Make Your Own Mid-Century Modern Calendar Banners

Get a Jump Start on Your 2019 Journal! Retro Style!Including How-To Video on Making a Calendar Journal Page As I was playing around with Mid-Century Modern monthly banner ideas for my new journal, I thought, “These would be so much easier if I had a stencil to use…” So I made one, and StencilGirl® Products agreed it was a great idea. Here it is! It’s available to you too! Here is the new Mid-Century Modern banners for journall stencil for cards and special-making fun for your retro art!  The stencil can be used for many things, not just Monthly Calendar banners.… 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

What Time is it for You?

What Time is it? For you? For me? For us? September often brings new beginnings and a shift in seasons. For many a new year of school begins. It has been nine years since I taught school and my daily times and rhythms were determined by the school calendar. This September is definitely a different one for me. Making a calendar page in my everyday journal is still a therapeutic and consoling process for me. Each month seems like a fresh start, full of possibilities. This month I’ve chosen colors that personally symbolize rest, peace, and hope. Painted papers, Washi… Read More

The Creativity of The Creator – Bible Journaling

The Creativity of the Creator July Everyday Journal Group Theme Evidence of the Great Creator is all around us. The name of God, Elohim, found at the beginning of the Bible begins with the Creator in the act of creating. Bible journaling the creation story in Genesis 1 has helped me connect with God in a deeper way as my Creator. It has also encouraged me as a co-creator with God. Looking up the meaning of “Elohim” and the Hebrew spelling and meaning of the letters has brought a richer understanding of God as Creator. The Creativity of The Creator… Read More

A-Z of Mystery Journal – F – Freedom

The Mystery of Freedom F in the A-Z of Mystery Journal This page has been interesting to work on. Freedom was my word of the year last year, so I had already done a word study etc. But it looks different this year. Last year I focused on the freedom to choose and be my true self. Last year’s journey was one of letting go, trusting God and embracing the mystery of not knowing and understanding. It didn’t feel free. It felt like dying to myself: relinquishing  my desires, agenda, and especially my expectations, blowing away like dandelion seeds in… Read More

Verse Mapping in my Everyday Journal and Bible

Verse-Mapping to Gain Insight After a conversation with friends, I was challenged to study the meaning of an often hard-to-understand verse in the Bible. Verse mapping can be a good way to sort through words and phrases, and keep focused on what the text says, and what they mean. At the same time, Mary Brack, Bernice Hopper and I were talking about the theme for our Everyday Journals facebook group: verse mapping.  Mary even set up a Pinterest board for Verse Mapping, which I think is quite helpful. My verse map in my everyday journal is pretty messy but it really… Read More

Bonus Lesson Added & New Book Published!

Inspire Your Creative Expression Through Bible Journaling & Visual Prayer Bible Journaling the Cross The more I Bible journal, the more I learn and fall in love with Jesus and want to spend time in the Bible, God’s love letter to us. During this season of Lent, and in the first year of my new e-course, Bible Journaling with Stencils & More, a new BONUS lesson has been added. This one doesn’t use stencils, but instead, shows the step-by-step process of making the cross journal page above and some research into some of the last words of Jesus on the… Read More

Prayerful Doodling Book NOW Available!

Be Inspired through Prayerful Doodling Activate your God-given creativity while doodling, coloring, and Bible journaling in ways that deepen your relationship with God and give you the opportunity to grow your artistic skill. This book encourages conversations with God by engaging the imagination through visual examples and easy-to-follow techniques for experiencing the creative process as a way to listen and respond to God. The visual prayer techniques shared in Prayerful Doodling are some of the processes that have integrated my creativity and spirituality. Spiritually they have helped me pray, listen to God more, work through problems and emotions, gain insight,… Read More

A-Z of Mystery Journal – E – Enter

Enter into the Mystery E – in the A-Z of Mystery Journal To enter means: to come in or go in, to be admitted into, to make a beginning, to come upon the stage, to share in, to have an intuitive understanding, to make record of, to occupy or take possession. ~ from Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary I’ve been thinking about what it means to enter into the mystery of God. On one hand it feels a bit like free falling into the unknown, but how can I say no to drawing into more of experiencing God? Letting go… Read More

What to do when you don’t like your journal page

What to do when you don’t like a journal page? In the past I wanted all my journal pages to be just right, without mistakes, but found that way of thinking limited my risk-taking in art-making. This tendency toward perfectionism put pressure on me when I should’ve had freedom. So much of the art making process is about a mindset, a way of thinking, about having fun. Thankfully I grew out of that way of thinking into “You can always gesso (put a paint base) over it.” That is true. Some of my most messed up pages have been painted… Read More