Friday, May 7, 2021

May Every Day | School Lunch Hero Day

May Every Day is a series of daily blog posts for May 2021 sharing days and weeks that we celebrate or observe. Some of these days are well-known holidays while others are more obscure observances, some are celebrated internationally while others are more nationally focused, some are significant while others are just plain FUN!

I had no idea there was something called School Lunch Hero Day until I started researching this series, but I immediately knew what I wanted to share when I saw it! Robbie's grandmother worked in the school lunch room of a junior high school for many years. We have a couple of her school portraits from that time, so I used inspiration from Shimelle's Half and Half class to create a layout about her and the little pizzas Robbie likes to make.

Robbie's journaling reads: In the 1950s and up to sometime in the late 60s, Grandy worked in the lunch cafeteria at Sill Junior High School in my home-town of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. She was always an excellent cook, and I like to think my ability to cook and bake, as well as my talent for ‘creatively cooking,’ comes directly from her! She and the other ladies were responsible for feeding hundreds of junior high students daily, and she would come up with several unique recipes from time to time to add something a bit ‘extra’ to the then-standard daily school fare. Several of those recipes were favorites of mine (and my brother Tommy) back when we were young … and still remain so to this day. One recipe was for what she called “Little Pizzas,” which I call “Grandy’s Little Pizzas” for obvious reasons. It is made up of ground beef, ketchup, water, sugar, breadcrumbs, and oregano all cooked together and then scooped onto sliced English Muffins, covered with a slice of American Cheese, and put in the oven for 10 minutes or so. These things are addictive and are one of my favorite ‘comfort foods’ to this day. I probably make them about half a dozen times a year – with the majority being made on Sunday afternoons during football season, or if Tommy happens to be in town. When I was in elementary school and then in Junior High (long after Grandy had already retired), they still served the same “Little Pizzas” every so often – they were called “Pizza Burgers” by that time, but it was the same recipe for years until it too was finally changed. Nevertheless, I’ve been making them myself for nearly 50 years and the recipe was probably more than 20 years old by the time I started making them myself. I think Grandy would be pleased to know that Tommy and I still make them (and enjoy them) to this day. (~Robbie~ May 2021)

I love that we now have this story preserved in our scrapbook of Robbie's family stories! Have you scrapped any memories of older generations lately?

Thursday, May 6, 2021

May Every Day | National Day of Prayer

May Every Day is a series of daily blog posts for May 2021 sharing days and weeks that we celebrate or observe. Some of these days are well-known holidays while others are more obscure observances, some are celebrated internationally while others are more nationally focused, some are significant while others are just plain FUN!

The first Thursday in May is designated as a National Day of Prayer here in the United States. It is a day that invites people of all faiths to pray for our nation. Spurred by the evangelical movement and evangelist Billy Graham, a joint resolution by Congress was signed into law by President Harry S. Truman in 1952 and moved to the first Thursday in May by President Ronald Reagan. This year's prayer is: Lord pour out Your Love, Life and Liberty.

The National Day of Prayer website says this about the significance of the day: The National Day of Prayer has great significance for us as a nation as it enables us to recall and to teach the way in which our founding fathers sought the wisdom of God when faced with critical decisions. It stands as a call for us to humbly come before God, seeking His guidance for our leaders and His grace upon us as a people. The unanimous passage of the bill establishing the National Day of Prayer as an annual event, signifies that prayer is as important to our nation today as it was in the beginning.

Today is the 70th National Day of Prayer. Here's a video with more information about these "70 Years of Prayer." (If you are reading this on email, you may need to click over to the blog to watch.)


Today, I encourage you to stop and say a prayer for our great nation! Take time to thank Him for all that we have, ask Him to heal the unrest and division in our world, beseech Him to guide our leaders, and praise Him that we live in a country where prayer is still celebrated. Lord pour our your love, life and liberty on our nation!

For my friends in other countries around the world, I challenge you also to take a moment today to say a prayer for your nation and its leaders!

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

May Every Day | Cinco de Mayo

May Every Day is a series of daily blog posts for May 2021 sharing days and weeks that we celebrate or observe. Some of these days are well-known holidays while others are more obscure observances, some are celebrated internationally while others are more nationally focused, some are significant while others are just plain FUN!

Cinco de Mayo is Spanish for "Fifth of May," the day that marks the Mexican army's victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. It is not a hugely celebrated holiday in Mexico, although I read that there are some military parades and other activities, particularly in Puebla. However, there are many celebrations in the United States (most likely because a couple of brewing companies began sponsoring the holiday as a marketing ploy in the 1980s). 

For me, it is a day to celebrate Mexican-American culture, especially the food! Before joining the United States, Texas was actually a part of Mexico (and before that the Spanish Empire), so Mexican culture is a huge part of our history and culture. We have an abundance of Mexican food restaurants, grocery stores, and eateries throughout the state. Some of them offer a variety we call Tex-Mex, while others offer more authentic Mexican fare. Before the Covid pandemic, we enjoyed going out for a meal at Mexican restaurants around town and whenever we traveled.

Currently, we make tacos and quesadillas and burritos here at home. Robbie's been known to whip up a batch of Casa Ole's Chili Con Queso or his own homemade salsa, and I have several recipes I like to make.




Were you aware of the Cinco de Mayo holiday? Are you celebrating today?

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

May Every Day | Star Wars Day

May Every Day is a series of daily blog posts for May 2021 sharing days and weeks that we celebrate or observe. Some of these days are well-known holidays while others are more obscure observances, some are celebrated internationally while others are more nationally focused, some are significant while others are just plain FUN!

Star Wars Day is an annual informal commemorative day observed on May 4 to celebrate, you guessed it, Star Wars! This date was chosen because of the Jedi's phrase, "May the Force be with you," which easily transitions to "May the Fourth be with you."

The first Star Wars movie premiered in 1977. Robbie remembers going to see it on opening day...he might have even sat through it a total of three times that day! I was only 8-years-old at the time and my family rarely went to the movies, so I don't remember when I first saw it. However, I knew about Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia and had a few Star Wars trading cards in the late 1970s. [Little did I know then that I would marry a collector and we would eventually own many (many!) sets of Star Wars trading cards.]

We have, of course, seen all the movies several times now. When the new movies (Episodes VII, VII & IX) came out, we met up with Robbie's brother and his family to see them. This is no small feat since we are in Texas and they are in Ohio. Twice we caught the movie in Tennessee and once when we were visiting in Ohio. It's always a FUN time!


Quite a few years ago, Robbie and I toured a Star Wars exhibit at the Fort Worth Museum of Science & History. We saw lots of costumes, props, and filming miniatures from the three original movies. Luke Skywalker's full-size Landspeeder was on display as well as Chewbacca's 7 1/2 foot tall costume!


In 2016, we visited Disneyland, where we saw props and costumes and such from the newer movies. We even got a hug and a photo shoot with Chewie himself!


As you can see, fans of Star Wars we are!


However you celebrate today - May the Fourth Be With You!

Monday, May 3, 2021

May Every Day | Drinking Water Week

May Every Day is a series of daily blog posts for May 2021 sharing days and weeks that we celebrate or observe. Some of these days are well-known holidays while others are more obscure observances, some are celebrated internationally while others are more nationally focused, some are significant while others are just plain FUN!

Drinking Water Week aims to recognize the critical role drinking water plays in our everyday lives. It is sponsored by the American Water Works Association, an international, nonprofit, scientific and educational society dedicated to providing total water solutions assuring the effective management of water.

In 1988, the week-long observance of Drinking Water Week was declared in a joint congressional resolution signed by then President Ronald Reagan. It is celebrated the first full week of May each year. This year's theme is "There When You Need It" highlighting the work water professionals do to ensure safe drinking water is always available when we need it.


Honestly, I wasn't aware of this observance until I started researching May holidays and observances for this blog series. In fact, having drinking water available right out of the tap anytime is something I take for granted because I've never known otherwise. Unfortunately, that is not the case everywhere in our world.


I am aware, however, of how vital water is to our everyday lives and health, and I'm constantly striving to be diligent about drinking enough. Water plays such an important role in our overall health, from keeping our vital organs and body systems functioning properly to boosting energy levels and improving cognitive function. A recent article in Breathe magazine put it this way.


