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!



Deb Hickman said...

Two gorgeous LO's, both are so colorful,love the

Kelly Massman said...

Love both of them! I love the circles on the first one!

Lea said...

The yellow mist looks great on that last layout! Love the coffee layout! Great pictures and I love how you combined the different circle patterned papers!!!

Lynnda Hosni said...

both layout are beautifully made Yara.... the 1st one...bright cheery and pretty PP used...the 2nd one... that yellow is real stunner!!!... Hugs...xoxo


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