Monday, October 13, 2014

Papercrafter for Hire!

A woman from another state reached out to me recently after seeing the library card pockets I posted on my blog back in 2012.  She asked if I could make 100 pockets to serve as place cards for her daughter's bat mitzvah, to match the girl's book donation service project. 

How could I resist!
I have had an opportunity over the past month to work with this woman and her party planner to select colors and patterns that coordinate with the event's place settings, and we upped the number to 110 just to be on the safe side. 
The party planning company will create library cards for the pockets with each guest's name, along with their table number, written in the form of the Dewey Decimal System.  How clever is that?!
I'll be heading to the post office tomorrow to get the order shipped out to her.  I am hoping that the library card pockets offer a welcome handmade touch to her daughter's special day!
I am thinking that Papercrafter for Hire might be just the role for me.  So many of the things I enjoy creating are suitable for gifts, favors, party accompaniments and desk accessories, that it makes sense to connect my passion for paper with other folks' desire for handmade components for their events.

A business is born?

Friday, October 10, 2014

Collage for a Cause

My friend Sue volunteers in the Handwork Group of the Hagley Museum in Delaware.  As a member of this group, she uses donated materials to create items to sell at their October Craft Fair.  She asked me to make some framed collages using donated Christmas cards, which could be sold at the fair. 
All earnings are given back to the museum for scholarships that allow students to experience Hagley's programming when they would not otherwise be able to afford to participate. 
I've been working on the collages over the past month, digging into the bag of Christmas cards and stack of frames that Sue dropped off at Studio 791.  My finished work is pictured here. 
I'll tell you, though, it's not easy to photograph framed artwork behind glass.  Please bear with me when it comes to strange flash reflections!
So, as the leaves outside are turning the loveliest autumn shades, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here!
For more ideas of how to re-use your holiday cards, check out this post from January of last year:

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

More Scripture Journaling

I discovered a method for introducing visual images into my Bible study last year around this time, and my version of "Scripture Journaling" was born.  As I mentioned in my original post, I use some of the structure and symbols from Sketchnotes to organize my thoughts about the Bible passages I am reading. 

Recently, I began reading through the Bible along with Courtney over at Women Living Well.  We started in the Book of Esther in September, then jumped into some letters from Peter and John in the New Testament.  When she headed into Genesis in October, I decided to pause and go back to Peter and John's letters, taking some time to re-read them and "scripture journal" about them.

I started with this:
I use the New International Version as my preferred translation.
Then I moved on to this:
I use the SOAP method to write out notes during my Bible study.
And then I come out with this:
A finished page in my visual scripture journal
I enjoy the final result of my scripture journaling efforts; simply put, the pages look neat!  But the real value in putting them together is in looking closely at the Bible passage and determining how the ideas relate and how they can be represented both visually and with words.  Then, when I go back and read the Bible chapter again, looking at my journal alongside it, I can better understand the scripture and what it is saying to me.
A closer look at part of a page about 1 Peter 1
Still in 1 Peter 1, verses 10 through 14
As I've delved more deeply into the idea of scripture journaling, and added more and more pins to my Scripture Journaling Pinterest board, I have discovered that I am far from alone in introducing symbols and images into my Bible study.  There is even a Facebook community for our Journaling Bible Community, which I am just beginning to explore.
The whole journal page for 1 Peter 1:10-22
The whole journal page for 1 Peter 1:24-2:7
Here are some additional sites that I have discovered where people are putting their own twist on scripture journaling:

Not Just Any Bee:  Doodle Art Blog
Scripture Art Journal:
Stephanie Ackerman Designs:
The Red-Headed Hostess:

I'll share some other links in future posts on this subject!
1 Peter 2:5 is the source of the name of my women's ministry group:  Living Stones!
My scripture journals use very simple pictures to make their point!
To see all the posts I've written on the subject (only four total, so far), please click here.