Thursday, November 4, 2010

faith scrapbooking

I'm excited to share with you what my Ella friends (Jenni and Keshet) and I have been working on! We were asked to tackle the topic of talking about faith in our layouts. This statement could mean many things to you at first glance and Jenni did a wonderful job tackling the different angles you can take with this topic. Check out the full post on Ella's blog here. You can also stop by Jenni and Keshet's personal blogs to see more of their cute stuff!

I contributed two faith related layouts. First up, do you talk about life's trials in your albums? For many this may be a topic that is easily passed over because we want to remember all of the good times or we only have time to scrapbook the holidays, birthdays, etc. For me, scrapping a difficult time in my life is very theraputic. Writing about it helps me get all of my feelings out and somehow makes me feel better. And since I'm sharing it here on my blog, my hope is that someone else who may be in the midst of a difficult circumstance can come away encouraged and feel a little more hopeful. Sometimes it's nice just to know you are not the only one out there dealing with stuff, isn't it?

The journaling deals with my health stuff and how it has impacted our family over the last four years. If you are interested in reading it, you just have to double click on it.

I used this sketch from the PageMaps blog. Becky Fleck's sketches are always a treat to work with!

Next, I put together a layout documenting the prayers I frequently pray for my little guy. I want him to know how important the prayers of a parent are and how much he means to us.

Some of you may recognize these products from Becky Higgins Baby Kit, which by the way, you can still get your hands on. I ordered this kit a couple years back thinking I would never have time to scrapbook once I had a third child--I was in panic mode at the time. I will say, it has made things easier . . . I am getting his one year book done quickly (when I take the time to work on it that is . . . there is always new product that is calling my name first!)

This is one of the page protectors that came with the kit--16 dividers. This made it easy to put individual prayers in boxes.

You might notice that I put some of my letter stickers, rub-ons and embellishments on the outside of my page protector. I did this to give my layout a more connected and cohesive look.

If you ever struggle with how to pray for your child or wonder if you are leaving some important things out . . . I highly recommend the book The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian. She gives you very specific things to pray for your child and Bible verses to go along with your prayers. Some of them are things that I simply forget to pray for my child. But when I go through this book (frequently) I am reminded--love that!

Be sure and check out the Ella blog today to see the other gals work. And stop back here sometime next week for an Ella giveaway--you will WANT this one!


Karen Hanim said...

I loved your post. All I can say is 'Amen'!My children are now 28 and 26 and I am still praying for them. I rejoice in all the prayers that God has answered for them over these last 28 years!

Jenni said...

Brenda, thank you so much for sharing your faithful heart through these layouts!! I admire you and how you depend on the Lord!

Diana said...

2 beautiful LOs. I immediately recognized that PageMaps sketch. You totally rocked it.
I also have that Becky baby kit but I keep forgetting about it. I'm so glad you reminded me because I'm supposed to be working on my twins' 1st year books now... though I've only done one page so far... .

Keshet said...

Brenda, you know this already, but I LOVE these layouts. Especially the first one, because it reminds me so much of what I'm going through now. It's visually stunning, and so meaningful. I have so loved getting to know you more while working on this!