Just Checkin’ In

Well, it has been little over a month since I last blogged, it seems like longer! I didn’t announce a break because I didn’t plan one, it just happened.

 I thought I would pop in quickly and let you know I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth, or less dramatically, stopped blogging.

With all the whirlwind visits and obligations since the beginning of the year, I just kept falling farther and farther behind on just about everything in my life. So, I decided to drop a few obligations and play catch up…


I’m slowly getting my house in order.


The “Great Weeding Project” is well under way.

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I’m in the process of reworking another “List Journal”, a summer theme for this one.

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I have managed to fill my shoppe up a little.


And, I try to start my day with some faith journaling.


I have even managed to get a long awaited project off the launching pad, Project Life. This is a digital version, but I have also taken 35 years of photos out of very old photo albums, organized them chronologically, and started putting them into Project Life albums, Yay! I’ll be sharing more on this soon.

This is my life in a nut shell. It has been a mad scramble trying to get everything done, but well worth it!

I’ve decided that writing on this blog once a week will work for me much better than three times a week, at least for a while just to free up some much needed time.

Thank you for stopping by,

See you in about a week,


A Faith Journaling Roundup

One of the many projects that I’ve fallen behind in is my faith journaling, but that sure hasn’t slowed me down from purchasing more devotionals! I’ve promised myself I won’t start any new ones until I’ve finish some of my older ones, so… IMG_3913Illustrated Faith has put out some new Print and Pray goodies in their shop, and the colors are just too yummy! I love instant gratification…ehem, downloads!

I started out by scraping some coordinating colors onto the page, stamped an ampersand on with paint, adding “thankful” and “grateful” in gold, writing the scripture down, then embellishing with star stamping and the ephemera. I colored in the stars and some small areas of the pages with colored pencil to pull more color out onto the page.


The last page spread in this devotional, I love the way it turned out! I was inspired by some scripture I had read that morning. It was fun trying to coordinate all the colors on this one. Of course it looks a little like a hippie bus, but you know that’s how I roll.


I wanted to do some journaling, so I folded some scrapbook paper in half to write in then embellished it. I LOVE my Tim Holts tiny attacher! I got mine at Joann’s with a 40% off coupon, they’re kinda pricey.


I started out with paint scrapes of course, used my wood grain stamp to mimic the wood grain in the scrapbook paper, and added pink sunbursts with a Tim Holtz stamp. As you can see, I’m finally throwing perfectionism to the wind with my ink stamping!


This devotional is officially retired! So many wonderful memories tucked inside it’s pages! Swoon!


Since I was on a roll, I decided to get my prayer journal out of moth balls. I wanted to do some journaling, so I decorated a tip-in. Not only do they keep your journaling private, it adds a pop of color and another opportunity to play with color. Love!

It feels great to have so many projects caught up. Now I can start some new ones with a clear conscience, and also apply some of the new techniques I’ve practiced along the way, so I’m sure you will be hearing from me soon.

Until then,

Thank you for the visit,

 Have a great weekend,


Dori Making, Faith Journaling, and Expectations

In the midst of getting ready to drive over the mountains to spend Easter with my daughter, I decided I needed to take on learning how to make a “Fabric Dori”, to keep my faith journaling inserts in. You see, I had ordered some Illustrated Faith inserts a couple of weeks ago, was expecting them any day, and I wanted to be ready!

Well, it may sound strange hearing this from me, but I have been questioning the amount of time I spend on my creative pursuits. Thinking about them, planning them, buying supplies, then talking about them on social media. You can imagine how patient my husband must be! But he fishes, a lot, so let’s not go there…

IMG_2583Anyway, the inserts of course arrived when I was gone, but I had printed up some freebie downloads, and glued them in an insert I already had. That was all I really needed.


When I got home, there was a gorgeous pile of Happy Mail waiting for me! So, I set to filling this Dori with Faith Journaling goodies!


The insert on the right is a plain kraft paper one I’m going to use to art journal in. The one on the left is an Illustrated Faith insert from the “Beautiful” devotional kit.

Now to the expectations…

or lack there of…


The first page in my I.F, “Created to Create” insert. When I read through it the first time, I didn’t know what to say. You see, I’ve been referred to as an artist in the past, I just don’t see myself as one. Maybe I have a different idea of what an artist is. All I know is, I feel a lot more comfortable with the label “Creative”, so let’s stick with that.

The most wonderful thing I realized after working on this page spread is that I don’t have to feel guilty about the amount of time I spend creating! My creativity runs throughout my life, my cooking, decorating, gardening. In a nut shell, I live a creative life! It truly is a gift from God!

So, no more guilt! (I hope!)

Thank you once again for stopping by,

Have a great day,