Journaling by the Heart - Lesson 1 Drawing Near and Choosing Your Journal

Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.

 

Welcome

Well Good Morning Class!

I'm so thrilled to be welcoming you to Lesson 1 of our Free Summer Workshop series "Journaling by Heart"!

I'm Melissa and I'll be one of your instructors this summer and Erin of Art by Erin Leigh will be the other.

In case you are a new reader and we haven't met yet, let me introduce myself. 

I'm a full-time, homeschooling mom from Texas and two of my favorite things in the world are my bible and my art supplies.  I'm also kind of a disney nut and I love anything and everything crafty. 

If you must know more (ha!) you can find other details on my about page, like why I was kicked out of my 8th grade home ec class and in what country the course of my life changed.

Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.

Erin and I met online recently and became instant friends.  When we were discussing our mutual love for art journaling the scripture on the phone one day, (and wondering how we could share that love with you) the idea of a workshop was born and we have been having so much fun putting it together.

  Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.

 

How It Will Work

Each Friday you will receive a lesson from either Erin or myself via your email, if you signed up to receive our newsletters.  (If you're not sure, go to our FAQ page and scroll down to "How Do I Sign Up" to learn how to make sure you are on the list for next week).

Read through the lesson, print the downloads if they are available for that lesson and complete your assignment as you have time during the week. (Or during your set time as we discussed in 3 ways to get ready for the workshop)

As the week progresses you can visit our Facebook page to be inspired, share your work and encourage your fellow students.  Erin and I also welcome comments and questions on our blogs. 

At the end of the summer you should have a completed mini-journal filled with inspiration and encouragement to spur you on to more art journaling adventures!

  Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.

 

Where Are We Going?

"Let us then, with confidence, draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need."   -Hebrews 4:16 (esv)

 

Our goal this summer is two-fold, to learn to confidently and boldly, "'draw near to the Throne of Grace" and to experiment with new techniques and supplies as we journal that experience. 

As I was praying about this class and what the Lord most wanted to tell you today in our first lesson I felt Him lead me to Colossians 2:10 which says, "...and you are complete in Him..."  The word complete in that verse comes from the greek word "plēroō" which means "to cause to abound, to be liberally supplied, to render perfect".

Can I ask you a question? 

When a special little one, maybe  your child, a niece or nephew or your grandchild comes to you with a picture that they've colored just for you and it says,  "I love you" with a backwards letter or two, how do you feel about that picture? 

  Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.

Do you critique the line drawing?  Worry over the grammar?  Or do you just swoon to know that that little person created something special with you in mind?

Our Father God wants you to know,  you are completely perfect to Him, in Christ and because of Christ.  He loves you and He loves your worship and your artwork.  Once you receive Christ as your savior, "you are complete in Him". 

As we go on this journey you will be tempted to criticize your work, to draw comparisons to others, to decide that you aren't "an artist" and maybe even to give up. 

I want to encourage you not to give in to that temptation, but instead to constantly remind yourself, "I am complete in Him". 

  Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.

Art Journaling is about experimenting with  different techniques and supplies without the pressure of designing a beautiful, finished piece of artwork. 

Faith art journaling is about combining that experimentation with your meditation on the Word and your adoration of the Lord.

In both instances it is about process and not perfection. 

It will take time to discover your style, and the quickest way to shut that process down is to beat yourself up over mistakes, or be overly critical of every mark you make.

So repeat after me,

"It's fine just like that." 

"Oh well, that's ok."

"It does not have to be perfect."

"I am complete in Him."

Now give yourself a hive five. :)

 

Ok, so we know where we're going, lets look at what we need on the journey.

 

What Will We Need To Get There?

Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.

 

If I were to try to give you an exhaustive list of art journaling supplies it would take the rest of the summer. 

There are as many supplies available as there are artists and as I mentioned on Wednesday, the only thing you absolutely have to have is paper, pen, adhesive and a little time. :)

Having said that, based on your emails, I know that you are interested in what supplies Erin and I use, so I will give you a run down of some of my favorites.  But remember, you don't have to run out and buy a bunch of stuff.  Just start with what you have and go from there.

Some of the links below are Amazon affiliate links, but you don't need to buy from Amazon unless that's most convenient for you.  If you do order from these links, you won't be charged more, but I will earn a small commission which makes it possible for me to offer more free workshops like this one (and that makes me want to give you hug.)  :)

 

 

Pens & Pencils

Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.

Black Fine Point Sharpie -  This is my favorite black pen. It's a deep, rich black,  it's inexpensive and it works very well when I want to write over paint.  I buy them in 4 packs usually.

Prismacolor Pencils - These are one of the few expensive supplies that I use.  They are fussy and temperamental (if you drop one and break the lead, it will just keep breaking when you try to sharpen it-grrrrr) but they are so rich in color and creamy and smooth when you draw with them.  I just really love them.  Most of my hand drawn printables, like the Bible Journaling stickers are colored with these.

 

Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.

Paints

I don't paint as much as Erin so my list is pretty short here and I usually buy the cheapie student grade paints because they work for me.

Gesso - Gesso (jess-o) is a white paint used as a base for acrylic paint.  It's especially helpful in journaling because you can give your paper a thin coat of it before painting and your paint won't soak into the paper.  I also use it when I want to cover up a color that I don't like and sometimes as a wash over a page to give it a muted look.

There are many different kinds of gesso.  As I said above I usually buy whatever student grade is on sale.  Start with a small container and experiment to see what you like

Acrylic paint - I have a range of acrylic paints from the cheapie .59 cent bottles to some luscious Golden paints.  I usually find myself reaching for the cheap stuff for my journals.

Watercolors - My favorite watercolors right now are the off brand from Michaels, (pictured above), but I also really like watercolor pencils. 

Paintbrushes

As a lot of artists that I know, I'm pretty hard on paint brushes.  I tend to leave them in water overnight a lot and forget to wash them out.  For that reason I don' t buy the super nice ones, but I do spring for the acrylic handle ones because you can leave them in water overnight and they don't swell and split like the wooden ones.

Paper

Some of the papers and adhesives I use most often are below.   We'll discuss these in more detail throughout the lessons.

140lb watercolor paper
Scrapbook Paper
Grocery Bags
Graph Paper
Transparency Paper

Adhesives

Matte Gel Medium
Scotch Wrinkle Free Glue Stick
Tombow Mono
Washi Tape

Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.

 

Tools

Below are some of my most used tools.  I'll discuss these in more detail throughout the lessons.

Fiskars Micro-tip Scissors
We R Memory Keepers Trim & Score Board
Centering Ruler
Silhouette Pick Me Up
Hole Punch
Old Credit Card
Waxed Paper or Deli Paper
Sandpaper
Sewing Machine
Rubber Stamps 

 

Fun Extras

Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.

Ephemera - Envelopes, tags, receipts, vintage book pages, ledger paper, photos, old maps, postcards,

Embellishments -  sequins, ribbon, yarn, stickers, rub-ons, die cuts, lace, fabric, thread, buttons, silk flowers

Printables from online - I have lots of free printables here, and Erin has lots here and I keep a running list of scripture printables for bible journaling here. 

We'll be talking about ways to use printables in your journal in a future lesson.

Stamping Ink

Spray Inks
Stencils

Whew!  That's a lot of supplies.  Don't get overwhelmed though.  Just start with what you have and as we learn new techniques you can add things here and there.  Are you ready for our first lesson?

 

 

Let the Journey Begin!

"Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense His grace."      -Matthew 6:6 (The Message)

What Does "Drawing Near" Mean?

 
When I talk about God I frequently say things like, "I heard the Lord say...", "I felt He was telling me...", "The Lord told me to..." 
 
Because of that I'm often asked how I know that I'm hearing Him, how I know, I'm "drawing near".  I suppose it can seem like a tricky thing, but here are a couple of tips I've learned.
 

Practice Hearing Him

When I first started learning to cook I followed the recipes exactly because I didn't want to make a mistake.  That didn't always work out because some recipes aren't written well or contain typos that result in disaster.
 
As I learned more about cooking I remember reading recipes and thinking, "Hmm that seems like an awful lot of salt." or "That doesn't seem like enough cinnamon.", but I would use that much anyway because I didn't really trust myself yet, and then guess what?  It would be really salty or really bland! 
 
