Journaling Bible- what to do when you mess up


Do you ever have those times when you set out with a general idea in mind, but things just don’t quite work out as planned? I’m pretty sure we all do. This page happens to be one of those such projects for me.

I chose this verse to focus on in Psalm 32:8:

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. (NIV)

But I like the New King James Version better. This is the version I read first and I love how it spoke to me:

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go. I will guide you with My eye. (NKJV)

When I read that I thought “hmmm…He will guide me with His eye? How does that work?”

But did you ever give your kids the stink eye, hoping your stern look will make them behave? Or send a message to your spouse with just a look across the room? Or share a secret with a friend with just a glance? That’s the kind of intimacy this verse speaks of to me. It’s a whole lot more connected, more intimate, more familiar than God just having His loving eye on me, which is great, don’t get me wrong. Having God’s loving eye on me is comforting too. But to be so close to God that He can guide me with His eye. With just a glance, a certain sparkle or knowing look. That’s the kind on intimacy and closeness I want with my Lord, don’t you?

How does that translate to our lives? After all, we can’t really see God’s eye. How can He guide us with his eye if we can’t see it? To me, it means more of a Spiritual eye. That the closer I get to the Lord, the better I will be able to feel, hear, see, and understand His nudgings. The closer I get to God, the better I will know what He wants and expects and desires. I’ll better understand His glance of love, His look of chastening, and yes, we’ll even share secrets that belong only to the two of us. God secrets are the best ones!


So anyway, on to the page. I really wanted to use some new acrylic paints I got. I had sort of an idea of how I wanted this page to look, more or less. I wanted the paints nice and concentrated over in the left margin, and then more transparent over the script, because I really like it when I can still read the words when I’m finished.

So I set out with my paints, using a plastic scraper to apply the paint to my page. But the paint got way too dark! I wanted just a little bit of blue, but it kind of took over. And the more I scraped the paint around, the worse it got. The paint was covering the text so much that I couldn’t read it. So I grabbed a slightly wet paint brush and tried removing some of the paint so I could read the words. It worked, but left the paint with so many more streaks and lines than I would have wished.

I had a piece of extra card stock tucked under my page for extra stability while I worked, but as the paint dried, my page stuck to the card stock. When I tried to peel it up, my page began to tear. So now I not only had ugly paint, I also had a torn page. I was just thinking to myself that I’d just chalk this one up as a failure and move on.


But then I had the idea to cover the torn areas with washi tape. I figured I had nothing to lose at this point, so I went for it. Then I pulled out some very old black and white rub-ons that I’ve had for a very long time, and began to apply them to my margin. And guess what! I actually began to like how it turned out.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been seeing more and more home decor and other projects featuring modern and funky eyes. I really wasn’t to crazy about them when I first started seeing them, but they kind of grew on me. So I thought it would be fun to create my own eyes for this page. I pulled out a few letter stickers to spell out my phrase, then grabbed a couple of random stamps to create the eyes. I used an open leaf/flower petal one for the outline, and a round dot for the the center. Then i added a few strokes with a sharpie for the lashes.

Maybe to some of you, seeing an eye staring back at you would be unsettling, but I kind of like the craziness of it.



So I have to tell you one more thing about this page. When I was finished I was struck by how this page, after the mess ups and all, reminded me of how God’s grace is just like that. When we think we’ve made such a mess of things that it could never be repaired. That nothing beautiful could ever come out of all the ugly mess we’ve made. God’s grace comes in and makes something beautiful, gives us another chance, cleans us up and makes us pure and holy.

I shared a photo of just a corner of this page a couple of days ago, kind of as a sneak peek. And when I took a closer look at the photo after I posted it, I saw that the sunshine spilling across my desk had illuminated this verse: Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. (Pslam 32:1)

Isn’t that beautiful! And I promise I didn’t even see that until after I had posted what I did about God’s grace!

So even though I’m still not all that crazy about the paint on this page, the messages that are contained here for me make it so meaningful. The message about God’s eye, the message of His grace, and the message about not giving up when it feels like all is lost, but keep working at it.

So here are my tips for a few things you can do when you think you’ve messed up a project beyond repair:

1. Cover it up. This is what I do most of the time when I make mistakes. There’s usually some way to cover it up so no one even knows.

2. Rework it. If you can’t cover it up, maybe you can work it into your design somehow. Add and embellishment or something that will distract the viewer’s eye from the mistake. Most times they probably won’t even notice anyway.

3. Keep going. What may look like a really bad mistake can sometimes be turned into something you like even better, if you just keep on going.

4. Chalk it up as a learning opportunity. Not every project has to be a winner. And all of us have those projects that are just a huge fail. And that’s OK. Sometimes those fails can be a really great way to figure out what works and what doesn’t.


Thanks for stopping by today! I know this post got  a little bit long, so thanks for sticking with me!

If you have any questions at all about Bible journaling, the process or products I used, or just want to leave me a note to say hello, I’d love that. Your questions and comments are always welcome and appreciated.

Have an awesome day!


