THE PSYCHOLOGY OF HAPPINESS!.....THIS truly is the name of the book I am reading.  OY!

Laughing Your Way To Happiness...This seemed an appropriate reading for the scrapbook page I am doing for my daughter's book of her travels around the world.  My posts will be sporadic, as scrapbooking takes me much longer than card making.

In This Chapter (Chapter 7)

- Discover the power of humor to transform emotions
- Finding humor and social bonding
- Opting for humor in frustrating situations
- Assessing your humor capability
- Creating more laughter opportunities

The ability to appreciate and generate humor is a character trait that has attracted special interest from those who study happiness - no doubt because humor has so many beneficial effects.  There is nothing like a good, hearty laugh to make us feel both instant emotional cheer and immediate physical release. (I immediately think of my son Jordan and his finance "Our" Laura, who can make me laugh SO much just listening to them kidding with each other and watching them with huge laughter smiles and their eyes dancing with each other as they laugh at each other's jokes and make fun of each other in the most loving ways.)

But humor is also a way to bond with others and enhance our social connections.  Perhaps most significant of all, humor can help us rise above our troubles, maintain perspective and flexibility and even reevaluate our circumstances in a new, more positive light.  (The page below is when my daughter just finished her stint of school in Australia and her friend Eric went and met her in Thailand and can figure out the rest!!!  They are currently travelling around the world together again, loves of each other's life, and at this moment are in Israel.  I am working on an album of their this is what I will be posting for a LONG while)  I hope you enjoy my two pages below...

The First Page and the Last Page (below) of Ayla and Eric's Adventures Around The World! 
Please click on picture to enlarge it
This is my favorite part of the entire page...I love the textures and even found the cutting enjoyable and relaxing, surprisingly!

Well, this proved itself to be right!

Oh, to be young again!  And in water so beautiful!


Very much what this book stresses...

The stitching felt risky, as I was afraid to ruin their picture so I used my Tim Holtz ruler for the precision!  I am currently working with W.W.A.D!  A funny thing my daughter drummed up - to keep "little Ayla" in my head! haha.  She is SO great!  For those of you who know I am VERY faithful to God, and W.W.J.D....and that I revere that, I am working with "What would Ayla do" for some help with my social life and for help with my sanity in general!  My Oldest Son has always had the burden of that she is ready to share it!  Oy...what a burden children take on for their parents.  Ayla is a social bug...and I am a loner.  I am attempting to change that, just a wee bit, but in a healthy, moderate way.  My daughter is helping W.W.A.D. worked perfectly to quell my fears on the stitching each time I just looked down at her laughing!lol

and...keep scrolling down please...

The Last Page of their Album
I'm dyslexic, so I have to start with the last page and work backward (I'm A Messianic Jew as well, so the Torah works well for me!) here I have the last page below to match up with the first page.  In between you will see pages all across Canada, through the US and all through the Middle East and Europe and below.  I hope you enjoy my daughter's travels, and hers and Eric's expression of THEIR LOVE!
Oh yes, my scrapbooking too! haha

Ayla and Eric!
Bo Bunny
Basic Grey




  1. A great scrap book LO
    Thanks for joining in at CYDA this time

    Jackie x

  2. fabulous! thank you so much for sharing it with us at glitterbabe's challenge.

  3. Oh wow, what a gorgeous page!!! Your daughter is beautiful! Thank you so much for joining us at Really Reasonable Ribbon!

  4. Ny word this is just fabulous the picture is just gorgeous and I just love the papers and embellishments you have matched and the stitching well it's perfect!! Thank you so much for sharing this!!

    Anf thank for joining us over at TCPFC Love Chanelle xxx

  5. What a stunning LO Samara, I love the stitching & flowers & your son Jordon & his fiance do look so happy in that fabulous photo!

    Have a great week sweetie :o)

  6. Wow this is one gorgeous layout.Thanks for sharing this with us at Cooking it up with

  7. Love your scrapbooking you always make me smile my friend. also i know what you mean about a loner ... i am that way too although i do force myself to be sociable when necessary lol.
    hugs June

  8. What a gorgeous page - the picture, the colours, the textures, the details....everything - gorgeous!

    Thanks for joining in with our 'All Sentimental' challenge over at Top Tip Tuesday this week :)

    Carol x

  9. Pretty page...

    Thanks for playing in the WoodwareUSA challenge this week. Good luck!


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  11. Awesome layout! Thanks for joining us at Delicious Doodles challenge ... hope to see you again next challenge!

  12. What a gorgeous, beautiful, and colorful layout.What a treasure to have and keep. Ah yes, to be young again. LOL Thanks for joining the Stampin B's challenge this week.

  13. what a great scrap page, your daughter is going to cherish this book forever.
    thanks for playing with us at Cooking It Up With Katie

  14. Very cute layout, Thanks so much for sharing with us at The Beary Sweet Challenge. I hope to see you again. Good Luck!

