Have you heard of the non-profit organization called "More Love Letters*" (*MLL)? It's wonderful! Right now, they have a 12 day writing campaign for people that could use some encouragement. 

The holiday season can be particularly sad, and emotional, depending on what has happened in someone's life. A letter can brighten someone's day, if only for a moment. You can read about the people in need, and find their letter requests on the More Love Letters website. Just click the link below:
12 December Love Letter Requests

There is still time to participate in the campaign. Letters must be mailed by this Wednesday, 12/20/17. Depending on how much time you have, you can write 1, 2, 3, ... or - - - 12 letters. I wrote 12 cards/letters.

Overall, writing the letters was uplifting. It's something that I would like to continue, since MLL posts requests each month on their website. Honestly, I was sad after reading each request. These are people who are dealing with real problems like death, disease and homelessness - RIGHT NOW. I let the request seep in, and then thought about how to encourage the recipient. Sometimes, I couldn't think of anything to say. I had to sleep on it. At times (often?) my words were inadequate. That was frustrating!  However, it was putting in the effort that made me feel good. I may never be able to stop bad things from happening in the world, but I CAN write a card/letter/postcard - - - TODAY - - -to someone that needs it. There is power in that!

Below are a few photographs of  letters/cards/postcards that I wrote and posted on Instagram (this month):

For a brave lady fighting cancer...

For two women who lost loved ones...

For people displaced during Hurricane Harvey in Texas...

To my surprise (and delight), More Love Letters reposted the photo of the postcards on their Instagram feed:
More Love Letters Instagram Photo

If YOU know someone who is mourning a loved one(s), battling depression, or suffering from any other type of setback in life, you can nominate them on the MLL website to receive love letters. I'm thinking about doing it... Here is a link to the page where you can nominate someone:
nominate someone for love letters (MLL)

If you do nominate someone, there are a few things to consider. First, you will be the contact person. The letters will be sent to your loved one "in care of" you.  You have to be comfortable sharing your address, or the address you want the letters to come to, with the public. The address will be published on the More Love Letters website

One safe/privacy option is to provide a post office box address. You can rent a P.O. Box at your local post office. They can tell you about the box sizes & rates that are available. Then, you can rent a box temporarily to cover the time that the letters will be coming in. 

Here's to helping others!
Here's to keeping letter writing alive!
Here's to you possibly joining in!

With Love,

If you want to hear how the organization started, click here:

Hello, there! Where do you keep your contact information? Do you keep it on your cellphone? Most people do these days. I keep some numbers in my cell phone, but I keep most of my information in an address book.

The photo above is of my new address book. I love it! It's a small Filofax planner (personal size). I wasn't using it much prior to converting it into an address book. However, I always loved the bright, red color! As my address book from the year 2000 (!) was getting torn up & ugly, I knew I had to replace it. I just couldn't find anything I liked...

Finally it dawned on me to use my Filofax, instead of searching for something else. I removed all the planner pages, then inserted alphabetical dividers & address pages from Day Runner. I also cut some Pink Paislee scrapbook paper down to size, and glued the "hello" journal card on top of it. It was so simple to set up. I'm really happy with how it turned out!

Thanks for stopping by.
God Bless!

Shown in photo: 
-Saffiano Filofax, Poppy (color), personal size
-Front page scrapbook paper & journal card by Pink Paislee 
-Alphabetical dividers, "A-Z Tab Directory" by Day Runner
-"Seen and Heard" card by Dear Lizzy/ Project Life "Fine & Dandy" (130 piece kit)
-Doily/Michaels Recollections
-Pen by The Day Designer for Blue Sky

Let me introduce you to my new, "Market Floral", Happy Planner! Isn't she pretty? I was out of town minding my own business when I drove by Michaels craft store. I decided to pop in and take a look around. I didn't pack a planner with me on my trip, so I went to peek at the planner aisle. Well, I walked by "Market Floral" and she jumped into my arms and gave me a kiss. LOL.

I decided to pick up a black and white striped cover to make sure "Market Floral" was always protected. A lady needs a jacket to make sure she stays warm, right? He, he, he! This is the first time the company,"Me and My Big Ideas", has offered a deluxe, striped, planner cover, so I snapped it up! Plus, black and white is one of my favorite color combinations.

The planner runs from July 2017 through December 2018. Here's a look at the July starter pages:

(click photos for closeups)

 I promise to share more of the inside in later blog posts. I love flower theme throughout the planner and the gold-foiled lettering.
"Market Floral" is my new best friend!

Thanks so much for stopping by.
God Bless!

