The Inspire Bible Journaling Workshop

This past Saturday, I had the amazing opportunity to attend an Inspire Bible Tour Workshop with AMBER BOLTON at The Bridge Church in Princeton, NC!  I was so excited to see that there is a local church holding Bible Journaling classes and was really excited to invite some of my friends from church to come along and learn how so we can get our own group going at MY home church.  My pastor’s wife, Chatay and my good friend Deborah signed up with me.  Ms. Angie Bridgers hosted the event and she did a fantastic job,  I wanted to share some of the pictures from the event that I took and some I snagged (with her permission) from Ms. Angie’s Facebook.

Deborah and Chatay soaking it all in!  Amber Bolton is a youth pastor and very inspiring!

The verse we journaled as a group was Psalms 46

1God is our refuge and strength,
always ready to help in times of trouble.
2So we will not fear when earthquakes come
and the mountains crumble into the sea.
3Let the oceans roar and foam.
Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!
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4A river brings joy to the city of our God,
the sacred home of the Most High.
5God dwells in that city; it cannot be destroyed.
From the very break of day, God will protect it.
6The nations are in chaos,
and their kingdoms crumble!
God’s voice thunders,
and the earth melts!
7The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;
the God of Israel46:7 Hebrew of Jacob; also in 46:11. See note on 44:4. is our fortress.
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8Come, see the glorious works of the Lord:
See how he brings destruction upon the world.
9He causes wars to end throughout the earth.
He breaks the bow and snaps the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
10“Be still, and know that I am God!
I will be honored by every nation.
I will be honored throughout the world.”
11The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;
the God of Israel is our fortress.

 

The goal was to focus on one phrase that stuck out to us in mediating on the passage.

Deborah chose the oceans and the mountains.  I focused on wars ending and God burning the shields.  I know He will bring peace after the wars!

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Amber focused on the hows and whys of Bible Journaling and also demonstrated several art techniques to show how to respond to the verses we read and pray on.  I have been studying using Bible Journaling for over a year now and have really gotten so much more into the Word than I ever have before. I’m hoping to get some of our youth more excited about digging deep into God’s Word.

(I am a total fan girl too LOL!!)

Ms. Angie and the Bridge Church ladies had a beautiful breakfast all ready for us with COFFEE 🙂

This was just too pretty not to share and who doesn’t love donuts!

They announced there were 74 or 76 (??) attendees at the workshop, which is very exciting!  I met some amazing women and hope to attend some of the Bridge’s Tuesday night group meetings.

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This is my organizational system for my Bible Journaling supplies.  Everything I use is in this cart from Michael’s (Recollections brand).  I chose to put it all in this cart so I can move around wherever I need to in the house.  Most of my journaling/crafting happens in my scrapbook room, but sometimes I like to work at the dining room table or at my desk in my bedroom. I use the top rack for stamps/markers/pencils/paints/watercolors. The second rack holds some ink pads, washi tape, a tape runner, My Bibles and coloring cards/book.  The bottom rack holds random paper pieces, stickers, tags, cut down patterned paper and more washi.

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I was super excited to hear that Amber and Inspire Bible is offering spots on a Launch Team where you can purchase the kit get one of the brand new Inspire Praise Bibles early (not be released to the public until December 2017), a Tshirt, a workbook, and exclusive invitation to a private Facebook group.  The purpose of the Launch Team is to help spread the word by posting inspiration on different Social Media outlets.  I joined up last Friday and can’t wait to start sharing projects on this blog and also my Instagram! There are limited spots so if you want to join click on the link below this ad.

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Hoping you have a blessed day!

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Proverbs 31 Woman

Hello my beautiful, crafty friends. I hope this day finds you well, safe from the storms and at peace in your life!  I apologize for my absence the last several days but my family and I have been dealing with the death of my beloved Great Aunt Margaret.  She was such a beautiful, loving, amazing woman of God and she is leaving holes in many, many hearts of her family and friends.  She was always known as that lady who kept all those babies. She loved children, she kept so many of her nieces, nephews, friends’ babies and for most of them, she kept their children. She told me one time she thought she had kept around 120 babies (including me and my youngest daughter Sadie).  She was one of my biggest fans (2nd only to my Mama) and ALWAYS encouraged me in all my crafty, education and life skills. She was a constantly telling me how proud she was of me, how I was a good mother, a good worker, and how proud my beloved grandmother, her sister would have been of me too.  She bragged on my love of canning food that I grew in my garden to EVERYONE! She was always telling me that I was just like my Grandma and my Mama which is the best compliment she could have given me.  I just wanted to share the memory page I journaled in my Bible for her.  This passage fit her perfectly. Aunt Margaret you are so loved and will be so missed!

