Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sunday in the Word: His Mercy Endures Forever

I recently read through the Psalms as part of my daily devotions.  As I was nearing the end of the book, I came to Psalm 136.  It was such a blessing and it took me back more than 20 years ago when this passage came to me at a very vulnerable time.  Shortly after  finding out that I was pregnant with our second child, I began having signs that I was having a miscarriage.  Losing that precious baby was difficult, but my God was bigger.  He had just the words for me when I needed them the most: "His mercy endures forever".  No matter what, He is bigger than my problems.  He is bigger than my pain and His mercy endures forever.

Do I sometimes wonder what my life would be like if that baby had been born?  Sometimes, but not often.  I know that I will see that precious one someday. In my heart she was a girl we have named Brittany.  His mercy has endured and will continue to do so.  Since I that day so long ago, I have specifically sought out this passage to bask in God's promises to me.  How about you?  Is there a specific place in God's Word where you seek solace?  If not, seek God's face and find it.

This layout was quite simple actually.  I pulled an old Stamp of the Month set from Close To My Heart, a pewter ink pad, some colored pictures and went to work.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Friday, March 16, 2018

2018 Reading List

I love to read.  Unfortunately, I don't spend nearly enough time doing so at this stage of my life.  However, when I was recently sick for a few days, I spent some time reading.  I also spent some time journaling and working on my insert.

Hmmm..... journaling, reading and decorating.  What else could I do but... 

Of course I needed a few supplies.  For that I grabbed my Rusty Hinge Distress Crayon, the lettering stencil from Hero Arts, some stickers from the Reset Girl and my 01 and 05 Micron pens.
I also grabbed some Dr. Seuss quotes to add to the bottom.  I am definitely not on track for my reading goals so I guess I need to play catch up.  I have to say that this layout is the perfect place for me to keep track of where I am.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

TN Insert Cover Decorating

Front Cover
As promised in the last post, I have my decorated insert for my current journal.  You may notice that there is a lot of empty space and that's just fine with me.  I may find I love it and just leave it.  However, I may also decide that I need to fill some of that space as I fill the insert with my words.

For the covers, I pulled out the Tim Holtz Distress Crayons #5 set.  I then went to work scribbling on lines - both straight and circles.  I then took a baby wipe and softened it to create a watercolor effect.  This was all done using the watercolor paper from Close To My Heart.

I then started playing the stencil from the Tim Holtz mixed media spray kit and layered pattern onto the the front cover.  This too was done with the Distress Crayons and baby wipes.  Then it was time for the details which were created with simple Micron pens in sizes 01 and 05 and the Hero Arts number/letter stencil set that I have.

Near the spine I wrote "March, 2018" since this was the starting point of the insert.  There is plenty of room for the end date to be added.

I filled the rest using my verse of the year (Esther 4:14) and my word of the year (which happens to be "presence"),  Dots and squiggly lines finished it off.  I really must say that I'm looking forward to how this cover looks when the pages are filled.  I have a feeling it will be quite different.  I guess that I should start looking at a plan for the inside of the cover.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

New Journaling Insert

No, I still don't have the craft room cleaned and ready to go.  I have been fighting illness for the past several weeks and this week it finally caught me good and hard with Bronchitis.  I've spent the last 3 days doing very little, but today I pulled out my journaling insert and decided to do some decorating.  I finished my last insert in February and so I decided that rather than pulling out another Moleskine Cahier insert, that I wanted to make my own this time.  I started with a piece of 12X12 watercolor paper from Close To My Heart and some Tomoe River paper and went to work.  I prefer sewn inserts because I feel like they are better on my elastics, so I used dental floss to hand sew the pieces together.  I was ready for March with a brand new journaling insert.  I haven't gotten bold enough to decorate the cover but when I do, you will see it here.

