Monday, June 28, 2010

What is Your Creative Pursuit?

Yes, new look, new name.  Like me, and some of my friends, lots of you are "crafty" in lots of ways.  Join our group and leave comments about your own pursuits.  We'll have contests and challenges in all areas of creativity.  This "Journey" blog was started with scrapbooking in mind but has evolved with age.  My Scrapbook Contest  (see below) is still in full swing.  Sign up to win.  Stay tuned for simply creative events.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

All Aboard Contest

Those of you who haven't signed up yet for the Scrap Contest, read blog below to see info.  You could win the big prize of a $25 gift certificate to your choice of online scrapbook retailers!  Just leave a comment under the blog about why you scrapbook and click to "follow" my blog.  That all there is to it.  Second and third place prizes will also be awarded.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Free Friday Prize

**A Free Friday Contest & Prizes**

This is so easy! 

To win a $25 or $15 or $10 Scrapbook Product Certificate -- from several online retailers -- you merely have to leave a comment stating "Why You Scrapbook."  What interests you most about creating scrapbook pages?  The Creative Outlet?  Preserving Your Family's Photos?  Writing Stories About Your Familly?  A De-Stresser? Or even Making Cards.  It can be anything. 

I'm doing this as a survey for a writing project, and I'm willing to PAY.  How cool is that? 

PLUS -- and this is part of the contest.  You must click on the "follow" tab, in order to be eligible.  Click to "Follow" either at the top of the page or in the right sidebar.  If you are already a follower, then all you have to do is leave a commend after this post.

I've been contacted to write an ebook, and part of the build-up to this will be to increase my followers. 

I am so excited about this!

The Winners will be drawn randomly on JULY 15th.
First Place Winner - $25 Gift Certificate - Second Place Winner $15 Certificate - Third Place Winner $10 Certificate to your choice from this list:
Jessica (digital)
Two Peas in a
Scrap Your

Winners will be contacted and posted here on my blog on July 15th.

Good Luck! 

And Thank You!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Do You Scrapbook History?

How the birds mired in the Gulf oil spill teach us to properly grieve.

By Katelyn Beaty

The above article in Christianity Today impacted me so deeply that I had to share it with everyone.  Then I got to thinking of how I will preserve this event in my life.  Because I'm living through it. 

No, I don't live on the Gulf, but it's my world, my land, my country.  I have a story to tell about my feelings about this mess.  Much as I did with Katrina, 9/11, the wars our country has fought while I've been on earth, the assassinations of Jack and Bobby Kennnedy, and MLK.  I consider my takes on these tragedies, all preserved in my scrapbooks along with the birthdays, weddings, cute pictures of my kids and grandbabies, to be the most vital possession I leave to my family.  My oldest daughter has already made me promise she will get them.  :)  I guess she'll decide if the others get any of them or not.  Or copies of them.

If you don't add history to your scrapbooks, why not?  Your life takes place today in an ever-changing world.  Your children and grandchildren will learn the school's version of history in their textbooks.  They will receive a precious gift from you that they will cherish forever if you commemorate the world you lived in and the feelings that filled your heart.  They will see first-hand the world you lived in and the events that took place in your lifetime, both good and bad.

This was the original pull I felt when I first started adhering those photos in  that old album that stands proudly on my shelves.  I wrote about history, both personal/family events, and the world-altering timeline as I observed it.  This is the most important thing I feel I do for my family.  I am leaving them a legacy.

The horrific, current assault to my world, my own country, has been going on for almost 60 days, the oil spill in the Gulf.  My family has enjoyed those beaches and towns in that area, and I feel deeply about the impact this tragedy has caused.  To me personally as well as the inhabitants of the coastal towns. 

We have been dumped on literally by a giant corporation, and if that doesn't rile you, I don't know why not.  The beauty of our land has been outright traded for big bucks.  The land we were given by God to take care of.  Worse, we've allowed this to happen by our ever-growing hunger for fuel.  How many of us personally have really and truly tried to cut back on our own consumption? 

The article linked to above is a must-read.  It will inspire you to "think."  Really think. 

We are so busy living our robotic lives, wasting so much time on a daily basis, that most of us don't really think about the importantance of what's going on at a deeper level.  Or we don't think we can make a difference or change anything. 

No, I can't go to the Gulf and help anyone with either money or time.  But I can pass on the truths I learn and try to inspire other people to do the same.  I can memoralize the atrocities as I see them and write about how I feel.  Because someday I want my grandchildren and their children to know and understand what kind of person I was.  My moral beliefs.  What gave joy to my heart and what broke my heart. 

They will know their roots were planted in deep soil. 

That I was more than just an observer on this planet. 

Because I chose the time, right now, to tell them.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Happiness Project

Are you part of the Happiness Project?  There's the book by bestselling author Gretchen Rubin.  And then there's the on-line Personal Happiness Project where you can list your own goals and to-do's, answer the challenges, track your progress, see how other people are doing.  The daily quotes in and of themselves are jewels to inspire you.
The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

I'm doing The Happiness Project.   And I plan to do some "Happiness Project" scrapbook layouts soon.

The topic for this month is Order, and one of the cool posts I read this morning was "Don't Organize."  Yeah, I know, I love it when somebody gives me permission.

Women's Memoirs

Women's Memoirs
Women's Memoirs