On the last day of the month I wanted to remind you of the blessing of adoption. I had a neighbor come talk to me the other day about adoption as she and her husband are considering adoption. One of the questions I am often asked is what if there is something wrong with the child? How can I be sure it will be OK. I have heard horror stories... Well there are no guarantees that something wouldn't go wrong with your biological children. If your children develop something you deal with it, help them the best way you know how. The honest truth is that there are no guarantees in life- no matter who you are. But I know that a child in the system- even one day is going to need unconditional love. If your bio kid develops something you can't send them back... These kids have never had stability, if you are not sure.. get more info. Maybe you are not called to adopt but to stand by a family that has. What can you do?
We are incredibly blessed by many people who do what they can in their own way. I have one friend who doesn't feel like she can handle all of them but will take one out at a time. For ice cream or whatever. I have another who prays for our family everyday - I cannot tell what a comfort that is to me. I have one person that gives my son a ride home from youth group - and is keeping him accountable. Having Christian adults as mentors for our kids is invaluable! One friend will take any kid at the drop of a hat- or all if needed. I have a lady who gives us hand me downs, they are in beautiful condition. These people have been such a blessing to our kids and to us as a family.
I believe anything you can do in the life of a child is so important - volunteer your time, your resources, your talents...I promise you, you can make a difference!
*** Here is the hidden journaling for this page:
If we can make a difference in the life of a child you can change the world – I believe that. I took this picture in August at an outreach for inner city kids. I was so proud of my kids (the kids I work with). I have worked with some of these kids for four years and they are amazing. I put them on the spot- a friend of a friend needed help at the last minute with an outreach she was doing. One of the teachers didn’t show and she needed something to fill in. I talked to my kids about and they were willing; within minutes they were teaching the hula! Just for fun, something they had just learned themselves but here they were reaching out to these kids.
(Papers, Alphas and Trim: Websters)
If if this hasn't touched you so far, how about this song?
"What about the children?" sung by Yolanda Adams
Tears streaming down, her heart is broken
Because her life is hurting, so am I.
He wears a frown, his dreams are choking
And because he stands alone, his dreams will die.
So, humbly I come to you and say
As I sound aloud the warfare of today
Hear me, I pray...
(chorus)What about the children?
To ignore is so easy
So many innocent children would choose the wrong way
So what about the children? Remember when we were children
And if not for those who loved us and who cared enough to show us
Where would we be today?
Sir, where is your son, where lies his refuge? And if he can't come to you, then where can he run?
Such a foolish girl, yet still, she's your daughter
And if you will just reminisce your days of young...
You see, it's not where you've been, nor what you've done
Because I know a friend who specializes in great outcomes
See, His love overcomes
What about the children? Don't just turn and walk away! What about the children? They need our love and help today! What about the children? Remember when we were children and if not for those who loved us
and who cared enough to show us, where would we be today? Where would we be today? What about the the children?
http://www.jango.com/music/Yolanda+Adams?l=0 Please listen..This is one of my most favorite songs, this could very well be my theme song. I have had so many amazing people who spoken into my life and now I get to do that for others. I hope you are blessed by that song. Have a great night- or morning depending on where you are!
Happy Thanksgiving! How are you doing? Is it a good day? Today is Thanksgiving in the United States. Do you have things to be thankful for? This little guy is just one of many things I have to be thankful for. This "look" is so typical for my little night owl. He is sensitive, smart and always thinking about something! These little flowers are a new technique I learned from Gabrielle at http://gabriellepollacco.blogspot.com/ She has the most amazing layouts! I love doing these flowers!! I sprayed them with Glimmer Mists to match my layout!
The title "boys" was raw chipboard (Maya Road) , I painted it with cream acrylic paint, sprayed it with Glimmer Mist and inked the edges brown. The little dots are Liquid Pearls from Ranger. The wing is from Making Memories. The journal box and the little butterfly was also sprayed with Glimmer Mist. The paper is Websters.
One of my little night owls challenges is fear and anxiety, I am believing and praying for courage for my little night owl. He is a survivor, a conqueror and God will prevail. I am so glad that I was able to share with you a little about our night owl; we are thankful to have him in our lives.
