Monday, May 6, 2013

"A New Day" SEM Challenge #28 ~ All Things Have Become New

It's the first Monday of the month and my turn to create the Scrapping Everyday Miracles Main Challenge. This page is of our daughter, Elizabeth, and myself before her wedding.

Spring is my favorite time of the year with new life springing up all around. A verse I learned many years ago at vacation bible school is 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” It’s a verse I often reflect and meditate on. I find that my life is constantly changing, and our Lord wants me to put away the old things and embrace the new. 

For this month’s main challenge we would like you to share a project that represents something new in your life. You can reflect on a new relationship, a new phase of life, an event that brought change into your life, a new job, hobby, volunteer opportunity, or even a book or Scripture verse that has given you new insight. God blesses us with everyday miracles sometimes big and sometimes small that bring change and new opportunities to our lives. Your project doesn’t need to be about a recent event, but needs to represent something new in your life.

SCRAP TWIST: USE SOMETHING ON YOUR PROJECT THAT IS MORE THAN A YEAR OLD - THE OLDER THE BETTER, "AND" SOMETHING NEW TO YOU IN 2013. These supplies may be purchased, given to you, or even found objects. Be sure to tell us in your project blog post what these supplies are. 

"A New Day"

Two of our four children have married recently. This layout is of our daughter, Elizabeth, and me on her wedding day. We often think about the new relationship between a man and a woman when they marry, however, a marriage also brings about a new relationship between a parent and child. My role changed that day from one of loving authority to that of encouraging advisor. It is important for me to understand the dynamics of our changing and new relationship now that Elizabeth is married. Genesis 2:24 says, for this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.” To have a healthy and vibrant relationship with Elizabeth, I must see our relationship in a new light. This new relationship didn’t just happen the moment her and Andrew were pronounced husband and wife, but is one that is lived out in our everyday lives as we grow together as a family. It's a miracle that the Lord guides and changes us so that we can nurture this new relationship. 

Something old ~ Distress Inks ~ 2 years in my stash
Something New ~ Blue Fern Chipboard and Ruby Rock-It paper and tags I was blessed to receive in blog hops this year. The poppy stencil, I just bought and received in the mail last week. 

There are so many different things that change and become new in our lives every day. I can’t wait to see how you interpret this challenge.  

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Lisa and Scott have generously provided two $20 gift certificates. You can win one of these fabulous gift certificates by linking your project(s) to one of our May challenges. 

**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 May 31th, 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!

I used this lovely May Cest Magnifique Sketch for inspiration:

Tips and Techniques:

Chipboard ~ This Blue Fern chipboard is just gorgeous. I love all the details and the variety of leaves, berries and blossoms. I painted the chipboard with a light grey paint, allowed to dry, then colored with Distress markers pulling colors I had used on the background paper. I added details to the leaves and blossoms as well. These Prima blossoms, dry brushed with gesso worked perfectly to cluster in the center of the chipboard floral flourish. 

Painted Background ~ The only color on the background paper was the blue strip across the top. I used a Tim Holts water brush and Distress Inks to color the gorgeous images printed on this Ruby Rock-It paper. 

Stenciled Molding Paste ~ I used two of my newer Prima stencils to add texture to the background with molding paste. 

Bling ~ With the color work on my background paper and gorgeous chipboard piece, I wanted to keep the rest of the page light to allow these features and the photo to shine. I did want a little bling so scattered the large clear dew drops and small clear rhinestones across the two corners. 

Layered Tags ~ I received a bits and pieces prize from Cest Magnifique earlier this year which included the Ruby Rock-It paper collection and a package of tags and journal blocks. I layered some of these around my photo mat. 

Distressing ~ What would a page be without using my Donna Salazar Distrezz-It-All? Here it's used on my photo mat. 

I've entered this page at:
Cest Magnifique May Sketch Challenge
Word Art Wednesday ~ Challenge #78 Anything Goes

If you missed yesterday's post, I've been published at Magazine. You can scroll down for all the details and links.

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments. 

~ Blessings ~


  1. Oh how beautiful Tracey, I love the shades of blue.. totally gorgeous.. such a special photo too!!

  2. What a gorgeous layout! Love the challenge and your take on it!!!

  3. Beautiful page, Tracey! I can relate to what you relationship with my mom became priceless the day I got married.

  4. This is soooooooooooo gorgeous! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the photo, the colors and loving the white textured designs in the background!!!

  5. Gorgeous photo and gorgeous layout!! The papers and embellishments are fabulous!! Happy Monday :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  6. such a lovely page and LOVE the paint design on it!!! gorgeous work

  7. Beautiful page with a lovely photo and cool details.

  8. You put so much love in this layout. It's beautiful. Thanks for sharing the video and challenge. I need to get back to creating layouts.

  9. So gorgeous! Fantastic photo of the two of you!

  10. beautiful details on your page, lovely photo of you and your daughter :)

  11. A stunning page to showcase that beautiful photo!! Love the design, colors,and beautiful details!

  12. Such a beautiful page and sweet picture! I never really thought about that dynamic change when a daughter becomes a wife..need to give my mom a call :)

  13. Lovely ladies here! Great layout!

  14. beautiful layout, great challenge, and wonderful sponsor!

  15. Beautifully done! As a mom with 3 married daughters, I've been down this path. It's a new adventure for everyone and an opportunity to be a Titus 2 woman for her.

  16. This looks so beautiful. Love all the sweet colours!

  17. Beautiful LO Tracey! I love the texture you crated along with the lovely dp. The chipboard and flowers add the perfect touch. I also love that you have the wisdom to understand the changing dynamics of your daughter and your relationship! What a blessing for Elizabeth to have such a mom :)

  18. oh this is just gorgeous!!!

  19. Ahhhh...this is really beautiful. :)

  20. so gorgeous design my friend !!!

    hugs carla

  21. Beautiful page to go along with your photo Tracey, and I love the modeling paste!!

  22. This layout is absolutely gorgeous Tracey....what a sweet photo of the 2 of you also! Love all the extra special touches you've added too!


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