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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Scrapbooking Bible Study: CHOOSE JOY Session 1

Hey Scrappy Friends!
Many of you know that I'm facilitating a Scrapbooking Bible Study at my church across the next 3 months.  This is actually the 3rd Scrap Study I've led, and I wanted to try to include an ONLINE option for people who aren't local but would still like to do the Bible Study.  While you won't get the benefits of the class discussion, you can use the book and the Student Guide that I've created to guide you in your layouts.

The GOALS of this study include
  • To learn HOW to CHOOSE JOY in times of hardship or crisis
  • To discover WHY it is possible to CHOOSE JOY in the difficult times
  • To create a scrapbook album illustrating each week's lesson with photos of our family and/or friends and with journaling to explain and teach how we can CHOOSE JOY each day of our lives.
To participate in this study, you will need the following things:
  1. The book, "Choose Joy:  Because Happiness Isn't Enough" by Kay Warren.  You can find this in hardback, paperback, Kindle or Nook.  
  2. The Online Student Guide - I will post a downloadable PDF file each week for you to print and use as your study guide.  At the end of the 14 weeks, I will post the complete PDF of all of all of the lessons.
  3. Your way to scrapbook...
1. Paper – Create your layouts the traditional way.  With paper, stickers, real photos, and embellishments.  Put layouts in the album of your choice.
2. Digital – Use a software program (PSP, Photoshop, or MyMemories Suite).  This is not the time to “learn” PSP or Photoshop, but MMS has a short learning curve and is an EXCELLENT program for digital scrapbooking.  If you decide you want to purchase it (, you can save $10 OFF your purchase with this code:  STMMMS90118
3.  Stock Photo Book – Use Shutterfly, Snapfish, or other online photobook maker.  Choose a book theme, upload your photos, and add your journaling.  Order your completed book at the end of this study.

This study spans 14 weeks but has 11 downloadable sessions.  Our church class will not meet the week of Feb. 17th and March 24th so I will not be posting lessons those weeks.  Use that extra time to make sure you've completed all of the layouts up to those points.  Our last class session will have us sharing our completed books.  I hope that you will post your completed layouts (or photos of your completed layouts) to the MagsGraphics Gallery Showcase Group on Facebook.  Then I can snag them and post them here on the final blog post!  You can also post links to your layouts in the comments section.   

I'm looking forward to learning how to CHOOSE JOY, and I'm so glad you've decided to take this journey with me!

Session 1 - Welcome and Introduction
Session 2 will post on Thursday, Feb. 6th.

I did create a digital scrapbooking kit called "Choose Joy" that I plan to use for this study.

  You can find the HUGE kit at any of my stores (magsgraphics, mymemories, and withlovestudio).  Of course, any digital kit that fits your style and photos is perfectly ok!  I want to see your finished layout no matter who designed the kit! :)

:) Mags
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  1. Excited...reading book at work today and will download PDF as soon as I get home.

  2. I think I'll join you! I've read the book once, but going through it again would be good. :)

  3. I got my book late last week and am really excited about this!

  4. Just read the first chapter today!


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