Blog Hop

Hi and welcome to Scrapbook Challenges , a fabulous network of friends awaits you to challenge yourself weekly!
If you have just stopped in, please join us and start at Cheryl's blog!
My name is Milagros C. Rivera I live in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. I am the mom of a 15 year old son and a soon to be 7 daughter, (July the 3rd as she constantly reminds me on her special countdown).   I have being married to my soul mate for 16 years. We also have a menagerie of pets, 2 guinea pigs, 1 hamster, 3 dogs and 1 cat all happily living with us. When my daughter was born I stayed home and 2 years after decided to open a Scrapbook store to channel my creativity and be able to be a full time mom while working. Ha talk about juggling That has given my daughter the opportunity of having her own honey bee scissor in her hands since she was 2! She has been with me all those years and when she started school the space felt terribly empty without her. So now I teach a group of little girls from 4 to 9 every Thursday after school. Besides having my camera with me all the time I enjoy my orchids and my baking, I am planning to start my own veggie patch.
I starterd scrapbooking when my son was born 15 years ago, there was nothing ,so his first albums are filled with hand illustrations done by me and tons of calligraphy. I remember browsing through my grandma's big scrapbooks and I knew I had to do the same for him. I stopped and when my daughter was born, boy had the scrap world had changed. I loved every second of getting inmersed in pattern papers and flowers, I still do!
I continue to scrapbook first of all because it gives me pleasure and is the perfect artsy outlet for my creativity. Then because I love seeing my kids and family go through my pages and seeing the changes year after year, sometimes even a month of change brings a big difference. For instance this week my daughter lost her 2 front teeth and now she looks so grown up...
I joke about the style,  really, one time one of my friends saw a beach LO of my daughter and said it was "girly, vintage, artsy, beachy styled".  I guess I created a new style! Soooo it changes and evolves, but I guess layering and sewing are almost always present in some form. I love to experiment.
A fact not known by most,  my blogger avatar is me and dad when I was one!  And this is my first DT!!!!!
This is the new sketch we are working on!

and this is my take...

SS01 I heart you


RAKS involved in this blog hop:

1. For one person who leaves a comment on all the blogs in the hop, they will get the Salt Air Collection from Cosmo Cricket.

2. For one person who does a layout based on the sketch and posts in the HOP ON section, will receive a $20.00 USD Gift Certificate to Scrapbook.com.

3. For inviting people to join the group one person will receive a mix of alcohol ink goodies from Ranger.

** Colors may vary

4. One new member over the weekend will receive a mix of alcohol ink goodies from Ranger.

** Colors may vary

Thanks for stopping by and visit, now hop on to Carmen's blog.

Here is the complete list , just in case you missed anyone!

Brynn (http://bzb-designs.com/blog/)

Shannon (http://sdombkowski.blogspot.com/)

Jolanda (http://jolandascrapsels.blogspot.com/)

Nicolle (http://nicollelovesscrapbooking.com/)

Chanell (http://www.theinstinctivescrapper.blogspot.com/)

Eka (http://addictedscrapbooker.blogspot.com/)

Patricia (http://patriciasperspectives.blogspot.com/)

Nanette (scrap-4-kids.blogspot.com.)

Jowilna (http://www.jowilnanolte.blogspot.com/)

Emilia (http://few-favourite-things.blogspot.com/)

Yara (http://itssummereveryday.blogspot.com/)

Anna (http://madetoscrap.blogspot.com/)

Cheryl (http://craft-thing.blogspot.com/)

Milagros (http://www.paperboutiquescrapbookingstudio.blogspot.com/) You are here and need to go to Carmen!
Carmen (http://kalahenscrapjoy.blogspot.com/)

Bev (http://beeceecreativity.blogspot.com/)

Amanda (http://afewpacesfromhere.wordpress.com/)

Sharyn (http://sharynthescrapper.blogspot.com/)

Marilyn (http://marilynrivera.blogspot.com/)

Dinah (http://dmaningat.blogspot.com/)

Ana (http://anazelia-myscrapbookaddiction.blogspot.com/)

Jackie (http://mybasketofscraps.blogspot.com/)

Lauri (http://lacreations99.blogspot.com/)

Natalie (http://njmacs.blogspot.com/)

Kate (http://www.earleyfamily.com/)

Sookie (http://totallydoodles.blogspot.com/)

Hop On


Family Ties

The new challenge at OUAS is up and I am so loving this sketch by Nadya, the journaling challenge is to write at least 4 sentences on why your pictures are memorable.
Last week it was Father's day here in Puerto Rico and  every so often my dad's birthday and father's day happen at once.  There is a 30 year gap in between us 3
1936, 1966,  1996
That would be dad, me and my son!
Age Reveal!!!!!!!!

I did a wee bit more than 4 sentences and was missing the butterflies (sniff) from the sketch, but alas this is a manly page, I don't think dad would approve of the butterflies here. So, here is my version of the sketch, I had soooooo much fun cutting the dominoes and placing them like the game, for reals!!!
Quite the character he is so this page just suits him perfectly!

