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?

Friday, May 5, 2017

Read & Reflect With The Classics (book review)

I don't remember ever hearing any stories about George Muller or the orphanages he began in Bristol, England, in the early 1800s. So, I really didn't know what to expect when I received Answers to Prayer (free from B&H Publishers in exchange for an honest review). The copy I received is one of the volumes in a series of books designed for reading and reflecting on classics like The Pilgrim's Progress and The Christian's Secret to a Happy Life.

Answers to Prayer is a collection of diary entries from George Muller that chronicle how he depended solely on the Lord to provide the means to begin and continue an orphanage that eventually grew into five houses. His primary goal was to offer proof that God answered prayers, so he never asked others for help - he simply prayed and waited for provision . . . and it always came!

This Read & Reflect edition also includes personal reflection questions, journaling prompts, study questions and a prayer prompt at the end of each chapter.

I thoroughly enjoyed this little book and Muller's testimony of the faithfulness of God to answer our prayers if we will fully trust and believe!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

May The Fourth Be With You

Remember Shadrach, Meshach & Abed-Nego?

They're the three Jewish men who refused to bow to the gold image that King Nebuchadnezzar installed. Their story is told in Daniel Chapter Three. The king had commanded that anyone who did not bow to the image would be cast into the fiery furnace, so these three men were bound and cast in to the fire.

However, when the king and his counselors looked into the furnace, they said, "Look!...I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God."

Star Wars fans will recognize the quote I've used on this illustration as May the Fourth is Star Wars Day because of the pun on the movie catchphrase "may the force be with you." The Jedi use the power of the force to combat the "dark side."

Truly, the way to combat the darkness in today's world is through the power of the Fourth Man in Nebuchadnezzar's furnace that day! In the king's words -  Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, who sent His Angel and delivered His servants who trusted in Him, and they have frustrated the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they should not serve nor worship any god except their own God!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday #14

I've been busy at my craft table this week as I'm pushing hard to finish the custom scrapbook-for-hire project with layouts that currently fill 1 1/2 albums, so I thought I'd share a peek at the other table in my craft room today.

I'm using my Grandma's old sewing table as a worktable; I still have plans to re-paint it . . . eventually. I use this space for planning and blogging and organizing all sorts of pieces & pieces that I'm processing.

This space reveals a lot of what's happening around here right now. My laptop screen is displaying the latest post I published on the Personal Scrapbook blog to announce the Creative Lettering Bible Journaling Workshops I'll be teaching in collaboration with Jana Kennedy-Spicer (of SweetToTheSoul) in June. My calendar and notes are there in front of the laptop so that I can move on to creating a blog post for the new Bible Journaling Painting classes I'm scheduling at Scrappin' Goodtime in June.

On the right front corner of the table are three printouts with daily challenges for the month of May: (1) a Bible journaling photo challenge; (2) a Bible journaling prompt; and (3) a daily Bible reading list. I may not be able to keep up every day with these three challenges, but I'll be joining in with them as I have time throughout the month. The page on my printer to the right is a coloring page I found online that I'm planning to trace into my Bible for tomorrow's prompt.

The four piles on the left of the desk hold:
(1) cards & notes that I need to reply to and/or file,
(2) notes and examples for the paint classes I'm planning,
(3) a book, workbook, printed notes, and a journal for the meetings and work I've been doing with a registered dietitian the past couple of months, and
(4) the new Bible I'll be reviewing soon is under three flyers I brought home after today's library book club meeting.

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

Monday, May 1, 2017

Monday's Mail Memo - April Recap mail this week was mostly bills and advertisements with a few packages for Robbie and one for me - a beautiful new Bible, which I'll share more about in a future post.

April was a busy month around here, so I thought I'd recap a little today. The weekend after the Illustrated Faith retreat we celebrated Easter Sunday with Mama & Daddy. We went to the morning service at their church to hear Daddy sing in the cantata, then enjoyed a yummy Easter dinner that Mama prepared.

The next weekend, Robbie traveled with me to The Woodlands, about four hours away, and I taught an illustrated Bible journaling mini-retreat at The Woodlands Bible Church. We had 21 ladies in attendance, ranging in age from 13 to 86! It was a fabulous day.