I've enjoyed learning more about this observance and am thankful that there is an organization dedicated to providing drinkable water around the world. Were you aware of Drinking Water Week? What can you do to celebrate this observance this week?

Sunday, May 2, 2021

May Every Day | International Harry Potter Day

May Every Day is a series of daily blog posts for May 2021 sharing days and weeks that we celebrate or observe. Some of these days are well-known holidays while others are more obscure observances, some are celebrated internationally while others are more nationally focused, some are significant while others are just plain FUN!

In 2012, Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron declared May 2 as International Harry Potter Day. This date was chosen because it was the date that Harry Potter beat Lord Voldemort in The Battle of Hogwarts. Honestly, I had no idea what day the battle occurred; however, I'm all for a day to celebrate Harry Potter.

I've scrapped and (shared on the blog here) our stories about reading (and re-reading) the Harry Potter books and watching (and re-watching) all the movies

However, I'd only created one (one!) layout about our 2014 visit to Harry Potter World in Florida and no (zero!!) layouts about our 2016 visit to Harry Potter World in California and our 2017 Harry Potter Studios tour outside London, England. 

So, I pulled out some papers and a never-before-used stamp set to create a layout inspired by Lesson 3 in Shimelle's Half and Half class. I wasn't sure about the artsy look that Shimelle created with watercolors, but I decided to give it a try using gelatos ... and I'm thrilled with the look.

Journaling reads: The first time we got a butterbeer, at the Leaky Cauldron with our lunch of fish & chips, we got one to split because we had no idea what it would taste like. But the next time, we each insisted on our own pint because it was so refreshingly yummy!

This next layout was also inspired by the Half and Half class. First, a 12x12 layout using two photos of the Hogwarts Express.

Journaling reads: The Hogwarts Express ride goes from "King's Cross Station in London" at Universal Studios Florida to "Hogsmeade Station" at Universal Island of Adventures. It's a FUN way to travel between the two Universal theme parks. The British countryside is projecting onto the train cabin's door so it feels like a ride to Hogwarts ... and then the dementors arrive and it all turns cold! We rode it between the parks several times during our two days at Universal.

I created a companion 6x12 page to include more photos and a fabulous dementor die cut.


It feels so good to get started documenting all our Harry Potter adventures over the past several years!

Bonus: Robbie has mastered the art of creating the nonalcoholic butterbeers at home. There are several recipes online and he combined a few and tweaked this and that until he was satisfied with the taste. This past Friday, he picked up the ingredients and fixed us each a mug to enjoy for movie night. We'll have another mug today, of course!

How will you be celebrating International Harry Potter Day this year?

Saturday, May 1, 2021

May Every Day | (inter)National Scrapbook Day

May Every Day is a series of daily blog posts for May 2021 sharing days and weeks that we celebrate or observe. Some of these days are well-known holidays while others are more obscure observances, some are celebrated internationally while others are more nationally focused, some are significant while others are just plain FUN!

In 1994, Creative Memories began National Scrapbook Day for scrapbookers to get together for a day of photo celebration and album creation. The day has become popular around the world as memory keepers gather to work on layouts and projects, so it's now often referred to as (inter)National Scrapbook Day and is celebrated on the first Saturday in May.

For many years, I hosted a crop here at our home with friends and family scrapbooking, visiting, snacking, shopping and sharing memories together. We often met with other friends virtually using FaceTime, Skype, text, online chats and (most recently) Zoom. Obviously all of last year's get-togethers were virtual.

There are typically lots of online events, freebies, sales, and challenges posted for iNSD. Here are a few of the things I'll be enjoying as I scrap here at home today.

1. May Flaum is hosting a Grand Estate Escape Virtual (crafty) Vacation with challenges, Facebook lives, and prizes. (She also has several other virtual crafty vacation events scheduled this year.)

2. Shimelle's Half and Half online class is underway, and I'm having lots of FUN putting together layouts using two patterned papers as the background. The class includes prompts (handouts & videos) for twelve layouts. The first prompt encouraged us to choose a paper with one color and another paper with multiple colors, which worked perfect to showcase a photo of me at 4-years-old.

3. As I've mentioned previously, I'm participating in Stacy Julian's Story52 class as encouragement to tell more of our stories. This class provides weekly inspiration as well as monthly challenges, color inspiration, and sketches. I'm a couple of weeks months behind on the class materials, although I have created several story-focused layouts inspired by this class (including this one and this one).

