Monday, December 28, 2015

TIPS & TECHNIQUES

Here with a belated post is Paula 
with December's Tips & Techniques.  

I know for me, organization has never been one of my strong suits and it often carries into my artistic endeavors too! 


There was something I learned several years ago which has become a staple to my supply organization, particuarly to my huge and ever expanding paper collection.



So here is my quick tip - 

For everything that is not a particular theme and sorted as such like birthday, western, animals, baby etc. and of course for cardstock and miscellaneous patterned papers is to sort everything by USING THE RAINBOW!!!

ROYGBIV

RED

ORANGE

YELLOW

GREEN

BLUE

INDIGO

VIOLET

I follow this up with my neutrals - 
Black and shades of Grey and Brown, 
and White/Ivory.

I am in the middle of packing to move in 2 days and hope that when I finally get to unpack my art supplies I will get better organized and I know this will be the first line in that process.

I hope that everyone enjoyed wonderful times over Christmas spent with family and good friends and that 2016 will bring in a year of health, happiness and all God's blessings!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

My Everyday Miracle With Karla!

Happy Wednesday! Karla here today to share the Everyday Miracle post with you. I think I'm often so busy with life - activities, kids, and Christmas - especially this time of year that I don't always stop to appreciate the blessings and miracles in my life. One amazing miracle that I am thinking about right now though is my youngest daughter Erica. Her fourth birthday is coming up in a few days. As we prepare for her party it makes me think of how long we waited for her to come. We tried for another baby until just before her older sister, Amie, was 4. At that point we decided it was time to stop trying and be happy we had a wonderful family and focus on us. We got rid of all our baby clothes, toys and crib. About 6 months later we were very surprised to find out Amie would be a big sister after all. Even though there are 5 years between the girls they are very close. I just can't imagine our lives without Erica in it, and I feel very blessed that we had faith that God would lead us down the path we should be on. I know from experience there have been times my life didn't seem like it was going where it should and it was only when I gave up my agenda that it got back on track.

I found this verse from Psalms 139: 13-16 on BibleStudyTools.com that I felt was fitting for today:

13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. 

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, 
16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

I'm once again awed at the miracle of a baby being created as well as reminded that God knows our path before we are even born. 

Here's a layout I created using a photo that was taken by a talented photographer friend of mine about a week after Erica was born. Amie was so proud to be a big sister and we were so amazed at this little bundle that took over our lives and hearts.



Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope you're enjoying these days before Christmas and getting a chance to relax a bit and have a little crafty fun!



Wednesday, December 9, 2015

In The Word Wednesday

Hi everyone...Debbie here with In The Word Wednesday

With this being December and as we are getting ready to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I wanted to share the passages from Luke 1:26-38

In the sixth month (of Elizabeth's pregnancy) the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin's name was Mary.
And he came to her and said, "Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!"
But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be.
And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.
He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David,
and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end."
And Mary said to the angel, "How will this be, since I am a virgin?"
And the angel answered her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.
And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren.
For nothing will be impossible with God."
And Mary said, "Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her.

I try to image how Mary felt through this.  Being a young girl, she must have been pretty scared and uncertain about all of this.
But yet she says:  Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.

I want to have this kind of faith!   To be able to say...let it be to me.

Let's not get so caught up during this busy time of shopping and preparing for Christmas, that we overlook the real meaning of Christmas.  The birth of our Lord and Savior.

Wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas celebration!







Monday, December 7, 2015

AND THE WINNERS FOR NOVEMBER ARE...

Here are our top 3 as selected by Design Team votes and presented in numerical order - 

#3  Toni Herron

#6  Giorgia Rossini

#8  Margaret A.

And our prize winner by Random.org -

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#2 Margaret A.

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all our entrants.  Margaret, please message me within 7 days on Facebook to Paula McLane Jennings with your address information so we can get your prize out to you!

Don't forget to check out our December challenges here

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

WELCOME TO DECEMBER!

Here we are already at the final month of 2015. 

This year has really flown by...my Mom always said it would be this way when I grew up...

