Be Joyful

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in EVERYTHING by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the PEACE OF GOD, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7

These are verses I memorized years ago and they are written on my heart. There are times when I still need to remember not to be anxious, but I eventually listen to my heart saying these verses. I didn't really understand what the "peace of God" was until I experienced it. It's having peace inside you, even when you're going through heartbreaking situations and trials. It does "surpass ALL understanding" and you know it comes from GOD alone. Praise the Lord for His wonderful promises!

I love, love, love what I do. I am passionate about the things I create and the talents God has placed in me. I SO appreciate the time you take to look at my things and the comments you all leave me!

Blessings to you!


Friday, May 20, 2011

Samples Binder

Hi there!

I still have a bunch of organizational ideas and pictures to post. This one is on my "Samples" binder. I got this idea from Patter Cross at Triple the Scraps which you can find here. Patter is an organizational expert and I LOVE to be organized! Thank you Patter!

This binder sits right in front of me on my craft desk...always at my fingertips. I keep samples of my punches, embossing folders, cricut cartridges, inks, and I just added some of my cardstock. The best thing about this (for me), is that it's a small binder (5 1/2 x 8 1/2). The size is easier for me to work with. It doesn't take up as much space on my desk when it's open and I can prop it open in front of me. I keep the pages in sheet protectors so I can also easily take a page or two out and bring it with me to the store if I need it.

Here are pictures of the punch samples pages:

These are the embossing samples pages:

For the Cricut Cartridges, I photocopied the box so I had a sample of what was in it. You can also see the 3rd page of the embossing section on the left.

Here are samples of most of my inks. I made up these "charts" on Excel (more like fumbled my way) and printed them on cheap cardstock. I put 2 charts on a page in the document so I could print them on one sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 and then cut them in half to give me 2 pages.

In the first picture I just cut box shapes, sponged the sides and glued each to plain cardstock. These pads I only use for sponging. I will probably go back and do the same thing with the VersaMagic pads for when I use them for sponging. When stamping the samples, I also tried to stamp a regular version and then a light version (not reinked).

The last photo shows the paper section which I just started. For these I just punched out samples with a flower punch and used a glue dot to put on the chart. I began with Bazzill papers because I kept buying more of the same colors and didn't know what I had (very annoying). Now I can just bring the chart with me to the store. When I have time I'll add more paper samples to this, but this is a good start.

Well, that my "Samples" book so far. I plan to add a section for my Spellbinders dies next. Hope this helps someone else out like me that loves/needs to be organized!




  1. Ooooh, yeah, yeah, yeah! Your samples book is coming along GREAT! Isn't it a wonderful tool? Love how you did your punches too. Just wonderful! And thanks for linking me. You are too sweet. Have a blessed weekend!

  2. Wow! What organization! Great ideas, thank you so much for sharing!

  3. Kathy, I posted your cards on my blog...My "happy" mail!

  4. Wow, Kathy, you are quite talented! Your family is so lucky to have such crafty Mom!

  5. Chelsea ChambersMay 28, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    Wow, Kathy, you are quite talented. Your family is so lucky to have such a crafty Mom! Thanks for sharing!

  6. thanks for sharing!

    hey, I have a giveaway here, please come join in the fun!


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