Friday, December 28, 2012

The Master Plan

Many of Papemelroti's customers since the 70's will remember a plaque of ours that says "Plan ahead, it wasn't raining when Noah built his ark."

As 2013 kicks off, some of us may be making new year's resolutions and plans.  And some of us may be taking on a more free-spirited approach like actor John Cusack.  He once said "I'm not making any plans. I'm just going to let the universe surprise me.”

Is a plan simply a dream? a wish?  Well-loved book "Little Prince"s Author Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry says, "A goal without a plan is just a wish.”

The word "plan" is both a noun and a verb.  Quoting from it is:
- a scheme or method of acting, doing, proceeding, making, etc.,developed in advance: battle plans.
- a specific project or definite purpose: plans for the future.

Have you ever planned something and it never materialized?  Most of us have. 
The late Dwight D. Eisenhower (then a 5-star general and now often ranked as the top 10 U.S. presidents) said "In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” 
Designing a home, building a business, preparing for retirement, all of these require proper planning. 
In the book of life, the Bible, we will see that even God Himself had plans.
In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will (Ephesians 1:11)
But they do not know the thoughts of the Lord; they do not understand his plan, (Micah 4:12)
God even shares His plans with His people.  God said to Moses in Exodus 26 "Set up the tabernacle according to the plan shown you on the mountain."

What happens when we don't plan?
"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ― Benjamin Franklin
"If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up someplace else.” ― Yogi Berra

If you plan to do some planning this month, here are some things to consider using some scripture wisdom:

- Always plan good things for yourself and for others.  Do away with angry thoughts, getting even or vengeful plans.  Goodness begets goodness.  In Proverbs 14:22 it says "Do not those who plot evil go astray?  But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness."

- Expect to work on these plans diligently in the coming year. "Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty." - Proverbs 21:5

- Sometimes we plan differently from God.  Like King David 1 Chronicles 28 "King David rose to his feet and said: “Listen to me, my brothers and my people. I had it in my heart to build a house as a place of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord, for the footstool of our God, and I made plans to build it. But God said to me, ‘You are not to build a house for my Name..."   Let us spend some time in quiet reflection and ask for God's help in all our plans.  He desires what is best for us.  If we listen with an open, sincere and willing heart, we will hear His voice guiding us.  "We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer. Proverbs 16:1

- God's ways are truly best for us.  He made us and He knows our purposes and plans.  We can count on the fact that the Master plan is the best plan for our lives.
- When we plan with God with us and within us, we can be assured that we can overcome any obstacles and challenges along the way for "There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord." Proverbs 21:30

Devise your strategy, but it will be thwarted;
propose your plan, but it will not stand,
for God is with us. (Isaiah 8:10)
- Remember that plans may not turn out as you expect them but sometimes these can be blessings in disguise.  If your plans get thwarted yet it brings a blessing, than it may be God's plan after all.  "Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails." Proverbs 19:21
We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps. Prov 16:9

As you get a pen and pencil and map out your plans and strategies for 2013, hold on to God's promises for you.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11)

"Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed." (Proverbs 16:3)

Friday, December 07, 2012

Free Christmas Greeting Images

Hello everyone!

We've made some online Christmas greetings for all of you!  Have fun posting them on Facebook, Tumblr, your blog or other sites to spread some holiday cheer!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Scrapbook Set Giveaway!

If you've never tried your hand at scrapbooking, now is the time to start.  Papemelroti's Christmas giveaway is a Scrapbook Set that will help preserve your memories for years to come.

See what items are up for grabs!!!

The items are all coordinated with the Adventure Theme.  Great for travel photos!

This handmade paper kit is re-usable and can make textured paper out of your old used paper.

Included in this pack:

10-Compartment Organizer
Each Moment Handcrafted Tags
The Easiest Handmade Paper Making Kit
3-Drawer Adventure Box
Bless this Earth Rubber Stamp
Adventure Notebook
Friend Sticker
Quotes Sticker
Adventure Bookmark
Adventure Bound Notebook
Always Remember Scrapbook Ornament
Assorted Craft Cut Pieces
Ellipse Scrapbook Ornaments
Adventure Spiral Notebook
Believe Craft Cut Sheet
Today Craft Cut Sheet
Cutout Kraft Letter Sheet
Adventure Medium Scrapbook with Matching Paper Bag

All of these products are made with 100% unbleached recycled paper!  This means no harsh chemicals were released into the environment and of course, no trees were cut down to make these products.

To win this set, all you have to do is make an ATC out of any art materials you can use. You can use our Craft Cut sheets like below (or any material for that matter).

What's an ATC?  A-rtist T-rading C-ards are just miniature art.

They can have any theme, style or done with any material.  Just take a picture, post on our contest page, tag it with your e-mail address and you're in!

The standard size of an ATC is 2.5 x 3.5 inches or 6.4 X 8.9 cm.
For more about ATCs click here

 This piece below was made by cutting out the shapes on the Craft Cut Sheet and pasting it together one on top of the other.

Sample ATC

*You don't have to be an artist or professional designer to make an ATC.  You can use the collage technique (like in our sample above) using old magazines or photographs.  It can be about anything you like!

We're excited to see what you will make! 

Make as many ATCs as you want, the more you make, the more chances to win!

Please don't be shy!  Upload your pictures on our website - click here

Deadline for submissions is January 20, 2013.  *Winners must reply within 7 days or we will sadly have to pick another winner.

