Happy Mail Encouragement Folder
Hello and HAPPY Friday!
These days, I need to look at a calendar to figure out what day it is!
Today, I am posting a project that came out of necessity (sort of) for me. I‘ve been thinking of ways to encourage friends and family without spending a lot of money AND without having to go to the post office 🤪
One of the most important things the Lord has taught me, has to do with what’s in my head. (The renewing of my mind) It’s so easy to FORGET who we are and WHOSE we are, when left to our own devices. I can wander off down the rabbit trail of plain ol’ wrong thinking. (Doubt, worry, self pity, etc.) To FIGHT heading off course, I need to stay connected with fellow Sisters in Christ for accountability, sharpening and encouragement. I must also be intentional about what’s “going into” my noggin and then rattling around up there.
God’s Word is for our benefit…
2 Timothy 3:15 From infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16AllScripture is God-breathed and is useful forinstruction, for conviction, for correction, and fortraining in righteousness, 17so that the man of God may be complete, fully equipped for every good work.…
SO, we must learn it and know it which allows us to be COMPLETE, and fully equipped for every good work.
It’s also helpful to commit our attention to what we are thinking.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8
Being intentional about directing our daily thoughts takes practice, and a running dialogue with the Holy Spirit. I find it helpful to write out or journal this process. I keep a list of things I’m grateful for, and a plan of action for specific tasks God has called me to, through my time with Him.
This leads me to today’s project…a pocket folder for the above mentioned:) A place to keep encouraging lists AND PERFECT to send loved ones through the mail!
- 1 12 X 12 PLAIN SHEET OF SCRAPBOOK PAPER/CARD STOCK
- 2 PRINT OUTS OF THE FILES I INCLUDE BELOW (for the inserts, it’s nicest to use white card stock, but not necessary)
- 2-4 PATTERNED PAPER (not Card Stock, can be 8.5 x 11)
- tape runner or glue stick
- business size envelope
- scissors and paper trimmer (can make this without a trimmer)
- OPTIONAL: Bone folder and Scoring Board, ring tag
Start by scoring your 12 x 12 piece of Card Stock at 4” & 8.” I did not have white card stock (which is what I wanted to use) but did have green. Green it is! You will be covering up most of this with other papers, so you don’t need a patterned paper.
If you don’t have a bone folder and scoring board, click on the bone folder options below. A metal ruler works best without the scoring board.
NEXT, turn the paper and score again at 4” & 8”.
Fold the bottom 1/3 up towards the top
Go over each fold with a bone folder or bone folder imposter tool of your choice 🤪
Next, fold in the 2 outside “thirds.”
Cut your PRINT paper (NOT CARD STOCK) INTO 7.5 X 3.5 PIECES. You’ll need 8 of these pieces.
2 of those 8 pieces will be cut into 3.5” squares for the bottom of the inside pockets. (It will help to look at the photos below, before you decide what paper you want to use for each section.)
As you can see, I only used 2 different (printed) papers. I adhered the printed paper with a tape runner. I used a circle punch to create the “access tab.” My punch is getting dull, and had a hard time going through the Card Stock + printed paper. Because it looked a bit jagged, I added the washi tape to cover it. 3 CHEERS FOR WASHI! THESE CUT OUTS ARE OPTIONAL.
Cut out the tag pieces (Ahavah) from the printables included, and glue them on using a glue stick. (You could also use a tape runner) Tie it up with a ribbon to keep it closed. The circle tag was something I happened to have on hand.
Those of you who read my blog, know I adore Beth Guckenberger and the incredible ministry the Lord has called her to! Beth has spurred in me, a love for Hebrew Words. Ahavah means more than just a sentiment, it is a feeling that is followed up with an ACTION. It does not simply mean “to Love” it means TO GIVE LOVE. For this reason, I created a little tag for our Encouragement folder ❤️
I added the “brads” for looks only. They are not necessary to hold down the tag:)
I am crazy about this ribbon. It’s elastic, and does not have to be untied to open the folder…it slips off. It’s the last of my stash. Hoping to find some more someday! Any ribbon you have on hand will work!
The mailing envelope for the variations above, was much less squished without the heavier elastic ribbon:)
Below are the Files used to create the insert pages. After they are printed, cut them to 7.5 x 3.5. I like to use white card stock for these.
Hope you will find this a fun and rewarding project! One that you share with others!