Elizabeth A.S. Brooke

Crafting, traveling and everything in between.

A nice note

Yesterday I received a nice note from the Meals on Wheels program director of my hometown in North Carolina. I sent several cards to the program and another here in Virginia several weeks ago.

One of the seniors who received a card told the director (with punctuation corrected), “I’m very appreciative that someone thought to give me a Valentine Card. It has been so long since I have received one and for it to be homemade adds a special touch. It warms my heart.” I’m glad someone appreciated the cards!

Making cards for seniors and others in the community is something Crafters for Christ has done for the past couple of years. Sometimes when you do something, you never hear or see the impact. It’s nice once in awhile to see you actually made a difference in someone else’s life.

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Valentine’s Day Cards

I forgot to share this with you! I made several of these cards for a project with Crafters for Christ last month, as well as some extras. I used the Cricut Mini to cut out the shapes. What do you think?

2014 Valetine's Day Cards


I know you may find them a little cloying, but I like them. Most went to our church’s college students. You should have seen the beautiful ones other Crafters made. I minister with a creative bunch of ladies!

I also made several for senior citizens. I hope they brought joy to whomever received them!

Crafters Christmas cards

The current project of the Crafters for Christ is Christmas cards, which members will hand out at local nursing homes. The group recently met this past Saturday for a session of crafting, laughing and fellowship. Here are some of the cards we’ve made so far:

Joy card

Noel chimney card

Two ornaments and trees

Cindy and her cards

Yes, she made these! She has some awesome talent.

She is also a very creative lady.

She is also a very creative lady.

Some paper goodies in the works for some cards:


Santa hat

We have several more meetings planned in the coming weeks. Right now we have 31 cards made and I hope we can make at least 3x as many before Christmas. Our goal is to deliver cards to three nursing homes this year. In the past we only visited one so we’ve taken on quite a challenge to make sure we have enough cards made in time.

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I went to a scrapbooking session last Friday night with my friend, Brenda. It was my first scrap in more than a year.

In fact, the last scrap I attended was with Brenda when she first introduced me to scrapbooking.

I’ve put off scrapbooking for lack of time and space in my little house. And I spend most of my little free time keeping up with bills and laundry and pursuing other interests . . . crocheting, knitting and sewing.

Besides spending time with Brenda, I realized (or remembered) how much scrapbooking makes me happy. Well, any time spent creating makes me happy. I don’t really know why.

I spent time working on a small 5″ X 7″ book I had started over a year ago about my first trip off the East Coast — a visit to Chris’ hometown of Evansville, Ind. That was back in 2007. See how far behind I am? I haven’t even started on our wedding album yet (we’ve been married 2 years now).

Here are the 4 pages I completed:

On the way home, Brenda and I talked about how nice it would be to have a local scrapping club or get together in the Twin Counties. Last week’s scrap was in Dobson, N.C. Though close, still not close enough to participate in the club’s regular scraps.

I think scrapping clubs are the best way to complete albums. You get to spread out on large tables, spend hours of uninterrupted time working and fellowship with other like-minded people. Trying out new tools and winning drawings isn’t too bad either. 🙂

Maybe we should organize our own scrap. It would be nice to get some albums completed.