Butterfly Mini Album

Hi everyone,

For most of us school has started and we are trying to get back to our normal
routine after the summer vacation.
Most of us have hectic lives from getting the kids to school,
running errands, going to work, etc.
Sometimes we just need a break...and what better way
than to scrapbook (at least for me lol) and create,
whether it's a layout, mini album or home decor.

Today I'm sharing a fun mini album.  This mini can be perfect for 
photos that you might have of a family get together, 
birthday party or just a random group of photos that 
you want to keep in small one album, (hint: perfect Christmas gift).

This mini is created with just four pieces of chipboard and
it actually fits seventeen photos, can you believe it!
Of course you can add as many photo mats you want inside
the pockets.

I made my mini in the shape of a tag.  All the edges of the chipboard
and papers are distressed with black soot ink from Ranger.

I cut out some designs from the paper pack cover onto my pages
such as the butterflies and small squares.

Here's my YouTube video I made on my "Butterfly Mini Album".

So let's take some time to ourselves and create this beautiful
mini album as a gift for someone or to place our own photos.

I hope you have enjoyed it and start creating!

Until next time,


My Summer Pics, part two


Today I'm sharing the second part of my summer vacation.  We visited Cabo Rojo
Lighthouse.  It is called the "Lighthouse of the Red Cliffs".
This historical lighthouse was built in 1881.  As you will see the view is breathtaking!

Our next stop was to a forest called "La Marquesa" in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.
Here we enjoyed seeing different species of birds, enjoyed the butterfly conservatory, and hiked
through the forest.

Hiking through the forest.

This is the view from the top of a tower.

Next is our tour of Old San Juan.  There are lots of places to see from the Fort of San
Cristobal and of course  "The Morro"  (Fort of San Felipe del Morro) which is one of our main attractions.  You can enjoy walking down the cobblestone streets
of Old San Juan and the promenade which is lined up with street vendors.

A couple of my friends had mentioned a cave they explored and said that once you
reached the end of the cave the view was extraordinary, a must see.
I had heard of it but to walk inside a cave...where God knows what you might find inside!
Well I made sure we had bottled water, repellent spray and a flashlight.

The cave is called "Cueva Ventana" (the window cave) and
it is in the town of Utuado.

This is a trip we took last year but I wanted to share it with you today since I am posting
various sightseeing places throughout Puerto Rico.

We had to hike up a bit to reach the entrance of the cave.

This is the view once you come to the end of the cave.

You won't believe how fast I snapped this photo and rushed them to walk away
from the ledge lol.

These are only a couple of places in Puerto Rico that I have shown you.
We have a wide range of activities you can do
from kayaking, zipline to sightseeing.

I hope you have enjoyed my photos from my vacation and when you
are planning yours please consider visiting us.

Here is a website to help you plan your vacation to my beautiful island.


Until next time,


My Summer Pics, part one

Hi everyone,

I can't believe that summer is almost over and school starts next week! 
Well I hope you have all enjoyed your summer vacation.  
It would have been great if my family and I were able to vacation in Europe
 or visit a couple of states, unfortunately we weren't able to but we sure
 had a great time exploring our own island.  Today I will be sharing with 
you the first part of photos from places we went to right here
 in my homeland of Puerto Rico.  

First up is the beach!! We would hit the beach two to three times
a week, which is saying a lot because I'm not a beach person lol.  My
daughters enjoy going so I sacrificed every couple of days to take them.  The
beach we went to  is called "Bridges" in Aguadilla.
The water is so clear that you can actually
see fishes by the shoreline.  

Here my daughter is holding a urchin that my nephew found in the water,
we made sure to carefully put it back.

The Botanical Gardens in Caguas, Puerto Rico was one place I have
been meaning to visit for a while now.  I just love sightseeing so
this is definitely one of my favorite places.
The gardens are so beautiful and peaceful.  I actually took over
three hundred photos if you can believe it, so here are just a few.

This is the entrance to the gardens.

Once you're inside the view is amazing!

I just loved walking the grounds and admiring the flowers and trees.

The pond is so beautiful.

Our next visit was to the Bacardi rum factory located at CataƱo, Puerto Rico.
We were greeted by a tour guide who welcomed us.  We were given two
tickets per person to enjoy free drinks.
The coconut Bacardi rum with pineapple juice was my favorite.  When
we finished our drinks we went on the trolley to tour the museum on the grounds.
Inside we were shown a short movie of the history of the owners and
the growth of the company.  Next we were taken to another area where
they explained the process of making the rum and its storage.

The bartender asked my daughters if they wanted to take a photo behind
the bar and of course they agreed wholeheartedly lol.

This is one of the barrels where they store the rum 6 to 10 years.
It weighs 500 pounds when full.

Bacardi's logo is a bat.

I hope you enjoyed the first part of photos from my vacation.  Tomorrow I
will be sharing part two, so stay tuned.

Until next time,