Gossamer Blue Design Team April Inspiration blog hop



Hello, hello!! Welcome to another fun blog hop with the Gossamer Blue girls! I always enjoy these hops so much, and I hope you do too!

Today I pulled a few things out of my April kits to make some super easy cards that take almost no time at all.


I always love all the Life Pages cards that come in the Life Pages kits and add-ons. But I tend to accumulate them, since I don’t do a ton of pocket page scrapbooking. I thought it would be fun to use up some of them on my cards.

I made two cards using the same, basic design, and each card uses two Life Pages insert cards. I used a patterned one and a phrase one on each card, then added a few embellishments to each.


This one is pretty and feminine. I chose a text patterned paper from the Bits & Pieces kit as my background. Then I paired the Hello Beautiful sentiment card with a pink chevron patterned one and layered them on top. Both the Hello Beautiful card and the pink chevron one are from the Life Pages Themed add-on.


I also added some chipboard flowers from the Main Kit, a wood veneer heart from the Bits & Pieces kit, and a polka dot tab sticker from the Main Kit.


I managed to make the second one entirely different than the first by choosing more graphic designs and a modern color scheme to work with.


This camera card from the Life Pages kit already had a phrase on it, but I wanted it to say something more fitting for a card. These tiny phrase stickers, also from the Life Pages kit, were the perfect thing. I chose a few that made sense and placed them over the existing phrase.


I kept this one a little cleaner and just added a few gold star stickers from the Main Kit as accents. The patterned paper I used for the background here is from Bits & Pieces Kit. The triangle patterned pocket page card is also from the Life Pages kit.

Thanks to my Life Pages pocket page inserts, these two cards came together in no time at all. Plus I was able to use up a few instead of letting them accumulate.

Be sure to take a hop around and check out what all the other design team gals made using this month’s kits. I know you’ll be inspired!

Anabelle O’Malley

Beshka Kueser

Brenda Weaver <<<You are here

Caylee Grey

Cindy Liebel

Diane Payne

Emily Spahn

Eunyoung Lee

Heather Leopard

Jessica Lohof

Jill Cornell

Jill Keller

Kasia Przybyt

Katie Ehmann

Laura Rahel Crosby

Magda Mizera

Melanie Blackburn

Michelle Wooderson

Michiko Kato

Rebecca Luminarias

Sabrina Alery

Yana Smakula

Thanks for joining me today!

Deeper Still

A few weeks back I was contacted by a woman at our church to make a few cards for the ministry she directs for a retreat that the ministry will be holding later this month.

I knew I would say yes. Because I know the ministry she serves with is an important one. One that I believe in strongly. One that I think can impact hurting women in a very positive way and bring healing to wounded hearts.


The ministry I am talking about is called Deeper Still. In their own words, Deeper Still’s mission is to bring healing and lasting freedom to abortion wounded hearts.

You can learn more about their ministry by visiting their website. I believe the ministry of Deeper Still, and others like it, are vital in our society today. I was honored to be asked to participate in this way.

I knew the cards I made would be given to each woman attending the retreat at three different times throughout the retreat. I really wanted the cards to be feminine, pretty, and to be uplifting to the retreat attendees.

Here are the three cards I came up with.

IMG_0211-2I wanted the women to know that they are beautiful. That God cares deeply for them. The butterfly, to me, also signifies renewal and restoration.

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I wanted these cards to be bright and cheery. Something that felt springlike and happy. I chose to use my favorite shade of light blue with a touch of teal and happy yellow. This color combo is one I never tire of. I hope it makes the women smile.


This next one uses a more neutral color palette, but it still uses spring colors.

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I wanted the women to feel cherished. Because they are. They are deeply cherished by their Father who made them and loves them so much. No matter what the past looks like. No matter how they view themselves. I pray that each woman in attendance at the retreat would leave feeling deeply loved and cherished.

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I chose to use a leaf die to embellish this card. Again, the leaves speak of spring, of new life, new growth, and new possibilities. I also added sequins, because sequins are just little bits of happiness, in my opinion.

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If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen me post a photo of this card a while ago.



This one was the first design I made. I dreamed it up after I found some really pretty paints at Target, and I really wanted to use them on one of these cards somehow. I brushed the paint onto some heavy card stock, then cut the flowers out of it with my Silhouette Cameo after it had dried. It ended up pretty much like I had envisioned, which made me happy.


The sentiment technique kind of came about by accident. After I stamped the smaller sentiment the first time, I realized it was crooked. Instead of making a whole new card, I decided to just stamp the sentiment repeatedly. I really like how it turned out and think I like it much better this way than if it would have turned out like I planned the first time.

It looks like this card has two layers on the front, but it doesn’t. It has a layer of patterned paper on the inside of the card, which is showing through to the front on these photos.

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And here are all the cards all together.


I love to package up my special orders into these fun polka dot bags I have on hand. To me they just look so fun and happy. I really hope my special order packages put a smile on people’s faces, even before they open them up.


I added a stamped tag to each one to coordinate with the cards inside.

I really enjoyed making these cards for Deeper Still and the women who will be attending the retreat. I hope and pray that these cards can somehow be a source of encouragement and joy to the women who will be receiving them.

If you’d like to know more about Deeper Still, or feel like you would benefit from their ministry, I urge you to contact them. They are understanding, supportive, loving, and non-judgmental. I know some of them have experienced abortions in the past themselves, and have walked the path to healing. They know and understand where women are coming from. I know some of the women involved personally, and know them as loving and caring and Christ-like women who will provide love, support and understanding in a safe and nurturing environment.

Thank you for allowing me to share these very special projects with you today. I hope you have a wonderful week.




Gramercy Road layout


Do you love the Gramercy Road line from Gossamer Blue like I do? It is such a beautiful collection. The colors and elements are geared more towards the fall season, but I think it can work beautifully with other seasons as well.

I really wanted to use this line for a page, but I didn’t have any fall themed photos to work on. So I decided I would make it work for a summer layout.

The pale pinks, blues and greens in this line work so beautifully for other seasons too. Even though some of the elements are fall themed, there are plenty of others that work for any occasion.


I especially love the chipboard shapes and the ephemera that comes with this line. There are lots of fun phrases and icons to work with. Here I used a camera, some phrase die cuts, and s couple of the stamps from this collection.


The Gramercy Road collection does come with a pink rose foil alphabet sticker set. But I chose to use a black sticker alphabet here. Here you can also see more of the chipboard shapes, a leaf die cut, a label sticker, and some of the fabulous enamel dots.


More chipboard shapes and enamel dots.

I’m making it quick today. I’m off to shop for clothes for my two sons who will be away all week next week for a student convention. Every time I blink they are a few inches taller, it seems. Lord, help me. My wallet can’t take too much of this! Haha! Anyone who thinks parenting is a breeze must not ever have tried keeping teenage boys in clothes that fit! I am thankful, though, that my oldest has grown a pant size since last year. Finding size 27″ waist in the stores is virtually impossible.

Wish me luck!



Gossamer Blue April reveal- part 2

Have you gotten a chance to check out the latest kits from Gossamer Blue yet?

I have three more cards to share with you today that I made with the April kits.

You are loved card (Bits & Pieces kit):


The I Am line from Simple Stories was a big part of the kits this month. I really like that line a lot. I combined a lot of the pieces from the I Am line on this card. The patterned papers are from the 6″x6″ pad that comes with the Bits & Pieces kit.


Hello pretty card (Bits & Pieces kit and Main Kit):


This Hello stamp is from Elle’s Studio from the Cienna Line. I love it! I wanted to showcase this fun stamp on one of my cards, so I chose to stamp it in several colors of ink for a fun gradient look.


Brave card (Main Kit and Life Pages themed add-on): 


This is a mixture of various elements from Crate Paper, Simple Stories, and Elle’s Studio lines. I love how they all worked together so well.


See anything you like? Have you ordered your kits yet?

Thanks for stopping by!



Gossamer Blue April reveal- part 1

Hey guys!! Happy April Fool’s Day!

Do you have any tricks up your sleeve? Or maybe you’re on high alert for the pranksters in your life who like to pull one over on you?

I’m not clever enough to come up with any good tricks. And I’ll most likely be staying home most of the day, so hopefully I won’t need to worry too much about any April Fool’s jokes being played on me.

But today’s the day to reveal some projects I’ve been making with the April kits from Gossamer Blue.

I loved this month’s kits. I really think they might have been my favorite so far. I made six cards and I’ll be sharing three of them here today with you.

Wonderful, amazing strong card (Main Kit only):


I loved the little flower stamp that came with the Main Kit stamp set. I used it here, stamped over top of some watercolored strokes. I love the colors in these kits. So very me.


The chipboard shapes in the main kit are some of my favorite. So many great shapes to use, like this heart. I think I just may use up the entire package of these!


Love You card (Main Kit only):



Lovely layers of pretty papers on this card. Plus there’s that little flower stamp again.



The ephemera package from the Main Kit is just lovely. So many beautiful pieces in there that it’s hard to decide which ones to use. There’s beautiful vellum pieces, tags, flowers, etc. Oftentimes I’ll use just a few pieces from an ephemera package, but in this one I loved each and every piece.

A Happy Little Note For you card (Life Pages kit only):


The alphabet stickers that come in this month’s Life Pages kit are awesome. I love the size and color. They are perfect. I stamped a confetti effect using the dot stamp from the kit stamp set.


I don’t know, I can’t really decide, but this card might be my favorite this month. But I haven’t decided yet.

What are your favorites from this month’s kits? Which kits do you plan to get?

I’ll be back tomorrow with part 2 of my kit cards reveal. See you then!



April Gossamer Blue sneak peeks

Hey there! Can you believe it’a almost April? Yeah, me either.

I have to tell you that I had the most fun creating projects with my April Gossamer blue kits. The kits are very suitable for spring, but they have enough color to use for lots of different occasions. I love the April kits a lot. A whole lot!



I made six cards, but I seriously could have kept on going for a long time. I had other projects I needed to work on, but I’ll definitely be revisiting these kits again soon. I’m not putting them away for a while yet!

Have a great weekend!