  15. What a bright colourful and fun scrap layout! Love the detail :)
    Thanks for joining us at Gingerloft Challenges.
    Lynn xx

  16. Fantastic! Thanks for sharing with us at 2 Sisters. Hugs x

  17. Wowsers this is a stunning page - love all those blooms and the fab sentiments x
    Reminds me that I must get on with some scrapbooking !
    Thanks for joining in with us at Cooking it up with Katie this week x
    ((hugs)) Suzie xx

  18. a great layout and fabulous colours!

    Thansk for joining our Love theme over at craft your days away challenge!


  19. awesome layout hun!
    Thank you for playing along in our Delicious Doodles Challenge and good luck!
    Teri x

  20. Hiya, Thanks for popping by my blog. I did post up the Award you gave me I just seem to have posted loads of other posts after it!!! Busy Busy!!!
    Love the scrapbook page its super. Love the bright colours and such a happy picture. x Hazelxo

  21. What a lovely book and great layouts and sentiments you used.

    Thank you for taking the Top Tip Tuesday Challenge, hope you’ll join us again!

  22. what a special make, adore your love sign and your attention to detail is amazing

    Good luck in the challenges, hugs Sarah-Louise My Blog

    Designing for:
    Crafty Purple Frog , Creative Card Crew ,Bearly Mine Designs and Kenny K

  23. I'm am returning to follow you as well as I think your work is beautiful and will look forward to see your scrapbook progress!! I just love doing my scrapbooks but I must confess that I havn't touched mine since Halloween and I have so many beautiful photo's of my Granddaughter!! Thanks for your beautiful comment on my blog!!

    Take care Chanelle xxx

  24. What an amazing page! Thank you for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge! xx Bianca

  25. I'm back to say 'thanks' for becoming my 50th follower. I had been looking for that one since starting my blog in July last year.
    I enjoyed reading about you, and what better job is there than being 'Lioness' to your cubs?
    Have a wonderful week enjoying your art.

  26. Beautiful layout! I love the vibrant colors and all the lovely details you've added.
    Thank you for playing with us at Simply Create, and I hope you'll join us on our new challenge too.

  27. gorgeous LO... love the vibrant colours you have used and all the fab flowers! Thanks for playing with My Partner in Crafting Crime, Robin

  28. Great layout. Love your use of hot colours and all the lovely flowers. Thanks for joining us at TG this week.

    Kat x

  29. Nice layouts!Thanks for joining us at DDCC!

  30. I absolutely love your layout! I just became a follower and would love it if you follow me too! I'm fairly new to challenges. I also love your music!!

    Mama LoveBug

  31. Hi - I'm swinging back to say thanks for visiting our blog. I would love a list of challenges, if your offer is still email is
    pam_lash at yahoo dot com

    Again thanks so much - I return the compliment on your blog! Great!

  32. WOWZA! amazing LO! i love all the layers and the colors and a gorgeous pic! thanks for playing along with us at the Shoe!

  33. Yowza, Samara! This is STUNNING! What a fabulous scrapbook! And thanks for all of your sweet comments on my blog! You really must go to Convention!

  34. This is awesome, what a great photo and I love how you layered the flowers around it. Thanks so much for joining our Beary Sweet Challenge, I hope to see you again next time!

    Jamie from The Beary Scrap DT

  35. Beautiful layout. I love all the flower details. Thank you so much for entering it in our challenge. I hope to see you again at the next Southern Girls Challenge.
    Hugz xxx

  36. What a fantastic scrappage and such a wonderful story to go with it. I hope you to see more pages. Have fun. Thanks for joining in the Extra Extra challenge at Stamping Vacation

  37. Great work, thanks for joining us at Delicious Doodles ths week.
    Maria x

  38. Oh my! I love your scrapbook!! It's so refreshing to see LO's because thats is my first love, lol! Thx for playing with us this week at "The Shoe"!


  39. Simply Beautiful! Your pages have the same panache
    As your cards. Enjoy creating this album. Your adoration for Ayla is evident in your layouts. You can almost smell
    The flowers! keep smiling and laughing :) Marie

  40. Beautiful scrap pages just love the rich colours used. Thanks for playing along at CYDA this time.
    Carol Ann xx

  41. What a lovely layout! I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day! Thanks for playing along at the Beary Scrap and good luck!

  42. This is a beautiful layout. Thanks so much for joining our Beary Sweet Challenge to include "love" or "friendship".


  43. Absolutely GORGEOUS page!!! Beautiful details........ Thanks for joining us at Creatalicious!!
    Hugs Natalie xx

  44. Thank you SO much for the SHOE AWARD Fashionistas! and for every absolutely lovely and generous comment. Back at ya'll! I visit every single blog! Squishy Hugs, Samara xox

  45. don't forget to check out this weeks challenge :wink:

    Good luck in the challenges, hugs Sarah-Louise My Blog

    Designing for:
    Crafty Purple Frog

  46. A Beautiful layout fabulous use of colour and embellishments xxxx

  47. Awesome layout and such beautiful detail! Thank You for entering The Stampman Challenge, hope to see you again x

  48. Stunning layout and I love all the details! Thanks for playing with us at Gingerloft Challenges.


My wish for you is a great day full of laughter! Samara x