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Paper & Glam - Savor Devotional 2016

It's the dawn of a new day, and a new year, my sweet Glam Fam,

Welcome to a new chapter in the greatest of stories. 

Today we take our place anew in the timeless tale of the one true God trading His place in the heavens for one of weakness and frailty exactly like our own, confined by the human experience in a world of pain and sin, to be the light in the darkness, the star in the sky, the hope for every generation.

In 2016, as a community, we're reading Shauna Niequist's devotional Savor together. If you're just joining us, please jump in and start where you are. Don't let the date on the calendar, or my less than timely post, stop you from jumping in and joining this community of women learning to love God and love the lives He gave us.

Here's the "house rules" we're brainstormed together for our year learning live and love well together.

1. A post (i.e. topic, thread) for each day day. (i.e. January 1st - Our Stories, January 2nd - Start Where You Are, and so on).
Paper & Glam - God & Glam Bible Study G.L.A.M
2. Everyone is welcome to start the daily reflection post. It's the first girlfriend to the forum inclined to share!

On the right is a format for Bible study the brilliant Susan Spritzer created for our study. Remember this is a tool, which means if it's helpful, use it, otherwise just share from your heart. I personally do my best with less structure.
    
3. While some of us like to read ahead, we'll keep the daily posts no more than a day ahead. 

4. On social media (twitter, facebook, instagram), the hashtag is #godandglam so we can easily find each other's posts.

5. For prayer requests and miscellaneous conversations on creating a God-centered life, join our God & Glam group on Facebook.  

6. Keep the ideas coming! This is a starting point, not the last word.

So here we go, together, hearts and Bibles laid open before our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Before we start, let's leave the weight of our lives and our expectations for them at the foot of the cross and allow the peace of God's presence to wash over us. 

This morning, candidly for the first time since moving in August, I sat still in the quiet of morning at a table bare with the exception of Bible, flowers, candle, coffee and pen. Today, I invite you to do the same. Sit with me, our community, and our Heavenly Father, with as little in front of you as practical. Make both physical and spiritual space for God to enter and sit with you. Mysteriously, I've found that creating space at my table also creates space in my heart.

Since my personal pursuit of our Lord began, I've found it challenging to sit and pray. My mind wanders and my focus drifts away to the day ahead so I began to write my prayers in letter form. As an aspiring writer, the sound of ink scratching rhythmically on paper or the simple sight of a blinking cursor frees me from the tyranny of trying and failing to quiet my mind. And, as "You Won't Relent" by Jesus Culture says, "I don't want to talk about You like You're not in the room. I want to look right at You and I want to (pray) right to You." 

Here is my first letter of 2016.

January 1st - Our Stories

Father God, 

This year, teach me to pay attention, to seek expectantly the thousands of glittering miracles you leave scattered for those with eyes to see. Help me stop striving to make the vision you've given me come alive today, or this week, or this year. Teach me to see this life as a grand adventure we're on together, hand in hand, lived out moment by moment and recorded day by day. We only have the present, but unless we take it wholly and savor it, we lose the only space in time we truly possess. 

As Shauna so eloquently said in her introduction to Savor, "What I want to do is savor this life...to be aware of holy fingerprints everywhere, to walk through the day expecting and noticing those glints and shimmers of the divine right in the daily," or as we say here the on Paper & Glam, the sacred in the ordinary. "Let's clear away space together, trusting that even small moments of prayer and silence will transform us."

This year, help me tell your story, right in the middle of my own messy one. Help me let go of all the things I hold on to, and trade my incessant striving for basking in your ocean of grace. 

Thank you for a love that is so big and vast and mighty, it covers every moment of weakness, every regret, every sore spot in the past and makes it new like this day, and this year. Thank you for your Word that says, "Behold, I am making all things new" (Revelation 21:5). Not some worthy things, but all things, that means you and me, and every page of our stories. Let's walk out tomorrow onto a fresh page of an old story, and watch God renew it and us along with it. 

There are some of you reading who haven't experienced the love of God, the inalienable gift of His presence, I pray you make this the day of the year you take your place in the greatest story of all. 

It's in the matchless name of Jesus Christ, I pray for you, for your year, for the future you are building today and everyday, for God's hand of protection that dwells over this community and the safe place we can all visit together to become new every day. If we're very lucky we get about 30,000 days to show by our life and love that Jesus is real, and there's not a moment to waste.

Thank you for your love and your grace, and the opportunity each new day brings to encounter You.

