Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday Scripture Art: The Serenity Prayer, a free printable

I have wanted to create the serenity prayer for about two years 
when I got a request from a customer for it, so I finally created it.

I have to say, I love the 12 steps. 
They have changed my life. 
Completely. changed. my. life.
Turned my world upside down and given me a brand new perspective.
New lenses = new life

I know this is scary talk for many of you.. 
And that's okay for you to be scared and uncomfortable with
recovery and the 12 steps. 
For me, they've given me so much freedom and life. 

I went through a CODA (codependents anonymous)-like program at my church, centered in Christ.
It was actually a combination of CODA and Celebrate Recovery,
focusing on freedom from codependent behaviors.
It changed my life. I'm so thankful.

I discovered that the 12 Steps are a road map,
an instruction manual, for how to be a Christian.

My favorite part?
Step 1: I admitted that I was powerless over others 
and that my life had become unmanageable.

I love that.
Oh, yeah. I can't do this life on my own. 
I was never created to do this life by myself.
I was made to do life in relationship with my creator, my God.

There is such a freedom in acknowledging that I can't do this life by myself,
trusting that as I lay it down each morning,  my God will pick it up and carry me,
and then watching as he answers that prayer throughout the day.

And, honestly, my days are so different.
Not rainbows and unicorns, but peace.
Not trying to manipulate people and situations,
or be frustrated with circumstances,
but free to live in peace.

The other part I love {LOVE!} love
about recovery, is that every one comes just as they are.
Broken, wounded, raw.
There are no masks or fronts.
People are just emotionally naked,
and it makes me realize,
  we are all so broken.
me & you.

We are all walking around eating and drinking and working and sleeping
with these gashes and injuries on our souls.
And it is such a great reminder to be KIND.
We have NO IDEA what people are going through or have been through.
{Sorry for yelling at you.} I think I'm really just yelling at me.

Honestly, the only reason I mention this to you
is because it has helped me so much;
completely transformed my life and my relationships.
Everyone I have recommended it to has said the same.
If it helps lead anyone else to the freedom and peace
I have in my faith, it will be worth it.

I could not make this for you without also offering it as a free printable,
because I know I need to see this every day, multiple times a day,
I hope you do, too.

Click here to print this out as a 5 x 7.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

31 Days of Scripture Art Journaling::Day 25: Creating Tabs

 Day 25: Creating Tabs
John 4

I love the woman at the well. For so many reasons.
I love how Jesus cuts right to the heart of the matter, 
where it hurts the most. Her husband. ouch. 
5 husbands. ouch.

Nothing in this world can ever quench my thirst. 
Not husbands or sons or friends.
Not relationships or finances. Not new curtains or art supplies.
 Not comfort or any of the things I chase after.
The more I drink, the more thirsty I become.

 Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 
but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst.
Indeed, the water I give them will become in them
 a spring of water welling up to eternal life.
John 4:13

Let's journal.

Same stuff...





black ink

super skinny brush

Step 1: Paint Your Page

I picked a color palette started painting.

I used the photograph in the book as part of the journal.

First I painted the background in differents colors.
Then I painted the colored hearts on the towers.
Next, I used white ink (not paint) to doodle around the photograph.
Last, I outlined some of the doodles with black ink.

Step 2: Pick Pretty Paper
Out of Which to Make Your Tabs

Cut them into rectangles big enough to fold in half to create little tabs.

Step 3: Glue a Tab on to Each Page

Fold your paper tab in half and adhere one to each page with Mod Podge.

Step 4: Paint white gesso on each tab.

Step 5: Label Each Tab
with black ink & a tiny paint brush.

And you are done!
Now go make some tabs.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

31 Days of Scripture Art Journaling::Day 24: John 3; Journal Stitching

Finally, I'm emerging.
Life always gets crazy in August and September when I go back to teaching and
birthday celebrations are in full swing.
No matter how much I try, I can never really brace myself for these two months.
And every year I freak out and say, "This is completely crazy. I can't do this."
And every year my sweet momma and those closest to me say,
"That's what you say every year."
And every year around the beginning of October my class gets
into their groove and we get a super sweet {two week} October break.
School doesn't take over my entire life and my own kids start adjusting to their schedules
and things begin to get back to normal around here.

I thought I'd start blogging again by finishing a series I started 2 {!!!} years ago.
While I've had the pages done for a long time,
 the editing and directions and time for each post have just eluded me.
So, here are the last pages of Scripture Art Journal!

Start here.

