Journaling Bible

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I was so intrigued by this idea when I first read about it on this post on Shanna Noel’s blog several months ago. I thought the idea of a journaling Bible was so fantastic that I promptly ordered my own Bible on Amazon. And then I stored it away in my craft space and forgot about it.

Then, just a few days ago, I read this post (again on Shanna Noel’s blog) and was again so inspired to make my own journaling Bible. I also discovered there’s a Journaling Bible Facebook group (which I promptly joined), Pinterest board, and Instagram hashtag. This week I was determined to get out my Bible and try my hand at it.

My goals in making a journaling Bible are:

#1. To connect with God in a deeper way. I love art, I love God and His Word. Combining the two speaks to my heart in a wonderful way

#2. I’m a visual person, and I feel that by journaling my thoughts and highlighting meaningful verses would be a great way to help me to remember them.

#3. Having a place to express my love for God, my questions, my prayers, my times of trial and my times of growth, especially in such a visual way, makes me happy.

#4. Hopefully one day this Bible might be a connection to future generations. I hope my children and grandchildren might be able to catch a glimpse of who I was, and more importantly, who God was to me. I hope this can serve as an encouragement and an inspiration to them too.

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I read Psalm 21:6 as part of my morning devotions and it really spoke to me. I would like to point out, in case you noticed it and wondered, that I did write the wrong reference at the top of my journaling page. Ignore that. I plan to correct that later.

The verses I read speak about the joy of being in the presence of the Lord. My devotional book spoke about “enjoying” the Lord. I can’t say that I really thought about enjoying the Lord before. Loving him, yes. Wanting to know Him, yes. Being awed and amazed by Him, yes. But do I really enjoy him?

When I thought about it, an image came to my mind of a small child being so excited about his daddy coming home at the end of the day so they can play together. The child looks forward to that time with an anticipation he can barely contain. When daddy comes home, they experience joy at being in one another’s presence. I want to enjoy my heavenly Father like that. To look forward to our times together with sweet anticipation. To laugh and giggle in His presence because He is just so much fun!

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I don’t often think of the “fun” aspect of God. But he’s the author of joy, right? In His presence is fullness of joy. He’s come to give us the abundant life. Life is pretty serious a lot of the time. It’s full of all kinds of sadness, sorrow, hurt and disappointments. But I wonder if God doesn’t want me to have more fun with Him. Spending time with our awesome daddy God should be the most fun thing a human being can possibly experience. Other things can bring us temporal joy or happiness. But can anything else really compare to the joy we receive from spending time in the presence of almighty God?

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I had a great time pulling out various things to use for my page. It was a lot of fun to combine this and that. I was able to use a lot of alphabet stickers. Those often get neglected, for some reason.

In case you’d like to check these out:

Here’s a link to the Journaling Bible Pinterest page. Some of those girls are making such beautiful work! I am SO inspired every time I go there.

This is the Bible I’m using, but there are many Bibles you can purchase. Just be sure to get one with wide margins.

I think my first page was pretty simple. I’d like to branch out more and use a wider range of textures and mediums. I love what people are doing with mists and masks and drops of paint. There are also many printables on Shanna’s blog. I haven’t used any of them, but they are awesome. I hope to try some of them as well.

What do you think? Does keeping a journaling Bible sound like something you’d like to try? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

 

Gossamer Blue September Sneaks

Hey there! It’s been a busy week this week, but I wanted to take a quick moment to share a few sneak peeks of projects I created using the upcoming September kits from Gossamer Blue.

When I got these kits I was so excited to see the beautiful colors, the fun embellishments, the patterned papers (both exclusive to GB and from other manufacturers). Everything goes together so well. I’m having a blast making things with the kits, and they will be perfect for all of those summer photos you took, for those of you who scrapbook.

Here’s a tiny look at a few of the projects I’ve been working on.

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Pretty papers and embellishments!

 

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Lots of gold in these kits this time around. Yay!

 

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My favorite project so far.

 

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There you have it! My first ever sneak peeks for Gossamer Blue! I can’t wait to share all of these, and more in full. Stay tuned. See anything you like?