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A Grateful Heart (with video tutorial)

I LOVE this stamp set sentiment from the new set Pumpkin Kisses in the Journey Holiday Mini Catalog and knew it had to come live in my collection!  Our children at church used to sing this song from an old VBS cd and it’s such a beautiful worship song for ALL ages to remember:

Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son
And now let the weak say, “I am strong”
Let the poor say, “I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us”
I forget to Thank Him sometimes for all the blessings that he’s given me and yet he STILL continues to answer my prayers and pleas!
I hope you enjoy this beautiful card and video!

 

Halloween Card using the New Gel Press (with video tutorial)

I got my NEW gel press and I immediately had to make a cute card for Halloween!  I was able to pull another print on a scrap paper that will be a tag when I get it finished.  I hope you enjoy this video tutorial and PLEASE subscribe to my Youtube channel after you watch it! I plan to make at least one project tutorial a week (already have #2 filmed and ready to go!!). The Gel Press is 20% off this month so make sure to hit my Shop Now button up in the menu to take advantage of these great media mix deals for the month of September! Thanks for all your support and hope you have a blessed day!

What’s Old is New Again Halloween Card

I MISS the retro sketches challenge blog new postings and I’ve decided to go back and revisit some of the ones I missed out on because they are just too awesome to not go back!  This sketch is so great that I’m recreating it with my FAVORITE Halloween Set from the main Fun Stampers Journey Catalog – Ghostly Treats! Keep an eye out for MORE Halloween/Fall cards in the next 2 months and an un-boxing video of the NEW Journey Holiday Mini haul that I will be getting any day now!!

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ANNOUCEMENTS!! There is still time to join and get the super awesome August Bloom Box – Pop Art which is available through TOMORROW August 31!

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and here’s a SNEAK PEEK of the absolutely GORGEOUS, can’t wait to get it in my hot little hands September Bloom Box – Hello Sunflower

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Isn’t it STUNNING!!! I fully believe it will sell out so make sure to check back here on September 1 for links to subscribe and get this beautiful, timeless kit!

September’s sales promotion is phenomenal and I can’t wait to stock up on some of these beautiful media mix products myself!!

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AND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you have even CONSIDERED joining the FSJ family, you are in for one heck of a signing bonus that makes me completely jealous and wish I could join all over again!!! When you join in September AND place a qualifying $150 order by October 31, 2017 you receive a FREE bundle of mixed media product (worth $100) AND an exclusive project tutorial guide!!! Make sure to contact me with any questions!!

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Hoping you have a blessed day!!!

Passport Book & Butterfly Tags

I love these adorable passport books from the Fun Stampers Journey product line and thought they would be cute to add a couple of tags inside to gift another fellow Bible journaling friend. Tags make excellent bookmarks for your Bible and I leave the back of them blank because I always write sermon notes on the back of mine! These cute books make good gift card holders also!

 

Fall Peony Blooms Card

I believe we each have a season that “speaks” to us on such a deep level that we almost feel our soul connected to it. For me it’s fall and unfortunately here in beautiful North Carolina we see very little of it.  We MIGHT get a few weeks in October and November, but kids are still wearing shorts to school in October most of the time.  I love the colors, the smells, the chilly air, the promise of the old dying away to make room for the new in the spring.  The leaves are beautiful, county fairs with caramel apples, carving pumpkins and HALLOWEEN. I’m such a kid at heart with Halloween!

This beautiful card showcases the Peony Blooms stamp set along with a our new Fall Fest Prints from Fun Stampers Journey. I’m loving the ombre leaf paper so I’m sure you’ll see quite a bit of it. Color Splash pencils were used to highlight the flowers and leaves.

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A few reminders!! August Bloom Box is still available until August 31 and it’s absolutely darling this month!  Subscribe Here

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Ink pads are 20% off for the whole month of August so don’t miss out on that fantastic deal!! My Online Store

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