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The Scrapbooked Bible Study
Bible studies don’t have to be dry and boring—they can be “scrapbooked.” Scrapbooking a photograph is all about visual appeal using background papers, journal entries, and embellishments. You can also add bling—anything that sparkles or shines. We love bling. Bible studies can be scrapbooked using such “background papers” as the context of the message or the customs of the times. The “journal entries” are application for today and discussion questions. “Embellishments” such as stories or a fresh approach to the subject create interest; and comparisons, examples, and definitions build understanding. Spiritual insight is the bling. So the brand of our Lighthouse Bible studies for women is called “The Scrapbooked Bible Study.”
Papers Used: BoBunny Alissa Twirls paper and Bazzill Cameo cardstock
If you want to add a little scrapbooking to your Bible study class, consider using Take-away Cards. (What application will your students “take away” from class?) These cards use the colors and creativity of scrapbooking to make one of the principles from class more memorable. They only take about five minutes of class time, and class members seem to really enjoy them.
To make your own Take-away Cards:
1. The Message: Choose a sentence from one of the devotions, or use one of the boldface application statements, such as this one taken from 2 Timothy: Winning the Victory:
Don’t be ruled by
a spirit of fear,
but by power, love,
and a sound mind.
2. The Top Layer: Type the statement into the computer, and copy it as many times as you need, one for each group member. We do this two different ways, so see which way appeals to you more, and try it!
Beebe's Trick: Using the Space Bar
Type the statement into the computer, centered, to form a template for how to position the lines in relation to each other. This statement is taken from Isaiah: Setting Things Right.Isaiah Chapter 1
Don’t Choose Sin over God
About five or six lines down, type those lines again, without centering them. Tab over on both lines, and type in the same words.
Isaiah Chapter 1 Isaiah Chapter
Don’t Choose Sin over God Don't Choose Sin over God
Referring to the centered version that you typed in first, use the space bar to position the top line over the next line.Isaiah Chapter 1
Don’t Choose Sin over GodIsaiah Chapter 1
Don’t Choose Sin over God
Then copy and paste these lines onto the lines below them, for as many as will fit on the page and on the card (make sure there’s enough room above and below the words), and for as many class members as you have. Delete the centered statement that served as your template, to make more room. You may get six application statements on one page, or eight if the statement is shorter.
Sometimes a colored font looks nice if it’s dark enough to show up well. Print the page onto regular computer paper to see if your spacing is correct for the size of card that you are making. You’ll usually need an area 2 ½” by 2 ½” for each application statement if you are using squares. (See #4 in the main instructions below.) Adjust the spacing in the computer, if needed. Then print the statements on white or off-white cardstock, enough to have one per class member.
Katy’s Trick: Using Text Boxes
To easily copy the statement and to conserve paper, I use text boxes. I can copy the same text box about six or eight times on a page, depending on how big the box is. Using the 2 Timothy: Winning the Victory statement mentioned in #1 above, I’d like to tell you how to create text boxes.
In Microsoft Word 2007, click the Insert tab, and select Text Box.
Choose Simple Text Box in the pop-up window.
The text box appears on your page, and the Text Box Tools toolbar automatically appears at the top of the screen. In that toolbar, click on Text Wrapping, and select Behind Text. Now you can move the box around easily.
Click on Shape Outline, and hit No Outline to get rid of the outline around your box. You don’t want that to print on your paper.
Click in the text box, hit Backspace, and all the example text should disappear. Click on the Home tab in the toolbar, and click on the Center Justification button. Type your text. This is how one text box should look.
Right click on the box, and hit Copy. Right click on the page somewhere and hit Paste. You may have to drag your box to where you want it on the page. Do this for as many people as you have in your class. This is how the page looks once you have pasted all the text boxes you can on one page.
You can also play with font styles and colors. Print the page onto regular computer paper to see if your spacing is correct for the size card that you are making. Adjust the spacing in the computer, if needed. Then print the statements on your cardstock, enough to have one statement per class member. Tada!
3. Choose: Now comes the color and creativity. Choose two or three other colors of cardstock that are either complementary or shades of the same color. You can also use cardstock that is printed with patterns, flowers, and so forth, for one of the layers. These will be the backdrop for your application statement. If you buy a 12-inch-square (12” by 12”) piece of colored or printed cardstock, you can cut it into nine 3-inch squares (3” by 3”) to form the largest piece of each Take-away Card. (You can find colored and printed cardstock at Michaels Stores, Hobby Lobby®, or Archiver’s®. Just ask someone to point you to their scrapbooking supplies.)
Papers Used (top to bottom layers):
Bazzill Almond Cream cardstock, Authentique Paper “Cherish Three” paper, Simple Stories Green Dots/Print paper, and Bazzill Pinecone cardstock
Paper Sources (top to bottom layers): Bazzill Fawn cardstock, K&Company TC Fall Script paper, and Bazzill Geneva cardstock
4. Cut: After you choose how many layers you will have and what colors or patterns of cardstock you want, cut the biggest and bottom layer first. Cut the next layer of cardstock a little smaller, one-eighth or one-fourth inch smaller. If your cards have three layers, the third and top layer is your application statement printed on white or off-white cardstock. Make sure the words of the application are spaced to fit on that top layer.
5. Variety: You can use other shapes for your Take-away Cards—rectangles, circles, or special shapes. You can find inexpensive stencils for these. We like to use die cuts that we use for card-making. Our favorites are Spellbinders™ Nestabilities® Die Templates, which are available at the craft stores mentioned above. (Simple shapes, especially squares, may be the best. Both the die cuts and the machine that you need to use them are extra expenses, unless you already own them for scrapbooking or card-making.)
Spellbinders™Nestabilities® Die Templates used here: Labels Eight and Labels Three
6. The Fun: At the end of class, pass out a set of card layers to each person, and then pass out several rolls of double-sided tape, to be shared. Have your class members tape the second layer to the third layer, putting the tape on the back of the second layer. Then have them put tape on the back of the top layer and tape it to the others. Before they start, it’s a good idea to show them a finished Take-away Card. They take their cards home as a reminder of the lesson.
Papers Used: My Mind’s Eye Tiny Dancer “Chasse” Graceful Circles paper, Bazzill Parakeet cardstock, and cream cardstock
7. Cost: The class members may want to help you with the costs. Our suggestion is to ask for $1 per person and see how far that money goes. When the money for supplies is gone, ask them whether they want to do any more cards.
8. If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.