Monday, June 20, 2016


Hi there! I hope you had a wonderful weekend, and a great time celebrating Father's Day. It was a welcomed beautiful weekend here, too short as always, but great nonetheless. I was even able to squeeze a little time in my stamp studio (a post & video about that will be coming soon!), and worked on a few cards and scrapbooking. Literally so behind on scrapbooks, but Project Life by Stampin' Up! is saving the day on that one. But that's for another day. Today, I want to chat bible journaling. I've shared a post or two here on bible journaling, but if you following me on Instagram, you'll see that I share more. Anyway, a couple of weeks ago, I went to class hosted by my sweet friend Christie. She invited the super talented Kaylee King to lead a class, and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to learn oodles from her. Though she does AMAZING, and I mean AMAZING, paintings in her bible, I was most excited to learn lettering techniques. So I took what I learned, and finally put the pen to paper. It's not perfect, I definitely need some practice, but I'm so excited to apply what I learned to my bible journaling pages and to share what I've learned with others. I'm leading another bible journaling class in my studio this weekend where I'll {try} to give some pointers on lettering.
Here are the class details!

 I hope you'll be able to make it if you're local, and to spark your interest I want to share one of the verses we'll be journaling at the class. It all started with a pineapple. My vision for a page with a pineapple started with hospitality. Did you know that pineapples are a symbol of hospitality? So what do the bible and pineapples have in common? Take a look at Romans 10:13. "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." Read: everyone who opens/welcomes Jesus into their hearts will be saved. Welcome=Hospitality, right?! So there you have it, how this vision came to be! Now, I've had this vision in my head for quite sometime, even before the new Stampin' Up! catalog was released. So when I saw that beautiful Pineapple stamp in the cattie, I was absolutely GIDDY! I mean, jumping for joy! This was perfect for my bible! So pair that pineapple with the lettering techniques I learned a few weeks back, and a journaling entry was born.

Is that not perfect or what?! My pineapple is Flirty Flamingo, the perfect light coral/pink, and Cucumber Crush, the perfect not too bright, not too dark green. I also flagged my page with Cucumber Crush washi tape from the Affectionately Yours Washi Tape Collection. The pens are special pens I've purchased for bible journaling, a mixture of Faber Castells and Microns. I've included the Stampin' Up! supply list below, with direct links to the items in my store.

You're probably wondering if the inks bleed through those thin bible pages, and unfortunately, they do. I've experimented with clear gesso, a protective agent for the pages, and the ink just doesn't want to dry over the gesso. So there's two options: 1. Live with the bleed through. (Which is obviously not bothersome to me) or, 2. create insert of sorts with Whisper White Cardstock, stamp your image there, then insert it into your bible with washi tape. Either way, will turn out beautifully, and will work for whatever suits your needs. As another alternative, watercoloring with Stampin' Up! inks works great without gesso, and our markers work well with gesso. So you could use markers to color a stamped image then stamp on your bible pages over dried gesso.

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