I'm especially enjoying the reminder to add more of the story to my pages. For the layout below, I was originally focusing on the photos that show the before and after setup of Robbie's home office. However, I realized that the story I most wanted to tell was about how hard Robbie works to provide a good life for us.


4. I'm also planning to meet up virtually with a friend or two throughout the day.

Do you celebrate (inter)National Scrapbook Day? If so, how are you celebrating this year?

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Scrapbooking | Grandma Loved to Travel

After sorting Grandma's lifetime of photos earlier this year, I'm creating an album with my memories of her. Last year, I purchased some page kits from several etsy shops, and the 2-page Everyday Explorer kit (from this shop) works perfect with some photos of Grandma traveling in the 1970s.


This page tells the story of how she made me promise to travel anytime I had the time and money while I was young because she wasn't able to travel later in life.


Yes, she would certainly be surprised by how often I've kept that promise and the many places I've traveled to around the world!

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Scrapbooking | 2013 The Second Half

After completing the first half of 2013 last fall, I continued filling in our 2013 albums with the stories, memories, and memorabilia I had not yet included.

This two page layout showcases photos of one of my nieces playing Scout in a local production of To Kill A Mockingbird. I used some pages from an old falling-apart copy of the book as backgrounds for a couple of the photos and my journaling tag.


There were several pages about Robbie's birthday, including our visit to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum ...


... and how Robbie was holding one of his gifts upside down when I snapped a photo and then continued to hold them all that way for the remaining photos!


There was also the story about how Robbie inadvertently sliced a sliver of flesh off his finger trying to cut into some frozen sausage. I had him add the journaling for that "adventure."


There were quite a few photos of Robbie and his cooking, which is always so yummy. This layout will actually go in an album All About Robbie.


I'm enjoying working through our chronological albums and filling in the gaps that I've missed as I scrap non-chronologically. Now, on to seeing what's missing in 2014!

Monday, April 19, 2021

Scrapbooking | Half and Half

It's been awhile since I've taken a layout class, so I've signed up for Shimelle's Half and Half class that starts today. The class title refers to using a background that is half one patterned paper and half a different patterned paper. I created a few "warm-up" layouts inspired by the ones on Shimelle's post with the class details.

Both of these layouts feature two patterned background papers and a "messy stack" of  papers behind the photos.


I spent the first few months of this year sorting my Grandma's lifetime of photos, most of which I returned to my Daddy in organized binders and a scrapbook of his early years. I'm creating a scrapbook of Grandma's life and my memories of her with the remaining photos.


I'm looking forward to trying this Half and Half technique on more layouts as I enjoy Shimelle's class. Will you be joining in?

Friday, April 16, 2021

Upcoming Class | Mary, the Mother of Jesus, Virtual Bible Journaling Class

I'm excited to announce my next VIRTUAL Bible Journaling Class! This class will be presented via Zoom, so you can join in from anywhere as we dive into the Word and use our creativity to draw closer to the Lord.

We often associate Mary, the Mother of Jesus, with Christmastime and the birth of our Savior. However, she appears several other times in scripture as she raises the boy Jesus and interacts with Him in His adulthood.

On Mother's Day, we honor and celebrate mothers, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. Here in the States, we celebrate the second Sunday of May, so let’s meet together that weekend and look at the story of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and the lessons we can learn from her and her willingness to follow God’s plan for her life.


Your class fee includes Biblical teaching, illustrated Bible journaling technique demonstrations and ideas, a printable notes handout and a traceable image.

Please note:
* This class will be presented live via Zoom. Due to the interactive nature of the class, replays are not available.

* Your spot is reserved once payment is received. The link to the Zoom classroom and the notes handout will be sent separately as we get closer to the class date.

* There is not a supply kit for this event. However, I will be sending a list of items you may want to have on hand during the class. You’ll definitely want to have your Bible and a pen ready when class begins. Otherwise, I encourage you to use what you have available as you illustrate what the Lord is showing you through His Word. (I have a few product kits available HERE if you’re interested. I will be using some items from this kit for this class in May.)

