Monday, August 7, 2017

BHBC bible journaling lifecourse....

i'm so excited to announce that i will be teaching a 14-week-long community group for bible journaling fellowship beginning august 9th at Burnt Hickory Baptist Church in powder springs, georgia! i have personally longed for a group of girls that i could pray + paint alongside, and i can not wait to share my passion for illustrating my faith with others each week!

each week we will be chatting & journaling about topics including:
  • how we were created for community
  • merging art worship + song in a powerful worship collision
  • redeeming love
  • grace + our worth in Christ
  • knowing Jesus as a friend
  • and so much more!
in mid- to late september, we'll kick off our second portion of the course by starting gratitude journals that will help prepare our hearts for a season of thanksgiving!

the course cost is $15 per person + will include two small take-home supply kits as well as access to a wide range of tools & resources to work with each week [paints, stamps, washi + more!].  whether you are new or seasoned at bible journaling, this class will be a wonderful time of fellowship & community with other girls illustrating their hearts out for Christ!  

if you can attend every week, every other week or just once or twice.... we'd love to have you for this class.  we are created for community, and a community of sisters that paints together, stays together ;)

for more info or questions, please email april at

Friday, August 4, 2017

begin anew: a bible journaling workshop!

oh friends! i am SO incredibly excited to finally spill the beans on this fun event that shanna noel + i have been planning the past few months! save the date for august 5th -- we'll be bible journaling, fellowshipping & creatively worshipping our amazing God together in atlanta!!!

BEGIN ANEW will be a fabulous, one day bible journaling workshop located in the greater atlanta metro area.  we have a fabulous day planned for attendees to include two teaching sessions, a delicious catered lunch & lots of take home goodies + prizes!

shanna will be sharing her heart behind starting the illustrated faith ministry saturday morning & teach us some creative basics to get started diving in to the margins of our journaling bibles!  after a time of fellowship + food, i'll lead us further into our margins as we dig deeper into the promises of God's Word for our afternoon session.

you can find full event details + ticket purchase information on our eventbrite page

frequently asked questions....
  • where is the event located?
we'll be holding this atlanta based workshop at Burnt Hickory Baptist Church in powder springs, which is located about an hour outside of the atlanta airport.
  •  do i need to have a journaling bible to attend?
no way, friend!! come just as you are -- whether you are a seasoned bible journaler, just cracking open your very first journaling bible or maybe you've never even owned a bible! we'll get you all taken care of & show you how to get started creatively worshipping right where you are.  other fun ideas for documenting your faith can include vintage hymnals [check ebay or your local thrift store!] or the illustrated faith praise book! each attendee will receive a FREE + totally fun traveler's notebook to create in during the workshop, so even if you don't have a bible or other faith documenting tool, you'll be able to dive right in!!
feel free to bring any creative supplies you feel you would like to use during our workshop, but also know that you don't have to bring anything besides yourself! we'll be supplying TONS of fabulous supplies for you to sample & play with.... think vibrant paints, rolls + rolls of washi tape, fabric scraps + so much more!  plus, each attendee will go home with an amazing workshop kit of supplies to continue worshipping at home!
  • will you have journaling bibles for sale?
we won't have any bibles for sale at the event, however you can purchase one of our favorites on amazon ahead of time to bring with you! 
  • what will the catered lunch be & how much will it cost?
our lunch will be covered in the ticket admission price & will be catered by our friends at Chick-Fil-A!  drink stations will be readily available all day during the event.
  • where can i stay if i'm traveling from out of town?
our church host is located in powder springs, georgia & we are recommending our traveling journalers stay at the hilton marietta hotel + conference center, however you are welcome to stay anywhere else you can find locally! we can't wait to meet you out-of-town ladies!

