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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!

♥ If you are blessed by the content I share please consider supporting the mission by donating, reading previous blog articles, comment and share on your favorite ones, and subscribe for monthly access.

Many Blessings in Christ,

Kristal DeBold

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

New Feature for Have Faith Stationery

Today’s blog article discusses the fundamentals of biblical giving as well as explaining the newest feature on Have Faith Stationery website.  I have been paper crafting and an artist for many years, as a Born-again Christian I saw a need in this arena that needed to be filled and therefore I have stepped up to provide it. There are many  who choose to mix and match beliefs about Christianity with other religions and put Jesus Christ’s name on it.  The more I read the Bible and spend time with the Lord Himself the more I want to provide biblical creative alternatives to some of the stationery and paper crafting genre’ are being categorized as “Christian” but are actually not.


I enjoy transparency and honesty so I am sharing with you upfront about my decisions for Have Faith Stationery.

 The sole reason this website and blog exists is for your benefit.

From time to time I will be sharing content that features products I already own. The original plan was to become an affiliate to pay for the resources I need to continue the website. Although I have considered becoming an affiliate for some of these tools; I have chosen not to participate in affiliate programs.

Here’s why

The Lord was working on my heart regarding these matters because to Him what I am involved in is important. The Lord gives us all equal amounts of time to do the things we need to do in this life time. We can not save the time we receive from the Lord for some time later. What we spend our time on is important, let’s make what we do count for the Kingdom of God.

The Lord was showing me that I want to focus only on the plan and purpose. He was also showing me how I can access the biblical principle of sowing and reaping ( giving and receiving financially).

Becoming a product influencer may hinder me from focusing on the intended purpose of this website.

 

  “Sow Seeds of Faith & Make Lasting Impression to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ”

It is my hope to have established an online presence where I provide both free biblical stationery content through blogging and a shop to provide my handcrafted stationery to support the mission field.

Your financial support helps me continue to share biblical content through paper crafting on this platform.  Any amount you give you are sowing into the growing of this card ministry and helping the efforts to expand the Kingdom of God.


New Features for HFSCARDS

Today I am delighted to share with you a new feature for Have Faith Stationery.

As part of an ongoing effort to expand the Gospel of Jesus Christ through stationery. I accept donations for the continuation of website operations through PayPal.Me.  You can find this on the Menu called ” Donations.” Your financial support helps me continue to write on this platform and share Biblical content without being censored or compromising the mission. Not many people know this because it is rarely if at all discussed that Christians all over the world are being persecuted in some way or another (especially online). If you are a Christian you have probably have experienced some level of persecution.

To ensure that I can continue to preach the Gospel through stationery online, there are several services that I have chosen to use to keep this site up and running without interruption. If you are interested in reviewing the services I use please feel free to contact me. 

Tecarta Bible App

There are several verses in the Bible that explain the gift of sowing a reaping. (Giving is a gift that keeps on giving) The following verses really speaks volumes to me and I hope it helps you as you grow in your walk with God and may He bless you.

 

” Give, and it shall be given to you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that you measure anything it shall be measured to you again.”-  Luke 6 : 38KJER

and

“But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”- Philippians 4:19

Thank you for taking the time to read today’s blog article, entitled “New Features for Have Faith Stationery“. If you enjoy my online ministry, please consider donating and sharing this website with your family and friends. Your support and prayers help me tremendously.

Many Blessings in Christ Jesus

Kristal DeBold

HFS Cards

Top 10 Requested Greeting Cards that Speak Volumes for Missionaries

Making Cards for Missionaries:

Have you dove head first in the paper crafting hobby and wanted to share your beautiful creations for the Kingdom of God? Have you wanted to share your faith in Jesus Christ with others but don’t know where to begin?

In today’s Have Faith Stationery blog article I will share with you The Top Requested Greeting Cards that Speak Volumes for Missionaries and the lives you touch.  I am hopeful this article can inspire you to bring your creative art pieces to cultivate the love of God in your sphere of influence.

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How Can You Love Yourself and Others in a Culture Obsessed with Material Wealth and Perfectionism?

How Can You Love Yourself and Others in a Culture Obsessed with Material Wealth and Perfectionism?


We live in a cultural time where most people are lovers of material things more than people. My family and I live as Biblical as we possibly can in an ever over-consuming world.  When we really like something we express how much we enjoy what the Good Lord provides. In the end, all of this stuff is just stuff – People are more important than stuff.  We make mistakes, we give each other grace, and we keep moving forward without condemnation. We are just doing our best not to be over consumed by loving things more than we love people.

