Monday, June 3, 2013

Love ~ for the SEM June Challenge and Blue Fern June Sketch

June is traditionally the month for many weddings, and Love is in the air at Scrapping Everyday Miracles.

"Your challenge this month is to scrap about a husband and wife relationship and the love you see/experience because of it.  The scrap twist is that you can only use cardstock, NO PATTERNED PAPER!"

Go here for the challenge details and to link up your project. 

Our talented Jessica Shurts created this month's challenge, and I'll be sharing more about her thoughts on this challenge later in this post.

Marriage is a sacred covenant. Gary and I have been so blessed to see two of our children enter into relationships with Christ at the center. This photo of Elizabeth and Andrew praying during their marriage ceremony show their love for their Lord as well as for each other. It is our prayer for them that this trio of love will last a lifetime.


I was inspired by the Blue Fern Studios June Sketch:

Tips and Techniques:

Chipboard Lock ~ I used several shades of Donna Salazar's Mix'd Media Inx on this gorgeous Blue Fern vintage lock piece. I added this vintage skeleton key from my stash and just adore the real patina and rust. 

Mixed Media Background ~ I used several layers of mist, several stencils, Mixed Media Inx, embossing powder, and crackle medium to create my background. The mat was white cardstock I misted and scrunched. I must admit, this cardstock only twist was a challenge for me, since I love my shabby chic patterned papers. Don't be afraid though - give making your own patterns a try!! Speaking of patterns ~ the "patterned" paper for the banners was more white cardstock I stamped, misted, and inked.

Woven Ribbon ~ I found this fabulous video tutorial by Christina Griffiths demonstrating how to create this wonderful woven ribbon piece. I used one of the ribbons from the June Ribbon Club Assortment at Really Reasonable Ribbon. The light blue color wasn't quite right for this page, so I misted it with several shades of mists to achieve this grungy aqua color. I love how the shimmery silver border resisted the mist.

Flowers ~ I pulled together flowers from a variety of manufactures for this page and misted the large Prima focal flower to tone down the bright yellow.

Butterflies ~ The two layered butterflies started out as one chipboard piece from the Blue Fern Studios Icon Set. I soaked it in water and it fell apart into two pieces giving me two butterflies to work with. I then soaked them more and pried the wing layers apart. I misted and they dried with beautiful shimmer and lovely dimension.

Bird Chippie ~ Isn't this little perched bird from the Blue Fern Icon Set so adorable? The perch is a piece of chipboard scrap I cut with my Spellbinders Iron Works Accents Dies. I ran it through my Big Shot several times to get a complete cut. I spread some blended fiber medium across the piece and once dry misted and inked it.

Title ~ More layered Mix'd Media CHOX Inx to color this Blue Fern chipboard title.

Punch Work ~ I randomly punched the distressed edges of my page.

Distressing ~ Of course with my DSD Distrezz-It-All by Zutter.

Here is what Jessica has to say about her challenge:

First, a little about me. My husband and I have been married for 9 years and we have 4 children, ages 6, 4, 2 1/2, and 5 months. I started scrapping when I was in high school and have been doing it ever since. I have been Catholic all of my life and have really come to understand and love my faith and God as an adult.

Since June is one of the most popular months to get married (my husband and my anniversary is the 19th), I decided to do a challenge on love. Your challenge this month is to scrap about a husband and wife relationship and the love you see/experience because of it.  The scrap twist is that you can only use cardstock, NO PATTERNED PAPER! The couple you choose can be you and your spouse, your parents, grandparents, or any other couple whose love for one another inspires you.

The bible has so much to say about love and marriage.  It starts at the beginning, in Genesis, when God creates Man and Woman:

Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.  The man said, "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called 'woman, ' for she was taken out of man."  For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.  Gn 2:22-24

These verses are revisited by Jesus in both Mark (10:6-9) and Matthew:

"Haven't you read," he replied, "that at the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female,'  and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh' ?  So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."  Mt 19:4-6

And then, of course, there is the description of love:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 

Our Scrapping Everyday Miracles sponsor this month is Citrus Twist.

