Hi everyone, Laurie Schmidlin here! I'm so excited to be sharing my first Illustrated Faith post with you today! Like many of you, I was so excited when Stephanie shared about this new product line ... I just kept thinking about all of the possibilities! I haven't yet stepped into the world of Bible Journaling, but as a card maker and paper crafter, I am so glad to have products that I can use to encourage and lift up others in their faith!
Encouragement Cards, by Laurie Schmidlin.
As I mentioned earlier, I am mostly a card maker. I love it because it's something that I can give away to others. That fact that it is handmade shows the recipient that they are worth the time and love that goes into making it! Sometimes, I make cards that are full of layers and yummy embellishments.
And other times, I like to create simple cards ... ones that are easy to mass produce and economical to mail. Today, I am sharing with you a set of four small cards that I created in under a half an hour.
Easy to make, easy to mail, but hopefully they will have a lasting effect on the people that receive them! It's amazing how much of an impact one word of kindness or encouragement can have!
For each of the cards, I cut apart the 3x4s patterned paper from the Whatever Is Lovely collection. I embellished them using some butterflies that I cut out from the Lovely sheet (also from the Whatever Is Lovely collection).
The sentiments stickers are from both the Whatever Is Lovely collection as well as the Illustrated Faith collection. I specifically only used embellishments, like the enamel heart (from the Punch Enamel DooDads), that are flat and can be easily mailed without adding extra postage.
IF Whatever Is Lovely: 3x4s, Lovely, Philippians 4:8 Clear Cut, Treasures & Text, Little Bits; Illustrated Faith: Say It - Colorful, Love It, Remember It, Word Art Washi Tape; Enamel DooDads: Punch
Whatever Is Lovely frame, by Laurie Schmidlin.
I really love the Philippians 4:8 verse and was thrilled to see it so prominently in the new Whatever Is Lovely collection! If there is anything that I need a daily reminder of, it is to guard my thoughts! For me, so much of my attitude and actions towards others stem from my thoughts ... good or bad! I knew right away that I wanted to create a home decor item that would help me remember this daily!
I started with some patterned paper (the back of the 3x4s sheet from the Whatever Is Lovely collection). Since many of the little pieces that I was going to adhere to the paper had the same color in them, I decided to soften the background paper a bit with some white acrylic paint. I cut apart the "Whatever Is" pieces and very lightly sponged the edges with a dark gray ink so that they would stand out a little more against the background.
I arranged them how I wanted, but before adhering them to the paper I added in an arrow and star sticker for a little more visual interest. After everything was adhered, I sprinkled on some Milk White Enamel Dots and a Punch Enamel DooDad.
IF Whatever Is Lovely: Art Prints, 3x4s, Treasures & Text; Illustrated Faith: Banners, Point It; Enamel Dots: Milk White; Enamel DooDads: Punch