Monday, October 31, 2011

Guest Designers for November....

I get the awesome pleasure of announcing our guest designers for November... that is right designerS not just one but two!
First we have Sherri... she has been a huge support to SEM since it first started so we are so blessed to have her this month... she is super talented... I cant wait to share some of my favorite work of hers with you!  We asked her to answer a couple of questions...



Where are you from?
I was born, raised, and still reside in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Can you share just one of God's everyday miracles in your life?I never take for granted the amazing women I have in my life. Loving, strong, Godly women who allow me to glean their wisdom, cheer me on, and pray with, and for me as we walk together through this journey called life.

When did you start scrapbooking and what brought you into it?
I started scrapping around 2006, after the birth of my third daughter.

What is your favorite thing about this craft?
To me it's an extension of the words in Deuteronomy 6:4-8 to remember the commands of the Lord. This is a fun and creative way to preserve the memories, blessings, and lessons of our family.

What 3 items do you reach for most often?
Border punches, ribbon, and sewing machine

What is your favorite cereal?
I'm not really a cereal person, but every once in awhile I can be found sneaking a bowl of my girls' Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

What is your favorite bible verse?
One of my favorites is Ephesians 3:20
 “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” To know that no matter how grand a dream we could dream for ourselves, God wants to bless us beyond even that, is so exciting to me as I consider my role as a mother, friend, and servant of His.

Is there someone in your family you think is following you creatively?
All three of my girls enjoy scrapping from time to time, but my nine year old loves most to join me in my room, scrapping, and card making. She even loves to take pictures of her projects, just as she sees me doing.

Besides scrapbooking, what do you enjoy doing?
I lead a small group, participate in an Adult Competitive Tap Class, enjoy working out, watching football, going to movies, and having coffee with friends.

If you could have any super power what would it be?
I'd have to say being as quick as Dash from The Incredibles. That way I could pretty much be in two places at once. It would really help out when hubby is out of town and the kids need to be in different places at the same time.

Where is your favorite place in the world?
The breath taking beach front in Turks & Caicos, snuggled up with hubby in front of the fireplace on a cold winter night, anywhere else my family is.
What are 3 things you would like to do someday?
Take the girls to Dinsey World, take a helicopter ride over the Hawaiian islands, see Celine Dion perform in Vegas.

What is one silly fact about you?
I always carry a tiny can of room deodorizer in my purse. You just never know when you're going to have to use a public bathroom after someone's already used it to their full advantage.

Who are some people who inspire you?
On a scrappy level: Christine Middlecamp, Sasha Farina, Elizabeth Carney, and Marcy Penner. On a personal level: Cathy Dyck, Linda Unruh, Val Stade, and Beth Moore.

Do you have a blog?


Next we have Karen.... Karen is also amazing.  I love all the colors and fun she has with her layouts and projects.  We are very blessed to have her this month!
Here are her answers to our questions...



Where are you from?
I live in a semi-rural area in south-east Queensland, Australia.  


Can you share just one of God's everyday miracles in your life?
I'm blessed in so many ways.  Something that's very special to me is waking up every day to the sound of kookaburras and magpies, and seeing the occasional kangaroo in my garden.

When did you start scrapbooking and what brought you into it?
I've been making albums and decorating journals with memorabilia since I was a kid, but I first started 12x12 scrapbooking in 2004 or 2005 when I needed an album for some special photographs.  I discovered a scrapbooking store with more papers than I ever imagined - "real" 12x12 scrapbooking products!  I sought out an online forum to find out more... and I've been out of control ever since!

What is your favorite thing about this craft?
I love everything - for me it ticks all the boxes.  It's a way to preserve my photographs and memories in a meaningful way; a creative outlet; it's tactile and fun; there's no rules!  I've been so fortunate to meet some wonderful people through scrapbooking, both online and in real life, who have become very dear friends.

What 3 items do you reach for most often?
Besides photographs?  My big-and-noisy guillotine, patterned paper, and double sided tape.

What is your favorite cereal?
Natural muesli with almonds and coconut.

What is your favorite bible verse?
Psalm 118:24  This the day that the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

(I remember learning to sing this in Sunday school - and we also learnt to sing it in New Guinean Pidgin English!)

Is there someone in your family you think is following you creatively?
My daughter Jasmine - she loves scrapbooking, and she's getting pretty good at sewing too.