Gratefully,
Lisamarie


52 Books To Read In 2016

Paper & Glam - 52 Books To Read in 2016

Happy New Year's Eve, Eve Paper & Glam Family!

Curl up with a steaming mug or bookmark this one for later, because we're going to be here awhile lost in my library. Today I give you my best recommendations for what to read in 2016!

Have you set a reading goal for 2016?

Since Goodreads launched in 2011, I've taken the Goodreads Reading Challenge every year and made a reading resolution. In 2015, I pledged 25 books and read 40! 

My 2016 reading resolution is to reach my long-time goal of a book per week or 52 books in 2016. To that end, I've poured over my to-read list and assembled a roadmap for my year of reading.

Allow me to introduce my 2016 Reading List, which is by no means set in stone, but a fun way to get fired-up for reading in 2016! I'm excited to crack open each of these titles. I shared a few notes as to why next to each one!

The books with dates beside the titles are coming to theaters in 2016. The bolded books are the 2016 Paper & Glam Book Club reads. I hope you find a few new titles to add to your 2016 reading list! 

DAILY  READS

  1. SavorMy devotional selection for 2016, written by my favorite author whose book Cold Tangerines is my all-time favorite from this century. As Shauna so eloquently put it, I'm ready to "live abundantly where I am, as I am." God gave us one life, one identity, and one opportunity to use it for His glory. I'm committed to living an abundant life "worthy of the calling I've received" (Ephesians 4:1). Savor is also the official God & Glam devotional of 2016 and we'll be unpacking it together over on the brand new community forum!

  2. Simple Abundance: This book along with my mom's love for seasonal living are my greatest inspiration for all things Paper & Glam. I'm reading it a second time in 2016 along with some of the God & Glam fam! Who's with us?!

    JANUARY

  3. Japanese Art of Tidying UpJanuary's book club read will have us living more with less by Organized Home Day on January 14th! Who's ready to de-clutter based on which items spark joy? It's all about finding the wonder and joy in the everyday and in between so let's start out the year by de-cluttering together!

  4. Lit: This year I plan to spend two books worth of time with Mary Karr who learned "to write by learning to live." The first is, Lit, one of her infamous memoirs and in the second she'll take us to school and show us how she crafted it. 

  5. A Million Miles in A Thousand Years: I've read Donald Miller's book Blue Like Jazz at least three times. His follow-up on learning to live the story he imagined cannot go unread any longer. As the excerpt reads, Miller goes from sleeping all day to riding his bike across America, from living in romantic daydreams to fearful encounters with love, from wasting his money to founding a nonprofit with a passionate cause." I'd like to do live my dreams more fully, wouldn't you?

  6. The Happiness Project: In November I read Better Than Before, the latest from Gretchen Rubin, and it inspired me to re-read The Happiness Project, a book I read a few years back that inspired me to do what it takes to live well; which is sometimes as simple as making our beds and other times as hard as fighting right.

  7. Happy Is The New Healthy: Dave Romanelli's tagline is "celebrate life now!" So you can see why he has my attention with his book of 31 concise, takeaways to "slow down, stress less, and smile more."

  8. All The Light We Cannot See: All The Light We Cannot See just missed the Paper & Glam Book Club list two years in a row and after all the rave reviews I must cross this historical fiction page-turner off my list. 

    FEBRUARY

  9. Bad Feminist: When I released the 2015 Paper & Glam Reading List a member of our reading community noted there wasn't much cultural diversity within the authors selected. Admittedly, cultural diversity isn't something I think of when selecting my next read so I invited the reader to send over a few culturally diverse selections and I'd make sure one of her picks was on this year's list. 

    Roxanne Gay won a spot on the 2016 list with this quote, "Pink is my favorite color. I used to say my favorite color was black to be cool, but it is pink—all shades of pink. If I have an accessory, it is probably pink. I read Vogue, and I’m not doing it ironically, though it might seem that way. I once live-tweeted the September issue."

  10. The Choice: The latest from Nicholas Sparks! I've read each book to movie adaptation since A Walk To Remember rocked my middle school world. It hits theaters Feb 5th, watch the trailer here!

  11. How To Be Single: In theaters Feb 12th, watch the trailer here!

  12. Eat. Pray. Love: Elizabeth Gilbert's breakout hit sat on my shelf for the past decade. It's time to cross it off before diving into her latest, Big Magic!

