Saturday, December 10, 2011

Saturday Inspirations

Today, I’d like to share a mini-DIY project plus excerpts from my devotional this morning. Sound good? Good.

PS: make sure you’ve got a cup of coffee in hand. It’s always easier to be inspired that way :)

This DIY project was inspired by a set of cards I recently gave to Valerie as a birthday present, and following is a step-by-step process of how you can make something similar. I think that these make perfect hostess gifts and Christmas presents, but you should probably make a set for yourself, too! You know, for all the thank-yous you’ll be writing post holiday season.

SATUR-DIY: Personalized Greeting Cards and Stationary Sets

1. Think about the person you’re creating the cards for. What do they like? What images remind you of them? Sketch ‘em out!

2. Throw away your mess-ups and cut out the images that you like best. Scan them onto your computer and adjust the light and contrast as needed. (tip: you can add color in on easy programs like Paint, too).

Here is a sample set of 8 images that I selected for Valerie:



3. Load your printer with a paper of medium weight. Traditional computer paper will look cheap, so I suggest buying something like cardstock or a thicker recycled paper. Any craft store should have a great selection!

4. On a Word document, set up the image to look like this:

This enables the image to be “right side up” when you fold and cut the cards.

5. Print each design on a separate sheet of paper and allow the ink to fully dry.

6. Using an existing card as a guide, cut the paper with the printed image until it is the size you desire. Minis are cute, traditional is easy, and oversized cards can be fun too (just make sure they fit into an envelope!)


7. Keep the packaging simple: pair the cards with store bought envelopes and tie the two up in twine or raffia.

8. Give the set away along with some festively wrapped candies or a tin of homemade baked goods. And then go ahead and print another for yourself.

Because they’re just so darn cute!

And now, for the real inspiration. A little Saturday morning devo! I hope it blesses you in the same way it blessed me this morning.

1. Afraid of making mistakes? Of choosing the wrong thing? Relax into the adventure—it’s all part of the journey.

“Your desire to live a risk-free life is a form of unbelief. Your longing to live close to Me is at odds with your attempts to minimize risk. In order to follow Me wholeheartedly, you must relinquish your tendency to play it safe.”  Jesus Calling

2. Have no idea where the road you’re on is going? You’re in good company!

“By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.” Hebrews 11:8

3. Stressed out by the demands and expectations of this world? Find freedom by asking yourself this question:

“Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world, why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules?” Colossians 2:20

4. Paul prayed this over the Ephesians. Let’s make this our prayer today, for those we love and for ourselves:

“I pray out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:16-19

Take a deep breath. Finish that last drop of coffee. Don’t you just feel inspired?

Have a wonderful Saturday, mes amis! And if you make any greeting cards of your own…please, let me know. I’d love to see what you come up with!


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