Summertime Means Sports

Hi, there! Today, I am sharing a simple page that I did recently. One for me, just to document what means summer in our family.

Here, I documented what means "Summertime". 
For our family, "Summertime" means Sports. Why? Since my kid was little, I look for some part-time summer camp where he can learn a new sport. This layout shows my kid at his summer camp during 2008 learning soccer. Wow, time really goes so fast!

I used the Echo Park collection "Summer Days", alphabet thickers from American Crafts and cardstock stickers from Echo Park "Sweet Summertime" collection. I did not have an orange alphabet to complete my title, which really surprised me. 

Therefore, I looked thru my alphabet stickers from my Echo Park's old stash and found the sticker letters to spell the words "Sports &". Love when manufacturers release products with similar colors and styles every year, like in this case with "Summer Days" and "Summertime" collections. This is my tip for today: Always check your stash!

On another note, last week I received an email from Jen Gallagher with a permission request to upload one of my pages in the new Echo Park Flickr gallery.

I was very excited, since I am fan of Jen's work and I love Echo Park products. Moreover, I still feel very excited when I read: "In it, we've added the best of the best designs we've found both on the internet, our Fresh Face Designers, and those created by our in-house design team." It really feels good, that one of my projects was chosen.

The layout that was requested is this one, created with the "Sweet Summertime" collection.

They have a contest right now, just for uploading your Echo Parks projects at the Flickr gallery. 

Next, is the reveal of The Paper Variety with a Page Maps sketch challenge. The prize for the current week is a very good one, a July kit from Artful Delight. 

I still cannot believe that my term ended. Loved my design team experience at The Paper Variety. Thanks Abby and Suzy for letting me, be part of your team! My best wishes to the new DT girls! All of them are super talented! Love the new upcoming challenges. Pretty sure, I will play at some of them. So keep tuned at The Paper Variety.

In addition, there is a new challenge at the 3 Scrappy Boys forums for the month of July. It is a recipe challenge: all the chipboard, mist and Core-dinations cardstock are at 20% off right now. 

If you upload a project at the 3 Scrappy Boys gallery and the challenge's thread including these three type of products, you will participate in the voting for the prize of a gift certificate. Awesome, isn't!

Well, I still have lots to do! This is just everything for now!

Until next, and have a wonderful day!


Dancing in the Sand with Cosmo Cricket Salt Air

Hi, there! and Wow! I cannot believe that this is my last post as a designer for The Paper Variety challenge blog. This was my first opportunity on a designing group and I am always thankful to Abby and Suzy to believe in me, when I had zero experience in design teams. I hope you have applied or will apply pretty soon (DT call is due this friday). Abby and Suzy are very professional, responsible and great persons to work with.

The challenge for this week is seasonal, it is all about summer! Honestly, it was a little difficult to me, since many of my summer pictures are travel or sports related, or I had them scrapped already.  I cheated a little bit at this challenge since these photos were taken on the thanksgiving weekend, but hey!!! where I live is summer everyday! And to my side, I used this fabulous summer collection from Cosmo Cricket, Salt Air.

It could not be more perfect, summer theme with vintage fall colors!!

More than a collection of photos ranging from June to August, the challenge is to scrap some photos of what summer represents like fun activities like travel, vacations, pool and the beach.

I used the fabulous June 2011 Trio kit from 3 Scrappy Boys and a Pencil Lines sketch.

Here, there are some close-ups!
Love the Maya Road chipboard and Cosmo Cricket buttons.

The alphabet is from Sassafras Lass and Jillibean Soup. 
The wood veneer butterfly is from Studio Calico and the star is from Bella BLVD Family Dynamix. 
The bracket shaped chipboard is from GCD Studios and was misted with Studio Calico mist in blue grass. The label is a fussy cut from one the Cosmo Cricket patterned papers.

The cloud has white glitter over glossy accents. The rainbow was created with Stickles. The mint cloud was misted with Tattered Angels glimmer mist. I misted yellow mist to the sun border, then applied golden stickles. The sun middle chipboard was covered with patterned paper. I applied white craft ink to the white cloud, then Zing clear embossing powder.

We have a new sponsor this week! Inspired to Scrap Kits & Classes!

Inspired to Scrap is kindly donating to the winner of this week's challenge your choice of ANY one of their available past kits, or the current May / June kit! The winner will also receive a FREE class!

