Recently I had read about Shirley Nagel's "Journals of Love" that she was creating and donating to a local hospital for cancer patients in California. I immediately wrote to her and she encouraged me to make journals for my local cancer units. I thought it was such a lovely idea that I went out and purchased numerous notebooks and composition books & got to work. (I had posted some of them a couple of weeks ago.) I went to a Women's Pavillion here in Atlanta and donated several of them to that center but I am thinking there is no limit to what we can do: what about Mothers' of children dealing with cancer, what about men who might want do document their walk, what about Hospice patients, etc., etc.???
I found that it has encouraged me to pray more often and think about the trials and tribulations that cancer patients are going through. Well, there is no limit to what a single person's vision can create when it is done with love. Shirley had an idea, then she went for it plus did not have any idea that the project would "catch on". Cora from Clearly Vintage & Digital Two for Tuesdays (http://digitaltuesday.blogspot.com/) gives us such lovely graphics each week. This is a loving way to use those beautiful works of art. Cora then posted about the idea and has created a "Challenge" for each one to make Journals of Love and send them to Shirley to distribute. (Isn't blogland wonderful!!) I used Cora's wonderful graphics and came up with the two journals featured. At Cora's suggestion, I covered the inside page and added a pocket for a bookmark then covered the back cover on both sides and added a pocket for a card/appountment schedules/patient information. (I have also added graphics from the Graphics Fairy) I started working on two journals to mail to Shirley and was up until 5:30AM this morning. But, as you know, one thing leads to another....I found gorgeous sacks at the dollar store! IF I was really careful I could get a two books out of one sack. (The gift sacks are more durable than our regular scrapbooking papers.) I even added a bird nest to a couple of the journals. I wanted to make something that was more cheerful and light, just in case a Mother would want to document her childs recovery, victories, and appointments. So I wanted you to see how they turned out.....
What do you think? (You can right click on the pictures to see more detail or to save to your computer to use on any projects.) It is just another idea to add to Shirleys' project. I am enjoying making these and knowing that it will be just another way bloggers can show the love they have for others.
Join in if you can but please go over to Cora's and see the wonderful journals already created by so many wonderful women.
Blessings to Shirley in her ministry and to Cora for caring enough to have such lovely giveaways. You are both, such loving and giving women. Thank you for this opportunity to give out of our abundance & showing love to our fellow sisters in need.