Stained Art for Everyone

I really enjoy http://www.hometalk.com – they gather some of the neatest DIY ideas!  I ran across this cute tutorial a few days ago…. ways to create faux stained glass – go figure!  I haven’t tried it yet, but wanted to share before I forgot about it – if you decide to give it a go, please let me know how it turned out & be sure to share a photo!

Click on the image below to open the tutorial 🙂

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DIY Faith Planner

Heather Greenwood

Heather Greenwood – Faith Planner

In my Pinterest explorations on Bible Art Journaling, I stumbled across a post by Heather Greenwood sharing her thoughts on a Faith Planner…. BRILLIANT!!!!!  Click on the photo (right) to link to her website for details.  Heather has an Etsy shop too with all sorts of faith planning goodies!

Off to Amazon I went…searching for planners…then officedepot.com, franklin covey.com, and every other dot com I could think of… personal planners were a bit small for me – hey, I write big….I need room

Here’s what I came up with:

My Custom Faith Planner

My Custom Faith Planner

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Supply List:

  • 5.5×8.5 3-ring binder
  • 5.5×8 notebook filler paper
  • 12×12 sheets scrapbook paper (4 sheets)
  • Post-It Pockets
  • glue
  • stickers, journaling cards, stamps, decorative goodies

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Dividers:

I couldn’t find dividers I liked, so I winged it and made some!

To create the front of the divider, cut a piece of scrapbook paper 6×8.5; if you want pockets, cut another piece 6x~4 (tall enough to catch the middle binder clasp)

To create the divider tabs, I folded a paper scrap eye-balled to the size I like – make sure it’s long enough the secure to the divider.  In retrospect I glued mine out a bit too much and they stick out when the binder is closed.  To avoid this mistake, dry fit the tab with the binder closed and pencil mark for placement.

Once the tabs are glued in place, create the “pocket” by running a small bead of glue along the bottom and outer edge of the pocket and attach to the backside of the divider

Using a sheet of filler paper as a guide, punch holes in dividers.

Pages:

At first I considered stamping the filler paper headings and changed my mind REALLY fast! My quick solution was to create a Word document with text boxes at the top of each page (1 page per section) – the beauty of this approach is that you can easily customize the wording, font and size! When printing, choose custom paper (5×7), load printer with filler paper.  Be sure to print a test page to ensure it has the look you want and paper is loaded correctly. When you’re satisfied, choose number of copies you want and you’re set!

Assembly:

The first binder I made was a birthday gift, so I loaded it up with stickers and journaling cards.  I also included some shipping labels I customized with distress inks.  Click below for the slideshow – enjoy!

If you decide (or already have one) to make a Faith Planner, I’d love to hear about them!

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Curious About Bible Art Journaling?

Recently I’ve posted about Bible Art Journaling…if you’re interested, but haven’t quite wrapped your head around the how-tos…Rebekah Jones is a precious blogger & artist not only willing to share her journey into Bible Art Journaling, she recently interviewed other bloggers/artists getting their point of view on this hot topic.

I encourage you to visit Rebekah’s website! She has loads of info, videos, and best of all…devotionals with each tutorial!

To meet Rebekah and link to the interview, simply click on the photos below

Here’s one of Rebekah’s recent tutorials – enjoy!

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Bible Art Journaling – What’s Your Agenda???

It came!  After what seemed like months (actually just a couple of weeks), my journaling Bible arrived!  I must admit…the first night I looked through my new Bible, thinking about which book… which verse… would be the first in my art journaling adventure….those initial feelings…those feelings of making my Bible “ugly” and held me back months ago, came flooding in again….and so I gently laid it on the nightstand for another day.

The next morning I woke with determination to push past unrealistic expectations and just do it…start the art journaling process! After all, I was prepared…I was confident my artwork would be fine – after all, I watched tons of videos, practiced on little projects for months, and while far from talented I felt acceptable.  And so I started…

Michaelangelo? Far from it!!!! Actually, it was kinda close to a mess…kinda like me!

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  • pencil marks (curvy lines) wouldn’t erase, but smeared instead…
  • the ink pen I purchased specifically for journaling bled through; and
  • the distress stain recommended for its translucency was pretty awful bleeding through A LOT ….

so much for that confidence…

 

 

And then a thought hit me last night…what exactly was my motivation in journaling???? Was it to dig deeper into God’s Word? OR… was it to show off?? How much did pride factor into starting this endeavor?????

Although I’m certain digging deeper was a component, my reaction to results revealed something else… in some way could I have been seeking approval or confirmation???  Obviously, there’s still a part of me trying to be good enough for God.  I’m so thankful He uses the simplest things to show me where pieces of my heart lie…

In retrospect, the verse I landed on (Luke 6:45) now speaks volumes…

A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart…

Earlier this week I was sharing how great it is that God is using Bible journaling as a tool to grow us.  As for my growth and confidence level??? I was reminded where my confidence belongs…in God – not myself! What a wonderful lesson – all from a simple exercise.  My acceptance has nothing to do with art – God cares about my heart.

Bible Art Journaling 101

Last year when I started chemo, I wanted something to do during the 4 hours I was stuck in a chair.  I discovered the concept of bible art journaling on Pinterest.  Convinced I wasn’t artistic and for fear of it looking “ugly,” I couldn’t bring myself to doodle in my bible.

Instead, I opted to start a gratitude art journal. Well, after the first infusion all I did for 4 hrs was pretty much sleep and the art journaling idea defaulted to coloring in bed! I’ve loved coloring since I was a kid…very therapeutic and relaxing! I wanted to combine my love of “Words to Live By”  with coloring, so I found some precious inspirational coloring pages and glued them into my art journal.   I also attempted adding lettering myself, which was ok, but I was more stressed over how they looked vs embracing the message! Sort of misses the point, don’t you think???

Then a great thing happened….my sister-in-law shared a link on Facebook to artist, Joanne Sharpe of Whimspirations- needless to say, my curiosity was peaked! Off to You Tube I went to find tutorials by Joanne – she has the gift if inspiring students to embrace their own handwriting vs trying to imitate someone else…go figure! She makes art lettering FUN! I browsed her blog to discover online classes and decided on her “Share Your Awesome Life” class – it’s been a game changer! It’s liberating, relaxing, and just plain ole FUN! Although I’m still working through the actual lessons, I’ve ventured off to trying things on my own.

For Mother’s Day, I made little ring cards – a good bit of work since I wanted to make TEN! I loved it though…  here are a few… 

Needless to say, my confidence is soaring – not because I’m “good” – I’m confident because I’ve released unrealistic expectations and chosen to embrace allowing God to speak to me through simple artistic expression – it’s pretty cool and highly therapeutic!

I’ve since ordered a journaling bible – it seems bible art journals are all the rage these days!! When I originally considered bible journaling, local stores had them in stock – now? Good luck! I ordered a NIV Journaling Bible through Amazon  a couple of weeks ago and looking forward to the day it arrives! There are loads of examples on Pinterest and tutorials on You Tube

And if you’re thinking “Buying tons of stickers, stamps, papers, etc. doesn’t exactly fit into my budget…”   expressing your faith artistically doesn’t have to be expensive! You can use coloring pencils or crayola markers/highlighters – just like each of our journeys are unique, so is expressing yourself. Start simple, but start…and have FUN –  God is waiting to speak to and through you!!!!

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