Since this is the season for believing… I wanted to share some of my core beliefs.
I believe that compassion leads to connection, which in turn leads to community.
I believe that we are stronger as a community than we are individually.
I believe that one of the best ways to build community is to reach out in love, and act with kindness and integrity.
Kudos to fellow scribe Helga Cuypers of Belgium for knowing that JUST BELIEVE was the only phrase on my holiday lettering style sheet which I lettered with a Pigma® Micron®.
I believe that each of us has the ability– and the sacred responsibility– to make the world a better place and I’d like your help in making a difference for others this holiday season.The holidays are supposed to be a joyous time, yet statistically it is the time of year when many people feel overwhelmed, lonely or depressed, and I believe that we can each make a difference for someone who has had a rough year. Towards that end, I’m trying to compile a list of simple, creative kindnesses, that are easy and affordable to do. I’m looking on this as a collaborative effort, and hope you’ll take a few minutes to share your ideas by leaving a comment.Believe in yourself Believe in your dreams Believe in your ability to make a difference
In honor of Hanukkah, I wanted to share a FREE downloadable Create, Color, Pattern, Play page from my book L’Chaim: Celebrate Life, Judaic Expressions to Color & Inspire.
HERE: I’d love to see what you do with the design, have set up a folder in the Zenspirations® Create, Color, Pattern, Play FB group where you can post your lettering creations. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1471158256528576/
For those who are not familiar with the story, Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, celebrates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem two centuries before the time of Christ. The Temple had been desecrated by Antiochus IV’s troops, and when the Jewish people wanted to light the Eternal Lamp which acknowleges God’s holy presence, they discovered that there was only enough oil to keep the lamp lit for one day. The miracle of Hanukkah is that the one day’s worth of oil lasted for eight days— enough time for more oil to be procured.Last week I shared a Christmas-colored “Believe” Dangle design… so this week I want to share a Hanukah Dangle:
And in closing, I wanted to share a tutorial on rainbow metallic lettering, which I filmed earlier this year for the PBS show Scrapbook Soup, hosted by my friend Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. Here is a photo of Julie and me on the set:
And here is a photo of the rainbow metallic lettering (done with Sakura’s awesome metallic Gelly Roll® pens) I demonstrate in the episode:
If you’d like to watch, look for Scrapbook Soup episode 511, which will be posted to the Scrapbook Soup website for seven days, starting at noon on Friday, December 11, 2015. I’d love to know what you think!