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Nat Mardon
 

Hi, I'm Nat. I'm 25 and married to a wonderful man, mum of three, with 2 boys (Jaidyn, 6 & Elijah, 1) and our precious new little Princess, Lani. We live in North Brisbane, and attend a small Baptist church, which we love!

I have been a Christian for about 4 years now. The Lord called me back to him after being in a relationship that was at a dead-end, and my life has been so rich since then! I met Greg in the first few months of being a Christian and we were married 18 months later. My main ministry at the moment is with children. I lead the Children's Ministry in our church, and am heavily involved in our Kids Club, Kids Sunday services and bi-annual community family outreach event. I have a degree in early childhood education so this really helps too. Working with kids is not always a walk in the park, but I love seeing them excited about learning about Christ. Being in relationship with Christ fulfills my life more than I could have ever imagined. I could not go back to living without Him. Sure, I still struggle with everyday stresses, but its all the more bearable knowing that God has a plan for my life and that He is there to ride it through with me.

I have been Scrapbooking since Jaidyn was about 1, so for about 5 years. I've had a lot of 'slumps' in that time, but I'm back loving it again. Its not always easy to define my style, but I guess its clean, linear and fairly classic. I like to use straight lines and at the moment am really loving the brighter colours. Most of my pages feature boy colours, but I do enjoy breaking out in a page about myself or friends and using some really girly colours too! Since being in the SOF design team, I've really enjoyed exploring my faith and getting this down on paper. I still need to do a lot more though! But there's something great about getting the words of God in our scrapping and the challenge it sometimes brings too. So I hope you can gather some inspiration from taking the journey through YOUR faith with me and the other team members.

 

 

   
Roz James

Hi, I'm Roz James, I live at Cudgen in Northern NSW with my husband Clint, our cat Bonni, and our dog Lizzie. I work from home as a massage and beauty therapist, and I like to scrap when I have spare time! I am thrilled to be a part of the Scrap of Faith design team, and hope that we can collectively reach many people with God's Word through our classes

   
Lara Moss

I’m a kiwi girl, now working as an early childhood teacher – where I get paid to teach my youngest child still!  I have been married to my husband for 8 years and we have three very energetic children – two girls who are 6 and 5 years and a son who is 4 years.  I chose to follow Christ and believe in his Word the Bible as a very young child but in my teenage years made my commitment as an ‘adult’ – if you can call teenagers that… as at that stage I was starting to ‘choose’ what I would do – not my parents.  For each of my children to come to know and believe in Christ and take God’s gift of Salvation for themselves is my continued prayer.  I have been Scrapbooking for 4 years now – started the CM way and eventually my pages took on more of me & less of a formula!  I became involved with Scrap of Faith when a non believing friend forwarded me this ‘new site’ as she thought I might be interested… the rest is history!  I love that this site and it’s members challenges me in my Faith, my prayers, my time in God’s Word, my priorities and in many ways has gotten me ‘back’  to a closer walk with God. 

   
Rowena Field

Hi I'm Ro

Isn't scrapping just the best? I love it with a passion - but it isn't the main passion in my life! Instead it is an outward expression of the things I am most passionate about (which funnily enough all start with 'F'). My Family...my Friends....but mostly my Faith.
 
I was privileged to be brought up in a wonderful Christian home, but Christianity isn't one of those things that you inherit from your parents (unlike my "Moss" thighs). At some point in your life you realise that you have faults (& lots of them!) and you can't do anything to 'fix' that problem between you and God. It is not until you make a decision to enter into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and accept the forgiveness on offer, that you are made right with God. Fortunately for us, Jesus took our sin and paid the price for us. How awesome is that?
 
A lot of people seemed to get started into scrapping when they have kids. Me too!  My scrapping has evolved over time to more than just a commentary on the life and times of the Field Family...but also message about the important stuff that I want my girls to understand - about what gives my life (and hopefully theirs) meaning.
 
Do you want to know what I think is REALLY cool.??..Photoshop! So how do I fit in with this talented bunch of Christian ladies at Scrap of Faith?? I am the digital person. I have learnt to navigate my way around Photoshop by a lot of trial and error....and although I am no expert, I love it! [BUT I still need to feel paper between my fingers from time to time...so I tend to combine traditional scrapping with digital...and come out with some sort of hybrid!!]
 
PS - I have been married to my best friend Bill for nearly 15 years & we have 3 daughters. I work as a physio to fund my scrapping adventure!
So glad you could join us here at SOF :)

 

Tracey Smith
 

G’Day! I’m the Sydney gal! It has been a blessing on my journey with Jesus to become a part of his handiwork, Scrap of Faith.

