Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Week 3 Lenten Journal Wrap-Up

During Lent, I'm primarily working in a journal (see here for journal set-up) as I read and reflect on the daily devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries Lenten Devotion booklet, (free to print, HERE). The theme is From the Cradle to the Empty Tomb and the entries follow Jesus as He makes His way towards His death on the cross. The devotions are mainly from the book of Luke, which is another great advantage for recording my visual faith entries in a journal, rather than the pages of my Bible. 
This week I missed one day of journaling. Here is the rest of the week's wrap-up of my entries.







Monday, March 20, 2017

Lovely Layout with Stitching and Lace

Hello! Today I'm sharing a layout that I love. Of course the main reason I love it is because it features my favorite girl, but I also really like the many different elements working together on this page.
For this layout I reached for my SRM lace, sticker stitches and several other border stickers. The main patterned paper inspired the emphasis on stitching and it seems like a natural fit to add the lace ribbon across the bottom of the page as well as gathered at the top of the journaling card tucked inside of the patterned kraft bag. This type of hidden journaling is a favorite of mine. It allows me to write as much as I want without trying to compete with a lot of pattern on the page.
I pulled lots of stitches and used them throughout the page.
 Here's a couple more detail shots of the layers of borders and stitches, even across the bottom of my photo, and a bit more of the journaling card peeking out of its pocket.
 Can you ever have too many sticker stitches???

For this layout, I used:

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Lenten Journaling Week 2

During Lent, I'm primarily working in a journal (see here for journal set-up) as I read and reflect on the daily devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries Lenten Devotion booklet, (free to print, HERE). The theme is From the Cradle to the Empty Tomb and the entries follow Jesus as He makes His way towards His death on the cross. The devotions are mainly from the book of Luke, which is another great advantage for recording my visual faith entries in a journal, rather than the pages of my Bible. 
Here is this week's wrap-up of my entries for days 8-15.








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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Lenten Journal - Week 1 Wrap-Up


During Lent, I'm primarily working in a journal (see here for journal set-up) as I read and reflect on the daily devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries Lenten Devotion booklet, (free to print, HERE). The theme is From the Cradle to the Empty Tomb and the entries follow Jesus as He makes His way towards His death on the cross. The devotions are mainly from the book of Luke, which is another great advantage for recording my visual faith entries in a journal, rather than the pages of my Bible. 
Here is this week's wrap-up of my entries for days 1-7.

Day 1 | Ash Wednesday
Day 2
Day 3

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 Day 4


Day 5
Day 6

Day 7

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Hello Calligraphy Pen!

I was excited to receive a new calligraphy paint pen in my SRM Design Team box last week. The Calligraphy paint marker has a traditional flat head, or chisel point, nib (not like a brush marker). It's great for projects on thick paper, glass, wood, or porcelain.  
Since I've been doing more brush lettering lately, it took a little bit of practice to remember how to appropriately hold and write with this type of pen, but the practicing was fun.
For this project, I created several watercolor backgrounds and then lettered on top of the pages once they were completely dry.
Here are more of my thoughts in this process video.


A little bit of highlighting with a white gel pen adds a little pop against the black lettering and colorful backgrounds.
What will you create with these markers?

For this project I used: 
Reminisce White Gel Pen | Black Calligraphy Paint Pen


Monday, February 27, 2017

Lenten Journal

Lent begins this week with Ash Wednesday on March 1st. Many Christians use the 40 days leading up to Easter as a time of special reflection, repentance, and drawing closer to Jesus. Some commit to "giving something up" in order to better focus on Jesus' suffering and death. Some add special devotions or attendance at mid-week services in their churches.

Lutheran Hour Ministries offers a free daily devotional on their website HERE. You can download to your e-reader, print, or subscribe to daily e-mails or podcasts to stay in the Word throughout the 40 days of Lent. I'll be using this devotional and journaling every day. To prepare, I've put together a separate notebook to record my reflections and creative journaling. I'll be posting daily on Instagram and my Facebook page and then doing a weekly round-up here on my blog.


Check out this video to see what I've done in the past and my Lenten journal for this year.




What are your plans for Lent? 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Sweet Spring Mini Cards

Mini cards are so fun to make! They are a great way to use up all those little scraps of paper and bits that you just couldn't bring yourself to throw out. Today I'm sharing a sweet set of mini cards using all kinds of goodies. 
I was going for a fresh spring look, so I started with 3 of the new twine colors from SRM and matched up some stickers and papers and got out my new SRM Faith stamps, too.
Each card measures about 2 1/4 inches by 3 inches. Starting with that cute polka dot paper as the base, I added stamped sentiments or stickers along with a tied bit of twine. On card I added a cute bit of doily. To finish each off, I also doodled an outline with a black pen.
These came together quickly and, I'll warn you, are a bit addicting to make. Tuck one into your kid's (or husband's) lunch, next to the alarm clock, or keep a few in your purse to hand out at a moment's notice to someone who needs a little pick-me-up. You never know when a thoughtful little card can really make a difference in someone's day.
Here is a quick video so you can see the inside of the cards, too. Each has an additional stamp and then I chose to write in a bible verse. I hope you make a few of these cards with your SRM goodies!

For this project I used: