Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Journals of Love with a Giveaway



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.

12 comments:

The French Bear said...

You are truly an angel!!! what beautiful and inspirational journals to give!!!! I am really proud of you, that is such a wonderful thing to do, Bless you!!!!!
Hugs,
Margaret B

Sweet Old Vintage said...

Blessings to you.

Shirley said...

Thank you so much for this tribute to my idea and for sharing these most beautiful journals. I had the small idea to do this but it would only be an idea without all the wonderful generosity and talent that everyone so willingly shares. By doing this we are giving someone in need a soft and pretty place to lay down their thoughts. Thank you! Shirley srcattle@aol.com

The Feathered Nest said...

Such beautiful gifts sweet Sharon!!!! And what a wonderful ministry dear friend...and as always, your jewelry creations are breathtaking! hugs and love, Dawn

Lori said...

what a wonderful thing to do...i am sure that everyone who receives a journal is touched to think that someone took the time to make a gift for them...if you need more free images sites, i have a list at the bottom of my sidebar...i see you have some of the ones that i feature...but there may be a few you don't know about...

Penny Duncan Creations said...

What BEAUTIFUL creations!!!! Shirley is a very dear and sweet friend of mine and I know she is so touched by your creations....she's an awesome lady and you have a very sweet spirit which shows through your creations!!! Hope you are having a blessed day!!

The Rustic Victorian said...

Beautiful Sharon. What a good idea to make journals for cancer patients.
hummm

*M*

Karyn Bernard (French Charming) said...

Oh Sharon, fabulous job and I'm sure the recipients of your beautiful journals will be delighted.

Your care and attention to detail is truly stunning! Thank you for your amazing contribution to this worthy cause.

Hugs,
Karyn

Chrystal S said...

Shirley is such a wonderful lady! And the journals you have made are really gorgeous. Working on this project has really changed my way of thinking. I really like how you used the gift bags. Neat idea!

Linda K. said...

The cancer patients will be blessed recieving your journals, they are beautiful! Your care package will be in the mail today. :-)

Blessings,
Linda

Stephenie said...

What BEAUTIFUL journals.. You did such an amazing job.. The ladies that receive them will just looooooove them.. They really are soooooooo pretty..
sTephenie

Myrna said...

Hi Sharon!
Just popped in for a 'catch-up' visit! I love your Christmas ornaments~they are so beautiful!!
And your journals are wonderful..I loved your idea to use gift bags at the Dollar Tree, I was just there and saw some 'Christian' ones and thought, what could I make with that? And now I know!!
Great idea!!
You are so very sweet and talented..what a loving example you are!!
Blessings!
Myrna

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