Main Kit from 3 Scrappy Boys. The blue /green colors from Cosmo Cricket "Social Club" were just perfect for the Avatar movie. I used the current sketch from "Once Upon a Sketch" challenge blog. I am submitting this layout to Your Scrapbook Stash (May 1 sketch), too.

Now it is your turn! Enter your project before noon Tuesday at The Paper Variety for your chance to win the prize!

Have a wonderful day!

Sketches, Challenges and Random Items

Note: This layout was requested for publication by Ezine. View at July 2011 issue.

First of all, I will like to thank everyone that stopped by and left such sweet comments on my layouts last week and hopped along through one or two of the two blog hops, I participated in the NSD / Mother's day weekend. I hope you had a great time and received lots of inspiration from the hop, from my designer's friends and me.

I admit that last weekend was really busy and a little overwhelming. But, I had a blast due to all the NSD happening and family time activities. I was so excited, that i could not scrap at all on saturday. On sunday, my DH prepared a delicious lunch on Mother's day, that even my close family enjoyed it. Then, we went to the pool and everyone had a relaxing time.

However, I managed to create this layout. 
This is my take on sketch #253 from Jowilna from Scrapbook Challenges.
This layout shows some pictures from Hacienda San Pedro coffee museum.  I love to drink coffee and I like to feel the satisfaction to drink it from the real source. Even more, the barista who prepared this so delicious coffee was the grandaugher of Don Emeterio. 

Below, I am including a little background, for my reference. Hacienda San Pedro is a coffee house owned by Emeterio Atienza's family. This is the history of the coffee house as written in the "Hacienda San Pedro" website.

The story of Hacienda San Pedro goes all the way back to the end of the XIX century when a young Spaniard, 13 years old, arrived on our shores with a single suitcase and a thousand dreams, Emeterio Atienza. He worked hard to create the perfect coffee.  After many years of arduous work and constant dedication, Emeterio was able to purchase his own farm in the town of Jayuya and named it Hacienda San Pedro. Every morning at dawn he would go out accompanied by his seven sons, to inspect the blooming of hte coffee trees, carefully inspecting them, one by one. Each tree had its own name; a tradition his son Albert carried on after him, as does up to this day his grandson, Roberto Atienza. Honoring a family tradition that now embraces four generations of Atienzas, Hacienda San Pedro Coffee is still grown in the mountains of Jayuya, hand-picked, and lovingly brought to the market the same way it was done nearly a century ago by Emeterio Atienza. Even today, the beans are dried in antique drums that are over a hundred years old. Such is the love and respect that Roberto Atienza feels for his coffee that, during the critical hours while the coffee beans are drying, he spends night after night waiting next to the drums (just like his grandfather used to) waiting for the exact moment when the beans reach for the perfect level of dryness. For Roberto, caring for the little details is his way of honoring and keeping alive his grandfather's dream of bringing to the world the finest coffee Puerto Rico mountains can produce.

I used the April 2011 Main Kit from 3 Scrappy Boys. This is my fourth layout with this kit. This layout has only one (1) cardstock and only (1) double side patterned paper, a rarity in me, since I love to use many patterns at my layouts. 

I cut one piece ~ 9 X 9", which is the red polka-dot pattern. Then, I had left a piece of 3" X 12" from which, I had on the other side two lines of circles. I cut ~ 0.5" through the middle of the circle, as a result, I had 4 strip of papers.

Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket, Social Club; 
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; 
Canvas Pennant: Maya Road; 
Doily: Kaisercraft; 
Buttons: October Afternoon; 
Rub-ons: Studio Calico; 
Chipboard Number: Studio Calico
Alphabet Stickers: Echo Park Paper, For the Record;
Cardstock Stickers: Echo Park Paper, For the Record;
Ribbon: Maya Road

Do not forget to play along with all the challenges at The (Paper) Trail Makers Challenge blog; right now we have the following challenges due on May 31:
- Challenge 1: Color Challenge
- Challenge 2: Flourish Challenge

Each challenges have very nice prizes, and there are great chances to win some items for your stash!

Do not forget to play along with Scrapbookers Anonymous Stamping challenge, too. You can submit scrapbook layouts but also cards. This challenge is also due on May 31.

Next, I want to give thanks to all the people that commented and helped me on this layout. Most of you suggested to add a yellow, golden mist. The most similar mist, I had was Tattered Angels "Crushed Shells". Now, I like how it turned out. Thanks again!

Well, this post is getting too long!
Wishing you a wonderful day!


"3 Scrappy Boys" Blog Hop

If you are participating in the "Scrapbook Challenges" Blog Hop, click HERE, or much better scroll down one post!

Hi! Today is a fun day at  3 Scrappy Boys since we are having our first blog hop! The current DT term started this May with four new designers. Therefore, this Blog Hop is taking you to each of the DT blogs in an effort to get to know us a little better.

If you are just arriving at my blog make sure you head over to the 3 Scrappy Boys blog to begin. This is such a great and talented team. I do not want you to miss all the pretty layouts and/or projects and opportunities to win!

