Friday, November 13, 2015

#gratitudedocumented - Wow God Journal

I am working through the Wow God Journal that I got from Illustrated Faith.  This is a month long Bible study and art journaling for November with the theme of gratitude.  Each day there is a prompt and the word is printed in the little journal.  I am going to post the pictures of my little journal for days 1 through 12.

Day 1: Jesus

Day 2.  Salvation

Day 3.  Family

Day 4.  Passion

Day 5.  Peace

Day 6.  Forgiveness

Day 7.  Home

Day 8.  Love

Day 9.  Freedom

Day 10. Friendship

Day 11. Hope

Day 12.  Creativity

I'll post more as I do them.
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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Pocket Letters Received

I have been posting photos of the pocket letters I have made recently.  Now I want to show you some of the pocket letters I have received from other people.

Here is the Pink, Pink, Pink event from Pocket Letter Pals

This is the Country 3 event.  My swap partner was Heli from Finland.  

This is the Butterfly swap.  
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Pocket Letter Crafting Weekend

I made 3 pocket letters this weekend.  It was a great crafting time.  Here are my pocket letters made for 3 different events on Pocket Letter Pals.

Prayer Partners

I also made several packets for other pocket letters by cutting a bunch of 12 x 12 papers down to 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 cards to fit the pockets.  Then I made several little tiny notebooks to fit in the pockets.  Here is a close up of one of them. 

Next is the pocket letter I made for the Sunflower event.
This is probably one of my favorites that I've made so far.  

Next is the "Dress for Success" event.  This one turned out pretty cute too.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Bible Art Journaling update

I have been working in my journaling Bible recently so thought I might share some of that art with you.

And I sewed a little toddler dress for my granddaughter.  Here she is modeling it.  It is a 3T t-shirt to which I sewed a skirt.  It turned out very cute don't you think?

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Catching Up

I have been so busy I haven't had a chance to post anything for a week or so.  So here is a little catch up post.

Here is the pocket letter that I made for Barbara Fridle.   She was my swap partner for the Christian themed swap for His Kingdom Come for June.  I posted the pocket letter that I received from her last post.

Next is the pocket letter I made for my Butterfly swap for Pocket Letter Pals.  It turned out so cute.

And lastly, here are some pictures of my journal that I am using for a study from Ephesians that I am working through from Stone Soup for Five.  Wonderful study.  I am really learning so much as well as enjoying illustrating in my journal.

That's it for today.  Have a wonderful and blessed day. 
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Saturday, July 4, 2015


I received my first ever pocket letter yesterday from Barbara Fridie.  So lovely.  It is a Christian themed pocket letter.  We hooked up when I signed up for the June swap on His Kingdom Come.

When I opened the envelope I found this pretty little package.  So cute with tickets with my initials and beautifully rapped in a pretty napkin.
 After unwrapping here is the front of the pocket letter.

and the back.

I love it.

Now to finish up the pocket letter for Barbara.
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Pocket Letter Update

My very first ever pocket letter is on it's way to Finland.  I am so hoping it makes it there without any problem.  Just wanted to show the packaging that went with it when it left.

Just as a reminder this is the completed pocket letter with a USA theme going to a pocket letter pal in Finland.

And here it is all wrapped up and ready to go in a padded envelope to wing it's way across the ocean to Finland.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Father's Day

My dad is going to be 84 years old in July.  He has pretty much everything he could want and if he doesn't then he just buys it.  However, his wants are pretty much nothing.  Anytime you ask what you can get him the answer is always the same......"Don't buy me anything.  I don't need anything and you should just save your money."

He is my muse and inspiration because he is an artist.  Here are just a few of his paintings.

So I wanted something special for him.  I saw this post on the GelliArts website for using a print to make a paperweight.  That got me thinking.  I ordered the paperweight using the link on the website and it arrived in about a week.  

