Bible Journaling – Esther

So this past Sunday I kinda woke up feeling less that peppy. lol…
But I have to say… after getting to church and as soon as my worship team showed up,  I immediately felt better. They are such an awesome group of people. They are my life group.

We are currently going through the book of Esther… and I love this book because it reads just like a story. Esther is an amazing woman who God used to carry out his work in saving the Jews from total destruction under the evil plans of Haman.

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One thing Pastor said on Sunday that was very encouraging was this: “God works through flawed people and circumstances for his purpose.”

Well… that wasn’t the only thing… lol. but that was one of the thoughts I wrote in my bible. And it’s absolutely true. He can use us... every one of us… no matter what we think of ourselves. No matter what we think we can and can’t do. No matter how bottom-dwelling and helpless we feel.

 

 

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I struggle when it comes to music… and every time I feel like I should just call it quits, something seems to force me back in. I don’t know why. I always feel less than adequate. I had made a decision when we came to this church that I wasn’t even going to get involved in the musical aspect. And here I am, leading the team with my husband… lol. I’m not trying to compare myself to Esther. I don’t think saving a population of God’s people is written in my story. All I’m saying is, sometimes we just need to trust where God puts us. I don’t think I will ever feel completely right for the job. Perhaps this is an opportunity for me to grow. But if anyone is feeling this way too, perhaps this can encourage them. Just go with it. Try your best. There are no accidents. And pray… a lot.

So here is my process vid. I pretty much only used watercolor and some journaling pen. Much like this post… the journaling went in a completely different direction than originally planned… lol.

Thanks so much for stopping by! The music in this video is created by my amazing friend Jhoi!

Check his music out here:  https://soundcloud.com/jhoioh    He truly inspires me and countless others.

Have a great rest of your week!

God Bless!

 

xo Fitty

 

 

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Close to my heart- Sugar Rush – stamping and fussy cutting – Love Art

Lately Friday nights have been crafty. 

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Last friday we stayed up late again with some watercolors.  I love how kids can just come up with 10 paintings in one night and adults can maybe…  maybe complete one.

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So I decided to snap a pic of her painting in her light up kitty ear headphones and scrap it… immediately.  lol.

The stamp set I used was the January Stamp of the month set.

This month is is this:

Easter Bunny

So you can get prepared for Easter!  lol.  It’s a good idea to take advantage of the stamp of the month, because you can get it for $5 with a qualifying order. And then it’s gone…. sniff sniff….

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So for this layout I made embellishments by stamping, coloring and fussy cutting. You can see this process in the video below.

Stuff I used in this layout:

Micro tip Scissors

Water colors

Water color pencils

Sugar Rush kit

Foam tape

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And then I made a coordinating pocket page for the other side.  This seems to be my go-to style.  One 12×12 and a pocket page….  lol.

We did a part 1 and part 2 process since it was kinda long…

 

 
 

 
We’ll be back for more crafting next week!  God Bless!

xoxox

 

Ritty and Foo

 

I mean… Fitty and Roo!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday Scrapbooking – CTMH – Sugar Rush- January 2017

2017 Goals include:

Scrapbooking on a monthly basis!  YAY!  We’ll see how it goes…

I think what happens is … I have so many old un-finished projects that I feel like I should work on those before I do current stuff… but this year I’ve decided to get the current stuff done first. That way it’s easier to remember what actually happened and I can get some better documentation of the year.

So I’m not going to worry about making some awesome artwork as much as just getting the pages at least laid out. I can always go back later and add to them.

For this layout I used the Sugar Rush kit from Close to my heart. It features a lot of smooshy stuff like hearts and hugs… lol.  So I had these adorable pics of Eleanor squishing my nephew Josh on the couch so I thought I’d use them. I think it’s important to remember just how much squooishing went on at this particular time in Josh’s life.

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He really is a good sport about it.

 

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I ended up doing a coordinating pocket page for the other side. I had kinda a “one of these things is not like the other” thing goin’ on with the pics so I grouped the three “like” ones together on the right and then the oddball pic highlights the pocket page.

If you want to use this kit to scrapbook, the links are down below.

Stuff I used:

Sugar Rush Scrapbook Kit

WaterColor Set

Corner Rounder

Journaling Pen

Stamp of the Month

Shop the store

 

 

I also did a talky process vid for this one….

Have a great weekend! xoxoxoox

 

Fitty

 

 

Wilna’s Bear Coffee Cup Challenge

So this past friday night, Eleanor and I were hanging in the craft room and felt like watching some crafty vids on youtube while we played with glue and stuff. I scrolled through my subscriptions and came upon Wilna Furstenberg. And I was like.. “Yes!” She is our favorite paper crafter to watch on Youtube and it had been a while since we tuned in. So the first video we came across was this adorable coffee cup album featuring these adorable bears. As we continued to watch, she started talking about having a contest for whomever makes one of these albums and shares it on instagram. So we looked at each other and said, “Let’s DO IT!” And then we immediately scrambled into the kitchen to look for some paper coffee cups. We didn’t find any. It was almost 11pm. We walked out into the living room to ask Daryl if he thought Dunkin Donuts might still be open. He said yes and requested a hot chocolate. That was good enough for us, so we hopped in the car and drove to DD.

