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I predict that hundreds of years from now, when they dig up ruins of our time, they’ll find scrap books everywhere. They’ll reveal signs of our culture and our values.

Has Scrap-booking become a fever? A craze? A fad? Or a meaningful and creative way to immortalize our cherished memories?

I’d like to introduce a not-so-new way to use this unique way to arrange memorable events. The purpose is to further God’s Kingdom.

It’s called "Faithbooking."

My friend writes:

“Last year, God gently nudged a couple of sisters in the Lord and me to work on a faith scrapbook. (I thought it was an original idea until I learned that the creator of Creative Memories, a scrapbook company, coined the phrase 'faith scrapbooking' several years back.)

Anyway, each page layout has to reflect a personal experience or insight of our faith-walk based on a selected scripture.

A Bible verse is selected to meditate upon. And when we meet once a month, we work together on our page using the particular verse.

Aside from incorporating pictures and journaling, all sorts of embellishments are used: stickers, ribbon, charms, rub-ons, buttons, brads, anything acid and lignin free to decorate our card stock paper.

In February, for example, we worked on Proverbs 17:17 – "A friend loves at all times." My two-page layout consists of small pictures of many of the godly women who have prayed for me and with me along my Christian journey.

Whenever I look back at the page, I will remember how God blessed me with such wonderful sisters in the faith!

Everyone enjoys the chance to crop and embellish a page. The purpose is to leave a legacy of faith. In the process, we are constantly blessed and encouraged in the Word. God uses the fellowship time to encourage, heal, and bring hope into our lives.

However, I am more excited about the opportunity God is giving us to use this hobby to minister through pictures blended with His Word to bring joy to those who don’t know Jesus.

Recently, God has led us to a 'Christmas in July' project. Each of us is creating a Christmas themed album to someone who doesn't know Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Each album is personalized for the receiver. The final page of the scrapbook will be either a personal invitation to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior. Or an encouraging letter to know Jesus in a more intimate way.

I wholeheartedly and prayerfully believe the receiver of this love gift will be blessed in ways we can't imagine!”

Note from Janet: So all of you Scrapbookers, I challenge you to get those materials out and use them to shine God’s hope and joy through pictures. And along with all the frills, adorn each page with His love.

Janet

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Comment by Janet Perez Eckles on August 5, 2007 at 6:53am
Hi friend,
I so agree with your message, but then a friend enlightened me a little bit more on this:

"Some discoveries have been made. Anything that was paper was already crumbled and decayed beyond recognition. Still, with our technology, researchers have been able to reconstruct the original documents and piece them together to obtain limited written information (similar to the process of taking dried up, crumbled tree leaves and putting a petroleum product on them to "moisten" each leaf). Carbon-14 dating was also used to ascertain the age of these documents."**

If that's available now...think of what will be used in the future. So I believe items we don't even dream to be preserved...might be reconstructed before archeologists' eyes.

So, more reason to make each word count, right? (Smile).

Blessings, Janet

**Most "paper" products have had little success in being reconstructed enough to recognize details and have yielded poor results in their findings.

Janet Perez Eckles
Faith and Love with a Latin Flair
www.janetperezeckles.com
Visit my blog—nuggets of inspiration for the hurting heart
Comment by Maria Peagler on July 30, 2007 at 6:22pm
Janet -
Unfortunately, paper doesn't survive the effects of decay and time. The only things that really survive when archeologists unearth ancient civilizations are pottery, metal, bone, and precious metals (gold, copper, etc.)
I laughingly bring this up because I'm a quilter and quilters are probably even more concerned about their quilts surviving over time to future generations. And I tell them to make the quilts they want to make and enjoy them, because quilts won't be one of the things archeologists dig up when we're gone. I'm afraid scrapbooks are the same.
I believe wholeheartedly in preserving our history in scrapbooks, quilts, and other arts. Faithbooking sounds like a great way to document our spiritual journey. Good luck!

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