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Hello Beautiful Fall

It is the last day of the month and the last day to snatch the digi files for the month of October. I had so much fun playing with them, and I want to share what I made with the files. Thanks for looking :)
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* HELLO FALL! *
Hello Beautiful Fall | left side

Hello Beautiful Fall | right side
Credits: papers, alpha and elements from Isn’t She Lovely by Zoe Pearn | template by Yin | font: Pea Annie and Herculanum | Words: I went for a little walk yesterday and brought my camera. I’ve really not been okay saying farewell to summer, but now as September is here I feel that I’m ready to embrace the new season approaching. Yesterday I tried to find the beauty in the changes. Thankfully it was a warm and sunshiny day, after so much rain in August it felt almost as a relief. I guess we have more rain coming, but just now I want to enjoy this new month and the new season. Hoping for good things to happen.

Photos taken from this blogpost from September 2nd of this year. I knew the photos had to be included in a scrapbook double spread somehow and I am so glad to have made this. I tend to scrap quite a few of my blog posts, sometimes it is the words that is important to me other times, like with this page above, it is the photos that inspires me.

A few days ago Katie wrote a post on The Daily Digi about this; journaling from blog posts and status updates. Go read it and use it for some easy journaling in your pages.
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* BE ME! *
Be Me.
Credits: alpha, papers and elements from Authenticity by Secret Stash Designs | font: Pea Sugar Noodles | Words: Sometimes I’m not so happy with who I am. Sometimes I doubt my self. Sometimes I think the world don’t need me. Sometimes I feel like I need to change in order to be loved and met with understanding. Sometimes I try to be someone I’m not. Sometimes I forget that I was created unique. That I was meant to be me.

Photos from last year, taken in our hallway mirror. The elements from the kit inspired the words. I really, really want my life to be like the words on the tag by the big photo. And to be true to my self and what I am is a daily joy and struggle.

I love to scrap about my kid and the farm and more, but every once in a while I try to scrap about myself, I can’t scrap all this pages about us as a family and then say nothing about me, now can I? And who else can tell my story better than I can?
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* YOUR HOME IS WHERE YOUR HEART IS *
where your heart is.
Credits: papers and elements from Innocence by Wild Blueberry Ink and Every Day of the Year by Sugarplum Paperie | font: Gimme Space and Pea Sugar Noodles | Words: I pass this heart (every day) on my way to and from the office. The first time I saw it I caught my breath and was amazed, both about the simple beauty and by the strong symbol for everyone driving by. Later it got me thinking about this saying I love: Your home is where your [heart] is.

I’ve been driving by this heart so many days. I am so glad I finally got time to stop and take a little photo of it. It deserved a page all to itself! Love all the thoughts this heart gave me over the weeks.
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I am so happy to be a part of The Daily Digi Team and so glad to be working with the files every month (we do this early, so these pages were done in the beginning of September). As mentioned about this is the very last day these files are available, so if you want to check them out click the banner below (affiliate link, using it supports this blog – THANKS!) and jump over to The Digi Game before midnight. There is also a giveaway going on at their blog, be sure to put your name in the draw and comment on this post.

Lastly here are a few links to my favorite posts from The Daily Digi site this month:

* The Friday Funtastic posts (I’m linking to the last one, some of the deals are still available).
* Digi Scrapping Monochromatic Layours
* Digi Scrapping Your Job
* Organize Your Bookmarks
* Why I Don’t Delete Photos
* Designing Word Focused Pages
* How To Photograph Spooky Halloween Photos

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Wishing you a good and sweet Monday!!

Thoughts on Beauty and the Creative Life

MT Loves To Draw

He loves to lay down on the floor with a sheet of blank paper in front of him having a movie playing on the screen. He looks at the movie and he draws, sometimes more into the movie, sometimes more into the drawing. Tonight he drew a new kind of house.

It is the house we are going to live in in the future, he told me.

The Future House

And then we looked at the drawing together, deciding which part he is going to occupy, which part I am going to living in and what everything else are going to be. I love how he fills our house with his drawings, even when I get a bit tired of finding half drawn sheets of paper all over the floor most mornings. I am so grateful to see that he expresses himself through creative ways. I hope he never forgets to imagine, to dream, to make, to create, to not accept that ‘it can not be done’ as good enough answer when it comes to thinking or dreaming up new creative ways to do or live life.

Learning New Skills

It might seem like a waste of time to dream or make art. But I do not think that it ever is. I think it is one of the most important things in our life; to believe we were created with this wonderful ability to imagine and make, that we can do as the Master Creator does: create things of beauty. Not only because they are practical and useful things – but because they make us HAPPY.

Colorful

And beauty is so much, we can only take a look around us: people, plants, animals, flowers, houses, the shapes and the colors of things surrounding us all have something beautiful in them. Even my orange crocks and my tea mug got chosen because of their color (crocks) and shape (mug) that I found to be beautiful. I am sure if you look around in your own living room you can find something that makes you smile with delight. And if not, give room for your creative side. Make something or find something other have made and celebrate the beauty you see.

11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.
(Eccl. 3:11-13)

Relaxing

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7 Good Things Today

1. I got up bright and early to attend a webinar with Katerina Kennedy for her class Your Life: Captured through the lens. I was not sure if i could manage to get out of bed at the crazy early hour of 3 am, but i did, and it was so much fun being there with the rest of the photo crazy girls, telling what we thought about the photos and hearing Katerina describe how she feels about them as well. I was so honored to hear what she and the others had to say about a recent photo I took of MT sewing on his Great Grandma’s old sewing machine. She pointed out a few things that could have been better, but also said so much nice about the things that were good.

2. Early this morning, in my email, I found a note that said I was one of the three lucky winners to the Christmas card making class Holiday Card Boot Camp 2011 with Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner. That totally made my day and reminded me that leaving a comment for these give aways (the ones I would love to win) every once in a while pay off :D So happy about that and can’t wait for it to start in the second week of November

3. I am excited for the new photo workshop with Katrina starting next week. It is called Exposure and is all about finding the right exposure for the light you are working in to get great photos. I so need to work on this and can’t wait to learn how to handle the reds and how to get the most out of the condition i shoot in.

4. Fall is in its latest stages here and we have had several days below zero. Most mornings there is a beautiful little mist of frost on the ground, some days more, some days less. I find it beautiful, but I don’t look forward to changing the tires on the car, it is a time consuming job. I should do it tomorrow, but I guess I will wait until Saturday because then I have to do it….

5. MT have started ski training again, so far without snow. He said it was fun because they got to run around the 1 kilometer path behind the school. I know for sure I would not have found that any kind of fun. The path is nice to walk, taking my time, but to run?! It goes up and down, up and down and up and down. Seeing me skiing there is enough to make even the most serious dude cry with laughter, sigh. I love that MT skis cross country like he was born with skis on his legs. I kind of envy him, but also love how much he enjoys it.

6. There are a lot of good plans going on in our church right now. One of those is a club for youths using one of my favorite hobbies to learn more about the Christian faith and the Bible stories. Can’t wait to join in getting this one off the ground.

7. Lastly let me tell about the beautiful sunset we saw while driving to the church council earlier tonight. It was all blue and several shades of pink + purple. It took all that i had not to stop and try to capture it with my iPhone. To try and catch the colors somehow.  But i had a meeting to attend to and was already running late!

So how are your days? Found something good and happy among all the everyday gray. Please share in the comments.

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