Saturday, June 30, 2012

Random Prize Winner for June, and some fun news...

Thanks to everyone who played along with our challenges in June!  We've done our prize drawing for the month!

The winner of the $20 gift certificate to Noel is....Dawn!!!

Dawn if you could send me an email at; I will forward it to Noel, so she can get your gift certificate to you!

And now, is anyone in the mood for a party???

Special thanks to Linda Phinney and Robert Causey for creating this graphic.

Stay tuned to the blog for more details about our special blogiversary!

We'll be back tomorrow with our next challenge.  See you then!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Hall of Fame Winner for Challenge #201...

The design team has voted and we have a winner for Challenge #201........

Congratulations goes to HER who created this beautiful layout, inspired by the song "The Good Life," by One Republic...
Congratulations Her!  Your layout will now hang in the STM Hall of Fame!  (Click on the tab at the top of the page, to view our Hall of Fame)

Thanks so much to everyone who played along with us this time!  And don't forget, everyone who participated in any of our June challenges, has their name in the hat for the awesome $20 gift certificate from this month's sponsor - Noel Mignon!

Come on back tomorrow (June 30) when we announce our random prize winner!

See you then!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Slideshow for "The Good Life" and Summertime Songs...

Welcome to our new players this week, and welcome back to our regulars!  We have LOVED looking at your heartfelt creations as they roll in!  The design team is busy voting, but in the meantime, check out the beautiful slideshow for our "The Good Life" and Summertime Songs challenges!

As always, if you don't see your layout in the slideshow, and it was linked to Mr. Linky by the deadline of midnite on June 27th - please email me at We would never leave anyone out on purpose! We will be back on June 29th (Friday) to announce the winner! See you then!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Challenge 201

Patricia here, and excited to share with you our next set of challenges.  

Challenge #201A "It's a Good Life" by One Republic
This song is part of my walking playlist.  It's a fun, happy song.  Now that I've found the video to go with the song, I want to watch it all the time.  I think there is lots of inspiration to be found in the song and maybe even in the video.

Click here to see the lyrics.

Take a look at what the Design Team did with this song:

I knew I wanted to do a mini-album with the title of the song.  Wasn't sure what pictures, not until our trip to the beach recently.  I took apart an Amy Tangerine book, then stitched it inside the Heidi Swapp resist folder.  I had a lot of fun with this little project.

I really like this song (and the fun video), so I had to scrap it after we got home from our Families with Children from China summer camp weekend! I love this picture of Anne with her counselor!

It's the simple things in life that make me the happiest.  This photo I took of Michael when we were on one of our neighborhood walks is the perfect example of why I feel we have such a good life.  To be surrounded by nature like this on a daily basis is pure bliss!

This phrase of the song just let my mind spin around aging...Journaling says: In former time you were lucky your phone fitted in your bag and you had a working net and the battery lasted long enough.
Now we are talking about taking picture with megapixels, videos and app. How old do we get.

When I'm on holiday in the beautiful Prince Edward County region I'm always thinking that living there must be a good life. That's what my journaling is about.

Challenge 201B Prompt:
Most Memorable Summertime Song.  Whenever you hear it, what are the memories that come back to you?

Here's what the Design Team did:

Every time I hear the song, Sugar Bear or Some Saved My Life Tonight, by Elton John, it makes me think about that summer of 75, hearing it play on the car radio as we drove to the YMCA.  I downloaded the cover of the single from the Internet.  The layout I created with the picture has been picked up by Scrapbook Trends and can be seen in their November 2012 issue.


One of my most memorable summertime songs is "Beyond the Sea" by Bobby Darin.  My parents would take us to the NJ shore every summer.  We didn't have a lot of money, so sometimes we would just go down for a day with a packed lunch.  But it didn't matter - we loved it so much!  They really liked Bobby Darin and this song brings back a flood of wonderful memories!

Now it's your turn.  Show us how the song, lyrics, or video for "Good Life" inspire you.  You can create a layout, art journal page, even a card.  Whatever you like to create.  Or does the prompt inspire you to create something?  Choose either or both.  Leave a comment with the link to your creations by midnight on June 27th.

Can't wait to see what you create!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Hall of Fame Winner for Challenge #200...

Thanks so much to everyone who participated this time around - we loved all of your beautiful work!!! Thanks also to the Noel Mignon Design Team for joining us on this set of challenges! We feel honored!!!

The design team has voted and the winner of Challenge #200 is....

Birgit, who created this stunning layout - inspired by the song "Whole Wide World..."

Congratulations Birgit!!! Your layout will now hang in the STM Hall of Fame!!!

Don't forget - everyone who submits a project for our June Challenges, is entered into the random drawing for the $20 gift certificate to!

We will be back tomorrow (Friday, June 15) with our next set of challenges! 

See you then! 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Slideshow for Challenge 200...

Wow - we are so excited about all of the beautiful artwork that you all submitted for this set of challenges!!!  The design team is busy voting, but in the meantime, check out the beautiful slideshow for "Whole Wide World", and your Special Shared Songs...

