Here's the last layout I completed for the circle journal, for Jean...
See, I wasn't kidding when I said these ladies would notice when I learned that sewing on paper was so easy! Haha!
Here are 4 of my favorite thoughts, in no particular order, and some words about them:
"To love what we do and share what we love, as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments... in this we make a difference!" ~ Stampin' Up!'s Statement of the Heart
I try to share what I love whenever I can. To me, this is not JUST about stamping (although I DO love stamping!).. I think you should always share what you love, whatever it is! It's awesome to be able to share a part of yourselves with someone, even if it's not always easy. And I do believe that sharing your passion makes a difference, somewhere down the line. :)"Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable." ~ Bruce Lee
I absolutely love this quote. I used it on a project quite a few years ago (that I'm still working on), and this is actually how I feel about my relationship with Seth. ♥"A woman is like a tea bag- you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
Like I wrote in my CJ layout shown a few days ago (Jenn's), I believe that women are very strong. This is a quote that I have always loved, since before I can remember, and I was thrilled to see that SU! came out with a stamp set with this quote (Favorite Thoughts, in the Summer Mini)."In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations." ~ The Great Law of the Iroquois Confederacy
Now this... this has struck quite a chord with me, and I really do think of this one every day. It is also from this Law that the earth-friendly company Seventh Generation (one of my absolute favorites) derives its name. This explains why I try to live "green" every day.. why I eat organics whenever I can, why I eat local products, why I use ONLY earth-friendly cleaners.. and so on. I guess it's my personal philosophy? I won't bore you with the details here, but feel free to ask me. :)The picture above Stampin' Up!'s Statement of the Heart is of me, my mom, and Shelli Gardner, who is the co-founder and CEO of Stampin' Up!. I was tickled to meet her and have my picture taken with her at a regional seminar in Virginia Beach a couple of years ago, especially since I wasn't able to at Convention prior to that. (My mom was my "guest" at the regional.) She's such an inspiring person, through and through! If you didn't know, she has a blog called So Shelli, which she updates regularly about her family life and SU! life. She also has a Creative Challenge every month or so (using SU! stuff).. you should take the time to enter, as you can win free stamp sets! :)
Anyway, the other picture is one that gives me such a profound feeling, whenever I look at it. It was taken when we were at Maymont Park a couple of years ago, in the winter. I felt it went perfectly with the quote above.
Here's my sign-in tag for Jean's CJ:
Lots of sewing here too, to coordinate with my layout. Hope you like it all, Jean!
Circle journal layout supplies:
Stamps: Taffy Alphabet (retired), Vintage Vogue
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Rose Red, Old Olive, and Tempting Turquoise
Paper: Naturals White, Kraft and Whisper White cardstock, Vellum Cardstock, Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper (retired), Delicate Dots Designer Series Paper (retired)
Accessories/Tools: Basic Black Stampin' Write Journaler, Metallic Brads, Scallop Edge Border and Small Heart Punches, sewing machine and thread, and Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, and Clear Buttons (retired)
Sign-in tag supplies: