Thursday, March 24, 2011

Celebration of SPRING

We are in the middle of our Spring Break - and I am loving the extra time with my youngest daughter. This week, it is just the two of us as my husband and older daughter are on a College Road Trip (where does the time go) We have had special activities planned each day - and have built in a bit of downtime too! We have enjoyed Disney on Ice, Chuck E Cheeses and Mars Needs Moms. And we still have a few more days of fun! One week is not near enough time.

In celebration of SPRING and SPRING BREAK. My "A Touch of Spring" Paper Collection and "A Touch of Spring" Elements Collection are on sale at Faith Sisters - 50% OFF. And since one week is not enough time for Spring Break -this sale will go until April 14th. Head on over to my store at Faith Sisters.

Enjoy Spring Break (if you have kiddos) and definitely enjoy the Shore

Monday, March 21, 2011

Two New Quick Pages

by the Shore designs is pleased to announce that two new Quick Pages are available at Faith Sisters. Both Quick pages are 12x12 png files - ready to add your favorite photos, a touch of journaling and you are done. Scrapbooking has never been easier. These png files are compatible with most digital scrapbooking programs. A great way to complete a layout for your family album. (click on the previews below to go straight to my store - and while you are there, check out all of the other great digital kits by 'by the Shore designs' and other Faith Sisters designers)

have a great the Shore (where scrapbooking has never been easier)

New Paper Collection! Now Available at Faith Sisters

My Black and White Paper Collection is now available at Faith Sisters - here. Black and White - a collection of simple and classic papers. 8 patterned papers ready to adorn your scrapbooking pages, letting your photos and memories take center stage. Also great for hybrid projects, like cards. The possibilities are endless!

Here are a few layouts created with my Black and White Paper Pack.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Providence 365 - Week 12

Ecclesiastes 3

A Time for Everything

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,a time for war and a time for peace.

Blessings on this beautiful first day of Spring. Oh, I know – perhaps the weather is not quite ideal for some of us, perhaps we are saddened by events in the news or perhaps we are struggling with something in our personal lives. Regardless of where you are right now, know that you are exactly where He wants you.

I had another verse selected for this week– but this has been one that has been in my thoughts all week – and one that I found on my tongue too many times to count.

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens

I truly believe I have moved into a season of prayer. Yes, I have prayed for as long as I can remember – but this is different. The need for prayer is there (and always has been, I just did not see it The overwhelming need to lift others in prayer has been increasing. The understanding of the power of prayer is becoming clearer. Babies in the hospital, struggles within the Church body, friends who are asking for prayers for their loved ones, their relationships, their children and themselves, times of war and conflict continue to grow, natural disasters are increasing and impacting the lives of many around the world.

What does this mean for me? What do I do in this season? How does this new season change my life and the life of those around me? I don’t know the answers to this – though I have been praying for clarity and direction. I do know I am in His Word more now than I have been in the past. I know that I desire to learn more about prayer. When I tell someone that I am lifting them in prayer – that those words are not to be taken lightly. This is a new season for me – and it is time.

This week, reflect on what your season is. What are you being called to do? There is a time for everything.

If you are able to create a layout on where you are in this season of your life – I encourage you to do so. If you are not ready yet, consider create a layout or card that simply uses this verse – print it out and keep it with you as a reminder that there is a time for everything.

I have a special Providence 365 wordart kit here for downloading. If you do download this, I simply ask that you please share with us on the Faithsisters Providence 365 forum what you have used it for and post it in our gallery.

(If you are new to Providence 365 – it is never too late to start. The Faith Sisters forum with Weeks 1-12 can be found here, along with an overview of the project)

Here is my layout for the challenge -

Wishing you a wonderful first week of spring (in Colorado, that means we still have more snow on the horizon) Wherever you are, whatever your season, remember there is a time for everything....

Thursday, March 17, 2011

March,2011 ~ 1,2,3 Scrap!

March, 2011 ~ 1,2,3 SCRAP!

Welcome to our third Thursday scrapbooking challenge for March – 1,2,3 Scrap! Last month’s layouts were lovely – I always find the simplicity of black and white striking! I am looking forward to this month and what you will create!

Are you new to the challenge – not to worry – it is easy! We simply provide three simple requirements for a layout and then send you on your way to create! When your layout is complete, post it in our Faith Sisters 1,2,3 Scrap! Gallery and let us know over in our 1,2,3 Scrap! Forum at Faith Sisters. (and the best part is you will have completed another layout for your family album)

Let’s get started!

The requirements for March:
1. Use the sketch below as a starting point – but feel free to ‘make it your own’.
2. It’s St. Patrick’s Day – so have some fun and either use green as your dominant color OR use all the colors of the rainbow. (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet)
3. Have your title run the entire length (or width) of the page and be on the ‘edge’

Here is the sketch -

And here is my layout – (I used by the Shore designs "A Little Luck" kit)

And simply by completing the challenge by April 15 (must post it in the Faith Sisters 1,2,3 Scrap! gallery and share the link in our 1,2,3 Scrap! Forum), I will send you a discount coupon for $3 off anything in by the Shore designs store at Faith Sisters. (And you will find a lot of digi goodies to choose from)

Are you ready?

1,2,3 Scrap!


(note: coupon will be private messaged (pm)to you on the Faith Sister website and will only be valid on by the Shore designs products – not all products available at Faith Sisters. One discount coupon per person.)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

A Little Luck - New Kit and Sale!

Introducing - "A Little Luck" - a digital kit full of goodies just for you and just in time for St. Patricks Day. Whether you are Irish or just enjoy celebrating this special day - this kit has the perfect papers for your digital scrapbooking and hybrid projects!

And this is your lucky day! To celebrate this new release - all digital products offered by "by the Shore designs" are 25% off through St. Patricks Day, March 17th.

Head on over to my store at Faith Sisters (here) and check all of my digital goodies!

Wishing you a relaxing the Shore

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Providence 365 - Week Ten

Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. Psalm 16:1

Isn’t it wonderful that we know that our Loving God can and will keep us safe. He provides refuge – protects us from dangers and He shelters us from distress.

And there are times when we, in retrospect, realize just how true this verse is.

This week we celebrate my daughter’s 17th birthday. And the week after that is four years since we almost lost her. My sassy girl had just turned 13 and was an active girl who would not miss an opportunity to have fun and try something new. There was nothing she could not do! Her scout troop enjoyed a weekend in the mountains – fun, fellowship, snowshoeing and on Sunday – snowtubing. She was a bit tired and chose to enjoy the beautiful day and opted out of the final activity, just relaxing at the bottom of the slope watching her friends. Shortly before they headed home, she decided that she had to experience this – just once. And leave it to my daughter to hit the lone tree on the run. She was airlifted to our local hospital, spent two weeks there with most of the first week in the PICU in an induced coma. She came home in a wheelchair, on oxygen and was dependent on me for the first few weeks for virtually everything. The next 10 months were spent healing and recovering, in physical therapy and in either a wheelchair or crutches. Today, she is a vibrant, compassionate and remarkable young lady who has grown in her faith through this experience. (and yes, she is still sassy – some things never change)
Our loving God protected her. The power of prayer is awesome. The experience brought her closer to Him (and it has strengthened my relationship with our Father as well)

Use this week to reflect on this verse. We each face ‘danger’ or ‘distress’ in our lives at some point or another. How are you kept safe in His loving care? Perhaps you pause before going through the intersection when the light turns green – and avert a nasty accident. Maybe a friend calls and offers to help with a special project – just when you were totally stressing and thought you would not get it finished in time. Or maybe you are sitting in your favorite chair enjoying quiet time and simply feel a warmth that envelops you like a hug.

Your challenge this week is to create a layout using this Bible verse. You can use a moment this week which ‘speaks to you’ or can document a previous memory or event.
Here is word-art to get you started.

When you are done, please post your layout in our Providence 365 gallery and let us know here in our Faith Sisters forum. We look forward to seeing how this weeks verse has moved you. (I am personally not quite ready to ‘scrap’ the story I have shared, so I will be working on this verse and layout throughout the week.)

If you are behind in Providence 365 – please do not worry, go at your pace. The bible verses Barbara and I are selecting are timeless. (If it makes you feel better, I have not yet completed each week – but I will.) If you are new to Providence 365, we invite you to go to our forum at Faith Sisters. You will find a thread for each week since January 1 which includes a special bible verse for your personal reflection, word-art to use as well as inspiration to create a great layout. It’s never too late to begin the Providence 365 journey. Won’t you join us!
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