I remembered a YouTube video I had seen (go here) showing how to use a GelliArts printing plate to make packing tape transfers.  I loved the idea and got to work creating some of my own.  Here is an example of my three strips of printed packing tape.  The photo doesn't do it justice because you can't appreciate how much shimmer and shine it has.  And the colors are much more intense than what you can see in the photo.

Here is a close up of part of the strip but still not showing up well.
I loved this technique and I will definitely be doing it again.  I used the pieces of packing tape transfer and cut them down to fit the circular opening on the bottom of the paperweight.  Then I cut out the letters for D>A>D from a purple heavyweight cardstock.  Here is the finished product.  I think he will like it since it is homemade and I didn't really spend but about $11.00 on the paperweight.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Pocket Letters

I just discovered the Pocket Letter.  Have you heard about these cute letters?  Basically you get one of those plastic pocket pages like the boys put baseball cards in to save them.  Then you go to town filling the pockets with lots of wonderful goodies.  The idea is that you can fold the pocket page up and it will fit in a standard number 10 envelope and then it is ready to mail off to a pal.

For a better description as well as some pretty pictures of finished pocket letters go over to Janette Lane's website.  She is the creator of these little beauties.  She has also started an online community called Pocket Letter Pals where folks can sign up for swaps.

So I signed up and immediately got involved in one of the swaps called Country Swap Part 3 where you make a themed Pocket Letter featuring your Country (ex: USA) and then you are paired with someone from another country to swap with.  I am swapping with Lumona from Finland.

So here is a photo of my first ever Pocket Letter.  It was a lot of fun to put together and filling the little pockets was a bit nerve-wracking because I wasn't sure what to add.  I looked at some of the other Pocket Pals letters and kind of stole there ideas.

My plan is to decorate the No. 10 envelope and then slide it into a padded envelope for the trip to Finland.  I hope Lumona likes it.  

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Bible Journaling

I did a page in my Journaling Bible this week.  It was so simple.  I got a new set of stamps and the large flower stamp was perfect.  I simply stamped the flower on the margin with black ink then use my inktense pencils and water brush to color.  If you don't feel particularly artistic this is a good way to add illustrations to your favorite Bible verses.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Art To The 5th Journal Challenge

The Ladies at Art to the 5th challenged us on the April 18th challenge to get our Gelli on.  The prompt was "A Lot On My Plate" and were to use Gelli prints in some way on our page.  Now, I am very behind on challenges but I was inspired last night to work on this prompt.  I had recently taken the online workshop from Robyn Marie Smith called Printmaker Pro where she explained how to work with the Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate to make some yummy backgrounds.  I played with mine and made some papers which were sitting in a folder.  This was the perfect time to add them to a journal page.  So I cut some fruits out of those papers and also cut out a bowl.

What do you think?

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Bible Art Journal Challenge - Week 16

The challenge for week 16 from Rebekah Jones for Bible Art Journal Challenge comes from the book of Ephesians 2:8 "For grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God".

Rebekah used a darling bird stamp from Dina Wakeley.  I love birds images and using them in my Bible for this verse was wonderful.  I don't own that particular stamp but I have lots of bird stamps.  So I searched through my stamps and found just the right one.

I love this verse.  It gives me such hope for my eternal life and I look forward to seeing Him and my Savior Jesus Christ in heaven.  I know that I have this gift from Him because He tells me so in His Word.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Working in The Word - Bible Art Journaling

I have been working in my journaling Bible this week.  I have never worked in God's word so much. This has truly helped me to have a much richer, closer relationship with God and His word than I have ever had before.  I read the verses that I am illustrating several times to find the thing that might speak to me and sparks my creative imagination.  I remember what I've read because I am a visual learner and as I draw, paint or whatever I am doing to make the verse come alive to me I am repeating it to myself.  Sometimes I remember a verse that I have heard at Church services but don't remember where in the Bible it is found.  So I search until I find it.  This leads to a lot of reading that I would not have normally done.  This whole process is such a blessing to me.  If you have never considered it please do.  If the whole idea of drawing or painting in your Bible seems like sacrilege to you I respect that.  For me though, it is a whole new way to worship with the truth and understanding that God has asked us to do.

