Sunday, October 20, 2013

Beautiful Scripture Gift

When I was in my thirties, life was extremely busy. I was a mother caring for two young children and a minister's wife, which meant being in church every time it was open and visiting with people in my home or theirs. There were meals to prepare for company or pot luck dinners. I was teaching in Christian school and Sunday School or Awanas.

One time when we visited a Christain book store, I found a small red box called a Promise Box. It was filled with small cards containing beautiful promises found in God's Word.  I found it very comforting to focus on one of the verses each day. I would set it in a prominent place to be seen frequently.

So I decided to make some small mini album gifts that are full of beautiful Scriptures that encourage and uplift the reader. Here are photos of a few of the pages:

I used simple pink, light blue, and Slate grey for the colors. The entire design was simple. I folded 6" x 4" to make 3" x 4" pockets. Instead of gluing those, I wrapped each pocket with 2 3/4" x 8 1/2" piece of patterned paper. I stamped a verse from Our Daily Bread Designs or from Verve. I also stamped a simple image to complete the beautiful verse.

Here are just a few of the pages:

The inside cards have a verse stamped with Slate gray ink and Whisper gray ink for the stamped image from Close To My Heart. They were cut smaller than the pockets to allow room for the binder rings. Some of these verses were from Word Art Wednesday and were printed digitally using my printer.

I still find comfort and encouragement from the many verses I've memorized. I was sick earlier this week and had to drive to a doctor's office more than an hour away in heavy rain. I kept focusing on Philippians 4:8:

"Finally brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."

God's Word can strengthen us in difficulty so this is my hope for the recipients of these small gifts. May His Word bless you, as well, during difficulty and busy times.

I'm sharing this project with the following challenges:
All Crafts Challenge October/November
Crafting By Designs - Anything Goes
Creative Craft Challenges2 - Anything Goes
Inky Linky #33 - Anything Goes
Inkspirational Challenge #41 - Anything Goes
Lady Anne's Challenge #12 - Anything Goes with Stamping
Shopping Our Stash - Using my oldest ribbon -  CTMH Heavenly blue organdy for my 11-year old grandson's baby album years ago.
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday #102 - Anything Goes with Scripture or encouraging/uplifting verse


Karen Letchworth said...

What a wonderful project, Vickie. Thanks SO MUCH for sharing with us and for being a continual blessing to our challenge blog. God bless you and keep you. You are SUCH a sweet scrapper, and I'm blessed to have you share with us.
Word Art Wednesday

Carole Robb Bisson said...

That is such a wonderful project. The colors are so peaceful and it blessed me no end. This is so beautifully done, thank you for posting with us. We hope to see you again next week.
Carole Robb Bisson
Word Art Wednesday

Nonni said...

Beautiful, inspirational project. I love your stamping and colors. Thanks for joining us at Inkspirational Challenges!

Deborah Adams said...

These little books are so simple and elegant what a great idea. I am so glad you shared this with us. thank you for joining us at All Crafts Challenge.

Jessi Fogan said...

What an absolutely gorgeous book - I love that it has so much meaning to you. Thanks so much for coming to play at Shopping our Stash this week!

lauren bergold said...

what an amazing gift and the PERFECT use of that lovely saved ribbon! thanks for SHOPPING YOUR STASH with us this week! ♥

Yvonne Garner said...

This is an amazing gift on so many levels. I would love to receive a gift like this! Thank you for sharing it with us at Inkspirational!

Sharon said...

Wow! What an awesome gift! Thanks for joining us at Crafting By Designs.
Sharon - DT

Sarah said...

Oh this is just awesome! I love it and know the recipients will be so pleased! Thanks for joining us at Creative Craft Challenges!

sparklingblackrose said...

Wow this is fantastic! Thank you so much for joining us at my Craft My Life-All Crafts Challenge, hope to see you enter again soon! Elaine-xxx- p.s I have candy if you would like to pop by and enter :-)