Thursday, August 5, 2010

Circle journal - favorite thoughts

Good morning!

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)

tag supplies:
Paper:  Naturals White and Early Espresso cardstock, Vellum Cardstock, Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper (retired)
Accessories/Tools:  Basic Black Stampin' Write Journaler, Scallop Edge Border, Spiral and Small Heart Punches, sewing machine and thread


  1. Melissa - this is beautiful! I really like the sign-in tag and love your quotes.

  2. Really great LO, Melissa!! Love your quotes!! They are all so meaningful! You did a great job on this and LOVE the picture! Your tag turned out great, too!!

  3. It all just looks amazing. You are so making me want a sewing machine.. your name is going to be banned in my house! :) Great job.. one would never know you just started with the sewing. Love the pictures!

  4. Ok, now I'm gonna have to send Jim to storage to bring home my nearly new sewing machine that I've used only twice. Love the whole lo - including the sewing! Your quotes are thoughtful and meaningful. Nice choices.


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