They were closed.

But luckily across the street from Dunkin is a McDonalds. That was open, so we decided to grab a few cups of hot beverage there. We got back home, dumped the liquid, and started working.

Wilna had links to some downloads we could use in the album. First, there were the ADORABLE watercolor bear images that she created! And also there were beautiful frames you could use to embellish your album. She also included cut files you could use for your Silhouette Cameo. Part of me is glad she included these cut files because it forced me to finally try out the print and cut feature on this machine. I can’t believe how long I’ve had my Silhouette and have never print and cut. It was so easy. And it really saved time fussy cutting images.

I was originally going to make my album about Norma, but as I scrolled through my phone, I had all these pictures of Eleanor posing in her Christmas Eve dress that I decided it would be a good way to use them.

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Here are the details for this challenge if anyone else would like to play along: http://wilnafurstenberg.com/bears

You should visit her site anyway because she is amazing! Love her.

Eleanor chose to feature her new baby cousin Joshua. Sometimes I think she thinks he’s her doll that she can just play with as she pleases. So far, he lets her. He’s quite a content little guy. So we printed out some of the pics I had of them for her album. The cover is a cute snapchat pic of him as a deer. lol.  He makes a pretty cute little deer.

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She loved the bear illustrations so much I think she used them all! They are adorable. The one I chose for my cover has a little dog on it’s head… which is why I originally wanted to do an album about Norma, … I might still do that. I saved another coffee cup.   On top of a lot of bears, Eleanor also used a bucket of hot glue sticks. I had to pick a lot of strings off her album when she was done. lol.  And it also made her album much bulkier than mine. I think she did a great job. It came out super cute!

We had so much fun making these albums. If anyone else decides to try one, we’d love to see it! The instagram hashtag is #bearscoffeecupchallenge.

Anyway, thanks again Wilna for the inspiration. See ya’ll later!

 

God Bless!

 

 

Saturday Scrapbooking – Seven

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This one started as a single 12×12 layout, but ended up as a double… Ya know when you have a series of pics, and you just can’t decide which ones to highlight…

Actually, I had planned on a project life spread on the other side, but it ended up like this.

The background is just some acrylic paint smeared with some watercolor splatters… and some circles with my journaling pen.  Much of the rest is layering from pieces of this and that…  And then I just embellished a bit with some rub-ons and sequins.

I can’t believe I have a seven year old. I can’t imagine what it’s like to have more than one child… and they just keep getting older and older and smarter and bigger… and… AHHHH.  I’m gonna stop right there. We would probably be in that situation, but I suppose it’s not in God’s plan for us.

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So here is my process video!  It features music from my AMAZINGLY talented friend Hannah Guerra! Definitely go check out her music, it’s just gorgeous! I linked up her soundcloud down below for your convenience!

 

Enjoy!  And have a blessed Sunday!

 

 

Cards Cards Cards!

Eleanor and I had such a blast friday night doing a Card Making Workshop at our awesome church!

Here are some of the cards we came up with for samples.

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We did mostly Christmas cards…

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Here are some of the cards they made:

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We glued, we misted, we sewed, we sliced, we stamped, and we embossed! And by the end of the night, everyone was a boss at embossing!

Some of the gang’s favorite items that we used were: ( all items linked to purchase)

Foam dots- to make things stand out and give dimension

Heidi Swapp- Color Shine – misting spray 

Embossing powder, ink, and heat gun

Enamel dots

Liquid glass

Scotch Glue Glider – the big tape runner thingie 🙂

 

And here is a link to the handout I made for the workshop:

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I think this has inspired Roo and I to do some more card making for the upcoming season, so be on the look out for some tutorials!

 

Hope everyone has a blessed week and enjoy your Sunday!

 

 

Bible Journaling- Psalm 42:1

Psalm 42:1

“As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.” ESV

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I actually drew this because my husband said to.  Lol.  Nothing mysterious or abstract… it’s quite a literal illustration of the words. It’s a female deer as of now… but who knows… maybe I’ll add some antlers down the line.  Maybe it’s my dog…   yea, I think I’ll add those antlers.

 

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That’s a little better…

So I’m starting to really like using crayons in my Bible. They just seem to work really well with the type of paper…   who knew?!  Besides that I used mostly my journaling pens, a pencil, and a couple gelatos.

I asked some friends of mine if I could highlight some of their music in these videos and was so happy when they agreed!  So in this video, my friend Jhoi supplied the tracks.  You can check out his music here:

It’s just gorgeous gorgeous stuff! Definitely go take a listen.

