Tuesday, September 19, 2017

created to create.... WEEK THREE/FOUR


what an incredible creative journey this past month has been!  the illustrated faith created to create 2 kit was everything [but so much more] than i could have ever anticipated coming from shanna noel's beautiful heart for our creative community.

i dug deep -- into the scripture + into my own heart -- with this devotional.  i knew i wanted to fill my month with color, paint, beauty, and creativity.  i started by spending a few hours building a DIY booklet for this kit series & then revisited the booklet 2-3 times each week for journaling + further crafting outside of my bible margins.

here's a look at my WEEK THREE booklet inserts....



week three was spent dwelling in ecclesiastes 3:11....
yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time.  He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God's work from beginning to end.
 from one creative God gal to the next.... yes.  amen.  preach.



i continued my time in ecclesiastes through prayer & list making on the journaling + tip-in cards that came in my created to create 2 kit.  i love all of these extra prompt goodies!!


yep, you know i had to bust out my typecast typewriter again for week three!!! i just love pulling small little paper pieces through the keys.... i never get my justification correct, but i love the hodge podge of it all.

i gathered the four verses from my three current & one upcoming #aSeasonofWorth devotionals that i penned for the print & pray shop.  they worked perfectly in conjunction with week three's theme!

and now, cue the God moment....



when i set up my DIY booklet for this month, i added this "blank space" created from a shipping tag + torn piece of scrapbook paper, not entirely sure what i would do with it.  i was digging around in my original created to create devotional from 2015 & found an entry that had spoken volumes to me at the time....


i remember at the time, shanna had asked me to join the illustrated faith team, but i knew back then it wasn't the right YES for me at the time.  she asked me multiple times over the past couple of years [she's so patient / persistent / amazing] and i was finally able to say yes this summer [hooray!].... but to run across this old entry that had meant so much to me then, not understanding God's closed door for the IF team & being able to now see the beginning of God's work in this.... just wow, y'all!


WEEK FOUR [our final week] guides us in 1 timothy 4:14-15....
do not neglet the spiritual gift you received through the prophecy spoken over you when the elders of the church laid their hands on you.  give your complete attention to these matters.  throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress.

honestly, this week's verse couldn't have come to my heart at a better time! knowing that God is working heavily behind the scenes of my heart ministry of social media + all things handmade means that i need an extra boost of YES & AMEN as i follow His lead.... throwing myself into my tasks & giving my complete attention to these matters He has blessed me with.


i used the new faith>fear collection from illustrated faith as i worked through my week four journaling card.  i wanted to use this space to make a "daily checklist" of what i want to commit to God in my bible journaling ministry.


my final little section to pull together week four and a month of creating to create.... a bold statement.  i am a creative not because it feels right or because it's how my mind works or because i love color [even though all of those are true]....

i am a creative because He created me to create.  and to that end, i'll create ever only for my King.



find my other #if_createdtocreate2 posts here....

did you say chicken washi?


oh yes, oh yes indeed! i am beyond excited for this new level of #crazychickenlady that i have achieved with the help of my friends at the illustrated faith print&pray shop!!! not only is there CHICKEN washi.... there are now two color ways! 

choose from bright, vibrant MP inspired colors or grab up the new muted, fall tones that released today! even better yet? just grab both sets, because i've got some fun ideas to show you for how to use these printable washi pages!!


the first thing you'll want to do is grab a few sheets of clear sticker paper [i like this brand from amazon] & download your files to print.  now that you have your first washi paper sheets ready to use, let's play a little!



start sticking these pretties in your bible margins, devotional booklets or decorate some happy mail for a friend!! this fun envelope showed up in my mailbox & what a special treat it was to see those chickens dancing along the bottom :]

if you want to go even more chicken crazy, i've come up with a couple of fun ideas i shared earlier on instagram....


GO MINIATURE! i mean seriously.... isn't everything cuter in tiny format?! in photoshop or another similar app, i shrunk my #aSeasonOfWorth washi sheet downloads to 50% the original size & then created a new 8.5x11 document & dragged the mini washi pages into it.  

print, cut & share a collective "awwwww" 



i have a new little project i'm working on [coming to the blog soon!] and in preparation i made up this fun traveler's notebook [find a DIY here].... from the paper scraps, i created an extra pocket for the back cover.  

um, y'all? it fits the mini washi pages perfectly!!! #washicrush


another super fun idea i had to play with the washi downloads was to make an entire sheet of just chickens.... heart eyes for days!!!! using my epic cropping skills [wink], i selected just the rows of chickens from each of the two download files, created a new 8.5x11 document & just like before.... drag, drop, print.

now i can CHICKEN ALL THE THINGS!



they really make the perfect little addition to my crafty bible margins!! 

if chickens aren't your thing [let's still be friends], you can still use these techniques to create mini washi pages & multiple rows of any of your favorite printable washis!

have fun creating, girlies! xo