Who sees your beauty?

We have been talking about beauty……about how often we ignore the beauty around us….remember the example of the violinist in the subway station? Later, I posted the layout that used that wonderful quote by Audrey Hepburn on “beauty tips.”  I came across this annonymous quote in one of my calendars:

Do you ever just stop to realize how beautiful you are and who the people are in your life that see your beauty?

Who are the people in your life that see your beauty?  Why is that a little jolting in it’s simplicity and truth…and relevance and application to our own lives?  We don’t stop to recognize the beauty even in ourselves….and as a consequence we don’t stop to think about those around us that see our beauty.  Think about it.  Recognize those people. Then, when you see beauty in others, point it out to them!

Who we are in this world…..

You will be fascinated with this video.  If the population of the world were reduced to 100 people, this is what our community would look like.  Identify where you are and you will never look at your life in quite the same way again.  Through it all, recognize how incredibly blessed you are.

Click here and then click on “english” (also available in spanish and portuguese). The video presentation is haunting and stirring. 


Stop whatever you are doing and watch this. Radical thinker Sir Ken Robinson spoke at the TED Conference on the subject of creativity….one of my favorite subjects.  He says that our educational system is intent on producing good workers and not what the future needs, which is creative thinkers…….the educational system, Sir Ken says, actually educates people OUT of their creativity.  If you are a mother, you must see this video….it is 20 minutes long and you won’t be able to tear yourself away.  Then, think about its implications for what you do in nurturing and teaching your children.

“Creativity is as important in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status.” Sir Ken Robinson

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Princess Amélie

I was inspired by the work of Claudine Hellmuth when I began to plan this layout about “Princess Amelie”

It’s not about the product, it’s about the “beauty”

My daughter is so much into makeup and hair styles. I have no idea where she gets this from!  This layout includes one of my favorite quotes…that I never get tired of using (and with my daughter, I use quite often in my scrapbooking….)

“For attractive lips speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day….. ”   Audrey Hepburn  

The rest of the journaling reads:  The girls love experimenting with make up. hair products, curling and straightening styles even false eyelashes (not in this photo). They are looking for beauty.  They are beautiful and it has nothing to do with the products or hair styles but something much deeper than that.  They will figure this out soon enough. 

Stop and notice beauty around you….

I am convinced that scrapbooking has made me a better mother.  What do I mean?  I certainly am more aware of the beauty in the small offerings of daily life.  I realize that the present moment is the future memory.  I know that the time I take in telling my story through my scrapbooks will be something deeply signficant to my loved ones….even those stories that are about the “mundane” things that make up our daily life and routine.  Maybe it is because we recognize that in our over-scheduled and over-committed, crazy lives, we need to look around us and see the beauty that ever surrounds us.

This was a fascinating social experiment.  A national magazine asked renowned violinist Joshua Bell to stand in a subway station in Washington D.C. and play a 1710 Stratavarius violin, valued at $3.5 million dollars.  More than 1,000 people walked by him, virtually assaulted by the music he produced in that subway entrance, without noticing that they had the opportunity to witness greatness, beauty and singular talent and genius. Our business, our agenda, our schedule, our mission of the moment blinds us to the beauty all around us.  Think about this.  Look for beauty. Stop and enjoy it.

Here is the story from the Washington Post Magazine and the videoclip of this remarkable experiment.    

How sweet it is to be loved by you…..

A quick layout.  I cut out the center of this patterned paper knowing the “hole” would be hidden by the large photo and used that paper to punch out the circles.  The top reads: There is nothing sweeter than being surrounded by family. We are four generations sharing life.  Around the circles I wrote: Life is sweet when shared with family.  The past. The present. The future.  On the bottom right I wrote: How sweet it is to be loved by you! Just like sugar.   I also added a little bit more journaling on the flower I cut for the bottom left.  I obviously free hand cut it….and not very well I see…it looks more like a chubbie-handed glove than a flower but oh well….there it says: Family is everything. Liz 18, Grandpa 97, Andrés 19, 2007. This was a very quick layout…..simple and sweet!