I hope that you will join us in any one or all three of our December challenges.  If there are enough entries we will have a Top 3 as selected by Design Team votes as well as a random draw for a fabulous prize!


 Layout Sketch-

Linda Oswald Harvey

Katy Donaldson Taylor

Cara Goedeking

Card Sketch

Debbie Reed

Paula Jennings

Scripture Inspiration
My soul glorifies the Lord 
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
Luke 1:46-47

Karla Yungwirth

Wishing you and your families 
a very blessed and peaceful holiday season 
and a very Merry Christmas 
from all of us on the 
Scrapping Everyday Miracles Team!






Friday, November 27, 2015

ALMOST THE NOVEMBER DEADLINE!!!

There are less than 3 days for you to get your November submissions in -

layout sketch


card sketch

and Scripture Inspiration

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
His love endures forever.
Psalm 107:1


The link to enter can be found on this post!


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

My Everyday Miracle by Linda Harvey Trash or Treasure

TRASH OR TREASURE

While traveling several years ago, we decided to eat lunch in the small Oklahoma town of Sallisaw.  After we finished our meal, we visited the little antique mall that just “happened” to be a few stores down the block.

On a previous anniversary trip, I found an interesting toothpick holder and decided that would be an inexpensive item to collect.  As we walked through the store in Sallisaw, I found a whole shelf of them.  One in particular caught my eye—a lovely blue one and it was only $1.95.

I felt very satisfied with my great buy until I took it out later in the sunlight.  There, running down one side, was a hairline crack.

I thought, “Boy, how dumb!  What will I do with a cracked toothpick holder?”

I placed it on the shelf with my other two and asked God to show me why I had bought this useless  object.  Gradually, He began to speak to my heart.  He said, “Wait a minute, I want to teach you   something.”

He showed me that we were all useless at one time in our lives.  Because we walked in the darkness of the world all of our “hairline cracks” did not show up.  When we compared our lives with the lives of others, “we were not so bad.”  But when we came to the light of Christ, we realized that we were not as perfect as we had seemed.  Suddenly we realized how useless, how unlovely we really were.

Just as I wondered why I had bought a “broken vessel,” God said, “I specialize in broken vessels,  I am the Master Potter...I take the broken castoffs and make them into new vessels.  Out of the brokenness I can make a blessing.  Just let Me work in your life.”

So I accepted my little broken treasure...it was mine, and God was going to work it out for good.  What seemed to be a mistake, God would use to teach me a lesson.

Now when I look at my “mistake,” it gives assurance that God makes no mistakes.  No matter the  situation, He leads and guides and teaches.  If I did not cherish it, who would...it would have probably ended up in the trash!  If God had not loved me and reached down to save me, I, too, would have been thrown into the trash heap of life!  Just as God sees good in each of us, so I have come to see the good that has come from my little, blue, cracked toothpick holder.


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

IT'S A WINNER!!!

So sorry for the length of time it has taken me this month to post our winner.  I have been sick and am packing to move ASAP so a lot has gotten lost a bit in the shuffle of my life.

Sadly, we had very few entries last month so we will not be having a Top 3 for October.  But on a happy note, we are still awarding a prize!

The prize for October goes to #4 
Kim's Scrapbook Addiction for this layout.


Congratulations Kim!

Kim, please message me on Facebook 
(Paula McLane Jennings) 
so we can make arrangements for your prize!


Sunday, November 1, 2015

WELCOME NOVEMBER!

For a long month October sure flew past me.  


So here we are again to present you with 
a few creative opportunities.

our layout sketch-


and samples-

Karla Yungwirth

Paula Jennings

our card sketch -

with samples-

Alicia Redshaw 

Cara Goedking

and finally our Scripture Inspiration-

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; 
His love endures forever.
Psalm 107:1

Debbie Reed

Now it's your turn to take our inspiration and create something wonderful to share with us!



Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Tips, Tricks and Techniques with Cara

I am responsible for arranging crafts for my MomsNext group, and while searching for fun Fall ideas on Pinterest lately, I found this idea and loved it so much, I wanted to share it with you...

