Happy Mail Encouragement Folder

Hello and HAPPY Friday!

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.

God’s Word is for our benefit…

2 Timothy 3:15 From infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16AllScripture is God-breathed and is useful forinstruction, for conviction, for correction, and fortraining in righteousness, 17so that the man of God may be complete, fully equipped for every good work.…

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!

SUPPLY LIST

  • 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
  • ribbon
  • 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.

CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO GO TO THIS PAGE. THANKS BRAINBRIGADE!

NEXT, turn the paper and score again at 4” & 8”.

YOU SHOULD SEE 9 “SCORED” BLOCKS

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.)

I CHOSE TO USE THE SAME PRINT FOR EACH OF THE OUTSIDE SECTIONS & FOR MY INSIDE POCKETS.
UNFOLD THE INSIDE POCKETS TO ADD THE PAPER FOR THE BACKGROUND

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.

I DIDN’T GLUE THE POCKETS DOWN. IF YOU DO, BE CAREFUL! ADD GLUE TO THE VERY EDGE, OR YOUR INSERTS WON’T FIT. (I THINK IT’S FINE TO LEAVE IT UNGLUED)
THE 2 INSERTS ON THE RIGHT ARE INCLUDED FOR WRITING DOWN A PLAN.
EXAMPLE: I WILL EXTEND LOVE TO MY FAMILY
-WASH MY HUSBAND’S CAR
-MAKE COOKIES FOR THE KIDS THIS WEEK
ETC.
I STUCK THIS EXTRA CARD IN THE GRATITUDE POCKET

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.

CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE FOR THE PDF THEN CLICK THE TITLE TO PRINT
CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE FOR THE PDF THEN CLICK THE TITLE TO PRINT

Hope you will find this a fun and rewarding project! One that you share with others!

Bless you!

Quick Fun Project

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!

Click on the image for video

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.

The interior pages with print are cardstock. It’s all I had, and worked fine:)

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.

Happy Monday!

Much love,

Mini Clipboard Keyring

Hello and Happy Spring! (we had snow this week in Cincy!!)

Today’s post is a  project highlighting both our April Frog Dog  Studio Kit and Amazing Crafting Product Clear Cast Resin part of our April Add on Kit.

and, of course…

And from my own supplies…

The Crafters Workshop stencil below (life shapes)

I can be a bit forgetful, especially when it comes to dates and times, so…when I opened the April Kit and saw the mini clipboards…a little message pad that would fit on my giant key ring came to mind.

Um, I confess, I misplace my keys sometimes  a lot…this is why I keep my keys on a BIG ring with a giant heart…to help me find my keys when they hide from me.

The small clipboard was just the right size to add to my ring, and will be a handy message reminder…it even holds a little pencil, in case I want to leave someone a note:)

I placed the stencil on top of the mini clipboard piece and used embossing liquid over it.

Next, I sprinkled the Alumidust powder over the top, tapped off the excess…

and used my heat gun to set.

I decided to try “mixing” the StazOn inks, by first pressing my stamp into the

Claret and then in the Blue Hawaii, and it came out a beautiful deep burgundy:)

I made a little message pad, and tied in this cute bee stamp with the words…“Bee Reminded”

Using a black Gelato, I added color to the edges of the clipboard.

Finally, I mixed equal parts A & B of the Amazing Clear Cast Resin (about 1/2 a TBS. each)

to cover and seal the front…giving the clipboard a hard protective surface.

Pour the two parts together, and then allow the air bubbles to rise, slowly stir until combined (no more visible “swirls”) and then carefully pour over the surface.  I used one of the popsicle sticks included to “encourage” the resin to spread to the edges.

Allow it to dry overnight.

As always, our April Kit provides countless project options!  I love to see how many different projects the design team comes up with using the same kit! I hope you do too, so keep “watching!”

 Stop by Frog Dog Studio!

Happy Spring!

Sue

Holiday Cards & Tags

Happy FALL!

The Fall and Winter months remind me of all I am thankful for!  I love this time of year and look forward to Spending time with loved ones as we enjoy Hot Soup and Chili, Logs on the fire, Homemade Caramel, Gingerbread Men, Cinnamon in the air, and Holiday decorating:)

 So here are some cards and tags I created with our November Mixed Media Kit from Frog Dog Studio,

to adorn a gift or just to say thank you.

“We only enter into the full life if our faith gives thanks. Because how else do we accept His free gift of salvation if not with thanksgiving? Thanksgiving is the evidence of our acceptance of whatever He gives.

Thanksgiving is the manifestation of our Yes! to His grace.”  —Ann Voskamp

   Here are the products I used from our GREAT November Kit.  

 (I happened to have these cute leaf stamps)

Wow, do I love the Niji Pearlescent Watercolor Set.  

The colors are beautiful and the shimmer adds such a special touch.

…and the Distress Glitter…well, wait til you see what a fun accent these make! 

I used a package of blank cards with envelopes.  You can purchase several different sizes from craft stores like Michaels or Hobby Lobby.

 

 

 

Above, I used a Copic Marker to “ink up” my stamp.  You can use a stamp pad, or any markers you have on hand.  I used this Copic marker because I had a color that I felt matched the Watercolor Set.

 

Here you can see the stamped image on the blank card.

Next, I added more color using the Niji Pearlescent Watercolor Set. 