For this blog hop, each designer is free to share layouts, challenges or projects with kits or products available at 3 Scrappy Boys! Awesome, isn't!

For the people who do not know me, I am Yara! I live with my husband and my two boys (5 and 7) in Puerto Rico. I am a stay at home mom. I started scrapping in 2003 when I had to be on bed rest from my first pregnancy. However, it was not until the beginning of 2010 that I started sharing my scrapbook projects with the online scrapbook world. I feel that by participating in sketch challenges and other challenge blogs I had grown as a scrapper.

I love to do 12 X 12 scrapbook layouts. I love to do boys pages, but travel pages too. I love to use flowers at my layouts, therefore I like to scrap about me also. Sometimes, I do clean and simple cards.

I am a morning scrapper, I scrap mostly during the mornings (week days) when my kids are in school. My favorite manufacturers are so many: Crate Paper, Cosmo Cricket, Pink Paislee, Echo Park, Sassafras Lass, Lily bee Design, Bo Bunny... that does not makes sense to list them all! LOL!

I am not a technique person, except for fussy cutting, that's it!
I just love to layer lots of papers and embellishments in a beautiful way. Recently, I self discovered, that I cannot scrap a layout without a least three different patterned papers. You will see, I like to mix several textures and manufacturers in my layouts.

Next up is our sale for today...past kits has been marked down and the quantities are very go on over and get your shop on...there are lots of good deals to be had! And the very requested October Afternoon 5 & Dime is in stock at 25% off. You should not miss this!

Last but not least is my recipe challenge for this will have until Sunday to upload your entry... I made it easy... I just want you to play with without further adieu...

Here is what I want to see on your layout:
- at least two buttons
- at least three patterned papers
- bonus: use at least one die cut patterned paper

Here is one of my examples...I used the April 2011 Main Kit that features Cosmo Cricket "Social Club".
This is a boys layout, but it is really a scrapbook layout about me! Now I am sharing something about me, that I had not shared before!

First, this is one of my favorite movies so far, especially for the special effects. I am not a fan of eating at fast food restaurants. But, I have a confession, I do not care to buy happy meals to my boys when the toys are from movies I like! LOL! Yes, this is the little girl in me!

Second, do you see the photos's background. Yes, these are my scrapbook albums.

For this layout, I used a sketch from Once Upon a Sketch challenge blog.

There are lot more challenges at 3 Scrappy Boys Forums, in addition to very explanatory and useful tutorials of techniques and tools like the "Sew Easy". Hope to see you there!

OK... I will not talk more...your next stop in the blog hop is...

the very talented Aubree.

Wishing you a happy weekend!

Blog Hop (order)
- 3 Scrappy Boys Blog
- Heather B.
- Yara (me)
- Aubree
- Kimberly
- Heather (wags)
- Nadhrah
- Jennie
- 3 Scrappy Boys Blog

"Thank You Pamela" Scrapbook Challenges Blog Hop

 Welcome to "Thank You Pamela" Scrapbook Challenges Blog Hop!

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

Pamela, the founder of Scrapbook Challenges, is taking a break from scrapbooking to dedicate more time to her family. We are grateful that Brynn will stay at this wonderful scrapbook community. 

Each participant designer and ex SC designers too, created an inspirational layout using one of Pamela's sketches to give her thanks for the great community she created at Scrapbook Challenges.

I am Yara, one of the current members of Scrapbook Challenges's SKETCH design team! Every monday a new scrapbook layout is revealed at Scrapbook Challenges. I love to work with sketches and the supporting community from Scrapbook Challenges. I am really enjoying my time here!

Today every blog you hop to will have a layout that is based on any sketch created by Pamela. I chose sketch #47.

This is my 8 X 8layout, that I made based on the sketch. Not sure, but I think it is my first time scrapping at this size.

Supplies are from Echo Park Paper Springtime collection. The sentiment is a stamp from Unity "October Kit of the Month 2009".

RAKS involved in this blog hop:
1.  One member who leaves a comment on all the blogs & in the hop will get Chipboard Borders, 12x12 Collection Kit and a 6x6 Paper Pad from To The Moon by Fancy Pants.

2.  One member who post a NEW a layout based on one of Pam’s sketches and posts it in the HOP ON section will receive a package of Tim Holtz goodies.
3. One new member over the weekend will get the We R Memory Keepers’ Sew Easy Piercer, 4 Piercers, a mixed assortment of Divine Twine and 15 colors of DMC Embroidery Floss.

Now, all you must do is leave a comment here and hop on to Shannon ('s blog."

Have a great weekend!! Hope you can have a great time at iNSD and Mother's Days celebration. Personally, I am very excited to participate in the NSD online crop at 3 Scrappy Boys. There will be challenges, tutorials, games, and lots of sales with hug discounts starting today. In addition, the new DT at 3 Scrappy Boys will blog hop tomorrow starting at 9:00 AM (ET). So, if you are still looking for a place to crop today, I hope you could make us a visit!

