Saturday, September 19, 2015

My Book by Book project!

I've been working on my book by book project for Bible journaling.  And it's making a lot of progress!  The page is here: Bible Journaling by Book on Pinterest

There are currently about 3200  pins.  I've done most of them, but I also found some volunteers to help collaborate.  (I'd still love to add more collaborators!! Just let me know!)

Psalms is the biggest board with almost 800 pins.  There are quite a few books that really need some pins. Most are small like Jude and Philemon. But I'm also lacking pictures for Daniel, Numbers, and 1 & 2 Samuel.

My purpose in creating this board was to have place to get inspiration for a specific verse. I looked and couldn't find one, so I made my own.

For example, if I wanted to journal Hebrews 6:19: "We have this hope as an anchor for the soul" (NIV).  The obvious idea would be to use the word "hope" and a picture of an anchor.  But what picture? How should I arrange it?  Here are several options:

Source: Beautylish (this is actually a tattoo pattern!)

Source: Gracelaced (available as a print!)

Source: TimewarpWife (This is the site that got me started on Bible Journaling!)

Source: unknown (please let me know if this is yours and I'll credit it!)

Source: @bumbleandbristle

Source: Rachel WoJo

Source: Karlie Winchell

Source: Faith Art Inspiration

Source: Sentiments and Scrapbooks
Source: unknown (please let me know if this is yours and I'll credit it!)
Source: unknown (please let me know if this is yours and I'll credit it!)
Source: Taz & Belly

Friday, September 18, 2015

My newest pages

I have often said that I am not creative, but I can re-create or modify something other people do.  Here are some examples of my recent journals, as well as the page that inspired it. I've been finding a lot of inspiration and sorting them on my new Pinterest page. Bible Journaling by Book.

Inspiration: Colossians 1:27. (Yes, I realized I got the passage wrong. I'll figure out a way to fix it!)
Source: Jennifer @Our_Grateful_Hearts

My interpretation. I didn't add the flowers, but I like the way it turned out. (Except, of course, the typo!)

This was kind of a summary of points from Ephesians. While the monochromatic page looks good in the sample, I decided to make mine rainbow.
Source: 1ArtHouse (who does some really cool step-by-step doodles!)

My version using gel pens.

This incredible picture is just too cute for words! I love the curls!!
Source: peggy apl seed

 My version.  I used water color pencils, but I have not yet decided if I am going to wet it or leave it. I really like the way it turned out.

Galatians 5: 22-23--The fruit of the Spirit
I found quite a few ideas, but I loved the idea of the canning jars.
I believe the original used stickers. 
Source: Uploaded by user. (If this is yours, please let me know and I'll link back!)

 My version. I had drew the jars and I used water color pencils.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Book by book resourse!

I wanted an easy resource to find samples of Bible journaling for various passages.  So I created a
Bible Journal by Book board on Pinterest!

There are 58 boards (I put the 1 & 2s and the 1, 2, 3s together). I also added a board for "unfiled" (ones that looked cool, but I couldn't easily identify the book) and one for "Hymns" for pages with journaled hymnals or hymns. I have at least one pin in every folder.

If you would like to help with a book (or two or 20!), follow the board (link below) and them send a message through pinterest so I have the correct name. Also let me know which specific boards you'd like to help with. There are currently over 600 pins! Most of them are specifically journaled, but I also found some good lists and such that would help with journaling (especially in the Old Testament history books.) Journaling by Book

Monday, August 17, 2015

Journaling about Purpose

I attend a "Purpose Driven Church" and one of the ministries I'm involved in helps people find their SHAPE for ministry. Recently I've been meditating--and journaling--about purpose.

"We all have different gifts, each of which came by God's grace!"  
Open your gifts and use them for God's glory!
Romans 12:6
"Many are the plans in a man's heart, but God's purpose prevails"
Proverbs 19:21
"Being confident of this....He who began a good work in me will be faithful to complete it in me".
I love the idea of a puzzle that is a work in progress.  We know the picture will be complete, but right now it's a work in progress--just like us!
Philippians 1:6
"I have brought you glory to the earth by completing the work You gave me to do"
I hope I can say that one day.
John 17:4
"I consider my life worth nothing if only I may finish the race and complete the task Jesus gave me"
As a runner, I love the references to running a race.
Acts 20:14
"We are God's masterpiece (or workmanship) created for good works in Christ".
I imagined my picture, hanging in an art gallery. God designed me perfectly, and he created me to do good works in Christ!
Ephesians 2:10
"Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witneses, let us throw off everything that hinders and run the race marked out for us".
Another great running reference.  During my last 10K, I fell early on, but I kept going. Toward the end of the race, I was feeling weighed down, and I began to, literally, throw off everything that hindered me. (It was the Alien Chase, and I had extra arms and legs attached to my shirt.)
Hebrews 12:1

"And we know that ALL things [not just some things] work together for good to those you love God, to those who are called according to His purpose."
Many years ago, I heard a speaker talk about this verse. She said "God works all things for good.  That doesn't mean all things are good". And she began to talk about cake.  You add sugar, flour, eggs, salt, and other ingredients to make a cake.  A spoonful of sugar, a pinch of salt or even a cup of sugar will not taste good alone.  But together, they work together to make a cake.  Later, I took that and preached my first sermon for a women's group.  
Romans 8:28

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Proverbs 21-25

Can you Andre the tent in the corner of the roof? 
Baby, teen, Mom and Grandma--stages of life
Oops! I need to fix this! Should be chapter 23!
This time I played with lettering
Apples of gold

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Mixing up fonts

I've been noticing that the K LOVE Radio "Encouraging Word" often has a nice mix of fonts. So I decided to capture them into a concise document to give me ideas. I have no idea how to post a PDF file (feel free to let me know!) But if you e-mail me, I'll send it to you!  Here are a few examples. The last one is not a verse, but I love the font!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Fun with Fonts 1

It's fun to play with fonts and mix and match them.  I found the coolest (free!!) online tool to compare all the fonts on your computer! (I found the tip here).  The webiste is  You type a word or phrase in the box and hit "load fonts" and it will give a bunch of options. (Mine displayed 93 fonts and gave me the option to load more fonts five times. (I have a lot of fonts, continue reading!)

You have a few options (in the black bar across the top) like making them negative, making them smaller or larger, or even comparing selected fonts.

Here, I compared a few of the fonts. 

It gets better! While I was putting this blog post together, I decided to see if I could do a longer phrase! I can!  First I did a short phrase (7 words)

Next I tried a longer phrase!  It still works!  Some of the letters are a little cramped, but this would be great to get an idea of how to write a phrase in a cool font!