Living an ART filled life…“Creativity is a God-given ability to take something ordinary and make it into something special. It is an openness to doing old things new ways…The creative spirit is part of our heritage as children of the One who created all things. And nurturing our creativity is part of our responsibility as stewards of God’s good gifts.” – Emilie Barnes, The Spirit of Loveline
I have recently purchased a new little toy that many of you may have seen out there in the Big Wide Creative Net. Maybe you have one yourself! If so, this is the post for you!
The Phomemo is a tiny little portable thermal printer, that creates stickers and labels on the spot from your iPhone, Android, Ipad or Computer.
The model I have is the MO2. There is a MO2S available for about $20 more, but I am still unclear as to the difference between the two? (I am awaiting a reply to this question from the manufacturer) One roll of paper comes with the printer, but you must purchase paper/sticker paper separately. There is DEFINITELY a BIG difference between the papers available including plain white paper, white sticker paper and transparent sticker paper. NOTE: each paper has a specific duration for ink clarity. Some paper states the prints only last 2 years. Look carefully before you buy; my advise is to purchase the “longer life” paper that promises 20+ years.
If you are printing temporary mailing labels, notes, etc., the 2 yr paper is fine:)
You will also need to download the free Phomemo App to your device. In this App, there are lots of free printable graphics, & labels, along with a banner function and “Notes” section. If you want to add text to an image, you will need to save the image and download it to the “NOTES” section and there you can add text. Here you can also adjust the size of your image.
I think the Transparent Sticker Paper is my favorite for use with my Bullet Journal or Bible Journaling. If you fussy cut the design, you can add simple color to the page with markers or watercolor, and then place the clear sticker image on top. Below are some examples that I created this way.
I have not experimented with all the paper available. There are lots more options, including blue ink print and gold, just to name a few.
I’d like to share these images with to try! If you don’t have a Phomemo, you can print these images on 8.5 x 11 transparent label/sticker paper:) The download file is linked below.
Below is a link to these images. These images were illustrated by me, and are for Personal use only please! Art copyrighted by 1Arthouse.
These days, I need to look at a calendar to figure out what day it is!
Today, I am posting a project that came out of necessity (sort of) for me. I‘ve been thinking of ways to encourage friends and family without spending a lot of money AND without having to go to the post office 🤪
One of the most important things the Lord has taught me, has to do with what’s in my head. (The renewing of my mind) It’s so easy to FORGET who we are and WHOSE we are, when left to our own devices. I can wander off down the rabbit trail of plain ol’ wrong thinking. (Doubt, worry, self pity, etc.) To FIGHT heading off course, I need to stay connected with fellow Sisters in Christ for accountability, sharpening and encouragement. I must also be intentional about what’s “going into” my noggin and then rattling around up there.
SO, we must learn it and know it which allows us to be COMPLETE, and fully equipped for every good work.
It’s also helpful to commit our attention to what we are thinking.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.Philippians 4:8
Being intentional about directing our daily thoughts takes practice, and a running dialogue with the Holy Spirit. I find it helpful to write out or journal this process. I keep a list of things I’m grateful for, and a plan of action for specific tasks God has called me to, through my time with Him.
This leads me to today’s project…a pocket folder for the above mentioned:) A place to keep encouraging lists AND PERFECT to send loved ones through the mail!
1 12 X 12 PLAIN SHEET OF SCRAPBOOK PAPER/CARD STOCK
2 PRINT OUTS OF THE FILES I INCLUDE BELOW (for the inserts, it’s nicest to use white card stock, but not necessary)
2-4 PATTERNED PAPER (not Card Stock, can be 8.5 x 11)
tape runner or glue stick
business size envelope
scissors and paper trimmer (can make this without a trimmer)
OPTIONAL: Bone folder and Scoring Board, ring tag
Start by scoring your 12 x 12 piece of Card Stock at 4” & 8.” I did not have white card stock (which is what I wanted to use) but did have green. Green it is! You will be covering up most of this with other papers, so you don’t need a patterned paper.
If you don’t have a bone folder and scoring board, click on the bone folder options below. A metal ruler works best without the scoring board.
NEXT, turn the paper and score again at 4” & 8”.
Fold the bottom 1/3 up towards the top
Go over each fold with a bone folder or bone folder imposter tool of your choice 🤪
Next, fold in the 2 outside “thirds.”
Cut your PRINT paper (NOT CARD STOCK) INTO 7.5 X 3.5 PIECES. You’ll need 8 of these pieces.
2 of those 8 pieces will be cut into 3.5” squares for the bottom of the inside pockets. (It will help to look at the photos below, before you decide what paper you want to use for each section.)
As you can see, I only used 2 different (printed) papers. I adhered the printed paper with a tape runner. I used a circle punch to create the “access tab.” My punch is getting dull, and had a hard time going through the Card Stock + printed paper. Because it looked a bit jagged, I added the washi tape to cover it. 3 CHEERS FOR WASHI! THESE CUT OUTS ARE OPTIONAL.
Cut out the tag pieces (Ahavah) from the printables included, and glue them on using a glue stick. (You could also use a tape runner) Tie it up with a ribbon to keep it closed. The circle tag was something I happened to have on hand.
Those of you who read my blog, know I adore Beth Guckenberger and the incredible ministry the Lord has called her to! Beth has spurred in me, a love for Hebrew Words. Ahavah means more than just a sentiment, it is a feeling that is followed up with an ACTION. It does not simply mean “to Love” it means TO GIVE LOVE. For this reason, I created a little tag for our Encouragement folder ❤️
I added the “brads” for looks only. They are not necessary to hold down the tag:)
I am crazy about this ribbon. It’s elastic, and does not have to be untied to open the folder…it slips off. It’s the last of my stash. Hoping to find some more someday! Any ribbon you have on hand will work!
