Wednesday, May 5, 2010

100% Attitude!!

The pattern for the layout is from sketch 27 at Crop Divas. The title says it all!

Sunday, May 2, 2010


My daughter made her first mac & cheese and pineapple upside down cake this past Easter. I used the colors from the Project #1 Challenge over at Crop Divas. The sketch inspiration is from Valerie Salmon's blog. I had to capture the moment. The other layout is of my son during the Black Heritage program at school. The colors are from the Project #2 Challenge over at Crop Divas. I used another of Valerie Salmon's sketches.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Beautiful Gift Idea...

This post is a shout out to Diana R., whom I affectionately refer to as Mom2 (Mom squared) because to have her presence in my life is to feel loved exponentially—she’s extra special. I want to share a beautiful gift idea that came through her when she gave me a gift for my birthday. It was a bag of three of her favorite things--I absolutely loved it! The gifts included a copy of one of her favorite books, an oil and reed decanter, and her favorite stain fighting detergent. Words really can’t express how blessed I was by her gesture. They were gifts from her heart that were special to her, and she took time to share why she selected each gift. They were a few of her favorite things--the gesture certainly made me feel like one of her favorite people. Frankly, it inspired the poem below and encourages me to be more intentional in my gift giving as well. So here is the poem I wrote to accompany my “gift of three” to others:

My Favorite Things
Enclosed are three of my favorite things
I love them because of the joy they bring
I share them with you because you do the same
My heart fills with joy when I hear your name

Enjoy each small gift as a token of love
I’m blessed by your example of God’s holy love
As a blessing to others and especially to me
Find someone else special and share your own three.
Marvita Franklin, 2010 ©

Friday, April 9, 2010

School album update...

This page is for my son's school album. The layout is from a sketch at Stuck on u Sketches. The sketch is by Jolene Pienaar. Check out her blog, Sketches by Jolene.

Family and Crop Divas Destination news...

I've just been picked up for the creative design team for Crop Divas Destination. Rowena has lots of great sketches and tutorials available. Check her out when you get a chance. I'm excited to work with her.

This layout is from an album I've been working on for a while. We gathered to celebrate her 90th birthday. Not much technique here...I used cuttlebug to emboss flowers and letters then shadow them. The font is George on the cricut!! See ya

Saturday, January 16, 2010

A Celebration of Teapots & Friendships

These are the early pages of a book I'm creating to commemorate my teapot collection. They are all very special to me as are the treasured friends and family who have contributed to the collection. I have a total of 28. Most of the initial layouts for each pot are complete. I just need to find all of the pictures of friends and journal the stories of our friendship along the way. I'm so excited about this project. For years, I've wanted to create scrapbook pages for my collection. This teapot from the Cricut Ashlyn's Alphabet cartridge presented the perfect display for them. Blessings, Vita

Thursday, January 14, 2010

My Two Favorite Men....

This was for a sketch on the Cricut Messageboard.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

A friend and I made these cards for a special luncheon she's hosting soon. She heads a post abortive ministry to women. The stamp is from Unity. The butterfly is a Sizzlit. The embossing is a Cuttlebug folder. The edges are done with Ranger Distress Ink. The shape is created with a Nestabilities die cut.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


Balance. It isn’t as tangible as some would have us believe. I’m sure there will be those of you who disagree. But hear me out…. Whenever I see a set of balanced scales, they look fabulous! They’re evenly tethered and still. Everything is linear and stable. Balanced scales don’t move. Linear, stable, and still are not words that characterize my life. My issue with balance is that it necessitates that every component find its place and alignment. I don’t know if that happens often. Over the past year or two, I’ve concluded that balance isn’t as much my goal as learning to “manage the movement” of my life. My life is constantly moving. While the scales may be managing the tension of keeping themselves still, they don’t accurately reflect the continual change that comes with everyday life and the need to shift priorities and adjust fire accordingly. This life requires a continual adapting to the moment, clarification of goals, and renewed insights. Managing the movement acknowledges that adaptability is as critical as stability. Managing the movement means that we can be very present in the moment and responsive to opportunities that present themselves and, perhaps, not fret over what was left undone or what we must let go of. I look forward to 2010 being an exciting year. I pray you’ll manage all of your movement well and/or find the balance you need. Blessings to you, Marvita

Friday, January 1, 2010

New Horizons

New Day...New Year...New Horizons. I love New Year's day! Frankly, I usually sleep in until very late. It's my favorite part of the day. It's as though I'm recuperating from the previous year and recharging for the coming one. I typically spend time on New Year's Eve praying, in quiet fellowship with family and friends, or sleeping through it. I'm beginning this year with fasting and prayer and believing God for amazing personal growth and deeper intimacy with Him. One definition of "horizon" is "the apparent junction of the earth and sky." I'm believing God for "new junctions" this year--new junctions of encountering His presence as never before, new junctions in current and future relationships, and new junctions in creativity. What are you believing God for this year? I pray every dream and vision you have for 2010 will find its manifestation and fruition in the grace and love of His presence. God bless you in 2010. Serving Christ with you, Vita

Monday, November 16, 2009

Loving Mom

My latest post...another based on a sketch from scrapsketch-woohoo! I might actually get a few albums completed this year. Blessings, Vita

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The latest from the cutting room floor...

I love “blue red!” It’s an intense, rich red, and I rarely come across it. So, I jumped at the opportunity ot pick up this piece of fabric at Joann’s over 2 ½ years ago (I know…it’s a long time, but if you’ve read the post on persistence, you know I’m not dismayed by that). I’ll admit I was a bit intimidated because I didn’t want to ruin it and because of the weave. It’s sort of like a woven boucle. I used fusible interfacing on every piece to avoid unraveling. The pattern is Vogue 2273 (I purchased it at least 3 years ago). It has a beautiful faux welt pocket near the neckline, but I abandoned it because of the weave. I also had to make some major alterations, but it was great fun once I was over the fear factor.