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An easy fix...

I was admiring my girl friend's new earrings.  I pretended like I was going to take them when she wasn't looking.  She laughed...I was serious (LOL).  Later as we cropped together she took them off and exclaimed they were too heavy.  I took them and made one pair into two separate pairs.  I hope these will be lighter for her.




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100 followers giveaway!

Congratulations to OColeman for being the 100th follower of Joy in the Journey.  Whooo Hooo!   And for that we are giving guessed it secret surprise blog candy!!!  OColeman you have won the prize pictured below. 
All these products are in the spirit of Breast Cancer Awareness.

Now to craft it forward...OColeman (Octavia) is a new blogger so please check out her blog and show her some love and support.

There is also a random winner!  Congratulations AJ Scrapbooking and Cards (An'Jenic) you have won the following prize.  E-mail me your address so I can send you your prize. 

A mini album to decorate how you wish.

All prizes must be claimed by November 5, 2011.

Again thanks to all the followers of Joy in the Journey.  And a special thank you to those who leave comments.  The comments are always so encouraging and inspirational.

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More cards from old homemade kits...

This is a real throwback...RUBONS! They were so old I had to rub extra hard and it made an impression on the paper (LOL)  How about wire words?

pp unknown
card stock
clear embossing powder
wire words: imagine, laugh, create
rub on flower vine
pearl bling
flowers from stash
i-cling studio G stamp

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Cards from a long time ago

I was going through kits I had put together to take to crops.  I found these unfinished cards.  Trying to use what I have, I decided to finish these.  It was really hard because I have no idea what my original vision was. My scrapbooking and card making style has changed over the years.  Where was I going with that strip of pp?  And no ribbon-what gives?  LOL  So here is what I ended up with:

pp unknown
card stock
gems I received in a RAK
flowers from stash
CTMH sentiment stamp
Studio G stamp

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Putting the two together

I posted the dress favor boxes I made a while ago.  Then I recently posted the altered binder clip pocketbook charms.  Well I thought even though the colors didn't necessarily match that I should put them together.  Here is what I came up with:
I gave these out at a small writing party I had recently.  Only one of the attendees was a scrapbooker, but I think the guests still liked the party favors.

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The Winner of the Celebrate Sistahood Blog Hop Blog Candy

Congratulations MrsPink1!  Please e-mail your name and address to me.  I will send you the prize below.  You have until  Saturday, October 29, 2011 to claim your prize.  Thanks for playing along in the blog hop.  It was truly fun and inspiring.

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Celebrate Sistahood Blog Hop

In honor of Scraps of Color's 7th Anniversary, myself along with some talented papercrafters, have teamed up to honor and celebrate sistahood and the wonderful women in our lives who make us laugh, cry, shout, scream, play, live.  We honor through our creativity and sharing our stories during this blog hop. Each sistah blogger will inspire you with her creativity and will also be offering up some blog candy! What is blog candy you ask?  It's a giveaway!  So sit back and get ready to be inspired with the Celebrate Sistahood Blog Hop.

If you started on this blog feel free to look around and enter to win the blog candy.  But remember to go back to the first blog on the hop  Check out all the creations, follow the rules for entry and then move on to the next blog hop participant for your chance to win again and again. Be sure to visit each blog between Friday, October 21 and Sunday, October 23 for more inspiration and chances to win.  This hop closes on October 23, 2011 11:59 p.m. EST.  Winners will be posted on each blog on or before October 28, 2011. So be sure to check back! 

To win the following prize from 'Joy in the Journey' all you have to do is become a follower of this blog and leave a comment on this thread by the end of the hop.  The winner will be chosen randomly.  All winners must reside in the continental US. 