-Floral Happy Planner & Deluxe Cover by Me and My Big Ideas
-Pen made by The Day Designer for Blue Sky Planners
-Gold Heart, striped, journal card is by Dear Lizzy/Project Life, "Fine and Dandy" (130 piece kit)

I've been having so much fun with my Traveler's Notebooks! This is my first year using them. I'm so glad I decided to jump in and try them. They're fun to decorate and journal in. Shown clockwise in the photo above are my Prima Planner Traveler's Jounal ("Jet Setter"), Midori Traveler's Notebook, The Reset Girl Doc-It Journal (by Simple Stories), and my Prima Planner Traveler's  Journal ("Jet Setter") again.

I first learned about Traveler's Notebooks when I saw pictures of them on Instagram. If you search Instagram using the hashtag #travelersnotebook, you will discover many artists. Here are links to a few people who inspire me on the site:

  1. phiespoetry 
  2. karentrembart 
  3. thepapervoyager 
  4. darkmetropol 
  5. sumsemarie 
  6. mydocumentedlife 

Clarification: many artists inspire me! Ha, ha, ha! I am only sharing a few links above. I hope you enjoy their photos, too! Do you have any artists to recommend? Please let me know in the "comments" section.

Thanks so much for stopping by.
God Bless!


Happy Wednesday! I meant to share this with you earlier. This is my "Doc-It Journal" by Simple Stories. It's part of their Reset Girl collection. I think they call it "Doc-It" because it fits in back of the Simple Stories Carpe Diem Planners. Basically, you can doc-it in the back of the planner until you need it. It's perfect for journaling, random notes, or whatever you can think of...

You know what? I just thought of another reason it's probably called "Doc-It"! You can use it to doc-ument your daily life. You can see the edges of my speckled, "Doc-It Journal" cover in the back of my Carpe Diem planner here:

You may read the post I wrote about this planner by clicking right here: *Carpe Diem Planner post.* 

How do you document your life? Do you scrapbook? Journal? Do you create pocket pages with journal cards? I do all 3 depending upon my mood. I plan to share more of my work with you this year. If you have a blog, Flickr, or Instagram account and are doing the same thing, - - - please let me know where to find you in the comments section. I would love to visit you!

Thank you for stopping by!

God Bless!

Products, Photo 1: The Reset Girl Doc-It Journal / Simple Stories, Washi tape / Hobby Lobby, Rollerstamp / Carpe Diem / Simple Stories, Stickers & Journal card / The Reset Girl Collection / Simple Stories.

 Greetings! I'm back to share more mail art creations. All of today's envelopes share 5 things in common:

  1. A Stamper's Anonymous Rubber Stamped Image
  2. A vintage illustration of a woman from my personal collection
  3. A chipboard flower or butterfly from Tim Holtz idea-ology "Botanical" layers (a 2017 release)
  4. Postage stamps with "Vintage Seed Packet" illustrations from 1910-1920. (These stamps were first issued by the U.S. Post Office in 2013.)
  5. All envelopes are 6" x 9"

 I was inspired to make these envelopes because I saw Tim Holtz idea-ology chipboard pieces at either Michaels or Hobby Lobby craft store. The "Botanical" Layers pack I bought has an assortment of birds, butterflies and flowers. They come in color and in black & white. There are 83 pieces in the pack.

I thought it would be nice to pair the chipboard pieces with rubberstamps and vintage illustrations. Please take a look below. I hope you like them!

Now, I'm off to finish the letters that will go in these envelopes.

Thank you for stopping by.
God Bless!


Products/Photo 1: Rubberstamp - Stampers Anonymous / Classics #3, Ink - StazOn, Chipboard Embellishment - Tim Holtz / idea-ology / Botanical Layers, Vintage Woman Illustration - my personal collection, Postage - Vintage Seed Packets (2013/USPS)

Products/Photo 2: Rubberstamp - Stampers Anonymous / Tim Holtz / Typography, Ink - StazOn, Chipboard Embellishment - Tim Holtz / idea-ology / Botanical Layers, Vintage Woman Illustration - my personal collection, Postage - Vintage Seed Packets (2013/USPS)
Products/Photo 3: Rubberstamp - Stampers Anonymous / Tim Holtz / Typography, Ink - StazOn, Chipboard Embellishment - Tim Holtz / idea-ology / Botanical Layers, Vintage Woman Illustration - my personal collection, Postage - Vintage Seed Packets (2013/USPS)

Products/Photo 4: Rubberstamp - Stampers Anonymous / Tim Holtz / Typography, Ink - StazOn, Chipboard Embellishment - Tim Holtz / idea-ology / Botanical Layers, Vintage Woman Illustration - my personal collection, Postage - Vintage Seed Packets (2013/USPS)