 

 

Gossamer Blue September Look Book

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Hey friends!

Just to let you know, Gossamer Blue posts a Look Book of sneak peeks of their upcoming kit releases each month. Here’s a link to check out the sneaks for this month.

The kits are all so gorgeous I could hardly decide which ones to get.

In addition to the Main kit, I also got the main kit add on, the Bits and Pieces kit, the Life Pages kit, the Life Pages themed add-on, and the Life Pages add-on #3.

The colors in the kits are amazing. Perfect for all those summer beach, pool, vacation photos you’ve taken over the last few months!

If you’re interested in subscribing to receive these kits, head on over to the Gossamer Blue website for more details.

 

 

Wonderful

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Well, we’re back from our vacation. Lots of fun was had by all. I didn’t get to post any projects while I was away since my connection was so slow there. But, here I am now with a card to share.

I combined lots of randomness on this card. Picked up this and that and combined them. The papers are some older ones from Crate Paper (I think). I painted them with a bit of white paint to tone down some of the colors a little.

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You may be able to tell I had the beach on my brain while creating this one. Soft colors, relaxed feel. A weathered and carefree look. And, indeed, it was wonderful to be away for a while. But it’s so good to be back.

I’m ready now to dive into my huge box of Gossamer Blue goodies that arrived just a few days before I left on vacation. I can’t wait to get started on creating my first projects with the September kits. Sneak peeks will be arriving here at Sweet Paper Treats very, very soon! I’m just SO excited! I think you’re really going to love seeing what’s in store!

I can’t believe that school begins in a week!! What?!?! This week will be craaaa-zy! Or cray-cray, as my kids like to say. Lots of last minute back-to-school prep and appointments. A few more times at the pool, hopefully. One last day out with friends, most likely. A few deadlines approaching. But then, I hope to get back into a more regular posting schedule. I am SO ready!! So excited to jump back in. Can’t wait to craft more, exercise my creativity more, share with you more. Let’s do it!

 

Let’s Celebrate

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Hello there! So, this summer has been the record breaking summer for least amount of blog posts ever! Hah! I’m in full on vacation prep mode this week. We leave in a few days for a week at the beach. It’s a lot to prepare and think about when you plan to do most of your own cooking somewhere else for an entire week. Lots and lots and lots of list making going on here this week! Not to mention trying to fit in back to school shopping along with everything else.

But I wanted to share this fun birthday card I created recently with you. This is an idea I had for these stamps pretty much since I got them in my Stamping Royalty prize package and finally just now got around to executing.

The stamps I used for the cake layers come from the Tag Sayings stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. I simply stamped the solid and striped rectangle stamps on top of each other to create cake layers.

The “frosting” comes from the Mom & Dad Sentiments stamp set from Lil’ Inker Designs. I used a dark brown ink and stamped the scallop border stamp, leaving off the last three scallops, to make a pretty frosting-like edge to my cake layers. I stamped them a bit haphazardly for a more playful, and not too structured, look.

Instead of adding candles to the top of the cake, I decided instead to use this sentiment from the Birthday Sampler set from Paper Smooches.

I cut out a cake stand using my Silhouette cameo and popped it up with a bit of foam dimensional adhesive to make it stand out a bit, since it was white on white.

A little flower I’ve had in my stash for almost forever finishes off the pretty little birthday cake.

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I have a few more cards to share that I made recently. I hope to share them with you before I leave on vacation, or schedule them to post for you while I’m gone.

I’ve made great headway on my photo organization! Yippee! I’m gearing up for lots of scrapbooking in the near future, so for those of you hoping to see more scrapbook pages, stay tuned!

Now I’m hungry for cake! Maybe I’ll go make some

Gossamer Blue

Hello friends!

I’m SO excited about this announcement today!

Gossamer Blue is a monthly scrapbooking and Project Life kit club. I’m beyond thrilled to be joining the lineup of talented crafters on the Gossamer Blue Design team!

Just in case you haven’t been following the news from Gossamer Blue this week, they are also now their own manufacturer! You will not, I repeat, you will NOT want to miss the fantastic new products released from Gossamer Blue. They are amazing! Here are a few of my favorites from the new lines, including links to the entire blog post on the Gossamer Blue blog so you can check out each line in its entirety.

