Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Papemelroti Future Raffle



Are you ready for the future?  Time oftentimes feels like it's flying by and we say, "Wow, it's the end of another year again!".  Before 2017 arrives, we want you to be prepared for what's ahead!  We are giving away products that will motivate you, inspire you and get you geared for success in the coming year!

This month's raffle is super easy to join!  Just fill up the Rafflecopter form and you're in!

Here's the prize pack!


The lucky winner will receive:

The Papemelroti 2017 Future Wall Calendar 
2017 All Life is an Experiment Anniversary Planner
Work Hard, Dream Big Deco Poster
Believe in Yourself Full Color Poster
Everything You Imagine 2017 Pocket Planner
Be Brave Half Pad
Things to Do Half Pad
Cityscape Zipper Pouch
The Struggle of Life Notebook
There is so Much to be Thankful for Notebook
Commit to the Lord Desk Magnet Board
Set of 3 WOW Noteclips










Raffle will be drawn on December 27, 2016 so join today!

This contest is open worldwide!

Make Your Own Dream Board for the New Year!

by PATRICIA PATERNO




I’ve done Dream Boards before, but always in a separate notebook I looked at very seldom. Recently a friend said she put hers in her planner and I thought that was brilliant!
So I decided to do one for myself and share it with you.



I used our Anniversary planner, of course!  As there wasn’t a blank page, I covered the page I would least use with gesso. Then I painted over it with acrylic.

I was also considering just covering it with cardstock, or some nice plain paper.



Next, I had to think and pray what I would like to put in it. The thing about a Dream Board is you have to take it seriously! It’s like mapping out your year with God. As a matter of fact, some people do call it a Life Map.

Planning without God in mind is foolhardy. As it says in a favorite verse, Psalm 127:1,
“Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it.”

Unless the Lord builds our life, we labor in vain, and all our plans go to waste! When goals and plans are written down, they have power.

Take a tip from Bo Sanchez, who said, “Every morning, I read my life mission, my list of dreams, and my annual goals.”

When Bo was very young, he had a very detailed list of his goals and plans. He made a “Dream Board”. He wanted to build a home for the poorest of the poor. He imagined a large plot of land with many homes. He even saw a rice field, fishpond and coconut trees.

After several years, Anawim, a place specially for abandoned elderly people, is now a reality in Montalban, complete with the rice field, fishpond and coconut trees!




After thinking about what we want to happen for the year, we gather up materials we can use. Pens, markers, rubber stamps, washi tape, magazine clippings, glue, paint, stickers, etc.

When your goals and plans are written down, this is the first step towards fulfilling your dreams and plans for 2017.

In Mark 11:23 it says, “You will have what you say.” How much more if we have a visual record of what we want to happen!

Each one of us is unique and we will have a very unique dream board or life map. Whatever we create will be an expression of our uniqueness!












When you go through magazines, cut out words, phrases or pictures that resonate with you, that have meaning for you.

Consider your gifts, talents, strengths, and resources that you have available. What do you want to develop, to grow? Where do you want to bloom?




Arrange the pictures and words in a way that makes sense to you. Glue it on your page.
Don’t be so much a perfectionist that you get stuck. Have faith that God is helping you all the way.





I know that God has a dream and a plan for each of us. It is exciting to work with God to make that come true.





When I was making this, I was wondering why I put my goals about being more intentional with my relationships at the bottom of the page? Did I subconsciously consider my relationships of lesser importance than my art and what I hoped to accomplish? This disturbed me until I saw what God wanted me to see!


FAITH, HOPE and LOVE!!!





ABOUT THE AUTHOR Papemelroti's owner and artist Patricia Paterno has been married for 21 years to a man with a good heart. They have one son who is as funny as his dad. She has been working in the family business since she was 11. When she gets home from work, she stays in her craft room and makes collages, scrapbook layouts, ATCs, and thinks of ways to re-use things normal people would throw away. Visit her arts and crafts blog.  She wants to be passionate about God's passions so she also made a blog, Hebrews 13:3, about their service in the QC Jail.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Christmas Craft Session: Jesse Tree Printables Kit




The season of Advent is one of the most grace-filled and joyous times for us all.  We come together with our families and friends and are oftentimes busy with preparations and parties.  Our children often think of it as a time for presents and not the "presence" of Jesus, whose birth we are celebrating.

