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Creating a scrapbook of all the bridal events for the year is a great keepsake and gift for a bride! A couple years ago, I started up a scrapbook whirlwind by making 2 books for my girlfriends that were getting married in 2012. I started way too late into the year though and didn't have nearly the arsenal of scrapbook tools that I do now! So for Amie's book, from this past year's wedding celebrations, ended up being triple layered in stickers and all sorts of embellishments! Plus I started it right away and did one page/event at a time—which allowed for my creative juices to really flow through each page. So I just wanted to share a few of my favorite pages from these books and at the end of the post there are some tips if you find yourself making one for yourself or for a friend! For another gift idea, see my post on a scrapbook of letters for the bride! First up, Lauren's scrapbook: This was my first ever scrapped page

I don't know about you, but I really think I may have more fun choosing and buying books than actually reading them! When I redid our office library and created our crate wall—I know, I know, I have yet to post about this—I kept one crate just for books to be read. And it's actually overflowing and stuffed full. And I'm even having a tough time choosing which books to read for our upcoming trip to the east coast! Any suggestions, dear readers, on what to read next? Or any other books I need to add to the shelf? Message in a Bottle - Nicholas Sparks, I have read every single one of his books but somehow missed this one! This Present Darkness - Frank E. Peretti Left Behind series Walking on Water - Madeleine L'Engle, a gift from my dear friend Melanie And the Shofar Blew - Francince Rivers Sarah's Key - Tatiana de Rosnay, borrowed from my mama The Calling - Brother Andrew, a book series my husband loves Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle C.S. Lewis Signature Classics Game of Thrones series, on the third book of the series The Host - Stephanie Meyer, I loved the Twilight books but this one always sounded too scary for