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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Trying Something New That Shanna Showed Me


Well, you'd think I'd forgotten how to blog, it's been so long since my last post!  A lot has happened since that time--I went to CHA, "single-parented" it the week after I got back while Eric was out of town, I finished designing and prepped for a new RC class at The Little Blue House (1/21), and worked a lot at the store (can't call it working--I love my job!). But the coolest thing I got to do was take my first class on "bible journaling".
The Little Blue House had the utmost pleasure of having Shanna Noel come and teach her Illustrated Faith class to 72 women this past weekend.  In between the two sessions on Friday, all of the LBH designers/educators along with Shanna, went to lunch (she needed some Texas BBQ and sweet tea), and then came back for her to give us our own special class.  OMG, can I just say, she is a doll and has a great testimony of how she got to be the person and do what she does today!  Waving!  Hi Shanna!  (Pronounced "Shawna", btw and she will pass on the sweet tea next time--not a fan.  Those Californians!)


After the "learning" part of the class, we got to be more "hands on" and play around with working on a page in our own bible.  When told what to bring, "some favorite stamps" were on the list.  I knew what a great fit some of my stamps from VERVE would be, so I grabbed a couple of my sets--WORDS OF WISDOM (I love the mixed fonts) and BRIGHTER DAYS (for the flowers) and packed them in my bag before leaving the house.


How cool is it that the stamps I pre-chose coordinated perfectly with the bible verses we had just covered and focused on in the class?  God makes cool stuff like that happen.  Ok, so this is the VERY first time I've ever done anything like this before.  I dove right in and started doing some resemblance to a watercolor wash over the side of my page.  Then I randomly stamped my main sentiments from the WORDS OF WISDOM set in black and then again in a light pink.  I highlighted what stood out to me in Prismacolor Pencils and colored in some hearts and added the super shiny gold sticker letters.  The top was missing more detail, so I stamped the large and small flowers from the BRIGHTER DAYS set using a masking technique and colored only parts in with my pencils and blender. I can't get over how great all my VERVE stamps are going to work for this--pssst, there's a sale going on there now!


Overall, I am super happy with how it turned out and love my new art form!  I can't wait to play some more.  After sending my oldest daughter, Shelbie (22) a picture of this page, she asked me if I was going to do every page, astonished at what a project it would be.  I told her I was going to do a little here and there--it's a lifelong, ongoing project for sure!

SUSIE Q-TIP:  Another first for me was using MEMENTO LUXE ink pads.  OMG!  They are amazing and the perfect ink for bible journaling because they are a pigment ink and won't bleed through the thin bible pages.  Also, if you'd like more information about bible journaling in my area (Fort Worth, TX), call or come by The Little Blue House in Keller.  We'd love to help you get started.

EDITED TO ADD:  I had a sweet commenter worry that my bible was now ruined, as my page is now warped from the wetness it sustained from the watercoloring, and that the pages in a bible are too thin to stamp on.  I want to remove all worry from bible journaling and "ruining" your bible, so here's my take on that:

I don't think my bible is ruined at all! Yes, I did use watercolors to make the wash and yes it was wet, but I used the water sparingly and with a plastic mat under the page so that all the other pages would stay dry, and then shot it with my heat gun for faster drying. In fact, I think the crinkly-ness it gave my page is a bonus! I love the texture and feel it now has, although as the book is closed, it will flatten out even more. Also, as far as stamping goes, there are some inks that would bleed through, so choosing the right ones carefully is key. You definitely want a pigment based ink such as Memento Luxe (as stated in my post) or StazOn. So ruined? No. Broken in, yes and I can't wait to do more! If using "wetter" mediums because of the warping isn't something that you are a fan of, by all means, stick with a "dryer" approach such as the stamping, stickers, journaling pens and pencils.  I hope this has encouraged y'all to try it!  Happy crafting! 

Stamps:  Words of Wisdom, Brighter Days (Verve)
Paper:  Journaling Bible
Ink:  Memento Luxe Black and Angel Pink
Accessories:  Gold Sticker Letters (Jen Hadfield), Small Sticker Letters (Jillibean Soup), Watercolors, Waterbrush, Heat Gun, Prismacolor Pencils, Blender

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8 comments:

  1. Love reading your blog post Susan :)

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  2. I, too, am so excited about this.I love your page too. I can't wait until the next meeting.

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  3. Great posts....It truly was an amazing experience! Happy you could be apart of it!!

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  4. Oh! Wow, Sus!!! This is gorgeous and so much fun. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. It's a great idea, and I love the way it looks, but it also looks as if the pages in your bible are warped and ruined right now. I think most bibles the pages are too thin to stamp on.

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    1. Amy, I don't think my bible is ruined at all! Yes, I did use watercolors to make the wash and yes it was wet, but I used the water sparingly and with a plastic mat under the page so that all the other pages would stay dry. In fact, I think the crinkly-ness it gave my page is a bonus! I love the texture and feel it now has, although as the book is closed, it will flatten out even more. Also, as far as stamping goes, there are some inks that would bleed through, so choosing the right ones carefully is key. You definitely want a pigment based ink such as Memento Luxe (as stated in my post) or StazOn. So ruined? No. Broken in, yes and I can't wait to do more! Happy crafting!

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  6. Hi Susan! I'm brand new to the Bible journaling world but I'm really excited to dive right in. I live south of Fort Worth in Joshua but I'm hoping to attend one or more of the workshops coming up at The Little Blue House. What a fun, creative place to socialize, create, and be in fellowship with other journal-ers! Thanks for the inspiration and how-to on your page above, it looks amazing.

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