Wednesday, October 22, 2014

DIY Halloween Sign

Halloween decorating day is BIG around here.
They are at the perfect magical holiday ages, 3 and 6,
when a little cardboard skeleton from the dollar store
will keep them happy for weeks. or at least minutes. or at least 30 seconds.

Have I expressed my deep gratitude and love for dollar tree & $.99 Store lately?
I think I get more excited than my kids when I find stuff for $1.
We found everything you see here (except for the sign & the window)
between those 2 stores.

I made this bunting last year.
{tutorial here}

Mini pumpkins: $.99 Store.
Glittery crow: $.99 Store

Spiders on webs: Dollar Tree

Cute little owl: Doller Tree

So I feel really silly creating a tutorial for this project.

1.) For the wood: Buy an enormous piece of wainscoting from Lowe's.
Paint it white & saw it & sand it.
(Or try to get your husband to.)
Drill holes in the top.

2. Paint: Happy Halloween on it with a bunch on candy corns on the bottom.

3. Let it dry & hang!

Ha! Riveting. I know.

Now for my Halloween house tour,
masterfully curated by my 3 and 6 year old.
They were seriously, so excited about taping cardboard pictures to
the wall that I didn't have the heart to say no!

One day they will not jump up and down, giddy with anticipation,
 when I pull the Halloween box out of the garage.
But today, they do, so today we are letting them have their say.

Here's Jack & Josh's Halloween-themed collage wall.

An original work.

A pumpkin family reunion.

And Jack was adamant that we put one right by the potty,
for entertainment purposes, of course.

 Jack & Josh:
Gathering inspiration at the pumpkin patch


Monday, October 20, 2014

31 Days of Scripture Art Journaling::Day 26: Creating Fold-Outs, John 5

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Day 26: Creating Fold-Outs

For today's journal page I read John 5.
This verse is the one I chose to journal:

19 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel.
John 5: 19-20

Jesus says this just after he healed the man on the Sabbath. 
Right before he healed him he asked him, "Do you want to be healed?"
I love that. And the guy makes up an excuse for why he can's possibly be healed, 
and then Jesus heals him, and he takes his mat & walks away. 

What struck me about this verse, and what I feel like God keeps coming back to with me
is that I am right where I am supposed to be.
Right where God wants me. 
He's put me here for a specific purpose, and given me these specific gifts, 
so that we may marvel. 
Together. You and me.

"For the Father loves his daughter and shows her all that he himself is doing."
Isn't that amazing? He invites us into his story.
so that we may see Him and marvel.

Most of the time I walk around writing my own story, 
asking God to bless it, instead of asking Him how I can join in His story.
I love this picture of Jesus looking to the Father to see what he does, 
and simply doing the same.

That's my assignment. 
That's all I need to do. 
Look to my Father, and DO what he wants me to DO. 

Let's journal. 

I made fold-outs from paper scraps for this page.
These are simply pieces of paper, glued to your page, that fold-out.

{Nothing new}





black ink

super skinny brush

Step 1: Make your background.

Dip a paper towel into each color to spread it
 around the page with a streaky look.

Step 2: Make Your Fold-outs
Take a piece of patterned paper, text, or music for your fold out.

Fold them, about an inch wide, vertically.

Fold each sheet almost in half, but not quite.


Cut out the bottom right corner.

Flip it over.

Glue only the long skinny upper right rectangle down.

Go through the same process or a fold out on the left side of your journal.
*Glue only the thin rectangle part down, so the rest can fold out.

Add another fold out to the bottom, if you have room.
Paint gesso over the text so you can jourbal on it.

Step 3:Fold-up your fold-outs.
Add pretty paper to the page with ModPodge.

Step 4: Paint 
Add paint to the page.
Paint your verse with black ink and teeny tiny brush.

Step 5: Add details.
Stripes, circles, color, whatever.

And more details...

Step 6: Open up your fold-outs & paint them.

I painted some other verses that came to mind, in the fold-outs.

Voila! Have fun with this one.


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

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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.