When we want to bring back the true meaning of Christmas, we don't have to think of something complicated.  The Jesse Tree is a project we can do with children and doesn't take up much of our time.


WHAT'S A JESSE TREE?
If you've never heard of a Jesse Tree, don't despair!  Help is on the way!  You've come to the right place!

The Jesse Tree originated in the middle ages as a means of preparing for Christmas.  It is essentially Jesus' family tree!

"A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit." from Isaiah 11:1 shows us the prophecy of Jesus' coming.  The tree stump represents all that has been left of King David's royal lineage - seemingly lifeless and insignificant.  Yet, Jesus comes forth and brings not just life but salvation, not just to Israel, but for the whole of mankind. 



The Jesse Tree's 24 ornaments symbolize the different Old and New Testament characters who are related to Jesus.  One doesn't put up all the ornaments all at once.  Each ornament is placed after reading a bible verse.




December 1
Read Genesis 1:1-31; 2:1-4
The Story of Creation
(Symbol: Sun)









December 2

Read Gen. 2:7-9, 18-24.
The Story of Adam and Eve
(Symbol: Adam and Eve)
December 3
Read Gen. 3:1-7 and 23-24.
The Story of the Fall of Man
(Symbol: Apple)
December 4
Read Gen. 3:1-7 and 23-24.
The Story of Noah
(Symbol: Noah's Ark)
December 5
Read Gen. 12:1-3
The Story of Abraham
(Symbol: Torch)









December 6
Read Gen. 22:1-14
The Story of Isaac
(Symbol: Ram)











December 7
Read Gen. 25:1-34; 28:10-15.
The Story of Jacob
(Symbol: Ladder)









December 8
Read Gen. 37:23-28; 45:3-15.
The Story of Joseph
(Symbol: Coat)











December 9
Read Exodus 2:1-10
The Story of Moses
(Symbol: Baby among the reeds)








December 10
Read 1 Sam. 3:1-18.
The Story of Samuel
(Symbol: Candle)











December 11
Read 1 Sam. 16:1-13
The Story of Jesse
(Symbol: Shepherd's Staff)









December 12
Read  1 Sam. 17:12-51.
The Story of David
(Symbol: Star of David)











December 13
Read  Kings 3:5-14, 16-28
The Story of Solomon
(Symbol: Scales of justice)












December 14
Read  Matt. 1:18-25
The Story of Joseph, the Father of Jesus
(Symbol: Hammer)










December 15
Read  Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38.
The Story of Mary, the Mother of Jesus
(Symbol: Crown of Stars)












December 16
Read  Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38.
The Story of John the Baptist
(Symbol: Shell)










December 17
Read  Sirach 24:2; Wisdom 8:1
Jesus is Wisdom
(Symbol: Book)




December 18
Read  Ex. 3:2; 20:1
Jesus is Lord
(Symbol: Stone Tablets)








December 19
Read  Isaiah 11:1-3
Jesus is the Flower of Jesse
(Symbol: Flower)












December 20

Read Isaiah 22:22.
Jesus is the Key of David
(Symbol: Key)









December 21
Read Psalm 19:6-7
Jesus is the Radiant Dawn
(Symbol: Sunrise)











December 22

Read Psalm 2:7-8; Ephesians 2:14-20
Jesus is King of the Gentiles
(Symbol: Crown)







December 23
Read  Isaiah 7:14; 33:22.
Jesus is Emmanuel
(Symbol: Host and Cup)











December 24
Read John 1:1-14.
Jesus is the Light of the World
(Symbol: Host and Cup)





HOW TO MAKE THE TREE:
Option A: Branches
Pick some fallen branches (don't saw these off from a tree!) and then use a big pot and some rocks or hardened cement to make it stand.



Once you've prepared your tree, print out the ornaments and cut out into circle.  Number the ornaments so you know which day of Advent you'll put it up.  Punch a hole in each ornament for some thread to hang up the ornament.
Option B: Wall Art
Get a piece of manila paper and draw a tree.  It doesn't have to be too realistic.  The important thing is to put drawings of branches were the ornaments will be pasted on (as if they were hanging).


Here are some samples of both options:


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This one makes use of magnetic surface for the tree and ornaments on magnets.

Let us know if you liked this project and share what you've made with us in the comments section below.



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