Monday, December 31, 2012

Restore! Praise Post

As the New Year approaches, some of us are already setting  new goals/resolutions. The most common goals are to 1. Lose weight, 2. Get Fit, 3. Better Job, 4. take up or restart a new Hobby. These are all great resolutions I have to say I see 3 of my own goals posted. Most of us start our resolutions but because of life's unexpected changes we are unable to complete our goals.
Well I have decided a really easy goal (commitment) for myself, and I would love for you to join me in that goal. For the past 2 years I have chosen a word to I want to say be encouraged by. In 2011 my word was GROW, and that year I rededicated my life to the God. In doing so I was able to see how God's hand in my growth. In 2012 my word was STRONG this for me was a difficult word, but I knew that my God would give me the strength to overcome any obstacles that may come and believe me 2012 was not an easy year for my family and I. With only my income to support the family, there were many times I wondered how much more must I endure, but all the while God gave me strength. I would be reminded of my word and the verse from Psalm 31:24 So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the LORD! I have chosen my word it's RESTORE, you see I want to allow God remove all the layers that bind my heart, my mind and my spirit. I want Him to continue to molding me, because I know that HE is not yet finished with me. I want to continue growing, continue gaining strength and want to be Restored! Oh I know it's not going to be easy, because it means that He will break down the walls, but I know that in the end of the restoration process there will be a joy that will be unimaginable. There will be a testimony as to what the Lord has done in my life. So today I ask you to make a commitment, not so much a goal choose a word that will encourage you daily through out the year. Maybe you can create a project to encourage you make it visible. Remember that the Lord our God is your Strength. God Bless you all, and may this coming year (2013) bring you the desires of your heart.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

This is so cool I just have to share...

Merry Christmas everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful Christmas... Today I have something fun to share that we did in our house this Christmas.  We captured a picture of Santa... wanna see it...

That is our tree and our house... You take a picture of your tree with the presents under it and then upload it to the site Capture the Magic at
then you have several Santa\s to choose from and they can be resized and edited to fit your picture.  You get to download your final picture in just a couple of minutes to you computer. You get 4 different pictures for $10 so I used two and then let my sister make two for her kids.  It is well worth the price!!!!!! My daughter set a trap with the camera to catch the photo which really amounted to a string tied to the fireplace attached to a spoon and the camera.  I took the download and copied it to the camera card so when she woke the next morning she checked the camera and there it was a picture of Santa.  We then printed out several copies of the photo.  It isnt to late for you to do it... many of you will have pictures of your Christmas trees which you can upload to the site and how surprised will your kids be when you show them that you went to print the pictures and found this picture.  Or you can just keep it in mind for next year.  I can promise you your kids will love it!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Technique Tutorial: Some Punch-y Inspiration!!

Cara here to share some fun techniques all created with punches. As our Sketch Challenge (brought to you by Sherri) this month wants you to incorporate a punch in some way, I thought I'd share some (hopefully) new ideas to spark your creativity!! (many of these ideas I got from Pinterest or blogs I follow)

I created TWELVE tags to showcase the techniques that you can easily apply to your projects...

1) Make some little mini tags out of a border punch (I also used this same border punch along the bottom of the tag).
2) Make clouds out of a small circle punch (see photos below for specifics).

To create the clouds:
First I punched out a cloud pattern with the 1/2" circle punch--you will also need to use some smaller detail scissors to cut into the paper a bit in order to be able to use the circle punch correctly.

Second, I lined the back with white cardstock. Then used foam tape to mount onto my base tag.

These were the punches I used:
*1/2 inch circle punch

3) Punch out snowflakes (or stars or hearts) on a piece of paper, then use foam tape to layer this piece over small pieces of contrasting patterned can even add bling to create more dimension.
4) Use alphabet punches to punch out a word (I cheated & used my Cricut here), then use foam tape to layer this piece over a contrasting patterned paper.

This was the punch I used for the snowflake tag:

5) Create trees with circle punches and add trunk and branches with a fine-tipped marker. Create grass with a bracket border punch.
6) Create a layered border punch background. I used the bracket border punch here...but any border punch would work (the lace edge ones look really great too!).

These were the punches I used:
*1.25" circle punch
*1" sunburst circle punch

7) Create a layered, scalloped background using a circle punch.
8) Make an umbrella with a circle punch and some scallop-edge scissors.

These were the punches (and scissors) I used:
*1" circle punch (for scalloped border)
*2" circle punch (for umbrella)

9) Create quilted stars by using a star punch and patterned paper scraps.
10) Create a 3-D circle shadow box effect using a circle punch on a piece of paper, then use foam tape to layer this piece over small pieces of contrasting patterned paper. I made confetti with a mini hole punch...stamped a saying (if using on a layout, you could also journal here)...and used a punched star...all to create my shadow box effect. 

These were the punches I used:
**1.25" circle punch

11) Create a 3-D circle rim by first punching out a larger circle, then carefully lining up a smaller circle punch inside to punch out the middle. I then created a sun by cutting out strips of coordinating yellow & orange patterned paper.
12) Create an owl using an index tab punch (for the head),  a scalloped circle punch (for the body & wings), 2 small circle punches (for the eyes)--I used a 1/2" circle punch & a regular hole punch (the old-school squeeze type from office supply store), and a small flower punch (for the feet). 

These were the punches I used for the circle rim on the Sunshine tag:
*1.5" circle punch
*1.75" circle punch

These were the punches I used on the Owl tag:
*1.75" scalloped circle punch
*1/2 inch circle punch

Hope you enjoyed these fun techniques...
Happy Punching!!!

Monday, December 17, 2012

December Sketch Challenge

It's Sketch reveal day here at Scrapping Everyday Miracles, and we have another fabulous one for you to work with this month, by Nerrida Mitchell.

** The scrap twist will be to use a punch on your layout.  
Border punch, shape punch, you decide**

Here is what some of our DT created using the sketch.
(rest your mouse over the layout to see what each one had to say)



As mentioned at the beginning of the month.  We have been the gracious recipients of two sponsored prizes this month at SEM.  The sketch challenge will have it's own dedicated prize this month.

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The Paper Bakery was created to make things easy on those scrapbookers and crafters out there that love projects, layouts, cards,  and mixed media, but want the ease of putting projects of all sorts together. The Paper Bakery offers you unique project kits at an affordable price each and every month. We also offer scrapbook kits and mixed media kits with unique items in them for your crafting pleasure. In addition to fabulous kits each month our design team offers you tons of inspiration for you on our blog every day. 

Sarah has generously offered our Sketch Challenge winner a $10 gift certificate to use on any item of their choice from the shop INCLUDING memberships.  As an added bonus she is also offering all our readers who sign up for a new member to the kit club free shipping on your first kit.  Simply use the code: ILOVETPB at check out to redeem.

We hope you're able to squeeze in a little time to create, among the holiday preparations.  It's a great sketch, and the prize won't disappoint either.  

You have until December 31 at 11:59 pm to link up your layout. 
Winner will be chosen by random draw.
(There's still time to get in on Challenge #23 also.  Check it out here)

*Important: Make sure your link is to the blog post with your project & not just your blog in general...and be sure to remember the SCRAP TWIST!
All of us at Scrapping Everyday Miracles wish
you and yours all the blessings of the season !

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Heartfelt Inspiration

Hi there, Marjolaine here with this month's heartfelt inspiration. Last Friday I had the awesome pleasure of meeting one of my fellow design team members while visiting her home province of Manitoba Canada. It's a place I go once a year for one day and I have to admit that it hasn't been the most exciting trip in the past and I don't usually get excited about going back...until now. This time I got to share a piece of cheesecake with one of my new on-line friends, Sherri Funk, and I can't wait to go back next year so we can do some scrapping together! I have been getting to know Sherri  because of the design team here at SEM and what a blessing to have met her in real life! And it would be so awesome to meet everyone on the team, but I don't think that trips to Israel and Africa are going to happen anytime soon for me!

One of the things we talked about was how sometimes we feel closer to our on-line friends than our "real friends". I've been thinking about this a lot the last few days and have wondered why. Perhaps with Sherri and others like her it is because we share the same faith and the same passion for scrapbooking. They even understand my desire to combine those two things together. It's not that I don't have friends where I live, but I'm so amazed at the friendships I've made with people all over the world through the Internet. I've also been able to re-connect with girlfriends from my childhood, which has been a huge blessing.  Yes there are lots of dangers on the Internet, but for me it has been mostly blessings and I am very thankful for old friendships as well as new ones. It is such an honor to be part of this design be part of a group that listens to each other and prays for one's truly a special thing!

So my question is...does anyone want to go out for cheesecake?!!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

November Winners !!

Tracey here bringing you November's winners for our main challenge and sponosor prize!
We have so enjoyed your stories you shared with us and each other about your family ties. We were amazed at all the creative ways you encorparated the ribbon twist.
I wanted to also let you know about our SEM Facebook ChitChat Group where we visit, play games and share in fellowship. We would love to see your scrappy creations and get to know you better!

