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!

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

 

 

 

Fall Colors with LuminArte Silks

LuminArte Silks Acrylic Glaze paints are so vibrant and smooth.  I love the colors and the way they just glide onto a page.  They are vibrant and rich and delicious.  Isn’t it funny how easy it is to compare wonderful art products to food…yummy also comes to mind:)

Fall Colors w/LuminArte Silks

Fall Colors w/LuminArte Silks

Repurposed Vintage Book Project

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Art supplies are expensive…and with the help of the internet, I can easily see the unlimited resources of all things “mixed media”  crayons, watercolor pencils, markers, gelatos, paints, ink sprays, india inks….just to name a FEW!!  …and, I love them all.

I am also naturally drawn to a good book as well as any vintage piece with a history…put the two together and it’s a great match!

One that can be appreciated by my pens, markers and paints and I am happy to join in the ranks of those who are repurposing to create a fun art journal for free:)

Repurposed book : Art Journal

I posted a page from it yesterday, but as you can see, I’ve finished the cover and have added a few more finished pages

Above I used torn gelli plate backgrounds to cover the book along with some of my favorite Washi tapes.  I layered gesso and more torn book pages to make the heart.

Repurposed book : Art Journal

Repurposed book : Art Journal

Repurposed book : Art Journal

I have a feeling I will add more doodles to this page:)

Worry not

Worry is something we all do…it’s the act of placing all our hopes in what we can control and the fear of what we cannot.  Placing our worry and fear at the foot of the cross frees us up to live in peace with confidence that our Father has much greater plans than we can imagine with our limited view.  I often pray to see with His eyes and to love with His heart…having a more eternal perspective on earthly things.  I must remind myself of these things daily.

God can free us from our worry

A New Heart

At the age of 16, I asked Jesus to invade my heart…but it was many, many years later that I allowed the Holy Spirit to truly reveal to me the truth of letting go…of “letting God.”   Of finally…willingly…giving my heart to Him to change…to make new.  That is Life.

A new Heart...Journal Page

A new Heart...Journal Page

A new Heart...Journal Page

Vintage Book Page Card

I lOVE  anything with a history…a story…so, one of my favorite things to do is to go hunting in our local antique mall…I could spend all day there. I get lost imagining who would have used each found treasure and what that person’s daily life must have looked like.  It’s especially  hard to resist looking for old books that I can use for journaling and mixed media projects…One always seems to find it’s way into my basket.

Vintage Book Page Card