Advent Inspiration Journal – Peace – Part 2

Advent Inspiration – Devotional Journal & the Message of Peace This Second Sunday in Advent brings the message of Peace. The Shalom Peace of God has come to the whole earth. The Hebrew word Shalom means far more than a cease-fire or peace of mind. It means complete wholeness, as God intended us to be. It includes health, safety, security, friendship, and salvation, being forgiven, and debts paid for. In essence, peace is the reality of hope for each of us and for the world. Jesus, Yeshua, Messiah fulfilled the prophecy of peace when He said, “The Spirit of Adonay… Read More

Advent Inspiration Journal Part 1

Advent Inspiration – Devotional Journal A-Z Part 1 Words: A-D This Advent season I’m participating in Mary Brack’s “Advent Words 2018” devotional and creative response. You can find out all about it on her website: https://www.foundonbrighton.com/.  The pages in this post are entries in my Advent 2019 journal. Mary has generously made a calendar list of words and Scripture, and includes a daily devotional sent to your Inbox when you sign up on her website. You can also join her facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Wordschallengegroup/ and post your journal entries and responses there as we connect with one another. It’s not too late… Read More

Word of the Year – Bullet Journal – What’s Your Style?

Word of the Year – Bullet Journal What’s Your Style Style refers to distinct characteristics, designs, forms genres, patterns, techniques, appearances, and expressions. It is a broad word that can be applied to many things like Art, Writing, Music, Architecture, Fashion, Decorating, etc. There are lots of font styles out there. I downloaded some new ones in my style search at: https://www.dafont.com/ In Art History style is distinct visual depictions that describe characteristics and ways of doing things from a specific time period and/or place such as Modern Art, Abstract Expressionism, Impressionism, Baroque, Renaissance, Medieval, Classical, Asian, Primitive Art etc. Individual… Read More

Looking Forward – Looking Back – Living Now – My Word of the Year

Looking Back – Looking Forward – Living Now My Word of the Year It’s that time of year when I start to seek and often find a theme word for the following calendar year. What if you find yourself not finished with your word for this year, or what if it feel like you’ve fallen short of the goals for the word and for the year? Yep, that’s where I’m at. For example, I’m doing an A-Z of my word “Mystery.” You may have noticed I’ve only posted A-K. That’s because I’m not done. Here it is November and I’m… Read More

Black Friday-Cyber Week Sale – Stencils & Bible Journaling E-Course

20% off Bible Journaling E-Course & All StencilGirl® Stencils on Sale For a limited time:  Black Friday-Cyber Wednesday Friday November 23-28, 2018 Use coupon code: black-cyber Stencils Sale sold separately on StencilGirl® Products website (see sale below) StencilGirl® Products Sale Info! Sunday and Cyber Monday Save 25% off all* stencils Use code: cyber25  Sunday and Monday, November 25 & 26, 2018 from midnight until 11:59 p.m. CST (Central Standard Time) USA PLUS 10% discount when you buy 6 stencils of the same size! Choose 1 FREE large stencil for every $100 spent (after discounts are applied). You MUST specify your choice(s) by L### (such… Read More

I Can’t Believe It’s a Stencil! Card Making…

I Can’t Believe It’s a Stencil! Making Nesting Doll Cards I’ve always been drawn to the playfulness and layers of people and their stories represented by nesting dolls. Being of mostly eastern European descent, I have a little collection of them, and find myself looking for them when we travel. They remind me of the layers of ourselves as people, and how we are incomplete without relationship with one another. They remind me to be thankful and make me smile. Every Christmas I get out all the nesting dolls, with their layers, and they have a party on the piano or… Read More

A-Z of Mystery Journal – K – Kingdom

The Mystery of the Kingdom of Heaven – K in the A-Z of Mystery Journal For years the concept of the Kingdom of Heaven or the Kingdom of God seemed so illusive. Ten years ago, I remember asking a few of my co-workers what the Kingdom of Heaven really looks like. We had a few good discussions, but it was still vague by the end of the conversations. I read through the gospels in the Bible and noted the word Kingdom (of God or Heaven). At that same time I also noted the references to the Holy Spirit. It was as… Read More

New Music Stencils & Open Studio Demos

New Music Stencils Music is a language all it’s own, sinking deep into the soul from the depths of despair and reaching up to the gates of heaven. Music allows us to relive memories forever young, and dream of the future bright with hope. “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” Plato These stencils, made by StencilGirl® Products, can help you express your music in art and art journaling. So versatile! My personal favorite is the music staff mask and I’ve been using as for a background pattern… Read More

Open Studio Tour – October 20-21, 2018

Welcome to my Studio My studio in Hillsboro, Oregon will be one of over 60 art studios open for the Washington County Artists Oregon Studio tour. October 20-21st. It’s FREE, open from 11 am-5 pm. Get inspired! I’d love to see you! Come by to be blessed: art demos, new stencils reveal, give-aways, art, journals, coloring, walk the labyrinth. Find out more at:  https://www.washcoart.org/valeriesjodin2018/ Come Visit my Studio & Patio Courtyard! Look through Journals… Walk the Labyrinth… Ask Art Questions… See Stenciling Demos… Stencils, Artwork & Books available for Purchase Be the First to See my NEW Music Stencils in… Read More

A-Z of Mystery Journal – J – Joy

The Mystery of Joy – J in the A-Z of Mystery Journal Joy is one of those things that makes one’s heart sing. The mystery of joy, at least for me, lies in the difference between joy and happiness. They are similar and can be expressed in similar ways, but joy goes deeper. Joy is an emotion of delight and gladness not dependent on circumstances. It expresses gratitude for beautiful experiences and is hopeful for something wonderful. “Joy is the echo of God’s life within us.” – Columba When thinking about how I was going to present the word JOY,… Read More