Bible Journaling – John 13:34-35

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So this week’s (actually last week’s) Bible verse for memorization is John 13:35.

But I decided to add in 34 for my Bible journaling purposes.  I wanted the main idea of loving one another to stick out. So I used the text from part of verse 34, but boxed around the whole thing so I would be reminded to pay attention to the rest of it.

ESV John 13 vs. 34-35

34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

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“By this all people will know that you are my disciples”

I try to tell this to the kids in my life frequently… and it’s a really hard thing for kids to understand because there’s a level of self that’s a bit bigger than it should be when you’re young. I tell them that just because someone does something hurtful to you, that doesn’t mean you need to do something even more hurtful back. There is no need for “get even.” The best thing you can give back after being scorned is love. Like one example our Pastor gave; tipping big for the absolute worst service at a restaurant. Wouldn’t that look different than giving the usual lousy tip for lousy service. That is what makes you look like a Christian.

This week Pastor had us write down something on an index card. He had us write down something that was done to us that really hurt us and also who did it. Then he had us tear it up and urged us to forgive that person in our hearts if we haven’t already. No good can come from hoarding grudges. I might try this with the kids, but really I’m open to ideas. I’m not sure if you just don’t get it till you’re older… but I also feel like most adults would rather get even then forgive and show love. I’m by no means perfect, I hold onto those negative feelings as well as anybody, but I’ve learned to forgive just like I hope I’ve been forgiven for past hurts I have dealt. After all, usually what you’re mad about really isn’t that important in the end. And forgiveness is so rewarding. 

So here is the process for the Bible Journaling. I kept it pretty simple again, and actually I used Roo’s bible this time because I kinda messed mine up… but that Barnes and Noble giftcard I’m using to spread paint just got emptied on another journaling Bible online. It was a present from one of my piano students (THANK YOU!) I had to spend an extra $3 over the $25 GC, but there is a coupon running now.. so I got a Bible that was already on sale, then an extra 20% off that… and free shipping, so the total was $28.  So my first journaling Bible might serve as a tester now… we’ll see.

Here’s the coupon link.

Barnes and Noble Coupon

So HERE is actually the process video:

The lettering was actually inspired by a sticker…  I went to use it, but it was too big, so I just copied the style. Then I added some more stickers at the end that kinda went with the color theme.

Hope everyone is having an inspiring week so far!  God Bless!

 

 

 

 

 

Vacation Bible School at Shadyrest Bible Church

It’s been a busy week with my nephews over so instead of some bible journaling, I thought I’d share some pics and vids from our adventures at VBS. We’ve been having a blast exploring Egypt and hearing the story of Joseph.

Here’s a little trailer we put together with the iMovie app:

And here are some pics!

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Here they are with their family leader, Valerie.

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And last night my niece Norah joined us as well. They all had a little too much fun with the eyeliner…

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The shopkeepers had them busy doing lots of crafts.

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But I think the favorite was the Food tent….

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This mummy photo op was a particularly fun spot.

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And then when we got home, after a nice walk around town, we made a giant fort in the living room.

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There are two days left! So join us at Shadyrest!  It’s from 6-8!  Here’s the link:

Shadyrest Bible Church

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday Scrapbooking- Jared Anderson

So fun stuff went on this past weekend…
Our friend Jen invited us to see Jared Anderson at a church in Gloucester. It was their __ anniversary party… I forget the amount of years. Lol… was an interesting church. I kinda felt like I was in the audience of a TV show or something… lol. But very very nice and welcoming people. Especially Norm who showed us around and got to hear from Eleanor that his name was one letter short of our dog’s name.

Jared is probably known best for his song “Great I Am.” At least in my circles… The band played a favorite of mine “Great are You Lord,” before Jared came on. They were excellent and the sound system was … almost too good… And it really emphasized Jared’s talent. We’ve been enjoying the couple CD’s we have of his, but sometimes I feel like in the production, some raw gets cooked. So I think you miss out on a lot that you can only capture through a live performance. Most of the time it was just him and the piano and honestly, for me, most of the time less is more. Not that I don’t appreciate a good pile of instruments magically woven together into a musical quilting of wonderlands, ya sometimes just have to buy the base model to really appreciate the power.

What is this, metaphor night? NO, this is scraptastic night! So let’s get scrappin! Maybe one friday we should do it live… we’d be here all night!!!

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So besides all that, I’m so glad we were able to go with Jen and her two daughters. We had such a good time and left so inspired.

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Have a wonderful weekend! Blessings!