After this happened a few times, I began to pay attention to that little voice of experience and adjust the recipe without having tried it and I began to have more and more success.  In fact, I became a pretty good cook.
 
How did that happen?  I practiced paying attention.

This is one way you can learn to be certain you're hearing the Lord's voice.  Practice just sitting quietly and listening and then remember what you hear.  Which brings me to the next tip...
  Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.

Write Down What He Says

"Well how does practicing paying attention help you *know* you are hearing Him?",  you might be asking.  
 
It helps because you're going to write down everything you hear the Lord saying to you in your journal.  No matter how curious it might sound to you and even if you think to yourself, "Oh that's just me".  You're going to write it down.  And then...
 
Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.

Wait For Confirmation

So here's what will begin to happen, you will write in your journal something like, "I feel like the Lord is speaking to me about Peace."
 
And then you will turn on the radio and the announcer will be telling a story about the peace of God (write it down!) and then you will be cleaning out a closet and a book will fall off the shelf and it will be entitled, "The Peace that Passes All Understanding" (write it down!) and then at church on Sunday, the sermon will be about...guess what?...Peace.
 
I'm sure you've had something similar happen to you, and by Sunday, you just knew that it was the Lord speaking to you,  right?
 
Now if you write all these events down and read over them during your times with God, you will  begin to recognize what it feels like when He speaks to you.  You will be practicing paying attention and you will become a pretty good listener. :)
 
You will recognize His patterns as well, and if you're always comparing what you hear Him saying to the Word you will see that when it's Him it always matches up.
 

Assignment #1

This week practice being still before the Lord, even it's only a few minutes a day and then write down what you hear in your journal.  If you're comfortable, share it with us on the facebook page.
 
 
 

Choosing and Making Your Journal

For our first week's technique lesson Erin and I thought it would be good to show you what journals we'll be using for the class and how to make one for yourselves.
 
Because I'm more papery than painty I'm using a combination junk journal/scrapbook with some watercolor papers thrown in for good measure.
 
Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.
 
I'm also doing an unusual size.  As I was playing with papers trying to decide what to do, I folded a piece of 12x12 chipboard in half and really fell in love with the size.  So 6x12 it is.
 
The cover is your free printable this week!  It has one of my favorite quiet time scriptures on it.  I've made the printable in several sizes in case you're not doing a 6x12 album.  You can download it at the end of the tutorial.
 
So let's get started!
 
Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.
 
 
 
Supplies:
 
Various 12 x12 scrapbook papers
Vintage papers & ephemera
Gold foil poster board
Ribbon
Scotch Wrinkle Glue Stick
Scissors
Hole Punch
Binder Clips
Mat for punching holes (this set comes with a hole punch and mat as well as eyelet setter)
 
 

 

Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.

 

Gather, Fold and Glue Papers

The first step is to gather all your papers and ephemera together and fold them in half.  I used my Trim & Score to make this go a little quicker, but you can also use your hands and the back of a spoon.

If you have a lot of single sided papers as I did, you may want to glue them back to back.  I use Scotch Wrinkle free glue stick for this and I really like it because, well, it doesn't wrinkle the paper. :P

Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.

 

Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.

 

Once you've folded and glued all your papers, it's time to arrange them in the order you like.  I had quite a few papers so I decided to make 2 signatures.  (A signature refers to a section of pages in a book.) 


Cut and Score Cover

To make the cover with a 1" spine you'll need to cut a piece of  chipboard, poster board or even a cereal box to 12" x 14"

 

Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.

I used a piece of gold foil poster board from Michael's. *pretty*

 

Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.

Now you'll need to score a one inch spine down the middle of your paper.  This is again where the Trim & Score is very handy.  You'll want to measure 6.5" inches in from each side and score.  This will create a 1" spine.

Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.

 

Once you've scored and folded your cover it should look something like this:

Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.

Binding with a 3-hole Pamphlet Stitch

We'll be binding our pages in with the 3-hole pamphlet stitch.  So the first thing we need to do is punch our holes.

I have a hole punch from Making Memories that I use for this, but you could also use a Japanese Screw Punch. 

Whatever you do you want to make sure your table is protected by a piece of board or a craft mat of some kind.  Otherwise you will punch holes in your dad's new table...um something bad could happen.

  Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.

 

  Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.

I have 2 signatures so I have three sets of  2 holes each.  One set in the center of the spine and one set 2" in from each end.

 

Next you want to punch holes in your signatures the same way you did with the cover, except that you will only need one set of holes in each signature.

Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.

Use your binder clips to clip the pages together so they don't move around as you're punching.

Because my ribbon was thick and the holes in my page were large I didn't need a tapestry needle, but if you're working with smaller thread or holes you'll want to use one to make this part easier.

Now we'll bind the pages into the spine using ribbon and the pamphlet stitch.  The first step is to line up your page with the holes in the cover and use the binder clips to secure them.  Then thread your ribbon down through the middle hole on the inside...

Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.

 

 And back through the top hole on the outside of the spine:

 
Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.
 
Cross over the middle hole on the inside of the spine and come back out through the bottom hole on the spine.
 
Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.
 Finally go back in through the middle hole on the outside of the spine and tie the ends together on the inside.
 
This stitch is actually very simple, but trying to demonstrate it through photographs is not easy, so for a little better idea of how this stitch works take a look at this video:
 

 
 
 This is what the book looks like with the first signature sewn in and waiting for the next one:
 
Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.
 
 
 
 And the completed book.  To close it I just wrapped the ribbon around the book before attaching the printable, but you could also attach the ribbon to the inside covers.
Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal. What a fun way to spend the summer!
 

Be sure to check out Erin's lesson today and see her art journal tutorial.  And for more ideas check our Pinterest board.  We've got six more journal tutorials pinned there for you!
 

Assignment #2  

Choose and make the type of journal you think would work best for you this week.  If you're comfortable, share your journal with the class on our Facebook Page.
 
If you're not up to DIY'ing your journal you can also find some lovely watercolor paper art journals on amazon here  and maybe just decorate the cover for your assignment this week. :)
 
 
And now here are your printables for Lesson One!
 
Free Scripture Art printables as part of  the Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.
Download Instructions:

The covers are in 2 large pdfs that have been compressed into a zip file.

When you click on the image above you should have the choice to open or save the file.

If you are on a windows machine you can choose "open with windows explorer" and it will download and then open the file.

You should then be able to save that folder wherever you would like on your machine.

 
 Let me know if you have any questions or comments about today's lesson.
 
 
Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Independence Day to our American Students!
 
Grace and Peace,

♥ Melissa~
 
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 "The secret of the sweet, satisfying companionship of the Lord have they who revere and worship Him, and He will show them His covenant and reveal to them its deep, inner meaning." -Psalm 25:14 (The Amplified)

 

 

 

 

 


3 Ways To Get Ready for Journaling by HeArt - A Workshop Warm Up

Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith.  Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.  What a fun way to spend the summer!

The Journaling by heArt workshop is almost here (only 2 more days!), but if you're looking for something you can do while you wait, I have some tips to get you warmed up and ready!

I've found over the years, that if I want art time to happen, I have to give myself every advantage by setting things up in advance.  Here are 3 ways I do that.

 

Get your supplies read for our Free Summer Faith Art Journaling Workshop!

Gather Supplies

There are dozens and dozens of supplies you can use in art journaling and Erin and I will be covering many of them this summer, but really there are only a few basics you absolutely have to have.  Pen, paper, adhesive and a little time!

Having said that, you probably have a few other things you like to use.

If you're a painter you'll want your favorite paints and brushes. 

If you're more of a paper person, you'll want to gather up your favorite papers, stickers and embellishments.

If you're a doodler you'll want your pencils and pens.

If you're like me, you'll want a little of *all* of that!

Get your supplies read for our Free Summer Faith Art Journaling Workshop!

Or maybe you're just beginning and you're not sure what your style is yet, in that case, just gather up the basics and move on to Tip #2.  As the summer progresses you'll learn more and begin collecting your favorites.

The point is, to get a little basket, box or *ahem* 3-tier cart, and gather up what you think you might want to use.  You can always add or take away things as we go.  For now we're just setting the scene.

 

Set a Time and Place

 Make-time-for-the-things-that-matter

 I'm sure you've heard the quote that says, "Work expands to fill the time available for its completion." 

