Category Archives: Encouragement

Happy New Year 2018!

Happy New Year everyone!  This layout represents the sentiment or goal I have set for myself for 2018. I’m going to print this layout and hang it as a reminder to myself.

footloose for 2018

What about you?  Do you have a word or sentiment that you’d like to be your guiding light for the year?  If not, what are the top two or three words you’d use to describe what will make you happy in 2018?

Laughter is the Best Medicine

Laughter is indeed the best medicine.   How many times has your spirit been lifted when someone told you a funny or heartwarming story?  What about when a grand child comes to visit and their mere presence lights up your world?    Why are we drawn to that optimistic person that livens up the party with great jokes and funny anecdotes?  These stories, jokes and people make us feel better.  They’re good medicine!

Laughter is the Best Medicine

Even when someone is already feeling “pretty good”, laughter still makes them feel better!  So smile, be kind, offer words of encouragement, you may never know who needs a healthy dose of the best medicine.  And this medicine has no harmful side-effects.

The bible says, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” Proverbs 17:22

Photo-less Layouts

What do you think about photo-less layouts?  I’ve heard people say they haven’t scrapped lately because they don’t have any great photos or they don’t feel inspired.  What about scrapping less than perfect photos or no photos at all?  Sometimes just getting started is the hardest part.

I think layouts without photos are another great way to record everyday life.  When you look at old photos from your parents, grandparents or even great great grandparents do you ever wonder what everyday life was like for them.  Do you wish you had more insight into their thoughts and dreams?  I know I do.

Here are a few ideas for layouts using something besides photos:

  • Inspirational or favorite quotes
  • Favorites lists (a great thing to do each birthday)
  • Funny things your kids say or do (out of the mouth of babes)
  • Facts about someplace you visited
  • Birth statistics
  • Invitations

If you think about yourself and some of the things you wish you knew about your ancestors or things you’d like future generations to remember about you & your immediate family it’s easy.

I love Dr. Seuss and I’ve passed that love down to my son & he’s passed it down to his kids. Dr. Seuss had some profound things to say.  Here’s a layout made with one of my favorite quotes.

Youer Than You quote

A page like this in a family album would bring smiles to some faces and open up conversations about how much we all loved Dr. Seuss.  Add Happy Birthday!  across the top & it would make a very cute birthday card.

Celebrating BFF, Sisters and Watermelon Day August 3rd

Today we celebrate three funny holidays-Friendship Day, Sister’s Day & Watermelon Day.  I love them all!  My love my Sister who is also my best friend.  Although, I don’t have any photos of us eating watermelon together, I did include a watermelon in the layout.
BFFSistersDayResizeIt’s great having a BFF Sister!  I can’t imagine it any other way.  Make time for your family and friends.  Nurture what matters.  Whether you celebrate one or all of these funny holidays, be sure to have a wonderful time.

The bible says, “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalms 118:24.  Notice this is a command not a request.