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Walk Through Prayer Journal Made with the Cricut Explore Air Machine

Walk Through Prayer Journal Made with the Cricut Explore Air Machine

Have you ever wanted to keep track of your prayer life? Create your personal Prayer Journal with just a few supplies!

In today’s blog article I will share with you a pictorial walk through of my prayer journal made with the Cricut Explore Air and the Design Space File to create your very own Prayer Journal!

The Cricut Design Space file is quite large and this project will take you some time.  I  home school my children so I had to break it up into a span of a week or so (give or take). I think I started with printing and cutting first then I laminated each section last. Although it is time consuming it is worth it especially if you are serious about documenting your prayer life and journey with Jesus Christ. The only thing I think I would change about the process would be to have it spiral bound rather than in a binder.

Walk Through Prayer Journal Made with the Cricut Explore Air Machine

Supplies Used

Paper Pack 12×12  Jen Hadfield  Best of Meilleur D’ Mejor De ( Paper pad unavailable for purchase)

Michaels 110lb  white card stock

Michaels 65lb white cardstock

Epson Workforce 3620 printer

Cricut Air Machine

Cricut Design Space Prayer Journal File

Scotch Laminator with pouches

Xyron Machine Adhesive

3 Hole punch

White Binder

Notebook filler paper

Quick Tip: Before attaching the label to the journalling sections and laminating the paper, adhere some double sided tape on the back of the scrapbook paper to keep the alignment straight .  This extra step is tedious but you will be happy with the results in the end.

Handmade Journals are my Jam!

As far back as I can remember, I would spend hours in my journal creating a variety of entries: poems, songs, doodling, and writing ideas down. Before e-readers became the BIG thing there was a place called ” Barnes and Nobles.” I would save up cash to purchase my favorite leather bound journals and collect them. Each journal had it’s purpose and it was so luxurious to have my own leather journal from Italy or France.

I am a prayer warrior and I really enjoy keeping record of where God’s hands are moving in my life. This prayer journal was inspired by fellow Cricut paper Crafter named Staci Williams. She posted a video a few years about how to create your own prayer journal. I personalized my own and over time it transformed into what I am sharing with you today. You can visit her blog  “Love that Bug” .

Through this journaling style I have been able to articulate my prayer life that is successful and effective. I am also closer to The Lord because I can just sit down and be quiet.  By journaling my prayers, I can have an open conversation with my Lord about what is really going on in my life that concerns me. Scripture says: If we draw close to Him, He will draw near to us. By drawing near to Him, I have seen so many prayers answered. I believe this tool has been so valuable that it sometimes gets overlooked in the community of believers.

 

Making journals and writing in them have always interested me. Sure, I can just go to the store and purchase a journal and notebooks to store all of these wonderful entries, but I have a lot of enjoyment creating things with my hands and technology. One day I will make my own leather bound journal, it’s on my bucket list!

I have been looking for an affordable and creative way to create keepsakes of all my prayer journal entries as well as bible study notes. I really want to make sure that I am going to consistently use the binding tool before I purchase it. If you happen to have a binding tool for your journals, please comment below. If you need advice about how to navigate paper crafting please take a moment to read my previous blog article ” How to Make Quality Cards without Breaking your Wallet.”

With just a few paper crafting supplies you can create something beautiful to glorify God. If you have any questions about today’s Cricut Design Space File please feel free to contact me or comment below.

I hope today’s blog article was a blessing to you and inspired you to dive deep into your prayer life.

Many Blessings,

Kristal DeBold

Free DIY Cricut Design Space Greeting Card File

Free DIY Cricut Design Space Greeting Card File


In today’s Cricut Design Space Cut file I am featuring the front of this card. I purposely did not include a  greeting card base because I wanted to give you the freedom to use whatever you have in your stash and not be limited.

This greeting card can be both for young boys or gentlemen. The pattern paper is what really sets the tone for each design. I hope you have enjoyed today’s Cricut Design Space Greeting Card File. To view more of the projects created with the Cricut Explore Air, please visit my portfolio.

DIY Cricut Design Space Greeting Card File

Create a stunning greeting card with your Cricut !

Supplies Needed

  • Cricut Design Space Cutting File
  • Cricut Explore, Air, or Maker Machine
  • Printer ( print at the best quality possible)
  • Card base of your choice
  • Masculine pattern paper of your choice
  • Coordinating solid card stock
  • Sewing machine for top embroidery ( optional)
  • Adhesive ( I use Xyron runners)
  • Memento Fade-resistant Dye Ink

Please Note: This project is for personal use only. Please refer to my terms and conditions tab for more information.

With just a few supplies you can make your own stationery for any occasion to Glorify God. If you have any questions about this handcrafted greeting card design, please comment below.

Many Blessings!

Kristal

Beautiful Butterfly Greeting Card -Cricut Design Space Cut File

Beautiful Butterfly Greeting Card -Cricut Design Space Cut File


In my previous posts I showcased pictures of the greeting cards I have designed with the Cricut. In today’s post I am sharing the Design Space Cut File for the Beautiful Butterfly Greeting Card.