Well I have been totally busy doing projects with Websters papers! They have been doing a 12 days of Christmas crop and I have been loving it! Not to mention I had three projects featured! It has really been fun and I thought I'd share some of the things I have been doing! They are using Christmas papers but I didn't have Christmas Websters so I had to do the projects with the lines that I had. Today I am posting the more general projects later I will post the more Christmas looking ones. Here it is flat so you can get a better look! Acrylic is so hard to photograph! Behind the Acrylic is a piece of vellum (the flowers). For the tree I used the negative part of the tree sticker and filled in the space with Alcohol Inks. Now if you try this I would lay the sticker on your shirt or pants first before putting it on the acrylic! Those stickers are really sticky! LOL! I had a hard time peeling off that sticker after I got the Alcohol Inks in place! I love that purple!The little frame is from Making Memories - it's not often I can get everyone in one picture! This frame was pink, I changed it with Alcohol Inks! I used them on the edges of the Acrylic and on the sticker letters! Here is a tin I've had around forever by Maya Road. I covered it and used Stickles and then made cards for the inside...
All of these beautiful pattern papers are Websters - hmmm...can you tell I've been collecting them?
This little project won me a whole package of paper from Websters! Yay! I will be getting the Christmas line after all!! We do not have a scrapbook store here - so I usually have to do all my shopping online! So nice to win stuff you love!
These are my takes on the projects the girls have posted at Websters they have a ton of ideas over there!
it was given to someone who's blog moved you; she is very sweet. I am am supposed to pass this on. As I was thinking of this I must admit I have been given these type of awards before but I am not the most technical person. (I still have my oldest (yep still no nick name) help me out!) So the last couple of times I did save the awards but I didn't post them, mostly because I was clueless LOL! So, if you so kindly gave an award in the past thank you and I was not ignoring you I just didn't "get it". I have only been in the blog world 11 months! LOL! Here are the other awards... and... And now for the passing of the awards - hey I am a rebel so take whichever award you want and pass it along. Because you inspire me!
Happy Friday! I am enjoying the weather before it gets too cold! The inspiration for this layout was form a prompt at Scrapbooking from the Inside Out. It was asking how you regroup. Being a mom of five things tend to get crazy and sometimes you gotta just take a break and do something different! Go for a walk, go to a park, walk around the block and sometimes to the mall to get a snack. A break in routine helps us all to regroup, slow down and just enjoy today. In the theme of "generosity" this month - taking a break is something I do for them as well as my self! We are blessed enough to have beautiful scenery as well! The papers are Pink Paislee - I love cutting things up! And I am loving these new paper punches I got! The butterfly is from K & CO.
The journal and a close up...
Look at those trees! I love when the seasons change and the colors on the trees are so vibrant!!
So how do you regroup? There are so many ways , this is just one I picked. You might want to scrap about it! Have a great weekend!
"We cannot do great things on the Earth only small things with great love."
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Something new, well new for me at least. I have loved seeing all the cardboard backed layouts and finally I got around to trying one! I love the texture!! So fun and easy to work with! I even made a tutorial for Scrapbooking From the Inside Out! Of course this is from the Generosity kit this month, I love the dark rich colors. I did add some things to this layout that weren't in the kit because this was actually the last layout I did. The flowers (Prima)and the netting were not in the kit. The bling and the ribbon (Websters) were from a previous kit. If you see the other layouts you will see that Rachel includes lots of Primas and other pretty embellishments in all her kits. Oh yeah - using and loving my new Martha Stewart punch!
How cute is my baby girl! I am not biased at all!! Those little leaves surrounding the Prima flowers were cut with my Cricut.
This is a quote by Mother Teresa that I love - I had to cut off her name , it didn't fit! The background is actually photo paper. I use this technique a lot - I spray it with Moon Glow spray in copper and Orange, let it dry then print my journaling on it. Love that Moon Glow stuff!
The upper right hand corner is Texture paste - the same kind the use on walls with stencils.
I also sprayed the cardboard (after I ripped it up) with the Moon Glow.
This being National Adoption Awareness month I found that quote quite fitting. Not everyone is called to adopt but everyone can help in the life of a child directly and indirectly.
Did you know that if you are interested in adopting but don't have thousands of dollars to pay for a private adoption you could do a special needs adoption in our own state and they have programs to help you not only adopt but with medical needs of the child as well. * Can I quickly say somethng about special needs adoption? There are no perfect children, even when you have a biological child you are taking a chance that something could go very wrong. Don't get distracted because they might be "special needs" they are all children in desperate need of a good home and a loving family - it might be yours!
If adoption is not for you and you cannot give financially you can help out a family who has adopted - babysitting, a meal, a listening non judgemental ear... We have a friend who always buys our kids backpacks each year - something so simple makes a world of difference. If they have alot of kids and you feel like it's too much for you perhaps you can take one at a time for ice cream or something? Think out of the box! Reminds me of this other quote
“To the world, you may be one person; but to that one person you may be the whole world.”