 

 

Bible Journaling – 1 Corinthians 10:31

So the next verse in our scripture memory challenge is:

1 Corinthians 10:31English Standard Version (ESV)

31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

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I decided to shorten it just a little and illustrate the “eat or drink” part. Lol…  This was one of those pages that I didn’t really think about…  I didn’t even plan on doing any bible journaling after church, but it just kinda happened. The mood took over.  Actually, it was a very inspired day Sunday.  I ended up doing a lot of things that didn’t fall into the “cleaning and laundry” category.  Everything fell more into the “drink coffee, eat ice cream, and get creative” category.  I think the Pastor’s sermon kinda inspired me. He was talking about how if you stopped and just looked around at this world…. this creation…. how could you not know God exists? And again… Truth was spoken. I mean seriously… how could you not know? How could anything but an awesome creator imagine this stuff? Why are there trees and why do I care how pretty they look?

So here is a speedy process with some YouTube music. Lol.  I was sick of hearing myself talk.

 

And here is a link to Our Church’s YouTube channel! You can check out all the sermons so far here:

Shady Rest Bible Church

Have a blessed week!

 

 

 

Friday Scrapbooking – Beach Mini Album- (con’t)

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Yay!  Crafty Scrapsniffin’ friday!!!

It was a rainy poury friday as well! But I made it home fairly dry! Just in time to write this up!

I know it hasn’t been the happiest of weeks as we are all aware.  I won’t get into that here, but the prayer warriors are busy! And though it’s so hard, we shouldn’t worry because God’s hand is on everything.:) But I love seeing my friends becoming more connected in the midst of these tragedies. I love how they are using it for good. I love how it’s encouraging people to spread the Gospel and be bold!

And I love that we have these creative outlets to get zoned into!

Today I decided to work on my Mini Beach album… from a couple years ago…  I did some pages last summer… but haven’t really pulled it out since…  so here goes!

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For the bottom of the pages, I used this texture paste with a palate knife  and kinda spread it and then tapped on it to make more … texture. Lol.  And then I sprinkled some pale glitter over top… just coz… ya know… glitter.

Here’s a link to the exact paste I used:

Heidi Swapp Texture paste in Gold

The other stuff was either from my stash or too old for me to remember where I got it.  Lol.  Actually, I shouldn’t say that…  but it’s mostly basic stuff like watercolor… sequins… black pen… foam adhesive.

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So there’s not much goin into this album overall… like I babble about in the video, I love mini albums because they usually follow a theme, so it makes it easier to embellish because you don’t have to re-invent every page.

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So this came together really quickly and with minimal brain power. And when you have nice sunny pics, there really isn’t too much needed to support em.

So here’s my process:

 

Hope everyone has an awesome weekend and spends some time getting creative!!

Bible Journaling – Ephesians 2:8-9 and Illustrated Faith unboxing

So this week I got an amazing surprise in the mail from a dear friend! This women amazes me.  Even if her own life is in chaos, she still seems to find time to touch others on a daily basis!

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So she sent me one of these devotional kits I’ve been stalking for a while on various social medias. Shanna Noel is the founder of this product and it’s really taken off since we’ve all been gettin’ artsy fartsy with our bibles.

Check out the website here: Illustrated Faith

So I was so excited to dive into this! I decided to do an unboxing to start of the bible journaling video this week. So check it out if you’re curious as to what is in this devotional kit!

Kevin also makes an appearance in this video since he’s been MIA for awhile…

This week’s verse for the #Scripturememorychallenge was:

Ephesians 2: vs. 8-9 NIV

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

I added 10 in there too…  just coz. This is the NIV translation. My journaling bible is ESV so it’s slightly different, but that’s the gist.

ESV VERSION:

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

I can’t wait for this weeks sermon to be posted, it was so good, our Pastor explained this verse perfectly. And you can expect that in EVERY sermon, Pastor Pina brings the Gospel! And he doesn’t bring it in a basket of flowers with a pat on the back. He brings it in a bucket of conviction with a kick in the pants. 

Here is a link to the page where you can listen or view sermons.  There is also some there from our good friend Booky!  lol  So this weeks isn’t there yet, but check back and I will also try to let you know when it is.

Shadyrest Bible Church Sermons

We’ve been going through the Sola series:

They are as follows: “Sola Scriptura” (Scripture Alone); “Sola Gratia” (Grace Alone); “Sola Fide” (Faith Alone); “Solus Christus” (Christ Alone); and “Soli Deo Gloria” (To God Alone Be Glory).

