Friday, March 29, 2013

Scrapping Everyday Miracles Spring Blog Hop

MARCH 29th - 31st

Spring is my favorite time of the year, and Scrapping Everyday Miracles is celebrating this special season!! The design team has put together some fabulous spring and Easter projects to inspire you this weekend. I hope you enjoy the hop! 

I've been invited to join the delightful SEM design team. Scrapping Everyday Miracles is such a sweet site with challenges designed to encourage us to consider our faith in our crafting, and I'm so delighted to be a part of this special team.

Thanks Nicole for this opportunity!

You should have arrived here from:

Here are the links for the hops along the way in case you want to start at the beginning or get lost along the way.

You are here --> Tracey S.
Kelly <-- Your next stop

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.

One of the first signs of spring here in ohio is seeing the crocuses popping up with their sweet, colorful blossoms. I was able to get a photo of these gems before the snow and cold descended back upon us this week. 

"Spring Time"

I created this page with inspiration from the Prima Build-A-Page Sketch:

These lovely flowers remind me of Isaiah 40:7-9, "The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever."

These spring beauties lasted but a day before winter-like cold temperatures and snow  returned to quickly fade them away. This precious verse reminds me that I have a God who is unchanging and is always there for me. His beauty is always present, and never fades away.

Tips and Techniques:
Fussy Cutting ~ I fussy cut flowers and leaf stems from the vibrant and gorgeous Prima Garden Party paper.

Stenciling ~ I mixed Lumiere pearl violet paint into flexible modeling paste to get this gorgeous purple  to spread over the Prima Flourish stencil.

Rayon Crinkle Ribbon ~ I sprayed several colors of mist on my craft mat and pulled this rayon seam binding through it. The color variation is subtle, but there. I simply balled up the wet ribbon and dried it with a heat tool to set the crinkles. 

Cluster ~ Since this is a Prima page, I pulled a variety of spring colored prima flowers from my stash in different shapes and sizes, along with some charms, chipboard, doily, and trinkets. I played until I found an arrangement I liked, then glued in place. 

Crystal Bling ~ The package of pearlized crystals is so perfect for this spring page, so I scattered them randomly across the bottom corner of the page. I also used a piece of a Prima crystal flourish as a butterfly trail and to tuck into the top cluster. 

Splats ~ Using an eyedropper of Dylusions Crushed Grape Spray Ink, I release drops of mist ink from well above the page to create the fun and gorgeous splats of color in the corners. 

Tulle ~ I cut rectangles of glittery tulle and wrapped with wire to create little picks to tuck into the cluster. 

Double photo ~ I printed two photos - one about an inch larger than the other. I sanded the edges and centered the smaller over the larger. 

Garden Gate ~ Isn't the vintage metal garden gate such a darling embellishment to accent the flower photo? 

Feathery Butterfly ~ I just had to include a butterfly to represent the metamorphosis and change that spring represents to me, and this pretty pink Prima butterfly fit the page so perfectly. 

Dangling Crystal ~ The photo doesn't do justice to the light that the dangling crystal picks up and reflects. I used one of the new Tim Holtz ring fastners to attach it to the page. 

I have entered this page at:

We were asked to share our answers to these two questions so you can get to know us better:

What do I love most about Spring? I live out in the country, and I love to see the rebirth of God's creation as the flowers push their way through the soil to share their gorgeous blossoms that fill the air with wafts of their amazing scents, as the trees bud, blossom, and leaf out, and as the animals give birth to their young. We have been blessed to see turkey chicks following their mamas and fawns gamboling near their sweet mothers.

Where do you live? I live in northeast Ohio out in the county. I live with my husband who supports my paper crafting and our 18 year old daughter who will be graduating from high school this spring. We also have 3 adult children and two of them are married. No grandchildren ~ yet. 

~ Prizes ~

You have several chances to win. First, I will be offering a RAK of some spring themed  and inspirational embossing folders. All you have to do is leave a comment and become a follower if you aren't already. I'll give you a second draw if you also follow me using Bloglovin. 

My Rack includes these 4 packages of embossing folders by Darice.

Brick Wall & Thank You with Flowers:

Rose Boquet & Inspiration 3 Pack

Here are the SEM blog prizes:

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 and we'll randomly choose one blog to select the winner from. 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).

Your next stop on the hop is Kelly.
You are sure to enjoy her page and sweet insights!!

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


  1. This is simply beautiful.
    Thanks you for sharing with us. Peace

  2. Hi Tracey, your layout is so beautiful,I really like the butterfly! Have a wonderful day!

  3. This is sooooooooooooo beautiful!! LOVING the colors and love love love all those flowers!!

  4. Oh, wow! This is truly a glorious piece, Tracey. Have a blessed Resurrection Sunday celebration with your family.

  5. Gorgeous!...have a blessed Easter, Tracey!
    Alison xx

  6. Oh wow Tracey so so beautiful!! Perfect for spring.

  7. Amen to God's promise, Tracey! Amen! What a beautiful flower cluster you did for your layout. Love it!

  8. Lovely! Nothing warms my heart more than the promise of spring and the visual signs of it coming through flowers - beautiful photos and layout!

  9. wonderful spring time page!! LOVE all the flowers

  10. Oh, this page just bursts with spring glory! So happy you have joined us!!

  11. Beautiful as always. I love how much thought you put into every aspect of your work. I really like the purple stenciling. It is so vibrant. And yes the gate is just darling! The whole lot, topic and art is special. xo

  12. Elegant and so gorgeous, it just sing beautiful.

    Happy Easter to you and all, hugs, Lori m

  13. Beautiful layout! I love the people swirls! I have crocuses planted thurs year, I'm so excited to see them come up!

  14. Flowers, flowers! So beautiful! So many colors, styles, textures and sizes! Clustering is one of my favorite techniques! I'm a new follower!

  15. Absolutely stunning, Tracey. Your work always amazes me. By the way, congrats on your new DT position at SEM. You will be such a blessing to them. I really wish you all the best there, and hope you can spread God's love everywhere you visit. Have a great week!
    Word Art Wednesday

  16. Just beautiful!! I'm in awe of this gorgeous page...and those crocuses are gorgeous--what a great photo! So glad to have you on the team this term!

  17. Always love flowers! Congrats on the new DT.

  18. Wow! what a layout! So beautiful! You have so many things I am going to try out! Thanks for listing the receipe! i am goint to try the ink and let it splatter! so pretty and I never seen 2 pictures layer like that~ stunning! Thanks for sharing and a chance to win! Happy Eater!!

  19. I love your lay out it's gorgeous!!! You did an amazing job. Thanks for sharing. I'm a follower.

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  20. Wow, this is so gorgeous!! I love the springy colors and the beautiful flowers!! What a stunning layout!!

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  21. I am so blessed to be working with you at SEM! I love your work and spirit! hugs! :)

  22. "The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever." - LOVE this scripture, so much hope here... This layout almost didn't look real it was so crisp, etc... My favorite thing you did was with the photo! Love the metal flower embellie

  23. WOW! This is so bright and happy and full of springtime, Tracey! So pretty, and absolutely perfect!


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