M-A-F-F-R-I-N-E & O-P-H-E-L-I-A

Since starting Intwine Paperie, our friends and family have been asking us about our individual roles in the business.  Then, we thought that if they wanted to know what we each do here, you might want to know as well!  So, I decided that it would be entertaining to provide you with acrostic breakdowns of our roles.   The following job titles are all in fun, but they do help to generate a better picture of how Maffrine and I work together to create our cards and to run our business.


With no further ado…THIS is what my beautiful and extremely talented business partner and friend does each week:

P1060765M – Mother

Before starting Intwine Paperie, Maffrine and I committed to keeping God and family as priority over our business.  That is why, during our Skype meetings or her designing, Maffrine will take the time to feed her baby girl or change her diaper.  I also get the privilege of being Auntie and playing peek-a-boo over Skype!  In a way, baby Joelle runs our business meetings!  Haha!

A – Art Director/Lead Designer

Once we have figured out the conceptual design of a product, Maffrine is responsible for taking the design from concept to completion.  This involves anything from research, sketching, collaging, illustrating, etc.

F – Financial Analyst

As the financial analyst, Maffrine evaluates our expenses and revenues.  Based on her analysis, we determine our budget, prices, fees, financial goals, etc.

 F – Fotographer

Yes, I know photographer is not spelled with an “F”, but acrostics are difficult.  ;D  Maffrine is our product photographer.  Her innate talent allows us to view our products through her artistic eye.

 R – Researcher

After we have selected an inspiration Bible verse or passage, both Maffrine and I study it in order to understand it as much as we can.  We look into its historical context, literary context, word definitions, etc.  We want to be able to communicate through our art the intended meaning of God’s Word.

 I – Illustrator

As illustrator, Maffrine utilizes not only software programs, such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and AutoCad, but also pencils and markers to put our ideas onto paper.

N – Neat freak (a.k.a. Production Worker, Quality Control) 

When the artwork is done, Maffrine is responsible for producing and packaging each card.  This involves printing, cutting, scoring, folding, stuffing, and shipping!  Phew!  When you buy or receive a card from us, you will be able to tell just how much care she puts into this process.  Boy, I am so grateful for her!

E – Editor of Literature

While Maffrine would say that she hates writing and that her English is not very good, she (and sometimes her husband Tony!  Thanks, Tony!) does a great job editing all that I write.  She makes sure that all that we put out there in the worldwide web serves our purpose, encourages you, and, most importantly, honors our God.


Now, on my end of the business, I act as:

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 O – Operations/Shop Manager

This part of my job requires me to maintain our Etsy shop, which includes creating listings for our products, processing orders, and conducting business with Etsy.

 P – Publicist

As publicist, I have the fun tasks of blogging and keeping up with social media.  In other words, I get to interact with all you lovely people!  =D

H – Help Desk/Customer Service Provider

Somewhat related to my previous job description, I also communicate with all our customers, making sure that they receive exactly what they ordered.  I always enjoy this part of my job, because, while we seek to encourage others, I am the one usually being encouraged by our customers!

E – Editor of Design

The advantage of working with another person is that we can edit each other’s work.  So, while Maffrine edits my writing, I get to edit her design, pointing out elements that work well or could be improved upon.  Our collaboration is what paves the way to a great art piece!

L – Literary Composer 

This is just a fancy title for writer.  All the writing that you see, from product descriptions to Facebook posts to blog posts, are done by yours truly.  The funny thing is that English composition was my least favorite high school subject, second only to PE (my grades can prove this).  Now, I love writing!

I – Ideas Person (a.k.a. Conceptual Designer, Researcher)

As the ideas person, I search the Bible for verses that we may use for any and all our future projects.  When I discover a verse/passage that might work, I brainstorm and massage ideas until a strong concept emerges.

A – Accountant

In this role, I record all transactions with customers and vendors, making sure that we are prepared for tax season and any scary audits!


I hope that this provides you with a better understanding of what we do exactly at Intwine Paperie.  We love each aspect of our job and am so very thankful to be a part of what we pray would be a great ministry to you and others.

“It is Time!” for 10 Unforgettable Wedding Gift Ideas

"It is Time" Wedding Greeting Card

“It is Time” Wedding Greeting Card

Weddings are so much fun!  It is such a joyous time full of laughter, slideshows, dancing, clanging of glasses, and disastrous toasts!  I absolutely love them!  It is such an honor to be invited to one of the, if not greatest, milestones in your friend’s life.

Not only that, you get to witness a ceremony that was ultimately designed to point us all to a Christian’s relationship with Jesus Christ!

