Thursday, February 15, 2018

Lent 2018

This year, Lent began on February 14th - Ash Wednesday (and of course Valentine's Day). Once again I am committing my mornings to the spiritual discipline of journaling the Word. I'll be following the daily devotional, "Silent Witness" offered by Lutheran Hour Ministries. I've created a set of travelers notebooks to contain my journaling.
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Bible Margin Stamps Gift Bags

SRM's new Bible Margin stamps aren't just for Bible journaling. I used a couple of margin stamps as part of a gift bag decoration - and they double as bookmarks!
I stamped the margins on white cardstock, which I then watercolored a pretty background. I used watercolor pencils to add more detail to the images. Mounting it onto a piece of colored cardstock helps it stand out agains the fun patterned paper bags, doily, and sticker stitches and sentiments. 
By using a decorate clip to attach it to the bag, it allows the recipient to use the margin as a bookmark, too

For this project, I used:
Patterned bags | Bible Margins | Sticker Stitches | 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Christmas Layout

I love to preserve our Christmas memories in our scrapbooks. This layout came together so quickly, which is a must in this busy season. 
Two patterned bags provide not just a fun background, but a convenient spot to slip in extra photos and my daughter's letter to Santa. 
Lots of layering of SRM's clear holiday stickers bring this layout to life.

For this project I used:

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Top 10 Blog Hop 2017

It's time! It's time!
It's the Top 10 Blog Hop for 2017 - so many of your favorite crafty bloggers to visit - many with giveaways. If you didn't arrive here from the talented Tracey McLennon's blog, be sure check below and start at the very beginning to follow the links to each blog.
A complete list and the next blog hop link is at the bottom of my post.
Enjoy my favorite 10 posts from 2017!

Thanks for checking out some of my favorite posts from this year. B
e sure to follow me on Instagram and Facebook for more inspiration.
Your next stop: Lynne Blodgett

May the New Year bring you and your family beautiful blessings! xoxoxo, Karen

Complete Blog Hop List

Friday, December 22, 2017

Bible Journaling Worship & Praise

One of the main reason I Bible journal is because it gives me the time to meditate on specific words of scripture. While I am coloring or painting or stamping, I am repeating scripture in my mind and contemplating the meaning of these precious words. The creative process draws me in and allows me to linger longer in the Word. My page today gave me the chance to target specific words and think about the many reasons to worship and praise our amazing God.
Psalm 29 is a psalm of worship and praise. It wasn't difficult to find many of the words used in this psalm in stamp form on SRM's two "wordfetti-style" faith stamp sets - Daily Devotion and Scripture Notes. These two sets contain multiple words that can be used in a variety of ways. 
After lettering "worship" and coloring it in with marker and watercolor twists, I added several word stamps to emphasize some of the words in the Psalm. I also added a star stamp from another set, Child of God. I created the background using the watercolor twists and a water brush. Then, I added a few highlights with my white pen. I really like how this page turned out and am grateful for the time to worship and praise God through Bible journaling. Be blessed!

For this project I used:

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Festive Thank You Card Gift Set

A set of cute thank you notes is a great gift for teachers or friends. I'm still a believer in sending personalized thank you notes and I know there are others out there who appreciate those handwritten notes, too. Using SRM's stickers makes producing several sets really easy. My cards have a cute Christmas theme and will be given to my daughter's teachers. I think they will appreciate them!
I found a bright striped paper in my holiday stash and used it as the main background for this cards set. I think layers add so much to cards, especially when you want to keep it simple like these. I incorporated a cute star / list stamp from the School Days Planner set and added the traditional Christmas colors to match the theme. The Thank You sentiment is from a non-holiday Stickers By the Dozen set and the cute gingerbread man is from the Stickers By the Dozen Gingerbread Man set. I also grabbed my pre-cut scalloped circle shapes from my stash. You could use a punch or a die cut to make these quickly, too. 
A set of 7-10 cards plus envelopes fit nicely in an A7 size clear box. I added red and silver crinkly paper to my box, too, which really makes it look festive. Nothing more is needed but a bit of twine to tie it all together.

For this project I used:

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving is such a special time to spend with friends and family. It's fun to make the decor and table settings special. Here's a quick and easy idea for you to try. Tuck your fancy silverware in a small dotted pouch marked with the initial of each guest in vinyl. Don't forget to add a small piece card at each place setting for guests to record what they are most thankful for. These cards make great additions in a planner or scrapbook with photos of the day's festivities.
Watch it come together in this quick video.

For this project, I used: