Thursday, November 30, 2017

gratitude documented 30 day round up

i can not believe our month of gratitude documenting has come to an end, friends! i learned so much about myself + what i desire through art worshipping this past month.... it's been an incredible journey of color & prayer writing for the past thirty days.  i shared many of my pages on instagram, but wanted to create one big round up post to share them all together here :]

[days 1-8]
 
[days 9-15]

[days 16-23]

[days 17-30]

thirty days of prayer, thankfulness, gratitude, deep digging.  thirty days of falling in love with God all. over. again.

i am SO thankful to have taken on this challenge of documenting gratitude for thirty days & i don't want to stop!!! i'm excited to kick off the new advent kit with illustrated faith for the next twenty-five days of journaling in my bible [see my supply collection post here] -- and who knows what 2018 will bring??


TIPS & TRICKS for working through a thirty day project such as gratitude documented:
  • narrow down big decisions ahead of time.... i used the same color palette for each day of my gratitude pages [paint pots available at target from the handmade modern collection] -- this meant i didn't need to spend time/brain cells on choosing how to begin my page.... times thirty.
  • create a continuity plan.... i knew i would want all of my pages to look similar for this project.  i used the same large elements for each page including brush script prompts from the print & pray shop printed on clear sticker paper, a layered tab section at the top, washi tape along the page edge & each page was dated with my mega date stamp.
  • go minimal.... on the art, that is ;) it is WAY easier to scribble down a few sentences straight from the heart than to reinvent each page with new artistic pieces.  at least that's my take on it ;)
  • don't worry about the timeline.... if you fall behind a day or two or ten, i promise you that it's okay, friend! take a deep breath, play catch-up if you want or just extend the project.  enjoy the time spent in the Word, with God.... and forget the idea of a deadline.
find my other gratitude documented posts + videos here....
-- day one PROCESS VIDEO [youtube]

Friday, November 24, 2017

my crafty holiday wishlist....

hey there holiday friends! i don't know about you, but now that the turkey leftovers have dwindled down to the smallest tupperware container, i'm ready to go full-swing into holiday shopping mode!

i thought it would be fun to put together a "must-have" crafty wishlist for myself & all my crafting besties [that's you] with a handful of affiliate links for shopping, because -- let's face it -- we're basically at the age of playing santa for ourselves ;)


[NUMBER ONE]
my first pick is one that i actually added to my craft room earlier this year, but has been a mega staple on my crafty wishlist for years now!


the spellbinders platinum die cutting machine is a total game-changer for scrapbookers + bible journalers alike.  not only can you transform your favorite scrapbook papers [i adore the illustrated faith you are loved collection & shimelle's glitter girl papers] into hundreds of different shapes, fonts & layered projects.... you can also paint up your own totally unique papers to run through this die cutting machine for a completely original project!

my favorite spellbinders dies are their lowercase font one, this adorable set of acorns & these cute vintage ornaments!

[NUMBER TWO]


this new all-in-one basics tool kit from illustrated faith is AWESOME, y'all! it's perfect to gift to a new bible journaler or to refill your own supply of basics.  i know i go through those tape runners, ink pads & pens like nobody's business!  

my friends at illustrated faith & dayspring totally hit the nail on the head with this kit for sure!

[NUMBER THREE]

while we're on the topic of epic new goodies from illustrated faith....


i literally can not get over how gorgeous these rainbowtized goodies are! the new highlighter washi tape set is perfectly transparent & sized just right for.... yep!  HIGHLIGHTING bible text!

also, the new colored precision pens are so stinking gorgeous.... i love the pretty ink colors & the fact that they are .65 pen nibs [my FAVE size!].  plus, can we talk about how CUTE the polka dot pen barrels are?! i mean, seriously!!

[NUMBER FOUR]


oh you know i couldn't make a wish list without adding this epic piece! the studio calico MEGA date stamp has been giving me MEGA heart eyes for the past couple of years & trust me, friend.... you need this in your craft room!

with an incredibly generous three inch spread for stamping, this roller date stamp makes a huge statement [no pun intended!] on scrapbook & journaling bible pages....


i am seriously so obsessed with this date stamp -- it may be big, but it travels everywhere with me as my number one go to roller date stamp! 

[ps -- studio calico recently added a matching mega time stamp to their collection which is so perfect for project life-ing!!]

[NUMBER FIVE]


when i'm on the go, i don't dare leave my crafting goodies behind!! i pack my journaling bible + tons of supplies in this gorgeous floral bible bag from illustrated faith -- there is TONS of room for my favorite paper pads, stickers, washi tapes & even that mega date stamp ;)

i also love using the matching large canvas tote for carrying supplies to my weekly bible journaling classes that i teach at church.  it would also make a perfect overnight bag, beach bag or carry all for camping trips!

[NUMBER SIX]

one of my absolute favorite craft room additions lately has been this brand new, but vintage inspired, typecast typewriter from we r memory keepers!


i use it to type up little love notes to my hubby & kiddos, create fun additions to notecards for friends, and make vintage inspired tip-ins for my bible journaling pages or DIY booklets!  

can we also talk about the adorable colors these typewriters come in? i picked mint, but that pink was almost a deal breaker for me!!! next up on my list of accessories to add.... teal ribbon!!!

[NUMBER SEVEN]

with christmas falling right before the new year, i like to treat myself to a new journaling bible for a fresh start to a fresh season of life.... this esv single column journaling bible with leather flap + strap has been a MAJOR wishlist item for me since i started bible journaling four years ago & i think this year it may just make it under the tree ;)

yes, this fancy little number is a crafty splurge -- but i know just how much value time spent in the Word does for me [and maybe you, too?] which makes spending some hard earned dollars on a gorgeous bible well worth it in my book!

find tons of journaling bibles in a variety of prices here on dayspring!

[NUMBER EIGHT]


so we've already chatted about how much i adore the mega date stamp.... it seems only fitting to add another MEGA friend to the mix with this scotch glue runner, right?? 

i love the fact that this glue runner is PINK [so stinking cute!] and that it holds an insane amount of adhesive.... like i may never run out again!!! i also get a little too excited that i get to use a trigger to run this adhesive gun hahah!! ;)

but for real.... it's time to glue #allthethings, y'all.

[NUMBER NINE]


one of my all time favorite project bags from my shop are these make all the things exodus 31:6 paraphrase collaborations i worked on with my sweet friend kate from the adopt shoppe!  i use this fabulous zipper pouch to store stamps & ink pads when i'm on the go -- it also fits perfectly inside my floral bible bag that i listed above!


kate has these cute scripture cards to match available in her shoppe & they make the perfect sized tip-in to washi tape in your planner or journaling bible :]

[NUMBER TEN]

truly no crafty wishlist would be complete without a little bob ross, am i right??


yes, you are totally seeing that right.  our favorite soft spoken painter, full of wise & encouraging words, is over here just hanging out in my journaling bible.  ol' bob has quickly found his way into the hearts of us bible journalers & i just love the little added quirk he brings to my margins!


i have these little bob ross inspired fabric ephemera swatches available in my etsy shop -- perfect for scrapbooking, bible journaling, card making, or just plain ol' happy thinking!


so there ya have it, friends! my top ten, need to have, gotta love crafty wishlist items! i'd love to know which one is your favorite or what you would add to the list!!!