This past week we were on Sola Gratia. Grace alone. And this verse from Ephesians speaks it clearly. It is through God’s Grace that you have been saved! Not of your own works! You can’t save yourself! You can’t check off a list of good works to get yourself to heaven. You’ll just have to come back for the sermon by Pastor Pina to get the idea is this makes no sense to you. Because really, he did such an amazing job of digging into this, I couldn’t even begin… lol.

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And amazingly enough, I was shown grace through this gift I got from my friend. She purchased this gift, had it sent to me, and I received it. I didn’t do anything good to be able to enjoy this awesome gift! I did nothing at all! She paid for it and gave it to me even though I’m a rotton sinner. Lol.  Ironically enough, Pastor uses this example in his sermon… and then exactly as he said it, it happened to me days later. Amazing. That’s what the song Amazing Grace is about people! It’s amazing because we don’t deserve it.

 

So anyway, here’s my process video. It couldn’t be more fitting this week as I share the Grace that was shown to me for me to be able to get creative with my bible journaling through the gift of a friend. I got a little messy with this weeks journaling page… but like I say in the video… there’s no wrong way to do this! Just enjoy the process and the time in God’s word!

God Bless!

 

 

 

Friday Scrapbooking – Dance

 

It’s been a while…

 

But I got the urge to scrap some book the other night.  I had some cute pics from Roo’s dance recital so … I thought I’d start with them. Annnnnndd…. I did … one.  Go me!  And the one I did was actually from in the car on the way to the dress rehearsal.  lol.  So… didn’t even make it to the actual recital day yet. But hopefully… soon.

 

Dress Rehearsal

Dress Rehearsal

Ya know… honestly, I was worried about this dance school.  I’ve seen some dance recitals… and I’ve seen some dance costumes.  And… I’ve seen dancing with the stars when my mom watches it.  lol.  And overall, I kinda feel the whole of it to be inappropriate. Especially dancing with the stars. I actually don’t really want Roo watching it. Now I’m basing this on mostly what media I’ve seen… so in this culture, this lines up exactly with all other media I’ve seen… From magazines to TV, it’s pretty much all inappropriate. So without getting into more detail, I’ll just say these things worried me when she started at a dance academy. This school was recommended by my cousin and it sounded good so we tried it. She started there this year with two classes: Combo, and hip-hop. She absolutely loved them. I mean, I didn’t expect anything else. What little girl wouldn’t love dance class? But honestly, she dances constantly… I don’t think I could’ve gotten away with not enrolling her somewhere for dance. She dances when we walk to the car… she dances in the produce aisle… she dances in the shower… she dances through our church band practice… She just never. stops. She has a broken full length mirror that she carries around the house to watch herself dance. And then my sister bought her a new full length mirror, so she keeps the broken one in the living room, and the new one in her room so she doesn’t have to carry it back and forth. I think I may have to eventually set up some kinda dance room for her. So maybe every little girl is like this, but for now, I am letting her explore this dance thing.

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And after recital day was over, I let out a big sigh of relief. Because to me, this school focused on dance, and absolutely nothing was inappropriate. The costumes were adorable. The dances were tasteful and just… beautiful. And it was overall a fun day. I hung out with Roo and her little dance friends backstage most of the time and we snacked and played Uno. It was kinda like camping out.

 

So next year, we’ve added some classes. I had to tell her that she couldn’t take every class just yet. Sheesh. And bonus, they have a cat…  I think his name is Cookie. But since we won’t allow her to have a cat at home (allergies), the owner of the Dance Academy, Debbie, told Roo she can pretend it’s her cat when she’s there. She is so sweet… along with all the teachers. Just a really nice pile of people.

All That Jazz Dance Academy

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So as far as the actual scrapbooking goes, I made a process video. Much like the bible journaling videos, we want to get in the habit of doing a weekly video for scrapbooking or some kinda memory keeping as well. We kinda fell off the horse for a while…  And I am sooo sooo far behind!

For this layout I used:

Watercolors, gelatos, journaling pens, Heidi Swapp texture paste with drywall tape, enamel dots, wood veneer letters, speedball black ink, trim and ribbon scraps, and some scrapbook paper.

 

So here is the process in speedy style:

And here’s a little bonus vid while I was reminiscing…. Every night is a dance party around here!… ya know… starting 6 years ago.

Bible Journaling – Acts 4:12

So we are on our third verse for the #scripturememorychallenge for our church.