Click the appropriate link below to reserve your spot today!



Please let me know if you have any questions. I hope to see you in class!

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Sunday Musings | Palm Sunday

Today is the day - my Free Easter Week Facebook Series begins today and runs through Easter Sunday. I will be posting a new Bible journaling page and short devotional each day on my Facebook page. I would love for you to join me by either reading the post each day, creating a page based on the day’s scripture, sharing my post, and/or adding your page in the comments. I'm sharing today's page and devotional here, but you'll have to pop into Facebook to enjoy the rest of the series.

On Palm Sunday, we remember Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem as a great multitude spread their clothes and palm branches on the road before Him and cried out, “Hosanna in the highest.” He rode into the city on a young donkey that his disciples retrieved from a nearby village. This scene is recorded in all four gospels: Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-10, Luke 19:28-40, and John 12:12-16.

But long before this day that began what we now call Holy Week, it was prophesied in Zechariah 9:9 that the King would come “humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” In fact, Jesus fulfilled hundreds of prophesies recorded in the Old Testament. As we head into this week, let’s marvel at the realization of this prophecy and the many others that foretold of the Messiah, and let us proclaim with the multitudes, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Upcoming Class | Ruth's Road Virtual Bible Journaling Class

The book of Ruth in the Old Testament is composed of only four short chapters, yet the story is an integral part of God’s plan for a Savior. The events in the life of Ruth, a Moabitess, earns her a place in the lineage of Jesus Christ. In this class, we’ll look at who Ruth is, where she came from, how we are like her, and how the road she traveled can help us follow and serve the Lord in our everyday lives.

Your class fee includes Biblical teaching, illustrated Bible journaling technique demonstrations and ideas, a printable notes handout and a traceable image.

Please note:

* This class will be presented live via Zoom. Due to the interactive nature of these classes, replays are not available.

* Your spot is reserved once payment is received. The link to the Zoom classroom and the notes handout will be sent separately as we get closer to the class date.

* There is not a supply kit for this event. However, I will be sending a list of items you may want to have on hand during the class. You’ll definitely want to have your Bible and a pen on hand. Otherwise, I encourage you to use what you have available as you illustrate what the Lord is showing you through His Word.

* I have previously taught classes on Ruth – if you attended one of these classes, some of the devotional materials will be the same. However, I will be doing a fresh study of the book of Ruth in preparation for the class and will have new Bible journaling pages and ideas to share.

**Optional Bible Journaling Supply Kit & Upcoming Classes (April, May, June) Bundle Pricing Available through April 3 – check out the details HERE!**

Please let me know if you have any questions in the comments and/or click the appropriate link below to reserve your spot today!




Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Scrapbooking | New 2-Page Scrapbook Kits Available

I'm excited to share a couple of new 2-Page Scrapbook Layout Kits that I recently created for our local scrapbook store (which also offers online ordering).

This first one features space for seven photos and has an Art Theme.


I'm using this layout to showcase photos from a crop with friends back in 2013. I really like how the neutral papers and embellishments work well with photos teeming with color.


The second kit features beautiful papers and space for five (or more) photos and would be perfect for vintage or springtime photos.


These kits are available now in limited quantities at Personal Scrapbook in Allen TX and can be ordered online for shipping or curbside pickup. The Christmas Layout Kits I created are almost sold out, so don't wait if you want to grab one of these kits for yourself.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Upcoming Event | Easter Week Free Facebook Series

Beginning on Palm Sunday (March 28) and going through Easter Sunday (April 4), I will be posting a new Bible journaling page and short devotional each day on my Facebook page. I would love for you to join me by either reading the post each day, creating a page based on the day’s scripture, sharing my post, and/or adding your page in the comments.

**Bonus Giveaway**
I’ll be sending a Happy Mail package to one lucky winner who joins me in this week-long series. To be eligible for the random drawing, please like and follow my Facebook page and comment on at least four posts throughout the week. (I'll draw a winner on Tuesday, April 6.)

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Sunday Musings | The Book of Jude

If you want to read an entire book of the Bible quickly, start with the book of Jude. It's only 25 verses long. Yes, that's right, verses, not chapters. 

It's short, but this book packs in several important lessons as Jude writes to Christians and wishes them mercy, peace, and love in multitude.

