Sunday, June 26, 2016

Upcoming Workshops & Events

As we near the end of June, I am looking forward to teaching new classes on illustrated Bible journaling in the coming months. Right now I'm spending time with the Lord, studying the Word, illustrating new examples, writing devotional materials, and putting together goody bags in preparation for these upcoming classes and events, so I thought today I'd share a little about what, when and where I'll be teaching.

Every time I teach a workshop on illustrated Bible journaling, I include two components: (1) techniques, tips and ideas for illustrating, and (2) devotionals to help participants dive into the Word. Each class combines these two components as we take time to illustrate our faith.

Intro to Bible Journaling Workshops 

In my Intro to Bible Journaling workshops, we discuss the beginnings of Illustrated Faith Bible Journaling, why and how to use a Journaling Bible (or a Worship Journal if preferred), supply tips and tricks, various journaling styles and techniques, and where to find inspiration for illustrated journaling. I share a devotional and we take time to illustrate our faith in the margins of our Bibles.

This class is perfect for anyone new or just getting started with Bible Journaling, as well as those who have taken a technique workshop but missed the Intro class.

We work in a Journaling Bible, but participants are encouraged to bring any Bible and/or a journal to work in. Participants receive an Illustrated Faith You Rule Bible Mat and Journaling Pen, and all additional items needed to create are provided by myself and the store/church where I'm teaching.

My next Intro to Bible Journaling Workshops are scheduled for:

   Saturday, July 9, 2016 (10:00am-12:30pm)
   Scrappin' Goodtime, Corsicana TX
   (Click HERE for all the details.)

   Saturday, July 30, 2016 (10:00am-12:30pm)
   Personal Scrapbook, Allen, TX
   (Click HERE for all the details.)

Demos & Devotionals Bible Journaling "Crop"

The Demos & Devotionals events are similar to a scrapbooking crop, providing time and space for us to take time to simply work on our illustrated Bible journaling pages. I share short devotionals and product/technique demonstrations (including several make-n-takes) throughout the afternoon. Each participant receives new Bible Journaling product and a goody bag with bits & pieces to use on journaling pages. This event is perfect for those who would like to have some extended time to dive into the Word, try new products, practice techniques, and find ideas for journaling entries.

Participants bring their Bible and/or journal, along with their favorite Bible journaling supplies, for this event designed to help us find time and inspiration to dive into the Word and enjoy creatively illustrating in the margins (or across the entire page!) of our Bibles.

My next Demos & Devotionals Bible Journaling "Crops" are scheduled for:

   Saturday, July 9, 2016 (1pm-7pm)
   Scrappin' Goodtime, Corsicana TX
   (Click HERE for all the details.)

   Saturday, July 30, 2016 (1pm-7pm)
   Personal Scrapbook, Allen, TX
   (Click HERE for all the details.)

Bible Journaling Camp for Teens/Tweens

I am excited to be working on something new this summer - my very first Bible Journaling Camp for tweens & teens. In this camp, we'll spend four fun-filled afternoons diving into the Word, learning illustrated Bible journaling techniques, and creating a personalized Praise Book.

Campers will enjoy a variety of creative activities including coloring, drawing, tracing, painting, cutting, stamping, gluing, and punching, and they'll use a variety of fun products like stickers, watercolors, gelatos, stencils, pens, stamps, colored pencils, and washi tape. They will learn about illustrated Bible journaling (what it is, how it all started) and how they can use these techniques in a Journaling Bible or Worship journal. They will also learn where to find inspiration for illustrated journaling.

All the activities are designed to encourage the use of creativity and color to help participants draw closer to the Lord and strengthen their faith through studying and illustrating the Word. Each session will begin with prayer, and I will share examples and hands-on demonstrations along with devotionals and scriptures for each activity. The camp includes four afternoons, experienced & skilled instruction, set of colored pencils, and use of store supplies and tools to complete several craft projects, including a personalized Praise Book. This class is intended for mature tweens/teens ages 10 and up.

My first Bible Journaling Camp for Tweens/Teens is scheduled for:

   Tues-Fri, August  9-12, 2016 (1pm-4pm)
   Personal Scrapbook, Allen, TX
   (Click HERE for all the details.)

Bible Journaling Technique Workshops

I'm currently also preparing to teach customized technique workshops for a church women's group and two private retreats. I'll be sharing a variety of products and techniques along with devotionals I'm writing specifically for each event.