  13. The Art of Memoir: As an aspiring memoirist, I can't wait to learn memoir craft from the master, Mary Karr.

    MARCH

  14. The Girl On The Train: Girl On The Train was the Gone Girl of 2015! It will fill the can't-put-it-down thriller slot on the 2016 Paper & Glam Reading List. The excerpt advertises a "compulsively readable and emotionally immersive Hitchcockian thriller" and it's coming to theaters October 7th!

  15. The Gifts of Imperfection: In 2012, I saw the TED talk on vulnerability that launched Brene Brown's career into orbit. From then on I was hooked even attending her Daring Way workshop. I plan to revisit her work in 2016 with her two bestsellers.

  16. Daring Greatly

    APRIL

  17. To All The Boys I've Loved Before: With the dawn of spring I'm ready for bright, breezy chic lit and when this book popped up on multiple book chatter's "2016 Reading Wishlists," I knew it was meant to fill our chic-lit quota! As serendipity would have it, I'd just snagged the it at random during a routine Costco run when I noticed my duvet graced it's the cover!

  18. P.S. I Still Love You: The sequel to To All The Boys I've Loved Before!

  19. Big Magic: Elizabeth Gilbert is back with, "A must read for anyone hoping to live a creative life... I dare you not to be inspired to be brave, to be free, and to be curious.” —PopSugar

  20. The Glass Kitchen: From the book's jacket, "With The Glass Kitchen, Linda Francis Lee has served up a novel that is about the courage it takes to follow your heart and be yourself. A true recipe for life."

    MAY

  21. Breakfast at Tiffany'sBreakfast at Tiffany's will be our first quarterly classic for 2016! In 2015 we focused on Brit Lit, so this year we're taking on American Lit starting with the iconic and glammest of them all!

  22. Audrey Hepburn 5 AMPublishers Weekly said this book, an examination of the making of Breakfast at Tiffany's and it's profound impact on pop-culture, “Reads like carefully crafted fiction. The author carries the reader from pre-production to on-set feuds and conflicts, while also noting Hepburn’s impact on fashion (Givenchy’s little black dress), Hollywood glamour, sexual politics, and the new morality. Capote would have been entranced.”

  23. Finding Audrey: The prolific, reigning queen of chic lit is back! While her Audrey doesn't reference our pop-culture queen, this breezy read seems like the prefect palette cleanser in the middle of a month of culturally-significant classics.

  24. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

  25. Through The Looking Glass: In 2016, we go back to Wonderland before the classic Wonderland sequel Through The Looking Glass hits theaters May 27th!

    JUNE

  26. After You: The highly anticipated sequel to Me Before You in theaters June 3rd!

  27. Blonde: June's Paper & Glam Book Club selection is a book I couldn't go another year without reading! In Blonde, "the legend of Marilyn Monroe comes provocatively alive in this powerful tale of Hollywood myth and heartbreaking reality. A star created to shine brightest in the Hollywood firmament before her fall to earth. Blonde is a dazzling fictional portrait of the intricate inner life of the idolized and desired movie star as only the inimitable Joyce Carol Oates could paint it."

  28. The Husband's Secret: I've read Liane Moriarty in June for three years and she always hits the summer read sweet spot.

    JULY

  29. Gone With The Wind: Our second classic of the year is the epic, all-time bestseller and the benchmark for The Great American Novel...none other than Gone With The Wind

  30. Scarlett: The excerpt from the publisher says it best, "The most popular and beloved American historical novel ever written, Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind, continues. Now bestselling writer Alexandra Ripley brings us back to Tara and, of course, Scarlett. As the classic story, first told over half a century ago, moves forward, the greatest love affair in all fiction is reignited; amidst heartbreak and joy, the endless, consuming passion between Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler reaches its startling culmination. Rich with surprises at every turn and new emotional, breathtaking adventures, Scarlett satisfies our longing to re-enter the world of Gone With the Wind." 

    AUGUST

  31. Night Circus: A pair of circus-performing dueling magicians who fall dangerously in love?! Oh I'd say this book is the perfect fit for our 2016 end-of-summer beach read, wouldn't you?! 

  32. The ShackThe Shack is one of those books that comes along a couple times in a lifetime and changes its reader. Page by page you'll come to a new, deeper, urgent understanding of our good and loving God. I've read WM. Paul Young's debut at least a dozen times and I've been through two copies. The Shack's theatrical debut is August 12th, and I can't wait to see it come to life like never before!

  33. Crossroads: Crossroads is WM Paul Young's second book and it's been recommended to me over and over by subscriber after subscriber. I can't wait to read through all three books this summer.