*This contest is open worldwide but shipping costs must be shouldered by participants. 
The winner (if in the Philippines) can get the business pack via the nearest Papemelroti branch.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

My Memorabilia Christmas Tree

My Christmas tree at home is a little scraggly
but I love it!
I call it my Memorabilia Tree
or my Scrapbook Tree.
There are lots of pictures hanging on it.
Every year I add more-
it's definitely not one of those shiny, sleek
and beautiful trees!

Here's one I made in about 15 minutes-
all you need is either paper or cloth,
cardboard, a glue gun, some ribbon and embellishments.

Cut out the paper into the shape you like.
This one is round, but you can have square,
oval, or even a Christmas tree or star.
If you want to use cloth, be sure to 
use a mix of half and half white glue and water
to attach the cloth to paper so it's more stable.

After putting the picture in the frame,
glue a piece of cardboard to the back,
making sure to put a ribbon, twine
or string in between to hang your frame.

This fabric frame is one of my favorites.
I spent some time embellishing it
with embroidery stitches and fabric cut outs.

This is kid's play!
Cut out a tree shape and add dots!

A fancier version.
Let your kids help and let them
 decorate using sequins and beads.

This one is made using our papemelroti

Another one I made using Craft Cuts.
If your pictures are too precious to cut up,
like this one of my mom and my sister Peggy was,
just photocopy it.

And this one is made using Kitchen Clay.
See the recipe using baking soda and
cornstarch here.

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Venturing into Advent

For many of us, Christmas is a frenzied time of shopping, parties and gift giving.  Spending time in quiet reflection may be a luxury for some.  Here are some things even the busiest person can add to Advent to bring in more of the blessings of the season.

- Advent begins on the first Sunday Dec. 2, 2012 and it is a time of preparation for Christmas.  Before family meals, pray "Prepare our hearts to have more of you Lord".

- Sing Christmas carols in the car during traffic.  The ride will go much faster.

- Decorating your home with your family is a good time to share the meanings of each symbol. 

  • The Christmas tree is evergreen symbolizing hope.  Being cut down and raised year after year, the tree reminds us of Christ's resurrection.
  • Ham is served at dinner to celebrate the triumph of good over evil.  The slaying of wild boars of olden times represented God's victory over sin, death and the enemy.
  • Bells are used to signify joy and celebration.  During Bible times, Jewish priests had bells on the hem of their clothing.(Exodus 28:31-35) Jesus' coming shows us that He is our High Priest who took upon Himself our sins so we can come close to God.
  • Candy canes have the shape of the Shepherd's staff.  These help us call to mind how Jesus is the Good Shepherd.
  • The Gingerbread Man was shaped and baked, just like we are created in God's image.
  • Christmas bows and ribbons signify the brotherhood of man bound together in peace through Christ's coming.
  • Snowmen under the heat of the sun represent icy, stony hearts that are melted by the knowledge of God's love.
  • Red and green colors surround us at Christmas time.  Red reminds us of Jesus' blood shed on the cross for love of us.  Green, on the other hand, the color of leaves, plants and grass represents life. Together the colors reflect God's life given up for us so that we may have eternal life.

- During travel, as you see the twinkling lights all around the metropolis, imagine yourself looking at the star guiding the magi to Christ.  Think of your destination as a place where you will meet God (in the people, place, situations that you will face).

- While wrapping your Christmas gifts, say a blessing or a prayer intention for the person receiving that gift.

- When preparing meals for parties and reunions, meditate through your actions.  While mixing different ingredients, think of how you can more peaceably walk with others.  While heating the food evenly, think of the attention you are giving your children (or younger friends), if all their needs are being met. 

- For every concern that crosses your mind, replace it with a grateful thought.

- Allot one meal as the "thinning dessert" time.  Instead of having dessert that night, save the cost of the dessert and give it to someone needy.

- When in the grocery, grab some cookies or packed biscuits and store them in the car.  Spread some cheer to a beggar through these simple offerings.

- Every morning when thinking of what to wear and going through your clothes, take note of the those items you never get to wear. Put these in a nearby bag.  When the bag is full, donate to a nearby shelter.

- Cooking for the family?  Make a bigger batch for people who serve us every day - the street sweeper, police, security guards, etc.

What do you do during Christmas to make it more meaningful?

Friday, November 16, 2012

The Easiest Way to Make a Journal

My journal is all filled up
and I decided to make my own
to avoid what happened here!

I folded some 8 1/2" x 11" kraft and white papers
in half.

Then I punched holes in the folded papers
with a two hole punch.

Here are the papers for my journal.

Next I looked for an old leather jacket.

After putting the pages through two rings,
I auditioned the pages on the leather I cut from the jacket.

I then sewed the rings on to the leather,
making sure to sew on both sides of the screws
so that the rings won't fall off.

I then found a long piece of leather from 
the sleeve portion of the jacket.
I made two slits on the cover and inserted the strip of leather.

I then sewed some buttons to hold it all together.
I also used a glue gun to keep the strip in place.

I now have a journal to put my reflections in!
And it only took less than an hour to make! 
If you want to see some of my drawings 
and read my reflections,
come and visit me at HeARTworks.

Of course, if you don't have the time or inclination
to make a journal,
you can always drop by our stores 
and find some really nice ones!

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