There is so much inspiration on Pinterest as well as the Bible Journaling Community on Facebook.

I saw a post on one of those two groups that was similar but this is my interpretation of Proverbs 16:24.

I found a link in Pinterest to Joanne Fink's website.  I was immediately taken with her Zenspirations illustrations.  To me they looked like visual jewelry on a page.  I didn't see why you couldn't use it to illustrate a verse and I found just the right one last night, 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-17.  I think this verse is such a happy verse and the Zenspiration drawing makes me feel happy.  Once you start one of these they are hard to complete.  You just want to keep going but you eventually run out of room.

And of course I completed the Bible Art Journaling Challenge from Rebekah Jones for week 15.  This week she challenged us to make a mixed media tag to use as a tip-in to our jounaling Bibles.  I used most of the techniques she showed us in the video but I didn't have all the same art supplies so I used what I have that was close.  I love the way it came out but the picture does not do it justice.  You can really see how shiny the background really is.  I had this stamp of a pocket watch and I don't think I ever used it and I really can't even remember why I bought it in the first place.  But glad I finally got to use it.
As you can see I also illustrated the same thing on the page of my Bible.  This way I can use the tag as a bookmark or leave it attached with my paperclip.  The verse is from Jeremiah 1:5.  Isn't it wonderful to know that our God knows us so well that he even knew us before we were formed in our mother's womb?  I can be truly myself with God because he knows ME, he knows my faults, my dreams, when I lie to other or myself.  He knows it all.  How many people do you know that you can truly be yourself with?  

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Decorating the Edges

I worked on the edges of my journaling Bible this week.  I have both ends decorated now.  I still haven't decided what to do with the side.

I also finished a my crown of thorns with nail for Matthew.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Bible Art Journaling

Sunday at church service, the message was taken from John 4:24 "God is spirit; and they that worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth".  A picture of the boy with head bowed in prayer was on our church bulletin.  I loved it and thought it said what I wanted to say about the verse and so I drew it in my Bible and colored it with watercolors.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Documented Life Project-Catching Up

With a virus being shared within the family for the last few weeks and trying to take care of a sick 16
month old granddaughter, I have not been able to keep up with the Documented Life Project challenges.  I am almost caught up, with just this week's challenge left to do.  So I am sharing what have thus far.

February 28

Art Challenge: Using at Least Five Layers

Journal Prompt: Give Me a High Five

I put gesso down on my blank page. Then dripped and dropped several colors of inks allowing them to run down the page. Then I made a sandwich of 5 different papers using a couple of magazine pictures, an article out of another magazine and a tag from a piece of clothing that I liked. On top of it all I put a piece of card stock that had "5 FOR" printed on it and stitched the whole thing together then glued it to the page. I really like how this turned out although it is so totally different from anything I have ever done before.

The theme for March is:

Making Your Mark (Doodles & Mark Making)

March 7

Art Challenge: As A Layer Element

Journal Prompt: Surviving the Elements

I have a Gelli plate that I have been too afraid to use simply because I don't really know how. I recently got a great book from Amazon so that I feel a bit more comfortable with it.

Feeling a bit more confident I used my Gelli plate which is a small 6 x 6 to make the background on this page. I put the paint on it and I used two different stencils to put down the base colors. Then I just stamped the page with it like a stamp.   I doodled around several of the elements with both black and white pens and pencils.  I wrote the words "I will survive".

The last page I finished is the March 8th challenge.

Art Challenge: Borders

Journal Prompt: "Borderline feels like I'm going to lose my mind."

For this page I wanted to do something different. So I started by doodling some borders and corners on my page. Then I worked some Zenspiration dangles into the middle area. I colored these in with my Pitt Pens. Using water color I added color around the border. Then I wrote in the prompt.

I really like how it turned out and it was so much fun doodling the dangles.

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