Ready for PK * School Scrapbook Layout

Hi, there! Today, I am sharing a school theme scrapbook layout.
This is one of the photo, I took to Diego when he started Pre-Kinder.

I used one past kit from 3 Scrappy Boys (November 2010). This kit features Studio Calico "Elementary" collection. It always feel good to use our won stash. :)

This layout was created for Jennie's Scraplift challenge at 3 Scrappy Boys. This layout was inspired in a beautiful layout from Aubree's Greenspun.


Precocious Paper Blog Hop

Hello! My friend Tessa is celebrating her 30th birthday with a blog hop sponsored by her Etsy shop, Precocious Paper
Tessa is giving away over $100.00 in product and 20 designers are sharing fabulous projects in her honor. 
You don’t want to miss this! You can join us by starting at Tessa’s blog here. If you’ve been hopping along and just came from Clair Rigby’s blog, you are in the right place. 
I’ve had the opportunity to design with some of Tessa’s products and have a project I’d like to share….


Patterned Paper: Sassafras Sunshine Broadcast

Flower: Precocious Paper - Orange - Rolled Fabric

Embellishments: Precocious Paper Sweet Spots, Precocious Paper Olive leaves

I wish to share more projects with Precocious Paper products, however the path of Hurricane Irene (I was without power several days) certainly have impacted my schedule.

I will share more projects with the gorgeous Precocious Paper products that Tessa sent me, the coming weeks. So keep tuned.

 Would you like some Precocious Paper goodies to work with? If you complete the entire hop, leaving a comment on every designer’s post, you will be entered to win the grand prize – the September, October, November and December Samplers! That’s a $54.00 value and dozens upon dozens of hand-crafted scrapbooking embellishments.

Follow Tessa’s blog to be entered to win a $20.00 credit to the shop, and if you follow Precocious Paper on Facebook, you could win another $20.00 credit. 

Tessa is also giving away surprise credits to blog hop participants, so be sure to leave a comment on this post!

Tessa has added many new things to her shop as part of the celebration, so be sure to stop by and take a peek. 
If you use this code during check out - YFBBHFREE -
you will receive free shipping and a free thank you gift. This code is good for free shipping. If you are an international buyer, please make at least a $5 purchase, but there is no minimum for US orders. 
This FREE shipping code is good thru September 5th.

Thank you for stopping by and happy hopping!
Your next stop is the amazing, Julie!!!!


This is the blog hop list, just in case...

Anna White-Sharman –

"Old Atocha" Scrapbook Layout

Today, I am sharing this layout created with August 2011 Main Kit from 3 Scrappy Boys.

The floral patterned papers from this collection are very versatile and they can be used for boy, girl and travel layouts. I loved all the different colors in this kit, however my fave color combo is this timeless color combination of red with turquoise from Lily bee Designs, "This and That collection. Love how it looks against the kraft cardstock included in the kit.

I created this layout based on a PageMaps sketch. I cut strips of "Post Card" patterned paper and placed them at the top and bottom from the layout.

Some close-up for details:

The circles from "Pretty Fabric" patterned paper were cut with my Big Shot "Circle #2" die.

The negative heart is a leftover from a previous layout made with this kit. The circle used for the title was mat with the Maya Road doily kraft. The photo was mat with the Maya Road clear stickers!

This is another view from the title - the alphabet stickers are the red set from Lily bee "This and That". Those alphas are one of my favorite supplies...right now!

This is one of the places we visited this summer during our visit to Madrid. Actually, the first time I came to Madrid I used the "Old Atocha" train station to go to Toledo. Right now, "Old Atocha" is a tropical museum. It is a little nook from the Caribbean in the middle of Madrid.

Thanks so much for visiting me! I hope you will come back tomorrow for this...

Exciting Things Happening at 3 Scrappy Boys!

Just in case you didn't get the email, here's all the info on the guest DT contest, membership drive, and the "coupon" information.
There are lots of exciting things happening at 3 Scrappy Boys
Let's start with the first one-we need a guest designer for the September kits, so we're having a contest. If chosen, you will receive a September kit to create with. Your work will be added to the gallery, used on the blog, the newsletter, and facebook. Cool!!!