I was inspired to write this because I believe through Christ I have overcome the obsession with perfectionism. I used to love things particularly creating art and having things look perfect more than loving God.  I am thankful that The Lord has mercy and saved my life from the emptiness that comes from loving things more than people. I am most certainly not where I would like to be, but Thank God I am not where I used to be in this area.

Remember materialism and perfectionism are the devils little foxes that spoil the vine. Please take note that the world’s definition of perfection and God’s definition of perfection are very different. Please do not make the same mistake I made and believe they both work together because they don’t. If you are interested in the subject, please take some time to look at the biblical definition of perfection and do a personal study on the matter.

 After learning about this particular topic, my family and I have found out that loving material things more than God is considered idolatry and is not acceptable in the Kingdom of God. So we’ve settled with ourselves and each other to emphasize loving The Lord with all our hearts, mind, and souls- then love people as we love ourselves. Just because we’ve settled with this truth doesn’t mean we are good at putting this into action. This isn’t an over night thing, please really let that one sink in. Love doesn’t happen overnight and it’s not found in religion. Love is found in relationship. This kind of love takes time and it isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. I do believe that the heart of God;  just like every loving parent is more invested in the relationship than the outward results of behavior.

 

 

What Does Love Really Mean?


It truly takes the power of Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit to really love..

Let’s take a moment to look at what Scripture says about love in 1 Corinthians 13

1 Corinthians 13 New Living Translation (NLT)

If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.

 

4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
8 Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! 9 Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! 10 But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.
11 When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. 12 Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.

 


 

So how can you love yourself and others in a biblical context while living in a culture that is obsessed with vanity, material wealth, and perfectionism?

The answer is still found in 1 Corinthians 13, it takes time and effort to love this way, but through the power of the Holy Spirit – this kind of love is perfected in Christ and obtainable. Hallelujah! I have not arrived but I am on the way.

 

4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

 

 


 

I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to really love God, love myself, and others. I really don’t want hit and miss results here.  I really want to love the way Jesus loves me.  So I began to pray about it. I have asked the Lord to help me articulate 1 Corinthians 13 into my every day life. Please take note this is a little reminder for me on how to love others on a moment to moment basis.  We all have our own interpretation of the word love based on experiences-So let’s all just keep growing towards the real definition of love from a biblical context. I  know that I am learning and growing in this area daily and as I grow- I am making many mistakes but God is so good He even makes my mistakes to prosper.

Please enjoy this free Scripture printable of 1 Corinthians 13


The Simplicity of loving yourself and others means

  • Renew your mind and keep it set on the finished work of Jesus Christ ( living from a place of the resurrection)
  • Guarding your heart above all else
  • Set healthy and realistic goals for yourself
  • Have healthy boundaries in place for everyone including yourself
  • Saying no more often ( let people experience disappointment, it will help them understand you are not a doormat)
  • Only committing yourself to what you can accomplish in each season of life.
  • Eat frequently, hydrate, and get plenty of rest ( No staying up late to craft)
  • Speak kindly to yourself and others even when things go unexpectedly
  • Have plenty of Do- overs ( in case you haven’t practiced this before a do over simply means- I messed up and I need to do that thing I should have done right over again)
  • Do not over work yourself ( do what you can with the time you have and save the rest for the next day)
  • Start doing one thing at a time, multi-tasking triggers frustration, anger, and isn’t bringing productivity.
  • Do not rush yourself on the account of someone else’s impatience.
  • Stay committed to the calling God has for you. Remain loyal, faithful, and trustworthy.

I hope this blog article about How Can You Love Yourself and Others in a Culture Obsessed with Material Wealth and Perfectionism has been insightful and a blessing to you. Please make sure to download your free copy of the Scripture art I have included with this post.

Many Blessings,

Kristal

The Beginnings of Have Faith Stationery

The Beginnings of  having faith to walk on water


Have Faith Stationery was whispered to my heart when my family and I transitioned out of the military lifestyle. The years of dedication to our country has been the heart of our lives for almost a decade. During that time of service, my passion for creating meaningful messages amplified. If you take a moment to view my portfolio, this is just a small selection of greeting cards I have made over the years.

My family and I became born- again believers in Jesus Christ shortly after returning home from our duty station in Okinawa. Out of the many events in military life including several deployments; my family and I saw first hand the devastation from the 2011 tsunami in Japan. This event changed me personally. It was utterly terrifying to see this happen to a nation of people. I can’t articulate into words what I was thinking or feeling in the moment when my husband told me he was scheduled to go assist in the matter. At the time of this event, I believe that was the moment for me when I realized that my family and I needed eternal salvation. As I reflect on the events that happened on the island of Okinawa: I can not count how many times we were saved from spiritual matters, physical injury, and death.  I am so incredibly grateful that The Lord had angels on assignment for my household before we became His disciples.

