Friday, June 17, 2011

Focus on Joy

Every time I think of the word Optimism, I can't help but immediately be drawn to my faith. I know why I have this positive outlook on life. It's because I've witnessed, personally, how God can take a broken heart and life and turn it into something beautiful. I've felt the acceptance and have seen how unconditional the love of Jesus is. When you walk through and experience that, you can't help but have an optimistic view on life. Even when I want to toss in the towel and have a tantrum because things aren't fair or aren't going my way. I'm gently reminded of Who has my life in the palm of His hands and that is, most of the time, enough. :) That's not to say I have my moments of doubt. I do. In fact, those moments turn into days into weeks and into months. But there's always this deep seeded reassurance and I know exactly where it comes from. So I will focus on joy.


This layout was created with contents from the June kit at Scrapbooking from the Inside Out - Optimism. Look how perfect the colors and butterflies are? When I think of optimism, I realize that these are the types of creative symbolism I would go for.


Love the texture of those fabric Thickers!


I need more fabric in my stash. Even with this embellishment that was extremely simple to create, I love the texture it adds and softness it contributes to my layout. And those delicate doily stickers... I'm feeling optimistic just looking at it!


A wee close-up of my journaling and to finish it off, I took my notebook edge punch by EK Success. It just needed something else instead of a straight edge, to complete the layout.

So... what am I feeling optimistic about today? It's FRIDAY! Yay! How can you not feel optimistic when the weekend is right around the corner. Now, if this weather would just start cooperating. Warmer weather is on the way but I'm getting rather impatient.

What are you feeling optimistic about today?

8 comments:

Margie H said...

FAB page!! LOve the little details esp. the butterflies and use of textile :) Have a great weekend!!

Lynette said...

Great post Melissa...I love your layout and your reason for scrapping it.

Feel I want to share this quote with you today:

‎"The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen !! "
Elisabeth K├╝bler-Ross

Erin Bassett said...

Love the journaling!!

Tammy said...

I love pages like this - your journaling is awesome. Such a good reminder. Today the sun is shining where I am and it's Friday. That's enough of a reason for me to feel optimistic!

Blessed Ladybug said...

great layout and loving the reason for scrappin... thanks for sharing .. i' might be using the same title this weekend...

Sue, a.k.a. midwestgirl said...

Beautiful testimony and I love your optimistic color choices!

Amy said...

I love your page. I love that you are in your book. I love title. As far as what I am optimistic about today...I am an optimist so I go big. I am optimistic that I am going to get some great projects done! I have a stack of old kits sitting here that need to be used and I would love to use up at least two of them today.

Jessica B - crafty_chic_girl said...

Love the layout. I'm trying to be optimistic about the future :-)