Kind Words Encourage The Soul

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Oh how an unexpected kind word can rock my world. Each and every time. And when it is unexpected, it's truly amazing how my whole being reacts to those few words. A smile. An acknowledgment that I matter. It's all good.

Be the one that encourages someone's soul today.

For the last several years, I have curated the Sunday Photos series, featuring one my photographs  along with a quote or some inspiring words that touched my heart. I'll still be sharing words that speak to me in this space each week, just in a new format.

See you next week with another The Sunday Quote!

31 Minutes for 31 Days


My March has been filled with sweet little peeks of sunshine through the clouds on rainy days, daffodils popping up, periwinkle blooms reminding me that Spring is almost here, daylilies beginning to sprout their green leaves and dogwood trees forming their buds.

I do love how a Spring garden unfolds, don't you?

31 MINUTES FOR 31 DAYS
I've been working to carve out 31 Minutes for 31 Days, doing a project that is on my list of things to do AND that makes me smile. Nothing earth shattering, just being aware of taking the time to slow down and do something not business related.

I Organized Some Crafting Supplies
Okay, so this was more for my peace of mind and sanity and was more business related than personal, but a girl who works from home has to do what she can to keep her in-home office neat and presentable. When your family tells you it's a little messy out in the studio, you know it's time to do something.

So, even though this wasn't entirely for me, it brought me joy!


I Journaled
I'm doing a couple of different listing challenges this month and decided to do some watercoloring for a few pages, using some Stencil Revolution stencils. I can't wait to try using the full Home Sweet Home design on a larger project - coming soon!


Here's a post where I share more watercolor + stencil adventures and more Travelers Notebooks.

I Crocheted 759 { not really} Granny Square Circles
As I was in the middle of the Great Craft Studio DeClutter and Clean Out, I found all these colored crochet rounds. So, I went down the rabbit hole of Pinterest pins trying to find the Granny Square pattern that matched up.

I'm still not finished with the squares, but the rounds are completed. Don't you love a Granny Square that begins in the round? Here are a few more crochet posts.


These began as a way to use up all the little yarn ball scraps I had left over and then just exploded from there. I'm trying to decide whether to mix up the yarn colors for the square part: match the center color or different colors or all the same color no matter what color the center is.

What would you do?

I Read All Afternoon and Did Not Feel Guilty
I don't usually read on my Kindle, but who can pass up good reads for free with Amazon Prime Reading? I really enjoyed this one and couldn't put it down. Well, I did to cook dinner, but I pretty much really all afternoon.


Here are a few What I'm Reading Now posts.

I Played with Paper
I love coming up with new ways to use products. Read more about this project here.  I used some journaling cards and tags from the shop. 


I Gardened
That's just a fancy way of saying I raked leaves and pulled weeds. And this Mama is sore today, let me tell you. I can definitely feel my years creeping up on me after an afternoon spent working in the yard. I'm not as fast as I once was and the stiffness sets in by nighttime. Yikes.


MORE INFO 
When I remember I've been over at @iloveitallshop, with the hashtag #mw31minutesfor31days.
Find out more about the 31 Minutes for 31 Days with Kellie Winnell.

Love This | Another Week in My Gratitude Journal

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What are you loving this week? I am loving the little peeks of sunshine we are getting on frigid, windy days after weeks of torrential downpours. So yeah, it's cold...but the sun is out and for that I am grateful.

THIS WEEK IN MY GRATITUDE JOURNAL
In the Flagship Journal
Surprisingly, this week I only opened my Gratitude Journal once. And that was yesterday. I've been journaling in my 30 Lists journal and in my Field Notes insert using lists prompts from some gals I follow on Instagram, but nada on the gratitude journaling front.

What's so odd, is that I have tons to be grateful for but just haven't taken the time to put what's in my heart down on paper.

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#gratitude journal #love this #journaling cards #i am thankful #journaling #thanfulness #hello march #scrapbooking

New Product Testing
When I did open my journal yesterday, I was so excited to do some product testing with this new set of printable die cuts. There are page flags, tabs and circle die cuts in 5 coordinating colors.

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I don't know, did I go overboard on the die cuts? I'm not even sure I could squeeze another one on there anywhere. I used my 1" circle punch for the circles and fussy cut around the page flag and tab.

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Here's How I Created This Flap-py Journaling Card
Because the first page in the March section of my Gratitude Journal was an envelope, I decided to create a little mini book out of some journaling cards. You can find the free "hello march" pocket card download here and the pink grid journaling pocket card here.

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#gratitude journal #love this #journaling cards #i am thankful #journaling #thanfulness #hello march #scrapbooking

I used a metal rim tag {I just shortened the string} to pop the "Love This" die cut onto. The coral page tab and heart are all from this set.

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#gratitude journal #love this #journaling cards #i am thankful #journaling #thanfulness #hello march #scrapbooking
#gratitude journal #love this #journaling cards #i am thankful #journaling #thanfulness #hello march #scrapbooking

IN OTHER NEWS
In other news, which I haven't journaled about but I certainly should have, Victoria was selected to have one of her paintings entered into the county wide middle school art show {!!!} and Isabella was elected as President of her high school National Honor Society chapter. {!!!}

SAME GREAT JOURNAL, SPECIAL PRICING
If you've been following along and seeing me post my journal pages but didn't want to buy a full year's journal and have to go back and fill in all the pages from January...

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...now is your chance to grab a journal and begin documenting your thankful thoughts and grateful moments.

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#gratitude journal #love this #journaling cards #i am thankful #journaling #thanfulness #hello march #scrapbooking

I used this Gratitude Journal this week and there are other styles and sizes of Gratitude Journals here if this one isn't quite your thing.

WHAT IS #ILOVETHURSDAYTHANKS
What is #ilovethursdaythanks? It's a way for me, and you, to connect with other like minded souls. Those of us that find joy in documenting our thankful thoughts and grateful moments. Those moments that sometimes could be so quickly forgotten, those thoughts that haunt us and won't let us go, those words that touched our heart when we needed them most, those people who made a difference just by being there.

Join us over on Instagram and share your #ilovethursdaythanks.

Hello March in My Travelers Notebook

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This Month I Will

...that's how I'm looking at March. It's my birthday month and I think I'm not alone in this. Don't we all of us tend to reflect a bit more, take stock of where we are, where we've been and where we want to be when a birthday rolls around?

So here I go!

HELLO MARCH

#Hello March #travelers notebook #A6 notebook #midori #Hello #Right Now #Love #Nurture

After printing out my free Hello March download, I hand trimmed the corners to look like these tags and then drew a thin line around the edges.

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Then, I used the word phrases from the coordinating card set and used my punches. If you don't have punches, you can also trim them by hand or with your paper cutter.

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free Hello March journaling card download

COORDINATING JOURNAL CARD SET
This is the set where you'll find the word phrases I used for my journaling:
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But you can find more word phrases in these sets as well: Love This Set + Hello Set

FREE DOWNLOADS
Find other free downloads from I Love It All here.
And for more Print At Home ideas: journal cardsplanner pagesart prints and calendars are in the I Love It All shop as instant downloads!