Despite the tsunami event, I enjoyed the experiences and the life time opportunity for my family and I to have been there; for me, this duty station was a serious wake up call to repent of my sins and receive salvation in Christ.

Living on the island had it’s up’s and down’s, it took me a solid year to get settled back into the United States. While living in Okinawa, I experienced fear daily and felt plagued by it until The Lord Jehovah rescued me from it.  Although it took some time, I am reaping the benefits of being free in Christ because of true repentance. I wasn’t always this bold or courageous.

If you’ll let HIM, Jesus will teach you how to walk on water. Matthew 14:22-36

Having a platform to share the Gospel through stationery is just one of many ways Jesus is teaching me how to be a fisher of men and walk on water. I am excited to get my feet wet!


So the question you are probably asking yourself is:

What does this have anything to do with stationery?

A few seasons prior to receiving moving orders to  Japan I was personally assigned by a Family Readiness Officer to create a large quantity of greeting cards for the deployed.  Looking back at it where I am now in my art journey- this was just the beginning anointing from the Lord to do something with the artistic and creative talent He’s given me.  It’s beautiful to look back and see where I was and how far He’s taken me.

At the time of my first stationery assignment; I had very little interest in the matter, but after I got a hang of things I enjoyed making greeting cards. I realized quickly how financially expensive the materials could get and I wanted to start a card making club with other military wives on base called ” The Card Angels” . Unfortunately at the time there were other pressing matters in my life that prevented me from starting that club.

During my husband’s first deployment we were able to save enough money to purchase my first Cricut machine: The Cricut Expression!  In the beginning, I used my Cricut Expression to scrapbook my first son’s life. After I finished a few small albums, I was burnt out and really wanted to use the machine for other projects- which I will share later in other posts.

While stationed in Japan I started KLDesigns Boutique and I was asked to create custom invitations for The United States Marine Corps Mess Night Event, then several orders came in  from different Marine Corps units stationed in Okinawa. Please take a moment to visit my portfolio page to view all Military Stationery. My husband, a Former US Marine helped me design the Marine Corps stationery and from that point I used the skills I learned from basic art classes and began to create my own signature style. I learned how to do almost everything I needed to do to operate a business online, overseas, and manage my household all while my husband was on active duty. I am so thankful to have had that experience. Don’t get me wrong, I still make mistakes, however; those foundational mistakes have been carefully examined. Now I am able to focus on sharing what is important to God.

 

After I came to the Lord, He began to work on my heart about the direction I was going with KLDesigns Boutique and after much time it was clear that I needed a fresh start with a more meaningful purpose than just to make stationery for vanity. The Beginning of Have Faith Stationery birthed from letting KLDesigns Boutique die. It was a rough and dry season where I allowed myself to grieve over all the hard work I put into KLDesigns Boutique. Many miracles happened to my family and I during that time. I was able to tend to the more important matters in my life both physically and spiritually.

In order for a seed to grow, the seed must be put into the ground and for it to die then it becomes the crop it needed to be. For me, KLDesigns Boutique was the seed of a selfish en-devour to distract me from the real issues of life and it needed to be planted for it to die. Have Faith Stationery was given to me several seasons after I let the Lord deal with the issues of life.

I am so thankful that God blessed me with the continued desire to create stationery and use it for His Kingdom.


Having faith is more than a nice sentiment, it is the life blood of our lives. My family and I have faith because God doesn’t abandon, nor does He fail to provide for His people. I have seen God rescue and restore my family in miraculous ways. It is my hope that you will allow God to rescue and restore you. I started Have Faith Stationery to reach the lost and broken hearted because I too was once lost and broken hearted. Truth is everyone knows someone who is lost, who has a broken heart, or simply just needs a bit of encouragement.  I am hopeful that Have Faith Stationery blog brings a sense of encouragement to you as you journey through paper crafting and  in life.

This is just many of the Testimonies of how faithful God has been in my life and in the lives around me. Did you have a serious wake up call moment?  Please let me know in the comment section below.

May The Lord Jesus Christ continue to bless these hands to create unique stationery for an abundance of blessings into your lives and in the lives of whom you send those special messages to.

Please make sure to stay tuned for the new blog articles where I discuss the importance of Sharing the Gospel through stationery Part 1.

Sharing the Gospel through Stationery Part 2.

Many Blessings in the Messiah,
Kristal