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Have Faith Stationery’s Most Visited Blog Articles from 2019

Have Faith Stationery’s Most Visited Blog Articles of 2019

To end 2019; I thought it would be fun to share with you the most visited blog articles on my website and a few of my personal favorites. Please make sure to take advantage of all the links provided to the handcrafted stationery that was designed in the Cricut Design Space. The blog articles I have provided are free and I am encouraging you to enjoy them for personal use.

Enjoy the rest of 2019 May The Holy Spirit lead you into the deeper wells of God love for you and may He provide  a Heavenly Inspired Refreshment and Revelatory call for 2020.

 

Let’s review Have Faith Stationery’s most popular blog articles of 2019.

Pro Stationery Tip


With just a few supplies you too can make your own stationery for any occasion to Glorify God.

I hope you enjoyed reviewing each of Have Faith Stationery’s Most Visited Blog Articles from 2019.  Please make sure to visit each blog article and take advantage of the links and Pro Stationery Tips provided.

I hope you are blessed by the content I share. If my blog articles have been an encouragement to you please comment and share, subscribe for monthly access, and consider supporting the mission.

 

Many Blessings in Christ,

Kristal DeBold

Sow your seeds of faith & make lasting impression with have faith stationery.

When Handcrafted Meets Luxury: Japanese Washi Paper- Best Paper Investment

Handcrafted Meets Luxury: Japanese Washi Paper- Best Paper Investment

Thank you for visiting Have Faith Stationery, in today’s blog article I will be sharing with you my experience with Japanese Washi Paper and a short video showing you the process of how Japanese Washi Paper is made. Please make sure to watch the entire video. In my opinion the process is incredible and the investment has been worth it.


At the very beginning of my paper crafting and stationery journey; I was stationed overseas in Okinawa, Japan. You can read all about The Beginnings of Have Faith Stationery in one of my earlier blog articles. During my stay overseas, I met this wonderful and delightful Japanese shop owner who made traditional Geisha Obi’s for home decor and traditional wear. She carried the most luxurious textiles and papers I have ever seen in person. I can’t remember the name of her Boutique, however; she would have the cutest little Geisha origami greeting cards and stationery accessories along side of her handmade Geisha Obi dresses and home decor. I would visit her often and ask her about how she began making Obi’s. When she found out I created stationery with my Cricut she recommended that I invest in traditional Japanese Washi Paper and encouraged me to continue the art of paper making. This wonderful woman would share her life with me about how she started growing her handmade business and the connections she made with handcrafted artisans who painted these beautiful designs on the Washi Paper.

Paper making


Whether it is the process of making paper or paper crafting; this unique skill that starts off as a hobby becomes the livelihood for many. For many it can be the means to feed an entire family or a way to pass down skills for a future generation to survive.  God gives us gifts in all different forms to make up the body of Christ so that we serve one another in love. The investment I have made in purchasing these handcrafted papers, helped a community of people feed their family and pass down a skill for their legacy. How cool is that!

The connections we make when discussing life are memorable and worth cherishing.

I prayed through the paper cutting process, there were times I wanted to cry.

Before leaving Japan, I purposely invested in as much Japanese Washi Paper that I could afford at the time. The sheets are long and so beautiful. It took me a very LONG time ( years to be exact) to cut into the papers to make them more manageable to create with. I suppose I held onto these papers because I had such profound experiences in Okinawa, Japan – and- they are designed so beautifully. I prayed through the cutting process of these gorgeous designs and I have appreciated all the hard work that goes into the process of making Washi Paper.


What I Have Made with Washi Paper

When I first started using these papers I focused on Washi pencil’s, after a few test runs I decided that although they were nothing short of AMAZING- the pencil sharpeners would become dull after a few sharpens and it didn’t produce the quality results I hoped for.

I now focus most of my attention to making Japanese Stationery, Note Cards, Gift Tags, and Journals. Here are a few amazing samples of some items I created.

