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

An Acronym for Rest in my Visual Journal

An Acronym for Rest in my Visual Rest Journal I get excited when a theme word works well for an acronym that adds meaning to the word. It helps me apply the word and live it out. Making journal pages helps cement the ideas and actions in my life. This post includes the images and definitions of the words in the acronym for R-E-S-T in the journal pages. The definition of REST is “the refreshing, quiet or repose of sleep; refreshing ease or inactivity after exertion or labor; relief’ freedom especially from anything that wearies, troubles or disturbs; solitude, tranquility, mental… 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

StencilGirl Stencils on Sale NOW!

All Stencils on SALE NOW July 6-8th StencilGirl Products has all their stencils on sale. FOR 3 DAYS ONLY! Here is the scoop with important info: It is time for Mary Beth’s Birthday Sale Receive 14% OFF all my StencilGirl stencil designs HERE! Use code:  MBS14 $100+ orders** CHOOSE 1 FREE Large STENCIL*** ***You MUST put the L### in the comment box at checkout. Sorry, no exceptions. **6 of the same size 10% discount is applied first! $100+ orders post-discount. *Sale does not apply to wholesale accounts or StencilClub membership. The stencil sale begins July 6th and ends July 8th at 11:59 p.m.… Read More

Cultivate ~ Art Journaling & Our Garden

Cultivate: Art Journaling Workshop & Our Garden June brings with it sunshine, gardening, and the annual Art Journaling Workshop. It’s a joy to open my studio and courtyard garden to fellow creatives who sign up for the workshop. In the workshop, having a theme, word, object, place, or idea to begin with is encouraged. Sending out prompts helps prepare for the 2 1/2 day workshop. My visual theme was trees, and my word: cultivate, as you see above. Cultivate means: to prepare and work the land in order to raise crops, till; to promote or improve growth by labor and… Read More

A-Z of Mystery Journal – H – Harmony

The Mystery of Harmony – H in the A-Z of Mystery Journal It’s amazing how relevant the word “Harmony” is for me right now. Some relationships are especially challenging, and I need wisdom and discernment to know how to navigate disagreement, how to be kind and honest, how to love the other person and be true to myself. It takes courage. For me it also takes surrender and dependence on God. I can’t do it in my own strength. Every week seems to bring a challenge and need for courage. This really stretches my “flight” tendency. The verse that jumped… Read More

A-Z of Mystery Journal – G – Glory

The Mystery of Glory – G – in the A-Z of Mystery Journal The meaning of glory has always been illusive to me, a mystery, with a kind of “high & mighty” air to it.  When attributed to God, it sounds authentic to me. When applied to humans it seems unnatural, distracting, and self serving. What is it? Why use the word? Since the word shows up in my verse of the year , it seems like a good idea to explore it. “Living within you is the Christ who floods you with the expectations of glory. This mystery of… Read More