I don’t know about you, but Maffrine and I are in the stage of life when many…and I mean MANY…of our friends are getting hitched!  So we are super excited to be in the process of designing a series of wedding cards for these oh so happy occasions!

Our first card is titled “It is Time!”  We drew the design from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, which begins with:

“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven…”

And sure enough, this IS wedding season – with at least one wedding each month this summer!  Just the thought of this makes me giddy for all the happy couples!

This celebratory feeling is what we wanted to catch in this first wedding card.  With an overarching banner, flowing streamers, flying confetti, and dancing lights, this classy but fun card is a card that your friends will remember.

Along with a card, though, we all need to buy wedding presents.  Registries are a great resource, because we won’t have to worry about whether or not our friends will like the gift.  Money is also always appreciated.  However, you might be wondering:

“What if I want to get something that will make a lasting impression?  What are some gifts that the newlyweds will really appreciate and even remember me by?”  

Well, I am so glad you asked!  Counting down to our favorite, here are 10 unforgettable wedding gift ideas for you!

 

10. Intersection of Love

Intersection of Love

This personalized print can add an intimate touch to any new home.  (www.uncommongoods.com)

 

 9. Joy of Cooking

photo-2014-06-19-13-48-49-117This amazing resource not only provides recipes but elementary principles of food prep and food science!  I received this book for my wedding, and I definitely have appreciated it, particularly its baking section! (www.amazon.com)

 

8. Board/Card Games

photo-2014-06-19-16-16-05-929If your friends are anything like me and my husband, they would love to play board/card games together and with friends.  What better way to help them start a game collection than to get them some of your favorite games for their wedding?  Here are just a few of Adam’s and my favorite ones (all available at your local game store or on amazon.com):

  • Sequence
  • Ticket to Ride
  • Killer Bunnies
  • Skip-Bo
  • Phase 10

 

7. Herbs

herb-garden1For your friends who have a green thumb, you might want to help them start an herb garden for those romantic candlelight dinners at home.  (www.lowes.com)

 

6. Anniversary Wine Box

Anniversary wine boxIf your friends are into wine, this gift is something that they can look forward to multiple times and years down the road.  (www.wineforawedding.com, www.uncommongoods.com)

 

5. Personalized Marriage Crock

photo-2014-06-19-16-08-09-356This gift was given to us for our wedding, and we absolutely love it!  We had registered for a plain crock but returned it as soon as we received this one.  We felt it gave a special warmth to our kitchen, and, since I use it everyday, I often think of the couple who gave it to us.  =)  (www.zotterthepotter.com)

 

4. Coffee/Tea Subscription

photo-2014-06-19-18-41-03-724For the coffee/tea lovers, this gift would be a pleasant surprise on their doorstep.  No kitchen feels right without the intoxicating aroma of freshly brewed coffee or the calming scent of a just-opened tin of tea leaves.  (www.intelligentsiacoffee.com, www.teavana.com)

 

3. Postage for Thank You Cards

 

This novel idea will have your friends saying, “Thank you!” over and over again!!  (Pun intended!  ;D; www.usps.com)

 

2. Personalized stamps

photo-2014-06-19-16-05-15-125With a new address and a new name, your friends will be in need of a set of new personalized stamps.  This could consist of a stamp with their new address and stamps that say, “From the kitchen of…”, “From the library of…”, and/or “From the garden of…”.  I recently just ordered a stamp for our own library from www.2impress.etsy.com.

 

1. Cooking classes

photo-2014-06-19-18-20-20-672There are few dates that are better than a date involving cooking!  This unique gift will be a tangible experience that they will remember for years to come.  Plus, it will be an excuse for you to have them invite you over for dinner!  Places that offer cooking classes differ from area to area, but they are there!

 

– Ophelia

2 Letters, 2 Lessons, & 2 Video Messages: What a College Student Learned from Her Father

My dad's letters to me

My dad’s letters to me

A few weeks ago, when I was putting my home office together, I found 2 letters that my dad wrote during my college years.  The first letter was to me; and the second letter was to both me and my sister.  As I read through these, I was touched once again by my dad’s genuine desire to guide and protect his daughters.  I was also reminded of the 2 lessons that he had wanted to pass down to us at the time.

However, last week, my mom called me and asked me to create a video message for my parents’ Father’s Day celebration.  The women and children of the church were putting together a collection of video messages for all the fathers in the church.  This past Sunday, they actually played these videos as part of their service.

At first, I said, “Uh…no!”.  Being on video is not on the list of my top favorite things to do.  However, I realized that this afforded me the opportunity to express my appreciation to my dad for the letters he wrote so many years ago, so I made a video…but then, it turned out it was way too long.   So…I dragged Adam into the project, and we made a second shorter video.  Then, we submitted both videos to my mom – the longer one for my dad’s personal viewing, and the shorter one for the church’s viewing.

