Friday, August 22, 2014

Journaling {Bible} My First Entry

So, the other day I decided to sit down and play with my journaling Bible. If you missed my post about this new Bible and the 'Bible Band' that I made for it, click here.

In thinking about how I will use this Bible, I decided to go back and reflect on sermon notes that I love, that were meaningful to me, and that I want to remember. This will not be my study Bible as the font is just too small. However, I love that this Bible will be used to highlight things that I have learned about specific scriptures.

This particular week (8/3/14), our pastor taught on Acts 8:26-40. I encourage you to read it. The one point he made that I loved was:

"Moments we share our faith are ones God has already orchestrated."

So, that is the point I chose to put in the margin next to the passage. I also used my pens to underline Acts 8:29-31 because I felt that was the moment God had orchestrated for both Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch. And notice, when the Spirit tells Philip to go, he runs. How often do I run and do as the Spirit leads me? I think most of the time I sit there and question whether or not I have really heard Him correctly. What do I need to do differently? I need to watch for those moments that God has orchestrated for me to share Him and do it. And don't wait or question it but run!

The pens I use to write in this Bible are the Staedtler Triplus Fineliners. I found this set on
Some things I discovered during this journaling process are that:
  • The stamp ink does go through to the backside of the page but the pens (shown above) do not.
  • The mists also go through to the other side of the page.
  • I will date the pages with the date of the sermon not the date I create the page. That way I can find the rest of the sermon notes from this passage in my sermon journal very easily.
  • This will be a great way to use up the alpha sticker stash that I have accumulated over the years.
  • This is something that I can do very quickly but I truly end up dwelling on the scripture and main point all day.

Thanks for stopping by, and remember to see Shanna's blog here for more information about the Journaling Bible. Blessings,

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Card Inspiration!

Hello! I wanted to share two cards with you that have the same design concept but look very different. Both cards use the Blue Fern Studios Ombre Dreams paper line and the Leafy Bough chipboard. Both cards also use a doily, stitching, lace, and flair for the sentiment. Let's look at today's card inspiration.

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For this card, I used a portion of the Leafy Bough chipboard. I also left the branding strip on at the bottom of the patterned paper. It has a lace design on it which gave me the idea to add real lace to that portion of the card, and it also brought in a second color to the card.

To distress the chipboard, I misted it with water to peel up the leaves into more layers. I then painted the chipboard with gelatos.
Papers: Blue Fern Studios Charlotte's Dream and Joyce's Dream, Memory Box nc 
Stamp: Technique Tuesday Happy Day Flair 
Stamp Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink dusty concord 
Blue Fern Studios chipboard: Leafy Bough (colored with Faber-Castell metallic grape gelato)
Embellishments: Prima Lil Missy flowers, Hobby Lobby doily, Technique Tuesday Flair Maker die, misc. lace, misc. cork, hand-dyed Hug Snug, sewing machine

This card is a 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 square card. I used the left-over piece of the Leafy Bough chipboard from above.
I also treated the chipboard in the same way that I did with the above card. I did color it with different colored gelatos however.
Papers: Blue Fern Studios Shannon's Dream, Memory Box nc 
Stamp: Technique Tuesday Fun Flair 
Stamp Ink: Hero Arts Shadow Ink soft cantaloupe 
Blue Fern Studios chipboard: Leafy Bough (colored with Faber-Castell guava, metallic melon, and buttercream gelatos) 
Embellishments: Prima Lil Missy and Divine Collection flowers, Hobby Lobby doily, Technique Tuesday Flair Maker die, misc. lace, misc. cork, sewing machine

Thanks for stopping by. Remember to join in on the sketch challenge, and I hope you will make some cards with your Blue Fern Studios products. Blessings,

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Another {Bible} Band

Do you remember the elastic band I made last year to put around my Bible? Well, I made another one. I love using a 'Bible Band' as I have named it because it keeps my Bible from opening in my bag and the pages getting bent. Sometimes the cover of a Bible is just too pretty to put in a Bible case so the 'Bible Band' works perfectly for me! If you missed my original post with instructions on making a 'Bible Band', click here

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Can you see which character is on the band? Yes, it's Classic Pooh Bear. I have a small obsession with him and pink. :) He matched the Bible cover so perfectly that I had to use this fabric for this 'Bible Band'. :)

This particular Bible is called the ESV Journaling Bible. The type is extremely small but I do not plan on using this for my study Bible. I am using it for my journaling Bible. If you haven't seen what a journaling Bible is, look at Shanna Noel's posts here. I am just starting, and I plan on taking key points from Sunday's sermon notes and journaling them in this Bible.

I hope you enjoy today's post. Thanks for stopping by! Blessings,

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tuesday's {Tip} Painted Lines

While creating an art journal page a week or so ago, I tried something new that I wanted to pass on to you. 

Many of you use old credit cards, hotel room keys, iTunes cards, etc., to spread paint. Well, I decided to take some clear packing tape to tape two of these cards together. This makes the edges of the doubled cards just a bit thicker.

Next, I put some paint down on my freezer paper and ran the edge of the cards through the paint. I then stamped it onto my page, and I was able get these fun, thick painted lines on my art journaling page (see the three vertical, pink lines below).
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I really love the look, and I am sure this will become something I use a lot. To see the entire art journaling page, please see my post here.

I hope you will give this a try. It will work great on cards and scrapbook layouts too. Have fun, and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

{Art Journaling} Birds

Most of you know how I love birds. In fact, we have two parrots named Kiwi and Sugar. I also LOVE bird watching, and we have countless feeders in our backyard. I could sit and listen to birds all day. And it's not unusual for me to whistle back to the wild birds because I am so used to "talking" to Kiwi and Sugar in the house. LOL! 

Anyway, this week I bought what I call a "Peep cup." I belong to a scrapbook board where we are all called "Peeps." Well, the Peep cup and my love for birds were my inspiration for this art journaling page. Here is my new cup but of course I changed the lid to a pink one. 

And here is how my page turned out:
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And my page isn't complete without scripture so I chose Psalm 104:12 which says "The birds of the sky nest by the waters; they sing among the branches."

Be sure to watch for Tuesday's {Tip} as I will share how I created the straight pink lines on this page. I hope you enjoy today's creation, and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

New Paper Line and Chance to Win!

I am SO very excited to share Blue Fern Studio's newest paper line with you. It is called "Montage," and it is truly beautiful. I can't wait to play with it. And you also have a chance to win so you can play with it too. Details are below but first let's look at the paper!

Isn't it gorgeous? For your chance to win, head over to the Blue Fern Studios blog here to see each individual piece of paper up-close and personal. Then read the entry details there to enter. Contest ends August 30th.

And don't forget, tonight is our last day to enter the contest to win the Blue Fern Studio Ombre Dreams paper line. Look here for those details.

I hope you all will jump over there because it sure would be awesome to see my blog readers win!! Have fun, and blessings to each of you!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tuesday's {Tip} Misting Bottle

I use a water misting bottle a lot for my work. For years I have been using my little Radiant Rain bottle but it is so small that it runs out of water fast. I have really never thought about it but I just fill it up and keep going. Anyway, during my Wal-Mart trip last week, down the ironing row I found this wonderful mister. It is the size of a regular water bottle, and it cost only $0.95. 
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I love it because it holds a lot of water in comparison to the Radiant Rain bottle, and the mist is very nice. For $0.95, I am glad I picked this bottle up! So, if you need a great misting bottle, check out the ironing row next time you are in Wal-Mart! Thanks for stopping by!

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