Monday, September 1, 2014

WINNER | Writing in the Margins

Thank you all so much for those of you who threw your name in the hat to win this WONDERFUL book. I am now a bit further into the book and let me tell you... it's a MUST read! Lisa walks you through step by steps on how she writes in the margins along with why. She also includes personal stories from other people who worship in this way as well! I wish I could give a copy to every SINGLE one of you who entered because I love it THAT much!!! But for today my winner is...

Congrats Sherrinda!!! Please email me at shannanoelATgmailDOTcom :) 

There are SO many beautiful quotes from this book that I have highlighted, written down and put to memory but one I wanted to share with you today..

For those of you who did not win, I noticed it is on sale on Amazon for only $13.51 with Prime! Which is an amazing deal for a book that can truly bring you to a better understanding about this new form of worship we have all fallen in love with!! If you are new to the idea of a journaling bible I would love for you to join us in our journaling bible community on facebook :) 

Plus One Gift Box

Join me on Amy Tangerine's blog as I show you how I pull together a gift box using the Plus One collection!!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Reflect Sunday | 8.31.14

Our journaling bible group on facebook as been wanting a verse, thought, prayer, parable we could all reflect on throughout the week. It will be fun to see where everyone lands on it! If you would like to see where this is taken or join in, we would love to have you!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Journaling Bible | Writing in the Margins

It's Friday!!!... And better than that it's Friday of a three day weekend (for some of us)! We have family in town and lots of fun to be had, how about you? I was talking with you the other day about some plans I had for the silkscreen in Whitman. I thought it would be PERFECT for my journaling bible, as it would allow the text to show through while still making a statement on the page! I also love that you can play with color, so I got out my color theory paints and dabbed a little at the top of the silkscreen. From there you simply drag the color across the page (you can use an old gift card, or any straight edge for this).

What I like about this process is that you can CLEARLY see the text below, but the graphic is so catchy! What don't like about this process is now I want a dozen silkscreen from Studio Calico, and this is their first one. So I am going to start a petition for more silkscreen LOL! But for real, I love them so!

This week instead of using sermon notes I took one of my favorite songs from this weeks worship and reflected on it a bit. It has been in my head all week, and I love that it works perfectly in 1 Timothy as it also talks about temptation. The text reads; so teach my song to rise to you when temptation comes my way". Isn't that just beautiful?! I love it. 

To join a community of us journaling in our bibles please join us in our facebook group

Over the past couple of weeks a lot of you have reached out and shared how the process of being artistic in your bible has changed you, changed you relationship with God, changed your outlook and I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart, those letters mean the world to me! Some of you have also suggested a book called Writing in the Margins by Lisa Nichols Hickman. Naturally I picked up one for myself as well as one for YOU! This book is PERFECTION. It takes every single thing I have been trying SO hard to put into words right there in black and white (with some doodles!!). The quotes in this book will stop you in your tracks as you think this book was a love letter to you personally, because it is. I got it last night and have already highlighted, dog eared and doodles all over it! I can't wait to share it with you! 

There are several ways to enter to win this book: 
1. Enter a comment with a link to where you shared it on instagram
2. Enter a comment with a link to where you shared it on your personal facebook
3. Enter a comment to where you shared it on your personal blog

*please enter a separate comment for each entry (one entry per social media post)

Winner will be posted on Monday September 1st, good luck!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Poet Society | Whitman

My friends, how much fun was reveal yesterday at Studio Calico? The kits are packed full of amazing embellishments and the layouts in the design team's gallery SHOW it! Instead of telling you all about the kits that are already sold out, I wanted to shine the light on the perfectly curated kit Whitman today! First let's just take a look at this bad boy!

I seriously love the banners (always have and always will) the gold on these ones just takes them over the top, the puffy stickers have stolen my heart and that adorable wood veneer alpha is just perfect for any ocassion! But let's not forget the star of the show! That silkscreen!!! EEK! I love it! I have some plans for it I plan to share soon!  A couple layouts I used this kit on include SO FUN and Enjoy the Little Things: 

I just LOVE how Ania-Maria used this kit, this layout makes you stop and just take it all in!

A couple other things I picked up to ship with my kit: 

I picked up two of these last month and I have to say they are even more FANTASTIC in person!

I know it is kinda of boring and easy to get distracted by all the AWESOMEness with the beautiful kits. But the way the digital shop & designers have been knocking it out of the park with their fun cuts I have been giving my silhouette machine a work out! So it was high time for a new mat! 

What did you love this month from Studio Calico? I can't wait to see what you do with it!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Journaling Bible | Ashley HortonJournaling Bible | Ashely Horton

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I am excited to have an amazingly talented guest with us!!! Ashely is a SUPERstar scrapbooker on such teams as American Crafts, and Echo Park. She has an adorable etsy shop where you will find some of the CUTEST cuts for your digital die cut machine. Come to find out she is not only enjoying her journaling bible, but is doing it such a CREATIVE and INSPIRING way, I just knew I had to have her with us today! Everyone say "HI Ashley!!!" .....

I love that God gives all of us our own individual testimonies.  Testimonies may have something in common, but each one is still our own personal experience.  I grew up in my grandparents took me every Sunday from the time I was a baby...grew up in church.  I was saved at the age of twelve.  As I got older, I did the typical rebellious teenager stuff, but remained in church.  Even though I didn't always stay on the right path, I never strayed from attending church.  I even worked in two different church offices for over 14 years, before I became a stay at home mom!  Our current church is only the 5th church I've ever attended, in my span of 40 years.  I believe in finding a church, staying, and being involved.  I remember sharing in our Bible Study class one Sunday, as we were discussing testimonies, that mine was just a typical, boring huge revelation, or transformation from a life of drugs or substance abuse.  Our teacher pointed out, that my testimony was just as relevant as any of the drastic testimonials of being saved, because there are other people out there like me, that need to hear the same story.  That even though we grow up in church, we are still separated from God, until we ask Jesus into our hearts.  WOW!  So, that is why I chose to journal Isaiah 6 as one of the first entries in my Journaling Bible, once it arrived.  This is such an amazing description of God's holiness and our separation through sin, until we realize that sin and turn away from it.  And one of the most powerful verses is 6:8 - "And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?' Then I said, 'Here I am! Send me.'"  This is the perfect picture of sin separating us from God, repenting, and then doing God's will.  He gives us the tools to go out and share our testimony, when we are willing to say "Here I am!  Send me."