In other words, your weekly list of mundane to-dos and random errands will take all the time you have available unless you intentionally carve out time for other things.  That's what Tip #2 is all about.  Carving out a time and place.

Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith.  Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.  What a fun way to spend the summer!

You've decided you want to take this "art journaling your faith workshop", you want to spend time with the Lord and your art supplies, so the best way to make sure that happens is to decide when and where you'll do this each week.

Will you work at the kitchen table after the dinner dishes are done, in your bedroom while little ones are napping or outside on the patio in the early morning hours?

Will you take an hour on Friday, a half hour on Saturday morning or 15 minutes each day of the weekend?

Deciding both when and how long you will work on each lesson as well as choosing a cozy corner somewhere in your home to set up your supplies will go a long way in ensuring that you actually get the time to do something you love.

 

Seek Him

Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith.  Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.  What a fun way to spend the summer!Digital art journal page, embellishments by Sahlin Studio at The Lilypad

 

My final tip for you before you begin the workshop is to talk to the Lord and ask Him what He would like to show you through this workshop.

We'll be talking more about ways to do this on Friday, but for now just have a heart-to-heart with the One Who loves you more than you can possibly imagine, and listen for that still small voice.

Maybe while you're driving home from work or errands, while you're waiting for an appointment or even in the shower in the morning.

It doesn't have to be formal or elaborate, just a prayer to let Him know that you want to hear His voice and then wait. 

And the Bible says He will answer  you and show you marvelous things!

  Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith.  Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.  What a fun way to spend the summer!

 

I hope these tips help you as you're waiting for  the workshop to start.  If you have any questions let me know in the comments!

I'm so looking forward to spending the summer with you hearing from the Lord, learning, teaching and sharing art with each other.

Before I go, can I ask you one question?  What's the one thing you're looking forward to learning in the workshop?  Leave the answer in the comments if you have time.

See you Friday!

Grace and Peace,

♥ Melissa~

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"You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart." -Jeremiah 29:13


Guess what fun, artsy thing I'm doing this summer?! Psst..you can do it too!

Hello Friend!  How is your summer coming along?  I've been bible journaling, road-tripping on two vacations, visited family far away and started a new walking regimen that is sticking, woot!

 I am having a super blessed summer!  I hope you are too.

Photobombing my favorite tree on my morning walk!
Photo-bombing my favorite tree on my morning walk!

 

Canoeing on the lake this summer.

Canoeing on the lake...ahhhh, wish you had been there with me!

 

I'm thrilled to be back to blogging after vacation and super excited about the new blog series I've been working on with my talented friend Erin from Art by Erin Leigh.

Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith.  Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.  What a fun way to spend the summer!

We are hosting a free summer workshop series on art journaling your faith!

Both Erin and I love using scripture in our art journals, as part of our quiet time and when we started talking about the idea of sharing our journey with you the Journaling by Heart series was born!

Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith.  Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.  What a fun way to spend the summer!

 

Whether you are newly into bible journaling or you're an experienced art journaler I think you'll have fun with us as we explore God's Word and share creative tips and ideas for using art as an expression of worship.

 

Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith.  Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal. What a fun way to spend the summer!

There are going to be lots of free printables, scripture prompts, tutorials and even a Facebook Group for us to share our journals with each other! 

Plus another little announcement on something I have been dreaming about doing since beginning this blog 7 years ago!

Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith.  Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal. What a fun way to spend the summer! via Pink Paper Peppermints
Digital Bible Art Journaling page from last year (embellishments by Allison Pennington at The Lilypad)


It all starts this Friday, July 3rd! 

I can't wait and I really hope you'll be joining us.  I would love to get to know you better and chat about art and worship and the Word with you! 

Be sure to stop by the blog on Friday or sign up for updates in your email to get all the details and goodies!

If you think you'd like to join us, I hope you'll let me know in the comments and Erin and I would be thrilled if you let your friends know about the workshop on pinterest or facebook! 

See you Friday!

Grace and Peace,

♥ Melissa~
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"The secret of the sweet, satisfying companionship of the Lord have they who revere and worship Him, and He will show them His covenant and reveal to them its deep, inner meaning." - Psalm 25:14 (Amplified)


Blog Changes + Scripture Art & Journaling Card Printables & More

Free bible journaling card and scripture art printable.  Perfect for project life or illustrated faith projects! Psalm 86:5


Hello Friend, how have you been?  I hope you had a wonderful Easter.  Ours was full of travel and family and lots of fun.

