Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Young Women Values Plaque & an Important Plaque-Making Tip!

In our church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- aka "L.D.S." or "Mormons") our young women throughout the world ages 12-18 are part of an organization that is aptly named "Young Women." This organization helps our teenage girls grow and mature in the gospel of Jesus Christ. The girls and their leaders meet twice weekly -- on Sundays for a spiritually-oriented lesson and once during the week for an activity night. I've been privileged to serve as a leader in Young Women several times, so I was thrilled when one of my daughters called me to let me know that she had been asked to lead the group of Young Women in her congregation.


Every week our young women recite together the "Young Women Theme." It goes like this:

We are daughters of our Heavenly Father, who loves us, and we love Him. We will stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places as we strive to live the Young Women values, which are: Faith, Divine Nature, Individual Worth, Knowledge, Choice and Accountability, Good Works, Integrity, and Virtue ... 

Generally this theme comes to mean a great deal to the girls that go through the program. They learn the meaning behind each of those values and the merit of internalizing the principles and making them a part of their daily lives .... that's the goal anyway! ;o)


I made a "Young Women Values Plaque" for my daughter to use in her class and thought some of the rest of you might be able to use it as well. The document is the same size as my "Plaque Attack" documents, so you would use a 6 3/4" x 6 3/4" plaque. If you can't find plaques in your area, I've found an internet resource here that sells them for just $1.49 each. Go to my tutorial to find out how to make these plaques.


{Important Tip} I learned a valuable lesson last week when I was making this plaque. Occasionally when I've made my plaques I've been disappointed because sometimes the ink bleeds a little when I put on the Mod Podge. As I was making this plaque, I had to throw one out because the purple ink bled so badly. I decided to try the product below to see if it would seal the ink on the paper, and it did...
That's Rust-oleum Painter's Touch Ultra Cover 2x Matte Clear Sealer. You can get it in the spray paint department at Home Depot or the like. I printed the document on my scrapbook paper and then sprayed this sealer on it. Hold the can about 2 feet away from the paper and very lightly spray it one direction and then the other direction. You don't want to get the paper wet. You just want to spray on a light coating to set and seal the ink, so it doesn't bleed when you apply the Mod Podge. In the collage below you can see the difference that the clear sealer makes. I didn't use the sealer on the paper of the plaque on the left. Note the purple and black letters that bled into the surrounding paper. I applied the sealer on the paper for the plaque on the right. Much, much better.

 

There are so many applications for this plaque. The girls could make them during an activity. They cost less to make than a birthday card bought at a store, so you could make them for the girls as a birthday gift. They could be given to Young Women as they enter the program.  Mothers and daughters can make them together. Etc. Etc. Etc.


I'm offering this plaque free of charge to all. Feel free to request this plaque document whether you are a member of our church or not. Certainly any young woman could benefit from having this plaque in a conspicuous place so she can read it often! Just leave a comment below and shoot me an email (my email address is on my right sidebar under "Contact Information") with the words "Young Women Plaque" in the subject line and I'll return your email with the plaque image in a Microsoft Word document. I'm heading out to my daughter's home next week, so I'll be out of town from February 8th - 11th, so you might want to request your document as soon as possible! Any emails I receive between those dates will be answered on February 12th!


Important: By requesting this plaque you agree not to sell this document or sell products with this document attached. You may make as many copies of this for personal use or for gifts.


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68 comments:

Julie said...

This is fabulous, just fabulous. Thank you AGAIN for your generosity!

Maryam said...

This is so neat! We needed one of these when you and I were in YW's!

Christine said...

I love this! I am in the Stake YW and am always looking for ways to incorporate the values in my life!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

I'm the YW pres and think these are great! I love them!

Monika said...

Wow great job. I love them. ~Monika~

The Williams Family said...

I can not wait to make this for my daughter. Thank you so much for sharing you creativity with us.

Annette said...

What a great idea! I can't wait to make one. I've served in YW so many times and now my daughter is as well!

Angie said...

these are wonderful! Thanks so much for offering them to all of us. I'm sure I'll be using it in the future!

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Beautiful, and inspiring.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Jen said...

This is great, thanks!

Melanie said...

Love it....I'm in YW too! We are giving our girls pillowcases this year for their birthday...but I'm thinking this would be great for next year! Thanks so much.

Renee said...

I love this! Your sweet DIL brought me one that she made and it's so cute! Would you be willing to send me the picture that you put on the front by email so I could make some for my YW to give at New Beginnings?

Rita said...

you are very talented and so generous. thank you for sharing this really sweet and inspiring print with all of us!

Christine said...

Love it! You are so talented I can't wait to read your blog each day.

Dana said...

Marvelous, as always!! thank you.

Barbara said...

Perfect for new Beehives!

Mod Podge Amy said...

What fun art! Yes, I couldn't live without the sealer too! :D

The Keetch Family said...

my girls would love it! tx!

pbrenner said...

I am Catholic, but I love so many things I see and hear about the LDS faith - the values and actions that are so wholeheartedly promoted and celebrated are wonderful! Thank you for sharing this project, I hope to copy it for some young ladies I know as well :-)

Karie's Chic Creations said...

