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Listen

     When I ask you to listen to me and you start giving me advice, you have not done what I asked.

     When I ask you to listen to me and you begin to tell me why I shouldn’t feel that way, you are trampling on my feelings.

     When I ask you to listen to me, and you feel you have to do something to solve my problems, you have failed me – strange as that may seem.

     Listen!  All I asked was that you listen – not talk or do – just hear me.

     Advice is cheap. Ten cents will get you both Dear Abby and Billy Graham in the same newspaper.

     I can do for myself. I’m not helpless – discouraged and faltering maybe – but not helpless.

     When you do something for me that I can  and need to do for myself, you contribute to my fear and weakness.

     But when you accept as a simple fact that I do feel what I feel, no matter how irrational, then I can quit trying to convince you and get about the business of understanding what’s behind this irrational fear.

     And when that’s clear, the answers are obvious and I don’t need advice.

     Irrational fears make sense when we understand what’s behind them.

     Perhaps that’s why prayer works – sometimes – for some people.

     God is mute. He doesn’t give advice or try to fix things.

     He just listens and lets you work it out for yourself.

     So please listen and hear me.

     And if you want to talk, wait a minute for your turn, and then I’ll listen to you.

Anonymous

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Creativity Now

th-198Dear Fellow Journalers,

I recently finished a book entitled Creativity Now by William Wyatt. Even though the book only has 10 chapters, it packs a punch for  the person who needs a key to unlock the best version of themselves.  This is a motivational book in which the author provides tools and techniques for the person who needs to understand the creative process.

The topics include the different types of creativity, characteristic traits and how to develop them, what to do if you are blocked and how to combat the symptoms. The author also covers J.K. Rowling and Steve Jobs and their unique insights into creativity.

This is a good book for the novice creator.

‘Til next time,

 

~Sallie

 

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Faith in Yourself

 

 

Always have faith in people and in yourself. And remember that first impressions are not always what they seem.

Paul Colella

 

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Paper and Fabric

Dear Fellow Journalers, Do you have a favorite piece of fabric that you can’t  bear to part with? In what seems to me, a never-ending pick up/organization of my craft room, I found a box of fabric swatches. Some were the Fat Quarters” from Joanne’s but others were snippets from my past. I found part of a sleeve from one of my favorite dresses, the logo applique from a college sweatshirt, and a picture of wildflowers from a t-shirt. “I really should do something with these” I exclaimed! So I began to think. Some people I know have made quilts from older clothing but I’m  not a quilter. Some make pictures -wait I make journals!! I did some research on attaching fabric to paper. Of course, the initial topics were about covering journals but I wanted to put fabric Into journals. In February, I posted an article Stuck on Glue which detailed some glue products you could use to attach paper, charms, etc. Finally I found this web site :  http://www.ehow.com/how_6064973_glue-fabric-paper-digital-art.html   it tells you all you need to know and you only need a few things! Scissors, fabric glue, fabric, and paper! Let me know how your journal covered pages come out! ~Sallie Copyright 204 All rights reserved. You may reach Sallie at uniquelyyourscraftjournal@outlook.com   PS: Below are some fabric covered pages I found on the internet to give you some inspiration:

 

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Happy Father’s Day

 

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The following post for all Dad’s is one of a “G” classic:

~Sallie

Some time ago, a friend of mine punished his 3-year-old daughter for wasting a roll of gold wrapping paper.

Money was tight and he became infuriated when the small child tried to decorate a box for Fathers Day.

Nevertheless the little girl brought the gift to her father the next morning and said “This is for you Daddy.”

 He was embarrassed by his earlier over reaction. But his anger flared again when he found that the box was empty. Then he yelled at her, “Don’t you know that when you give someone a present there’s supposed to be something inside of it?”

The little girl looked up at him with tears in her eyes and said, “Oh Daddy it’s not empty. I blew kisses into the box. All for you Daddy.” The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little girl and he begged her forgiveness.

My friend told me that he kept that gold box near his bed for years. Whenever he was discouraged he would take out an imaginary kiss and remember the love of the child who had put it there. In a very real sense each of us has been given a gold container filled with unconditional love and kisses. There is no more precious possession anyone could hold.

 

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