This past weekend, I headed out to Scrappin' Goodtime in Corsicana and spent the day Saturday teaching a couple of illustrated Bible journaling workshops on the Book of Ruth. It was a FUN day with 17 ladies participating, many of whom have attended my workshops in the past plus several brand new Bible journalers.

It was a busy and very ACTIVE month that seemed to fly by. I'm welcoming in May this week by spending the majority of my time working to complete the custom scrapbook-for-hire project I have in progress. What will you be up to this month?

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

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Illustrating the Book of Ruth

The Book of Ruth in the Old Testament is one of my favorite books in the Bible. There are only four chapters in this short book, yet it tells the story of an integral part of God's plan for a Savior.  If we look closely at the character of Ruth, we can also learn many lessons from her life of loss, love, loyalty, and redemption that can be applied to our own lives.

In preparation for the illustrated Bible journaling workshops I taught yesterday, I took time to illustrate this book in my journaling Bible. I began with a Creating in Faith stamp of Ruth and a few words to describe what we learn about her in chapter 1.

During the workshop on Saturday, one of the participants, Jennifer, used the Ruth stamp, a One & Done flower traceable, and washi tape to create this illustration for chapter 1.

On the blank page before the book of Ruth in my Bible, I created an illustration using Gelatos, colored pencils and a car die cut I've had in my scrapbooking stash for many years. Ruth's entreaty in chapter 1 verses 16 & 17 is often used in wedding ceremonies as it is a strong commitment to follow another individual, in this case her mother-in-law Naomi.

Another one of the participants in the workshop this weekend had previously shared photos of her pages. Amber's illustration for Ruth's impassioned speech to Naomi was inspired by a page she saw on Pinterest.

Ruth's story continues after she and Naomi arrive in Bethlehem. She goes out to glean (pick up the barley or grain left behind after harvesting) in the field of Boaz during barley harvest. Boaz notices her and praises her for her hard work and willingness to leave her home and family to care for Naomi. He says, may "the Lord repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge." I added a piece of patterned paper to the margin before tracing an illustration of Ruth and drawing in some barley as a background for the idea I wanted to emphasize from Boaz's words.

That wonderful drawing of Ruth is one that Amber drew in her margin - I simply printed a copy and traced it using graphite paper.

Amber also drew some barley and noted one of the lessons we can learn from Ruth's story - sometimes we have to leave what is familiar for God to take us higher.

We learn that Boaz is a near relative of Naomi's deceased husband, so he is a kinsman redeemer (one who can redeem or buy back the property of a deceased relative and marry the widow  to raise up seed to continue the family line). Ruth follows Naomi's instructions to go to the threshing floor and lay down at Boaz's feet one evening  - an idea that sounds strange to us but worked our beautifully. When Boaz discovered Ruth and she asked him to spread his garment over her as he was a guardian-redeemer, he again praised her and said that he would. I chose to illustrate this wonderful story of redemption by creating a colorful background with Gelatos, then simply adding letter stickers to spell "redemption."

However, Boaz was not the closet relative, so he had to meet with the other relative first to see if he was willing and able to redeem Elimelech's property. He was not willing to redeem it, so, as was the custom of the day, he took off his sandal to show his agreement that Boaz could take his place. Amber drew a sandal to illustrate this part of the story. [Thanks, Amber, for letting me share your pages with my readers!]

Boaz marries Ruth and they have a son named Obed. After all that Ruth has gone through - the loss of her first husband, traveling with Naomi to a foreign land, working hard gleaning in order to provide food for herself and Naomi - she finally finds security in this new life as a wife and mother. I used a One & Done traceable to add a beautiful flower & flourish to the margin to illustrate the truth that God brings beauty out of ashes.

But the story doesn't end there! We find Ruth mentioned again in the New Testament when she is listed as one of the women in the lineage of our Savior, Jesus Christ, so beautifully illustrated on these pages by Jann Gray of Illuminated Journaling. [Thanks, Jann, for letting me share this lovely page with my readers!]

Ruth the Moabitess entered Bethlehem as a poor widowed foreigner, yet her loyalty, determination and hard work brought her to the attention of Boaz (and the Lord) who redeemed her and gave her a new life that included being the great-grandmother of King David and one of only four women named in the lineage of Christ!

I've obviously simplified and shortened Ruth's story here in this blog post, and I hope I've inspired you to take a fresh look at this short book! Have you read and/or illustrated the book of Ruth? Which part of Ruth's story resonates most with you?