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Scraps In Bloom – Page 29 – {just a girl with a blog}

simple holiday planner {altered notebook}

each year, i try to make a small holiday planner for my purse. 

nothing special.  just something to keep lists organized and receipts handy.  

sometimes i add more embellishments, but this year, i decided to be simple. 

that way, if it gets banged around in my purse, i won’t be too upset. 

here’s what i did. 

  • take an old (or new) notebook. 

  • trace around the cover and cut out paper the same size.  cardstock can be used to make it sturdier. 
  • i chose to run mine through a sticker maker.  the adhesive completely covers the back and ensures a good hold, however, you could use an adhesive of choice.

  • now, i like to divide the notebook into sections and i like quick access to those pages.  i chose to take a few pages of the notebook paper and enclose it in holiday paper.  (it makes it thicker, than just attaching it to one flimsy sheet of paper.

  •  obviously, you could ‘go to town’ decorating and embellishing each divider and cover.  i simply titled each section and added a ribbon as a tab.

  • this is the view from the top.  i love ribbons.

  • my planner holds includes Christmas present lists (of wants) and lists of have purchased, a list of gifts that i would like to make, personally for people, including food gifts also, a pocket for receipts (which usually over-flows by mid-december), and a list of holiday recipes that i would like to try for holiday parties and get-togethers.  i like to keep my planner smaller.  you could alter a larger notebook if you would like, but i prefer to keep mine with me at all times, so i want it to fit comfortably in my purse.

  • here’s the finished product.  like i said, this year, i went with a simple look.  so, i had found this starbucks Christmas tag in my stash, (you know how i love starbucks) and also attached a jingle bell, ( i looove the sound of jingle bells at Christmastime).

so, that’s it.  it was quick and simple and now i feel like the holiday season can begin!!!!  after all, it is november 1st today!  time to get busy!

a needle in a haystack

ok, so it wasn’t a needle in a haystack, 

but it was a needle in a pile of buttons. 

or so i thought.  

i usually keep a needle in one specific spot in my scrapbooking supplies and always put it back in the same spot. 

that way i know where it is.  always. 

i had used it a few nights ago and went to use it tonight, and it wasn’t there. 

oh no. 

not that i don’t have other needles,  

but where was it?  on the floor somewhere? 

stuck in the carpet? 

oh crap. 

i thought maybe it somehow ended up in my jar of buttons, so i began digging through my button jar, feeling like i was looking for a needle in a haystack, (but also remembering the story in the Bible about the shepherd and his flock.  one little sheep had wandered away and he left his flock and searched for it.  just as Christ searches for us when we stray.) 

anyways,  it wasn’t there. 

i whispered a prayer to God, asking Him, if there was a needle somewhere around the house, please show it to me.  please let me find it instead of some little foot or paw. 

so, i trusted God and started scrapbooking.  after about an hour, or so, of scrapping, i turned to reach for something and there it was.  laying on the carpet.  i don’t know how it got there.  or where it came from. 

but out loud i said “Praise the Lord”,  (not something i normally say out loud.  i don’t know why.  there’s nothing wrong with it, it’s just not me.)  anyways. 

my son was sitting there in the living room playing video games and i wanted to share with him why i had said that. 

God cares about the little things.  the needles in the haystack. 

when we call on Him, He hears us.  simply trust Him to answer your prayers.  no matter how small they may seem.

  • Psalm 118:5a   “I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me,”

freshly brewed

…start making your lists…

…and checking them twice….

well, 2 months till Christmas!  

i LOVE this time of year!  snow is predicted for this coming week (although, i’ll believe it when i see it!)  

time to make lists!  gather recipes!  watch Christmas movies!  get out the Christmas music!  plan parties! 

let the kids know that mom & dad’s closet is now “off-limits”!  

make the Christmas cards!  (yes! i attempted this a few years ago and it stressed me out, but i am trying it again this year!  i have most of the supplies, just need to get started!)  

does anyone else remember this book?  i know i had one (or my son had one) yeeeeeaaars ago! 

hope you are all enjoying your weekend!  lots to do! 

maybe make a warm crock-pot full of chili and some homemade bread…  

hoping to scrap A LOT today!

happy saturday! 

and remember!  there are only 2 months till Christmas!!!!  get shopping!

don’t give up

  • “Do not be deceived:  God cannot be mocked.  A man reaps what he sows.  The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.  Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.  Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”  Galatians 6:7-10

our children {whisper a prayer}

Dear Lord,

  • “I pray that my son will not be conformed to this world, but that he will be transformed by the renewing of his mind, that he may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”  Romans 12:2
  • “I pray that my son will cleanse his way by taking heed according to Your word, God.”  Psalm 119:9
  • “I pray that my son will watch and that he will stand fast in the faith and that he will be brave and strong.”  1 Corinthians 16:13
  • “I pray that my son knows You, God, are able to keep him from stumbling, and to present him faultless before the presence of Your glory with exceeding joy.”  Jude 24

(-taken from Praying God’s Will for My Son by Lee Roberts)