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

Art Journaling & Stenciling Video Tutorials and Inspiration

Art Journaling & Stenciling Video Tutorials & Inspiration Here is a post showing all in one place three videos demonstrating various techniques for ways to use the new stencils I’ve designed for StencilGirl Products®. Following the videos is a grid gallery of inspirational images that have used the stencils. If you haven’t checked out the post just before this, you won’t want to miss the step-by-step process of painting a vintage style book cover. The first video shows how to make a mixed media art journal page using my new 6×6″ & 4×4″ Spirit Wind and Spirit Swirl stencils by… Read More

How to Paint Book Cover with Stencils

How to Paint a Book or Bible Cover with Stencils NEW STENCILS LAUNCHED TODAY! The stencils shown above provide the design and structure of painting this Bible cover. I designed them with the size of books and Bibles in mind, but can be used for all sorts of art journaling. These stencils and other NEWLY designed stencils are produced by StencilGirl® Products. This Bible was chosen because of its plain cloth cover, a base for the painting. I purchased ESV Interleaved Bible from Christianbook.com. I used Golden brand paints and cosmetic sponges. See my Tips, Supplies & Resource page for more info.… Read More

He Is Risen! Bible-Hymn Journaling

He is Risen Indeed! Bible-Hymn Journaling the Resurrection The Good News! Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen! This week I spent some time reading the Gospel resurrection accounts in the Bible. Matthew and Mark record it the most similarly. I like that each one is different, like different witnesses seeing specific events and people from their own viewpoint. This actually gives more credibility to the Scripture in my view. I chose to Bible journal Mark’s record in Mark 16, mostly because the pages directly followed the crucifixion page I did with the cross on Mark 15. Mark 16:1-8… Read More

Art Journaling Weekend Workshop Creative Adventure!

A New Season of Creativity has Begun! Inspiration Abounds! My studio has had a library revamp and the new library corner is working beautifully with the bonus of a bit more floor space and easy organization of art supplies. It gets me excited for the next Art Journaling Weekend Workshop, June 22-24, 2018. Would you like to join me? Full of Possibility! Expressing Unique Personal Style Last year we had a lovely group of creatives making a weekend art journal. I still find it amazing that these beautiful journals are made out of just three pieces of watercolor paper. It’s… Read More