Oh, I love this version of the YW values. Thanks so much for sharing. I hope you don't mind but I think I will copy this for my Laurel class. Thanks again. Hugs, Karie

Becki Jefferies said...

What a nice thing to do! Thanks for sharing your cute idea. It will be a great activity for all the girls!

julie said...

Yay, Yay thanks so much for sharing. They are adorable. Would it be too much to ask for a R.S. one??

The Amott's said...

Love it! Thanks so much!

Hailey said...

I would love to get a free template of your young women value plaque!! Thanks so Much!

angieb said...

This is awesome. Thanks so much for the great idea and project!

The Foote Family said...

I would love to get the template to make your young womens plaque with my beehives. My email is mrsfoote at gmail dot com. Thank you for sharing this cute craft with the world!

cathy_karl said...

I understand this was created for young Mormon women but as we all are 'daughters of our Heavenly Father'......
Thank you so much for what is once again a most generous sharing of your talents.

Hailey said...

I would love to get a free template of your young women value plaque!!My email is hlurker@gmail.com Thanks so Much!

herlittlefeet said...

Love it!! Please send me the template! Thanks, Jayne

jblafleur@aol.com

The Nowling Family said...

So cute!!

Karen said...

This will be greatly appreciated by the YW in our stake.

Suzanne said...

Hey All - I would really appreciate it if you would send me an email (from the address on my sidebar) rather than put your email address here for me to send it. It's hard for me to remember if I've already sent you the plaque (or not!) if you put your address here. When I receive the email I immediately send back the document, so it makes it much easier for me. Thank you!

cindy said...

Love it, thanks

Survey Chick said...

This is so beautifully and wonderfully done. I just love it's.

Jackee said...

These are so pretty! The girls will love them. Thanks for providing such fun plaques, you are so generous.

cgrannygo said...

I just found you! Thank you for sharing your amazing talents. I can't wait to get started on new "stuff"!

Grandma Rich said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing. I have a granddaughter turning 12 (YIKES!) this year. Jana

Merry said...

This will be a craft to share with our new YW, thanks so much!

Kay said...

What a wonderful plaque. Just the perfect thing for my granddaughter. My email is on it's way. Thanks so much for your generosity Suzanne.

Kay

Janna said...

I would love to make these with the YW in our little branch here in the Texas Panhandle. Thanks so much :)

Patt said...

Finally!!! All the things we teach our daughters & granddaughters done beautifully!!! Thank you!

Em said...

I love this! You have great ideas!

Em said...

I love this! And your blog! You have great ideas!

Tammy S said...

What a gracious gift you're sharing! It's awesome.

Mommo said...

I just found your blog and love the things you share. Thanks for great ideas and projects.

arendje said...

just found your blog thru 'i love naptime' - would love a copy of yw values for my granddaughters - if it is still available - thank you for sharing -

Janice said...

If the design is still available . I would love to have it. Thanks Lady

Elicia said...

This is really cool. Do the fonts stay the same in the word document if I don't have the same fonts installed on my computer?

Tricia said...

Very cute and creative! I love how you wrote each value in their color!

Hill Family said...

I love your PDF on the YW values. I just got called to YW and am loving every minute of it. Thanks for your hardwork:)

Lela Miller said...

Thank you so much for this fabulous idea. I just love making things like this with my Mia Maids. Thank you again!

Grandma Pfunder said...

Thank you for sharing you talent with everyone! Love these plaques!
Roxanne

Holly said...

I just found your blog and it is WONDERFUL! Please send me the YW Values to print. I am really excited! --Holly

Kay said...

Thank you so much for the work you do on the plaque attack. I want to make several them.

Katie said...

I love these plaques! I would love to share these with my young women.

Jenn said...

I was looking for a gift for the new beehives to be given to them at New Beginnings and this is PERFECT!

fidjiti said...

I'd LOVE it if you could send me your document. My YW would LOVE THESE and I LOVE THESE!!! Thanks for your hard work in designing them. ♥ Linda

Amy said...

I'd love to make these for the girls to give at New Beginnings. Thanks for sharing!

rochelle Ludlow said...

thanks for this cute idea. Just saw it on pinterest.

vickymarie said...

Great one-night idea. Thanks for your creativity.

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Sarah said...

I'm thinking of using this as a background for a clock makeover for our YW room. So adorable.

Grandma said...

We will do this as a summer project in YW thank you

Jamie Gupton said...

I adore this and have SO many people in mind for gifting! Warning: You have been Pin'd excessively by me today. :)

jacqjudd said...

This is absolutely beautiful! I love it!

Linda Kay said...

I have several granddaughters that are ready for this plack and would love to have a copy of it.
I have just found your site and it is wonderful and it's great that their are so many boy/young men projects to do....thank you
Linda Murphy

Beth said...

Fun Idea!

Lynn Dattolo said...

Just found your blog and love it!! The Young Women Plaque is awesome! Emailing you now... :)