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I am sorry for this being hours almost a day late again, My boyfriend plays fantasy football and needed the computer all day today!! GO COWBOYS!!!

Hebrews 11 [Full Chapter]

[ Faith in Action ] Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. …

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12 NIV

Late Saturday Post

Lets get into learning about a hot new scrapbooking product! I have heard a lot about the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board. It can take a med or large piece of paper and turn it into a homemade envelope!!  It costs approx. $20.00 each. Check it out below.

We R Memory Keepers - Envelope Punch Board

 

 

An Interview with- Eyelet Outlet

Suzanne of Eyeletoutlet.com shares how she got into the Scrapbooking Industry.
1. When and how did you get into the scrapbooking industry? 2001 i started selling on eBay.  I had 300  auctions a day with just round eyelets .  In 2003 i opened our retail website, a year or so later we opened our wholesale website
2. Why did you decide to get into the scrapbooking industry? I was a stamper and had always scrapbooked the old way
3.How long have you been open? above
4. How did you come about your name;  Eyelet Outlet? I wanted something that was easy to spell and simple to remember
5. What was your first big order that told you – frankly that you had “hit” it big? The first time we went to the  wholesale show CHA- it was actually called something else back then
6. What were some of your issues when getting started? When i first started we lived on a air force base.  Space for all the product was at a minimum.  I was paying neighborhood kids to count and pack round eyelets for me.
7. How do you advertise?  It used to be allot of magazine advertising.  Now most of the magazines have gone digital or out of business.  Allot of our customers meet us at one of the more than 40 consumer shows we do a year.  We also get found in google searches
8. What made you decide to sell of all things eyelets and brads?  I was a crafter that was buying eyelets so decided to buy them in bulk for better deals and sell of the extra.  When scrapbooking changed and brads started becoming popular i started designing and adding them to the line.  Although our site now has more shaped brads we still sell millions of round eyelets a year.
9. Do you yourself scrapbook or do crafty things? I enjoy crafts but with the business and 5 kids i rarely have time to enjoy it.  I am crafty when i design our displays or samples
10. Do you intend at any point to delve into other scrapbooking trends or expand? Every year we tend to pick up a few more items; this year we added enamel dots and sticky back bling.  We are always keeping an eye on what’s new and hot

Reality Check In

Time for another Reality Check! Lets learn a little bit about how giving to charities can help you.

Why Charitable Giving is Important to Businesses

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why charitable giving is important to businessesWhile giving $100 to your favorite charity or volunteering an afternoon to help at a homeless shelter will make you feel great and provides an excellent example to others in your community, there is a practical limit to the long-term benefits and the social impact we can all personally have on our community through giving.

But when hundreds or thousands of people get together and coordinate their giving, as occurs during a well-executed corporate giving campaign, tremendous and lasting good can be done for the community.  This effect is further enhanced as the CSR program continues over months or years.

Beyond the profit to the community, however, charitable giving provides important benefits to the business itself as well, both internally and externally.

External Benefits

When a company establishes a strategic CSR program, they will begin to see positive results in the commercial world almost immediately in several ways:

  • Public Relations: The company’s philanthropic activity does not go unnoticed by the media.  All charitable organizations and fund-raising events rely on the media to spread the word about their work, so any corporation having a large share in that work will be included in the heavy media coverage.
  • Social Media: While some organizations are concerned about the potential backlash from negative comments on social media, a company involved in strategic corporate giving will be reaping the benefits of positive social media mentions and sharing.  The impact of this kind of publicity cannot be overstated.
  • Reputation: While it is less tangible than PR or social media coverage, there is no denying the fact that many consumers make buying decisions based as much on how they feel about a company as on how they feel about a product.
  • Profit: All of the above leads eventually to greater profit as positive public perception and social media sentiment influences branding, and eventually, purchasing.

Internal Benefits

The benefits of a corporate charitable giving program are not limited just to external results:

  • Employee Engagement: Recruiting top-performing employees and keeping them happy is a priority of all thriving corporations.  Charitable giving improves employee engagement by boosting productivity, ethical behavior, gratitude to the organization, and pride in their work.
  • Morale: With employees more engaged in their work and more pleased with the corporate culture, their morale will naturally be higher.  This leads to less time and productivity lost to “illness”, tardiness, or extended breaks and lunches, as well as lower turnover rates.
  • Teamwork: This generally positive attitude in the workplace extends beyond just the rank-and-file employees.  When a corporate giving program brings together people from all levels of the organization – from the C-level to the mail room – everyone feels like they are working together toward a common goal.  This feeling of effective teamwork will extend beyond the CSR program to positively influence other aspects of their work.

 

 

 

Check This Out!!!!!

Make It Yourself Monday: DIY Vitamin C Serum for Under $10!! Fight Off Signs Of Aging!

by Heather Monday, June 10, 2013

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If you have shopped around for serums to brighten your skin and make it look healthier, then you know that those same serums come with a high price tag.

I was looking for a Vitamin C Serum a little while ago and I headed over to the Body shop to find that it would cost me $27!!

Now I know that for some that may not seem like a lot, but for this money saving mama it was!

So I decided to do a little research to see what most serums contained and found that it’s pretty easy and a lot cheaper to make your own.

Here is what you will need:

:: Start with a dark colored glass bottle. (this will help it last longer) You can snag a 12 pack here or a 6 pack here.

:: %100 vegetable glycerine (this will make your skin super soft!)

:: Vitamin C powder

I also love doing this because I can make a ton of it! This will give you plenty for yourself and you can even make some as gifts!