Now it is your turn! Join us by creating a paper project with a summer theme and enter it a The Paper Variety!

Have a great week!!!

Sagrada Familia

Hi, there! Hope you all have been having a great weekend! 
Our weekend was filled with sunshine, sunday rain, the pool, night life at "Old San Juan", meeting good friends, BBQ, Father's day, little bit of shopping (ie for Father's day), kid's room reorganization, scrap-room reorganization (right now is a completely mess), laundry, sorting clothes, errands, basket clinics...yada, yada... in random order...:)

Today, I am sharing this layout "Sagrada Familia". I used the June 2011 "The Paper Trail" kit which features the gorgeous collection from Bo Bunny "Time Piece" and the sketch from Bo Bunny "Sketch Challenge Friday" designed by Frances Sylvia.

Post edited: This layout was requested by Scrapbook Trends for publication in January 2012 issue.

In addition to vintage and/or masculine project, this June kit from The Paper Trail store is perfect for travel layouts. Love how beautiful are the buttons and sheer ribbon included in the kit. I added the doily chipboard from Dusty Attic, the alphabet letters and the big flower which happens to belong to Bo Bunny, also, but from the "Noel" collection.

Actually, "Sagrada Familia" cathedral is a must see. This monument is simply amazing and it is worth visiting. I could be hours in the same place looking at all the details. I just hope to return one day!

There are two challenges at The (Paper) Trail Makers Challenge blog: 

In addition, Karen from The Paper Trail is looking for 4 new creative people to add to the team. This is a great opportunity for everyone, especially that you will receive some of the latest and greatest mix of products to use in the only two assigned challenges. In addition to a very good 20% discount from the The Paper Trail store. For the details, you can see here.

Hope to see you there!

Wishing you a wonderful day!

"Father's Day" Scrapbook Layout and a Card

Since Father's day is just around the corner, I decided to create a layout from my dear husband and my two sons celebrating this holiday in 2009 (June 21).
This candid moment was captured when my boys gave to their dad the presents that morning. I will never forget those smiles. So happy this memory is already kept in my scrapbooks. 

I used the May 2011 Main Kit from 3 Scrappy Boys which features Basic Grey Life of the Party  collection. This polka dot paper combines very well with the gift wrap paper from the presents in the photos. Just everything you see is included in the kit. I just added Maya Road "Antique Silver" mist to the chipboard stars and the kraft tag. Love this mist color from Maya Road. I wrote in my notebook that I need more metallic colors, like bronze and gold. Even the silver chain from the Maya Road key chain was the perfect accent for my tag instead of using a ribbon.

I was inspired in the current sketch (June 9) from Sketchy Thursdays. I am entering this scrapbook layout in The Kraft Journal: Father's challenge too.

In addition, it is the 15th when Scrapbookers Anonymous challenge blog reveal the cards created with the current challenge from the month. I used once again my BG Wander mini pad and a sketch from Card Patterns. The cards made by the design team are just amazing! Remember, you have until the end of the month to participate in this challenge! Creating a card with a mini pad, should be easy for all the card makers in the online world! Isn't it?

Here is my simple card:
The stamp is from Stampin' Up! "All Holidays", Cardstock: Stampin' Up: Crushed Curry, Ink: Soft Suede, Corrugated frame: Jillibean Soup, brads: My Mind's Eye.

I am really surprised with all the cards, I had already done this month! Hope to keep this up, so I can improve my card making skills. I admit, it is getting easier!

I am entering this card to the following challenges:
- PaperCraft Star: Challenge #50: S: Stamp, T: Tape, A: Adhesive, R: Red (color)
- Card Patterns: sketch #119

Keep tuned, I have more layouts to share in the coming days.
Have a wonderful wednesday!

Father's Day Card with Bo Bunny "Time Piece"

I created this card with June 2011 kit from Leave a Paper Trail store which features Bo Bunny "Time Piece" collection. This kit is perfect for Father's Day cards and/or masculine, heritage, vintage projects. It came to me at the perfect time!

If you have "Father's Day" or masculine cards, you can submit to the following challenges:
- The Paper Variety - due next Tuesday at noon.

Both sites are looking for additional designers, check it all out for the Design Team call at the respective site, I encourage you all to go for it!

