Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Family page: Tropical trio

Our family is spread out through countries and islands. This page features three of my cousins who grew up in Hawaii. Their father worked in the hotel industry before retiring to enjoy his golden years.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Family page: Childhood birthday memories

This page features another prized photo from Anthony Isambert's collection. I believe it was one of his childhood birthday parties cradled in his father's arms. My childhood memories also resembled happy scenes like this one.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Family page: Only in New York

The wonderful thing about researching your family tree is finding little surprises along the way. One of these surprises came when I found a weathered New York chauffeur's license with my grandfather's photo on it. I had no idea he had done this back in 1928. It added an extra piece of the puzzle for my mother's father. Enjoy my walk down memory lane!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Family page: Love time

Our family is anxiously awaiting the arrival of little Zoe. It seems she is already asserting herself, since she will not be rushed, regardless of 7 minute apart contractions. Natashia has nurtured our little munchkin through 9 very difficult months. The time is almost here!

Yoshi page: Game On!

Today's page shows Yoshi in the stands waiting for his turn in the ring. It took me a few seconds to come up with the title, but once I did the font had to be perfect. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Family page: On this day

That moment when a couple pledges their love to one another surrounded by family and friends, defines love. Today's page shows a timeless photo of two people who took that oath.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Family page: It's true LOVE

I get misty when I see people in love. In a way it may be because I have yet to find that elusive 'true love'. Don't get me wrong there are plenty of impostors out there, but you can tell when it's the real thing. The photos on this page show that this is the real thing. Congrats Sabrina and Donald your love inspires me.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Family page: Princess birthday

The photo I chose to feature on today's page shows my aunt on one of her birthdays. It reminded me of a portrait of a princess with her lovely opulent dress. The birthday cake on the photo is almost an accessory since you just focus on her adorable smile. Enjoy!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Family page: On cloud 9

The photo on this page was taken after my cousin Anthony was born. His daddy, Mike, got into his crib to celebrate with his adult sized bottle. It was a proud and funny moment at the same time. In the background you can still see boxes that need to be unpacked. What first time parent can't relate to that?!

Family page: Army Proud

Our uncle Mike served proudly in the Army. While in service his first born son, my cousin Anthony, was born in Germany. It was my cousin who provided me these wonderful photos. Scrappad is still one of my favorite apps on my iPad mini.

Family page: Birthday Blessings

Today is my cousin April's birthday. This page was created for her.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Family page: Brotherhood

My brother and my cousin have been closer than brothers all their lives. So when I was envisioning a brotherhood page I knew it had to be about them. The photos I chose show their bond through the years. Enjoy!

Family page: Best in Class

My family is full of gifted people. One of them is my cousin Anthony, who is a hairstylist, make-up artist, editor-in-chief. We all need to be thankful every day for the blessings of family.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Family page: United

Every family has a set of photos that define the relationship between siblings. I believe this set of photos does just that. Brothers united from childhood until today. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Family page: School memories

So much fun to look back in time at the happiness and hope on a child's face right before the first day of school. This cute photo is courtesy of my cousin Sabrina and highlights her beautiful daughter.

Family page: On the hook

Sharing family photos is something wonderful. The photo in this page shows my cousin's parents enjoying a fresh catch. Nothing like coming home with fresh fish. Enjoy!

Family page: Reflections

This is dedicated to my artistic cousin.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Family page: Mini Me

My cousin and her little girl are so alike she calls her 'Mini Me'. The love they share is wonderful to see. Enjoy!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Handmade card: thank you Tasha

The most amazing gift is the gift of life. In this case my brother's girlfriend is carrying my new niece until May. Creating this card was so much fun!

Family page: Maternal grandparents

While reviewing the pages I created thus far I noticed I was only featuring my Dad's side of the family. Today's page features my maternal grandparents. Both sides are so filled with history. I urge anyone who wants to learn more about their ancestors to ask questions. If you have grandparents still alive ask them. In my experience they love sharing family stories, anecdotes and life lessons. If possible record their voice, make a video or ask if they have any old photos you could scan and share with the rest of the family. Enjoy my journey!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Yoshi page:In love

This week we received an unexpected surprise, a baby picture of Yoshi from our friend (and pug breeder) Kathi. We had never seen this one before...Ain't he adorable? Thanks again Kathi

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Family page: Finding cousins

Many years ago I learned of a branch of cousins and being a genealogist I was excited to learn more. One of these cousins is April who I got to spend some quality time with a few years ago when she came to Florida. This family page features a photo of her beside one of her Mom. If you are like me you can see the uncanny resemblance. Just like looking in a mirror. Enjoy!!!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Family page: Grandfather's gentlemanly ways

Like many of our ancestors, my grandfather was a gentleman in every sense of the word. Even though he had to overcome many obstacles, he did it with decorum and class. This is a young portrait of him, may he rest in peace!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Yoshi page: 6 wonderful years

Today we celebrate Yoshi's 6 wonderful years of life. He is a ham, a champion, a grand champion, a baby and a treasured pet. I am a new convert since I have only known him for 2 years. My first impression of him was that of a 'spoiled brat' since he was always stealing my seat at the dining room table. Once I asserted myself and put him on my lap, we were buddies. Here's to you Yoshi! Wishing you many many more birthdays.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Family page: All about the genes

Every family has genetic traits that get passed down through the generations. In our case, it's ALL about the cheeks. My cousin Lisette and her daughters are a perfect example. I still remember how our great grandmother loved to pinch our cheeks when we went to visit her. Wherever she is in heaven I am sure her heart swells with pride.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Family page: My Great Grandmother

As I get older how truly lucky I was growing up surrounded by family. I can say I knew my great grandmother. She had the softest skin and the biggest smile I have seen. She was a strong, happy, classy and smart lady. She wore a real whale bone corset every day, and she refused to wear pants. When she baked her delicious croissants she made enough for her whole family. Enjoy!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Family page: My great uncle's wife

In yesterday's page I featured my great uncle, so I thought it only fitting to feature his wife, Antonia, on today's page. I have been blessed by receiving most of my family's old photos. Back then personal photos were all about art. Enjoy!

Family page: Great Uncle Antonio de Jesus

Besides card making and Scrapbooking, my other passion is genealogy. Today's page features my Great Uncle Antonio de Jesus and his two children (Mikey and Mary) while he was in the Army. I chose this photo because it shows what a proud family man he was. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Handmade card: Camila's 22nd birthday

My family is celebrating my niece's 22nd birthday today. We have been through so many stages with her. There were the Barney years (can still hear that song in my head, you know the one I mean), the Harry Potter saga (complete with standing in lines to be the first to see each movie), and who could forget the Goth years (with black everything). I am here on behalf we survived all of the stages with Camila and as a reward now have the cool chick portrayed on this card. NOTE: She has now received the card in Florida and loved it!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

iPad fun: Photo booth anyone?!

Is anyone else addicted to clowning on their iPad's photo booth? Here are some results...