Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Rockin' Girl Blogger

Well Hummie tagged me...

Roberta Ferguson started this meme.

So now I have to pick some ladies and tell why I think they rock!!!

Sandy - she is a great lady and friend!!!

LadyNRed - she is a great encourager!!!

Karla - she is a great witness for our Lord!!!

Maddy - She helped build my confidence in scrapping!!

Actually I have to back-tag Hummie.... LOL  She has been such a great friend, mentor, chat buddy etc!!!

and best of all... a sister in the LORD!!!

Monday, July 30, 2007

Photo Challenge - Filters

Hi all - here are the photos showing the different filters built into my Panasonic camera....




B & W


Friday, July 27, 2007

Using Shutter Speeds

Hi all - I played with the shutter speeds on my computer...

and here is my results... not as good as others....

This one is Jenny twirling - using each of the different shutter speeds...

Outside at dusk...

I really like the top right photo....

These bottom photos were taken last using the Night Portrait settings...

Faithful Fridays - God's Creation

Hi all!!!

Here is the 1st of the Faithful Fridays!!!

I hope you will join me as we learn to put...

"A Little Bit of God in every LayOut"

Each week I will post a Theme, Scripture Verse / Word Art, Journaling idea to help inspire you...

This weeks theme is

God's Creation

I have made a Word Art that you can add to your LO!!!

Download here

I was thinking about all the time outdoors people have been spending this time of year.

Are you enjoying the Beauty of God's Creation???

Share with me and others how God's Creation has blessed you this summer...

Here is my LO...

Themed Thursdays - New

I was not exactly sure where "NEW" would lead me... I would like to do a LO of my Brother, his new wife and her 6 kids - New Family. But I am not to sure how they feel about being on the web like that.... LOL

So how about if I share with you a NEW Meme I am starting today!!! "FAITHFUL FRIDAYS" - I will be sharing a Scripture verse / Word Art, Theme, Journaling idea - to help inspire you to scrap your Faith into your LO's!!!

Watch for a blog entry later today...

So here is my LO about becoming a NEW Christian...

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

LAImel Designs Digital Scrapbook Store

Hi all - Well I decided to open my own store....  I have been heading in a different direction in my designing and I have been way too busy to do this.  SO I decided to open my own store.  I wanted to have the freedom to be on my own time schedule and I really wanted to reduce the prices of my kits so that they are very affordable....  So all of my kits that were available at Digitals are now here.... For the low price of $2 each!!!  I am having a Grand Opening sale this Saturday July 28th....  Watch for the ads....

The Real Purpose of this entry....

A friend of mine, Hummie, suggested that I blog about the struggles of setting up my store.... 

At first, I decided to do my store all from scratch, using my own web design etc.  So I set up individual pages, writing the html myself.... Then the group pages etc.  Then I realized that nobody could do a search for a kit, no categories etc.  Plus I was using PayPal's shopping cart but it was a "buy it now" "add to cart".  Very simple, but not like other stores.... LOL  So I decided to hold off....

Then last week, I thought - ooh let me do a search for a freeware shopping cart.  I found one, but it was a nightmare setting it up....  I did figure out how to set up the pages - that went fairly quick.  But getting it uploaded to my website was a nightmare.  It would not work.... I even had tech support and they had to send it to the experts....  LOL  I don't think they ever figured it out....

Finally, on Saturday - I went to someone's blog and they said they just set up a store using Zen Cart.... and I thought of course, that is what most people are using.  So I went to their site and they had way more info / tutorials on how to use their Shopping Cart (not like the one mentioned above).  They also said theirs was easy enough for anyone to use.... LOL  So I downloaded ZenCart and I had similar problems with getting it on my site....

So I called godaddy.com my site host - WOW do they have great customer service!!!  The tech told me immediately that I needed a Linux based site rather than Windows.  She set me up and also told me how to access Zen Cart from within GODaddy!!!  So by the next morning everything was set up with Linux and I easily uploaded Zen Cart and my store.  I tweaked how it looked and now I have a STORE!!!

Hopefully this info will help someone else from going thru the nightmare I had.... LOL

Am I a Martha or Mary - busy in the kitchen - or sitting at Jesus feet?

From Hummie's Blog...

Loni is hosting In Other Words this week, a blog meme by Christian Women Online. Each week (2 weeks a month in the summer), a quote is chosen. Write about the quote and post it to your blog. Go back on Tuesday to the host's blog and add your link in Mr. Linky. Head out and read what others thought about the quote and leave them warm fuzzies. I very much enjoyed doing this challenge for the first time last time as it gets you think and then you can go out to see how others have thought up something different.

Loni has chosen a quote from a book by Joanna Weaver entitled " Having a Mary Spirit: Allowing God to Change Us from the Inside Out, which she recommends.

    • Jesus simply did not want Martha to be so caught up in kitchen service FOR Him that she missed out on the joy of Living-Room intimacy with Him.

