Friday, February 28, 2014

February 2014 Winners

February's Challenges brought out your creativity with 35 unique entries for our "Love is in the Air," theme, and our sketches! Thank you all for your beautiful entries, and inspiring blog posts!

Here are the Prize Winners, as voted by our Design Team:
(Please e-mail your shipping/postal address to  mrsme6th   at    bellsouth   dot   net.)

 #34 Bozena

#18 Lynn

#1 Jo
jò in wonderland scrap

And the Top 3 projects with the most votes by our Design Team are:
 #12 Leila

#20 M. Letizia

#24 Vickie
Thank you all for entering our challenges, and we will see you on March 1st for 3 new challenges that inspire you to craft about the miracles in your life!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Tips, Tricks and Techniques with Alicia Redshaw

Hi everyone, this month I wanted to share with you how I frame/mat my layouts.  I get asked a lot how to do this without wasting paper and making layouts that weigh a ton.  You can see from this months sketch (below) that it includes a layout frame/mat - which is what inspired my tutorial.

So let's get started with the steps:

1. Place your back frame paper/card in your trimmer lining it up with the 1" mark

2.  Cut from 1" from the top to 1" from the bottom (between the 1" and 11" marks only) - Do not cut the whole way through

3. Repeat on the other three sides - and this is the 1" wide frame you will be left with

4.  Trim background paper/card to 11"x11"

5. Apply tape to all four sides of piece cut in step 4 (no wider than 12mm tape should be used for this)

6.  Peel back both ends of all four pieces of tape and crease (so that they can be seen from the front) - Now apply this to the frame lining-up the sides as evenly as possible (unless you want it to be of square)

7.  Peel the tapes away gently to adhere the layers together

8.  Voila you have matted/framed your page ready to create on

Now before I sign off I just want to share with you a couple of my layouts from 2013 that included this technique.  I also use this technique a lot in my Scrapbooking Classes to save on materials - i.e. get more bang for your buck.  You will see from the samples that they take the technique just that step further with double mats, which just requires an additional piece 3/8'' larger than the centre piece.

This final layout requires quite a bit of measurement alteration, but the results are fabulous - and the outer frame and black centre piece are both from the one piece of cardstock - really saving the pennies here.

Well that is it for my tutorial, and I hope you enjoyed it, and if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me:

Alicia Redshaw

Friday, February 21, 2014

My Everyday Miracle with Leah

One of my favorite songs is 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) by Matt Redman.  I have it on my iphone.  After my eight year old heard it a couple of times, he asked me the meaning of the song.  I began to explain to him how you can find many reasons to bless God in good times and in bad.  I gave him some examples that an eight year old would understand. This conversation made me think about a coworker, Kim.  Recently she started a blog about what the Lord has put on her heart to share with everyone.  Here is an excerpt from her blog about praising God:

I learned to thank God in the midst of trials when I lost my daughter 12 years ago.  Someone told me as I was going through this horrible time to Praise God.  I'm sure I looked at them like they had lost their mind, but I soon learned to do this.  Believe it or not, I began to feel peace as I learned to praise him in my storm.  What could I have possibly been thankful for during this time?  I was thankful for the people he sent me everyday to care for my family or just to offer an encouraging word.  I was thankful for the outpouring of support from a loving community we call Odenville, AL.  I was thankful for my church family.  I was thankful for mine and Poncho's parents, who stepped up and took over despite the fact that they were grieving also. I was thankful for the loving extended family who loved me through this.  I was thankful that my precious husband and other two children were spared. I was thankful for my 5 best friends from childhood who walked with me each step of the way.  I was thankful for the phone call I received at least 5 times a day from a friend, who had to just make sure I was hanging on.  I was thankful for the nurse who prayed with us during Poncho's hospital stay.  I was thankful for all the other "angels" He sent our way.  Most of all, I was thankful for His strong yet loving hands that carried me through this time.  My list could go on and on. 

When do you praise God?  Do you praise God only when something good happens?  Do you praise him only through trials?  Praise God everyday, every moment.  Find those ten thousand reasons.

Psalm 100:1-5  “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.  Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.  Know that the Lord is God.  It is He who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.  Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.  For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”

Romans 8:18  “For I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”

Isaiah 41:10  “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

If you would like to read more about Kim’s journey, click here to go to her blogspot:

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Love Is In The Air (3 New Challenges!)