Gramercy Road:

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Pretty, pretty papers! love the colors in this line! love the tiny leaves and the pale blue. Plus, the black just adds a cool crispness that I really love in a fall line.

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Those cork circle embellishments are calling my name. Also, enamel dots? Yes, please!

On My Desk:

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More pretty papers! I love the red and gold in this line and the black accents. Gems are hot right now, and I love that they’ve been included in this chic new line. I think On My Desk would work great for Valentine’s Day too.

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Be still my heart! Those gold transparencies are fabulous! love the badges too!

Get Happy:

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I think Christmas lines are hard to get right. lots of times it’s the same old, same old. But not this one! It’s bold and fresh, and a lot of fun! I love the warmth of the wood accents paired with the bold pops of color. Plus, the variety of designs is so refreshing.

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These little pockets caught my eye. I think they would be be fun to use in a variety of ways. Pocket scrapbook pages, traditional pages, cards. gift card holders, cute tags for gifts, etc. etc.

And, in case you missed it, Gossamer Blue has a Grab Bag sale going on right now to make room in their warehouse for all the new stuff. You can read all about that right here.

I’m looking forward to sharing lots of Gossamer Blue goodness with you in the next several months.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

You & Me

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So, last weekend I spent the day scrapbooking with a bunch of scrapbooking friends of mine. It was a fun day. Lots of good food, giggles, and of course, scrapbooking. I was working on some simple designs, since I have a goal to get a lot completed this year. This page features some of the old photos I’m still working through in order to fill in some of the gaps in my scrapbooks.

This is a quick and simple page. A design that doesn’t take much forethought. Pretty much equally balanced on both sides and top to bottom. This is my little girl and her daddy. I love photos like this.

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I added some embellishment clusters on the top and bottom. A few enamel dots, some mist and a few embellishments from my Studio Calico kits. I actually cut that flower die cut in half so I’d have a piece for both the top and bottom. That’s a great way to stretch your die cut embellishments a little further.

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The fun part was layering the patterned papers behind the title cards. A fun way to use a lot of different papers on your page without it getting too overwhelming.  A hand drawn outline around the letters and the white paper mat helps bring it all together.

I welcome your questions about anything you see here on my blog and will do my best top answer them if I can. The other day I received a question from a reader on this post, and thought I’d answer it here in case anyone else deals with the same thing.

Vidya says:

“Your cards look absolutely lovely. I do own the set- Petals and Stems but never get a clean stamped image. It always leaves a spot without ink.( a new one every time) It is highly frustrating. Any tips?”

Thanks for your comment, Vidya. There are a few things I would encourage you to try to get a cleaner stamped image. One, when inking up a larger image, like those flowers, sometimes I find it easier to turn the stamp upside down and apply the ink that way, rather than trying to dab the stamp into the ink pad. Sometimes that helps me see if there are any bare spots missing ink. Sometimes I also give the stamp a wiggle or two when inking it up to make sure the ink is covering all the areas. Two, when stamping your image, it sometimes helps to place your paper over a softer surface, like a mouse pad or a pad of paper. I find that it sometimes helps me get a cleaner image. Also, make sure to give your stamp even pressure. This is a great tool for getting more even pressure on your stamped images. You may want to give that a try. Three, make sure your clear stamps are “prepped” before your first stamping. It helps to rub it gently with a pencil eraser, or even rubbing it over your clothes or a clean cloth to remove some of the manufacturing film. Another thing you can try, although I don’t recommend that you do it every time you stamp, is to first stamp into versa mark ink, then directly into the ink color of your choice. I hope that helps!

It’s going to be an exciting year here at Sweet Paper Treats. There are some things coming up that I am so excited to share with you.

Also, I’ve decided I will be moving my craft space upstairs, in case any of you care to know. I’m still working through it all in my head, but I hope to share the finished space with you sometime down the road. It will be a very small space, so I’m hoping to be able to share a couple of good storage ideas for small spaces. Stay tuned!