Friday, May 19, 2017

Teach the Young Women

I've shared the story and illustrated Bible journaling page about my mentor Ms Faye in previous blog posts. Today, I'm honored to have a guest post about mentoring on the Sweet to the Soul Ministries blog.

My new friend and the founder of Sweet to the Soul ministries, Jana Kennedy-Spicer, created a beautiful free Bible journaling printable to go along with the post. I downloaded the freebie and printed it on sticker paper to create a page in my interleaved Bible.

I began these pages by adding yellow acrylic paint as a base for the title and to highlight the scriptures about mentoring in Titus chapter 2. All the other elements are from the free printable. I added in my journaling with a black Micron pen.

I'd love for you to pop over and check out my guest post and download the freebie for your own journaling and crafting!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday #16

For the first time in 2 1/2 months, the front room table is completely clean!

If you saw my post yesterday, you already know that last week I completed the two-volume scrapbook-for-hire project I've been working on as time allowed over the past couple of months. It felt so good to create title blocks for the front of these albums and deliver them to my client.

The two albums hold a total of 146 layouts. Two-thirds of the pages are 12x12 layouts with cardstock and patterned paper backgrounds with a combination of photos and memorabilia.

The other third of the pages are various 12x12 divided page protectors that mostly hold photos.

This was a FUN project - creating the layouts, sorting and editing photos, and "visiting" the many sites and countries that my client toured during the 14-day trip. Now, I really want to cruise the Mediterranean!

Joining in with Julia at Stamping Ground for What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday. What's on your workdesk this week? 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Monday's Mail Memo (on Tuesday)

Wow, Monday slipped by quickly this week . . . and most of Tuesday, too. Last week was a very productive week, but, first, the mail.

Robbie received a FUN box one day.

The Legion of Collectors is similar to a scrapbooking kit club, except this one is for comic/toy/trading card collectors.

The theme this month was Wonder Woman, so the box was filled with an array of Wonder Woman collectibles.

Once again, my happy mail consisted of new books!

I also had a special delivery from Robbie mid-week . . .

. . . because it's good to have a little chocolate on hand when I'm finishing up a big project, like this two-volume scrapbook-for-hire job that I delivered to a happy client on Friday!

I spent Saturday sharing lessons from the Book of Esther and teaching new illustrated Bible journaling techniques to this group of beautiful ladies.

Robbie and I also found time to visit our local outdoor flea market over the weekend. I snapped a few photos of projects we'd like to try.

Waving hello (a little late this week) to all the Mondayers joining in with Sian this year as we share memos and mail on Monday!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday #15

A quick post this morning to share my craft table, where I'm creating two Mother's Day cards - one to go in the mail this afternoon, and one to be hand delivered on Sunday. Once these are completed, it's back to work on the custom scrapbook-for-hire project that I'm determined to complete this week!

Joining in with Julia at Stamping Ground for What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday. What's on your workdesk this week? 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Monday's Mail Memo - Incoming & Outgoing Happy Mail

I spent the majority of last week working on the custom scrapbook-for-hire project that is almost complete, then celebrating interNational Scrapbook Day on Saturday.

There were a few pieces of incoming Happy Mail during the week: (1) a high school graduation announcement for a friend's daughter, (2) a card from my friend Darlene with a copy of the devotional from April 30, which is all about journaling in Bibles, and (3) a wonderful handwritten note tucked inside a package of trading cards Robbie purchased on eBay.

Here's a closer look at the note.

I was busy yesterday preparing outgoing Happy Mail: a couple of graduation cards & gifts, cards saying hello to two sweet friends, and a sympathy card for the family of a dear sweet missionary who passed away in India last week at 87-years-old. (All of the cards came from my pre-made stash)

Waving hello to all the Mondayers joining in with Sian this year as we share memos and mail on Monday!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

The Woman's Study Bible

I have quite a few Bibles (hardback, paperback, leather bound, study Bibles, journaling Bibles, illustrated Bibles) in a variety of translations (KJV, NKJV, NIV, HCS, ESV, Amplified, Interlinear). While I utilize many of these, my favorite version for studying the Word is the New King James Version. So, I was delighted to receive The NKJV Woman's Study Bible (free from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review).

This Bible is absolutely beautiful! The gorgeous floral design on the cloth cover is carried throughout the Bible in full color as a header at the beginning of each book and as frames around the 300+ topical articles. This somewhat hefty book has a lay-flat binding and large readable text. There are quotes from godly women scattered throughout and numerous study aids: verse-by-verse study notes, biographical portraits of 100+ biblical women, book introductions and outlines, topical index, concordance, maps, charts, timelines, etc.

I was preparing to teach illustrated Bible journaling workshops on the book of Ruth when I received this Bible, so I immediately turned to Ruth and read through the study materials and articles. I especially like how the notes and various features of this Bible appeal to women's interests and highlight women throughout scriptures.

I'm looking forward to studying the book of Esther this week as I prepare for more workshops this coming Saturday. This is definitely a Bible I'll be picking up often as I dive into the Word! If you're looking for a new study Bible or a gift for a special woman in your life, I highly recommend this one.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

February Scrapped

I had intended to scrap our February stories and photos in March. I did, in fact, print the photos and sort the memorabilia, but I actually only completed one layout toward that goal during the month of March.

This page showcases screenshots I took of our twin nieces opening their birthday cards & gifts. I included two doily dresses to match the ones on their cards. This layout is based on a sketch from the old BPC 28 Days of Sketches class. As part of my goal to review these old classes, I printed a copy of all 28 sketches and am using them for INSPIRATION.

In April, I completed one more layout, which I shared HERE. I spent today celebrating interNational Scrapbook Day here at home, scrapbooking the remaining photos and stories. I used this Scrapbook & Cards Today 2-page sketch as INSPIRATION for a layout about the Fresh Grounded Faith event.

I took several liberties with the sketch as I had more photos. I cut the title and other labels from the brochure I received at the event and added in a little handwritten journaling.

The one-page layout about the DIY Cardmaking class I taught at the library is also based on a sketch from the old BPC 28 Days of Sketches class.

Of course, I had to use another doily dress on this layout since I taught that FUN technique to the ladies in this class.

I used a 6-pocket divided page protector for the next two layouts. The front has journaling about Robbie being really sick at the beginning of the month and his boss bringing by ingredients for chicken soup. The other photos depict some of the meals we had at home and out during the month.

The back side of that page protector holds various photos of life around here in February.

And, finally, my favorite layout of the day is all about books. I started with a wonderful piece of patterned paper covered with book spines.

This was a FUN layout to put together with a photo of us at a bookstore, Robbie's continually growing to-read pile, a couple of books I received in the mail, and lots of bits & pieces for embellishments.

Mama & my friend Michelle joined me for the day, and they each completed quite a few layouts, also.

How did you celebrate interNational Scrapbook Day this year?