Butterfly Journal Flying Free

Turning the page into a new season, stepping into freedom… Arise and Shine!   “… being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6 NIV “Fly free on the wings of hope in the goodness of God…” -Valerie Sjodin It’s only the beginning… Can you not discern This new day of destiny Breaking forth around you? The early signs of my purposes and plans Are bursting forth. The budding vines of new life Are now blooming everywhere. The fragrance of flowers whispers,… Read More

Butterfly Journal Emerging

The butterfly and process of metamorphosis has long been a personal symbol of growing. It is a call upward through the dark quiet of the cocoon, an inner journey of trust to arise into who God made me to be. It seemed fitting that the butterfly would revisit as the theme of my summer workshop journal. I love that the Latin word for image, the root word for imagine, imagination, etc. is Imago, referring to the final stage or form, after it has undergone complete metamorphosis. A word full of hope of fulfillment… Many times I’ve wondered if I will… Read More

Wonderful Art Journaling Weekend Workshop!

It was one of those weekends I marvel at. Twelve people, plus myself, who mostly are strangers, spending 2 1/2 days together. The range of experience in the group was vast: a couple of people had never done anything like making an art journal before, and a couple others taught classes like art journaling and book binding. Most were experienced in between the two. Even with all that difference, the creativity and connections flowed smoothly, with freedom and laughter throughout. Here is a photo of our journals (and feet) at the end: We had a wonderful time creating together: And… Read More

Where the Spirit of the Lord is…

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17 ESV   The Sunday before Pentecost at Rock Creek Church, Pastor James Bradburn made a declaration that next week’s focus would be on inviting Holy Spirit to come in power. As he was speaking I imagined a pair hands held in surrender and receiving, of each of us with our hands offering our heart to God, and receiving His heart with His loving powerful presence and light. The joy of the Lord filled us on Pentecost Sunday. I worshiped with… Read More

Exciting Bible Journaling News! Sneak Peek!

Wow, it’s been over a month since my last blog post. That might be a record. So much is happening, a season of rapid shifting. It’s hard to know where to start, there is so much to share, but I’ll start with some EXCITING NEWS: I recently signed an agreement with StencilGirl® (stencilgirlproducts.com) to design stencils for Bible Journaling. Last week I received prototypes of my stencils and am enjoying Bible journaling with them. Here is a sneak preview of a Bible Journal page spread using some of the stencils. Can you guess which images are stencils? Since I do a lot… Read More