Thursday, November 14, 2013

Time With Jan Marie . . .

 Charm is deceitful and beauty is fleeting, 
but a woman who fears the Lord is greatly to be praised.
Proverbs 31:30

As I was working on my outward appearance one morning, scraping the last little bit of foundation from the compact, I started to toss the container and then stopped. It was a perfectly good little compact: surely it could be re-purposed. And, looking back to the mirror, the scripture above came to mind. What better use than to convert it to something that seeks to build up and encourage not by outward means, but through the renewing of one’s mind with the precious Word of God?

And that’s the story of how this little “makeup kit” came to be.

Makeup Bag

I modified a backpack template that’s been around a awhile by making it a bit wider and then trimmed the top so it was more rectangular. 

The flap was modified also and made with a scallop circle die as shown in the photo. 

Stamp and color BEFORE folding and trimming. Fold and adhere the main pouch, then measure, fold and adhere the top flap. Use a magnet or Velcro to keep the flap closed.


Clean the compact thoroughly. Select dies that are the correct size for the compact you're using and check the fit before starting. 

The circle and scallop circle ODBD Recipe Tag dies were used for the decoration topping the compact and the inside scripture  stack.They were augmented with other Spellbinders dies as necessary.

To make the Scripture Stack, accordion-fold your paper of choice being sure that height (from fold to fold) is slightly smaller than the height of your die.  Otherwise you’ll end up with lots of pretty circles rather than an accordion fold stack. (See photo and think paper dolls or snowflakes!)
Tip: If you're using heavy card stock, limit your folds to two or three and make multiple sets that you adhere together. Otherwise the stack may be too thick to cut properly.

Next, test how you want the stack to open and mark the top and bottom panel. Decorate the stack as desired. 

Adhere the bottom panel to the base of the compact using Scoretape. 

Next adhere the decorative topper. 

Finish off the inside of the lid if desired or required (the compact I used did not have a removable label and sanding would have marred the finish.)

Put the compact in the makeup bag, and you have a sweet little package of encouragement for a friend.

Thanks for stopping by and may the Lord bless you!

Jan Marie ~ SDG


  1. Jan Marie this is so beautiful - what a wonderful way to re-cycle - or in this cars up-cycle.

  2. Wow!! Jan Marie...this is sooo pretty, and what an awesome tutorial!! thanks
    Blessings & Hugs

  3. FAB!! Love your (re)creative mind and Godly heart :0)

  4. Oh my goodness, Jan Marie - these are the most precious little gifts. I love the soft feel of both - you've really outdone yourself, and thanks so much for sharing them with us in our challenge this week.
    Word Art Wednesday

  5. Oh wow, this is such a wonderful creation. Love your coordinated projects and that compact full of God's Word is a joy for anyone whose going to receive it. I am totally blessed by your artwork. Thanks for sharing with us at Word Art Wednesday. Hugs, always!

    JO ANN

  6. This is wonderful, Jan!! Thank you for sharing how your repurposed the compact, it's just beautiful! We all certainly need to work on beautifying the inside so that we can be a reflection of our Savior. I'm sorry I missed this last week, I've been sick with bronchitis and my time on the computer has been very limited. So glad you linked up at WAW, did you notice you were our winner?? Congrats!

  7. just love it!! where is the Believe die from


Thanks for your encouraging words! Have a blessed day!