And onto the weekend happenings,
Miss M getting ready for her cat walk
She's got quite a demeanor, check her posture and attitude in such a small package!
here she is at the final shooting with the other girls
 And Saturday we had Paella, the real thing , it was made by a Spaniard chef right before our eyes! This was just so much fun and a great learning experience in flavors.
 Check this out, loooove this photo of the salt pouring in, Jordi this was unforgettable...
Savour this...they should give us "smellablogging" so you could share the experience
So I hope you had a great weekend too! Here is to a wonderful week with wonderful news,


Friends 4 ever

New collections @ Webster's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I hope you had a terrific Father's day weekend.   I got to be with my family so I had an extra special weekend!  My dad's bday is the 19th also, so we had a bigger celebration and got to play a couple of hands of Dominos with him and the kids!

I had not done an ATC in years and the girls @ CCCB had an ATC challenge, the best part they made into a SWAP, another thing I haven't done in quite a while.  Soooo I got inspired and made this for my new special friend, a little something from the heart with some vintage trim and some seam binding, must of all made with a lot of heart!

Now I just found out Today is Cheryl's 50th  Birthday.  She is this awesome friend who always has a kind word for you, Even though I don't know her in person I love visiting her every week and I looove her comments every time she visits So I made he a special card to celebrate today!
Big hugs my dear Cheryl!


Happy Father's Day!

Thank you ladies, best of all was making one happy Dad!

Busca hoy El Nuevo Día, la sección de Hobbies, pág 11
 O mejor aún pasa por la tienda y ven a trabajar la tarjeta de papá, hoy de 1 @ 5PM!
You can also see Tim Holtz here when he came to Puerto Rico!
Let's take a moment to set the table, we have a guest of honor and there is a special little place card for him

Now let's give him the Menu so he knows what is coming...

Fill the glass with a little bubbly so he can start to chill...

 Give him the card so he has something to read
And then, only then present him with a gift for all the wonderful things he means to us!

Here is a look @ the things we plan for him

Have a wonderful Father's Day with your loved ones, and remember to go play at the kraft journal this week!  I had a lot of fun playing with Kraft, gorgeous inspiring Webster's and Maya Road.

We LOVE you Dad!
(now, let's hope he doesn't sneak a peak at my blog before Sunday, LOL)



Spotlight Artist Badge

Thank you for the feature girls!

This week a CCCB the girls are dressing up jars, so looove that concept of reusingsomething old. I thought long and hard and decided I wanted to recreate a hot air ballon.  Pretty ambitious, I know, but I felt in love with a gorgeous antique French print with a balloon in it and thought I'd give it a shot! So here's my take on the dressed up jar!

I used an old glass jar and tons of Webster's!
Here is a LO I made with Webster's Yacht CLub papers.



you make each day special...the girls at the kraft journal have a guy thing theme going on.  I wanted to make a father's day card since the time is closing in very soon.  Sometimes I know exactly what to do, then other times I just get stuck thinking and then the light goen on! As I was looking through a set of Webster's journaling cards I read "make each day special" what a quote! I added the u and the father and voila my foundation was done.  From then on it was just easy peasy, I decided to use cardabilities sketch #32 the circles just inspired me to use the beautiful clocks on the Ladies & Gents collection, some trim, pearls (yes pearls) and stitching and I am ready for Father's Day!

Then onto LO's, my God daughter's comunion, with a very special journal for her

And another one for my son's graduation using the color inspiration from The Color Room, because his graduation colors were exactly those, how fun!

hand cut felt stars, stitched to the paper, Prima beads to celebrate this special time!

A bee quote from Pink Paislee attached with a star pin from Maya Road
 And here is the finished piece:
I want to write a thank you note to all of you out there, for your kind words in the comments section (they mean the world to me), for your visits, for joining in the followers section but most of all for inspiring me to be a better scrapper!
This week has been wonderful, Sunday I found out my "tu Fe" LO was featured at once upon a sketch.  It is just overwhelming seeing it at the top of the board.  Then Monday I received an email from Live Pink, the gallery of Pink Paislee because Daydream LO had been featured! Talk about bliss, so I am truly happy and for that I thank you!
PS: Helen photographed  Lloyd from SA, click his name and enjoy the up beat beautiful music!


Son, a diploma will take you places!

Out of the box this one was done with no sketch just a color inspiration and a crazy idea in my head.  This weeks color challenge at CCG is blue, red and green with the added challenge of using a hot air balloon.  Remember my "Letter from Mom" page?  Well I have been meaning to write a letter to my son but a doily didn't sound right...This challenge had my brains in full gear and I thought it would be fitting to scrap his recent graduation photos to write my letter in a "diploma".  I even burnt the edges with fire, for reals!!! gave me a scare.  Then I made holes in the page and tied his letter with some ribbon.  Here is a close up:

And here is the finished piece!

This weeks challenge at citycrafter is to go back to basics, using cardboard and paints I created a frame ( I missed that week) to write and paint a quote to inspire!  I took Ros advice to heart to gey messy and be creative!



This just in from Pink Paislee: the LO was featured at the gallery in the First Fridays picks!
sooooo happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Summer is here to stay, the kids are free, the sun comes and goes fighting the rain and I am very inspired!
3 LO's in one day just makes my day! Karola posted a challenge of hot hues for summer at the Pink Paislee blog and here is my entry I enjoyed every minute of playing with this luscious hues I evenincluded some pink flowers for good measure, you know me with the pink! I used a sketchabilities sketch for this one # 46.

And here is the finished page!
On a super note there is a new blog out there scrap for help here is their badge that I am proudly displaying in Solidarity!
Now go over and visit!

And this past Saturday this was published at El Nuevo Dia
Many of these pages you have seen up close and personal here!