The complete schedule of my upcoming workshops and events can be found HERE. I am truly blessed to be able to share this FUN hobby with others who want to draw closer to the Lord and use their creative skills to dive into His Word!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Snap 11 - Greeting Cards

Last week I spent a day wandering through the booths at the Great American Scrapbook Convention in Arlington, Texas, and I couldn't help snapping photos of the beautiful card samples! Lots of FUN and so much INSPIRATION!

Joining in today with Helena's meme - Snap - a visually linked set of between 2 and 4 images.  The set can be based on colour or shape or subject.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Sunday Musings - God's Love Is A Circle

Several months ago I stamped an image in my Bible during a class I was teaching about using stamps and stickers for illustrated Bible journaling. One of the class participants had brought some stamps to class, and she graciously offered to let us use them. (Thanks Doris!!!)

I really liked one particular stamp that had a beautiful round image and quote, and I quickly stamped it in the front of my Bible. (In fact, I stamped it so quickly I forgot to use my Bible mat, so I didn't have a smooth surface underneath the page and several small areas of the image did not appear at all!) Last week I took time to trace and color that image.

I stamped this image using Powder Puff Chalking Ink, then outlined it using Micron pens and Zig markers. I colored in some of the elements using colored pencils and used a Glaze pen for the blue dots. 

What I enjoyed most about coloring this image was going around the circle with each color while I meditated on the idea of God's love being a circle. Isn't it awesome that we serve a God who loves us completely and continues to give us His love again and again and again! A circle goes around and around without any breaks in it, just like God's love goes on and on. He never stops loving us!

If you look closely at my image, you can see that it's not perfect. I often got out of the lines with my tracing or coloring, and I simply free-handed the parts that didn't stamp well so it's not exactly symmetrical. But none of that matters because the time I spent thinking about and feeling grateful for God's unfailing love is what makes this image beautiful. Remember, His love is perfect, and He loves us in all our imperfections.

**Did you know that I have an email list for anyone interested in illustrated Bible journaling. I typically send three to four emails each month. One email describes my upcoming workshops and events, while the other emails provide INSPIRATION and links for illustrated Bible journaling and using your creative gifts to dive into the Word. If you're interested in being added to my list, please email me with SUBSCRIBE TO LIST in the subject line.**

Friday, June 17, 2016

50 Things To Do Before I'm 50 - Hike In the Grand Canyon

The fist item on my 50 Things To Do Before I'm 50 list originally read hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. This is one of the few goals that I've wanted to do for years, long before I created my 50 Things list around the time of my 45th birthday. However, the essence of my goal was to visit the Grand Canyon and do some hiking, so I'm perfectly content to check off this item after Robbie and I spent a day hiking along the 2.8 mile South Rim Trail on our Arizona Road Trip earlier this year.

It was an absolutely beautiful morning when we arrived at the Visitor Center parking lot. The temperature was only 54 degrees, but with the sunshine it was the perfect weather for hiking. After picking up a trail map, we headed out and got our first glimpse of the canyon. (Click on any photo in this post for a larger view!)

While I've seen lots of photos and heard reports of how amazing it is, I was still completely awed at the magnitude of the canyon.

There were lots of other hikers, however it never felt really crowded along the trail as it wasn't yet high tourist season.

We took tons of photos along the way.

I used the panoramic mode on my iPhone for this shot.

Along the way I also got lots of practice using the selfie stick.

The views truly were breathtaking.

I even made a few short videos, which I've spliced together here for your enjoyment!

I converted one of my favorite photos to black and white for the page in my 50 Things mini-album. You can see that I marked through to the bottom of and simply added the word in so that my accomplished goal reads: Hike in the Grand Canyon.

Check out my 50 Things To Do Before I'm 50 page to see the entire list and which items I've checked off so far! 

The Color Purple - book review

As I continue working toward my goal to read all the Pulitzer Prize winners in fiction, I'm finding that many of the books are "downers" . . . like the 1983 winner, The Color Purple, by Alice Walker.

I vaguely remember there being a movie based on this book back in the 80s, but I didn't know anything about the story. It turns out that this is a story about a poor black girl, Celie, who becomes a teenage bride and suffers abuse and poverty. It's also the story of her sister, Nettie, who lives with a missionary family in Africa, although we don't learn her story until almost halfway through the book.

The book is written in diary and letter form. There's a good bit of profanity and some explicit sexual scenes (incest, rape & a homosexual relationship between Celie & Shug). The graphic sexual abuse and violence are disturbing, making this story about racism, poverty and inequality difficult to read. While the book has been praised for the "eloquent use of black English vernacular," the poor diction makes it a slow read. And rather than name Celie's husband, he is referred to as Mr. _______. It was also disappointing to me that the spiritual theme was skewed as the characters conclude that everything is God.

