Monday, July 14, 2008


Last week's post was on Firsts. Our first experience with snow was so exciting, we took nearly 100 photos, during that one day, and in fact that two hours or so we spent at Central Park. lol. See how I filled 3 more layouts with them below. My friend Kate wrote me and said "It's always magical!" I love that! I hope Ryan remember the joy of his first ride, every time he rides. And so far I see Jared still excitedly openning his Lego Mindstorm box the moment he gets home from school. And I still get very happy every time I think I nailed it on a layout! May we all enjoy our joys as if they were the first time!

But try something different as well, I loved Ramie's firsts: 'Some recent firsts here: surprised hubby at the airport with a weekend getaway, and got to show him (for the first time) the landscaping we had done last spring (he was deployed)' way to go Ramie! How special is that? And if you need some lifting up, and haven't seen Matt's video, check it out here

The other day I went over to my friend Tink's Blog and her blog prompt for the day was 'If someone asked for your advice on life, what ONE WORD would you choose to share with them and why?' and her advice? LIVE .Got me thinking. And I found this, by Mother Teresa:

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.
" — Mother Teresa

For me, this verse from John 10:10 has been so true for me: Jesus said, ..." I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly." and John 7: 37,38 ..." iIf anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him."

Whatever it means to you, take Tink's advice, live!

And here are the layouts I completed this week:

Credits: Credits: Background paper, ribbon, jewelled snow flake, snowborder, all from Miss Mint’s Winter Snowflake kit, the tinier snow flakes are by Pam Lefors’ winter in july kit.

Credits: Background paper from Bluesies by Shawna Clingerman, paper trees by Nathy Geuens, snowflake border from Miss Mint’s Winter snowflake, ‘perfect’ word by Chantal.

The templates for these layouts are available in the store here

This template will be available in the store soon


  1. Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 15 Jul [LA 02:55am, NY 04:55am, UK 09:55am, OZ 07:55pm]).

  2. Good Morning. I always enjoy your posts and your layouts are fabulous. But today's post was inspiring and brought a smile to my heart. Funny how this scrapping-blog-internet community can touch peoples lives that are spread around the world. I am copying the quote by Mother Teresa and I LOVE the scriptures. Just wanted to say thanks :)

  3. Thanks for continuing to share your templates and life! I love all your layouts and can't wait to start my vacation pages. I'll be using your templates for sure! I really enjoyed the Mother Teresa quote and have put it on my blog so that I may be reminded!! Thanks again.


  4. AnonymousJuly 15, 2008

    As always, your layouts are beautiful and thank you for the free template!

    I thought you would be interested in seeing this - my fiance's grandma loved that Mother Theresa poem also and asked me to scrap it for her - she has an 8 1/2 x 11 scrapbook. I made her this:

  5. Those are really fantastic layouts ;)

  6. AnonymousJuly 15, 2008

    Love it! Your templates are great because I can squeeze so many pictures on a page. Thank you!!

  7. Thanks for another amazing template!

  8. Love your newest layouts, fabulous as always. Thank you for the template.

  9. AnonymousJuly 15, 2008

    Once again, so amazing and inspiring. Thank you so much.

  10. Thanks for the wonderful template and for sharing your fantastic layouts with us! Glad you enjoyed Central Park and the snow so much!

  11. Thank you for another wonderful template

  12. I also was inspired by that Mother Teresa quote. I will send it to my son in a letter as he has just started his first year at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis and he could use some inspiration. Your layouts are beautiful as always. Thank you for another great template too!

  13. Thanks for the template Yin!! Great, as usual :-)

  14. I'm discovering your blog, and I'm loving it ! Thank you for sharing with us these superb double pages ! And thank you for the template.

  15. Yin, thank you so much for sharing your template. Thank you, too, for posting the scripture. Such a powerful verse. Jesus is in us! I was losing hope-I was thirsty but didn't realize it until I found Jesus. What a difference he has made in my life.

  16. Thank you so much for everything you put on your blog. And thank you for sharing the template.

  17. AnonymousJuly 16, 2008

    this will be fun for some of our weekend photos, thank you for sharing! - dee

  18. thank you for everything you share with us. Go and see the surprise on my blog for you :
    Sorry it's in French but I hope you understand... one award for you

  19. AnonymousJuly 17, 2008

    Thank you for your post about living life - it's something I need to be reminded of often. Thank you also for the templates - I love that they have so many photos in them!!!

  20. Thanks for sharing. I love your templates. You do a fabulous job making them!

  21. I'm blushing from the mention, but I like how you expounded on it. :) Your snow photos are so wonderful. I would love to be able to see snow again if just for a little while. Thanks for the template.

  22. Thanks for all the wonderful templates you share! I really love the layouts you create...they inspire me to get busy recording life. :)

  23. Thank you for your template !

  24. AnonymousJuly 21, 2008

    Hi Yin, this is the first time i leave a msg to you though I have been downloading almost all yr templates. I find fantastic that you are able to sell them now cos you deserve it ! And I will buy them. Just let me know if there can't be any mix between the free ones and the non free (I mean the ones that you now sell can never be found as freebies for some days ? So that I do not download twice). I only recently started to use your templates as I am making a special album of all the pictures I take in France (I'm french) and more in Paris (only landscape no people. When I will have enough to show you, i'll do. Thks again for such a good job. Sylvie

  25. Hi Sylvie, yes I will keep the templates I share for free and the ones I sell in the store separate. So the ones I sell in the store will not be given as freebies, thanks for asking!

  26. Hi Yin!
    I just found your blog recently and your template store, and I love your work. Your layouts are fabulous, and I love how you incorporate so many photos into each; something that I've been working on trying to do more :) Thank you for the great free templates and for making the others available in your store; I went and purchased all of them this past weekend to use on our cruise album, because I have oodles of pictures!

    I also gave you a blog award :) You can check it out here:

  27. AnonymousJuly 22, 2008

    Just discovered you!

    Absolutely adore this multi-photo template + the Mother Teresa quote!

    Thank you!!!

  28. I love it and put a layout in my gallery! I only wish I didn't have to cut it in half to get it in a book! lol

  29. Oops, had to change my link:


  30. Thank you! I love your snow LO!

  31. Thank you for sharing you templates. You are so generous!



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