As always, if you don't see your layout in the slideshow, and it was linked to Mr. Linky by the deadline of midnite on June 12th - please email me at We would never leave anyone out on purpose! We will be back on June 14th (Thursday) to announce the winner! See you then!

Friday, June 1, 2012

It's June and We're Teaming Up With Noel Mignon!

We want to celebrate our 200th challenge with you by doing something extra special!  We have teamed up with Noel Mignon's Kit Club for the month of June!  What does that mean???  It means two things:

1.  Noel is sponsoring us this month with a gift certificate to her store for $20.00!  She's got awesome kits, and other fabulous scrappy goodies to choose from!  Click here to go to Noel's website, which includes the shop, blog, and a really cool and friendly online community!

2.  For this first set of challenges in June, we are honored to have the Noel Mignon Design Team playing along with us!  Yeayyy!  Welcome to Virginia Tillery, Jana Eubank, Gretchen McElveen and Kimberly Neddo!  You can visit each of their blogs by clicking on their name at the top of their layouts below.

Now - on to our 200th set of challenges!!!

Challenge #200A: Whole Wide World by Mindy Gledhill...
I stumbled upon this video on youtube and fell in love right away!  It's a super-fun song, with inspiring lyrics!  Check it out...

You can read all the lyrics by clicking on the tab at the top of the page.

Here are the Scrapping The Music Design Team layouts for "Whole Wide World..."

I loved the lyrics to this song!  I just had to chose this one after Anne's first tap dance recital!!

Journaling says : I still want to see so much of the whole wide world, I've got a long list of places I like to visit, but each time we travel, we end up in beautiful Ontario to meet our friends there. Otherwise we can't see them and a friendship only via internet is senseless.

This line in the song rang true for me, so I made an art journal page with it!

Turns out I'm a low risk kinda person, even tho' I practice being brave... I chose this lyric of the song as a reminder that I should take more chances
: .)

When i watched the video, the girl running up the snowy mountain, I knew exactly which picture I had to take and what I wanted to say.

and here are the Noel Mignon Design Team layouts for "Whole Wide World..." 

 The phrase in the song that stuck out to me was "I'm gonna go and take a chance" and that is what I wrote my journaling about on the hidden journaling card. My journaling starts out like this, " If there is one thing I could go back and tell my young self or to teach my 3 daughters it would be to believe in yourself and don't be afraid to take chances. The world will always make you doubt yourself, but your divine nature is that of immeasurable potential. Do the things that you love to do, that make you feel happy and fulfilled." I used a Hero Arts stamp set with the silhouettes of three young ladies to represent my "advice" towards my three daughters.  I wanted my page to feel feminine, but then splashed a bit of black paint across it to represent the "taking chances" message of this page. Thanks for a fun challenge! And thanks for inspiring me to create this page. :)

 I used the NoelMignon Summer Wind kit for this layout, which had the perfect "explore the world" sort of feel for this layout! I loved the lyrics to the Mindy Gledhill song and they were a perfect match for this picture I snapped of my youngest. I had a lot of different ideas for this challenge, but I ended up going the straightforward interpretation of the lyrics. For the accent strip on my page, I just used a label punch I have, punched three "windows" and embellished the insides. I love the eclectic but structured feel it lends to the page. 

Challenge #200B: 
Is there a song you once shared or currently share with a special someone as "your song" together? (thanks to Linda for this prompt) 

Scrapping The Music Design Team Layouts:

John's and my song is "All My Life" sung by Aaron Neville and Linda Ronstadt.  I don't hear it very often these day, but when I do, I always think back to the day we got engaged and our wedding!

 "Stay With You" by John Legend was our wedding song - sung so beautifully by my sister Renee.  It will always be a special memory for us!

and from the Noel Mignon Team...

I took the challenge of scrappin' that special song I share with someone... make sure to check out the journaling on my page for the fun story! 

For this layout, I used Noel Mignon's June Summer Wind" kit. I love the doilies that came with this kit, and they were the perfect touch for making a fun bow border along the bottom of the photograph. The stamps that came with this kit work great with the paint dauber as well. Love all the colors and how it all came together to compliment the photograph. About the song, I'm a big fan of Lindsey Buckingham, and every time I hear this particular song, I think of Olivia and her sweet smile when she looks at me. Lately, she's going through a phase, where she doesn't want to pose for pictures as much as she use to. Well on her 10th birthday, we were having so much fun decorating and making decorations, that she turned to me and gave me that sweet smile. When I heard of this challenge, I knew exactly what picture I wanted to use and what song to use with it.

Now it's Your Turn!
What inspires you about "Whole Wide World"? Show us in a scrapbook layout, art journal page, or anything else you are inspired to create!

How about the prompt? What special song do you share with someone?  We want to know!

To be eligible to win this challenge and have your creation hang in the STM Hall of Fame, remember to link us up to your layout(s) using Mr. Linky below by midnight central time on Tuesday, June 12th. The clock in the right sidebar shows central time to help you if you need to convert time zones.

We can't wait to see what you create!!!