Your friends will love you for this!! Smile

Directions:

:: Mix 2 tsp of vegetable glycerine and 1 tsp of Vitamin C powder until completely dissolved.

:: Pour your serum into your glass bottle.

:: Apply 2-3 drops onto your skin at night after you have washed off your face.

:: Thoroughly Massage into your skin.

Be sure to keep this in a cool dry place for it to last as long as possible.

This stuff is amazing!! Your skin will look younger and softer! Vitamin C has an natural brightening effect that will get rid of dark spots and it will make your skin glow.

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Mama

Disclaimer

Scraplifting, What is It and Why do It?

What does scraplifting mean? It basically means copying others’ completed layouts in whole or in part. You might look at layouts in books, on the websites or at your friends’ scrapbooks, and decide to copy the whole “look” of it, part of the design, element or aspect of another layout for your own pages.

Fion, from Everything About Scrapbooking, wrote a great article on her blog about scraplifting.

She says, “It’s perfectly alright to scraplift for your own personal use, for your family and for your friends to enjoy in your scrapbook albums. That’s how beginners or advanced scrapbookers learn. By adopting design elements and ideas that you like and incorporating them into your own creations.

Sometimes, you’re in a creative block and it’s a great time to scraplift to lift you out of your block. These are times where you just want to follow along and scraplift another scrapbooker’s whole layout, that’s fine.

Because it’s very likely that while the overall look is similar, ultimately you’ll be using different photos, colored cardstocks, patterned papers and supplies so you’ll be creating something that has its own flavor. It’s never going to be a 100% replica, but something very close or loosely based on the original layout.

Other times, you might just want to scraplift part of the design. Then more often than not, the results you get will be very different from the other scrapbooker’s layout you’ve scraplifted from.

There’ll even be times when you might create variations on the scraplifted layouts to fit your page theme. It’s like mix and match using others’ and your own ideas. In such cases, something quite unique could be born out of it.

I scraplifted big time when I was a beginner, but usually there’s some slight variations. Scraplifting let me try out various ideas by looking and copying others’ pages for ideas. And I must say that the results are almost always pleasing to me.

In fact, I would go further to say that those layouts that I scraplifted are usually better-looking than those that I attempted on my own. Told you that I’m not very creative.

But one of the reasons that scraplifted layouts mostly look good because I chose to scraplift published layouts from magazines or books. If a layout was selected to be published, there’s usually something good about it and something to learn from.

But I must also point out that the more I scraplifted, the more I learned and the better I scrapbooked over time. I think it’s probably because I’ve been attempting various styles and ideas, and my memory bank has been collecting many good design tips. So yes, over time I’ve learned to create some satisfying layouts on my own.

Today I might still scraplift sometimes but I prefer to use scrapbook using sketches as it’s more time-saving than searching for layouts to scraplift, and I can spend more time playing around with choosing my photos, paper and embellishments while the placements of these elements are already laid out for me.”

I personally find that I scrap better when I have something to work from. I will either use a sketch or a layout to scraplift. I have found that I learn something new with every scraplift.

I personally find that I scrap better when I have something to work from.  I will either use a sketch or a layout to scraplift.  I have found that I learn something new with every scraplift.  Each month I host two scraplifting challenges on scrapbook.com, Scraplift the Person Before You and Scraplift Your Favorites.

Why scraplift?  In the article Is Scraplifting Really Alright? the author does a great job of answering that question.

“The main reason people scraplift is to get layouts done at a more rapid pace. Often copying someone else’s ideas, can get ones own creative juices flowing and allow for extended freedom on a scrapbook layout.
Another reason for scraplifting, taken from a poll, is that some suffer from scrappers block, which is a lot like writer’s block; when you just cannot seem to come up with any ideas.

So the age old question posed, really is – is it okay to do?

Personally, I can only think of one situation, where scraplifting is most certainly not okay. When you are creating a layout for publication, or payment, it is unacceptable, to steal someone else’s work. In a case like this, a layout by another scrapbooker might better serve as inspiration for an entirely new design, but to copy a partial or whole layout, and at any time gain recognition or payment for it, is absolutely not okay.

However, if you are doing a large number of scrapbook pages, trying to crawl out of a scrappers block, or just in general admiring another scrapbooker’s layout, and you plan to only use the layout that you have partially or entirely copied in your own personal scrapbook, there is absolutely nothing wrong with it.

Some scrapbooker believe that somewhere on the page you should include a credit to the original creator. I am not sure how I feel about that, since I don’t typically scraplift. However, as a writer, I am big on “give credit where credit is due” and it honestly makes me upset, when I see my work on someone else’s web page, with no direct link, tying me to the authorship. So I guess I actually answered my own question on how I feel about it. Instead of mucking up your scrapbook layout with a strange “credit”, you might include the information on the back of the layout.”

There are a lot of wonderful scrapper out there who’s work I admire and wish I was that talented. I love taking someone else’s layout and recreating it to fit what I am going. When I am looking for layouts to add to my favorites to eventually scraplift, I look for those layouts that would fit my pictures and convert easily from 12×12 to 8.5×11. For my sanity, my pictures are 5×7 photo collages. I usually leave them that size, but sometimes I will cut them up to make smaller pictures to fit the sketch or layout I have chosen to lift.

Here are a few of my favorite lifts that I have done.

Original from Amanda

Mine

Original from Jessie

Mine

Dogwood Canyon

Article by Karen Schwausch