Eventually, these Japanese Washi Papers will need to be replenished, at that time I will showcase new designs and projects. For more ideas please visit my Portfolio Page

Pro Stationery Tip

When using Washi Paper be careful when handling this delicate paper. It tears very easily so use the sharpest scissors you have and go slow. Liquid Glue goes a long way, test a small amount on a scrap piece before completing a final project. I found that dry adhesive works best for me.

If you are cutting with the Cricut test several pieces of scrap before completing your project. Not all papers are the same thickness or quality so check the pressure settings. Too much pressure may either cut the paper too deeply causing a tear  and  too light of pressure may give the paper a kiss cut where the design doesn’t cut through at all.

I have experienced both and it is frustrating so take your time and walk away if you need to. There is always time to craft and figure out the settings later.

In the following video you will watch the process from start to finish on how Japanese Washi Paper is made and how this process brings community together. Although I have not met the original artists from which I purchased my Japanese Washi Paper from, I have enjoyed the luxurious feel of each sheet I have invested in.

Video Credit: UNESCO

Thank you for investing your time reading my blog article entitled When Handcrafted Meets Luxury: Japanese Washi Paper- Best Investment. I hope this was helpful and inspiring for you to use different papers in your card making. If you are not a card- maker but enjoy sending and receiving handcrafted greeting cards, I hope this article encourages you to invest in sending a bit of handcrafted luxury for your meaningful message to make lasting impressions.

Remember you too can create and send beautiful and luxurious stationery to Glorify God!

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Many Blessings in Christ,

Kristal DeBold

Sow your seeds of faith & make lasting impressions with have faith stationery.

How to Make Quality Cards without Breaking Your Wallet

How to Make Quality Cards without Breaking your Wallet

Disclaimer: This is advice on how to navigate paper crafting with wisdom. In future posts I will have a little more detail on the products I have chosen to use, but I think this is a more important topic than the paper crafting products themselves.


How to Make Quality Cards without Breaking your Wallet


Be content with who you are & exercise self control

One of the first things I had to do with myself is become content with what I have and use self control. I don’t have the latest and greatest, but I have what I need to create stationery I like. I am happy with where I am in my journey and who God made me to be.

Before I became a believer in Christ, I over-indulged and didn’t use half of what I had.  Sometimes marketing makes you feel like you are missing out on the next big thing. Trust me: you’re not missing out on anything if you decide not to get that next die cut or stamp set on the market. It’s ok to say no and say no often.


Do your research

Do your research! Before I upgraded to the Cricut Expression 2, I waited until I returned to the United States and then I waited some more. Once I finally bought the Expression 2, I realized it wasn’t the right machine for me. By then I had advanced my computer skills and needed a machine to accommodate those skill sets.  I sold the Expression 2, then Cricut did something awesome and came out with the Cricut Explore Machine. Before I even decided to purchase the item I waited… and waited some more…. a few months later they released the Cricut Air machine.

Before I decided to buy the Cricut Explore I researched other companies that did the exact same thing. I realized since I invested so much of my time and money into the Provo Craft company, I didn’t want to invest in a different machine.

There are smaller consumable items like water color markers and inks that unfortunately did not work well for me.Some of those item I researched and some of the items I just wanted to try.  Although an item works well for someone else’s crafting needs they might not be the best for your specific artistic goals. So outside of doing research consider your skill level at the time and personal preferences.

I am not a glitter person so I don’t buy glitter, instead I found a product that gives a little shimmer without the mess.


Focus on Your Artistic Goals Not Fame or Vain Pursuits

God’s word says over and over that He is our provider and we should not worry about our life or what we will do and have. So I stopped worrying about what others were doing and focused on what God wants me to do with my time. I just stopped caring about all the products that will come out, all the new styles and techniques, and stayed content with the tools I really wanted to use. By doing so, I really was able to articulate and enjoy crafting as well as develop new skill sets.