Now for the project:
I decided to make a layout of me scrapping with my friend Erica.  I have been doing arts and crafts since forever and Erica sat on the sidelines contending that she never thought she could do 'artsy stuff'.  Yeah right! LOL.  Well, I was deep into flower arranging and making wedding favors many years ago when none other than Erica invited me to a $5.00 crop (ahhhh those were the days-lol).  That crop was amazing!  I never looked back, I was hooked on the 'new way' to scrapbook.  Today I rarely do wedding favors and other crafts.  I was like:"... wow, what is a sizzix!"  "You mean there is a machine that does that...I am still using stencils and scissors." (LOL)  I love Erica just because, but now I have a special place for her in my heart for introducing me to a modern way to scrapbook.  We scrapbook and go to craft conventions together whenever we can.   She is a spectacular crafter and I get to experience all her scrappy goodness!  In addition to being spiritual sistahs, we are also scrap buddies.  Love this friendship!

Card Stock
Ribbon from stash
white glitter letters
inksentials embossing ink
white embossing powder
journaling stamp
TH walnut stain ink
colorbok pink ink
dress form cut from a swap
pearl bling
The picture of the three ladies was a thank you card I received after one of my drama presentations.  I thought the picture just screamed Celebrate Sistahood! 

In case you lose your way, the participating blogs are listed below.




Da Shawnna:



You are here:






Thanks for stopping by.  HAPPY HOPPING!


Tomorrow! Tomorrow! I love ya Tomorrow...

...the SOC Celebrate Sistahood blog hop is only a day away! (singing-lol).  Make sure to come back tomorrow and see all the scrappy goodness.  And remember to show love to your fellow sisters.  We need one another.

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It is coming!!!!

There will be lots of inspiration, motivation, and great ideas.  Plus many chances to win blog candy!

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BCA Note Cards

These pocketbook shaped note cards were from Walmart.  I "doctored them up" by adding embellishments and of course BLING!

I wish the stickles and glitter showed up better, but trust me these note cards are blinged out.  The envelopes are decorated also.
Note card
sakura pens
ribbon from stash
glitter glue
pink rhinestones
BCA ribbon punch (2 different styles)

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Mini purse charms

I covered binder clips with fabric scraps to make these. 

A thicker fabric will work better to prevent the binder clip from showing through.  Also, I am now on a quest to find a different glue.  Fabri Tac dries clear, but this project is so small it needs a less clumping and even clearer glue.   I plan to use these charms on gifts or tags.  But, I want to make them again.

3/4 inch binder clip
scrap of fabric
coordinating ribbon from stash
bead or pearl for purse clasp 

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Binder clip picture holder

This is made from scrap pp.  The sentiment cut was given to me by an online scrap buddy.  Thanks Helen.  I just doodled on the paper and adhered the sentiment.
large binder clip
micron black pen
sakura pink pen



My online buddy hosted a Breast Cancer Awareness ATC (Artist Trading Card) give.  All participants were to make 5 ATC's to be given to breast cancer survivors, current fighters or honorees.    I decided to KISS(Keep It Simple Scrapper).  Here is what I came up with:

 I used all scraps for this project.  I got a bit messy with the glue, but I am not sure why.  Oh well, I must keep trying to do better.

Recollections paper
glitter chenille stems
'You're in my thougts' sentiment stamp by Rubbernecker
EK Success square scallop punch
EK success 3-d butterfly punch
momento ink
colorbok chalk ink
flowers, brads, bling from stash

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Keep Going

Knock Out images
Thanks to all who participated in the Scraps of Color Breast Cancer Awareness Blog Hop.  The hop may be over, but it is not to late to do something.   Scrappers and bloggers already have so many creative ideas, but here are a few.  You can:
  • still visit all the blogs that participated in the hop
  • make a project in honor of BCA
  • get your mammogram and remind a friend to do the same
  • send a note, card or RAK to someone who is battling this disease
  • cook dinner for the family of someone who is supporting a loved one through this process
  • make a donation online to the 3-day walk
The possibilities are endless...let the creativity flow freely.

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The Scraps of Color Blog Hop Winner is....

Congratulations to Caryn!   Thanks for checking out all the blogs in the hop and leaving a comment.  Please click her name to check out her blog.

This was a very fun event full of inspirational projects.  I hope it's done again next year.