I have been gladly married to Cameron for 14 years and we have two chickadees, our son Andrew (age 12, now in High School and taller than me, to his ongoing delight as he leaves me behind) and our daughter Claire (age 9, determined to be taller than me and loving to shop and scrap – a bit like her mum!). I am blessed to be a SAHM to care for them all.

Cameron and I came to know Jesus and have a relationship with him about 8 years ago and it’s been the richest time in our lives. As I continue on this journey with Jesus I have come to see how our creativity is God given, and often when we don’t create (or say we can’t) then sometimes it’s because stuff has happened in our lives and our spirits have been crushed. That was my experience, and through wonderful opportunities given to me to learn more about God and to experience His healing, the pendulum has swung in the opposite direction and for the last three years or so I haven’t been able to get enough of this wonderful vehicle He has given me – scrapbooking.  Gone are the days when I described myself as ‘craft impaired’ and would run a mile at the nearest mention of ‘doing craft’. I’m making up for lost time – or rather,  God is doing what He always does - keeping promises - like the one found in the Bible, in Joel 2:25 – “I will make up for the years the locusts have eaten”. Yay!

When I was led to Scrap of Faith, I discovered a group of people who were passionate about Jesus and passionate about scrapping – so I felt like I’d found a home! I’d always acknowledged God in my scrapping, mostly in what I would journal on my layouts, but I had never thought about actually scrapping my faith … and since being introduced to the concept, accepting some of the great challenges offered during our Cyber Crops, participating in classes and soaking in all of the wonderful tips and advice provided by this lovely community of people – I feel like my creativity has gone to another level and the joy it brings me is so exciting. I love what I create, and that’s something I so enjoy about scrapbooking in general – you can scrap in whatever style you enjoy, it’s not about what others think. There is so much to learn and experiment with and play with! I’m having a ball! And at the same time I get to create a history for my children as I go along where hopefully they will see that I try not only to scrap my faith but to live it. It has shown me that I have much to be thankful for. And I create to delight my Creator, who loves everything I do!

I have a little doorhanger that I made for the room in which I scrap, which reads “Mummy’s little skrap of heaven”. It’s my prayer that you will also discover your own little scrap of heaven on earth as you visit Scrap of Faith. It’s no accident that you’re here.

Welcome home!

 

Gail Comber

I’m Gail and have lived in the South Coast of NSW all my life.  Married to John 22 years this October.  We have 2 children, Haylee 20 & Royce 18.

I have crafting for about 16 years and enjoy many crafts including:- sewing, card making, paper making, trinket brooches, quilting, appliqué, cross stitch, basic embroidery and of course scrap booking.  I have only been scrapping for about 18 months.  My real passion in scrapping is Off the Page.  I am always on the look out for unusual items to scrap. It all started with covering biscuit tins to store my ribbon & lace in and grew from there.

I have been a Christian for about 17 years & it has been a real roller coaster of a ride. I am still learning to listen and obey God’s will for my life.

I am thrilled to be able to join 2 passion in my life in scrapping my faith, & am very much looking forward to sharing my passion for my Lord and my crafts.

 

Sally Clifford

I'm a Brisbane gal and the "Caretaker" of Scrap of Faith.  I was sitting in church one day after the service and I'll admit I was tuning out of the Church notices.  I was really in my own world asking God what he wanted of me & should I "pursue scrapping" or just have it as a hobby.  I had been selected as a Making Memories Master Finalist, but I just didn't see it as having "purpose" in my life.  So while chatting with God about Him, scrapping and what He wanted, He inspired me to start a Website dedicated to Christian Scrappers.  I remember thinking "Okay great this is good, what will we call it?" and like a flash "Scrap of Faith" came into my mind.  So that very day it started and I can't praise God enough for the journey that being apart of Scrap of Faith has taken my life on & others too.  This is God's site, I just do the "admin" for it :-)

Besides spending my time here :)  I'm a "sort of" Stay At Home Mum.  My DH, Mark (the technical brains behind SoF) and I are very blessed to be running our own business from home.  God has given us 5 beautiful Children and we are able to be home for them.  As well as running our business we both take an active roll in home schooling them :-)  Usually my first question from Holly in the morning is "Who's the teacher today?"  Life couldn't be better :-)  A wonderful DH, great kids, a wonderful place to share my creativity and faith & above all our Heavenly Father who loves us to bits!!