I don't know who said this but I know that YOU CAN make a difference in the life of a child! (and bonus, God will bless you for it! ;) )
How fun is this paper! As soon as I saw it I knew I would have to cut it up!!! It is from the Generosity kit this month at Scrapbooking From the Inside Out. The paper is My Minds Eye, Ooh La La collection.
The theme this month is Generosity and sometimes we do the opposite of the theme so I thought I'd have a little fun! The picture is me in front of (just) one shelf in my scrapbook room! Here is the journal and close up of the cutting... In case you can't read it:
OK, so I know I have a lot of scrapbook stuff! But really I do use it! You never what you are going to need on a layout! I don’t mind sharing- well, OK, not my Primas but the other stuff! I try to cut back, I really do (well on the shopping, not the scrapping.) I have cut back in the past 7 months. It’s a difficult thing you know, especially if there’s a really good sale. I have to plan ahead! I have comfort in the fact that if things ever got really tight I would still be able to scrapbook for a long time on my supplies! Just don’t ask me to give up my scrapbooking stuff! ***
Speaking of scrapbooking stuff, I am so excited that Rachel (Owner, Scrapbooking From The Inside Out) has asked me to stay on the Design Team for another six months! It is a great honor because I truly believe in what she is doing. Here is a quote form the site...
I'm here to remind you that you matter too! Your story needs to be told by you, both for you as well as for future generations. One of the most important gifts you can give your children is the gift of you - who you truly are and what you think and feel. And most importantly in the process of telling your story, in all it's beauty and depth, it's glorious times, messy moments and painful lessons, you will be transformed.
My vision is Scrapbooking from the Inside Out™. While many scrapbookers start with photos or products, I advocate a different approach-starting with the emotion. It's a form of what I call 'Scrapbook Therapy'-using scrapbooking as a form of self exploration, self expression, and self discovery.
I have seen so many beautiful layouts and projects, but without the life stories it's like an old photo album. Old photo albums are full of pictures of people, we may or may not remember, but no details. I want to tell the story of our lives. If you read my pages you will know me, my family, what we believe and how we live our lives...good, bad, serious and fun. Not that I can't make just a cute project now and then - as a matter of fact I had a project featured at Websters today! http://websterspages.ning.com/photo But for the most part this is how I scrap and encourage you to do the same!
Now here are some opportunities for you! If you would like to win a Scrapbooking From The Inside Out kit for yourself check these two sites to enter!!!
Welcome to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine's A Faith Perspective Thankful for Friends Faith Blog Hop. If you are just checking in on me you are in the right place LOL! I am participating in a blog hop!
Today, we're out in force on the internet -- showing our faith and giving the glory to God. United, we stand as Christian paper crafters and blog owners to make a presence on the internet for all to see. We're celebrating the theme of friends and we're happy to share our projects with you based on the verse:
"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. " Ecc4:9-10a
Prizes? Oh, yeah! There will be three lucky grand prize winners for today's event.
To enter, simply hop to the blogs of all of the participating staff members of Scrapbook News and Review Magazine, take note of the staff member's name, and leave a comment on their posts. Then send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org listing each of the staff members who participated in today's hop. It's that easy. All entries must be received by Monday, November 16, 2009 at 12 noon, EST and three winners will be randomly chosen to win. What are the prizes?
One $100 gift certificate from Layers of Color Stamps AND a 6 month subscription to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine. One basket of goodies -- four stamp sets from Gina K Designs and a 6 month subscription to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine. One set of digital stamps from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and a 3 month subscription to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine. In addition, every participating staff member of Scrapbook News and Review Magazine will offer a free one-month subscription to the magazine to one of their lucky visitors by simply leaving a comment on their blog. That's a lot of chances to win, so let's get to the Hop!
Page one of two!Page two of two!!!Close up and journal ... If you can't read it it says: Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
I cannot imagine where I would be without my friends. I have been blessed many times over by the generosity of my friends. Anybody who knows me knows that I have many acquaintances but few I call friends. It is an honor to know these friends and be a part of their lives. Over and over they share their hearts, time and possessions not only with me but with countless others. They truly understand what it is to be a friend and give with their whole heart. Their support has been immensely comforting in the tough times and it has been a pleasure to share their joy in the good times. I am continually overwhelmed with gratitude when I think about the people God has placed in my life.
This is from the Generosity kit at Scrapbooking From the Inside Out ! I couldn't just pick one friend so I made this lo about several friends...I hope that you come back and visit soon! Have fun on the Blog hop!
