Thursday, November 9, 2017

gratitude documented -- day nine [tutorial]

hey loves! the gratitude documented project is in full swing & i am loving each day's prompt more than the last!! i knew i would really dig in deep for today's prompt [day nine -- children] as i am very open & honest about my own struggles throughout our adoption journey.

i've been intentionally keeping my daily gratitude pages simple + text heavy [as opposed to art focused] so that i don't feel overwhelmed with this project this month....

overwhelmed by documenting thanks.... the irony of that is not lost on me, friends.

i knew that i would want to create something very special for today's prompt, however.  through God's divine nature & incredible timing, the "children" prompt also landed on world adoption day & i knew that God was whispering straight to my heart.... 'just lean in, april.'

i spent an hour or so meditating & praying over psalm 127:3-5 as i fussy cut these block alphabet pieces [using the gratitude documented collection papers & a block font printed in a word document] for a big, funky tip-in piece in my bible.  here's a quick hyperlapse process video for this part of my margin art....

alternately, i totally could have used my spellbinders die cutting machine or a silhouette to create the alphas, but the time spent hand-cutting & meditating did so much good for my heart.
i used my sewing machine to attach the letters to the paper piece backing, however you could totally use any type of adhesive [tape runner, glue stick, etc] to get the job done, too!

if you do go in & sew the alphas, just move super slow.  it's SEW easy to do -- i don't adjust any of my settings or change needles or anything.  just whip it in, whip it out, done.

when i opened my bible up to psalm 127:3-5 [verse found via the free illustrated faith prompt sheet found here], i saw that i had already filled that margin with a little note to myself several months ago. the encouragement i had journaled there was one i knew then that i would look back on throughout the coming months during my current hard season.  

again.... those God whispers are so real, y'all!

so i chose to journal on the opposite page.  i used my mint typewriter to transcribe the prompt verse from the passion translation, which i attached to the back of my alpha tip-in.

i also created a cute little herringbone arrow + heart piece to notate the verse located on the opposite page.  i used some of the sticker elements from my illustrated faith gratitude devotional set for this & i love the little pop of color it gives!

this page was so fun to create & i feel so inspired by the beautiful gratitude documented collection colors.  even though i'm aiming for simplicity in my margins this month, it's so much fun to break out & just creatively PLAY, too.  the time is always well spent when it's diving in to the Word of God!


  1. I love this. Your heart, your creativity, your transparency. My favorite part of this particular page is the peekaboo acorns on the back of your tip in. That paper is SO cute! Thanks for all you do, for sharing, for being real, for (what was it you said in an instagram live?) your Bible being a representation of your life. Bless you, friend.

    1. thank you sweet mollie! you are such a great encouragement & i'm glad you loved this page too!! xo

  2. Hi April, I just had to let you know, I got a sewing maching for my anniversary today . . thanks to you introducing me to yours at the class earlier this month. YAY! So excited! Thanks for all your inspiration! Love, Beth