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Friday, August 12, 2016

Busy as a Bee

This layout is dedicated to all of my fellow teachers. May they have a satisfying year and may they survive to thoroughly enjoy retirement!

The challenge this week at CSI has wonderful colors and ideas for Evidence and Testimony. Be sure to stop by and join the fun! 

I am entering this page in the August challenge at Blue Fern Studios. 

I enjoy being busy, and it probably keeps me out of trouble, but sometimes I have struggled with all that I was doing in my life as a mother, wife, homemaker, daughter, teacher and student. 

As I look back on all that I did, it causes me to be grateful to God that I was able to survive and enjoy my retirement. 

Techniques used on this layout include inking, texturizing, paper tearing, stamping, fussy cutting and embossing. 

I always enjoy working with Blue Fern Studios collections. Their papers are romantic and fun to work with, their embossing powders allow me to decorate my chipboard in a way that is unique, easy to use and works into whatever my color scheme may be. Blue Fern Studios has a great variety of stamps and their challenges are fun. What more could a girl want in wonderful products for crafting and scrapbooking?


Blue Fern Studio Attic Charm Haberdashery,
    Courtship Lane Parkway and Love Story True
    Harmony paper, Garden Latice Bits chipboard,     Dark Tropic Lilies flower, Seven Seas Breeze       and Golden Bricks embossing powders, Dark       Tropic Lilies flower and Forever stamp 

Crafter's Workshop template
Liquitex modeling paste
Petaloo flowers
Prima Flowers, spray
Ranger Perfect Medium Dabber

From my stash:
     beads, cheese cloth

The Journaling reads, "Occasionally, I find myself thinking about how busy I was twenty years ago. I still don't know how I survived getting by on four or five hours of sleep each night.

I taught second grade and there were a lot of busy little bees for me to teach and watch over. They were sweet and very energetic! It was well worth my efforts because I adored each child and wanted to give them a head start in life. In addition to teaching, I helped my parents with their commercial property twice a week after school. Most of those afternoons were spent typing letters, working on their journal, making phonecalls, paying bills, creating spreadsheets and being trained to become a business woman.

When I finally got home I had to prepare dinner for our family, clean up the kitchen, see to it that our two children had completed their homework and we're ready for another school day.

After tucking my kids into bed, it was back to grading papers into the wee hours of the morning. On weekends there was more grading, averaging grades and entering grades into the grade book. And yes, filling out report cards and doing more paper work to document progress on each student. There were always lesson plans to write.

All this was a handful and a half! I often wonder how I survived and know that it was due to sheer determination and perseverance on my part and by the grace of God!"

Thanks, for leaving a comment! Bye bye....until next time! 

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