Thursday, July 13, 2017

Memory Verse Magnetic Holder

Memorizing scripture is important in our home. To keep track of the verses we've memorized this summer, I created a magnetic holder using a small clear box from SRM. It's a perfect size for holding 3x4 cards. It was super easy to create with some scrap paper and SRM's faith stamps and stickers.
For the step-by-step process, check out the video below.


For this project I used:

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Bible Journaling the Lord's Prayer

It's often difficult to know the exact words to pray. In Matthew 6, Jesus gives us some advice.

"And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. Pray then like this..." Here then Jesus introduces the Lord's Prayer. (Matthew 6:7-15) 

This summer, my daughter and I will be spending some time learning more about the Lord's Prayer and the meanings of the words. The Big Trinity stamp set from SRM is perfect for our summer devotions. We've started with the introduction. "Our Father in Heaven..." With these words God tenderly invites us to believe that He is our true Father and that we are His true children, so that will all boldness and confidence we may ask Him as dear children ask their dear father. (explanation from Luther's Small Catechism)

For the background of this page, I used acylic paints and applied them lightly with a sponge. After drying I stamped the words, crosses, border dots, and heart. I used a white pen to highlight the stamps and help them stand out more on my page. 


For this page I used:

Friday, June 30, 2017

Personalized Door Sign Kids Craft with Vinyl

This is a super fun craft that's very easy to do and a great craft for these summer days. If you have a craft-loving kid at home, they will enjoy adding their own personal touches to this personalized door sign.
I designed and sized my daughter's name using my electronic cutter and software (Cricut). I then cut her name (and her friend's name, too) out of vinyl (color won't matter - I used basic black) and weeded out the extra.
For the next step, I prepped small 6x6 canvases and then applied the vinyl letters. For best results, make sure the vinyl is really secure to the canvas, especially around the edges. I use a flat spatula or scraping tool.
Next is the fun part for the kids! Set them up with paints (we used acrylics), and let them paint all over the canvas. When they are done painting, carefully remove the vinyl lettering.
If your kiddos still want more, bring out the glitter, sequins, gems, stickers and whatever other crafty bits you can find and let them bling out their door signs. Here is my daughter's finished project.
Add a ribbon to the back and it's ready for hanging.

For this project I used:
SRM Vinyl | 6x6 Canvas | Acrylic paints and various accessories for decorating

Monday, June 26, 2017

Design Team Announcement

I'm so excited to be working with SRM Stickers for another go-round on their Design Team.
I love everything that Susan is doing with SRM - especially their line of faith-inspired stamps and stickers.
Do you have a favorite product? Perhaps one of the new products introduced on the blog last week?
Hop on over to the SRM Blog to meet all the new and returning Design Team members.
In honor of new Design Team introductions, Susan is also hosting a giveaway. By commenting on the SRM Blog, you'll have a chance to win something from the NEW summer releases!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Fear Not Bible Journaling Page

Isaiah 40:10 reminds us that our God is with us and helping us. We find renewed strength and courage when we listen to His Word. On this page in my Bible journal, I used a baby wipe to spread soft (acrylic paint) colors across the page. This is a quick and easy way to add lovely color to your background. Watch my process video for instructions on how to create this look.
After my background dried, I boldly lettered "fear not" with black pen (my LePlume II dual-tipped marker worked great here) and added additional stamped details.
You can see in the background that I also added a few pen marks - black dots and a light pink crosses.

Products used for this Bible Journaling page:

Teacher Gifts

Whether it's for Teacher Appreciation Week or as an end of year thank you, teachers everywhere need to be recognized for all the work and dedication they've shown this past school year. You don't need to spend a lot of money. Even something small can say a big thank you.
SRM tubes are perfect for a little thank you and when filled with a sweet treat, it fits the bill for cute and satisfying. Use stickers from any of SRM's adorable and inspiring school-themed sets to decorate any size tube. Using an awl, I poked a hole in the top of my lid and attached several lengths of twine to create a few hanging tags. The tags are stickers on a semi-clear plastic backing.
The bright red chevron paper bags are perfect for teacher appreciation, too. I cut out an apple shape in the front layer and inserted a piece of printed acetate inside. I shaped a stem and leaf by hand from cardstock and used a marker to outline it. Give your favorite teacher a gift card, decorated cookie, candies, or like me, a set of colorful pens. A small clothespin clip decorated with more stickers keep them secure. One more sentiment sticker across the bottom sends the message that we appreciate our teachers!
Don't forget to say thanks to the great teachers who have helped you or your kiddos grow this year!

For these projects, I used:

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Mom's Day Card and Gift Bag

Mother's Day is a special day to honor and celebrate those women in our lives who encourage, love, and inspire us. Today, I'm sharing a sweet card and gift bag to help me do just that.

Check out this process video to see how you can quickly put together a similar card and gift bag for that special lady in your life.






For this project I used:

Friday, April 28, 2017

Hello Spring Layout

I love spring! The buds and blooms and return of little critters make for awesome photos. You know what else I love? Combining all kinds of SRM goodies in a layout with those photos! My daughter found this litte friend while out playing in the garden a couple years ago and of course I wanted to document the experience.
This layout includes lots of sticker stitches throughout. I also grabbed pieces from various sheets - like the white flowers from a Thank You themed set, the "be happy" sentiment from a pastel borders set, and the sticker sentiment layered over the top photo from a school themed set. 
Even though my set of mini montly calendar stickers is from 2017, I still used it to mark the date on these 2015 photos.  I put my sticker on top of a 3x4 card from my stash and circled the specific date of the photos. I wrote the year off to the side. This makes a great large embellishment as well as a creative way to document the date of my layout photos. Thinking outside of the box with your stash of stickers really multiplies the size of your stash!
Another great way of adding layers is with the little doilies. I used some watered down acrylic pink paint to coordinate them to my layout and then layered them behind my photos and date card. The way they curl up slightly from the paint adds a fun dimension to the layout, too.
Don't limit yourself to use themed stickers for their original purpose. Many have multiple uses and can be used in all sorts of fun ways on a layout, cards, or other project. How will you use yours?

