Friday, March 29, 2013

Blog Hop into Spring!

MARCH 29th - 31st

For most of us (all of us in the Northern Hemisphere), Spring is upon us. Spring is such a beautiful time of year. Yes, it can be rainy and wet, but that rain brings the green grass, gorgeous flowers and the start of new growth. It is also the season of Easter...the holiday that celebrates the resurrection of our Savior...the one who came to give us new life and make us new creations!  "This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!" 2 Cor. 5:17 

And speaking of "new"...our Design Team has added some new members. Welcome to Toni, Jessica, Helen, Tracey S, and Christy...we're so happy to have them join us this term. Even though she isn't "new", we also have a returning member... Lisa has rejoined our team after taking a break.

Each of the Design Team members will share with you a Spring or Easter themed project and answer a couple questions (this is a great way to get to know each of these gals a bit better). Please "HOP" through the list to see the inspiration and learn some fun facts about these creative gals. And they'll even be a few chances to win some prizes along the way!

Here's the order...
Our Blog Hop prize is sponsored by...
Genuinely Jane Studios (GJS) manufactures small and medium sized mini-albums for scrapbooking, mixed media and altered arts in a variety of shapes and sizes. 100% American-made, our facility is located in rural, north-central Missouri and uses only the highest quality materials.  

Owned by a military veteran, and accomplished woodworker,  Mark Carosiello and a lifelong crafter, industry manufacturer’s rep, design team member,  passionate scrapbooker and altered artist, Susan Wojtkowski, we understand the craft and the crafter.

Twitter: @GJaneStudios

Our Hop into Spring Blog Hop Prize is two Genuinely Jane Wood albums!  You will receive both the dress form album and the flower album.

Here is an example of a flower album after it has been decorated!

To win this prize you'll want to leave a comment on each DT member's blog. We'll randomly choose one blog to select the winner from. You wont know which DT blog we will pick so you will want to comment on all of them! All winners will be announced Saturday, April 6th.

Also you'll want to head over to our SEM Facebook Chit-Chat Page for another chance to win.. We have a fun Blog Hop Challenge for you and another great prize from Geniunely Jane Studio. (If you're not already part of the Chit-Chat page, just request an invitation, and we'll get you added in a jiffy).

Now...have fun Hopping!! Happy Spring from all of us at SEM!!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

It's So Cool I Have to Share...

Hi all!  It's Jessica here, and I have an "off the page" project to help display your kids' artwork or even your own layouts!  A few years ago, I was inspired by an article in a magazine by Jessica Sprague that showed signs with clothespins to display your kids' artwork.  I loved the idea and decided to do something similar for my own kids.  I only had 2 kids at the time, and made signs for both of them.  I have since had two more and have made signs for them as well.

I used my Cricut to cut out the die cuts on the face of the signs.  This is also a great use for those 6x6 papers or mat stacks!

You can see on these two how they look with artwork hanging on them.  Elizabeth's sign uses letters that were beveled on top, so I just painted them instead of adding the patterned paper to their faces. 

Here is my most recent creation.  If you would like to see the full instructions, you can find them on my blog here.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Praise Post **Praise You in this Storm**

Tracey here. Iwant to share with you my Praise story. This is a page  in my art journal:

The lyrics are from part of one of my favorite Casting Crowns' songs as follows:

I was sure by now
God You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away
Stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say "Amen", and it's still raining
As the thunder rolls
I barely hear Your whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

And I'll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
And every tear I've cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

This song became literal for me a few weekends ago. As my husband and I were driving through New England to my Birthday getaway at a Bed and Breakfast in Maine, what was light snow soon became a full-out sleety blizzard. As cars were slowing down we found ourselves flanked on all sides. 2 years ago I would have been nagging my husband about his driving but instead I prayed fervently for God to send him wisdom and discernment. We hit a patch of ice and our car spun out of control, making 2 360 degree turns and landing on the other side of the road, facing traffic. My husband was able to quickly drive the car back unto the road. How did we not hit any of those cars? 
About 45 minutes later,  at a pace a tortoise could outrun, we were driving with 2 18-Wheelers too close for comfort behind us and to the side of us. We hit another ice patch and again did a 360 degree turn. As I held the safety bar, I did not feel scared but I waited for the crash. Once again, we were completed unharmed and protected. The car was fine. 
There can be no other explanation than God's protection. We are blessed to be alive and unharmed and having caused no harm to anyone else on the road. I just had to share my story.

Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell 
of all his wonderful acts!
1 Chronicles 16:9

Have a blessed day!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Coming Soon-Hop into Spring Blog Hop!

I am excited to announce that next weekend we will be having a Hop into Spring BLOG HOP!  

You will have a chance to meet our new design team and be inspired by their beautiful projects.

 We will have lots of prizes plus a grand prize offered by Genuinely Jane Studios! You don't want to miss out on these great prizes!!

Plus on our Facebook Chit Chat group we will have an additional challenge and prize you can win.  If you aren't yet part of our Chit Chat group--join now to make sure you are all set for next weekend.

Mark your calendars and get ready for a great time!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

New Winner for February's Sketch Challenge

We have to pick a new winner from our February Sketch Challenge since the prize was not claimed!!!!!  Our new winner is... Patty Folchert 

Please email us at to claim your prize.  Prize must be claimed by March 26st.

Have a great day!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

"hidden journaling"

Hi! Kelly here with a quick tutorial to share with you! last year I did the following tutorial for a friend's blog:
While I'm sure there are many scrappers who love hand written journaling I, for one, am not one of those scrappers! I don't like my handwriting but I do feel it adds a personal element to the pages of my family's history. so how do I add "the story" to a page? well I'm glad you asked because that's what I have to show you today! There are many ways to hide or "disguise" your journaling or for that matter your handwriting. Many scrappers utilize their computers for different fonts and sizes. Me? I love hiding my handwriting and using my computer both! For example: this page has lots of hidden "treasures!"

I'll show you what I mean - this is an interactive page with hidden pictures and journaling. The first "flap" on the left has computer journaling and extra photos:  

Pretty sneaky huh?! This is also a great way to add extra photos! I'm loving this LO and its "hidden" potential! But wait - there's more! The middle "flap" has even more to offer:

What's fun about these "flaps" is that you can use different elements to open them to show your hidden "treasures" like the buttons and floss on this flap and/or you can use ribbon that you may have in your stash!
The possibilities are endless! The last "flap" on this LO has journaling which is my own handwriting and extra photos:

There are just so many ways to "hide" elements on your LOs. Check out your local scrapbook store for envelopes that are pre-made where you can hide journaling and extra photos. Or you can make your own "pockets" like on this next LO:
I made a "pocket" on the right side of this LO that is hiding my journaling which is handwritten:

This has hopefully been a helpful little tutorial on the "hidden potential" of your scrapbook pages and LOs. I know I had a blast in doing this and I hope you will too!

Monday, March 18, 2013

March's Sketch Challenge

Cara here to bring you this month's Sketch Challenge!
The sketch we're using this month is by the talented Debbie Gaydos.

The Scrap Twist is to use Buttons.

What drew me to this sketch was the way you can use it for multiple photos ... or use it for less (that's what I did--only used two, but used some patterned paper in between). I also loved the circles!!

I love all the different ways the Design Team interpreted this sketch...and also the different number of photos used (all the way from just one to five!)

*Remember to hover your mouse over each project to see which each gal had to say about her project

We'd love to have you link up your project using this Sketch for an opportunity to win this awesome prize pack from our sponsor Sue at ScrapChicKits.

There's also time to get another chance to win... by completing this month's MAIN CHALLENGE #26. 

All Sketch entries must be linked HERE by March 31st, 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!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Our Daily Bread

Hi it is Nicole and I wanted to share a short story that my mother wrote... She actually got it published too in a writers conference book.  It is about a true miracle our family experienced while I was a kid!   I am really excited to share it with you!