Besides scrapbooking, what do you enjoy doing?
I love sewing, reading, camping and hiking.  I also love yoga and Body Balance, and hanging out with my family and friends.
If you could have any super power what would it be?
My daughter lives life on the autism spectrum, and sometimes I wish I could read minds - so I could understand what she's thinking.

Where is your favorite place in the world?
Chalkie's Beach - Haslewood Island, in the Whitsundays.What are 3 things you would like to do someday?
Swim with a dolphin, visit Italy, become a grandmotherWhat is one silly fact about you?
Every time I visit a new place, I always seek out the secondhand bookstore!

Who are some people who inspire you?
My family and my friends - they inspire me to keep growing and changing and becoming the best "me" I can be :)

Do you have a blog?
Yes!  I'd love you to visit me at http://beingkaren.blogspot.com
Both ladies have created beautiful projects for our November challenge so make sure that you come back on October 7th to check out the challenge and all of the designers layouts!  Thank you ladies for your support and for sharing your talent with us!  

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Praise Post

Hi it is Nicole... sorry this post is a day late... one of the DT members had some thing come up and was not able to post... since I had shared a praise in a really long time I decided to stop by.... I really want to praise God for the opportunities he gives me to serve others.  Nothing fills my heart with more joy than to be able to give to someone else.  I love missions and love going on long and short term trips to serve... and praise God that I have had several opportunities.  Lately my prayer has been to be able to do that more here in Bodø, Norway where I live... since we dont have a church the opportunities dont seem to come as often... yet that isnt true.  Sure they may not be as many "planned" activities but God opens the door no matter what.... One of the huge blessings this week is how God opened the door to us being able to have Thanksgiving... Last year My husband and I wanted to serve a Thanksgiving meal to our family and friends.  Since most of them are not Christians it was an opportunity to share what we are thankful for and share God's love... we dont have big house but some how we squeezed 25 people into it.  This year we have our past guests as well as those that couldnt come last year and new friends we have made that are looking forward to the celebration. There is no way we can fit 50+ people in out house. So this week God provided a place for us to have it... space was available at the neighborhood meeting hall that has a brand new kitchen... and the lady agreed to let us have it for less than the normal rental fee... on top of that my husband's pay check was a little more this month making it possible to rent the space... So everyone can be invited... I still dont know how I am going to cook for 50 people but we willcross that bridge later... I have great friends that are looking forward to helping me cook which opens the door to even more fellowship.  Anyhow I am excited!  

It is too bad that I havent scrapped any layouts of last years Thanksgiving but here is a layout that I made that shows my husband and I feeding the homeless in Albuquerque NM when we lived there.   I really love the quote by Mother Teresa

Thanks for dropping by... have a really blessed week!!!!!!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Sketch Day!!

Good Morning ladies . . . It's Roulien with your Monday Sketch/Technique inspiration!! Every 3rd Monday of the month we will be bringing you either a sketch or a fun new technique to try and use on your challenge layout for the month!! We are so excited about all the changes here @ SEM and hope that you'll find them inspirational as well!!

I love sketches!! I love the freedom to change the sketch to suit your photo's and embellishments! But sketches also makes it so easy to create beautiful, artistic layouts without fussing about the placement of your photos and embellishments!! And that's why I decided to share a sketch with you today! The sketch is one from Jolene Pienaar, and she graciously agreed to us using her sketch on the SEM blog. I wanted to create a layout with our word of the month UNCONDITIONAL, and what it mean to me!

Every time I see a cross, I'm reminded of God's unconditional love for us! It reminds me of the sacrifice that has been made in order for me to be saved!! It tells me that God loves and cares so much about me that he offered us his Son in order for us to be saved! It makes me humble and grateful and so very blessed!!!

Here is the sketch I've used for inspiration:


And here is my layout based on the sketch:




I would love for you to use the sketch in either this months challenge or in using our word of the month ~ Unconditional! Please also leave Jolene some love for using this gorgeous sketch! You have until October 31ste to link up your layout using the Inlinkz button!

If we have 10 or more participants I'll give a little RAK to one lucky lady!! I can't wait to see what you do with this sketch!!

Happy Scrappin'!!









Monday, October 10, 2011

Unconditional

So what thoughts have crossed your mind when you think about unconditional?  What emotions do you feel? 
I think of the color blue – just like the sky – vast without boundaries, beautiful.  I think of how the birds soar in the sky, total freedom. 