Jude originally intended to write about salvation; however, he felt he instead needed to write about contending for the faith and warning that false teachers would subtly creep in. 

He goes on to describe the characteristics of false teachers (lack of faith, rebellious, immoral, disobedient, greedy, etc) before reminding his readers to maintain their life with the Lord by learning and studying the truth, praying, abiding in the Lord, and waiting with confidence that we will not be judged for what has been forgiven.

He ends with a praise, giving glory to God.

What are you waiting for? Grab a Bible and read through this meaningful book today!

Friday, March 19, 2021

Scrapbooking | More Pandemic Pages

Persnickety Prints is continuing to offer free printable coronavirus timelines this year. Honestly, I'm hoping these will be filled with better news and statistics now that there are several vaccines being administered around the world.

I included the final six months of 2020 timelines on a two-page spread (similar to the first six months) in last year's scrapbook. I used bits & pieces from my stash for the embellishments.

I also included a digital layout with the thoughts I shared on Ruth's blog back in the fall, along with several photos and screenshots.


I'm so glad that I recorded my thoughts and observations throughout the year during 2020 as I scrapbooked and blogged regularly because so much has changed. We've adapted to new terminology and altered the way we do certain tasks (hello curbside pickup & Zoom classes) until these things now seem a part of our normal everyday life. I think some of the changes have been positive and will remain a part of lives while others we hope never to see again!

How did you document your thoughts about the coronavirus pandemic throughout last year?

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Book Reviews | Historical Fiction

     

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek follows traveling librarian Cussy May Carter as she delivers books on horseback in 1930s Kentucky. This is a great read that introduced me to the blue-skinned people of Kentucky and President Roosevelt's Kentucky Pack Horse Library Service. Cussy encounters hardships, danger, and prejudice as she strives to make a life for herself and help the mountain people along her book route.

From the book's description: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a story of raw courage, fierce strength, and one woman's belief that books can carry us anywhere—even back home.

The Hard Side of the River: A Novel of Abolition by Johnny Payne (which I received free from TCK Publishing in exchange for an honest review) is also set in Kentucky; however, the year is 1833, thirty years before the US Civil War. It is the story of four individuals whose stories intertwine: Dan Baskin, a former slave trader who still pines for a slave he loved and lost years before; Cal Fenton, a preacher committed to helping slaves flee north to freedom; Dana Curbstone, a schoolteacher who somewhat romanticizes the act of aiding slaves trying to escape; and Jacob Pingram, the intelligent and capable slave they are all focused on helping or finding. I enjoyed this story (although there were too many sexual scenes for my taste). It's imperative to note the date at the beginning of each chapter because the middle section of the book veers off to follow Cal and Dana before backtracking to Pingram and Baskin's stories.

From the book's description: Richly detailed, immaculately researched, and orchestral in its construction, The Hard Side of the River pays thoughtful tribute to the human cost of slavery and the overpowering strength of the American spirit.

I first read and enjoyed News of the World several years ago. (See my review HERE.) Robbie and I both read it recently after watching the new movie starring Tom Hanks as Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, a reader of the news in Texas in the last 1860s. Captain Kidd is returning 10-year-old Johanna (who was captured by the Kiowa four years earlier) to her aunt and uncle. This is a well-written quick read, despite the fact that there are no quotation marks in the entire book. Although Tom Hanks and Helena Zengal are not how I had originally pictured Captain Kidd and Johanna, the movie is well-done and we both enjoyed it.

From the book's description: Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act “civilized.” Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forming a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land.

Have you read any of these books or seen the new Tom Hanks movie? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Scrapbooking | February 2021

If you watched any news during February, you might have heard it mentioned that there was a winter storm in Texas, so my monthly layout has several snow photos (including some snow ice cream I made!).

Journaling reads: February was an extremely cold month and many record lows were recorded  in all parts of Texas. A week-long snow storm left many (including Mama & Daddy) without electricity for a week. We got almost four inches of snow & were lucky to have power and a nice gas fire going throughout the storms. We went out for a quick visit with Mama & Daddy when everything cleared (a few days after their 55th anniversary) and delivered Daddy’s Early Years scrapbook and two organized binders of Gandma’s photos. We only get out once a week for curbside grocery pickup and an occasional stop at the post office. Here at home we continued to “attend” LakeShore Church online services and watched the News of the World and Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins movies plus Seasons 10, 11, 12 & 13 of Heartland and a couple of episodes of  Marvel’s WandaVision series.

The weather has shifted and we are well into springtime now. How's the weather in your area?

Monday, March 15, 2021

Scrapbooking | I Miss You My Friend

My friend Elinor passed away over nine years ago. Although I've documented our trip together to New York and Boston in 2001 and shared some stories about her in a previous blog post, I hadn't yet created a layout specifically about my FUN and compassionate friend ... until now.

I pulled a variety of photos from my Category Drawers and grouped them in the center of my layout. Then I added little snippets of journaling around the outside with some of my favorite memories of the FUN we had together.


I thoroughly enjoyed remembering and recording these FUN memories of my friend! Have you created any tribute pages recently? What types of stories did you record?

This year I'm participating in Stacy Julian's Story52 class as inspiration to tell more of our stories! This layout was inspired by Stacy's Week Two layout that showcased photos of a special person through the years.

Friday, March 12, 2021

Scrapbooking | School Portraits

I'm always thrilled to receive a school portrait of one of our nieces or nephews, and I enjoy putting them on a scrapbook page for our family albums. Most of the time these portraits have solid or neutral backgrounds, so I can play around with the colors based on the kids teens clothing choices.

The twins have each developed unique personalities, so it's FUN to find color combinations that look well with the photos together.


Since our nephew Jacob's photo was fairly neutral overall, I decided to use the Pantone colors of the year (January's challenge in the Story52 class) as the background colors. I sent him a text with a few random questions about school and recorded his answers interview style for the journaling. [I really like the way the journaling gives a peek into his school year and plan to incorporate this in future layouts!]


How do you add school portraits to your scrapbooks?

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Mixed Media Collage | Planner Dividers

This year I'm using a Plum Paper Planner that has a monthly calendar as well as weekly planner pages. The tabbed monthly dividers are colorful but blank, so I'm using that space to create a fun themed collage.

January's collage focused on the beginning of a new year and a healthy lifestyle.

February's love theme is grounded by a large heart and mini colorful hearts floating down the page.

The March collage showcases lots of nature scenes, with a few city buildings along the bottom, as a focus on our goal to complete a 10K walk in a nearby city at the end of the month.

These collages incorporate images and words cut from magazines, phrases from a Tim Holtz Small Talk sticker book, washi tape, and various bits & pieces from my scrapbooking stash.

What type of planner/calendar are you using this year? Have you added any creative elements to it?

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Sunday Musings | Do It From The Heart

Colossians 3:23 tells us that whatever we do, we should do it from the heart as unto the Lord. Have you ever wondered what it means to do something from the heart and how we should do things as to the Lord? Basically we should do whatever we are doing with love and kindness, with passion and enthusiasm, giving it our best effort as if it were something we were doing specifically for the Lord Himself. 

And whatever you do,
do it heartily, as to the Lord
and not to men.
(NKJV)

Whatever you do,
do it from the heart,
as something done for the Lord
and not for people.
(CSB) 

 
If you knew God would be coming for a visit tomorrow, would you take extra time with your cleaning and meal preparation? If you knew Jesus was going to sit in on your next business meeting, would you proofread that report one more time and thank your colleagues for their help? If the Lord purchased your newest product, would take special care in wrapping and shipping that package?

The Bible doesn't say to do things from the heart only when you're doing it for the Lord or just when it's "ministry" work; it says whatever you do, do it from the heart. The word whatever is used to emphasize a lack of restriction; it means in everything, all things, all the time, any kind of work or activity.


If you're like me, you totally understand the idea behind the scripture and agree that's it the way to do things. But it sure is hard to do at times, right? I certainly want whatever I do to be as unto the Lord, but I'm pretty sure I fall short most of the time. Sometimes the work is not the best quality and other times my attitude is not one of love and kindness.

However, that shouldn't stop us from striving to do whatever we do from the heart as doing something for the Lord and not for men! Day by day, task by task, we can continually strive to be more and more like Jesus. Let's commit to praying for His guidance as we strive to do all things heartily for Him!