We just started a new sermon series on Building Stronger Families.  My hubby and I are working to instill the Word of God and Christian values in our children.  But honestly, we mess up so many times a day!  I'm not gonna's not like the Duggar's around here, and we only have 3 kids, not 19!!  There are days of a lot of yelling, or when I feel like putting them out by the road, with a Free Kid sign around their neck.  But, God continues to teach us and help us grow, and I am so glad that our Pastor is sharing this sermon series.  The first week, was based on Matthew 7:24-27, and having our foundation in Jesus.  I can't pray and ask God to make my husband or children perfect.  I need to pray for God to change me and show me how He wants me to be obedient.  And my foundation, can't be my husband or my children.  It has to be Jesus, because only He can fulfill my every need.

Do you have a favorite book of the Bible?  After going through a Beth Moore study of Esther several years ago, it immediately became my favorite book.  Here is poor Esther, who kind of gets thrown into a situation she didn't ask for and ends up having to make a huge decision that not only affects herself, but all of her people.  After going through Esther, I learned that we have to decide to be obedient...always.  It can't be a situation based decision, when God calls us to something.  I don't want to come to a situation, and say, "Sorry God, I weighed the pros and cons of what You asked me to do, and I'm just not feeling it today."  But I also love that Esther took time to fast and pray and had others do the same for her, before she tackled going before the King.  Just because God calls us to do something, doesn't mean we have to go in alone.  I love being able to ask for prayers and help from our church family, and know that other Christians are lifting me up in prayer, when I need i

The last scripture, I want to share from today, is found in 1 Peter 2:11.  It is easy for me to get caught up in the things of the world.  There is always so much going on around us and so much to keep us distracted and busy.  I love listening to Christian songs, that reinforce the message of God's Word.  For some reason, I stink at memorizing scripture, even though I have tried many times.  But give me a song, and I usually know it almost all the way through, by the second listen!  I've always loved Third Day and their song "Alien".  And another favorite is "Where I Belong" by Building 429.  Both of these songs talk about being aliens and strangers here on earth.  I love that these are constant reminders for me, that this home is only temporary, and we can look forward to eternity in heaven.  So sometimes, I have to take a step back from something that I consider soap opera dramatic or too huge for me to handle, and realize that in the grand scheme of things, it's only a teeny tiny fragment of my days here on earth.  Then I can focus on listening to God and how he wants me to handle those situations.  But it's also important for me to remember, that even though this isn't my "home", there is still work to do here and God has a plan for my life and is continuing to work in it daily.

Thank you so much for letting me share with you today!  I look forward to the days to come, and the ways God will use my love for Him and crafting to accomplish His will in my life.  Before you go, I have a set of Free Printables for you, and I hope you will enjoy using them, as you journal your way through the Bible!

See, I told you.. she really doesn't let you down does she!? Thank you ASHLEY!! I love how she is so honest and just lays her heart out there. We have had some amazing guests, each one so different but with that same golden heart. If you would like to share your journaling bible & process I would love to hear from you please email me at shannanoelATgmailDOTcom :) Also, we have started a little journaling bible group on facebook and would love to have you, you can be added here :) Hope to see you soon!

Favorite Scrapbooker Blog Hop

Imagine my glee when I was contacted by Ginny  to participate in the favorite scrapbooker blog hop!! Not only was it such an honor to be choosen to partiicapte but especially by Ginny, seriously that woman is on fire!

Okay on to it shall we?

1. What am I working on right now? Just finished up my kit work for Studio Calico, and a couple other things I am not read to share just yet! Also super excited about a new group I just started on Facebook!
2. How long does it take me to create a project?  Really depends but usually around an hour.
3. What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?  I have a new love for stamps and just in love with watercolors as well
4. How does my writing/creating process work? Lately I have been starting with the story more and more, making sure I am including the journaling into the design instead of trying to fit it in at the end!
5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired? I am really inspired by a challenge. For example working with items only in a kit, or working with a sketch. I need some rails to find my spark!
6. What is my signature style?  Good question! I love white space, bold colors, and a little whimsy. 
Thank you for including me Ginny, it really is such an honor to be a part of this especially from you! 
Now here are 3 of my favorite scrappers…. (so many to choose from!!!!) 

Barbara is one of those people who can look at a new product and think of about 450 amazingly cool things to do with it, none of which ever would cross your mind! She is amazingly creative, super organized, always on top of things and one of the most loyal people you will ever meet. I love her to a thousand pieces and I know you will too!

I have professed my love for Pam a time or two on this blog so I knew she had to be a part of this! I LOVE how her mind words. Always focusing on the story and the photo and then adding ONLY the perfect embellishments from there! I stand in awe of this layouts its one of my favorites ever. Like of all time in the history of the world!! #nbd. 

I have known Chantal since my digital scrapbooking days. Her eye for color and design is something I have always admired. Once she started paper/hybrid scrapbooking I would just stand back and watch her work, the way she pulls a layout together is so smart and innovative! I just adore every.single.thing. about this lady! 

Thank you so much for stopping by! Have an amazing day! I will be back in a couple hours with a guest post!!