Tuesday, January 17, 2012

New Years Thoughts/Resolutions

This is a bit late but I was cleaning out my printer tray and I did print these out Dec 28th and Jan 2 so my intentions were good! They are a bit general but I think that they are worth repeating and could certainly be applied to your scrapping goals and relationships! Enjoy and I look forward to your feedback!

The first one is from our internal Close To My Heart "Weekly Wisdom" email. It was titled "Set your 2012 Goals". This is an excerpt from it that spoke to me:

"Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, recommends finding those small things you can do right now to help achieve your more ambitious resolutions. Is your goal to be more active or healthy in 2012? Then the key is to isolate the smaller tasks that you can do to achieve that - maybe it is getting up a little bit earlier, or cutting down on sodas and drinking water instead. Whatever it is you determine to do, Covey explains that "The main thing is to make a promise to yourself and keep it. When you make a promise and keep it you will find yourself grow in self-assurance and confidence."

The second was a list of resolutions from a "Monday Morning Motivator" that I subscribe to from Gail Blanke, author of Throw Out Fifty Things. They were very positive and somedays a positive attitude is all you need!

1. I will assume the best case scenario in every situation - even when someone hasn't answered my email, returned my call... or looks at me kind of funny.

2. I will become an "adventurer." I will look at myself, my work, the people I love and the world in general with "new eyes" - every day.

3. I will press my "mental delete button" when I wake up at 3 AM and start worrying about the stuff I haven't done - or the stuff I should've done differently...and sleep like a baby.

4. I will assume the best intentions in people - and anticipate that they will deliver on them.

5. I will not become exhausted by the mere thought of all the things I have to do; I will imagine myself taking energy from the doing of them.

6. I will not over analyze things, people and situations. I will trust my instincts - and act.

7. I will remind myself when the things I'm attempting seem especially hard that they're supposed to be hard. If they weren't hard, someone would already have done them.

8. I will remember - on the inevitable occasions when somebody doesn't buy my "act" - that wonderful advertising mantra: if enough people love ya, the ones who don't, don't matter.

9. I will wrap my arms around the really good moments - little ones, big ones - and say out loud, "Right now...isn't this good? Aren't we lucky?"

10. I will choose to be happy.

So with these thoughts in mind - I'll leave you with a couple of inspirational layouts in the spirit of New Years Resolutions. They are both from the Club CK gallery and were highlighted on their blog yesterday. (Kind of neat how both of them did not have photos! That is something I rarely do but it is a powerful techinique.)

By Itarbox

By Celeste Smith

Thursday, January 12, 2012


I was cleaning out my office - totally needed to be done - stuff from 2005-2006 and more back as far as 1998!!! Sheesh!!! Anyways found this blurb that I had copied out of a 2007 or 2008 Creating Keepsakes magazine. It spoke to me then and it speaks to me now- thought I would share it! I think it is a bit paraphrased so my apologies to Britney if I really messed up the context!

"October Afternoon" by Britney Mellen

As a busy mom, I know the value of a single afternoon. However...(when) I have a few hours for myself, sometimes I panic, paralyzed by so many choices and so little time. That's when I end up...doing something necessary but boring (like mopping the kitchen floor). So I created a premeditated to-do list of fun and productive tasks that will help me...maximize a quiet...afternoon. Don't think about your "other" to-do list, just whip this...out and get to it!"

Now to just find the time to make the to-do list!!!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Scrapping Everyday Miracles "Dream" Challenge

Here is my take on the SEM challenge #12 - "Use Dream in your layout".

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The New Catalogues Have Arrived!

You guys are going to L-O-V-E (heart) them! There are some GREAT new accessories - felt alphabets, bottle caps - AWESOME new paper packs - super heros and camo for starters! And the stamp sets - don't get me started! Tonnes of new coordinating images for the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge!

I'm so excited!

Here are a few sneak peeks to tide you over until February (or until you stop by and pick up your own copy!)