The front door burst open and banged against the entry wall.  "Mom, do you want bread?"
Out of breath, Nate asked me again, "Mom, do you want bread?"
"Okay, I guess." Before I finished the sentence, he waved his arms, signaling to someone to come in.  Neighborhood kids ran into my house carrying armloads of bread.  Laughing and giggling, one by one they dropped familiar loaves and rolls of plastic wrapped bread and ran out for more.  Surprised, I stared at a four foot high pile of various types of bread on my kitchen floor.  I had no idea where this bread came from.
"Stop!  You have to stop.  That's enough.  Nate tell the kids, no more."
My daughters ran in the house to wee what was going on "Where did all this bread come from?" Nicole asked.
"I don't know.  Where did your brother go?"
Nate ran back in
"Mom, Mom are you happy? Are you?"
Where did you get the bread?"
"There's a guy up the street with a bread truck.  He asked if anybody wanted his leftover bread.  I told him you did, so the kids carried it down the street to our house."
The appearance of that much bread was unusual, but what happened before made it more amazing.  My children were home from school and outside playing.  I sat on the old couch talking to God, feeling discouraged.
A year after my divorce, I was overwhelmed, responsible for meeting all the needs of my young children.  Where was God? I wondered if things would ever get better?  My business was barely surviving.  Many days I struggled to buy groceries to feed a family of four.
"God, I feel like You have forsaken me.  I work hard Lord, but the food is running short.  I know Your Word says You will give us our daily bread, but I don't see it."
I had barely finished my sentence when my son blasted through the front door.  Now, I had white bread, French bread, wheat bread, rolls hamburger buns and hot dog buns.  I had bread in the refrigerator and on top of the refrigerator.  I had bread in the freezer, bread in the refrigerator, in the pantry, on the counters.  we gave bread to the neighbors.  I gave bread to my friends.  That night after the kids were in bed, I marveled at the goodness of God.  "Yes Lord, thank You for the bread, but did you have to take me so literally?"
Twenty years later, this experience still fills me with wonder at the extent the Lord will go to teach us about His faithfulness. I remember God's provision and abundance at a time when my faith waned with the heaviness of responsibility.  The Lord prepared me for the future.  Daily, He is transforming me from an abused wife and mother toward a strong woman of faith.
I didn't know my family would face homelessness, a prodigal child, drug addictions, rehab and mental illnesses.  god was growing my faith so I could endure, so I could believe in the power of His healing grace and provision.
The bread at communion symbolizes His body given for our sins and for our healing.  He gives us everything we need for this day and is transforming us for the next.  Thank you, Lord for giving us our daily bread.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Heartfelt Inspiration

Welcome scrappers, its Toni here, very excited to share with you my very first official post as a DT member.
First of all I would like to acknowledge the newly chosen POPE Francis as the leader of the Catholic church. As my son attends a Catholic church, this is a significant day in time for us.
While on the subject of my son's school. The first Parents & Friends meeting was held for the year a couple of weeks ago. It came to my attention that with the longest standing contributing P&F member stepping down as they have now got all their children in High School, that I now became the longest current member. Lane is in Grade 5 this year, and has been at Sacred Heart school since he was in Prep. So this is my 6th year attending meetings. I have only ever missed 2 meetings in this time.
I am quite proud of this and aim to keep up as Hunter will eventually attend the same school, which by the end of his primary schooling, will put me at 14 years. (Plus the High School P&F in there too.)
Anyway, I'm getting off track. We always start our meetings with a wonderful prayer asking for assistance and guidance from the Lord with the discussions and decisions made throughout the meeting. At this first meeting however we were introduced to the Virtues Project "Prayer in a Box".

