Good evening!

I had planned on doing a post earlier today but time just seemed to get away from me.  I always have things to do.  Who doesn't, right?  And then the next thing we know, it's already time to move onto the next thing when we realize we didn't accomplish the first thing!  Augh!  And I don't even have kids!!! How do you moms do it? :)

Did you know my blog wasn't always a "scrapbooking blog"?  My blog life began as a place for me to share my faith in a very transparent and honest way.  It's interesting to watch how my blog began as a place to publicly share my spiritual life and I love how it has turned into my creative corner of the world.  I still share my life freely here.  I realize that not everyone who visits my blog is a Christian and that's totally okay.  I know many who come here might question the existence of God and that's okay too.  It's okay to question sometimes.  And I'm so appreciative to those who allow me to share my faith through my layouts and still come back to visit me.  I haven't always been a "church girl".  Back in the day I did all kinds of stupid things.  I partied when I wasn't old enough to party.  I went to raves.  Just a bunch of stupid stuff.  Things that can ruin a life.. and other lives.  Sometimes I wonder how is it that I'm still around.  There were so many opportunities for my life to end.  Things that should have happened didn't.  And for that I am so grateful.  I don't take things for granted! 

Since giving my life to Jesus and living this life as best I can, I can tell you it's not easy.  It's hard.  I get challenged every single day and I confess I haven't been as open about my faith as I should be.  Which brings up this layout I created for SFTIO's November kit Acceptance.  It's called Accept Joy.  The colors and embellishments are so perfect for this topic.

The journaling reads: "The day that I accepted Christ as my Savior was the day that my life changed from a life of despair to a life of hope. My smiles are no longer ones of false happiness but are now ones of sincere joy! Life has definitely not been easier but it has become more joyful.  Yep! I accept joy!"

I decided to try something different design-wise with this layout.  I love the idea of an angled look.  I am loving how the angled papers and photo are balanced by the circle and envelope.  The title helps take your eye around the design and these colors are so beautiful and luxurious. 

Hey thanks for letting me share a little piece of my life with you!  And I hope you get an opportunity to check out the Acceptance kit at SFTIO.  It really is a gorgeous one!

hugs,
Melissa