Blooming Pencil: Something New

IMG_0734   Here in Michigan, we are right in the middle of spring. Some things have bloomed, but we still have lots of plants and trees in the bud stage.

Weirdly, it reminds me how much I like fall. Fall sometimes feels like a metaphor for the changes God is planning in my life. The leaves are beautiful, I have enjoyed them for many months, but they are falling off the trees. I always remind myself that there will not be room for anything new until the old is gone. The landscape eventually turns to winter bleakness, and I wait it out….till the time when the bright, shiny new buds start popping out.

You can count on new leaves and flowers every spring, just like you can count on God bringing you new relationships, jobs, kids, homes, lessons, passions, and even challenges. It is easier to allow the old to fade away if I remember that the exciting and long awaited new will be here soon.

So, it is spring, and the new is here. Pay attention to what is brings to you….

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Here, God promises to bring His children out of Babylon. Not only did He bring them out, but He made a way for them through the wilderness, and gave them what they needed to survive the journey.

To remind myself that He will do something new in my life when I feel Him taking things away from me, I made a pencil with a spring bud that turns into a full bloom. Each time I use it, I remember that God not only brings new things into my life, He makes the way for me, and gives me what I need to get where He is asking me to go.

Here is what you need:

  • pencil with eraser
  • 5″ circle of fabric for the bud/bloom (I traced a soup mug and cut out the circle)
  • 1 yard 1 1/4″ wide green ribbon
  • 1 quilt pin (use wire cutters to cut the pin to about 1/2″)
  • hot glue gun and glue
  • scissors
  • pencil

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What you do:

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1. Glue the fabric circle to the top of the pencil, in 4 spots (think north, south, east, west).

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2. Fold or pleat the rest of the fabric, glueing it around the top of the pencil.  There is your spring flower bud.

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3. Cut a square of ribbon, and glue it into a point. This will be a leaf. Make two.

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4. Glue the end of the ribbon to the pencil, so it covers the bottom edge of your bud.

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5. Wrap the ribbon tightly around the pencil, moving it downward, and glueing every other wrap, to hold it in place. As you work downward, glue a leaf to the pencil, and wrap/glue the ribbon over it. Glue both leaves to the pencil/stem.

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6. Cut the ribbon when you want to stop wrapping. I stopped a couple inches above the point, so I could sharpen it and use it for awhile. Fold the end of the ribbon under and glue it. Then glue the end of the ribbon to the pencil.

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7. When you want your bud to bloom, press the bud flat. Stick your short pin through the fabric into the pencil eraser. This will hold the blossom open and make it look like a flower.

“Be joyful in hope,” Romans 12:12

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Decoupage Book Cover

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This is my 2015 Planner that I am working in for Documented Faith. It is a plain black moleskine planner. As you can see, I covered it with fabric, decoupaged it on.  If you have never decoupaged, or have never had a successful decoupage experience, see this decoupage tutorial for tips.

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First thing I did, was cut off the elastic band on the planner.

Because my planner is black and my fabric has a lot of white, I painted the planner white before I decoupaged. If I had not done that, the color of my fabric would have been dull when it dried.

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Put waxed paper pieces inside the front and back covers to keep the pages from getting wet. Brush Mod Podge over the cover, press the fabric over it and smooth it out. Brush at least 3 coats of Mod Podge on top of the fabric. When it is all dry, trim off the extra fabric around the edges.

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I am planning for my planner (haha) to grow fat and full of everything I do and see in 2015, Without the elastic that I cut off, I am not sure I can hold it together. So, I glued a ribbon inside each cover. When I tie a bow, it becomes a nice, neat package.

This is a simple and colorful book covering technique that you can do on any book, hard or soft cover.

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This is a soft cover Bible with two fabrics on it. The polk dot is layered over the floral.

Colors and styles of fabric are infinite, find one you like and give it a try!

Let your light shine before others (Matthew 5:16),
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