Bringing Virtues to Life

The Virtues Project is a global grassroots initiative to inspire the practice of virtues in everyday life. The Project is sparking a global revolution of kindness, justice, and integrity in more than 95 countries through its facilitators and Virtues Connections.
The Virtues Project empowers individuals to live more authentic meaningful lives, families to raise children of compassion and integrity, educators to create safe, caring, and high performing learning communities, and leaders to encourage excellence and ethics in the work place. It has inspired and mobilized people worldwide to commit acts of service and generosity, to heal violence with virtues.
The Five Virtues Strategies awaken the gifts of character, through inspiring programs, books, and materials that help us to remember who we really are and to live by our highest values.
The Virtues Project was founded in Canada in 1991 by Linda Kavelin Popov, Dr. Dan Popov and John Kavelin. It was honored by the United Nations during the International Year of the Family as a "model global program for families of all cultures".
------ Copyright The Virtues Project International.
So as the box was passed around we were all asked to "let our fingers guide us through the stack to our Virtues Reflection card".
Ok, well, now I have to admit that I'm a simple person. As one of the last people to pick a card, I decided early on that whatever card was at the front of the pile I would take. When it got around to me, I picked the one at the front without looking. When we were all allowed to sight our cards I was stunned with the Virtue in front of me. CREATIVITY!
Now earlier on that day, I had pulled my Cricut out for the first time in almost 2 years. I was having a great time playing with it again. Everyone at the meeting knows very well that I am a Scrapper, so the were just as touched by this message from God as I was.
Tonight (Yes, its quite late in Australia as I type and post this) as I'm trying to get this together I was struggling with how to share these awesome Virtues Reflection cards with you. Honestly I felt a little overwhelmed to make sure I got this post just right for you all. So, I got onto the Virtues website to find out more information. While I was looking around, I found a link for me to "pick a Virtue" card. After saying a little prayer, I clicked on the link and guess what popped up - PATIENCE!

I believe this was a sign to let myself flow with this post. To not worry about it so much and to just share these with you.  

Their website has them for sale OR you can even download the iPhone/iPad APP!!
I myself do have the APP and enjoy using it now. :)

Thank you very much for taking the time to let me share this post with you! The Virtue Project Reflection cards have become something close to my Heart over the last couple of weeks. So I truly hope you will get some great inspiration and healing too from them!

To sign off tonight I would like to share with you the writing on the back of the CREATIVITY Reflection card.. Thanks, Toni...

The Practice of Creativity

I treasure my imagination.
I am innovative solving problems.
I take time for inspiration.
I entertain my dreams.
I remember to play.
I develop my gifts through learning and disciple.
I dare to be original.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Guest Designer Post? SPECIAL SARA

Hi!  Paula Jennings here to share with you a special project that I created in memory of a friend's daughter who went to be with Our Lord at a very young age.  I was very excited to work on this challenge as I am giving it to them as a surprise.  Our challenge this month at Scrapping Everyday Miracles was to share something special that you created for someone expecting nothing in return. The twist to the challenge was to use gems so I was sure to include several.  I was able to have one of their other daughters email some photos to me without their knowledge.  I had them printed up and I put together this frame. I am planning to give it to them just before Easter as I know they will be thinking of Sara very much at that time as we prepare to celebrate Our Lord's Resurrection.  I feel so blessed to be able to have created this frame especially for the Main challenge this month and to also have an opportunity to share with you another project that I made recently inspired by Proverbs 17:17 A Friend Loveth at all Times.

Here is Sweet Little Sara:

and here is the mirrored frame I made using Proverbs 17:17 A Friend Loveth at all Times:

It was such a blessing to be Guest Designer here at Scrapping Everyday Miracles this month.  I hope that you have enjoyed seeing my creations and that you will plan to submit your own creation for an opportunity to win a fabulous prize.  

If you have some time and would like to view more of my work I would love to have you stop by my blog at Precious Pages by Paula.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Guest Designer- Paula Jennings


I am pleased to announce our Guest Designer for March... Paula Jennings.... Here she is to introduce herself...

Hi fellow scrappers!  I'm Paula Jennings and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be the Guest Designer here on Scrapping Everyday Miracles this month.  I am a Christian Mom with two sons, Robert age 20 and Thomas age 14.  They are the light of my life and the subject of most of my scrapping.  I have been scrapping for about 15 years now, making cards for the last few years as well as doing a little bit of mixed media and altered art.  I hope that you enjoy the creations I am submitting and know that I am looking forward to seeing all of your submissions as well.  Thank you so much for this opportunity to share a bit of my life with you.  

You can check out Paula's Blog

Here are some of her lovely creations:

Saturday, March 9, 2013

February's Winners!!!!!!

