Jesus swagger

Recently, I’ve discovered (via facebook) this website by Jarrid Wilson: It’s awesome pictures of awesome stuff…you should just check it out. : ) It’s all facebook-postable, twitter-tweetable, pinterest-pinnable, and email-mailable. Each quote has a corresponding Bible verse or explanation too. Here’s a taste of what you’ll see when you visit the website.









Happy Thanksgiving!! (Canada!)


scissors, paper and glue

I’ll admit it: I have an addiction to notebooks. I get one, stay with it for a month (two if I’m especially attached), then get or make a new one (okay, maybe a few months).

So last night I decided to make one that would actually be successful. 🙂 It’s super easy and takes 20 minutes!

(Sorry for the instagrams…they’re all I had 😛 )

You need:

  • decorative paper (I used a 12 x 12 in. piece of scrapbooking paper)
  • cardstock (just a 8.5 x 11 in. sheet)
  • filler paper (I used a thinner-ish printing paper; you can used lined, graph, etc.)
  • 3 medium-sized brads (mine were just big enough to cover a standard-sized hole punch)
  • long ruler
  • scissors
  • paper cutter (optional)
  • double-sided tape or gluestick

1. Cut a piece of decorative paper that’s 10 x 7 in. and a piece of cardstock that’s the same size. Score the cardstock down the middle (widthwise) twice, each score line about 1/2 cm – 3/4 in. apart. Do the same for the decorative paper.

2. Line them up, making sure the score lines are even.

Glue them together. (I found that the best way to do this was to do one side, then the small space between the score lines, then the other side.)

3. Next, cut your filler paper. As you can see, I used blank sheets. 🙂 I cut them to 6 1/2 inches by 4 1/2 inches so that they didn’t go right to the edges of the cover. (You can make them a little bit bigger if you’d like.)

4. Then put the sheets inside the cover, moving them as close to the binding as possible. Punch three holes in, and stick your brads through.

Enjoy your brand-new notebook/journal/random stuff book! 🙂

a love from pinterest. 🙂

I’m going to copy this into my journal and add:

…and Jesus loves you just the way you are; He made you for a reason. 🙂

bucket list update


Although I’ve posted about bucket lists before, I only had 14 so far. Until like three days ago. Now I have 41. (The 4 and 1 just got switched around! cool.)

So I thought I’d give an Emily’s bucket list update.

my bucket list.

1. learn Dutch

2. visit Holland

3. go to the East Coast

4. make a quilt

5. visit St. Jacob’s

6. gallop bareback down moonlit beach

7. live on a farm 😉

8. go to Bible college

9. learn how to surf

10. swim in clear blue ocean

11. own a vintage Schwinn bike

12. get driver’s license

13. own a poodle skirt

14. climb a silo

15. make a sock monkey

16. experience a real snowday

17. learn French

18. learn Spanish

19. read through whole Bible

20. read To Kill a Mockingbird

21. go backpacking (camping)

22. pull an all-nighter

23. see abortion made illegal in Canada

24. get 90% average (1 semester)

25. visit New York City

26. go on a cruise

27. fly in an airplane

28. get a pedicure

29. hug a llama ^_^

30. go to Reid’s Dairy with Bailey (my wonderful friend 🙂 )

31. ride in a Volkswagon Bug

32. go to a Mandarin restaurant

33. watch Courageous

34. go to South America

35. eat a leek

36. learn how to play guitar

37. get my grade 8 piano

38. get baptized

39. read Mere Christianity

40. go on a road trip!

41.go to drive-in movie theatre

a new “adventure”: the log cabin

I am embarking on an “adventure”: the adventure of making a quilt. 🙂 Well, actually I started a few months ago — bought the material, cut it all up, did my first square — but I just pulled it out again today. (What better time to work on a project than Christmas break?) I’m making a log cabin quilt (as seen here) but my quilt will, of course, have different colours. I’m also going to arrange the blocks so that it will look like a pinwheel. But the basic idea is shown here: borders which get bigger as they get closer to the outside, a white-ish colour for half the block and a darker-to-lighter pattern on the other half.

This is one of my squares. I didn’t want a really white-white solid because I thought it might show a little too much dirt and the more off-white colour went better with the other patterns anyway.

I’m done three squares so far. Only 22 more to go…this could take a while. I’m making it a queen-size so it can go on a queen or double.

Sorry this picture isn’t the best quality. :-/ but you can kind of see most of the colours.

I’ll do another post when it’s getting closer to being done.

God bless!

a creative way to journal: scrapbook journal

I got this idea from the Seven Sisters‘ blog: a scrapbook journal.

For those of you who don’t really like the whole idea of journaling because it requires too much writing and time or for those of you who are just bored with dull journals, this creative “journal” is for you!

The Seven Sisters did them…here.

A Holy Experience did them…here.

Cheaper by the Dozen did them…here.

And now I’m doing one. 🙂

It’s so easy to make a scrapbook journal, and is something that you will forever keep because of the treasured memories in it.

All you really need is old magazines and a sketchbook (this one is great, though you may want one larger…I got a larger one at Wal-Mart for $15)

Take your old magazines and rip out any pages which have pictures you like or neat words…anything that catches your attention, really. Arrange them on your different sketchbook pages in interesting ways…colour coordinating or contrasting? Rough or smooth edges? Play!

I personally like just tearing the edges along a ruler edge, as it softens it and gives it a more “homey” feel. But it’s yours, so make it to reflect you!

I also decided to add some lined paper, due to the fact that I cannot write on a straight line to save my life. I am so glad lined paper was invented…

I write my to-do lists, things I did, notes, scripture, thoughts, quotes…pretty much anything that happens in my day a I want to remember! Check out the other bloggers who have done them if you haven’t already; you might get some great ideas!


Cute Zippered Pouch Tutorial

This is a super-cute zippered pouch tutorial! I really want to try and make it — soon. 🙂 It is super-easy and makes a great make-up bag (if you wear make-up), pencil case, or just an “anything” case! You could use it as a cosmetic bag, etc., and can make it different sizes.

For a square one, you can click on the image below.