Thursday, March 22, 2012

In Everything Give Thanks

The Bible tells us "in everything give thanks."  This is not always an easy thing to do.  When life is smooth sailing, it's easy to give thanks, but when the trials and difficulties come along (and they do come along for all of us), having a thankful heart can be a tough challenge.
One thing I have learned is that all things happen for a reason, and we may not know that reason right away.  However, one thing is certain-- God is still on the throne, and He makes no mistakes.  God is reminding our family to be thankful even during a difficult time that we're going through right now.  So, I am thankful.  I am so thankful that I know Him personally, and that He has given me His Word to encourage me during this trial.  
I was reminded yesterday to look at all of the good things God has done for me and be thankful for them!  As for the trial...."this too shall pass."  And by God's grace, I'll be drawn closer to Him, because He took me through it.

Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye So Sophie Collection
Brads: MME Miss Caroline Collection

Monday, March 19, 2012

One-Page Mini Album

I had a blast making this little mini-album- made from one 12x12 piece of paper!  There are many tutorials on the internet to show you how to make different versions of these little cuties, but I followed the one on Lowri McNabb's blog.  I pulled out my scraps from my last project and went to work.  

All of my papers are from My Mind's Eye "Miss Caroline" collection.  Stickers, borders, and banners are a mix from MME, Sassafras, K & Company, and Basic Grey.  For the banner on this last page, I hand trimmed a banner from Fancy Pants "Wishful Thinking" Banner paper.

Such a fun, quick project that would make a sweet little gift for a friend or relative!  Give it a try!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

So Happy Together!

I finally made time to enter a layout challenge at my LSS!  It was fun driving to The Scrapbook Store today and submitting my layout based on this Page|Maps sketch: 
I recently got some of the new My Mind's Eye "Miss Caroline Dolled Up" collection and used it on this layout.  The distressed barn wood look of this paper is perfect for the picture of my daughter Anna fishing with her Daddy.  
I love the fan-folded rosettes that are so hot right now.  I made three half-rosettes for my layout.  I think they're pretty cute!

Look at this great butterfly (or is it a moth?) from the Crate Paper Random collection!  
I'll find out next Friday who won the layout contest, and I'll let you know if it's me!!  Have a great weekend!

Patterned Paper, Layered Chipboard & Stickers, Journal Tag:
My Mind’s Eye “Miss Caroline Dolled Up” collection,
Stella and Rose (teal dots, green photo mat);
Chipboard Butterfly: Crate Paper “Random” collection;
Scalloped Border Sticker: Sassafras;
Felt Leaves: Papertrey Ink;
Doilies: Wilton
Other: rhinestone gems from my stash