Welcome to a new month of challenges at Scrapping Everyday Miracles!
We have 3 challenges for you:  Main Theme Challenge, Layout Sketch Challenge, and the Card Sketch Challenge

Challenge #1:  Main Theme Challenge
February is here, and for many parts of the world, Saint Valentines Day will be celebrated in just a couple of weeks.  But, here at Scrapping Everyday Miracles we like to focus on LOVE all year around as we look for the evidence of God's love in our lives!
Our Main Theme this month is, " Love Is In the Air," and can be interpreted in so many ways, the possibilities are endless!  Our theme comes from God's Word!
Our Bible Verse Inspiration this month comes from Colossians 3:14, "And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony." 
You can enter any type of papercrafted project for this challenge, as long as it focuses on the theme!  The use of the Bible verse is not a requirement, but we would love to see you incorporate it into your project!
Here is what our international design team created for your inspiration:
Rachel created this home décor piece:

Christy created this mixed media piece:

Toni created this photo frame:

Nolene created this mixed media canvas:

Helen created this digital layout:

An'Jenic created this bookmark: 

Challenge #2:  The Card Sketch Challenge

Our card sketch carries out our theme this month, and comes to us from!
I bet February is one of the most popular months to send and receive cards, and we hope our Design Team projects will inspire you to send a little love through the mail!



Challenge #3:  The Layout Sketch Challenge

What month would be complete without some scrapbooking?  If you are like me, I tend to scrapbook the people, animals, places, and things I love the most!  Jump right into this sketch, and link up your layouts!

This month's layout sketch, also comes from!





And here are the generous prizes you are playing for:
 Prize #1

Assortment goodies from Close To My Heart:
2 My Reflections Laughing Lola
2 My Reflections Sarita
2 My Reflections Proplayer
2 My Reflections Babycakes
2 My Reflections Huntington
2 My Reflections Sparkle & Shine
Just Bloom Paper Shapes - Paradise
Color - Ready Wooden Shapes - Garden
A Touch of Fall My Acrylix Stamp
Heartfelt Birthday Wish My Acrylix Stamp
Assortment gems
Prize #2

$20 Voucher to Scrapbook Fantasies!
*prize includes coverage of postage fee.

Prize #3
Unity stamp
Trust in your potential
Enjoy the process
Try something new
Explore possibilities
but most of all

I know our Design Team can't wait to see what you create for these 3 challenges!
(Enter your projects on the top right section of the blog!)

February Guest Designer: Michelle Price

Hello SEM fans! I'm Michelle Price and I blog at simplyprice. I'm an obsessive papercrafter and I love challenges to get my crafty mojo going.  I'm excited to be here with you today to share my love inspired project for the February main challenge, "Love Is In The Air." I choose to use both the scripture and the layout sketch challenges for my layout. I love the idea of LOVE as a binding agent in my family so I choose to focus on that.
I think of binding as a stitching term so I stitched a heart on my layout and also tied some twine around my family picture.
One other fun technique I incorporated is the chalkboard alphabet look. It's easy to get the look by cutting alphabets or shapes out with your electronic die cutter and then use a white pen to draw chalk accents.
Thanks for letting me join you today! Be sure and check out all three challenges this month and get your projects submitted.

Monday, February 17, 2014

February Guest Designer: Tracey Gregory

Hello there!
I am so happy to have the opportunity to be back as a Guest Designer for SEM.  As a former DT, I was blessed to meet so many wonderful ladies and share in God's everyday miracles with them!
Today I would like to share with you my page based on the month's theme of "Love Is In The Air."

I used the SEM February sketch and My Mind's Eye Lost and Found Collection.

 The flowers are all from a lucky find at a thrift store combined with Tim Holtz baubles and Maya Road gems. I actually sewed, which is unusual for me, but I like how it turned out.
Take a closer look at my frame:

First I painted the wooden frame from Michael's with white acrylic paint. Then I took this stamp from Something Tattered 

and stamped the frame with clear embossing powder. Once that dried, I used Distress Inks in Tattered Rose,Victorian Velvet,Weathered Wood and a Martha Stewart Turquoise to shade in different areas of the frame. I love the way the resist emboss looks both in pattern and texture!