(With American Thanksgiving fast approaching, this is the craft that I found to make for our group BUT for those of you in other countries, you could still use it as a decor item to go in your home, it's still such a wonderful idea)

Make a THANKFUL Tree...

Why?
It's Easy and Fun (would be great to make with your kiddos too) and a Great Way to Remember to Be Thankful to God for all He Has Blessed You With!!
...AND you can use items you have already.

What you will need
*paper scraps for the leaves
*branches you find in your yard
*a vase or other vessel you already have on hand
*twine or ribbon to tie on leaves
*small hole punch
*markers (to write on your leaves)
*if needed, fill it with small rocks or dry beans to hold it in place
*a leaf punch (or just cut out leaf shapes on your own, 
or use this one I found on Pinterest from the Cranial Hiccups blog)
it looks like this...

Here are three examples of Thankful Trees I found on Pinterest...

(from the Happy Housewife blog)

(from Better Homes and Gardens: bhg blog)

(from Over the Big Moon blog)

*Start by securing your branch(es) in your vase/vessel. You can paint the branch(es) if you want or keep them natural.
*Then cut out (or punch out) your leaves out of paper, or cut out from the template. 
*Punch holes in your leaves and make a hanger with twine or ribbon. 

How to Use your Thankful Tree:
Throughout the month of November, have one person in your family write something or someone  they are thankful for on a leaf each day--take turns. Then on Thanksgiving Day read all the different leaves to your group.
 -OR- 
Use your Thankful Tree as a centerpiece and have everyone who attends write a thankful message on a leaf (make sure you have markers there). Then share the responses after the meal. 
-OR-
 Leave it up (you can adapt it to your own decor) for a fall decor piece.

Just remember to be thankful for all He has blessed you with...
(also, if you haven't already, see Karla's post from a few weeks ago about this)

~Cara





Wednesday, October 21, 2015

MY EVERYDAY MIRACLE

Happy Wednesday!  

Paula here with our latest miracle...

Our God is SO good! No matter what things are looking like in our circumstances He can turn it all around for us in an instant.

That is how things have been here for me...


I have a really bad living situation. The complex we live in has not had regular maintenace staff in about a year.  Apparently they forget to pay them.  Every appliance in my kitchen other than the refrigerator is broken - many of them for 6 months to a year.  All they care about is harrassing you for extra fees for all sorts of unrealistic things.  There are no outside lights in any of the vestibules in close to 100 apartments on my side of the complex.  

They were threatening us with eviction because I was disputing one of those charges.  

I am disabled and I am raising a teen son whose father died last year. We struggle financially as we are on a fixed income and my work is limited to once or twice a month.  I didn't know how we were going to move or to even find a place because I have credit problems from a disreputable debt consolidation firm I used 2 years ago that ruined my credit score with bad advice.  

The apartment has mold which I am highly allergic to and I have been in the ER twice in the past 3 months.

Pretty grim so far right?


Well, I got boxes not knowing where we would go or how we would pay for a more expensive apartment and to have all the fees you need to get into a new place.  I continued to pray (and am continuing still) to know where God is leading us to. And I continue to pack.

My son came home a few weeks ago during the worst of this and handed me an envelope.

Our loving friends took a collection and in the envlope there was enough cash to help us find somewhere to go as well as to pay the fees they were charging which I am going to have to sue for in small claims court. 

We have not found a new place yet but the harassment has stopped for the most part (although they towed my sons car yesterday for $200) but I have found an agency that helped me with advice on my credit score and contacts of an agency that will help me do that and locate affordable housing. 

I know that all of this is answer to prayer.  My God always listens and always answers...I just need to pay attention as the answers often come in surprising ways. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

In The Word Wednesday!

Karla here today for the In The Word Wednesday post. Since it was Thanksgiving this past Monday here in Canada, being thankful is definitely on my mind. As a rule, I try to look on the bright side and focus on the positive because I think it's too easy to get caught up in the bad stuff that happens in our lives. I also think that no matter what I'm going through, there's someone else who is worse off, and I really do need to be thankful for the amazing things I have.

