Resolution Redue

2017 might simply have been one of the fastest years of my life. No sooner had 2016 ended before I find myself already decorating again for Christmas in 2017. So as I wrap up the last year (no pun intended) and place all my Christmas things away, I thought I’d write a post about the New Year.

Last year was hard, for lack of a better word, both personally and from a world perspective. There are many I know who greatly welcome 2018, though what it will bring is a mystery. It is usually during this time my social media is flooded with New Year’s resolutions. Something to resolve before year’s end. Something to change, make better, or remove. But I’ve never been good at resolutions and usually February comes with no progress but completely giving up on whatever I had challenged myself to do.

Except last year that changed for me, I decided that if I couldn’t handle resolutions I could instead handle goals. Goals sound nicer, less final than resolutions and more forgiving when they aren’t met by a certain deadline. And last years goal was a spiritual one. I wanted to know the word of God more. To read it everyday and have it to recall on both when everything was fine and also when it wasn’t. So I started doing bible studies with She Reads Truth and I signed myself up for their auto shipping program for each new study.

Did I read my bible everyday? No. But I did retain a lot more than even I could have imagined. Am I reciting verses left and right to all who are around me? No. But I’ve grown in my relationship with God and it is stronger than it has been before. So my personal goal for 2017 helped me grow as a person. It helped me to better understand myself and it provided comfort in those hard times.

2017 goal gave me confidence that I can grow and it has made me want to learn more about myself. Which has made me ponder what I’d like to make a goal in 2018 and I’ve decided to make it about a year of learning.

Here are a few things I’d like to learn:

  • To play the Ukulele
  • To learn a second language
  • To learn some graphic design techniques

I don’t want to grow my list too long, but I hope to accomplish something no matter how good I am at it or not.

I hope you all have a wonderful New Year. And may it bring you joy, love, and health.

Happy Reading,

Meghan

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When Life Gets in the Way

So with the new year I haven’t been very active on my blog, and while I can give a laundry list of reasons why I’m going to first quickly apologize for my absence and promise to do better.  Also I may just copy this post for the future because I’m sure that I’ll more than likely go AWOL on occasion. As of right now I plan to post more regularly and have been reading as much as possible lately to insure that I have something to offer all of you who read my blog.

And speaking of my readers I wanted to say thanks!  I have over 30 followers for The Book of Meghan and I never imagined I would have a readership outside of myself and a few family members. So thank you for following and I hope you continue to do so.

Happy Reading,

Meghan

Happy Thanksgiving!

I want to wish those who celebrate Thanksgiving here in the United States a very Happy Thanksgiving. I hope your day is wonderful, your bellies are full, and your family drama is at a minimum.

I also want to mention how thankful I am to all who have read my blog over the last several months. It means a lot to me that you have taken time out of your day to read my reviews and posts. Thank you!

Enjoy your day!

Meghan

Plaid Magnetic Bookmark DIY

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I love magnetic bookmarks but sometimes I feel like there aren’t a lot of options out there in terms of their design which lead me to the idea that I could make my own using scrapbook paper and self adhesive magnets and with fall quickly approaching I went with a plaid design.

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What you’ll need:

  • Scrapbook paper of your choosing (I got mine from Hobby Lobby)
  • A piece of card stock for extra support (also Hobby Lobby)
  • Scissors
  • Self-adhesive magnetic sheet

Optional:

  • Paper Trimmer (Scissors will work fine but I have a paper trimmer and it just makes it a little more exact)

Step 1:

Take the paper with the pattern or design and the card stock paper and cut a strip about an inch wide (you can always make it slimmer or wider if you prefer). They should look something like this:

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I only used one strip each which gave me 3 bookmarks, 2 small and 1 large size. You can do however many strips you like to accommodate the number of bookmarks you plan on making.

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Step 2:

Cut the paper into the sizes you would like, remember these will be folded over so take that into account when folding. Then glue the card stock to the back of the scrapbook paper. I personally like to use Elmer’s repositionalbe glue stick but you can use whatever you have on hand.

After the glue has dried fold the paper in half. It should look something like this:

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Before completely going into this step I’ll let you know that I tried three different ways of placing the magnets onto the bookmark so I’ll be giving directs on each one in case you would like to use one method over the others.


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Step 3:

Take the magnetic sheet and cut a part of it to use for your bookmark. Measuring and cutting using the entire sheet can be a bit difficult so using a small piece is easier to handle.

For my first bookmark I took the paper covering the adhesive side off and placed one side of the back of the bookmark on it:

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Taking the scissors cut along the edge so that it aligns with the bookmark. Because the paper is already connected to the adhesive you should have one side completely covered with the magnet now.  Repeat the same process for the other side.

The end result on the inside should look like this:

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For my second bookmark (this was the larger sized one) I only placed the adhesive magnet on the ends. Simply cut small squares that take up about 1/3 of the bottom, don’t cut too small of a square though as I found that that size magnet isn’t strong enough to connect with each other.

The end result should look like this:

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The third bookmark I don’t have pictured of the inside but essentially I left the paper unfolded and stuck the entire backside to the adhesive and cut along the bookmarks edge then folded it over.

The bookmark that worked best was the first bookmark, I found the magnet worked the best for that one.

The end result should look like this:

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I hope you’ll try it out. It was fairly easy and there are endless patterns you can use.

If you do try it out let me know, I’d love to see them!

 

Happy Reading,

Meghan

Quick Update

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I’ve added a contact me page to my blog. It has all my social media links. So go on over and check it out! And check it out periodically as I’ll be updating if/when things might change. I’m also thinking about doing a Youtube Channel on my book reviews. Let me know if you like that idea.

Happy Reading,

Meghan

Hello!

Welcome to my blog and my first blog post!

My name is Meghan and if you want to learn a little more about me or my blog you can click on the About Me page.  As for now I’ll just quickly state that I’m glad you’ve chosen to visit here today and give a little preview of what I hope (but could change as it goes along) my blog will be.

If you haven’t figured out by the title my blog is about my love of books. What I would like to do is share some book reviews and recommendations as well as anything else I think might be great to share too. Also any suggestions of your own are highly encouraged. I will also be setting up a tumblr and twitter to interact with you all outside of the blog. I’ll give an update whenever I have those ready.

I’ll check back in with you guys later!

Happy reading,

Meghan