Day 24: John 3;
Journal Stitching 

My Process: 
John 3 is rich with  great verses to journal.
Again, I have more questions than answers, but I think that's a good thing.
I encourage you to journal your questions as you read. 

Here's what I love about this chapter. 
Nicodemus is a Pharisee. He comes to Jesus in secret, at night. 
He is super highly educated.
He would be considered the religious elite, 
a member of the Jewish ruling council.
And yet, he doesn't understand the spiritual stuff Jesus is telling him.
I love that I don't have to go to seminary or have a lot of 
book knowledge for God to speak to me through His word. 
His Word and his Holy Spirit are all I need to know the truth.
Everything else is helpful: sermons, commentaries, books, friends
but not necessary.

Okay for today's journal: 

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, 
but to save the world through him.
John 3: 17

I love that
There is no condemnation for those 
who trust in Christ Jesus.
Romans 8:1

God made us exactly the way He wants us.
And there is no shame in who we are.
Fear and shame are not of God. 
They are lies that quietly sneak in and try to 
put wedge between us and God.
I love that Jesus never accuses or condemns,
but teaches us how to confess, forgive (ourselves as much as others)
and move on in truth and love.

Let's start creating.
***Important: Please don't let the sewing/stitching scare you away.
The sewing machine part is completely optional, and not at all necessary.
I just want to show you as many fun techniques and tricks as I can to allow you
to choose when you are journaling on your own. ***


Acrylic Paints

Patterned paper

gel medium {or Mod Podge}

Different colors of thread

Sewing machine

Steps 1& 2: Start by layering with paint and paper.

You can refer to Day 10 for more specifics, but I started this page as I did all of the others,
(only I forgot to take pics of the starting process, sorry!) 

First, cover the page with big blocks of a couple of different colored paints.
Use a dry paper towel to spread the paint, to give it a streaky look.
Wait for it to dry, and add big blocks of patterned paper with Mod Podge. 
Use a contrasting color (I used white) to paint more details.

Step 3: Pick Your Paper

Choose several pieces of coordinating paper to make smaller paper collages, off the page.
I chose these.

Arrange and tear big paper backgrounds to create several baby collages on,
but don't glue them down because you'll be running them through the sewing machine.

Here's how I arranged mine on the page and added smaller pieces to the big piece.

Step 4: Paint details on your baby collages.

First paint details with white paint, making patterns, doodles, and designs.

Then paint over the white with black paint. 

Step 5: Stitch Your Baby Collages

I used several different colors of thread and switched between a straight stitch and a zigzag stitch.

I overlapped the colors
to give it a loose feel.

Step 6: Glue Your Baby Collages down to Create a Final Collage

Done and done!

Hope you had fun with this.
Remember, you can stitch just about any paper to add some texture & interest.
Try it and let me know how it goes! 


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Introducing: Our Fall Line of Prints and a Sale!

Finally, friends.
I've finally finished this group of 12 new scripture art prints. 
They are up and available in the store now.

I have loved working with some different color palettes, 
inspired by play time with paint this summer.

Here they are:
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Thanks for celebrating our new line with us as we welcome fall!


Friday, September 5, 2014

Say thank you with succulents! {Thank you printables}

Can I just say how happy I am that fall is here
and summer is but a distant memory?

All I can say is, we survived summer
and I for one am looking forward to some
sweaters and boots and structure in our day,
children in school and chili and football games.
I've never been more ready.
({Did I mention kids in school?!?}
I mean, I love my kids, but just a little bit of absence {and space}
 makes my heart grow so much fonder.

I have so many people in my life that I am deeply grateful for
and I wanted to give them a little thank you to let them know how awesome they really are.
I, for one, love getting plants as gifts,
because they're pretty and they make me happy and they last.
{at least a little while in my house}

 I've had this little project in mind since I saw these
sweet little containers at the Dollar Store.

I picked up some succulents from Lowe's
and made some little flags.
The whole thing cost about $5 each,
just a little more than a card, right?

Okay, here's what you'll need:

A glass container with a wide mouth.

A variety of succulents

Glue Gun

Fabric scraps and twine to wrap around

Wooden shishkabob skewers

and these little flags printed on cardstock.
Click here to print.

1. Plant your succulents.

2. Wrap your fabric scraps around & glue gun to the jar.

3. Print out the flags on card stock & glue gun them to the sticks.

4. Give to someone wonderful.

Super easy, right?
I hope you have fun with these.
Now bring on the fall. Pretty please.