The story behind the page: This is a picture of my daughter, Naomi, last May, before she took the stage to perform the opening number for "Berkshire Idol," our county's local version of American Idol. Having won the previous year's Junior Division, she won the spot to open the show, singing whatever she wanted.

We had practiced several songs but at the last minute she changed her song and dedicated the new song to me. The song she chose was "The Best Day" by Taylor Swift, a touching song from a daughter to a mother and she ended her performance with an,"I love you,Mom." I couldn't have been more proud and humbled at the same time. As some of you know, Naomi is a former foster child that I was blessed to adopt, so every Mother's Day I am amazed at this beautiful gift God brought me!

And yes, you will probably want a tissue. 
Thanks again for having me as a Guest DT!

The Best Day

I'm five years old
It's getting cold
I've got my big coat on

I hear your laugh
And look up smiling at you
I run and run

Past the pumpkin patch
And the tractor rides
Look now -- the sky is gold
I hug your legs and fall asleep
On the way home

I don't know why all the trees change in the fall
I know you're not scared of anything at all
Don't know if Snow White's house is near or far away
But I know I had the best day
With you today

I'm thirteen now
And don't know how my friends
Could be so mean

I come home crying and you hold me tight and grab the keys

And we drive and drive
Until we've found a town
Far enough away

And we talk and window-shop
Until I've forgotten all their names

I don't know who I'm gonna talk to
Now at school
I know I'm laughing on the car ride home with you
Don't know how long it's gonna take to feel okay
But I know I had the best day
With you today

I have an excellent mother
Her strength is making me stronger
God smiles on my big brothers
Inside and out
They're better than I am

I grew up in a pretty house
And I had space to run
And I had the best days with you

There is a video
I found from back when I was three
You set up a paint set in the kitchen
And you're talking to me

It's the age of princesses and pirate ships
And the seven dwarfs
Daddy's smart
And you're the prettiest lady in the whole wide world

Now I know why all the trees change in the fall
I know you were on my side
Even when I was wrong
And I love you for giving me your eyes
Staying back and watching me shine

And I didn't know if you knew
So I'm taking this chance to say
That I had the best day
With you today


***Be sure to hop over and enter our February challenges!***

Friday, February 14, 2014

February Guest Designer - Nancy Nickel

Hello...and Happy Valentine's Day to you all!
I am very excited to be here today and I hope you like what I have to share!

My project was completely inspired by the wonderful SEM theme this month
"Love is in the Air"
and the beautiful Scripture verse found in Colossians 3:14:
"And over all these virtues put on love, 
which binds them all together in perfect unity."

If we look back in the Bible verses previous to verse 14 it says:
"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, 
clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone.
Forgive as the Lord forgave you."

Wouldn't the person wearing THAT wardrobe be stylish? 
We should each have those verses hanging in our closet,
so we can see them every morning when we get dressed.
Then our final accessory should always be love!

All the details of my canvas can be found at The Nickel Nook.
I hope you'll stop by...I always enjoy making new friends!
Thank you so much for having me as your guest this month! :o)

***  Please hop over and join in our 3 challenges this month! ***

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Following The Lord

Hi Helen is here... today I would love to share these truth from God's word about becoming a follower of the Lord. What do you think when someone ask you what it means?

Here's what the Bible says about characteristics of a follower of the Lord:

A follower of the Lord is led to do the right thing.“Listen to Me, you who follow after righteousness, You who seek the Lord.”  Isaiah 51:1 NKJVA follower of the Lord is motivated to do good.Those also who render evil for good, They are my adversaries, because I follow what is good.Psalm 38:20 NKJVA follower of the Lord makes Him known.Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19 NKJVA follower of the Lord counts the cost.Then a certain scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” Then another of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.” Matthew 8:19-22 NKJV A follower of the Lord shoulders a cross.Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. Matthew 16:24-25 NKJVA follower of the Lord gives all (because the greatest Treasure has been found).So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” Luke 18:22 NKJVA follower of the Lord enjoys the Lord’s presence and favor.If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor. John 12:26 NKJVA follower of the Lord has a single focus.Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper, and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?” Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.” John 21:20-22 NKJVA follower of the Lord knows His Master’s voice.And when He brings out his own sheep, He goes before them; and the sheep follow Him, for they know His voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. John 10:4-5, 27 NKJVA follower of the Lord identifies with his Master’s suffering.But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps. 1 Peter 2:20-21 NKJVA follower of the Lord places his feet in his Master’s footsteps.These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. Revelation 14:4 NKJV

