Stress-Free Scrapbook Journaling Ideas

Written by Elaine Clay

Do you find it intimidating when you come to journal your scrapbook pages?

You are not alone! Many scrapbookers find it hard to get started when it comes to adding journaling to their scrapbooking layouts.

If you are one of those people who go blank atrepparttar thought of having to journal, don’t worry. Here are some stress-free scrapbooking journaling ideas to help you writerepparttar 116219 right words whatever your page theme.

Make a list. This is a fairly simple journaling technique that is suitable for use with any type of page theme, for example:

Doing a friendship page - list how you met, where you met, how long you have known each other, include what you like about your friend and why you are both pals.

Doing a recipe scrapbook page - then make a personal top 10 list of reasons why you like Grandma’s chocolate cake so much.

Doing a baby layout - do a list of baby’s favorite foods, you can even do one forrepparttar 116220 foods they don’t like!

A variation of this technique is to use bullet points to mark each line on your list, giving you an opportunity to empathise each item of your journaling:

- Anguilla

- April 2004

- My first trip torepparttar 116221 Caribbean

- This isrepparttar 116222 view from my hotel balcony overlookingrepparttar 116223 cove – I can’t wait to go swimmingrepparttar 116224 sea looks so nice!

Make sure you have fun experimenting with allrepparttar 116225 different kinds of embellishments that you can use as your bullet points!

Another bonus with usingrepparttar 116226 list technique is that you do not need to worry aboutrepparttar 116227 structure of your sentences or that your journaling makes sense becauserepparttar 116228 list breaks down what you want to say into it’s basic readable form.

Write a Letter. This is one of those great scrapbook journaling ideas that’s fairly simple to do and it’s also a lovely, personal way to journal your layouts too.

All you have to do is pretend you’re writing to a friend telling them what is happening in your photographs and includingrepparttar 116229 “Dear ….” atrepparttar 116230 beginning of your writing will give your journaling an intimate feel.

Five Tips For Garden Sanctuaries

Written by Robin Mastro

The design of your garden has an amazing affect on your family’s health and well-being. Here is how you can create harmony in your garden—which is considered a living entity—and bring peace and happiness within your home. Vastu Shastra is an environmental science written about some 7,000 – 10,000 years ago in India by rishis, or men of great wisdom. They observedrepparttar workings of Nature and recorded how different rays ofrepparttar 116218 sun,repparttar 116219 magnetic poles,repparttar 116220 makeup ofrepparttar 116221 land, soil, slope, structures, etc. affected all living things. It isrepparttar 116222 oldest recorded architectural treatise known to man and it is from this science that some ofrepparttar 116223 world’s most enduring structures have been created.

According torepparttar 116224 science of Vastu Shastra, all five elements (earth, water, fire, air and space) need to be in harmony. When a seed is planted, it requires that all five elements be balanced for a seed to germinate, sprout and become a strong, healthy plant. The disproportion of any one element— whether it isrepparttar 116225 quality ofrepparttar 116226 earth (soil ph),repparttar 116227 amount and quality of water, wind (air), sun (fire), orrepparttar 116228 amount of space it is planted in—will inhibit its growth. In this way a wise gardener sets up a balanced environment for his plants to grow free from disease and stress. Briefly, each area of your garden is associated with one ofrepparttar 116229 five elements. The earth element is associated withrepparttar 116230 southwest area of your garden and creates a sustaining and grounding force. Inrepparttar 116231 northeast,repparttar 116232 water element is at home. This element allows plants to flourish. The fire element inrepparttar 116233 southeast supports disease-free plants. The northwest is related torepparttar 116234 air element encouraging cross-pollination. The space element is associated withrepparttar 116235 central area of your garden, enhancingrepparttar 116236 flow of beneficial influences that nourishesrepparttar 116237 other elements. Positive magnetic energies coming fromrepparttar 116238 north andrepparttar 116239 positive solar energies coming fromrepparttar 116240 east promote harmony and balance. Here are five great steps you can use to bringrepparttar 116241 five elements into balance within your garden and make it a sanctuary that is not only beautiful to look and wonderful to spend time in, but will actually have an empowering affect onrepparttar 116242 health and well-being of you and your family.

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