To be eligible please make a LO/project/card and send to  
The current DT will choose a winner. Deadline to enter is September 4th.
The facebook and twitter (@3ScrappyBoysNC) promotion continues! The more followers we have, the more chances you have to win at every milestone number. The person who refers the most wins a prize too, so spread the word and make sure your friends tell us who sent them.
 Next, we have started receiving new product from CHA summer and it just keeps coming! So far, we have received some Echo Park, Fancy Pants, Webster's Pages, 3 Bugs in a Rug, and Basic Grey. We also got a clearance of new smash stuff, which I love, by the way.

More items were added to the clearance and the last chance clearance sections. There were added some collection packs to the special deals section-these are all way below retail, so scoop them up quick! 
Lot of kits to the past kit clearance section were added-they are an incredible 40% off! It's a great time to get those kits you've been wanting!
Last, but not least, If you buy $30 of regular priced product, you will get $5 off. If you buy $60 of regular product, you will get $10 off, $90 you will get $15 off, $120 you will get $20 off. If your order totals more than $200 of regular product, you will get $20 off and free flat rate shipping for one box. This will be manually after you place your order, so if you pay by paypal, you will receive a refund.
 We are also having a membership drive! If you sign up as an auto subscriber, you will get one in stock kit of your choice from the last chance clearance section! To subscribe-choose the auto subscription of your choice and check out. Make sure to indicate what kit you want for free and it will ship with your first monthly kit!

 Now because that is clearly a lot of information to read through, let's take a peek at September's trio kit!
Sep 2011 trio peek
Sep2011 trio peek 2
  Any guesses?

Birthday Layout with a Twist * Sketch Inspiration

As August is winding down the BIRTHDAY challenges are still going strong at Trail Makers challenge blog!!! 

To continue celebrating TrailMakers' 1 year birthday this month, we are creating Birthday Layouts with a small twist! 

Just like with our card challenge, your layout will be all about birthdays, but you cannot use any birthday papers!!!!! 

This is my take in the Birthday Layout challenge with a Twist!
It was so easy to create this birthday layout with these so cute boy themed papers from Crate Paper which are available at The Paper Trail Store.

The photo shows the celebration of Diego's 4th birthday at school. We brought cup cakes for everyone in the class. 

I used the B sides from Crate Paper - Orbit collection patterned papers since the colors combine perfectly with my birthday photos. 

I painted the so fun TADA chipboard frame with yellow acrylic paint. 

Furthermore, I used glossy accents to attach the so cool acrylic photos. Can you tell which part of my layout is similar to a birthday cake? :)))) 

I used sketch #234 from Sketch Inspiration.

You have until midnight the following Saturday (August 27) to upload your projects and be eligible for the weekly prize at Sketch Inspiration.

The Paper trail has generously donated a $20 gift certificate for you to choose your own prize this week!

I can't wait to see what you all come up with by using non birthday themed papers but still showing us the birthday theme! 

Stay tuned over the next couple weeks at Trail Makers challenge blog and see what inspiration the Design Team has in store for you! 

You will have until Wednesday August 31st to enter the challenge here at TrailMakers

And at the end of the month, we will select one entry from those who have entered both August Challenges (Birthday Cards and Birthday Layouts) to receive a small gift of their own from the Paper Trail Store


Best Friends! * JBS Sketch Contest

Hi, there!

It is still raining and very cloudy. Hopefully my kids can return to school tomorrow. Hopefully things get better, for all people living in or near flood zones.

This is my take to Jillibean Soup Sketch contest!
I used the Jillibean Soup "Gazpacho" collection. Even, the red alphabet stickers are "alphabeans".
This is a cute and simple layout documenting my son's friendship.

Keep it Cool!

Hi, there! We are still having lots of rain from Hurricane Irene. Lucky for us, power came yesterday around 7: 30pm. And, tomorrow school resumes. I really want to return to the routine.

Today, I am sharing this layout created with Best Creations Inc. "Splash" collection.
These photos are from a "Memorial Day" weekend celebration at the pool on 2008. I created this layout with an August page maps sketch.

I have lots to share the coming days. So, please keep tuned!

Thanks for visiting!


Dream to See a Medalist * MME Lime Twist

Hi, there! Here we are waiting for Irene's storm. She should be around late afternoon. It should not be strong, except for the abundance of rain, we should be fine.

Yesterday, I created this layout for My Mind's Eye: Layout Challenge #26. The sketch is designed by Anam Stubbington. The theme is "Anything Goes".

I admit it. I am a dreamer. Sometimes too much. I stay at my son swimming practices must of the time.  Actually, I enjoy seeing him practicing, and seeing his improvements in techniques. I cannot avoid to day dream, even though I will be happy and support him whatever he choose to do in the future. But tell me a parent who does not?!! :)

Dream is one of the words at Bird is the Word Challenge blog. This layout is my challenge entry. There are still a few days to participate!

