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Bibledex Ideas, Part 2

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This Scripture Writing Plan has kept me in The Word throughout 2020 and through so many difficulties. I have a tutorial on the Illustrated Faith IGTV on how to create this little Bibledex Tray:

Beloved Society has an amazing Scripture Writing Plan with some Bibledex Cards & Ephemera to match. I wanted to make sure I had everything pre-cut & pre-made for all 365 days, so that if I get behind or have a rough day there is no excuse to be IN THE WORD.

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What’s so cool about these Bibledex Trays is that you can create one for ANY project. I’ve made them for Lent and even for having a physical place to store contacts. Sky is the limit, y’all.

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Bible Journaling, BibleDex, FaithDex, Holiday, Lent, Memory Dex, Mixed Media

Bibledex Ideas, Part 1

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Good Morning, Friends! Happy Sunday! I wanted to share a few Bibledex Projects I’ve created for Illustrated Faith. This first one was for Lent 2020 which housed both the Bless His Name & Thy Kingdom Come Devotionals

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The unique thing about this project is that it’s shaped around these large wood veneer tags (which are still available)! You can watch the tutorial on Illustrated Faith’s IGTV HERE:

 

You can watch a flip-thru HERE:

 

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Art Journal, Gelatos, Mixed Media, Purpose

Try again, this time with purpose.

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In 2015, I quit all of my design teams. Life was crazy and it was taking too much out of me to create content for various manufacturers. My ‘making’ started as something fun I would do to, to something I did to get published, to something I did to earn money and free merchandise, which morphed into creating content for folks based off of their goals and needs. I’d lost sight of MY purpose because I never carved one out for myself! I sorta let things whisk me away from one gig to the next without ever looking at my needs as a creative.

2020 is the year of vision & it’s my year to return to all things creative! Back in March, I signed up for a Fearless Art course with Shawna Clingerman. Boy, am I glad I did! One of the assignments is defining your values and then creating a manifesto. The aim is to have one created so that you can always refer to it when pursuing your goals as an artist! It keeps you focused and centered on what is important to YOU.

So here I am! Here are my values. Here are my non-negotiables:

  • love
  • prayer
  • worthy
  • collaborative
  • positivity
  • color
  • happy accidents
  • space
  • curiosity
  • boldness
  • practice
  • resilient
  • typos
  • individual

I am here to inspire creativity that holds space for my values & brings glory to God!

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Bible Journaling, Micro Bible Journaling

Micro Bible Journaling

Hello Blogosphere! I’m so excited to share my latest crafting endeavor- Micro Bible Journaling!!! This sweet little Vest Pocket New Testament Bible is the perfect place to house a special devotional. Illustrated Faith has released a “31 Prayers for my Husband” card set and as God would have it, this special devotional designed by Robyn is so timely. With self-quarantine, social-distancing, schools cancelled, in-person church cancelled- relationships are strained. What better time than now to turn from our insecurities, resentment, comparison, and fear and look upward in prayer to our Heavenly Father!

I’ve resized the cards to 70% so that they’re small enough to fit inside this compact Bible, yet legible. The printable I’ve chosen to incorporate with this devotional have been resized to 60%.

To accommodate the for the smaller size, I’ve chosen to use small thin embellishments: washi tape, mini paper clips, transparencies, mini staples.

This project is really perfect for those who want to begin using a variety of elements in their Bible Journaling! All you need are the printables, some adhesive, a pen, and embellishments! And it is all so easy to tote along with you anywhere your Bible Journaling brings you.

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I Quit My Job

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Hello, world! It’s been a while. I LOVED working for Amazon, but after my seasonal stint as a Team Manager came to an end, I found myself wanting more. Wanting more time, white space, development, quiet, more time to be me. I put all of my energy into my work- I mean ALL of it! I had my groceries delivered, two separate robots- one for vacuuming another for mopping, tasked the chores and meals to kids and my husband, stopped attending church faithfully. I don’t exaggerate when I say, “put EVERYTHING into my job!” And for a while, I saw the fruits of those labors, until I didn’t.

So, I quit. My decision was certainly spirit-led. I missed my Women’s Group, serving at church, attending church, I’d missed having an intimate relationship with God. Quite honestly, I’d made my job my idol. Plus, we were in a good place financially. Chris has a wonderful job that provides more than enough for our needs and dreams!

Originally, I thought I needed to be purposeful with my “why”. I vaguely dreamed of going back to school and doing something in design or communications, which may still happen. I told my husband and family, “I’m ready to go back to school!” But, I only felt half-hearted about the endeavor.

Then, I started slowly immersing myself back into the fold of life- church, women’s group, SAHM carpool duties, chores, cooking. And that’s when the magic happened. I feel so at peace doing life like this. I’m not chasing after the next best thing- I can just BE.

So, here I am! Ready to share some cards, scrapbook layouts, and Bible Journaling entries. I am ready to just BE…because that is enough!

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Reveal Wheel Birthday!

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Hello crafty folks! Here’s a card I created with all things Lawn Fawn! I was super motivated to make this card after taking a class with Jenn Shurkus at Whim-so-Doodle in St. Pete, FL.  I highly recommend her classes. Not only are they fun & informative, but she aims to ensure every single participant gets a bit of her time. She was bouncing from table to table to chat and share her tips.

Materials: Neenah Solar White Cardstock, Lawn Fawn (Reveal Wheel Sentiments Stamp Set, Reveal Wheel Lawn Cuts, Into the Woods 6×6 Petite Paper Pack, Party Animal Stamp Set, Knock on Wood Writing Desk 12×12 Paper, Stitched Hillside Borders Lawn Cuts, Black Licorice Ink) EK Success Wood Sheets, Copic Markers, Uni Pasco White Pen, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares regular & small.

 

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Formally, iheartart.

Hello fellow crafty-hearted folks! As I begin this renewed journey into crafty blogging, I do so with an open and willing heart.

But first, let’s get real… A few years ago, I was struggling to keep myself afloat. My husband’s career in the Army was beginning to spiral out of control and into chaos as mental illness began to knock at our doorstep. For years crafting and fitness kept me happy, grounded, and connected with things outside the nightmare that was my life. I know that sounds dramatic, but it truly was a nightmare. Imagine getting a call from an inpatient psychiatric ward, having your husband move out without warning, and finding yourself single-parenting with shingles. Yep- I was a certified hot mess!

For a year, I did the single-parenting separated thing. I didn’t work or craft much of anything, but I kept running hoping a healthy body would lead to a healthy mind. My goal was to focus on the needs of my kids who were even more frightened than I was about our new circumstances. I was so broken, tired, and at rock-bottom. That’s when I felt God calling me to walk with him through my circumstances. That’s when I decided to give it all to him- my children’s fear, my broken heart, my doubt, my everything. I’d always believed in God, but never had I heard His still small voice calling my life into His purpose.

With the threat of a cancerous tumor, my husband returned. I didn’t ask for God to mend my family or heal my husband, but that’s what happened and they were nothing short of miracles. That was His plan and I feel like I went along for the ride. Much to my children’s delight, it was His plan.

I’m not the same person who authored and created iheartart. I feel as though I’ve been to hell and back. My heart longs to craft, create, and share with the world once again and with a renewed purpose beyond myself. Again, I come here with an open and willing heart….These days, iheartallthings.

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