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Give these instructions to your group: This week, we’re going to experiment with scrapbook paper, and you get to choose which project you want to do!
Option 1: Cut out shapes or use paper punches to represent the words in your verse, making two identical shapes for each word. Helpful tip: Use the same shape for words that relate to each other. For example, use the same shape for any name or pronoun that refers to God.
Then, write the word on one of each of the shapes, so that you can arrange the shapes to create the verse. Be sure to make a shape for the reference, too!
You can take a photo of your completed verse to make a memory prompt, or you can arrange the shapes to help you learn your verse.
You can also arrange the blank shapes in the same positions you created for form the verse, and take a photo of the blank shapes. Now, you have a memory prompt without the words, or you can arrange the blank shapes to help you learn your verse.
If you are a tactile learner, you may find it helpful to keep your shapes in a small plastic bag (I would separate the blank shapes from the shapes that have the words on them) and practice your verse by laying the shapes out in the correct order.
You can also play around with the placement of the shapes to help you see the relationship of words to each other.
Find a pretty piece of scrapbook paper that has some blank spaces as part of the design and write your verse over and over again until you have filled up all the blank spaces. This technique is an elementary version of a technique I call “prayer coloring,” which we’ll talk about more in Chapter 5.
If you are intimidated by the idea of trying to be creative, this method may help you get started. You can use one color to write your verse, or you can use a variety of colors. It’s up to you!
The important thing to remember is that your words don’t need to be legible. The goal is to write the verse over and over to help you learn it. The jumbled words become part of the design. You don’t even have to end a word in the same space you began it, nor do you have to write in only one direction!
Be sure you write the reference (book, chapter, and verse) each time you complete the verse.
When you have finished, you can scan your art, using your printer, or you can take a photo of it to create a memory prompt.
There is also a third option you can share with your group that they can try on their own. This alternative requires you to log in to WordArt.com, and it costs about $2 for each design. So, you may not want to use it often, but it can be fun to use occasionally.
You can find an example of this kind of memory prompt by clicking here.