Happy iNSD and Mother's Day, again!

Brynn (
Cheryl (
Ana (
Jo (
Ilene (
Natalie (
Helen (
Sookie (

Friday Fun!

This one is easy! Help us get the word out about the month long crop  at Trail Makers! All you have to do is post on your blog about the crop on your blog and/or facebook.  Then come back and link where you posted it! You have until Sunday, May 8 at 11PM EST for a chance at an RAK!

Please remember to participate in the current challenges at Trail Makers:
Challenge #1: Color Challenge
Challenge #2: Flourish Challenge

Us in 2011

I cannot believe, I did a layout just for fun! Well, here is this one featuring one photo of my DH and me! It is not so frequent that we are posing for the camera together. It is always me or him (well, mostly me) behind the camera. This one was from a day trip to "Old San Juan". The place is "Plaza del Quinto Centenario".

Even, I like somehow how this layout turned out, I feel it is incomplete.  It definitely needs the messy factor, just that I wasn't sure, if I wanted to get messy or did not want to messing everything up. Next week (shhh!!! after NSD and Mother's Day), if I decide to mist it, I will share it again. 

BTW, do you agree with me?, which mist color do you recommend for misting or splattering?

I am submitting this layout to several challenge blogs. First, I used the sketch 4.28 from Sketchy Thursdays. Second, I used the Inspiration Board #190 from Color Combos Galore. Third, I am submitting this layout to the current challenge at The Paper Variety
I do not used mist, but I used one brown ink pad, liquid pearls and stickles. Yes, this counts for the The Paper Variety challenge! LOL!

For this layout, I used the awesome April 2011 Main kit from 3 Scrappy Boys. I added the LYB die cut paper and sticker (blue wood) from the March 2011 Trio Kit.

Kit: April 2011 Main Kit from 3 Scrappy Boys
Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket, Social Club; Little Yellow Bicycle, Twig
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics;
Canvas: Maya Road
Buttons: October Afternoon Schoolhouse
Die Cuts: Cosmo Cricket; Social Club
Flower: Maya Road, Alterable Canvas Flowers
Chipboard: Maya Road (numbers)
Stickers: Echo Park, For the Record, Little Yellow Bicycle, Twig
Doily: Kaisercraft
Pigment Brush Pad: Clearsnap Color Box, Brown
Liquid pearls: Ranger, Baby Blue
Distress Stickles: Ranger, Scattered Straw
Stickles: Ranger, Lime Green

See you soon!

at Culebra

Hi! Happy Monday everyone! First thank you so much for all your sweet comments yesterday! They made me smile, I appreciate them all! Your comments are the ones that inspires me to get out of my comforting scrapping zones and to try new techniques! Thanks again!

Today, I am sharing the last layout I created for Scrapbook Challenges. I am so happy that finally I got to scrap my first photo from our vacations at Culebra last Thanksgiving week. I love so much the beach photos I took on that vacations, but I want to scrap them with the current summer collections. Now you are advised to expect seeing more beach photos at this blog. Well, this blog should make honor to its title, isn't it??!!! :)

This photo shows Luis and me in front of our cabin just waiting for my DH to get ready for thanksgiving dinner at the hotel's restaurant. Diego took the photo for us! Definitely, this one was the non traditional thanksgiving photo.

This layout was created with sketch #252 from Scrapbook Challenges and it was designed by the fabulous Jolanda.

I used the April 2011 Main Kit from 3 Scrappy Boys. It features Cosmo Cricket Social Club. Loves so much the Prima flower that Heather included in the kit. Love this palette of blues and greens combined with neutrals and the mix of fabrics and canvas.

Here is one close-up:
I misted the white Kaisercraft doily (included in March 2011 Trio Kit) with Tattered Angels "Crushed Shells" mist. The soft blue doily is from Kaisercraft too. The fabric polka dot button is from Purple Pumpkin. The butterfly is from Cosmo Cricket social club. Love the blue color tones here.

Here is another close-up:

The title is from Studio Calico. Love the font and colors of this alphabet stickers. The sentiment was cut from patterned paper from Cosmo Cricket circa 1934 collection.

Kit: April 2011 Main Kit from 3 Scrappy Boys
Patterned papers: Cosmo Cricket; Social Club; Circa 1934
Cardstock: Bazzill
Alphabet Stickers: Studio Calico
Doilies: Kaisercraft
Ephemera: 7 gypsies
Chipboard Stickers: Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934
Canvas Pennant: Maya Road
Fabric Button: Purple Pumpkin
Buttons: October Afternoon
Ink: Clear Snap, Pigment Brush Pad, Glacier Ice
Mist: Tattered Angels: Crushed Shells

I will love to see your take in the sketch or just playing with us this weekend at 3 Scrappy Boys! Next weekend is NSD and Mother's Day! And it is Teacher's Appreciation Week, this week too, at least in Puerto Rico! Definitely, this will be a very busy week for everyone, including me! So, I must go!! Thanks for reading me!!

Until next...


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