  34. EveThe third work of WM Paul Young hit bookshelves September 2015!

  35. Happier at HomeGretchen Rubin is my type-awesome soul sister and I'm excited to hear what she's learned about becoming "happier at home." If Gretchen is right and, "September is the new January," I look forward to leveraging the let's get cozy and get down to business energy of fall to become Happier at Home

    SEPTEMBER

  36. The Great Gatsby: "Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall" with my all-time favorite book and our third quarterly classic of 2016, The Great Gatsby

  37. So We Read On: "Maureen Corrigan has produced a minor miracle: a book about The Great Gatsby that stands up to Gatsby itself." Michael Cunningham The perfect companion to our month with Gatsby!

  38. Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald: This fictionalization of Zelda Fitzgerald's life is yet another companion to our month with Gatsby. "When I saw that Amazon Prime was unveiling its original pilot for Z, a biographical series based on Therese Anne Fowler's novel about Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, I raised a wary eyebrow. . . But I was wrong, oh me of little faith. . . [I]t's an enveloping period piece, perfectly cast...we can see this romance go up like a rocket with one loud champagne pop and strew debris across mansion lawns and luxury hotel lobbies in its transcontinental path." ― Vanity Fair and my thoughts exactly.
     
    OCTOBER

  39. A Discovery of Witches: This year's Halloween read staring "a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and a mysterious manuscript" promises to get us in a the spirit of "Glamoween" with "equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense." If the first book in the All Souls Trilogy leaves us wanting more, I plan to move right ahead to the second and third installment.

  40. Shadow of NightBook two of the All Souls Trilogy!

  41. The Book of Life: Book three of the All Souls Trilogy!

  42. Angels & Demons: Dan Brown draws on his extensive knowledge of European history to create a thriller series that started a cultural tidal wave. Before there was the Twilight, Hunger Games, Divergent four-pack thrillers, there was Dan Brown spinning stories so detailed and believable you'll be dreaming of centuries old European mysteries that just may be real. I can't wait to re-read the first three books in preparation for Inferno to hit theaters!

  43. The DaVinci Code: #2 of the epic saga!

  44. The Lost Symbol: #3 in the The DaVinci Code series!

  45. Dante's Inferno: The fourth and final installment in the DaVinci Code series is losely based on Dante's Inferno. I plan to read the classic Inferno in advance of Dan Brown's thriller so none of the nuances go over my head. Plus, it's a great opportunity to re-read a classic I may of rushed through in haste on my way to an A in AP English.

  46. Inferno: The fourth and final DaVinci Code series installment hits theaters October 16th!

    NOVEMBER

  47. To Kill A Mockingbird: Before our band of glam readers cracks open the "sequel" (or was it a first draft?!), I plan to brush up on the original. 

  48. Go Set A Watchman: In November our book club will read the highly anticipated (Amazon's most pre-ordered since the final installment of the Harry Potter series) and polarizing release to Harper Lee's American classic To Kill A Mockingbird! Some critics loved it, some thought it an unconscionable defilement of an American classic, we'll decide for ourselves next year! Interesting fact, the title comes from Isaiah 21:6 "For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth."

  49. Simply Tuesday: Emily's book Grace For The Good: Letting Go Of The Try Hard Life left me feeling set free after years of living under the tyranny of the "try-hard life," feeling as through grace was reserved for those who "really need it." In the Christian world where we're often regaled by prodigal stories it can feel that grace is bestowed to the degree of our rebellion, which makes it a tough concept for the Christian "good girl." I'm not addicted to drugs, but I need help getting through the day, yah know? Emily, a type-awesome pastor's wife, set me free in 2011 and I can't wait to read her follow-up on "small moment living in fast-moving world." It's all about finding the wonder and joy in each moment, they will never come again.

  50. Tiny Beautiful Things: Sheryl Strayed's Wild was the Paper & Glam Book Club's third read when she debuted in 2014. Since reading Strayed's beautiful memoir I've wanted to read Tiny Beautiful Things, which she published alongside Wild in 2012. This collection of her work as an advice columnist left me mesmerized when I picked it up in her hometown at Powell's of Portland in 2013. I can't wait to read it cover to cover, it's been praised by a gaggle of my friends and trusted reviewers.

    DECEMBER

  51. Letters from Father Christmas: December's Paper & Glam Book Club read is a festive, seasonal selection from the master of fantasy J.R.R. Tolkien. If you were left mesmerized by the world of the friar in the now classic The Hobbit and Lord of The Rings trilogy, can you imagine how he'll bring the North Pole to life?! 