This greeting card was created before there was Cricut Design Space; however, for all intent purposes I have added it to my digital content to make life easier on me as I grow my handcrafted stationery shop.

I have purposely left sizes up to you  just in case you are in a jam and don’t have all the materials needed to create the full project. You can either use pre-cut greeting cards and envelopes from your favorite company or card stock of your own. In the final project I have used both and they worked out fantastic!

Please Note: This project is for personal use only. Please refer to my terms and conditions tab for more information.

Beautiful Butterfly Greeting Card

Supplies Needed

  • Cricut Design Space Cut File   
  • Cricut Explore, Cricut Explore Air, or Cricut Maker Machine
  • Xyron adhesive machine ( Xyron creative or the Xyron X for tiny embellishments)
  • Card Stock for greeting card base
  • Light card stock for envelope
  • Liquid glue of your choice
  • Favorite background Stamp ( the stamp I used was from Japan and is no longer available)
  •  Favorite gem or pearl for accents
  • VersaMark ink pad for Embossing ( to create a tone on tone look I used a coordinating colored ink and Versa Mark ink to emboss)
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Heat Gun
  • Sentiment stamp

This greeting card file is set up for a beginning card maker or an advanced. If you want more embellishment for your butterflies, first emboss them with your favorite stamp/embossing powder then finish with glossy accents or a quick layer of clear embossing ink. If you don’t have these tools, but own an embossing folder- they will look just as beautiful!

 

With just a few supplies you can make your own stationery for any occasion to Glorify God. If you have any questions about this handcrafted greeting card design, please comment below.

Many Blessings!

Kristal

Our Love Greeting Card- Cricut Design Space Cut File

Our Love Greeting Card- Cricut Design Space Cut File


In today’s blog article I will be sharing with you a Cricut Design Space cut file that will help you create a heartfelt message to your loved one.  Before there was Cricut Design Space, I had to figure out how to create the all my greeting card and stationery designs in a way that conveyed my message inexpensively and within my skill set. I am so thankful that my husband generously gave me a huge stack of his expired flight maps. If you have something vintage that isn’t something you can just go find online, I suggest using that as the material for the background layer.

At the time of this design, all I had was my Cricut Expression and a printer.

 

Romantic Masculine Stationery

Cricut Design Space File

SUPPLIES NEEDED

  • Cricut Explore, Cricut Explore Air, Cricut Maker
  • Cricut Design Space
  •  Cricut Design Space File
  • Masculine Pattern paper ( please note- the flight maps I chose are not available in stores as they are authentic flight maps that were given to me as a gift)
  • Adhesive
  • Printer or Cricut Marker ( write then cut feature- you will have to change that if you want to do this instead of printing)
  • Heavy card stock for the base of your card
  • envelope ( I have included an envelope in the file)

This is such a versatile design that you can change the heart embellishment and choose something to suite your style and taste. I have purposely left the greeting card dimensions as is so you have the liberty to adjust it for your taste. Please Note: This project is for personal use only. Please refer to my terms and conditions tab for more information.

With just a few supplies you can make your own stationery for any occasion to Glorify God. If you have any questions about this handcrafted greeting card design, please comment below.

Many Blessings!

Kristal

Sharing the Love of the Gospel Through Stationery – Why Does it Matter? pt 2

Sharing the Love of the Gospel Through Stationery- Why Does it Matter? Pt. 2

 

In last weeks blog article, I shared with you ” The Beginnings of Have Faith Stationery. ” Today in my two part series I will share with you my biggest reasons why I share the Gospel of Jesus Christ through stationery and paper crafting.  If you haven’t read part 1 of this series, please take a moment to visit it here

In today’s part two blog article, I will share with you 14 examples of the most needed and desired people to share the Gospel with through your handmade stationery and greeting cards. At the end of today’s post is a wonderful reminder from the King of Glory about giving to the needy and about earthly possessions.

If you are a card maker and have found yourself asking what else can I make? Who can benefit from the greeting cards I make?

 May I encourage you to create stationery to Glorify God and spread His message? I plan on using the tools and talent He’s given  to reach the lost and broken hearted in my sphere of influence. Would you like to join me in sowing the seeds of faith to reap a harvest of blessings for the Kingdom of God?

If this topic interests you, please have the liberty to get started.  In the weeks to come I have planned out a series of blog articles for Cricut Design Space Files that can help you get started with making cards.

14 examples of expanding the Gospel in the lives around you


  •  First, make cards for your family.  It’s so important to focus on the spiritual needs of your household before you branch out to share the Gospel.