I think of a grandparent’s love (for some) – the amazing ability to love their grandkids no matter what they look like,  act like, or any other set rule; just love.
Then I think of the relationship I have with my husband – October 9th makes 12 years of marriage for us.  I think of the ups and downs we’ve experienced and yet we have been blessed in that the Lord has really worked in our marriage to give us unconditional love for one another.
But what if none of this rings true for you?  What if you are like so many that don’t know about a spouse’s unconditional love or maybe a grandparent’s love, then what?  That is where the Lord comes in.  Each and every one of us, no matter the situation we find ourselves in can partake in unconditional love through a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ – no strings attached!  Once you ask the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive your sins and be your Lord and Master you have instantly opened the door to unconditional love – no strings attached!  Isn’t that amazing?  The creator of the universe thinks you are worth His love no matter what you look like, no matter what you’ve done, no matter what you think or do, no matter what you’ve done in the past or in the future, NO MATTER WHAT! 
That is the way that we each need to view unconditional; it is a gift given just because.  And just like you would want your child to do – open the gift and totally embrace the freedom of unconditional love from the Father – no strings attached.  So what are you waiting for?  Go create, go dance, go sing, but most of all – go enjoy the life you’ve been given and the freedom to soar in the blue sky of unconditional Father love.  Blessings!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Blog hop winners!

We had a wonderful time this weekend making new friends in our friendship hop and now it's time for some winners...

Nicole's blog winner is - CarrieB
Wendy's blog winner is - Clmk523
Lisa's blog winner is - Lesli Asay
The grand prize winner for the kit is - Brittney
The grand prize winner for the stamps is - Laure
Congratulations everyone!  Please make sure that you stop by the blog where you won to claim your prize.

September's Winners

Hi everyone it is time to announce the winners from September...

The winner from Challenge 7 is Libeeti
The winner from Challenge 8 is Kcee McVic

Our top picks are
Karen B with this layout for Challenge 7

Irit with this layout for Challenge 7

Leila with this layout for Challenge 8

So it with great pleasure that we announce that Karen B... will be our guest designer in November....

If you are a winner please contact us at our email address in the sidebar and if you are a top 3 feel free to post our top 3 badge on the sidebar on your blog!  Congratulations everyone!

Monday, October 3, 2011

October's Challenge #9


Welcome to a new month and a new challenge.  We are going to be doing things a little different this month!  First of all, there will only be one challenge due on the 25th of October.  Secondly, we are introducing a word for the month.  This word will be our focus here on the blog.  We encourage you to think about this word and create something with your intrepretation.  This would be a great time to make a tag or maybe an art journal page - whatever suits you.  We will be showcasing some of your word projects here on the blog throughout the month, but they are not eligable for the prize - only the challenge.  So without any further delay, October's word and challenge!

UNCONDITIONAL:  What does that mean to you?  At first I thought of unconditional love or maybe unconditional trust, and then I thought of unconditional obedience.  What are your thoughts on this?  We can't wait to see where this will take you!  Make sure you stop back by next Monday for some more on this!

CHALLENGE #9:  Grandparents hold a special place in our hearts, don't they?  What will you always remember about your grandmother/grandfather?  Is it sweet, loving things he/she says to you?  Is it a hobby you both shared?  Is it a favorite tradition?  Maybe it's something they both taught you, such as being a hard worker or a person who values family time.
Think about the ways God has blessed your life through your grandmother or grandfather (or both!) and create a page that focuses on the blessings he/she has been to you.  Now some of you might be thinking right now, that you have nothing to say about grandparents, or maybe nothing good, but usually grandparents are apart of our family history.  So how could you tackle this challenge so that you have preserved your history?  Take a look at what our design team created, they too struggled with this and yet they perservered and wow!  

Scrapping Twist: Use lace or ribbon somewhere on your project.

Please create a layout or project that deals with grandparents and uses the scrapping twist of lace or ribbon.  Link your project here by October 25th for a chance to win an Echo Park Kit: For the Record or a guest DT spot! 


Here are some examples from our talented design team...

Roulien created this

Leigh created this


Wendy created this

Nicole created this

Lisa created this


Thanks for joining us for October's challenge, we can't wait to see what you create.  Make sure that you link us up by October 25th for a chance to win an Echo Park Kit or a guest DT spot!