The mailing envelope for the variations above, was much less squished without the heavier elastic ribbon:)
Below are the Files used to create the insert pages. After they are printed, cut them to 7.5 x 3.5. I like to use white card stock for these.
Hope you will find this a fun and rewarding project! One that you share with others!
If you are new to my blog, please go HERE to catch up on what I’m providing through “DOODLE DEVOTIONS”
I have decided to refine my weekly Doodle Devotions, to make them more closely aligned with my daily focus of committing time and space for studying God’s Word, listening to the Holy Spirit, and then creating a memorial to the Lord …a remembrance of what He has revealed…A record of the place we have met ❤️
This process can help our kids learn to connect with God on a personal level, hopefully and prayerfully instilling in them, a practice for their lifetime!
I will continue to post a fun teaching video from the Crossroads Kids Club “vault” along with a complimentary coloring page, doodle 101s, and group activities and/or craft projects!
As always, my heart is to come alongside YOU as an encouragement in your walk with the Lord and journey of documenting faith!
Week 4 is all about NOAH.
Here are some Doodle 101’s to help you and your children document Noah’s Story.
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you found something helpful, and may it bless you and your family!
I have been spending a bit of time, looking for projects you might enjoy. I found this cute bound journal and wanted to share it! Perfect for Spring!
The video tutorial I used for this WATERMELON JOURNAL is below. Jennifer, from “Sea Lemon” provides easy to follow videos on simple book binding. She is enjoyable to follow!
I think Jennifer does a great job with her step by steps! I will admit, the cut out wasn’t as easy for me, so I folded the cover directly and in half and cut it with scissors to straighten up my shape.
I also reinforced that edge by applying little pieces of torn washi tape. I like the way it looks, and it feels more finished and sturdy to me:)
I added washi to all the cover edges. Again, a little more sturdy.
It’s a fun one for 10-16 year olds who could do it solo:)
I loved this project and enjoy productive crafting during these times of quarantine.
1 sheet of cardstock (or cut the side of a used cereal/cracker box)
1 sheet of Decorative Paper (not card-stock) See free printables below!
Glue Gun, glue stick, scissors, pencil
I used the video below, though I do have a few suggestions you should read before you start this project. THANK YOU Origmi4ik!
I used 4 sheets of paper for the interior pages. (You could use more, like the video, but it is a bit easier to work with fewer pages, especially for your first try at this)
Because you bind the interior pages with a glue gun, children should not attempt this alone. It is best to have an adult hot glue the interior pages together.
I used a paper cutter to speed up the process, though I did do a few books by hand. My paper cutter’s blade is dull, so the edges get a little rough at times and cutting by hand solves that problem.
4 sheets of paper cut, yield 60 interior pages.
A Few Tips learned the hard way 🤪
Messy folds and cuts yield wonky books. Take your time folding, creasing firmly and cutting as accurately as you can.
Use card stock for “cover pieces” but not for decorative final cover. It will be too thick to fold.
Crease the “binding area” (the box like space created with cover) once the decorative final cover has been glued on, before you insert the interior pages.
When glueing the interior pages to the finished cover, start with the back as seen in the video, then glue into place pushing down with the cover closed, making sure you have enough room to open the book fully. Then do the front the same way. (This one is hard to explain without going through the process! Hope my mentioning it helps!!)
Below are some FREE PRINTABLE PAPERS for you to use for covers! They are just the right size, though I do cut a little beyond the printed area for the “height” of the book to allow a little more room for folding and glueing.
Use your little mini book/journal for keeping notes, a gratitude list, food diary, etc.!
The above lyrics come from a song that was sung at my wedding.
At the age of 20, these words touched me deeply (and they still do)….I longed for this way of life, yet my selfish attempts to acquire it, brought me the opposite of all my desires. Oh, what a very long time it would take for me to allow God to do the weeding required, to see beyond the forest of lies that had grown over my heart.
The lie that I’ll never be good enough.
The lie that I need to work harder to get others to love me, and even then, I can never do enough.
The lie that my husband could rescue me from myself, and my circumstances.
The lie that I was deserving
The lie that when people misunderstood me or hurt me, they meant to….because they didn’t love me.
Things said and done to me, became my identity…LIE
MY IDENTITY IS IN CHRIST
God meets all our needs beyond all expectations and beyond any measure.
Getting back to Proverbs…
For those of you who are married, (Or desire to be one day) I hope you will take a few minutes to listen to this song.
I think you’ll “experience” the sweet blessing it could BE, if we allowed The Lord to grow us towards this good purpose, as women of faith falling under our creator’s authority.
Instead of of constantly taking the wheel from my husband, Lord, please draw me to pray over him…
Remind me Father, that I am responsible for my own spiritual health…not my husbands.
Through Your power and love, I can be this Proverbs woman.
I know that you have created me to be his helpmate, and he is to be my protector, loving me as Christ loves the church.
Can it be in my surrender to you in this, you will bless our home with unity and joy, rooted in LOVE…
like nothing I can attain for myself?
Draw me to Yourself Lord, that You would be my first love.
Even though many of my art supplies are still in a storage area, I have begun to set up “shop.” God has wired this creative brain of mine to crave the “creative process.” In it, I feel connected to Him, using the gifts He has established in me to mimic His creative nature. I am thankful that my husband is so patient with me…supporting my need for a space to work and dream and play. He is the one who found my work table. I have been looking this past year for something I had pictured in my head and heart…thanks honey, for not only finding the perfect table, but for so generously paying a little extra to make my “dream” a reality.
The light I started with came from Pottery Barn and I am including a photo below. Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s available anymore, but I would imagine that someone “handy” could create this shape using rings of some sort from the hardware store along with a light kit. Don’t you think?