When Jesus called Peter to step out of the boat to walk on water, Peter did. As long as his eyes were on Jesus, he was fine. But as soon as Peter took his focus off Jesus, he began to sink (Matthew 14:29-31).


I’ve been driving intercity a bit over the past few weeks, and there are a number of road signs encouraging motorcycle riders to expect the unexpected, drive with their lights on, etc.  This morning I was reminded of the importance of keeping our focus on Jesus, and one of those road signs reminding riders to always look towards where they want to go came to mind.

Hebrews 12:1-3 encourages us to fix our eyes on Jesus.



New Fun: Bible Journaling

2 Corinthians 10:5 “… we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”


Proverbs 4:23 ” Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”


Psalm 146:7 “…the Lord sets prisoners free.”


Really enjoying exploring the world of Bible Journaling! Have been looking into this for some time, and now just loving this new way to create, express myself and meditate on God’s Word.

Love You Two

Nathan and Tania

Love You Two

With this page the background paper I used is by K & C Company “BG Jade Motif Corrugated Embossed Paper”.  It really does feel bumpy – very different, with a great design on it already so I didn’t feel it needed too much in the way of embellishments.

I’ve used strips of yellow and chocolate brown Bazzill cardstock  and Basic Grey Aged & Confused “Vagabond” to pull out some of the designs and colours in the photo. I inked around the individual strips of paper before laying them ‘randomly’ on the paper as a bed for the photo. (Not really ‘randomly’… haha! I spent ages fiddling with them, deciding how to lay them. I’m not sure that it made a lot of difference. Random is good!)


I punched a yellow heart out of cardstock and also one out of some mesh. Then I dipped the mesh into opals embossing enamels after moistening it with a clear embossing stamp pad. Heated the opals with a heat gun, then kept dipping it back into the opals and melting the powder until enough had stuck to create the honeycomb effect I was after. Yes, it was fiddly. And I used tweezers – way too hot for fingers! After it had cooled and I managed to get it off the tweezers, I ran it through the Xyron Create-a-Sticker machine, and this enabled it to be stuck to the heart. I glued all this onto some chocolate card (to make it stand out from the background) and cut around it.


The number 2 is from Thickers and the flowers are joined in the middle with a large eyelet and a brad. Again I was trying to pick up the colours from Tania’s hair and clothing.


A double spread of some great family photos we managed to get at Tania and Nathan’s wedding in 2008.


I’ve used a Fiskars punch to create the edging along the edge of the red Bazzill cardstock. Lettering is from Thickers and I’ve stitched over the Basic Grey paper with my sewing machine.


Memories are made from moments like these.

A special time with my granddaughter at the Hamilton Zoo. A ‘Face2Face‘ encounter with the lemurs. I recommend it!


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Holes along the edge of the white cardstock were made with a Fiskars punch.

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Thickers lettering again! To do the hand stitching, I first place a piece of graph paper over the cardstock and poke the holes through with an awl to get them as even as possible.



I wanted to remember the people at the firm where Dave worked for several years and this photo gave a great opportunity.


I used scrapbook papers cut into different shapes for the background. Ribbons and hand stitching help to frame the picture and I cut up one of Dave’s business cards to add further information. Lettering was created using my old Sizzix machine and Lollipop Upper Case Alphabet Set.





A fun work celebration at the end of a Strategic Planning weekend took the form of a murder mystery “whodunnit”. We were each given specific characters to play and a brief on how to dress up.


Lettering is thickers ‘pajamas’ (lovely felted lettering), and other
elements came in a kit I purchased.

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I used eyelets to help form part of the frame and typed my journaling onto white cardstock. To soften the stark white of the cardstock, I used an old shaving brush and a sepia inkpad.

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Other embellishments included felt flowers and buttons, lace and embroidery thread, a cute wee feather, and a flower that came in the pack.

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This was from another SENZ  class so I cannot take credit for the design. I believe the class was by Rachel Tucker (RT Scraps).

This page is the three men in my life! Husband, son and son-in-law.


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