I am glad you stopped by! Are you liking the blog makeover??? I picked but I cannot take credit for putting it together! My firstborn (pictured here) did for me! Which reminds me, I need your help!!! I keep calling her firstborn for her safety - I don't really want to put our kids names out there in cyberspace - I'm sure you can understand! I have nicknames for the little ones (if you scroll all the way down on the page you can see our family names) but I haven't come up with names for my two oldest! As you can see she is quite lovely. She is also smart, silly, funny, studious, outgoing and a bit feisty! ( I don't know where she gets that from!)
That's where YOU come in! I need some nickname suggestions for her and for my oldest son please! Here he is, a layout you may have seen before...
He is friendly, outgoing, smart, a leader and strong willed!
Any ideas? Leave them in the comment section! Now back to the first layout...
Another close up so you can see all the pretty florals and embellishments! All my favorites are here - Prima, Stickles and Kaiser. I love this paper! I was in a scrapbook shop, it was on the very bottom shelf and there was only one piece left! I had to have it, it is from Urban Lily. Perfect for my firstborn!
Here is the completed layout. The journal is from the song "The words I would say" by Sidewalk Prophets. Perfect for a graduating senior! (Click on it to make it bigger.)
I want to share another layout from the Generosity kit at Scrapbooking From The Inside Out! Can you tell I am really into flowers right now!!! Prima of course- except with the flower underneath the burnt orange I cut that one out! Lucky for me there are plenty in the kit! Here's another look... The journal...
This part is also from a song. "How He loves" by David Crowder Band. This is my favorite song right now! I love what it says! You can hear it here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJyW55AXJAk . If you do, just listen to the words the video is actually distracting form the song. The words and metaphors in this song are amazing. Go listen after you read my post! LOL! Here is the hidden journaling behind the photo...
"It is overwhelming to me that I could be lovable to someone who sees ALL my flaws – even my thoughts. How could God love us when He sees is our constant rebellion- even in our hearts. I am amazed by His generous Grace and tolerance. I am thankful that He always forgives and continues to love us even when we make stupid choices."
This flower was white. I sprayed it with Moon Glo spray, Stickled the edges and added Glossy Accents for the water drops. The center is Prima as well. And the finished result...
Gone for a bit but now I'm back! Gotta love when hubby says pack the kids we're going out of town! 5 days of fun on the road - did I mention kids and 8 1/2 hours driving time?! But I digress, no, really, it was a good time!
Here is another layout from the "Generosity" kit at Scrapbooking from the Inside Out! In thinking about this theme I remembered something that happened to me last Christmas and it was perfect for this months theme...Definitely worth the read!
Here's the journal up close...
God never forgets His people. I admit I can get frustrated by life and lose my perspective. This was one of those times…I had a solo in a Christmas Program. In addition to this my hubby and I direct a youth choir and drama team and teach a Sunday school class. Many times the team is a full time job, only we volunteer to do it. We love doing it and we love the kids. Certain times of the year we run 24/7. At this time I was tired, frustrated, feeling unappreciated and doing things out of obligation.
When the production was over, a lady from the audience came to talk to me. She said that a guy sitting next to her handed her this money and asked her to give it to me. She said that God told him to empty his wallet when I was singing my song and to give me whatever he had! I tried to give it back as she hands me this wad of bills. She said I can’t take it back because he left and she didn’t know the guy! She said she was just happy to be the messenger; he didn’t want to be identified.
I didn’t know what to say except thank you. I was in shock. I waited until I got into the car to tell my hubby; he couldn’t believe it either! He asks me much money was there. I had not counted it… When I did count it, there was $540.00!!!!
Sometimes we look to man to fulfill us and meet our needs. God has shown us time and time again that He always meets our needs. He knows when we need a quick reminder of who He is and how He loves us. I love cutting things to make them pop just a little. I used chalk and then copper Stickles for those flowers on the right. Can you tell I just got a new border punch! (Martha Stewart) The paper is from SEI, the Moraiva collection. The cardstock is Co ordinations.
On this fabulous Friday I would like to give you five:
Five things I am thankful for
1. That I am saved
2. My family
3. My friends
4. The generosity of others
5. Music and scrapbooking (OK,that's six... shh don't tell anyone)
Five things I love
2. My family
3. My friends
hmmm...that wasn't much different..Interesting.
Well, I've got something up my sleeve for Monday and I may need your help so don't forget to check back! Meanwhile maybe you could leave me five things you are thankful for! Awesome!
Have a great weekend!