This bible verse on being thankful is from the NIV, and I used the Rhonna Designs App to create a pretty photo featuring it.


I also found an interesting article from the Greater Good website on tips for keeping a gratitude journal, which is a great way to remember to be thankful for both big and little things. Here's a list of the tips in the article-
  • Don’t just go through the motions. Research by psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky and others suggests that journaling is more effective if you first make the conscious decision to become happier and more grateful. “Motivation to become happier plays a role in the efficacy of journaling,” says Emmons.
  • Go for depth over breadth. Elaborating in detail about a particular thing for which you’re grateful carries more benefits than a superficial list of many things.
  • Get personal. Focusing on people to whom you are grateful has more of an impact than focusing on things for which you are grateful.
  • Try subtraction, not just addition. One effective way of stimulating gratitude is to reflect on what your life would be like without certain blessings, rather than just tallying up all those good things.
  • Savor surprises. Try to record events that were unexpected or surprising, as these tend to elicit stronger levels of gratitude.
  • Don’t overdo it. Writing occasionally (once or twice per week) is more beneficial than daily journaling. In fact, one study by Lyubomirsky and her colleagues found that people who wrote in their gratitude journals once a week for six weeks reported boosts in happiness afterward; people who wrote three times per week didn’t. “We adapt to positive events quickly, especially if we constantly focus on them,” says Emmons. “It seems counterintuitive, but it is how the mind works.”
I find scrapbooking and Project Life also help me to be thankful and keep track of those gifts that I sometimes take for granted. Here's a layout I created with my photos from Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday in the Project Life App. I then used the Rhonna Designs App to add some text and digi stamps. 



Thank you so much for joining me today! I hope you're inspired to write down something you have to be thankful for, whether it's in a journal, a scrapbook page or just sending a thank you card to a friend to let them know how much they mean to you! 



Tuesday, October 6, 2015

WINNERS! WINNERS! WINNERS!

Today is a great day for a few lucky ladies!

I am announcing our September challenge top 3 and prize winner, our birthday bash grand prize winner and our individual blog winners where offered and conditions met.

So first we have our Top 3 (in numerical order)  - actually this month there was a 4 way tie...
by Design Team selection - 

#1 Giorgia Rossini

#3 Toni Herron

#4 Toni Herron

#5 Granmargaret

Here is a button for your blog -

and our September prize winner -

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#4 Toni Herron


Birthday Bash Winners

Individual Blog RAK winners-
Challenge #1 - Bev  - winner - Melissa Gross
Challenge #2 - Paula  - winner - Melissa Gross
Challenge #3 - Karla - Sam Clark
Challenge #4 - Katy - winner - Carol Burger
Challenge #5 - Debbie - no prize
Challenge #6 - Cara - no prize

And our Birthday Bash Grand Prize Winner by Random.org.

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#2 Melissa Gross


Congratulations to all the winners.  

Toni and Melissa be sure 
to message me on Facebook -
 (Paula McLane Jennings) 
within 7 days to claim your prize.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

HAPPY FALL Y'ALL!!!

Welcome to our October challenges!

I hope you all enjoyed our Birthday Bash. Winners will be announced in the few days.


We have some exciting news - 


Another new Designer has been added to the team!  Please join us in welcoming Linda Harvey to the team.  


Here is a bit about her - 

My name is Linda Harvey. I live in beautiful northeast Alabama--nestled in the mountains on the Tennessee River.  My husband is a pastor and I am very active in church ministries. We have four children and fifteen grandchildren (that means lots of pictures to scrap). I have been scrapping for eighteen years. I enjoy it as a creative outlet and a way to preserve history for my family. I currently teach a "once a month" card class...it is a joy to share with others!

and now onto the challenges - 

Layout sketch - 

Linda

Karla

Paula
(rotated 1/4 turn clockwise!)

Card Sketch

Alicia

Debbie

Scripture Inspiration - 

Have Faith in God.  ~Mark 11:22

Cara

So now that we have inspired you, we would love to have you inspire us by trying out one, two or all three of our challenges.  You will get a chance to win the monthly prize with each entry.