Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Digital Scrapbooking: Our New England Fall Trip

What would we do without photos? I took so many photos on our recent 20-day road trip to NYC and New England! It will take me awhile to digital scrapbook all of our trip, but here are the three pages that I have completed so far. It was an amazing trip ... one that we prayed for, saved up vacation days and the funds for. And now, we love having the photos to remember our trip with!  

The highlight of our trip was spending time with our son, Lance, in NYC! Each of our five days there was just amazing ... here is a page with photos from our first day there. We met up in Chinatown!

Another highlight was our time in New Hampshire. We tried to time our trip around the fall colors, and it turned out perfect. The leaves were simply gorgeous while we were there!

Note: Most of the page templates and digital products that I use are purchased from Digital Project Life. About seven years ago I switched from paper scrapbooking, and took some online lessons from Digital Scrapper to learn how to digital scrapbook using Photoshop Elements. You can also click here for some great tutorials on the Digital Project Life website - this is a quicker way to learn than the site that I used seven years ago. I recommend using these tutorials. Also, besides being able to share my completed pages online, I also print them out at home in 8x8 inch size to fit in the albums that I purchase from Michael's.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

On My Heart: Our Treasure Within

Do you sometimes feel
small, unnoticed, average -
as I often do?

Just maybe this is
the best place to be.

Maybe if all that people see
is us - our accomplishments,
our gifts, ourselves,
then they would miss the
greater beauty. Within.
The beauty of the gospel
living in us.

"We now have this light
shining in our hearts,
but we ourselves are
like fragile clay jars,
containing this great treasure.
This makes it clear that
our great power is from God,
not from ourselves."
(II Cor. 4:7 NLT)

"We may be worn, average,
unimpressive vessels.
But let it be so -
the true treasure 
is the gospel in us."
(Ruth Chou Simons)

(Thoughts on my mind as we are in NYC. And also, thoughts to remember everyday, wherever we are. We can feel so inadequate at times in this big world, with so much going on, so many influences all around us. We can also be tempted at times to feel like things are all up to us, and we can be so very aware of our limitations and our inadequacy. But life is not all about us. It is about the treasure that we have. Within. The greatest treasure of all.)