"Connecting People & Cultures" January 2008
Volume 1 Issue 2

As we start a new year, (Chinese New Year Jan 21st...year of the RAT) I am hoping that you are ruled by both head and heart, you value marketing that is ambitious, intelligent, and inspiring. In spirit of that thought I have just a few ways of connecting to Dr. Martin Luther King's famous speech to share with you this issue.
Marching on Washington,
 My Dream 
Instead of making a list of New Year's Resolutions, I've decided to focus on one word for the year and that would be Balance.
Check my Blog entry where I discuss this further.
What's your dream for this year?  Please share it in the comments section so my readers and I can encourage you.
Connecting to MLK
Having a house full of kids at so many age levels, I find myself repeating basic information about Dr. Martin Luther King.  This year Leah came home from school one day and was quite surprised by hearing that Rosa Parks's defiance to move to the back of the boss was related to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  You see for the past month she's been reading his biography and was shocked by the connection.  It was an excellent opportunity for me to share with her how two ordinary people did extraordinary things just like many people of the Bible.
CLICK HERE for a layout I did about Jonathan's understanding of Martin Luther King a few years ago.
scrapfriendsplanner Be More Organized
This is one of my daily dreams!  What I've realized is that by keeping it in the forefront of my thoughts each day it is possible.  If you haven't secured the perfect yearly planner, CLICK HERE for instructions by my friend Renee Hagler to create your own.
snag her image, link to her blog and to the instructions.
In This Issue
My Dream
Connecting to MLK
Be More Organized
Quick Links
Upcoming Events
Stop by the following events and pick up your autographed copy of Ethnic Scrapbooking!
African-American Festival
Saturday, February 16, 2008
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex
Afrocentric Book Fair  (pick up your autographed copy of Ethnic Scrapbooking)
February 23, 2008
The Mall at Prince George's
East-West Highway
Hyattsville, MD

LJS Publishing, LLC
Bowie, Maryland 20715
Closing Headline
Please stop by my Blog or website and let me know how you can make a connection to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. or share with us your New Year's resolutions or Word for the Year.  I look forward to hearing form you.
Contact Information
Lisa Sanford, author of Ethnic Scrapbooking and contributor to Chicken Soup for the Scrapbooker's Soul, is a Contributing Editor of Scraps of Color e-zine where she writes a monthly cultural inspiration column. She is a wife, mother, artist, writer, and part-time organizational freak. Owner of LJS Media, she is available for corporate photography, speaking engagements regarding scrapbooking, cultural diversity issues, traditions & holidays.  You can find her online on her blog or contact her through email at  Be sure to check out the details about her new book and upcoming contests/creative challenges at her book website.

Ethnic ScrapbookingETHNIC SCRAPBOOKING is the first multi-culturally inspired book that offers specific ways to include examples of culture and ethnicity on a scrapbook page. With over 100 full-color images, and ideas from over 40 countries and cultures, this heartfelt book will inspire a wide audience, no matter their race, nationality or ethnicity.  Sanford's ideas encourage the reader to live a lifestyle of cultural awareness and preservation.  Memory keepers of all skill levels will be able to add new cultural perspective to their own daily lives and crafting projects.