Happy New Year 2014


I want to wish everyone a very happy and healthy new year 2014!!  Hoping this new year brings us many blessing, great memories and new friendships along the way.  I'm grateful for all the past experiences this past year has given me, it has made me stronger.  I'm also grateful for reconnecting with old friends which I hope will be in my life for many years to come.  Ring in this new year enjoying it with family, friends, great food and drinks.  May it come to each of us filled with blessing and prosperity!!

Until next time,


Keepsake Box and Mini Album

Hello all,

Wow, have I been busy getting together all my photos for my albums.  Thanks to Kathy's contest from Paper Phenomenon I have forced myself to finish making her wonderful tutorials, print my photos and display them inside the mini albums. Well, I wouldn't say forced because I enjoy making Kathy's album so much I practically have at least 11 albums done plus over 6 that I have given as gifts lol.

Kathy's contest is running until today so if you are participating you must hurry.  You can check out the rules for the contest at Paper Phenomenon.

Once again I have another finished album I want to share with you guys.  I have chosen Kathy's tutorial called "Keepsake Box and Mini Album".  For this album I have placed photos of family get-together and snap-shot moments that I wanted to remember.  It also has photos that my family has emailed me since I live far from them and they know I want to be caught up in their every day lives.  I truly love this album...it was suppose to be given as a gift but I kept it...shhh don't tell anyone lol.  This album has at least 140 photos believe it or not!

The following are some photos of my album.

Here is my YouTube video.

I hope you enjoyed my video, thank you for watching.  Be sure to check out all the other participants at Kathy's blog Paper Phenomenon.  They all have great talent and ideas that can inspire you to create. Wishing everyone good luck,

Until next time,


Carry-On Travel Mini Album


I'm back to post another mini album for Kathy's contest that I did using Kathy Orta's tutorials from Paper Phenomenon.  I had lots of photos from all our site seeing expeditions throughout Puerto Rico and I chose the Carry-On Travel mini album tutorial to showcase them.  I loved the small flaps and pockets that this tutorial has and knew right away that all my wallet size photos, which I love to print out, would fit perfectly in it.  I showed pictures of our adventures through two caves here in Puerto Rico and the others were of our trip to a lighthouse in Rincon and of our walks by the shore in Aguadilla and Aguada.

The rules for the contest are in my previous post and you can also read them at Kathy's web site Paper Phenomenon.

Here are some photos of the mini album.

Here's my YouTube video.

Thank you for watching my video, I hope you enjoyed it and please vote for me.  Please leave a comment on my blog.

Until next time,


Win Big!!!!

Hello everyone,

I'm so excited to share with you some great news!  Kathy Orta from Paper Phenomenon is having a contest. The prize is 3 months membership to her kit club.  I have finally done my very first YouTube video : /  so be sure to check it out and vote for me please.  I chose Kathy's tutorial "Enjoy the Journey" to showcase my photos of a trip my daughters and I took last summer to New York.  We had a great time visiting with my family and site seeing all around the city and enjoyed such great food.  I hope you enjoy the video as much as I loved creating this album..

Here are some photos of my Enjoy The Journey album.

The following are the instructions and rules to enter the contest:

How to enter the Win Big! Kit Club Membership contest?

Post a completed Paper Phenomenon Project. You must post a picture and video of the project to your blog and use the Linkz system below to complete the entry. If you do not have a blog, follow instruction below.
Any Paper Phenomenon project will be accepted. Multiple submissions are also accepted.
To be eligible to win the following is required:
All points below are required to enter the contest. Submissions omitting any of the below will be disqualified and deleted from the voting process
  • Your project must be complete with photographs showing the memory keeping aspect of the project. updated 10/18/2013:  I think I need to elaborate, if you are submitting a mini album for the contest, your album MUST be complete with photographs.
  • Your blog post must contain the following:
  • List the name of the Paper Phenomenon Tutorial you used to create the project.
  • Post a photograph of your project. Post a Link to the YouTube video showing the project. You do not have to speak in the video. You may use music if you prefer.
  • Title your You Tube video: Phenomenon Win Big, Kit Club Membership Contest
Then Linkup your post in the Inlinkz system below
No Blog, No problem!  In the InLinkz system below:
  • Title your You Tube video: Phenomenon Win Big, Kit Club Membership Contest
  • Enter the URL of the video (from You Tube)
  • Link-up a picture of the completed project
  • In the Name/Description box, enter the name/title of the tutorial you used to create the project
    How will the winner be picked?
The winner will be picked by our fellow crafters. Vote for your favorite project. The project with the most votes wins the contest. You will each get 3 votes- so use them wisely. You may use all your votes for your own project.
Contest will end 12/22/2013, 12PM CT and voting will begin. Voting will end 12/31/2013 at 12PM CT.   You have plenty of time to enter. Happy Crafting and Good Luck to everyone!!!
Winner will be announced on January 1, 2014
In the event of a tie, I will pick the winner.
Enter the contest and Win Big!  Win one free membership to the Paper PhenomenonKit Club Jan-Mar 2014

I hope you enjoyed my take on Kathy's tutorial "Enjoy The Journey", don't forget to vote.  I wish everyone the best of luck.

Until next time,



Hi all,

I hope everyone is having a great day.  We are nearing the holiday festivities and I have to confess that I haven't bought any gifts yet : (  I am very late this year, I did make some mini albums that are for gifts, so I guess that should count for something lol.  Well I hope you all are doing better than I am on being prepared for the Christmas holidays.

As promised here is a layout I made of my girls.  The pics were taken at my nieces wedding, what better way of my girls letting me snap photos than a wedding.

I hope you enjoy my layout, please leave a comment and let me know what you think.  Thanks for visiting me today!

Until next time,

Products I used:

"Miss Caroline" My Mind's Eye paper collection, 
Title & Journal tags, Frame
Ranger Distress Ink "Walnut Stain"
EK Success border punches
Tim Holtz "Grungeboard Shapes"
Tim Holtz Tickets
Bazzill Basics "Thread"
Prima "Gems"
I made the large flower at top left hand using EK Success Retro Flower punch
Stamp My Mind's Eye
Bazzill Basics Medium Pink and white flower lower right hand side
Prima Teal Flower
Deco Art Paint