  • can my daughter/niece/neighborhood teen attend?
um, YES! we would adore to have her -- what an awesome adventure for these sweet, young girls! please keep in mind that we do require anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult [mom, aunt, neighbor] for safety reasons!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

my favorite pens!

i get asked all the time what my favorite pen to use is -- be it for bible journaling, planner girling, or just writing notes to myself or a friend.  so i've put together a pretty little photo gallery showcasing some of my faves!

these skinny minnie pens from me & my big ideas [part of the happy planner line] are super smooth writing & ultra photographic with their sleek black+white designs.  i love the .3 felt nib for writing & each barrel has a different design with cute saying.  you can buy this black+white set at hobby lobby, or grab a pretty colored barrel set on amazon!

i typically use these pens in my MAMBI happy planner or for writing note cards to friends.  thinner paper does tend to show a bit of bleed through [think journaling bible pages], so i hold these back for other projects :]

oh that beloved target dollar spot! it gets me every time, y'all! i have such a collection of their pens, because let's face it.... i need them all ;)

the only fault i find in these pretty [but cheap] pens is how scratchy the ball point is for writing.  i don't love how it feels inking the paper so i do a little "pen surgery" before they officially make it into the collection.... simply unscrew the bottom of the barrel & remove the ink stick + spring.  then grab a pack of these papermate inkjoy pens + swap their ink stick for the cheapo.  writing perfection!

because these are ballpoint pens, you have so much more control over ink flow than a felt tip.  i've never had any issue with bleed through with these little troopers!

my first true love that began my pen collection so long ago.... the papermate flair! these fantastic little felt tip pens come in SOOOO many colors!!! the sky is the limit + the options are endless when it comes to rainbowtizing & color coding with these pens.  i love how smooth they write, they don't have much of an issue with bleed through on thin papered projects & they keep their ink life for so long!

i love to have the tropical collection on hand [they're so pretty i could just sit & stare at their colors all day!] as well as a big box of the slate gray pens.... they are my go to for almost anything & i keep them in my purse at all times! gray ink = heaven!!!

other favorites in my collection include the faber castell pitt big brushes [all. the. colors.] because they are perfect to use in my journaling bible & for inking up stamps!  i also love love love my crayola twistables [not technically a pen, but still worth mentioning!] & these super pretty caroline gardner pens.

so there's a little peek into my pen stash & how they all get used here + there.  i'd love to know what YOUR favorite writing tools are too!

fruit of the spirit pen pouch from

Sunday, April 16, 2017

thoughts on a creative arts bible....

it has been on my heart the past few months to share a bit of the WHY behind my bible journaling technique.  i share pages nearly daily on my instagram account [i'd love if you came by to say hi!] in addition to sharing my devotional time via live instagram stories a few times each week & i get many of the same question asked.... why do you cover the words? 

and as happy as i am to answer that question every time it pops up [because it normally leads a new friend into an "aha!" moment, or spurs a new conversation about Jesus], i thought it would really help to have a more detailed blog post at the ready to share with others.

let me preface my following words with this bit of information.... my journaling bible is used specifically for creative arts worship, and i have a separate pocket NLT bible that i use for reading the word in larger chunks & carrying to church.  i also view my bible as a tool that Jesus has given us to use in a manner that will bring us closer to Him, not as an item to be exalted or to take the place of a personal relationship with him.

my journaling bible is a tool i use specifically to bring my heart closer to God, to His word via meditation of devotionals, verses, quotes, lyrics, etcetera.  during the time i spend creating & coloring & doodling in the margin of my bible, i am engraining that nugget of truth on my heart.... a small whisper from the Holy Spirit tucked away that will be more easily recalled when needed in the future.  my recall of scripture is far greater now than before i began creatively worshiping in my margins.

there are many a page that my paint & stickers extend past the side margin, and for me personally, this is fine.  as i mentioned above, i am focusing one on nugget of the page, one passage of scripture that is speaking volumes into my life.  when i am creating, i am sure to outline the verse[s] that i am focusing on & those words are not covered up, because i want to be able to come back and see my reflection on that particular passage in years to come.

my journaling bibles are legacy pieces that i hope to pass on to my children some day -- a beautiful view of years of my life given over wholly to Jesus, a peek at my struggles & pains, a look at how God's grace covered me during my mothering years.  i love that the Word is alive, that it is growing & living & breathing out Jesus in so many forms.  i love that we live in a time where we have freedom to worship freely & without fear.  i'm so thankful that God, the ultimate Creator, gave us the ability to create for Him, for His glory, to share His goodness in all the land.

i would love to hear your thoughts, friends.  

how has creatively worshiping in your bible changed you & your relationship with Jesus? what are your feelings on extending past the margins of your bible -- do you use it as your only canon of scripture, or do you use it specifically to worship with the creativity gifted to you by our Father?