Have you read this book? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Spring Break 2015 Scrapped!

The final layout I completed with photos and memories from our 2015 Spring Break vacation is actually the page that will appear first in the series of layouts from that time. Last March, Robbie's brother and his family joined us in Texas for a week, and we enjoyed lots of FUN and adventures . . . some of which I've shared previously (like the Huey UH-1 helicopter ride, the lemon story, visiting Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown, the Terminus BBQ, and Galveston Beach). Here's a look at some of the other places we visited.

San Jacinto Monument - I was having trouble with this layout until I moved the middle photo up and placed the journaling underneath. This format helps emphasize the height of the monument.

I included a little handwritten journaling along with the printed information from a brochure about the monument.

Kemah Boardwalk - There were tons of colorful photos from our time at this waterfront amusement park, so I narrowed them down by choosing ones that best reflected the stories I included.

Frontiers of Flight Museum - We've been to this museum several times, but we were surprised this time to find out there was an outdoor exhibit (as well as the helicopter rides!).

Johnson Space Center - I used a divided pocket page to showcase photos and memorabilia from the space center. There were several new exhibits since Robbie and I first visited back in 2011. The Boeing 747 shuttle aircraft carrier and the shuttle replica Independence were being installed in a new plaza outside the Visitor Center. The plaza wasn't open at that time, but now visitors can tour the plane and the shuttle. (We just might need to make another trip to Houston soon!)

There was one exhibit that Robbie was particularly excited to see - the Galileo shuttlecraft! This is the largest prop from the original Star Trek television series - so FUN to see this piece of iconic sci-fi history. (Of course, Robbie had a trading card that I could use on my layout!)

I also created a pocket page to hold maps from the space center and showcase our group photo.

And, finally, the last page I created. I had saved this Scrapbook Customs Texas themed paper specifically for the title page. I added two random photos of the six of us, a few stickers and a short paragraph of journaling.

Journaling reads: We were so excited when Tommy, Kathy, Thomas and Jacob arrived in Texas. From the time we met up at In & Out to the Terminus BBQ, a day in Dallas, and four days on the road to Houston, Galveston and Beaumont, we enjoyed every minute of it . . . except, of course, that trip to the Emergency Room and Tommy's kidney stone pain!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Snap 10 - Hand Decorated Theme Cookies

When I stop by our local library to pick up a good book or attend a book club meeting, I can't resist snapping a photo of the hand decorated theme cookies at the cafe in the lobby!

Joining in today with Helena's meme - Snap - a visually linked set of between 2 and 4 images.  The set can be based on colour or shape or subject.

Friday, June 3, 2016

House Made of Dawn - book review

The short paragraph on the back of the paperback edition of the 1969 Fiction Pulitzer Prize winner, House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday, describes the story like this:

A young Native American, Abel has come home from a foreign war to find himself caught between two worlds. The first is the world of his father's, wedding him to the rhythm of the seasons, the harsh beauty of the land, and the ancient rites and traditions of his people. But the other world - modern, industrial America - pulls at Abel, demanding his loyalty, claiming his soul, goading him into a destructive, compulsive cycle of dissipation and disgust. And the young man, torn in two, descends into hell.

However, only about one-fourth of the book tells the story of Abel! The book is divided into four sections:

Section 1 occurs in and around the Indian village of Abel's youth, although he plays only a minor part. The story wanders between his grandfather, the town missionary, and a white woman renting a nearby house. Abel is mentioned very sporadically - when his grandfather picks him up from the bus station (he stumbles off the bus drunk), after he chops wood for the white woman they are intimate, he stabs and kills an albino Indian after a day of drinking and celebrations.

Section 2 occurs in Los Angeles and centers around the "Priest of the Sun" and shares several of his rambling and difficult to follow sermons.

Section 3 is told from the first person perspective of a friend of Abel's in Los Angeles. He recounts how Abel came to Los Angeles after having grown up on a reservation, served in the military, killed a man, and spent time in prison. Most of the stories revolve around them working and getting drunk. Abel's drinking finally causes him to lose his job, and he eventually ends up with lots of broken bones after a drunken fight. His friend puts him on a bus back home.

Section 4 is short and is set once again in the Indian village. There are some stories of his grandfather and then we see Abel sitting with his grandfather as he dies.

This book was written in very flowery prose (which was not surprising after I learned that the author is also a published poet) and was very difficult to follow. I was well over halfway through the book before I felt there was any plot line at all, and it was not a very strong one. I'm glad this was a relatively short book and firmly place it in the batch of Pulitzer prize winners that I would not read again or recommend.

Have you read this book or anything else from this author?