Happiness Project Blog Hop | Contented Heart

Welcome to the Happiness Blog Hop, brought to you by Scrapworthy Lives! You should have arrived here from This Kalil Life. If you didn’t, no worries. There’s a complete list of participants at the end of this post.

This month’s focus is on attitude and keeping a contented heart. And I will admit right that I had trouble with this month’s topic. It’s really hard for me to be patient right now, to just sit back relax and be content. I’m in limbo with a temporary job, in a house that doesn’t feel like mine anymore, in a place I no longer want to be in. My future is somewhere else but commitments need to be fulfilled and loose ends need to be tied up before I can get there.

So one of the ways to keep a contented heart though all this chaos, is to find a area of refuge. It’s no secret that scrapbooking is an area of refuge for me. When I play with pretty paper, I can pretty much leave all my worries at the door and just focus on documenting the memories.

But I have other areas of refuge too. I love to read. In the height of my asset management career and I was on the road two weeks out of four, long flights allowed me hours and hours of uninterrupted reading time.

Another area of refuge is watching movies. It’s one more type of escape that I usually indulge in over the weekend. Either in the theater (I finally saw Breaking Dawn Part 1 the other night!) or at home with a DVD, I can usually forget about life stress for a few short hours, as the action takes over the screen.

To honor this important area of refuge I created this:

Inspired by a layout from Cathy Zielske that I’m sure was in Simple Scrapbooks Magazine or one of their idea books, this idea has been in my head for years. The actual design was scraplifted from this layout by Karen Grunburg. I finally remembered to get out the camera and snap a photo of this weekend ritual.

(No supply list for this one – I used one of Basic Grey’s older lines, Pyrus, and not much of it is still in stock anywhere!)

When you need a escape, what is your area of refuge?

If you missed any posts in this blog hop you can check them out here:

Fun Mama

Kiss & Tell Scrapbooking

Melissa’s Blog

Nihao, Cupcake!

Our Life with Spiky Potatoes

Scraps & Sass

Scrapworthy Lives

Slice of Life

Take a Picture and Remember This

This Kalil Life

Your Memory Connection (<—— you are here!)

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. oh i love this layout! great job!!!! i love that basic grey line!

  2. I love what you did with the page- wonderful design. I’m sorry to read about your current troubles but your outlook will help you through to th next phase- this was an encouraging read.

  3. Great job on the layout. Sorry you’re going through a rough time. Things will get better. Scrapbooking is great therapy though.

  4. What a lovely layout. I really can relate to struggling with keeping a contented heart … seeing your layout, I want to do my own page about a place that brings me peace. Thanks for inspiring me.

  5. Love your page! I completely agree with the ability to lose yourself in a good book or a movie! Since I got my iPad and am able to load ebooks, I have found my reading has gone up, and my mindless-watching-of-the-television has gone down.

  6. Love that layout. Hang on to that refuge and smile! 🙂

  7. Love this layout! I bookmarked that same layout to scraplift!! Love it! Sorry life is so stressful for you right now-hoping things start to fall into place quickly for you!

  8. Thanks for participating. I like that layout. I have that Basic Grey paper…mostly unused. 🙁 Sorry, about the rough patch. I’ve certainly been there.

  9. I love your take on the theme! You have a good attitude about all the ups and downs right now though-it all will pass and things will work out. And that is exactly what brings me back to center too-creating, reading and movies!

  10. I understand – we have a house we’ve not been able to sell either – so glad you have a refuge in this time! Thanks for sharing!

  11. What a great layout! I love the simplicity and those corrugated letters are too fun!!! (now I want some pizza)

  12. lovely layout of such an important memory. sorry life isn’t quite the way you planned, but I’m hoping 2012 will be your year 🙂 Hoping the holidays bring you some joy and you continue to find refuge in paper and glue 🙂 I love to scrapbook for a refuge as well!

  13. I really really love this LO!! I really like how you used the BG paper as background, it works so well! And I REALLLLY love how you cut the die cut to put the left part on the right!

  14. Your layout is so sweet.
    We must be cut from the same cloth, I love to create, read and watch movies as well 🙂
    So sorry you are in a bit of an upheaval, but I am sure things will get better 🙂

  15. Great layout!
    I like watching movies to escape from the world 🙂

    Hang in there!! Better days ahead!

  16. My refuge really is my art room, I love it in there 🙂 Your dinner and movie layout is is a fun topic 🙂


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