Layout | Penn Museum

This month I was assigned January 2013 Add-On kit from 3 Scrappy Boys Kit Club which included some gorgeous papers from Pink Paislee "Portfolio" collection with some beautiful flowers and other embellishments. This kit was so fun and inspiring! I loved playing with the muted color tones and combining the double-sided patterns.
While waiting for my kit from the post office, I looked for photos that would work well with the patterned papers. I chose all my pictures with warm yellow and faded backgrounds. I got portraits, beach photos, museum photos, travel photos, can mame it! This kit is so versatile!

Here is what I created:

I added the American Crafts alphabet thickers from my stash (Paperback Fabric Stickers) and white cardstock. If you want to recreate this, there is Step by Step instructions from "Penn Museum" scrapbook layout included in 3 Scrappy Boys January newsletter.

The photos are from our visit to Penn Museum at Philadelphia last summer. We loved this museum since it has one of the largest collections of Egyptian artifacts in U.S. We were surprised that it was practically empty especially in the summer when we had to escape from the summer heat. If you are a long time follower you already know that our family loves everything from Ancient History in special Egypt.
See you soon with another layout and a week of Project Life using these papers! Thanks for stopping by!

Project Life 2013 | Week 3

Week 3 is completed! I admit that I struggle with printing photos and taking the time to create the spread and share it! Here is a look at our week (Jan 14 to Jan 20):
Week 3 wraps up the start of school, swim team practices, basketball practices, the cool weather, reading, celebration of Diego's birthday (one at the basketball court and another at home with close friends and family), our day trip to Lago Dos Bocas to eat at El Fogon de la Abuela (the food is delicious) and Caguana Indigenous Ceremonial Park

The left side:

The right side:

The right side includes photos just from the weekend. I included the photos I liked the most like the three 4" X 6" vertical photos on top. Sorry for the glare. I loved filling the little pockets with patterned paper scraps. I used Fancy Pants "It's Your Day" collection, KI Memories alphabet stickers and Sassafras flower. I am really liking how I am using some of my stash for this project.

I am linking to The Mom Creative.

Reflect upon your blessings, of which every man has plenty, not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. - Charles Dickens.


Weekly Goals | Week 5

I like very much how Crystal from Money Saving Mom post every week her weekly goals. I decided to  do the same here. I wrote this list on my journal on Monday but I was not able to write and publish this post until now. 

  1. Finish Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Trader. 
  2. Jog three times.
  3. Write post and publish Project Life (Week 3)
  4. Create spread, write post and publish Project Life (Week 4)
  5. Request second payment for the current Basketball Tournament (I am the parents representative and coordinator).
  6. Create one traditional layout for 3 Scrappy Boys and write post.
  7. Run 5K with family. (This is one of the three jogs).
  8. Do a pedicure and eyebrows.
  9. Research feasibility of project.
  10. List ten items to Ebay.
Here is to living with intention and writing my goals to the world for accountability. My goal is to write an update every Tuesday. Let's see.

Do you set weekly goals?


Project Life 2013 | Week 2

It feels so good to have the second week completed which means I am meeting one of my yearly goals.

This whole week I had my kids at home so this is a week which I deem it as "slow". 
I snapped photos almost everyday and I know this will not be the norm. However I need to remind myself to take self-portraits for next time.

This time I used two patterned papers from the Simple Stories "Documented" collection; some leftover stickers and white cardstock. It feels good to use your stash in a good way.  I like the freedom to use different patterned collections for each week. 

For this week I took over 50 photos which I added to one album in iPhoto. I printed my photos at home this time using the File >>Print and selecting the "Contact Sheet" option at the iPhoto program. The photos were printed with a Canon Pixma MX432 printer on Kodak photo paper.

The left side...
The right side...

Some highlights from this week are that I was able to jog two times for a total of 6.1 miles. 
and I completed the reading of Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. I loved the book. Now I am reading the next in the series. I am still adjusting my tracking system for the weekly goals. Sorry for not posting like my previous Project Life post.

And there you have...I am joining The Mom Creative

Thanks for stopping by!


Project Life 2013 | Week 1

This is my first time doing Project Life. So far, I am liking this project. This week's Project Life covers the week of December 31 to January 6.