Acts 4:12 ESV:

“And there is Salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

We joined forces with our friends, the Bookholdt’s, to do our memory video this past week. The verse gets explained in more detail:
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Marc goes by Booky in these vids, and his son Justin is behind the camera. I can’t say I’ve ever had more fun memorizing scripture before! Lol.

So besides that vid, Eleanor and I did Bible journaling videos as well. I put mine to music and I think she’s going to narrate hers… we shall find out once I embed the vids.

So far, I’m mostly sticking to pens and lettering (poor lettering)… but I’m learning a little each time. I may branch out and put a sticker on it next time. Lol. Eleanor got a little crazy with misting, but that’s been her favorite thing for a while.

We are kinda tryin’ to get on a schedule so we hope to have a journaling vid or two every wednesday.

 

 

 

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So here are the flix. We hope you enjoy them and we hope you’ll join us in bible journaling and scripture memory.

 

Have a blessed week!

Stay tuned for some scrapbooking on Friday!

 

xo, Fitty

Bible Journaling and the Scripture Memory Challenge

So we’re doing this thing at our church where we are memorizing scripture together. Pastor Pina at Shadyrest Bible Church is encouraging us to video ourselves reciting the scripture. HA! So far we have done one short vid from week one… and have enjoyed some of our friends videos. I think it’s a great idea and I hope more folks will join in! Even if you’re not a member at our church, feel free to join us! It would be awesome to get a giant flood of scripture videos going! And that can only lead to some enlightening conversation!

For week one, we did Romans 3:28

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Like a lot of you, I’ve recently gotten into Bible Journaling. And I have to say this is probably the best way to memorize scripture! I do have a checklist for everyday where I can keep track of my verses, but when you actually take a good amount of time to sit down and write out the verse like this, embellishing it, and really thinking about each word… it tends to just stick in your brain like glue. The picture you’ve created with it allows your minds eye to just capture it and call upon it when needed.

So even though I haven’t done this with every verse I’ve tried to memorize, I am going to try to make an effort to do this with our church group memorization. For this one I did a process video. I admit, it’s not my favorite page I’ve done, but nonetheless, it serves it’s purpose of helping me to dive into and think about the text.

You can see half-way through I end up covering up a word and re-drawing it because I didn’t like the way it came out… but that’s the beauty of this… there are no mistakes! Just like life, you never arrive and you’re always learning.

This week’s verse was 2 Timothy 3: 16-17

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God2 may be complete, equipped for every good work.

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It was a lot of words to fit, now that I look at it, I don’t know why I didn’t group the teaching part in with the other “for ____ ” parts.

I’ll have to remember that for my next journaling bible. lol.

Here’s my process video:

And here is Eleanor’s page!  She’s also memorizing scripture along with us!

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So now onto the scripture memorization video! Have a blessed week!

xoxox

Fitty

 

Meet the Finny Dolls

Well, we finally had some time to make some extra things on the sewing machine that weren’t for us.

We overhauled our Etsy shop and called Eleanor’s Room because we plan on filling it with things that Eleanor likes…

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So far, we’ve filled the store with a handful of these dolls we started making a couple years ago.  We call em “Finny” dolls.  I won’t say why but you might have a guess.

 

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This first batch came out skinny and long-limbed.  Much like our prototypes, though they were a tad chunkier.  One new thing we did was add a removeable skirt for each.  Because if your daughter is anything like mine, she likes to be able to dress her dolls.

The good thing about having had a few of these to play with for a while is that we’ve been able to see how they hold up over countless trips to various places like parks and movie theaters.  And after spilling drinks and spreading raspberry jam over them, I have to say a trip through the washing machine does wonders and is completely safe. I would treat them as you would any favorite shirt. Stain remover and low tumble.

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They have eared hats instead of hair which also makes them easier to care for. No tangled mess for your little ones to get tied up in.

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They each have their own pattern of clothing picked out by Eleanor. The material we used is mostly cotton blends with a fleece or flannel thrown in here or there. Some recylced, some new. This shop is also part of the giant goal to zip through all that hand-me-down material I have gobs of. My hope is that I will eventually have it down to one bin of material that I already have plans for.  And possibly a few pieces to inspire just because they’re pretty.  I often get commissioned for various random jobs so I usually need some supplies handy.

 

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We decided to embroider each face. We kept it simple, while still having some personality.

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Some have longer legs than others…

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Some make their own clothes…

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And they each have at least one face and a name. This one is Dolores. She likes blues…

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Visit the shop here:  Eleanor’s ROOM.

They make great one of a kind gifts!