Thursday, June 14, 2012

Youth on the Move

"Whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his special favor on me." - 1 Corinthians 15:10

God truly gives grace to those who seek Him.  I found that out when we held an art workshop for 70 or so college students last June 2.  Without much sleep (due to fundraising work), we needed to conceptualize a workshop in a few days as well as gather materials for the outcome.

The day came and we didn't really know what to expect.  

My sister Patsy gave a presentation on creativity then I demo'd some easy techniques to fill up a big area.  You could see the participants were raring to go.  Their task, create 2 giant murals to be displayed at the congress.  Each table contained a body part and a reflection bible passage about the youth.  Some participants got their own bibles and looked the verse up.  They then started expressing their response through art.

.  Some started slow and some started working right away.  Here are some shots of the day.


In projects such as these you never know what to the final outcome will be.  Sorry I didn't take a full shot (it was sooo big).  I really liked how both Giant Man and Giant Lady turned out.  When hearts and mind set out to do something together, something beautiful is sure to come out!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Make Your Own Eco-friendly Gift Wrapping

Do you remember the most exciting gift you've ever received?  I do.  It was when I was about 7 or 8 and my sister Peggy - see her blog here - made a complex structure made of paper blocks all joined together.  Opening it was the challenge.  You needed to think a while which part to start tearing into.  It looked so artful by itself that it was a shame I wasn't a blogger then and took a picture first.

Upon opening each block, you would uncover a small gift.  I don't remember what the contents were any more.  The wrapping and discovering made it unforgettable.

This brings me to my point that gifts wrapped with care make an impact and if you spend more time wrapping it, then it  a) gives a more personal touch than store-bought packaging  b) helps you practice your crafting skills  c) if you use recycled materials, helps the environment  d) saves you money  e) hopefully gets appreciated by the recipient more.

Like many of you, I don't have a lot of time to tinker around with but it was little Lucas' Christening (a friend's son) and I wanted to make the wrapper really handmade.

I used:

Martha Stewart puncher
Letter stamps
Old magazine pages
Kraft Board
Colored Paper

With the Martha Stewart Puncher, you can cut on any part of the paper.  The design I chose was the Flourish Square (but you can just cut one up with any shape you like).

It has a strong magnet so it will "click" together and you can punch just anywhere and not waste any paper.

It worked on thicker kraft paper so I was just so giddy with joy punching away.  I find punchers so difficult to resist, don't you?

You can make dozens of these tags by just punching a hole at the corner and writing on them but I took the road less traveled.

I used the cut out portion of the paper to make the border of the tag.

Then I used some different colored paper underneath.  I then stamped the words "For" and "Lucas" with a space in between for my hand-written word "Baby".

I used these Letter Stamps which I bought in a book store in China.

Always remember to stamp this way.  Rather then putting the stamp onto the pad, put the pad onto the stamp like so.  This makes for better quality stamping.

Here's my gift inside - a scrapbook album kit for the baby.

Okay jumping to the finished product (I told you I was busy ha ha).  Here it is.  It's not soooo fantabulous I know but it was made with love.  Would love to see your packaging ideas too!


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