Monday, July 2, 2012

Challenge #18- Created Beauty

June winners will be announced on July 7!!!

Happy July friends!  It's Sherri here, and I am happy to be bringing you this month's challenge on this first week of summer holidays here in Manitoba, Canada.  

Have you ever noticed the way babiescan stare at the simplest of objects for minutes on end?  Have youever stopped to wonder why that changes as we grow older? We becomeless intrigued by the beauty around us and more distracted by our ownagendas.  My challenge to you thismonth is called Created Beauty.  Scrap about the things you see around you, everyday, that remind you that God created everything.  What that means is that your photos don't have to be limited by only the things we find in nature, but could include other topics such as the birth of a new baby, or abstract feelings like the love shared between two people, all of which are created by God and point toward Him.

Scrap twist: stitch on your layout(faux, by hand, or by machine are all acceptable)

We have theprivilege of being in relationship with an amazing inventor, andartist, the creator of all things. He could have chosen for us tolive in an bland, uninteresting world, of black and white, but Hedidn't. Scripture says that He created all things, seen and unseen,and that He delights in His children. Psalm 8 reads “When Iconsider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and thestars, which you have set in place... You put everything under ourfeet: all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds inthe sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of theseas.” There is nowhere we can turn where creation doesn't pointback to its creator. From a brilliant rainbow after the rain, tothe beauty of a new born baby, to intricate spider webs, to fragrantrose bushes, to a deep and meaningful friendship, to tiny red ladybugs. There is beauty all around usjust begging for us to stop and take it in.  Let's choose to stop with intention, and look with our hearts at all the ways our worldis being colored by creation.
Here is what some of our Design Team recognized as created beauty this month. 
(hover your mouse over the picture to see what each Design Team member has to say about their project)

Our sponsor this month is Ormolu
Kaitlin is generously offering a $30 gift certificate to the Ormolu shop.
Here is what Kaitlin has to say about her site: Ormolubegan in 2007 while I was attending college for interior design. While workingon assignments for my degree I realized I actually had more fun designing thepresentations for my projects. I knew this was the case when I spent far moretime finding just the right font and perfecting my layout than looking forfinishes and checking on building codes. Additionally I was teaching at a localscrapbook store and started designing custom embellishments for myclasses.
Aftergraduation I decided to invest more time and energy into Ormolu rather thanlook for a career in Interior Design so that I could stay home with mychildren. In 2009 I adapted a green philosophy and began using only recycledpapers and implemented soy ink and wind power to create my products. Theproducts I design for my line have a tendency to the cross the lines ofstationery and scrapbooking, as I have a deep love for the vast world ofpaper. We encourage you to stop by Ormolu at any of the following: 
BLOG: tell her Scrapping Everyday Miracles sent you! 
In addition to the gift certificate, Kaitlin is also generously offering SEM readers a 10% discount on all purchases through the month of July *use code SEM10
If you would like a chance to win a $30 gift certificate to Ormolu all you have to do is complete the challenge, incorporating the scrap twist and link it up here by July 31st.

Your layout could be chosen as
the Design Team's Top 3.  You may also be selected as our the Guest Designer for  the month of September.  

 (Guest Designers are chosen from those that participate in challenges and/or participate in SEM Chit Chat Group on Facebook )

Winners will be announced August 4th !!!


blsd2scrp said...

I did not copy Dolores! this LO is extremely similar to hers! Thank you for this challenge!

Lisa H said...

LOL great minds think alike. ;-)

blsd2scrp said...

I added the stitching to my LO!!! so ignore the first one!!:)