Citrus Twist Kits grew out of one girl’s love of all things crafty, with just a little love of vintage thrown in. Here is the story: My mom and I shared a love of the art world. I grew up tagging along to Art in the Park shows, quilting fairs and more. Early in 2012 my mom passed away and as I was going through her lifetime of art and crafts supplies, the idea for Citrus Twist Kits was born. It was the vintage scraps that inspired the handcrafted item that goes into each main kit.
Citrus Twist Kits are color-based, inspired and great value for your money. A box arrives on your doorstep each month filled with scrapbooking gifts to keep you playing all month long. LINK: 

Trina has provided us not one, but TWO prizes to give away this month!
The first is the May Project Life Kit:

The second is the April main kit:

Awesome, right?!  You can win one of these fabulous kits by linking your project(s) to one of our June challenges. 

Subscriber special, for our site members, June only: Free alphabet set with 3- or 6-month sub. You will need to mention in the comments box at checkout that you are a member of our site and want the promo that will ship with your first kit.

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 by June 30th, 11:59pm PST. 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!

Stop by the Scrapping EveryDay Miracles Blog to link up your special marriage layout.

I have entered this layout at:
Blue Fern Studios June Sketch Challenge: I've used Icon Set One, a vintage lock, and my love title from the Valentine Word Set.
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #82 Anything goes or Proverbs 14:26

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~ Blessings ~


  1. Really beautiful... I love the plated ribbon!

  2. This is AMAZING!! LOVING the colors, the flowers and love love love that woven ribbon!!!

  3. What a beautiful, special page Tracey! Thanks for sharing the story and your wonderful techniques with us :)- and awesome take on the sketch too. Great work!


  4. Tracey, this is beautiful! Love your take on the sketch! And LOVE the photo of them praying during their ceremony. I can only pray that God has a Christ-centered hubby for each of my girls too. Blessings to you, and glad you could join in on the sketch challenge!

  5. So beautiful. A marriage based on the Word of God and with Him at the centre is so special.

  6. gorgeous page!!! LOVE LOVE all your details and the ribbon work is gorgeous!!! what a gorgeous photo

  7. Your art is nothing short of AMAZING, Tracey! I just love this, and I must say that this is an absolutely precious photo. In fact, I think it's my favorite from the wedding. LOVE it! Thanks so much for stopping by to share with us this week. You are such a blessing to me!
    Word Art Wednesday

  8. As always, you created a beautiful layout. Love it so much!

  9. Beautiful, Tracey. Love the colors and wonderful braided ribbon.

  10. Wow! The braided ribbon is so rich and gorgeous and your colors are fabulous!

  11. Beautiful tones and braided ribbon!

  12. Your work is always just amazing! That braided ribbon banner with the beautiful flowers is stunning! What a sweet tribute page to this marriage! (that photo is gorgeous too!)

  13. Your blog just reeks of LOVE
    Thank you for the lovely comment on my blog I have a very nice guest room.......Lis

  14. Wow, this is absolutely stunning, Tracey!! The colors are so beautiful!! The braided ribbon banner is just gorgeous - what a fabulous touch!! Love, love this, as always!! Have a great day :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  15. What a lovely creation, Tracey! The turquoise braided trim is stunning!! I also just love that lock and key detail...great job with the Blue Fern sketch, too!

  16. This is beautiful. There are so many details on this page. A work of love to showcase an absolutely beautiful photo.

  17. Such a beautiful, earthy palette, Tracey, and I just adore what you've done with that yummy ribbon!

  18. Beautiful page cool banner.

  19. Love the rich colours and beautiful textures. Such a beautiful layout Tracey.

  20. Well, Tracey, this one sure made you step outside your comfort zone....& of course, you totally rocked it- that ribbon plait is STUNNING & so reminds me of the 'cord that binds' quite metaphorical, I reckon...& what a GREAT idea for your butterflies...I'd never have thought that one up...gorgeous pic of your Eliz, too:)):)


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