There was a time when all of this went to my head before I gave my life to Christ. ( Truth be told: I wanted to be the next Hallmark- I talked about it all the time. I obsessed over social media status, creating better cards to outshine others, and obtaining more sales.) Now I am a completely different person. It took me some time and prayer to start a blog and open up shop again; however, I am confident that The Lord was able to fix the mess I caused without casualties. ( I have a right relationship with The Lord, I am secure and loved, my marriage is fantastic, and I am a great mom.)  All of the work you see on this blog and the skills took YEARS to develop.  Please don’t misunderstand,I don’t think I am better than anyone else- I have chosen not to let someone else’s success cloud my assessment of the abilities I have been given. For all the time I spent obsessing over being on the front listing pages of major search engines- I probably would have been a better artists. So in short, all this hoopla of fame and fortune is a waste of time and energy.

Please make sure not to put people on the pedestal of your heart. Not one person on this plane of existence can handle that much pressure. That place belongs to God.


Pray About it before you buy it !

The Lord cares for His creation. He wants to have an open dialog and personal relationship with His people. So talk with Him about your crafting goals and what season you are in. It’s very easy to get caught up in the moment at Michael’s or Joann Fabrics and buy a bunch of stuff you may not even need or use. Sometimes I look for certain items and it turns out the store doesn’t carry it. If I really need it, I will ask the Lord for the provision at a reasonable price. I rarely ever go to the store and buy in bulk unless there is a serious sale.

I pray every time I am in the parking lot. If this helps you this is what I pray about:

Heavenly Father- Help me to have self control while I am at the store. Please help my children listen and follow directions while we are there . Thank You Lord, Amen.


Pick Quality  Over Quantity

Ever since I was little my mother emphasized on the quality of something rather the quantity. I’d much rather pay a little more for quality than buy a quantity of something and end up with cheap looking results. I had to learn the hard way with certain stamp materials- not all stamps are created equally. However, there are exceptions to this concept. Currently I can afford puffy paint  for embellishments on the flowers I create.  The results are the same as the brand name liquid embellishment drops. I am comfortable with purchasing a large quantity of puffy paint to embellish my cards knowing the quality of my cards won’t be compromised. Personal preference.

Over the course of my artistic life, I had only purchased items that I wanted to try once or use continually. I still have ink pads from 7 years ago and will continue to have them until I can’t use them anymore. This is my mentality. Before I began paper crafting I did a lot of writing and sketching. Growing up in a single parent home I did not have everything I wanted and it truly made a positive impact on me as an adult, especially while navigating this hobby.

There was a time when I penny pinch so much I tried to re-invent the wheel of crafting. For example:  I have seen several videos on Youtube where the Cricut Explore Machine could use various thin markers to replace the Cricut specialty pens. I tried using the water based markers I own and a few of my fine liners and it was a bust. I spent more time researching for an adapter than enjoying my machine. Needless to say, the search for me was just a waste of time. I turned to husband in the parking lot at Michael’s and said-  Why am I going to reinvent what was already done by the company? I will just wait until we can afford to buy them.  I am glad I waited because I am not sure if I will need them.


Save Save Save

If you have an item on your list that you want to purchase but don’t have the funds right away. Please do your future self a favor and just save up for it.  As believer’s in Christ we are called to  “Owe no man except to love him in Christ Jesus.”

Don’t get yourself into credit card debt over craft supplies. It’s not worth it!

The Lord reminds me frequently that this is all just paper and I can tend to my life.

So to sum up all the preaching to myself as well as you….

Here are some break down tips

Be Content with who you are and what you have 
Exercise self control
Do your research
Focus on Your Artistic Goals Not Fame
Pray about it before you buy it
Pick Quality over Quantity
Save Save Save

But the most important thing to navigating this hobby is attending to the life God has blessed you with.  Your children will grow up, your relationship with your spouse is more important, your community needs you, and lets not waste time idolizing someone else gift.. Let us use the gifts we have in Christ to Glorify Him!

Many Blessings in the Messiah,

Kristal