Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Grateful, Part Three

Looking for a way to fill up your family member's love tanks? Here's another quick idea that I remember reading about in the book "Chicken Soup for the Soul." A teacher did an exercise similar to this with her classroom when morale was low. Many of the students were so touched by this, it became one of their most treasured possessions that they kept into adulthood. Here's the exercise: Using little slips of paper, write the name of each person in your family on one side of the paper. On the back of each one, write a compliment for that person; something you love about them, something that makes them unique and special. Have each family member do this same exercise. Even 2 and 3 year olds can do this with a little help. Just ask them, "What do you like about your [family member]?" Then, take another piece of paper, write the name of one person at the top, then take all of the slips with their name on them and glue them to the paper so that the compliment is face up. Repeat for each person, then give it to that person. This exercise could easily work for any club or group whose members know each other pretty club, girls night out, youth group, etc. You can make this as simple or as fancy as you'd like with the paper you select. Try using scrapbooking paper and cardstock to jazz it up for a frameable work of art that is meaningful. If you want the comments to be anonymous, you can re-type them and print them. If you have members who compete, compare, or get jealous of each other easily, don't read them outloud. Pass them out quietly, one-on-one. If you have never read the book, "Chicken Soup for the Soul," I definitely recommend it. It's full of short, heart-warming, true stories that live up to its title.
Grateful, Part Three:
Here's the last card for the theme Grateful, (tomorrow we'll be doing something totally different).  For this project you'll need a stamp set that has 4 small leaf patterns and the word grateful or thankful. I used a Stampin' Up! set called Falling Leaves.

1) Make a card measuring 5.5 X 4.25 that opens at the side using medium brown cardstock, such as Soft Suede. Tear along the right side of the front to create the torn edge look (as shown).

2) Stamp 4 leaves onto Very Vanilla cardstock using 4 coordinating colors of ink. I used More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Old Olive and Chocolate Chip inks. Trim closely leaving a tiny border around the leaves.

3) Use paper punches to cut out 4 shapes as follows: Use the 1 1/4 inch circle with Cajun Craze cardstock, 1 1/5 inch circle on More Mustard cardstock, scalloped square on Old Olive cardstock, and the curly label punch on Summer Sun cardstock or another yellow.
4) Glue the leaves onto the shapes of a contrasting color.  For example, don't glue the Cajun Craze leaf on the Cajun Craze shape...pick a different color.  Arrange them in a slightly overlapping fashion while leaving a 1.5 inch empty column along the lefthand side of the card.  When you like the way they are arranged, glue them down.

5) Tie a piece of twine around the front flap of the card and secure with a knot.  I also stapled the twine just below the knot so the twine wouldn't slide left or right.  Above the knot, tie a small piece of Old Olive ribbon and another piece of Very Vanilla ribbon onto the twine and snip the ends diagonally.

6) Stamp the word Grateful or Thankful onto Very Vanilla cardstock with Chocolate Chip ink.  Cut it out, leaving a 1/4 inch border all around it.  Glue it onto dark brown cardstock such as Chocolate Chip.  Cut that out, also leaving a 1/4 inch border.  Glue it over the top of the twine string so that it overlaps some of the shapes, as shown in the example.

Try using this same layout with different color schemes and different stamp sets, such as Christmas images or snowflakes. Use birthday stamps like cake, balloons and confetti sprinkles to create a fun birthday card. Here's the basic template:

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