  • Make greeting cards for the homeless
  • Make greeting cards for the lonely
  • Make greeting cards for the elder
  • Make greeting cards for the single parents and orphans
  • Make greeting cards for your enemies
  • Make greeting cards for the people who clean the toilets at your job
  • Make greeting cards for the sick and lame and tell them the Good News that Jesus heals all sickness!
  • Make greeting cards for the military, the veterans, and their families
  • Make greeting cards for the poor and meet their needs
  • Make greeting cards for the missionaries who will visit other countries ( the workers are few but they need your help)
  • Make greeting cards for your neighbors
  • Make greeting cards for the fellowship you attend so as a community of believers you can further expand your reach of the lost
  • Make greeting cards for the people that everyone else forgets about.

Jesus didn’t forget about You or them and we shouldn’t either!

Jesus’ Teaching about Giving to the Needy Matthew 6 NLT

 “Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.”

Isn’t this message about giving powerful? In our culture the average person spends most of their time “sharing” all their good deeds on social media. Let us all live the example that The Lord Jesus Christ has set before us and give to those in need privately.

Jesus’ Teaching about Money and Possessions Matthew 6 NLT

19 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

22 “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!

24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.

25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God[e] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. 34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

I am thankful for the reminders from The Lord Jesus Christ about the things of this earth.  I am thankful that I don’t have to worry about my life because Jesus already has the provision I need daily. I really like making cards but I don’t want to make it more important than my relationship with God or people.  My focus for 2019 and beyond is that I will love the Lord with all my heart, mind, and soul. Then I want to love myself more and extend more love to my neighbors.

It is my hope that my 2 part blog article series “Sharing the Love of the Gospel Through Stationery- Why Does it Matter?” was a enormous blessings to you in your paper crafting journey and with people.

“How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”
Many Blessing in the Messiah,
Kristal

Sharing the Love of the Gospel Through Stationery-Why it Matters PT 1

Sharing the Love of the Gospel Through Stationery- Why it Matters PT 1

In last weeks blog article, I shared with you ” The Beginnings of Have Faith Stationery. ”

In today’s two part blog article series I will share with you my biggest reasons why I share the Gospel of Jesus Christ through stationery and paper crafting.

 

Creating stationery is more than just making things, its about creatively expressing a meaningful message to make a lasting impact on a person’s life.

 My mentor and sister in the Lord says it quite beautifully

Words are powerful.
On  a card or out of your mouth.
The Gospel Shared is always a good thing.
It burns in my heart to share the Gospel Creatively.
Jesus is BIG into sharing by the written word.

Viewing Life & God's Creation from a Different Lens.

Viewing Life & God's Creation from a Different Lens

Sharing the Gospel Creatively

When I received the Holy Spirit, it was a life changing event that journeyed me into viewing life from a different lens. I started to think about what The Lord wanted to do with these tiny art messages that I enjoyed creating. I began to think about people differently. I  ask the Lord frequently to help me see and hear people from His perspective so that I may minister His love to them.

 


♥I think about the broken people others have forgotten about. There are so many angry, hurting, and lonely people in the world who just need an ear to listen to them.
Many children in the world are abandoned by their parents, raised by single parents, or have lost a parent through tragedy. Some children were never taught about the Love of God through Christ Jesus. Some of these hurting people will be the next generation who will have to run things when we get older.

Let’s be BOLD from this point on to pour the love of God to our communities and in the lives of these children who desperately need to know they are loved.  TRUST ME- they NEED to KNOW.

A father’s love in a child’s life is so vital. The enemy knows this and uses this as a tool to destroy children. Almighty God ( Daddy) is the best father because He is the Creator of Heaven & Earth.  He loves us with an everlasting love.

More people need to know they are loved with an everlasting love that is unshakeable and unbreakable.


♥I think about the times when I was an unbeliever and needed to know that God really loved me.  I think about all the people who will spend their eternity separated from God. This is a truth most people don’t want to acknowledge or accept. It would be unloving for me to keep this important detail of truth to myself. Whether a person wants to accept it or not, eternal separation from God is a serious matter that needs to be addressed.

Looking to Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of your faith for your answers is the most courageous step to take in understanding how to live a Godly life and share His messages. He will provide you with all your needs and refresh you in each season. Quite frankly, I lived a rough life and now at the tail end of my 30’s I am learning how to live my life biblical. I have not fully arrived, I make a lot of mistakes, and I am not where I would like to be in my walk –BUT God is so good, so patient, so kind, so merciful, and slow to anger. ( I am so grateful that He really knows me and gets me).

O taste and see that the Lord [our God] is good; How blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] is the man who takes refuge in Him.

 

I am expecting to see more of the Glory of the Lord as I continue to press into my God- given destiny.

May I encourage you to start boldly declaring the works of the Lord in your sphere of influence? The people God has positioned in your life need to hear your testimonies, they need to hear about how loving, merciful, and good God really is.


In part two of this blog article ( which will follow shortly after this one), I will share with you 14 examples of the most needed and desired people to share the Gospel with through your handmade stationery and greeting cards.

I am hopeful in prayer that this two part blog article inspires you to create stationery for the forgotten. May the Lord bless your hands to create for Him.

Sharing the Love of the Gospel Through Stationery Part 2

Many Blessings in the Messiah!

Kristal