 

New Blog Design

Pink Paper Peppermints blog.  Free Christian Craft tutorials and printables.

I've been busy updating the blog to comply with some Google changes taking place this week and I'm still in the midst of it so you may see some things looking a little off for awhile. 

Hopefully it will all get straightened out soon. Please do let me know if any of the links or downloads aren't working right for you.

 

Free Printables for Bible Journaling and Scrapbooking

Free bible journaling card and scripture art printable.  Perfect for project life or illustrated faith projects! Psalm 86:5

The Lord has been teaching me so much about His grace and goodness lately.  I hope to share more about that at some point, but in the mean time I've created a small scripture art printable and journaling card with one of my favorite scriptures about His goodness for you to download.

  Free bible journaling card and scripture art printable.  Perfect for project life or illustrated faith projects! Psalm 86:5

Click here or the image above to download and print your free scripture art and journaling card.

The 5x7 size is perfect to use as a tip-in for your journaling bible (if you're participating in the Illustrated Faith art movement) as I did below, but you could also frame it or just put it up on the fridge as a reminder of God's goodness.


Free bible journaling card and scripture art printable.  Perfect for project life or illustrated faith projects! Psalm 86:5

I sewed a hybrid (half digital and half paper) scrapbooking tab (by Allison Pennington) to mine and then taped it to the edge of a page in my journaling bible with clear packing tape so that it could be opened like a page.

 


Free bible journaling card and scripture art printable.  Perfect for project life or illustrated faith projects! Psalm 86:5

I really like creating these fold out pages in my bible because I can be as creative as I want to and then still use the margin for taking notes.  The best of both worlds I think.

 

 

 

 

 


Free bible journaling card and scripture art printable.  Perfect for project life or illustrated faith projects! Psalm 86:5
On the fold out page I used one of my printable stickers layered with paper, fabric scraps, a silk flower and sequins as well as another tab by Allison.  I just love sewing layers of fabric and paper together.

If you haven't already you can download and print your own stickers here.

 

I hope you enjoy the printables and I'd love to know what you think of my blog's new look if you have a chance.

Grace & Peace,

♥ Melissa~

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"She is strong and graceful, as well as cheerful about the future...and she takes good care of her family..." -Proverbs 31:25 & 27 (CEV)

 


Printable Easter Stickers-Perfect Last Minute Egg Stuffers!

Just popping in to give you some printable, Easter stickers.  A better name for these printable goodies would be Resurrection Stickers, 'cause they are all about Jesus!  And they are perfect for your little one's Easter Basket, or even yours!  I plan to use them in my Journaling Bible!

  These free, printable, Easter stickers would be perfect, last-minute basket or Easter Egg fillers or for Bible Journaling. via Melissa at Pink Paper Peppermints

 

Printable Easter Stickers

  These free, printable, Easter stickers would be perfect, last-minute basket or Easter Egg fillers or for Bible Journaling. via Melissa at Pink Paper Peppermints

 Click the image above to download the stickers.

To make them into stickers, you'll just need to print the pdf out onto sticker paper, (I use this kind from Avery) and then cut them out.

I like to print them out on plain cardstock too, so that they're like die cuts and I have more flexibility in how I use them.

Download Instructions:

The stickers sheet is a large pdf that has been compressed into a zip file.

When you click on the image above you should have the choice to open or save the file.

If you are on a windows machine you can choose "open with windows explorer" and it will download and then open the file.

You should then be able to save that folder wherever you would like on your machine.

These free, printable, Easter stickers would be perfect, last-minute basket or Easter Egg fillers or for Bible Journaling. via Melissa at Pink Paper Peppermints

 The stickers are hand drawn and colored by me with Prismacolor pencils

These free, printable, Easter stickers would be perfect, last-minute basket or Easter Egg fillers or for Bible Journaling. via Melissa at Pink Paper Peppermints

 

I hope you have fun with the stickers!

 

Grace & Peace,

 

♥ Melissa~

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"She's skilled in the crafts of home and hearth" -Proverbs 31:19 (the message)