I was thinking about this quote the other day, and here is my take on it....

I remember years ago, when I put this into practice with my own family....  Am I so busy "cleaning house" etc that I don't take the time to spend with the kids???  Are we just too busy to listen to their jokes, tales, questions when we are cooking, cleaning or on the computer???

Sometimes I get so absorbed with what I am doing on the computer that I totally miss what they are saying....  It is important whether you are a Mom of 1 or 9 (me) or more that we take time out to spend with our children - especially when they are wanting this intimacy that Jesus was talking about.  This does require a lot of patience!!!  My source of patience is in "sitting at Jesus' feet"!!!  Taking time out of my busy days - whether it is in the morning, afternoon, or evening spending time gleening from HIM!!!  Whether it is a quiet corner - or listening to good music that focuses on God, who He IS and what He HAS done (and is doing) for us(you) - you will gain HIS strength!!!

Prayer For Spiritual Growth

Hi all - this is from our message on Sunday...

Colossians 1:9-12

9 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.

In this passage, we find that Paul was continually praying for the Colossians.  He was praying for their spiritual growth in three areas....

Paul was "asking" - "that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will" (this filling is not guaranteed - we must ask for God's help and choose to desire this).

#1 "That you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing (Him)"

This walking is Practiced, Purposeful, and Pleasing to the Lord.

#2 "Being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;"

In every good work we are to be fruitful and that we desire to learn by His Word.

#3 "strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy;"

In every ability we are enabled with His strength - so that we can endure with JOY!!!

The final part of Paul's prayer, he was giving thanks to God.



Are we praying for other's spiritual walk?

How are we doing ourselves???

Are we walking with the purpose to PLEASE THE LORD???

Are we producing good works and continuing to grow in the LORD???


I pray that everyday we choose to serve the LORD with gladness!!!

Friday, July 20, 2007

Themed Thursdays (Silly)

Hi all - well I am trying to decide which LO (s) to share for this one....

 I have some really silly ones.... So I will do two!!!

I hope this one brings a Smile to your face....

Here is a silly one of my youngest son as a Super Hero....


Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Themed Thursdays - MUSIC

Hi all - I am a little late on this one.... it is from July 11th....

Our family is musically talented!!!  Tiffany though, has been given an awesome gift from God to play the guitar!!!  In a short time, she taught herself... she is really good - and that is NOT my biased opinion!!!  LOL


Here are a few LO's of her playing the guitar...



Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Sunday, July 8, 2007

1st To's

On Digital Simple Scrapbook Yahoo group we played 1st To's again yesterday. It is a game where the caller will send an email detailing an item, theme, etc that we need to send in one of our LO's that depicts this item. The 1st person who responds correctly receives a prize. Well here is 2 LO's I created yesterday for 2 of the challenges....

This is my 1st OOB (Out of Bounds). It was a lot of fun to do!!!

This was a scraplift of one of the members of our group.

In both of these LO's I used my (Lori Imel's) Games Kids Play Kit available at Digitals....

God Is Good!!!

Philippians 2:14-18

14 Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.
17 Yes, and if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 For the same reason you also be glad and rejoice with me.

Today in Sunday School we studied this passage - it was such an encouragement to me. Here are some highlights.

Vs 14

  • "Complaining" includes whispering and quarreling.
  • "Disputing" - the Greek work used here means thought, opinion, motive.

Our attitude means much to God. Are we people who complain or dispute, or are we people who are thankful to God for all He has done and for all He has give us....

Vs 15

Matthew 5:14-16

14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

We ought to stick out like sore thumbs, in terms of our holiness, in a society that has rejected God. If we are not any different than the rest of the world, then we are not living the way which we should be living.

Vs 16ff

1 Corinthians 9:23-27

23 Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be partaker of it with you. 24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. 25 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. 26 Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. 27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.

How are we used by God? Are you giving your all in service to Him? Is your attitude right? Are you living right before Him?

My Thoughts:

So how was this encouraging to me? Well a few months ago, I felt led to start designing faith-based kits. I have now created 4 kits!!! I am really enjoying designing for the Lord!!! Well recently, I found out that I am not selling very many of these kits. But I have gotten a lot of positive feedback about them!!! Well someone suggested that to increase sells, I could mix regular kits among them. Not that this was necessarily a wrong recommendation, but I realized that it would not be focusing on my goal (see 1 Cor 9:23-27 above). My goal in my faith-based kits is to point people to Jesus Christ - to encourage them to scrap their faith, to give them the means to do this!!! So I am pressing on!!!

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Themed Thursday - Patriotic

Hi all - it is great to be able to celebrate our country and the people who serve in our military!!!

Here is my LO for this weeks Themed Thursday....


Hi all - well I decided to make a new blog!!! LOL

I actually am trying to slimline and put a lot of it together!!!