Hi everyone... It is Nicole and I have some winners to announce. 

The Design Team's Top 3 from the Main Challenge are:

                                                 Meihsia Liu  

Don't forget ladies to display the "Top 3 badge" proudly in the sidebar of your blog!

Now for our winners of the both the challenges.  Our sponsor was My Creative Scrapbook.

They generously donated a February kit for each of our challenges!

  OUR WINNERS ARE Joefil Cate and Kathy Popke. They have won this beautiful kit!

Congrats !!
to claim your prize.

Thanks again to all who entered!

We invite you to link up to our March challenge
and our Sketch challenge to be posted the third Monday of this month!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Main Challenge #26

Hello dear friends! Marjolaine here to bring you March's Main Challenge. 
This month’s challenge is to scrap about how it is more blessed to give than to receive.

Have you even given someone something or done something for someone with absolutely no strings attached, expecting nothing in return? How did that make you feel? Have you ever been overjoyed after giving something that made someone truly happy? Have you been the recipient of a gift from a child, so eager to bring you pleasure with something they made for you? Has someone ever done something for you that you could never pay them back for? In this world of always striving for more we can easily forget the blessing of giving to others. 
So put your thinking cap on...and create a project about a gift you received that really touched your heart or a sacrificial gift you gave. Perhaps you could even make a gift to give (specifically for this challenge). wouldn't have to be a physical gift, do you have photos of when you donated your time to help out?
The scrap twist is to include some gems on your project.

Back in the fall I was shopping at a thrift shop when I found something that I really, really liked. It was an umbrella, but not just any umbrella. This was one of great quality, well made, name brand, expensive...I really wanted this kind of umbrella! I looked at the price tag and they were only asking a few dollars for it. Of course I immediately put it in my cart, so totally excited about this treasure that I had found! As I kept walking through the aisle I was stopped by a woman with a very thick Russian accent. She asked me if there was any more umbrellas like this one. I told her no but that she could have it. She was so happy, she opened it up and smiled the biggest smile I have ever seen. She began to tell me about her life back in Russia, and we chatted about my children. I had never seen someone so excited about an umbrella! She eventually insisted I take the umbrella back. Her reasoning was that my kids needed this see-through umbrella so that they could look up and see the sky even when it rained. I so loved her child-like spirit, I had not thought of that! I continued my shopping and prayed about finding a way to give this woman the umbrella. To make a long story short, I ended up buying it and chased her in the parking lot to give it to her. She accepted my gift and insisted on giving me a flower in exchange. She again opened it and the child-like joy on her face will be forever etched on my mind. I wish I had a better photo of the moment so you could see it!

“Give expecting nothing in return.” 



This month's sponsor is ScrapChicKits and here is what the owner Sue has to say about it:

I got started into scrapbooking from Bernadine Segui who is an American fluent in French who has a website in French and does amazing design work. Here is her link  for any of you who speak French. I wanted to bring some of her products together into kits for the English speaking and that's how Scrapchickits got started.   I love family history and scrapbooking can make our history so bright and creative. My store features quality products from Websters, Crate Paper, Pink Paisley and more  at a very reasonable price.  My shop is on Etsy so it is really easy to find and to order. ScrapChicKits. Happy Scrapbooking!"

And now for the prize that Sue has so generously donated:

Dolls, Butterflies and Flower Scrapbooking kit 8

This kit is especially designed for your little girl who loves dolls, dress up and flowers. It is luscious pink and turquoise. Look what you get inside: 3 Crate Paper Cottage Collection papers, 1 Crate Paper Paper Doll Collection paper, 4 Crate Paper Pink Plum Collection papers, Crate Paper Chipboard Paper Doll Accents, Crate Paper Paper Doll Glazed Brads, 18 inches turquoise ribbon, My Minds Eye Alphabet.

One winner will be chosen randomly.

**NOTE: You may submit the project you create for Scrapping Everyday Miracles to other challenge blogs but your project must be mainly created for the Scrapping Everyday Miracles challenge in order to win the sponsor prize and/or be one of Top 3**

 All entries must be linked HERE by March 31st, 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!