And here’s my process video:

Thanks for taking some time with me and Jhoi today! Have a blessed week and just remember, when things get tough… be the deer. Pant for the flowing streams and everything else will follow rightly!

xo, Fitty

 

Bible Journaling – Genesis

Actually, this is more toward Bible Arting…  I wasn’t even going to add words, but I did. Not sure I like em yet. But sometimes you like things later. When it’s too fresh, you can’t look at things right. You have to give it the time test and then see how ya feel about it.

So … very exciting for me is this new Bible! I am a big-time Autumn fan, and this one has leaves all over the cover.

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So this is my very first page in this Bible.

And… I decided to start with Genesis. And not because it’s the first book in the Bible, but because it’s been calling me to go back and re-visit it. And there also happens to be a giant series of excellent sermons done by a friend of ours who is a Pastor at Island Baptist Church in LBI on Genesis so I already have accompanying viewable commentary.

You can check that out here: HopeofLBI.com

Honestly, I kinda thought I would lean more towards the chunky cluttered look for this new Bible, but after doing one page, I think it may be going in the black pen and crayon direction with little to no over-time expanding width.

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I think it’s just a pretty bible on it’s own. So when I started drawing, I kinda got zoned out. And it reminded me of when I was young and how I used to zone out for hours listening to music and drawing. Like your brain gets taken over and you’re just floating. Sometimes it happens when you’re playing music too… I guess it could happen doing anything you enjoy. Sometimes I wonder if this is the real means to “getting high” that God gave us. I have no idea what that feels like from drugs… but I can imagine it is a sublime temporary escape. I do know what drunk feels like, and I used to feel like I had to have a drink before playing out somewhere or going to a social event so that I wouldn’t be so nervous, shy, and unfriendly. And I remember my late night song-writing rituals involved a glass of merlot. And the kind of songs that followed were tributes to sin. Shocker.

How did this turn into a past time confession? I mean, I don’t think I drank a lot, usually one glass of something was enough… but like I said. It was a means to change myself and how I related to this world. I now know that I don’t need that. I still feel nervous and anxious in certain situations, but in every instance I have to remind myself that I can’t do anything alone. I have to give it to God because it’s too big for me. And it’s awesome to get totally wrapped up in creating using what the Ultimate Creator gave us.

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It always looks like I’m giving myself an F for my work in these pics…   maybe I should use a different plate to hold my little pencils and erasers…

When I think about Genesis 1, I think about all the awesome things God created. And though it talks about day, and night, and land, and water, and animals, and man, and all that…  TREES.… are my fav. It’s no secret. I think a lot of people like drawing trees. They’re just so pretty. So for me, this represents on of my favorite things God created. And I kinda drew them in an autumn state, because that’s also my favorite season as I said earlier. And it just goes along with the style of the Bible. So… yea. Or maybe it’s just that I finally watched the movie version of “Into the Woods…”  Mother said, straight ahead, not to delay or be mislead! I should’ve heeded her advice… but he seemed so nice… 

Ok, so I did a process vid and sped it up to 6 minutes… though in real time probably took about an hour.

I mainly just used my journaling pens, and gelatos and crayons to color it in. And sometimes I use my bible highlighters to color as well. So I think I did that a little bit in the end just to bring out certain words…

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So I may add more trees as the mood strikes, but I think this is enough for the Genesis forest so far.

Here’s the speedy process:


Happy Friday and have an awesome weekend!

Love,
Fitty fitter Karenhead

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday Scrapbooking – VBS 2 Page Layout

So we had such an awesome time at Vacation Bible School that we couldn’t wait to print out some of the pics and start scrapping!

We did a two page layout for this one because all the photos I printed out so far were from the same night. It was the last night and probably the most memorable because it was the revealing of which team won the ice bucket challenge. Ongoing during the week was a boys vs. girls competition for who could raise more money for Chesterfield Elementary School. So the losing team leader would get a bucket of ice water dumped over them on Friday.

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So… if you can tell from my layout, the girls lost! There was $1.80 difference between the two totals, but a $20 donation came in for the girls after the ice bucket got dumped so… had it been ten minutes earlier… who knows!

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For this layout, I used my Silhouette… which honestly has been sitting for a while. I took it out to make some custom die cuts for a specific project I needed to get done for an event saturday, so it was already out and hooked up so I thought… hmmmm… maybe some die cuts are in order for this layout. So I made some buckets… and did some fonts… and a piece of greenery.  lol.

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And there’s a good amount of washi tape as well.  I was able to fit seven photos across these two pages so that worked out well. My photo printing method as of late is making a collage on my phone and then printing it out on an 8×11 piece of photo paper. That way you get a lot on one page and you arrange the photos to any size you want. Square seems to have replaced the 4×6 standard these days…

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We have a lot more photos from that week so maybe instead of doing a process for each page, we can just do a flip through when we’re done.

So here’s our vid, Roo and I just chat over it about VBS and whatnot…. heh…


 

Have a great week!

 

 

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!