  52. Let It Snow: The Christmas triple tale of three interwoven romances told by three celebrity authors hits theaters December 9th!

December is a lighter month of reading since it can be as busy as it is merry. Plus, there may be titles I'm finishing up from earlier in the year!

If you decide to read along with any of the titles I've chosen I'd love to know your thoughts! I plan to post my reviews at the end of the month as I've done in November and, coming soon, December.

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How To Print & Cut Planner Stickers Using Silhouette

Paper & Glam - How To Cut Planner Stickers Tutorial Cover

Paper & Glam Family, 

Today I'm excited to reveal the future of The Glam Shop!

Since August we've been working on a way to blend the flexibility and sustainability of printable planner stickers with the simplicity and ease of pre-cut and printed stickers. After months of testing and research, it's time to debut our solution!

Let's walk-through how to get machine cut planner stickers without taking the time to build a cut file.

When you purchase planner stickers from The Glam Shop, you'll receive a folder containing three types of files. 

Paper & Glam - Glam Shop Silhouette Tutorial

.pdf - The PDF is for printing and cutting your planner stickers traditionally. This is the method I've been using since I started making my own planner stickers a year ago. Before this solution, I felt taking the time to build a cut file for my silhouette was too time consuming when the end result of machine cut and hand cut stickers is the same. Printing and hand cutting planner stickers is viable, simple option. Get some sticker paper (Not sure which sticker paper is best for you? This video walks through all the options.), a rotary paper trimmer, and a pair of precision cut scissors and you're ready to go! I'm often asked if this is easy, and it couldn't be easier!

The next two files are for machine cutting your stickers on a Silhouette (no plug-ins or frills needed) or a similar die cutting machine (i.e. Cricut):

.png - This is the sticker image file you'll use to create your stickers.

.dxf - This is the "cut file" which will tell your die cutting machine where the cut. 

In this example, using the Glam January sticker set, there are three of each file, one for each sheet of stickers included. If you're hand-cutting your stickers, print the PDF and you're off!

The following steps are for machine cutting your stickers! 

Step 1: Open Silhouette Studio and ensure your print settings (File --> Print Page Settings) are set to US Letter and a Landscape (horizontal) orientation.

Paper & Glam - Silhouette Tutorial Step 2

Step 2: Ensure your Design Page Settings match with Letter and Landscape selected.

Paper & Glam - Silhouette Tutorial Step 3

Step 3: Open the .png file (File--> Open) for the planner stickers you'd like to cut and ensure the scale is set to 100% and the dimensions are 11Wx8.5H.

Paper & Glam - Silhouette Tutorial Step 3

Step 4: Open the Align window and click "Center to Page." It's typically already centered but it's always best to double-check. Also, never drag the files around Studio, we need them to fit together perfect to get an exact cut, so let the application do the work.

Paper & Glam - Silhouette Tutorial Step 4

Step 5: Drag your matching .dxf file on top of your .png. If you File --> Open it will open in a new .studio file and we want it on top of the one we're working on. It will look messy at first, but we'll repeat steps 3 and 4 to get the .dxf scaled and aligned on the .png. 

Paper & Glam - Silhouette Tutorial Step 5

Step 6: Ensure the .dxf is selected then scale to 100% with 11Wx8.5H dimensions. You'll see the cut lines grow!

Paper & Glam - Silhouette Tutorial Step 6

Step 7: Ensure the .dxf is selected then in the Align window click "Center to Page." Now you've got perfect cut lines created from the actual sticker file itself in just a few clicks! Are you blown away?! 

Paper & Glam - Silhouette Tutorial Step 7

Step 8: Now its time to set our registration marks. On the Registration Marks window, choose Style Type 1 and set the Length to .197 (as low as it goes), Thickness to .025, and the Insets to .394 (as low as it goes).

Paper & Glam - Silhouette Tutorial Step 8

Step 9: Print your stickers! File --> Print. Your stickers will print with the designs and registration marks so the Silhouette knows exactly where to cut. 

Step 10: Time to cut your stickers! On the Cut Settings window, ensure your cut settings match mine (all defaults) and click "Send to Silhouette!" See the red lines, those are your cut lines ready to go!

Paper & Glam - Silhouette Tutorial Step 9

And voila! You've got print and cut stickers ready for your planner! For a video walk-thru of this process, click play!

This looks like sticker peace, amen?!

Looking forward to a dynamic year of planning with you,
Lisamarie