While I am a little nervous of putting these two videos up on the internet (my first time!), I want to honor my dad by sharing these letters, lessons, and video messages with you this Father’s Day.

Maybe, one day, I will get to write letters to my own children.  =)

– Ophelia

5 Valuable Verses that I Keep Bookmarked in My Bible

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Last week, we posted about what NOT to say to someone who is sick.  This week, our post reveals tools that will help you come up with what to say to someone who is sick or facing some other type of trial.  In fact, these tools can be used for speaking to yourself when you are in need of encouragement.

“What are these tools?”, you ask.  They are 5 valuable verses that I keep bookmarked in my Bible.

Over the weekend, I had the joy of sharing these verses with a friend over Skype.  She has been going through several new health problems that affect her daily wellness and quality of life.  I was so encouraged by her attitude through it all.  Instead of anger or depression, this precious friend clung to the truths that she came to love and live by.  Of course, there were many tears, but, in the midst of the grief and exhaustion, she sought comfort in God’s Word.  In our conversation, she asked me to share with her the Scripture passages that I turn to when I struggle with my illness.

I have turned to the following verses so many times for comfort and strength that I decided long ago to keep them bookmarked in my Bible (see all those colorful tabs?).  They have continually helped me grow in perseverance and trust in God, so I was glad of the opportunity to share them with a beloved friend.

I am also glad for the opportunity to share them with you on this post and pray that they will assist you in either in your time of need or your friend’s.


1) Psalm 73:25-26, 28

“Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.

My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

But for me it is good to be near God;

    I have made the Lord God my refuge,
that I may tell of all your works.”*

We have all failed in time of trouble to respond with joy and trust in the Lord.  And we have all felt during those times that our greatest need or desire is to be relieved of the problem.  This passage reminds us that God is all we need, and, even when we fail to recognize that, He is near to get us through the trial.

 

2) 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

   “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”*

Similar to the previous passage, these verses can inspire someone who is sick to depend more on Christ.  His grace and His power are both limitless!  It is overwhelming to think that He supplies us with that grace and infuses us with that power!  May the reading of these verses temper any downtrodden spirit whether it be yours or your friend’s.

 

3) Isaiah 40:28-31

“Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.

He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.

Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;

but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.”*

Chronic fatigue is one of the symptoms of both lupus and fibromyalgia.  Oftentimes, this fatigue interrupts my day and prevents me from accomplishing things.  This is also the case with the friend I mentioned earlier.  When this happens, it is so easy for us to become discouraged, but this passage (one of my personal favorites), assures us that God will supply us the strength.  It might not be the strength to complete our to-do list, but it is the strength to endure.

 

4) Philippians 4:6-8

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”*

When dealing with an illness, there can be a lot of unknowns and a lot of uncertainty regarding the future.  I can attest to the fact that it is incredibly easy to become anxious and think of things that are not true.  There can be a whole movie in my head about how sick I will get, how my hospital stay will be, and how my family will miss me when I die…I know…I know…Needless to say, this self-centered thinking is not how God would like me or any sick individual to respond to life’s unknowns.  This passage can anchor us to what is true in our lives and what we know to be truth in God’s Word.  Only when we dwell on God’s truth and seek Him in prayer that we have His peace.

 

5) 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:9

   “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

  For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.

  So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.”*

Hope is a powerful thing.  This passage of hope reminds me and anyone who is ill that our broken bodies are only temporary.  We don’t have to deal with them for very long!  Paul, the author, speaks of the hope of an eternal tent, an eternal body, pledged to us by God Himself.  The thought of that day when my body will not suffer pain and fatigue (what an amazing thought!) prompts me to leap for joy!  It never fails to instill in me courage and determination – courage to endure the physical trial and determination to overcome it.


There are so many other passages that can act as lifesavers to those who feel they are drowning in their troubles.  These five are just a few of my regular go-to’s.  As much as I want to, I decided not to comment on more.  However, I would like to list a few more “chicken soup” verses for the soul that you can read and share on your own time.

Psalm 94:19

Psalm 139:13-16

Romans 6:18-39

1 Corinthians 15:50-58

2 Corinthians 1:3-7

2 Corinthians 4:6-11

Philippians 3:20-21

Philippians 4:11-13

Hebrews 4:15-16

James 1:2-4, 12

1 Peter 1:6-7

Our goal at Intwine Paperie is to cultivate and facilitate the ministry of encouraging words.  Please let us know if this post has encouraged you or if you were able to use the tools mentioned in it to encourage someone else.   We would love to hear about how God’s promises are manifesting in your life!

– Ophelia

 

*English Standard Version