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The Winner is...

The winner of the Joy in the Journey prize is...............RENEE the domestikdiva1.  Congratulations!  A $60.00 donation will be made in your name to an already identified participant in the Susan G Komen 3 day walk.  You will receive a tax deductible receipt to document you prize/donation.  Thanks for participating in the hop.  The winner of the SOC BCA prize will be announced by October 14, 2011.

I hope you had fun hopping!

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SOC BLOG HOP for Breast Cancer Awareness

Welcome to the Scraps of Color  Blog hop for BCA!  You should have arrived here from An'Jenic's blog.  If you just happened across this blog you can join in the hop and start at the beginning.  All the blogs are listed below.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month! So in honor of this event--I, along with some talented crafters, have teamed up to honor and celebrate the people in our lives that inspire us with their strength in the battle against Breast Cancer. Of course, a blog hop isn't complete without blog candy and we have something nice awaiting one visitor!! To be eligible, you must comment on all the blogs by Monday, October 10 at 11:00 p.m. EST. From all who are eligible, one lucky reader will be randomly drawn. The winner will be posted on all the participating blogs by Friday, October 14.

But wait there is more...Here at Joy in the Journey we have some blog candy too.  This time the prize will be a little different.  We will make a $ 60.00 donation in the winner's name to a participant (already identified) in the Susan G. Komen 3 day walk.  That's a dollar for each mile of the walk.  The winner will be selected by  And a tax deductible receipt will be given.  All you have to do to be entered is:
  1. Be a follower of this blog
  2. Leave a comment on this post by 11:00 p.m. EST on Monday, October 9, 2011.

Now for the projects.  I hope that you find some inspiration here.

note card

All the scalloped skirts were made from scraps (the inside of a nestability cut) and so were the next two projects.  Whooo hooo!  I love it when scraps can be used.
post-it note holder

'HOPE' Tag

Accordion fold mini album

The next stop is Tiare's blog at

Remember to visit all the blogs in the hop and leave a comment in order to be eligible to win the Scraps of Color blog candy

The participating blogs are:
Tina (You are here)

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy hopping!

Joy in the Morning

"...weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning."  Psalm 30:5b   Although this scripture is specifically talking about God's wrath, it really helps during any time of sadness.  Not only does joy come in the morning, God can give PEACE and joy in the midst of our mourning.

Right now I feel like this, but...

Joy in the Morning
Tina Riley © 1998

Family, I can see that it is mourning time for you
So mourn, my heart does too

But with each tear that falls
I will say a prayer for you all

That one day you will see your loved one there
And that Jesus- your sorrow will bear

We are told to rejoice when life passes away
But that is harder to do than to say

So, take your time- all you need
Jesus will comfort you, for you are his beloved seed.

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Hop to it!!!!!

Remember on Friday to hop on over and join all the fun!!!!

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My Mother suddenly passed away on Thursday, September 29, 2011.  I do not see this as a particularly sad post, although my heart is sad.  As scrapbookers we are telling stories by documenting our memories.  An online buddy of mine reminded me that we must scrap the good times as well as the not so good times.  And death is a part of I plan to do some storytelling about the loss of my mom in some future layouts.  In the meantime, here is a really simple LO I did a while ago...

The poem says..
Mama Smell
by Tina Riley © 2000 

Mama smell is sweet like flowers
I remember every moment and I will cherish every hour

Where do I begin where do I start
You were my first friend so I’ll speak from the heart

You taught me to sing, to sew, to write, everything
I could never put into words how much you really mean

Remember doing my hair and dreaming from a book?
You instilled in me hope and how to have a positive outlook

You introduced me to God and for that I am really grateful
You always said to be kind and not be hateful

I could talk forever about you and all that you have been
You’ve been my mother, my sister, my father, my friend

I could never repay you for what you’ve done-or for what you do
So I give you all I have—that is my promise to always love you

Mama smell is sweet like flowers
I remember every moment and I will cherish every hour

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