Without further ado, here are our Top 3 projects:

1. Jessica N.

Jessica amazed us, not only with these sweet pictures of a loving family but all the innovative ways she incorparated the "ties" twist

2. Andrea
We loved seeing your button and ribbon design as it highlighted the blessing of family!

3. Roulien
This peaceful seaside layout was perfect to bring out the blues
 of this endearing scene of Grandfather and son.

Congrats to all 3 talented ladies and please feel free to add the "top 3" badge of honor to your blogs!
Thank you so much for all of you who played along!
Now the winner of the main prize, chosen by is...

Here is Elaine's charming entry of her large and loving family!

So what did Elaine win?

Our SPONSOR this month is Peace, Love & Scrapbooking.

Peace, Love & Scrapbooking was born out of a passion for scrapbooking and preserving memories. They strive to put together kits that feature the latest products from several manufacturers ... taking care to make sure everything coordinates perfectly! Each kit is jam packed with paper and embellies and will always contain enough product for you to create several stunning layouts or cards. They aren't a typical kit club, there is no membership or monthly minimums ... just beautiful kits at one low price! You choose what you want, when you want it and how many of each kit you'd like!

Elaine will receive a gift certificate good toward the kit of her choice!

Congrats,Elaine !!!
Please email us at to claim your prize.

Thanks again to all who entered!
We invite you to link up to our December challenges (our Main Challenge is already posted up on the blog and our Sketch challenge will be posted the third Monday of this month)!

As we are busy with our to-do lists, and parties and cookies and concerts and obligations this Christmas and Holiday Season, let us not forget to slow down and really enjoy each of these moments our God has blessed us with and savor them and bless His name ! Have a great day !

Monday, December 3, 2012

December's Main Challenge #23-Joy to the World!

December Challenge #23 : Joy to the World!

Tracey here with December’s Challenge. God wants his children to have joy.The scriptures tell us this over and over. This month’s challenge theme is to scrap where you find joy in this holiday season.

The scrap twist is to include glimmer and/or sparkle on your layout.
Mists, glitter and stickles are some ideas. Make it sparkle for the season!

Psalm 32:11 Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous;
sing, all you who are upright in heart!

There are so many ways to experience God’s joy in this holiday season! I confess that I love everything Christmas! I find beauty in the carols, magic in the lights and peace in the falling snow. Every year my kids and I make cocoa and put on our jammies to drive around and admire the houses all lit up so beautifully! I am so thankful to my God for the blessings of family, friends and children. The highlight of my Christmas is the Christmas Eve service at my church. It’s a time to reflect on the birth of my savior and refocus on the reason for the season.

So what brings you joy? Is it special traditions? Decorating the tree? Baking cookies with the kids? Time spent with family and friends? We can’t wait to see!
Here are the Joy-filled creations of our Design Team:
(hover your mouse over each creation to see what each gal had to say about her project)

Being the month of blessings and generosity..this month we have 2 benevolant sponsors! So, there will be a prize for this Main challenge and a different prize for the upcoming Sketch challenge !
This challenge is generously sponsored by:
One lucky winner, chosen by,
will win this beautiful ScrapThat! kit, "Victorian Dream",
featuring Graphic 45's "A Lady's Diary" and beautiful
matching embellishments and flowers.
**Winner will pay actual shipping costs for sending the kit from Canada.**
Shipping costs will be invoiced via PayPal unless you are a kit member, then your prize will be shipped with your monthly kit.

Prizes won during the month will be mailed out the first week of the following month.
Due to Customs clearance, International mailings sometimes take 30-75 days to receive.

A little more about ScrapThat! :
Each month we create a unique and innovative kit FULL of carefully selected high-end, double sided papers, specialty papers, premium embellishments and often include one-of-a-kind specialty or handmade items. We include a signature product every month for you to collect, a scrapbook layout sketch and one technique product. Our mission is to nurture your creativity by providing the best products available, at a reasonable price to get the most out of your scrapbooking budget. Our online community provides monthly challenges, tips and tutorials and a fun place to hang out with our design team and other scrapbooking friends.
Online Community and Forums:

We will choose 3 projects to be featured on Scrapping Everyday Miracles blog . You could snag our "Top 3" blog badge and one of you could become our next Guest Designer ! Winners will be announced Jan 5, 2013
Please link up your projects here by December, 31 11:59pm PST.
*Important: Make sure your link is to the blog post with your project & not just your blog in general...and be sure to remember the SCRAP TWIST!
All of us at Scrapping Everyday Miracles wish
you and yours all the blessings of the season !