Saturday, December 15, 2012

Thank you for Five Wonderful Years...

The design team has voted and we have decided that the winner of our very special "Try Everyday" and Mis-sung Lyrics challenge is...

Julie Tucker-Wolek,

Marit Barentsen,

and Yvonne Yam!!!

Yes, that's correct!  You are all winners and all three of your beautiful creations are going in the STM Hall of Fame!   We appreciate you especially, because, even if you didn't know it at the time; you were participating in our very last challenge. 

For the last five and 1/2 years, we at Scrapping The Music have loved bringing you challenges.  We have loved seeing your creations.  You have inspired us so much! That's what makes this post so difficult.

We have decided it's time to close down the Scrapping The Music challenge blog.  We have been struggling with this decision for awhile now, and with heavy but grateful hearts,  we've decided the end of the year is a good time to say goodbye.

We want to thank EVERYONE who has participated in our challenges!  You are what has made this adventure so wonderful for us!

Some of our design team members have created layouts to commemorate the occasion...

My layout to say goodbye is based on the song "Every time we say goodbye" sung by Nat King Cole. (Note: I couldn't find Nat King Cole, but I linked you to a version by Ella Fitzgerald).

My layout to say goodbye is based on 'When the music's over' by Jim Morrison & the Doors.
I created a background of some of my layouts I've made for StM in the past years,
Journaling says: After 5 years StM will stop... I've participated since august 2010 and I even had the privilege to be a DT member for a few months. Michelle and all of you StM guys, thank you very much for those years of fun and inspiration.

I used the Muppets' song "Saying Goodbye" as the inspiration for my layout.  I am filled with emotion and can honestly say that I have loved Scrapping the Music and being on the design team for the past 2 years.  It has been the best scrapping experience of my life.  I have met so many talented and wonderful people and I want to thank you all for giving me this amazing opportunity!

Here's a layout I did for our "Piece of My Heart" by Janis Joplin challenge.  Scrapping The Music will always have a Piece of My Heart!

Just seeing these layouts gets me choked up.  I appreciate each one of you on the design team so much! Thank you so much for being such a wonderful group of women; and sharing your talents week after week with such dedication and heart. You have truly become like family to me!

But - WAIT!  There's good news too!

Even though we won't be posting challenges on this blog anymore, we don't want to stop sharing our love of music with you!  So we have another announcement...

We have created a flickr group, called 
where we can all share our music-inspired creations with each other!    

Our intention is to have a very casual and fun atmosphere at flickr, where we can not only post our creations that were inspired by music; but we can also have discussions about anything music-related, post concert reviews and photos, the possibilities are endless!!! We have already started uploading photos to the group, and we hope you will join us over there!

and last but not least, we want to wish you a Merry Christmas (for those who celebrate), and Happy New Year!!!  With these holiday layouts...
in English: Sinterklaas, who does not know him...
Well, I guess most of you do?

Sinterklaas (Saint Nicolas) is a dutch holiday, on December 5th children get presents (if they have been nice of course...)
Sint arrives at a steamboat, around half November, and from that day on kids can put their shoe, together with some water and food for his horse Amerigo and maybe a nice drawing for Sint himself, and sing some Sinterklaas-songs.

Sinterklaas rides the roofs at night and the next morning there might be a little present in the shoe. And of course his horse has eaten the bread or carrot, and the food has been gone.
At the night of December 5th, called  'pakjesavond' there will be alot of presents for the children and the whole family.

I think Sinterklaas and Santa Claus are the same? Even their names sound alike...

"Love Has Come"
I chose Amy Grant's Christmas song "Love Has Come" for many reasons.  We went to see her in concert at Christmastime one year, and she sang this song and absolutely blew me away!  To see the wonder in Katie and Anne's eyes each Christmas morning - well, there is no more joy than that in this world!!!  I want to take this time to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas!  May it be filled with joy and happiness!

Hard to choose just one Christmas song there are so many songs I like, but I thought this photos fit for the lyrics. My journaling reads : With 19 months presents and seeing your grandmas and your grandpa are the most important things for you at Christmas.

We are so close to Xmas now that I think this song We wish you a Merry Christmas will inspire you . I created this card and at the same time I wish you all A merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!


Even though it's not particularly Christmas-y in the usual sense, Jackson Browne's "Alive in the World" perfectly expresses my thoughts about this season.  "Open my eyes and wake up alive in the world..."   This is something all the great saints and sages have tried to teach us.  I hope the lyrics inspire you as much as they do me: 


When my heart finds Christmas, I hope it finds you too!
: .)



DON'T FORGET TO COME SEE US AT Art Inspired by Music!  
We hope you will join in the fun there!