I used My Mind's Eye "Lime Twist" collection. The journaling die cut with the arrow and the scallop border are from My Mind's Eye "Good Day Sunshine". The red alphabet sticker is from My Mind's Eye "So Sophie". The white alphabet chipboard from American Crafts.

I want to remind you about the following challenges:

  1. Scrapbooker's Anonymous: Create a project using journaling die cuts (Due: August 30, 2011).
  2. Scrapbooker's Anonymous: Create a project using letter "A" item (Due: August 30, 2011).
  3. The Trail Makers: Create a birthday card using non-themed papers (Due August 31, 2011).
  4. The Trail Makers: Create a birthday layout using non- theme papers (Due: August 31, 2011).
  5. Facebook Contest: Do not forget to like 3 Scrappy Boys at Facebook. Once, 150 likes are reached, there will be a random winner for a gift from 3 Scrappy Boys 's store.

Summer Vacations: Day 3

During day 3, the students went to the conferences while a great part of the group and/ or families went to the adjacent city of Avila.

Ávila is a medieval city in the province of Castile-Léon in western Spain, about 70 miles northwest of Madrid. Founded in the 11th century to protect the Spanish territories from the Moors, Ávila has a magnificently well-preserved city wall, a historic cathedral, a number of Romanesque churches, and an authentic medieval atmosphere. 

 At our arrival, we stopped at Cathedral of AvilaThe Cathedral of Ávila is a Gothic church in Ávila in the south of Old CastileSpain.
 The Cathedral of Ávila is considered to be the first Gothic cathedral of Spain.
 We stumbled with a cadets graduation ceremony.
 There was lot of security, police men, and the people from this small town were looking for...


We moved fast, with guide on hand, and asking everyone for where he was.

But, sadly, when we found the place, where the prince was giving the speech for the graduation ceremony.

Everyone was gone. 

 So, we were not able to see the prince. :(

Then, we were able to enjoy the day and the enchantment from Avila city. We proceed to have lunch at this square at a local restaurant.

Then, we went to Convento de Santa Teresa.

 I had a beautiful time here, since Santa Teresa is one of my favorite historical people. I had read her biography and books several times.  I felt peace. Truly, peace at this place!

For all these reasons, the entire Old Town of Ávila has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. 

For pilgrims, the city of Ávila is important because of its association with the great mystic and reformer St. Teresa de Jesus, better known as St. Teresa of Ávila. 

Teresa was a 16th-century Carmelite nun who reformed her order, had many ecstatic visions, and wrote several books. She is the female patron saint of Spain and was the first woman to be named a Doctor of the Church. 

Ávila contains two main shrines honoring St. Teresa, along with a few more sites associated with the saint. The primary shrine is the Convento de Santa Teresa (Convent of St. Teresa), a convent contains her relics, and the second is the Monasterio de la Encarnacion, where St. Teresa lived and where her cell can be visited.

 My sons and me enjoying the views outside the Avila walls.
 The group!! We had a great time together!

 My kids were very happy playing with their swords at the top of the wall. How exciting!!!
Its main monument is the imposing Walls of Ávila (11th-14th centuries), the medieval work was started in 1090. The fenced area is of 31 hectares with a perimeter of approximately 2,516 meters, 88 blocks or semicircular towers, 2,500 merlons, paintings by 3 m. thick, an average height of 12 m. and 9 gates. It is the largest fully illuminated monument in the world.

"Nada te turbe, nada te espante.
Todo se pasa. Dios no se muda.
La paciencia todo lo alcanza.
Quien a Dios tiene, nada le falta.
Sólo Dios basta."

Thank you for letting me share, some of my personal beliefs at my personal blog. Next time, I will post something scrapbook related!! :)

Thanks again,


Love, love reading city guides

Hi!, Today I am sharing this layout, created for the September GDT Challenge at Sketchy Thursdays

I used some items from July Trio kit from 3 Scrappy Boys but also dug in my Sass stash for yellow flowers and alphabet stickers in a variety of colors.

The challenge was to include something about reading, so the photo shows myself reading a city guide. Here is the journaling:

I used several alphabet colors, therefore I am submitting this layout to the monthly Sassafras challenge (August Challenge from Emily).