For this layout, I used:

Friday, April 14, 2017

By His Wounds...


As we approach Easter, I wanted to have a visual reminder to help us focus on the sacrifice of Christ on our behalf. This verse in the Old Testament, which points to Christ, came to mind. 

But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5


I wanted to keep it simple and meaningful, so I just grabbed a few supplies. I started with some simple lettering using my black LePen on a sheet of watercolor paper. I lightly drew a few guide lines to keep my lettering straight. These were erased before applying any color.

I started with bit of light purple shading over the lettering with my LePlume marker and then added some stamped borders. Then I decided to add more color with my markers using a plastic baggie, markers, water, and this "smooshing" techniqe (see video tutorial here). 



After a bit more color, a dotted border stamp, and a quick trim, I simply attached it onto a clipboard for display. It reminds us that Jesus loved us so much that He willingly suffered on our behalf to make the full payment for our sins. By His wounds we are healed! On Easter Sunday we will celebrate His victory over sin, death, and Satan. 
A blessed Easter to each of you.

For this project I used:


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Bible Journaling With Karen

Hello friends! Today I'm sharing a recent Bible journaling entry I created using some of the new Faith stamps. I'm finding lots of inspiration in these new sets and enjoying fitting them together to emphasize scripture verses and tell a story or lesson learned. 
Today my entry is in Genesis 50. Many of you may know the story of Joseph, whose brothers sold him into slavery because they were jealous of the attention and gifts he received. Joseph's life was turned upside down and he didn't understand why all this was happening to him. But God knew how to take this bad and use it for good. After many years, Joseph was able to fully forgive his brothers and said to them in verse 20, "As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good...."
I created a dusty background with acrylic paints, symbolizing that we do not always see clearly. I started with the Walk by Faith set and added a few words from other sets to complete my entry. I really like the "spear-like" quality of this large arrow and the mini arrow cross found on the In Jesus' Name set. To finish off the page, I used a black pen to box in the main sentiments and added dots and highlighting with gold and white gel pens. Then I added my own prayer.
We don't always understand why bad things happen, but we can continue to step out in faith, trusting in the Lord who sees all, knows all, and will do what is good and right for us. 

For this project I used:

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Let the Sea Resound Bible Journaling Page

Psalm 99 is an amazing song of praise to the Lord. In verse 7 we read, "Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who dwell in it!"
With that powerful imagery in mind, I created a powerful wave on my Bible page with acrylic paints, a LePen fine point black pen and the new Marvy Reminisce white gel pen.
The stamp set Heaven & Earth provided a few more details - the jumping fish and sentiment.
To fit the sentiment in my Bible margin, I snipped it into two pieces and then stamped it in the middle of the wave. Pefect fit!
The Amen stamp is from another new set, In Jesus' Name.
I love how this page turned out and that I can shout my praises to the Lord and use my creativity to do it!

For this page, I used:

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Week 3 Lenten Journal Wrap-Up

During Lent, I'm primarily working in a journal (see here for journal set-up) as I read and reflect on the daily devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries Lenten Devotion booklet, (free to print, HERE). The theme is From the Cradle to the Empty Tomb and the entries follow Jesus as He makes His way towards His death on the cross. The devotions are mainly from the book of Luke, which is another great advantage for recording my visual faith entries in a journal, rather than the pages of my Bible. 
This week I missed one day of journaling. Here is the rest of the week's wrap-up of my entries.







Monday, March 20, 2017

Lovely Layout with Stitching and Lace

Hello! Today I'm sharing a layout that I love. Of course the main reason I love it is because it features my favorite girl, but I also really like the many different elements working together on this page.
For this layout I reached for my SRM lace, sticker stitches and several other border stickers. The main patterned paper inspired the emphasis on stitching and it seems like a natural fit to add the lace ribbon across the bottom of the page as well as gathered at the top of the journaling card tucked inside of the patterned kraft bag. This type of hidden journaling is a favorite of mine. It allows me to write as much as I want without trying to compete with a lot of pattern on the page.
I pulled lots of stitches and used them throughout the page.
 Here's a couple more detail shots of the layers of borders and stitches, even across the bottom of my photo, and a bit more of the journaling card peeking out of its pocket.
 Can you ever have too many sticker stitches???

For this layout, I used:

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Lenten Journaling Week 2

During Lent, I'm primarily working in a journal (see here for journal set-up) as I read and reflect on the daily devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries Lenten Devotion booklet, (free to print, HERE). The theme is From the Cradle to the Empty Tomb and the entries follow Jesus as He makes His way towards His death on the cross. The devotions are mainly from the book of Luke, which is another great advantage for recording my visual faith entries in a journal, rather than the pages of my Bible. 
Here is this week's wrap-up of my entries for days 8-15.








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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Lenten Journal - Week 1 Wrap-Up


During Lent, I'm primarily working in a journal (see here for journal set-up) as I read and reflect on the daily devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries Lenten Devotion booklet, (free to print, HERE). The theme is From the Cradle to the Empty Tomb and the entries follow Jesus as He makes His way towards His death on the cross. The devotions are mainly from the book of Luke, which is another great advantage for recording my visual faith entries in a journal, rather than the pages of my Bible. 
Here is this week's wrap-up of my entries for days 1-7.

Day 1 | Ash Wednesday
Day 2
Day 3

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 Day 4


Day 5
Day 6

Day 7