I used leftover from a old Christmas collection (BG Jovial). Some Elle's Studio die cuts. Some Avery Tags, letter stickers from Webster's pages. I used Becky Higgins divided protectors. 

This is the left side which included a family photo celebrating the arrival of the new year at home.

This is the right side which includes grabbing some grass for receiving The Three Kings. My kids loved the Razor scooters they received at Epiphany.

What I have learned so far:
  • Project Life is easier than I thought when the focus is in keeping the memories.
  • Project Life is a great way to use your stash. Now I am trimming paper scraps at 4" X 6" and/or 3" X 4" rectangles for inserting in the divided page protectors.
  • For the photos I used in this spread I printed 4"X6" photos. Need to streamline my photo developing process to have smaller photos. I have several tutorials to follow for my next printing.
  • Journal more.
  • Take the habit to keep memorabilia. We saw Les Miserables movies and I do not kept the ticket.
  • Project Life can be used as a tool to follow and keep track of your yearly goals.
I ma joining The Mom Creative.
For 2013, I am listing some weekly goals inspired in Crystal's blog: Money Saving Mom. I am listing and tracking my goals in an Excel spreadsheet. This goals' tracking method is working for me so far, much better than writing on a note pad or printable. This is the update on my goals for week 1. I am writing here to keep everything from week 1 together.

Week 1 Goals (Update):

1. Go to church.

  • Done, we went on Sunday to church.

2. Run 3 times/ week.

  • Done. I jog three times during the week for a total of 8.8 miles.

3. Do Jillian Michaels video (2 times minimum).

  • I did one session (Level 1) and one session (Level 2) from 30 Days Shred.

4. Get Luis to Swim Team.

  • I talked with his coach and he transfer my kid to the swim team. Yey!!! 

5. Start writing Home Improvement Plan.

  • Done. We are planning to paint the house this year. Now, to choose materials and looking for estimates.

6. Read.

  • Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (Chapters 1 to 8)
  • Achieve Anything in Just One Year (Days 1 to 6); 
  • Designed for Devotion (Days 1 to 6);

7. Blog at least once a week.

  • Done. I wrote more than three posts this week.

8. Do Project Life: Week 1.

  • Done. This post. To be honest, my aim was to publish this post last Tuesday, but I found it so difficult with the kids at home. I am not back to my normal routine yet, however I am very happy with my results so far.
I am very excited for this year. So, here we go!
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Great News...

I am very happy to design for the new design team at 3 Scrappy Boys kit club.  The announcement was made last Friday. You can see it ... here. There are plans to revamp the site and I am very excited to be part of the new changes. It has been more than six months that I had not scrapped before submitting my application and this is a great opportunity to get my feet wet in scrapbook supplies again! So happy to work again with Christie and to meet the two other girls Misty and Lanette.

My kids are just busy building some Legos that the Three Kings brought to them. See you next week!

Have a good day!


Happy Epiphany Day!

Today my kids picked up green grass to put under the christmas tree. Tomorrow they will enjoy some presents left for them by the Three Kings. We celebrate the day in a simple but meaningful way.

Happy Epiphany Day! to all those who celebrates it. Do you celebrate it?


Books | What I Want to Read in 2013

A stack of books. Photograph: Janis Christie/Getty Images

One of my yearly goals is to read fiction and non-fiction books on a consistent basis. Hence, I made a list of some books I want to read in 2013. This list is very conservative since the amount of books I read per year is too little in comparison with other bloggers.

Here's my preliminary list:

1. Chronicle of Narnia: Prince Caspian (reading currently)
2. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
3. Anna Karenina
4. The Help
5. The Candle Star

1. Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin
2. Platform by Michael S. Hyatt
3. Designed for Devotion by Dianne Neal Matthews
4. Organize Now! by Jennifer For Berry
5. 52 Mondays by Vic Johnson
6. Your Best Life Now by Joel Osteen
7. 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life by Crystal Paine
8. Life Is A Verb by Patti Digh
9. Achieve Anything In Just One Year by Jason Harvey

I want to read a minimum of 12 books this year. I will update this post during the course of the year.

I am listing the list of books I read in 2012, too. I read The Happiness Project during the Summer. This book helped me during my sister's disease.