 

Above,  my paint brush is resting on the Gold I mixed with the Dark Mossy Green.

 I find it easiest to spray all the colors I plan to use with a small mister. (filled with water)

Once you do this, you can then “grab” colors or even mix them, to make and a new color. The lid is designed to do just that:)   

 

I knew I wanted to add the Distress Glitter (Gold) so mixing in a little of the Watercolor Gold would compliment the Glitter.

 

 Above, you can see that I added a “good squeeze” of the Glossy Accents, and then below…took a brush to spread it over the entire leaf.  

I did this, to create a “thin” layer of the Glossy Accents.  I just wanted enough to “hold” the Distress Glitter.  (a thin layer dries faster too)

 

Now for the fun part…a sprinkling of Glitter!

 Such an easy application for that Wow factor:)

 I used the Sakura Glaze Pen in Hunter Green to add a few accents.  Look above to see how JUICY these Glaze pens are.  They dry with a 3 dimensional finish.

 I am a crazy fanatical “PEN GIRL” & I LOVE these Pens!!

THANKS FOR ADDING SO MANY GREAT COLORS TO OUR KIT TINA!!!

 I used this same process detailed above

for each of the Leaf stamps and Acorn stamp on the rest of the cards.

 I added a little more detail with an XS PITT MULTI LINER BLACK PEN.

 

 I was loving the results, so I decided to pull out some Blank Kraft Tags.

 And why not go ahead and make a few Christmas Tags:)

 The White in the Watercolor Set looks GREAT on a dark Kraft tag.

 (any dark paper really makes these colors POP!)

I loaded my brush with ALOT of water, saturated it with the WHITE watercolor paint, and then “flicked” it with my fingers to add the “SPLATTER” effect.

Hope this sparks some of your own ideas or inspires you to create some of these notecards and tags!

 It’s a joy to share with you!!

Thank you for stopping by!

 Sue

 

 

 

The Next Level: Totes:)

I’ve been expanding my horizons from paint, ink, and pens on paper & canvas to Fabric.

I have extremely basic sewing skills, and have never been one to have a mind that enjoys following a pattern…too precise…but, with a desire to paint on textiles, I am forcing myself to learn a few things.

From small zippered bags to totes:)

Easy Sew Painted Tote Bag

Easy Sew Painted Tote Bag

I found the pattern for this tote here.

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It’s an easy pattern to follow…trust me…if I can do it…well, you know the rest:)

This was actually an easier project than trying to put a zipper into a small make-up bag.  (previous post here)

It’s even reversible!

Thank you so much Helen Newton!!!  (owner of Lilly Blossom over at Etsy)

The Zippered Bag goes MIXED MEDIA:)

I’ve been wanting a fun personalized make-up bag for awhile.  I kept asking myself, “can’t you just make one?”  my answer was…”well, I don’t really sew.”  -and that is the truth.

BUT, I am trying to learn…hence, the daily zippered bag projects:)

This is the bag I had in my head…well, at least ONE of them:)

Mixed Media Bag

I wasn’t super happy with the last zippered bag I made…I like this one  better.

I do admit that I really had some “needle troubles”

Not sure the cause…bent one…another kept falling out…I think I need a few more basic lessons from my Daughter:)

Go HERE for the step by step bag tutorial.

For the design, I used inexpensive acrylic paints mixed with textile medium, which when heat set, becomes permanent but still soft and flexible.  For the lettering, I used a permanent black XS PITT multi liner pen.

The material I used for the bag is an inexpensive muslin.

Please send me a message, if you have any questions!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Super Easy 30 Minute Headband

My daughter is the seamstress, but she has bitten me and the “disease is spreading!”  I don’t think I’ll ever sew the beautiful clothes that she does, but I sure like trying smaller projects that I can ink and paint!

 I found this great pattern on Etsy here.  If I can do it, you can do it:)

Super Easy 30 Minute Headband

The quote is a favorite of mine

“Love is ascribing worth to another, at cost to oneself.”  -Greg Boyd

I think I’ll be making more:)

Easy Zippered Tote

I don’t know about you, but I can’t ever find a cute zippered make-up bag…other than plain black, or odd colors I don’t really like.  (neon pink:) )

I’ve been wanting to sew one myself, but knew it would have to be very simple!

This is actually my first real sewing project outside of the simple quilting I used to do 25 years ago:)

  I  had a little help and encouragement from my seamstress daughter.

This great tutorial can be found here …thank you Anna!!!

Hand Painted Make-Up Bag Tutorial w/Lindystampgang Moon Shadow Ink

I’ve got a lot more experimenting to do with color and mediums I’d like to try, but this one was “painted” with Moon Shadow Ink from Lindy’s Stamp Gang.  (Golden Doubloons)

You may not be able to see the variation in color and shimmer these Inks provide, but they are truly magical.

-One product with multi-layers of color, activated by warm water.

I heat set this design with an iron for about 30 seconds over each area.  I’m really not sure if this will prevent the color from running if it gets wet….guess I will find out!

The good news:  I don’t plan on washing this bag, so hopefully it will be fine as is.

I am sure to make more in the near future, using other products that are meant for the wash…I’ll keep you “posted!”

Hand Painted Make-Up Bag Tutorial w/Lindystampgang Moon Shadow Ink

Happy Wednesday!!

Thanks for reading:)