noun ser·en·dip·i·ty \ˌser-ən-ˈdi-pə-tē\
: the gift of finding valuable or agreeable things not looked for;
the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way
I just really love that the kids’ definition of “serendipity” calls it a “gift.” And that’s what this is.
Once upon a long time ago, scrapbookers came up with the idea of using up scraps of paper to make little squares of awesomeness to use on their scrapbook pages. With a couple of hours of kind of mindless work, a thrifty crafter could clean up a pile of hard to throw away scraps!
Those new sheets of collaged paper are pretty on their own but when you cut small shapes out of that bigger piece… It’s hard to even describe the serendipitously beautiful little pieces of art that emerge, and every piece looks different!
Not long ago Bible journalers began to cut freehand alphabets from mixed-media sheets of paper. They are painting, stamping, and using leftover wordfetti to make sheets of paper from which they cut alphabets.
In my mind’s eye I could see somewhere in my stash a sheet of leftover serendipity paper from valentines that my daughter Faith and I made seven years ago on a snowy day off school. Yay for stashes of things you just can’t throw away!!! It took me a few minutes but I found it!
I doctored that serendipity sheet with white paint and wordfetti and then cut letters for just one word from that paper. Then I decided that if I cut the whole alphabet, I could share it with all of you. And so I did. And so I am.
I had so much fun with it that I decided we needed lower case letters as well and so I had some more fun creating a coordinating mixed media sheet and cut lower case letters for you too.
Download the Serendipity Alphabet.
Print the alphabet full size on plain white card stock or get really creative and print it on white or clear sticker paper. Purchase a package of “full sheet” labels in white or clear and print them on that. Or you could do both! You can also print them on a smaller scale. Each upper case letter original scale is a little bit bigger than 1 1/2 inches tall.
And then I did this! Isn’t it fun?! I got sucked into playing with these for a while. Would you show me how you use the Serendipity Alphabet? Share on instagram and tag me (@recesswithjesus) so that I can see!