I followed Run Your Butt Off! training during the Fall. This book helped me to run more that 30 minutes without walking. I read three books from Chronicles of Narnia after October. The Chronicles were check out from my kids school's library.

Books I Read in 2012
1. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
2. Run Your Butt Off!
3. The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
4. Organized Simplicity by Tsh
5. One Bite at a Time by Tsh
6. Tell your Time by Amy
7. The Ultimate Project
8. Chronicles of Narnia : The Magician's Nephew
9. Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
10. Chronicles of Narnia: The Horse and His Boy.

Wow! Now that I see the list, I never thought I got to 10 books.
What have you been reading? Please, share your thoughts or other interesting books!

My Goals for 2013

I have goals for 2013 and I hope that posting here will keep me accountable. Last year, I had the same intentions but I felt overwhelmed with life circumstances. I am determined this year will be better, especially that I chose two One Little Words (OLW). Both words are related: "Manage" and "Discipline". My word for 2012 was "Plan" and I planned and planned...I felt like a sail boat, like an spectator enjoying the life game but wishing and dreaming to participate in the personal stage. Last year, I read several Time Management, Goal-Setting, Self Improvement books (more on that later).

However, I should feel not so bad, since I spent my energies in my family and the kids. They did really great on 2012. The kids excelled in the school and sports. However, I visualize this year more balanced with the help of discipline and I will manage my circumstances. I want to meet my personal goals while supporting my husband, kids and the family.

My goals for 2013 are:

  1. Read one book each month (minimum). The books I want to read in 2013 will be listed in another blog post.
  2. Walk / Jog / Run at least 3 days / week and track the activities with RunKeeper application.
  3. Run more than 30 miles every month.
  4. Do Jillian Michaels videos at least twice/week.
  5. Participate in at least six (6) runs per year (5K and 10K). 
  6. Run two (2) 10K.
  1. Take Luis to Swim Team.
  2. Take Diego to Basketball Team.
  3. Have one get/away weekend with my husband (just the two of us).
  4. Have one date night/month.
  5. Plan summer vacations.
  6. Plan one camping trip.
  1. Create and keep a budget.
  2. Save every week.
  3. Evaluate and decide on additional income streams.
  1. Create Home Improvement Plan for the house.
  2. Execute the Home Improvement plan.

  1. Go to church every Sunday.
  2. Read the Bible, devotionals, faith books everyday.
  3. Complete Catechism course.

  1. Photography: Dedicate 30 minutes weekly to read, practice, view videos, everything photography.
  2. Digital: Dedicate 30 minutes weekly to read, practice, view videos, everything digital scrapbooking and/or photoshop.
  3. Dedicate 30 minutes weekly to finish past online classes.
  4. Create at least 60 traditional scrapbook layouts.
  5. Keep family memories (Project Life 2013).
  6. Write at least one blog post per week.
  7. Leave comments in blogs that I read and from people that visit me.
    That is! I think this will keep me pretty busy! Right now, I am using the Crystal Wilkerson planner. However, I am still figuring how to use it that will work best for me.

    Looking forward for a great 2013! Did you write your goals! Please, share!

    Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week!

    See you soon!

    Project Life 2013 | Title Page

    Happy 2013!
    This year means a fresh start, a white canvas, new beginnings! This is my first attempt at Project Life. Last year, I enjoyed reading the blogs with Project Life pages. One of my resolutions is to improve as the family's memory keeper and Project Life can help me with this objective.

    For my title page I went with some patterned paper from Simple Stories. The photos are from November, last year. A photo of Us at the wedding and a photos of the kids during our camping trip.

    My plan for this year is:
    1. Use my stash. I will use what I have. I will use my huge stash of patterned paper and Elle's Studio die cuts. I will cut scraps in the size that will fit the page protectors instead of getting a Project Life kit.
    2. I will go simple. Very simple. The priority is to record the memories instead of design and embellishments.
    3. I will not worry if I get behind, unless I am behind several weeks...Do you know what I mean?. I will blog about my scrapbook pages for accountability and link to TheMomCreative.
    4. I will print at Costco and/or Walgreens, which means weekly trips to the mall. However, I am keeping my eye on a Selphy printer.

    That is everything for now! Right now, I am writing my annual goals list and deciding on my One Little Word. Looking forward for a wonderful year!



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