Tuesday, October 17, 2017

word nerd.... weeks 1/2


this month is seriously flying by in a tornado-fast whirlwind.  but i'm working my very hardest to carve out time every single day to be in the Word.... because i want to be a bible nerd when i grow up! and the illustrated faith "word nerd" devo is making those childlike hopes+dreams come true!

here's a peek into my first two weeks of this devotional....


the focus for week one was the first chapter of the gospel of john.  we were prompted to read through the familiar words & pick out or take note of something that we hadn't previously caught in prior readings.

since i was still fresh off of the created to create 2 kit, i immediately had all the heart eyes for the first five verses, but specifically verses three & four....
God created everything through Him, and nothing was created except through Him. the Word gave life to everything that was created....
L O V E!!!! i documented this page in my journaling bible & spent the rest of the week in my word nerd DIY booklet [see the full work up, hyperlapse process video & details HERE].


my intentions with these monthly DIY booklets are to always bring a prayer to God before i dig any deeper -- give over anything that may hold me back from truly connecting with Him through this creative art worship.  i used a tip-in from the faith>fear collection & sewed it on a piece of paper from the gratitude documented 6x8 paper pad.



i am loving this month's prompt/journaling cards that simply have a bible verse for us to freely work through.  i'm using these cards for translation journaling [super helpful for scripture recall] & i just run them straight through my pretty mint typecast typewriter.  i use my BFF google to pull up multiple translations of the verse -- easy peasy!



i also truly enjoy finding creative ways to work through each of the little paper scraps & tip-ins i include in my DIY booklet at the beginning of the month.  i never know what will be on my future heart as i create the booklet, but i love having all of the extra little spaces to document & create little memories of this devotion.

oh & you know i had to put a chicken on it ;)


week two brought us to the story of joshua & jericho [joshua chapters 2, 5 + 6] & our journaling card prompted more study in this book in chapter 1 verse 8....
study this book of instruction completely.  meditate on it day & night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it.  only then will you prosper & succeed in all you do.


more fun scripture translating was had as i banged out letters on my typewriter.  




weeks one & two in the word nerd devotion have been SO amazing & i can't wait to jump into the next two weeks!!! have you grabbed up your kit -- and if so, are you NERDING OUT?!

pssst -- it's never too late to join us for created to create 2 [[OR]] word nerd! october 16th-23rd, you can grab either kit for 25% off at dayspring with the coupon code FAMILY.  woohoo!

Monday, October 16, 2017

gratitude gathering.... atlanta area bible journaling event


i'm so excited to share this fun news with y'all!! i'm working with my friends at hobby lobby to begin bringing a handful of bible journaling gatherings to the atlanta area! our first crop meet up will be in hiram [about an hour outside of atlanta, near douglasville] and we will be fellowshipping & crafting with the new illustrated faith gratitude documented goodies together!

we'll be bible journaling in small group form [we're only offering 20 seats per gathering] to encourage deeper connections with local creative friends.  come play with a huge spread of fun paints, stamps, washi tapes, paper pieces + more....  pssst! i'll even be bringing a sewing machine with me for some fab paper stitching fun!

we'll also be sharing a walk through for an adorable make & take gratitude flip book!




we hope you'll join in for this incredible one day gathering event -- come meet other believers who understand the same love for color + journaling and leave fulfilled & ready to document some gratitude this season!

find all the details & grab your tickets on our eventbrite page HERE!

Monday, October 2, 2017

illustrated faith: word nerd devotional kit


i'm so excited, y'all!!! i've been playing around with the new illustrated faith devotional kit "word nerd" for the last few days [did you see my first bible page with this kit??] & it is going to be SO much fun to dig into the Word with this month :]

last month, i made a DIY ring booklet for my created to create 2 devotional kit & i loved the way it helped me to interact with the devotional on a daily basis.  lots of places to journal & process makes my creative heart oh-so-happy!

so this month i'm making another similar booklet & i thought it would be fun to upload my hyperlapse process video to youtube so you can watch how i created this month's book!


supply-wise, i just gathered up my devotional content cards + journaling cards that are included in the word nerd kit, as well as some random bits+bobs i had laying about.... shipping tags, scrapbook paper [here + here + here], tip-ins [i used ones from the illustrated faith 'you are loved' and 'faith>fear' collections] along with some colorful doilies




i'm obsessed with the fancy pants alpha ephemera pieces [similar ones here] & love including them in my booklets -- i sewed this A on a leftover piece of kraft cardstock layered on a hot pink doily for a bright spot to journal later on this month.


this little spot right here might be one of my favorites! i ripped up some scrapbook paper [from the illustrated faith 'you are loved' 6x8 paper pad.... i hoard this paper, y'all!], layered a jumbo shipping tag & a printable journaling spot from the 'in His image' collection found in the IF digital shop.  i sewed a set of stitches down the left like a book binding & created this fun tri-layer journaling spot! i can't wait to fill this little gem up with prayers & thoughts in a few weeks :]


um, i also thought it would be cute to have a fun picture of me with my DIY booklet so i asked my resident photographer [amelia, the seven year old] to assist.... this was the batch of snaps she hand-picked to share with y'all!! hah!

i hope you'll all join in for this month as we nerd out in the scriptures together!! grab your word nerd kit HERE [make sure you use the coupon code IFSHIPSFREE for free domestic shipping] & tag me on instagram with all of your #if_wordnerd DIY booklet pics!!

Friday, September 29, 2017

created to create bible journaling starter kit review....

hey sweet loves of mine!! i am super excited to bring y'all a fun review of the newly released created to create bible journaling STARTER KIT.... it's packed full of everything you need to get your feet wet in art worshipping.  
whether you are creating in a journaling bible, praise book, vintage hymnal or maybe just a personal journal, this kit will have tons of tools + resources that you're going to love!
so as you can tell from my video review.... i'm totally obsessed with this storage box hah! ;) i just love every little thought that goes into the details of the illustrated faith products.... from verse prompts found on die cuts + date stamps to the beautiful designs on packaging.  so. much. pretty!!!!



and all those beautiful goodies inside?? um, YES PLEASE! 

i think if i had to choose just one fabulous item housed inside this kit as my favorite.... it would be that pretty pink washi.  or maybe the cute little die cut paper pieces.  no wait.... the devotional booklet.  okay nevermind choosing just one -- i love it all so much, y'all!!!

i'm so excited to have this kit in my hands & i'm even MORE excited [is it possible??] to be able to gift this kit on to one of you sweeties! i'm so thankful for my friends over at dayspring + illustrated faith for helping to make this fun giveaway possible.

one lucky lady is going to win this exact created to create starter kit!!  enter through the rafflecopter giveaway portal below & we'll announce our winner next tuesday! xo
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

speaking hard truths....


remember that one time we adopted two boys from taiwan & then i never talked about it again for like 18 months.....

i've shared bits + pieces very sporadically since we brought home our sons last summer, but as a whole i have not shared my personal struggle through this season mostly out of shame & embarrassment.  adopting our boys was nothing like my heart + mind had expected after watching many other families bring home their precious little ones.  

i've struggled [i still struggle] with attachment & expressing love for our boys.  i've cried at least an entire river's worth of tears in frustration, agony, anger and confusion.  i mean, if God tugged on our hearts to pursue adoption & called us specifically to this file with two precious little boys that i loved so easily on paper + through skype.... why is my heart betraying me & these relationships i've had eighteen months to cultivate & grow?

looking back now, i realize i was probably watching the highlight reel of these other families.  the good, pretty moments that were captured [if they're anything like me] just for instagram + facebook.  i don't say that negatively, friends.... i'm totally the same way.  if i can snap a moment that has all three kiddos smiling with no fingers up a nose i'm for sure gonna post it & quote some sort of cliche funny mom moment thing i found on pinterest before they go back to digging out each other's boogers ;) 

so it's been almost a year and a half since we became a family of five & God has been faithful.  He has been so so so faithful.  in the past year and a half, i have learned the TRUE meaning of grace, forgiveness, second chances & redemption.  God had very specific plans in store for me on this journey.  yes, our two little guys needed a home.... they needed our home & God set all of that in to action.  but He also knew that i needed some serious lessons in love & humility.  He knew that i would have opportunities to share His faithfulness in the storm & that i would have a platform to reach out to other women going through hardships [maybe adoption, maybe something else]....

this season of hard has been incredibly rewarding.  i have met so many women who have hugged me & ugly cried with me saying "me too, me too, me too" that i would have never connected with if i had not gone through this valley.  God is refining me, and He continues to do so on a daily basis.

the days are long, but the months have flown by since cord & colter became our sons that day we drove away from the orphanage.  i no longer cry desperately in anger & confusion.  there's still a whole lot of frustration-based cryfests.... but i think all of us moms go through that on the daily ;) 

i continue to press in to God's goodness & His promises on the hard days.  today i was incredibly comforted by hebrews 13:20-21....
now may the God of peace equip you with all you need for doing His will.  may He produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to Him.  all glory to Him forever & ever! amen.



i share my story not for attention [goodness knows it would all be negative], but to bring glory to God.  His power is made so much greater when i share my weaknesses [2 corinthians 12:9] & i'll keep on sharing these hard truths so that He can be made known, so others can be encouraged, and so i can look back to watch the good growth that came from a desert season.

God has promised faithfulness for my family & He won't fail to equip + refine me to be the best mother for my three babes.  whatever your hardship is today friend, i pray that you find the same peace in God's faithfulness on your own journey.

Monday, September 25, 2017

a new IF devotional kit -- WORD NERD!

hiya friends!!! what an exciting monday today is -- the new illustrated faith devotional kit 'WORD NERD' is now available to order through dayspring!! 

[cue the trumpets, the angelic choir, the crazy 1990's dance moves]



i was seriously over the moon excited to tear into this new kit after seeing the instagram sneak peeks shanna's been sharing & the goodies inside my little kraft mailer did NOT disappoint!  but really.... no IF devo kit ever does ;)

i know for sure that i want to create another DIY booklet for the upcoming month, but i couldn't help myself from playing a little bit in the front of my bible with this new kit today.


i used a loose version of paint stripe scraping that heather greenwood recently shared on the illustrated faith blog.  my stripes never really go down as clean as hers, but it gives a really awesome abstract background nonetheless.  add some white paint on a piece of bubble wrap & voila! i had fabulous painty background to play with!


i really can't wait to dig into the devotional content in the word nerd kit! last month spoke so deeply to me with the reboot of the created to create kit & i know that this month will give me even more heart whispers + desire to dig deep into the Word.

so i gotta know, friends.... are you joining me for the #if_wordnerd?? be sure you use the coupon code 'IFSHIPSFREE' when you check out at dayspring for free domestic shipping on all your bible journaling goodies :]

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