I am submitting this card to the following challenges too:
Mami Doodles: Challenge #28, Create a card for a boy or for a man
Paper Play Challenges: Week #23, Father's Day.
Wags' n Whiskers: Challenge 56, One for the Boys.
CRAFT Challenge: Challenge 106, Father's Day
Crafting for All Seasons: Challenge #2, Father's Day

Have a nice day!

Pirate Scrapbook Layout and DT Call

Hi, everyone! Happy Wednesday! Today is week 37's reveal at The Paper Variety! We want you to scrap about the guys, especially now that Father's day is around the corner.

The challenge consists to create a paper project about or for a special man or boy in your life.

This was not a real challenge for me, since I have a stack of boy photos from my two sons just waiting to be scrapped!

Here is my take for this challenge:
It was a long time that I wanted to create a pirate scrapbook layout. So I took the chance with this masculine / boy challenge to scrap these photos about my boy dressed as pirate. My boy is at the "Bounty" ship that was stationed at Old San Juan's port last winter season. The "Bounty" was one of the ships used to film Pirate of the Caribbean movies II and III.

I used the sketch from Purple Pumpkin June Challenge. Loved this sketch!

Supplies are patterned paper from Echo Park Paper "For the Record"; alphabet: American Crafts; Flourishes: Prima Marketing Inc, and the black doily, all the so cute buttons and skull ribbon are from Purple Pumpkin.

I used my Sew Easy too with the straight stitch head and mat for hand stiching the red patterned paper. It took a lot of less time than I thought and I loved how it turned out!

Here is another close-up:
So sorry, for the bad photos, it has been raining a lot these days, here.
I used doilies and flourishes since they resembled to me the ship steering wheel and waves respectively.

The Challenge:
Look all the possible themes you can use for this challenge!

The Sponsor:

The Prize:
Ok! It is now time to see what you come up for the challenge! Join us and create a masculine project about your dad, you husband, your special other, your boy friend, your brother, your son... So many possibilities! This challenge is due next Tuesday or better yet Sunday for the chance to be spotlighted!

Don't forget!
The Paper Variety is currently accepting DT applications. This is a great DT team to belong to!  They are looking for scrapbook designers and card makers at all experience levels! 
Click here for all the requirements!

See you on Friday with a card I just made for Father's Day!!

Have a wonderful day!


A cheerful wedding card

Hi, there!
Today, I created a cheerful wedding card! Not sure why, they should be always formal or elegant style!
Of course, I can change the sentiment and make another type of card! LOL!
Everything is from June 2011 Trio kit from 3 Scrappy Boys except for the white cardstock and the sentiment stamp which is from a SU! stamp set (that should be retired). Ink used SU! Melon Mambo.

Love this gorgeous ribbon included in the kit from Fancy Pants that matches so perfect with the greens included in the Bella BLVD papers from the Family Dynamix collection.

This will be for my stash of cards! Having cards already done is always so handful especially on those last minute occasions!

I am linking this card to the following challenges:
- Papercraft Star: Challenge #48, photo inspiration. The starting point to create this card was the horizontal line of green trees against the white cardstock.
- Card Patterns: Sketch #118.
- Wee Memories: Challenge #59 "Free for All".
- Paper Crafting Journey: Anything goes Challenge #11.
- Top Tip Tuesday: Challenge #36; Use your ribbon.
- Color Throwdown #144: Pumpkin Pie, Orange and Certainly Celery.
- A spoon full of sugar: Challenge #154; Flower Power

See you later!

June Trio Kit at 3 Scrappy Boys

Hi, everyone!

Today, I will be sharing what I have created with the fabulous June Trio kit from 3 Scrappy Boys which is currently available at the store.
This kit is packed with brand new product from Crate Paper Salt Air, Bella BLVD Family Dynamix and The Girls's Paperie Kitch. In addition, there are two alphabets in complementary colors from Studio Calico and Sassafras, lots of Maya Road chipboard, wood veneer butterflies from Studio Calico, flowers and many odds and ends, which I was very excited to play around with it! Why don't you check here for more details.

Here is what I created so far...
"My fave snapshot" layout features Cosmo Cricket Salt Air and Coredinations cardstock. This is a portrait of my first son from March 2011. He is so difficult to photograph, but I loved this snapshot from him. The "snapshot" word belongs to a Maya Road keychain. I applied SU! white craft ink and Zing clear embossing powder.

The second one features Bella BLVD...
I find this collection was perfect for these family photos at Universal Studios, FL last summer. Love the woodgrain design and the combination of the so cute chipboard pieces.

Are you interested in looking for more layouts using this collection with the Trio kit. Look not further to the very talented Kelly Goree. She is the June's Guest Designer for 3 Scrappy Boys and she is designing with the June Trio kit.

Lastly, here is my third layout using The Girls's Paperie. I have not seen any kit with this collection yet. So, if you are in the market for kits including this line, you do not need to look any further...
I had 30 months when the picture was taken. This was on 1975. Yes, I do not mind if you calculate how old I am. This is an original photo, therefore I left it uncropped. The word "smile" belongs to a Maya Road keychain. I applied SU! Bashful Blue ink to the chipboard. 
I applied the Maya Road rhinestone to the fabric flower.

Here is a close-up:
Love that fabric flower...

I still have one additional layout to share that will be revealed with the newsletter mid month. 

Thanks so much for your visit! I truly appreciate it!


Scrapbookers Anonymous * Paper Pad Challenge

Hi, again! This is my second post for the day! 

This time, I am sharing with you, what I did with the Scrapbookers Anonymous challenge. 
and, this is a very good one!!

You need to use at least 3 sheets of paper from a mini paper pad. Easy, right???
It can be a 6" X 6" or 8" X 8" paper pack.
This is my take on the challenge:
This layout was created with sketch #256 from Scrapbook Challenges.
I used the only one paper pack, I have which features Basic Gray Wander collection. It was perfect to documents our memories of walking through the Paris streets all day, with two kids and two strollers. We had this trip on June 2009. It seems like yesterday, we went there.

I combined the Basic Grey range with alphabet stickers and chipboard numbers from Cosmo Cricket, an Elle's Studio note and a Purple Pumpkin doily. 

This is the second time I use this paper pack. The first time, I created this 12 X 12 layout last october for a challege for The Paper Variety. Now, I realize that I used the same yellow cardstock. Pure coincidence!

Still have more projects to share, until now...

The (Paper) Trail Makers June Reveal and DT call

Hi! Today is June 1st! and that means kit reveals at The (Paper) Trail Makers. The June kit features Bo Bunny Timepiece. Please, see it below!
Kit contents:
12 sheets DS Bo Bunny Timepiece 12x12 patterned paper
4 sheets Core D Nations cardstock
1 6x12 Timepiece cardstock stickers
1 pkg Timepiece buttons
1 pkg Kaisercraft Mini Alpha Stickers
1 pkg Kaisercraft Rhinestones
1 Kaisercraft Crochet Doily
3-4 Creative Imaginations Journaling Frames (designs vary)
2 Tim Holtz Hinge Clips
3 Tim Holtz Mini paper clips
1 yd Red Sheer ribbon
1 yd brown sheer ribbon
1 yd black velvet ribbon

It is not fabulous?!!! I enjoyed working with this kit. It is perfect for masculine cards, layouts, and vintage projects as well.

Today, I have a layout to share that I created with the June kit.
When I received the gorgeous collection from Bo Bonny Timepiece, I squealed from happiness. I was so happy to finally be able to scrap some vintage photos from my dad. The timing could not be more perfect, specially when Father's Day is around the corner. I combined several Bo Bunny patterned papers for my layout included in June 2011 Kit from The Paper Trail store. I used the Core cardstock to mat the picture and vintage tag from my tag. The clocks were cut from patterned paper and misted with glimmer mist to combine better with the dots background patterned paper. I added the brown rhinestones from Kaisercraft to the clock's center. The Jumbo Cogs are just the perfect addition to the Timepiece collection. I cannot wait to share this layout with my Dad.

On another note, I want to share with you that Karen is looking for more designers.  

"I am looking for 4 new creative, enthusiastic, and fun individuals to add to my current design team. I am looking for a variety of paper crafting styles and experience levels that are willing to use the monthly kits provided by my store The Paper TrailTo be considered for a DT position submissions will be accepted from now until June 27th and your entry MUST include everything requested per the DT submission guidelines".

Here is the DT call announcement with the requirements.

Please, keep tuned since I have more projects to share.


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