Some days I journal on the plain white pages and just add stickers, washi, or other decorations.  Some days I use Distress Crayons and other days I use watercolors.  Since I'm not feeling like doing much right now, I decided to play with some watercolors and prepare some pages to be ready to journal on.

The first spread started out as a practice page for clouds and mountains using my Daler Rowney Aquafine  watercolors.  That didn't turn out so well, but the light blue will make a pretty background for the words inside of me.  The next side was just blocks of color that shows how ready I am for Spring.  I also the Mini Chickenwire stencil from The Crafters Workshop.  Ironically, after I finished the page, I looked out the window and it was snowing.

The next layout started out as a practice page for roses.  Nope, there are no roses here as I ended up washing them out with the pink and purple background.  However, since I had just completed the background pages, I wanted to have a little more on this page so I free-handed some flowers, added lots of splatters, some black Micron pen strokes and dots and a card from Ali Brown.  I absolutely love this layout and can't wait to fill it with words.

How about you?  Do you keep a journal?  If not, I hope you will start.  No, you don't have make your own journal insert, just grab a notebook of some kind and start writing.  This isn't the first journal I've had and no two journals have to be the same.  Just find a place to put your thoughts and go to work.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sunday in the Word - Worthy of Worship

I have been reading through Psalms and was struck by how much focus is placed on worship and praise to our great God.  He is truly worthy of our praise and worship and so I wanted to highlight that in this week's Sunday in the Word.

This was actually fairly simple to create when I pulled out some tools.  Using the Cricut Quarter Note cartridge and my Explore, I first found the musical shapes.  I cut them from simple white cardstock and then traced them with pencil.  I wanted a watercolor effect so I dug into my watercolor box and found these long-forgotten Neocolor II wax pastels.  I had purchased them a few years ago for an online watercolor class that I had taken but I'm not even sure that they were ever really used.  They were perfect to fill in the notes and then the background.

I am really enjoying this journey into the Bible journaling world.  It has opened yet another way to express my love and worship for my great God.  I'm not sure that I will have a post for next week as I have a really busy week ahead.  See you again soon.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Sunday In The Word: What Is The Cost?

Last Sunday I didn't feel well and neither did Daniel.  We decided to spend the day at home so found a Livestream service of a church in Greenville, SC.  Dr. Tim Kesee was speaking on missions and it was such a blessing to me.  I chose to journal the passage he preached from as a reminder of the cost of following Christ.  The passage I chose to journal was Matthew 16:24-26.

What about you?  Are you afraid of the cost of following Christ completely?  I know that in Christ alone, I can follow Him without fear of the future.

Items used:
Coloring page found here (to trace)
Distress Crayons
Micron black pens

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Sunday In The Word: Bible Journaling - A First Attempt

When I first saw Bible journaling a few years ago, I was a bit resistant to the concept.  I had written notes in my Bible for years but really wasn't sure about drawing in it or filling pages with color.  However, in recent months I've been reconsidering this as something to be used as a tool in drawing me closer to the Lord as I study His word.  I jumped onto CBD and found this nice Bible.   I signed up for a class with Sandy Allnock that you can find here and today, I finally did my first page.  This was really a very simple start and I look forward to exploring more crafting mediums in future pages.

As mentioned in previous posts,we recently packed up our home after nearly 13 years and moved to the Mid-West.  It has been great in so many ways but difficult in others.  In December, the Lord brought Esther 4:14 to mind.  I am here for a reason, and I truly believe that it is for something besides working in a new department with a new team.

Here are the supplies that I used:
Crown coloring page from - here (used to trace image)
Crayola colored pencils
Washi tape
Staedtler Triplis Fineliner in black

One of the most important things that I learned is that it is very important to place a sheet of paper between the page that you are working on and the one behind it.  I didn't worry about this since I was simply using colored pencils.  However, the thick black lines in the word "time" bled through onto the page behind it.  Though this would have been evident on the backside of the page that I was working on, it would not have marred the page below had I placed that sheet of paper down.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.