Love, love is part of my title! Therefore, it qualifies for the new word challenge at Bird is the Word Challenge blog *August 14th). The challenge is to create a project using the word Love in the title or journaling. 

I am submitting this one for The Paper Variety challenge (week 47) Threads!!! since I used the orange thread for the Maya Road canvas banner. I am not even counting the twine at the Sass flowers!

Happy Thursday!

Summer Vacations: Day 2

Hi! Here is day 2. It was monday, therefore the students went to their conference during the day, while we went to the Madrid Zoo.

My kids at the entrance of Madrid Zoo. 

 Some views from the Zoo.

 The first thing we did was to see the Dolphins show.

The Hamsters Balls! Can you guess in which one my son is having a blast! 

 It was my first time seeing Panda Bears!

They had not seen Madagascar movie, therefore they were very difficult to photograph! They were playing all the time! 

 The story about these two baby Panda's.

 After the seeing the Panda's my kids went for a pony ride.

 Can you guess how Diego is on the top? I am lucky that he weighs less than 40 pounds! LOL!


We saw gorillas, lions, giraffes, etc! 

I loved this zoo, since it was practically empty, no lines, lots of water and food points and great scenery. It was a very peaceful, relaxing day.

When we returned to the hotel around 6pm, we bought something to dine for the kids. My kids stayed with my mom at the hotel. 

Then, my DH came from the conferences and we went to "Jardines del Retiro"

 This is such a gorgeous place, it is a park of 118 acres located in the middle of Madrid. The gardens originated around 1630 and they were property from the royalty. Beautiful place!

Finally, we stopped at Plaza Mayor, for dinner with the group. It was more than 9pm. Everyone was tired! I think you can see from the faces! It was a long day and everyone still had the jet lag!

Tomorrow is another day!

August A to Z Challenge at Scrapbookers Anonymous

Hi, there! Finally...I can share my layout for Scrapbookers Anonymous!!!!

There is a mid month prompt at Scrapbookers Anonymous. Since this is our first month, the letter for August is letter "A". What does this means for you?

We want you to dig into your stash and find an item that starts with the letter "A". It can be a manufacturer, or any item in your stash that starts with an "A" like an apple, or alphabet, or acrylic embellishment. You name it!! Do you get the idea??

For my example, I used American Crafts! Everything is from them, except the twine and the white cardstock used to mat my photos.

There is a mix of collections: Dear Lizzy, Blue Skies and Heat Wave from my stash. Love how everything blends together. Actually I do not have any of the Campy Trails or Margarita patterned papers or embellishments, which I would love to have. Let's no talk about the new Amy Tan collection, which I am desperate to have in my hands.

Love the sketch from Sweet Peach Crop Shop blog (August Sketch #1).

These two photos are from Day 2 of our summer vacations this year. Luis had a blast at these Hamster Balls found in Madrid Zoo. The cost was 5 euros for 5 minutes. He was so happy! Diego was not so interested. The weather was very hot, but Luis told me that pool's water was cold.

See you soon!

Summer Vacations: Day 1

Hi, there! I know I have not blogged so frequently this month. 
Here is what is happening in my neck of the woods. 

On August:
  • Luis started Second Grade last week.
  • Diego started Kindergarten last week.
  • My DH graduated with an MBA degree. Last sunday was the graduation ceremony. Yey!!!
  • I started working outside home after three years of being a full time SAHM. I am working for a consultant company doing projects for several pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities. This means looking for after school programs and so. So you can imagine, I had been busy. This is a significant change in the family and life routines. But, life is good! I feel blessed and grateful for the opportunities presented!
  • Last but not least, my grandfather passed away. It was kind of expected, but it is still difficult to accept.
So now that you know what I had been doing, so sorry for the delay in sharing my photos from our family vacation. Looking forward to share at least 10 photos from each day, daily. 

During summer, we went to Madrid, Spain as part of the "International Business" class at UNO university. 

Here is day 1:

We arrived to Madrid at 6 am in the morning. ,We rested at the arrival to the hotel, we did a bus tour, then we had a sponsored university dinner at restaurant "Los Galayos" located at Plaza Mayor.

The delicious paella we ate a "Los Galayos" that evening. 

Madrid "business district" 

 Near "Plaza de Toros".

The "bull fight" colosseum from Madrid is the most important from Spain.

Street at Madrid.  

The group from Puerto Rico. 

 Some turtles at the tropical forest at old Atocha station.

This is old Atocha station!

See you soon with day 2.
Happy Sunday!


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