Monday, February 10, 2014

Heartfelt Inspiration with Robin

  Just last week I had the opportunity to spend a week skiing in the Rocky Mountains in Montana. I started each morning with a ski devotional written by a precious friend of mine and aptly named Skivos! The challenge each morning was to focus on those "Holy Wow" moments in God's Word while enjoying time in some of God's most beautiful and grandest of all creation. The first day started by just taking time to be still! As a type A personality kind of girl, that is a real challenge for me! Psalm 46:10-11 states,  "Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord Almighty is with us; God of Jacob is our fortress. To "be still" literally means to "cease striving". Quit being productive. Turn off the accomplishment grinder. Ignore the agenda. Holy wow...can I really do that!?!? 
  As the week progressed, I did get better at taking time to be still and relish all that God has created and for His unending faithfulness and love. After an exhilerating day of skiing, I had the chance to sit in the hot tub to ease the soreness of muscles I didn't even know existed! As I was relaxing in the warmth of the water with a view of the majestic, snow-covered mountains, I began to look at the exterior wall of the house I was staying in. The rocks were all sorts of sizes and pieces; some were large, some small, others uneven, some with flat edges and some with smooth edges, yet together with a little bit of mortar, they created a foundation and stabilizing walls for the house. My Holy Wow moment was so overwhelming! The vision of the rocks brought so many thoughts to mind. First, my life is so similiar; the seasons of my life have sometimes been big, small, irregularly shaped, rough and smooth! But the biggest Holy Wow was realizing that God is the mortar that has 'stuck' me together to make me the person I am today. He has taken all my 'pieces' irregardless of the shape or size and has used them for His glory. The personal intimacy I have with Jesus has taken me through the good times and the tough times of my life!
   In 2 Samuel 22:2-3, David sings praise to our Lord. He says, " The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior."
  In 2 Samuel 22:47, David goes on to say, "The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be my God, the Rock, my Savior! That is my song of praise as well!

  Thank you for taking the time to read this post! Remember that whatever situation you find yourself in, God is our Rock!
  Psalm 62:6 says, "Truly He is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken." This is my anthem!

Blessed beyond measure,

Friday, February 7, 2014

Mixed Media Mania with Nolene Burnett

Hi, Nolene here with a little tutorial.
 I have created a layout with loads of texture and layers of different mediums.

The process is quite simple. Start with a sheet of plain light (preferably white) cardstock. Using a background stencil apply texture paste in a few random spots. Allow to dry.

Use 2 colours to mist the entire page. I used Mr. Huey's Sunset and Maya Mist Cotton Candy. Dab the misted ink with a paper towel to lift off excess so that the texture you created in the first step is still visible.
Remember to dry between all your layers. You may wish to use a heat tool to speed up drying time. Most of the time I prefer to air dry.

Use the same stencil as in the first step, along with some new ones, to bring back some of the white in your background.

Stamp some background stamps in random spots. I prefer black ink but you may use any colour(s). I used a crackle stamp by Great Impressions, as well as a script stamp and a roller doodle.

As you can see, everything I do is fairly random, a little messy and nowhere near perfect or exact. The point of each step is not to create an artwork on its own but a layer in the background that will only be partly visible and adding to the final product.

Tear up a page from an old book and randomly adhere pieces using Mod Podge.

Decide where your main clusters will be and adhere pieces of hessian (burlap) in these areas using a glue gun.

Start placing your elements. Use a chipboard element (e.g. an arch or frame) as a focal point to draw attention to your photograph. I chose a set of wings, which I covered with a white acrylic dauber and crackle paint.
Add your photograph. If you are adhering your elements as you go, adhere the photograph in the centre only in case you want to add more layers underneath.

Now add the rest of your embellishments. Use ribbon for texture and mix up your flowers (design, material, colour, etc.)  for visual interest.

The final product is a feast of colour and texture!

If you find this tutorial useful, please share your creations with us. We would love to see them!

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