Category Archives: bible journaling

joy, joy, joy, joy

Good morning! Did you ever start a project and then get distracted by another…and another? This page I’m sharing today was started LAST July. LOL. This very day last year to be exact! I finally colored it and sponged a background in June to finish it.

Here I used the Sweet ‘n Sassy Choose Faith, Life in Jesus, and Outline Alpha from the Creative Worship stamp sets. I also used the following sets that are now retired: Words of Life – Collection 1, Good Shepherd, and Amazing God. SNSS has many stamps sets and alphas to substitute though.

The rest I hand wrote and drew with an Illustrated Faith pen. The stencil is from The Crafter’s Workshop- Mini Swirly Garden. I colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with Gamsol.

Have a blessed day!

 

go. fish.

Hello friends! It’s been a while since I shared a bible journaling page! Here’s one I did a few days ago. While reading a daily devotional toward the end of June, one page was focusing on this verse. As I was reading, this image of the Art Impressions fishing buddies came to mind and I knew I wanted to use it in my bible. I also wanted the main words to be short and to the point. Here’s what I came up with.

The men in the boat, the fish, and the words on the tab are all from the Ai 4900- Reel Great Guys Set. The word “O-FISH-ALLY” is also from the set and was masked from one of the sentiments. I used the birds image (to cover up a little smudge!) from the Ai 5069- My Fortress Set. The letters for “go. fish.” were stamped with the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Love Ya Like A Sister Alpha stamps.

I masked and sponged the sun first (with a 1″ circle punched from cardstock), then the skyline. Then I sponged the bottom, changing from the yellow/orange colors to blue/green. The men & boat were stamped onto the page and again onto white cardstock. The cardstock was colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with Gamsol. Then the image was cut out (minus the fishing poles and water) and layered on top of the one on the page.

I hope you are inspired to give it a try and glorify Him with your creativity!

Have a blessed day!

John 19:28-30

Hello! Today I am sharing a bible journaling page that I did with a new stamp set from this month’s Sweet ‘n Sassy release called He is Risen. I went out of my comfort zone with this one. lol. I’ve had this pictured in my mind for months, inspired by the song At the Cross by Chris Tomlin. When I saw this new set I knew it would be perfect to use.

I envisioned what I wanted the background to look like and I was pretty sure acrylic paints would work the best so that’s the direction I went. After masking the verses, black and red were brushed on first with foam brushes. Then I added the white. After it dried, the images were stamped with Archival Black ink. The crown of thorns seemed to get a bit lost on the page and since they were such an important part, I stamped them a second time to make the crown thicker.

I really wanted the lyrics to be white letters with a colored background so I created them in Photoshop and printed them out. I’ve added them here in case you would like to print them for yourself! The other words were hand-written and the crosses drawn with a white paint pen.

I sometimes get asked how I come up with a page so I thought I’d share here the pics I saved for inspiration…

I hope I’ve inspired you to dig into God’s word and glorify Him with your creativity!

Have a blessed day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy He is Risen; paper- white, black; ink- Archival Black; accessories- acrylic paints, craft mat, foam brushes, white paint pen, SU! Key Tag punch.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Hello! I recently had a chance to do a page with some of the new stamps from the Art Impressions Bible Journaling line. They are not yet released on the website (they will be later this month) but you can watch for them at Scrapbook.com or check with your local stamp store. I was thrilled to see that Bonnie created a set for my favorite verses… Proverbs 3:5-6. It also has two other verse stamps to choose from and lots of other possibilities.

Bonnie has many video tutorials where she teaches watercoloring the Art Impressions way and bible journaling. Be sure to check them out. She uses Watercolor Ground to prep her pages but I haven’t tried that yet.  I have only tried gesso and I don’t like using that. I really don’t mind a little wrinkle and bleed-through so my method will be slightly different.

First I stamped the words and images from Ai 5131- Stone Path Set with Versafine Black ink. I chose this ink because I wanted to watercolor with my Derwent Inktense pencils. Make sure you heat set the ink! I like to mix it up and combine stamp sets you normally wouldn’t use together so I tried to think of a person or critter that I could add to the page. I decided upon this cute mouse from the Ai 4803- Mouse Slider Set. I think he looks pretty happy about the path he’s chosen.  Then I colored my page with the Inktense pencils and a waterbrush. I love that Ai includes a colored image in their packaging. It gives you a great guide or starting point for coloring!

After it was dry I stamped the grass & flowers (4051- Foliage Set and 4868- Flower Set 2), inking them with various markers. Then I lightly went over them with the waterbrush using Bonnie’s technique.

I made a coordinating tab for my page with the same grass and flowers and adhered it with Scor-Tape.

Have a great day!

stamps- Art Impressions 5131- Stone Path Set, 4803- Mouse Slider Set, 4051- Foliage Set and 4868- Flower Set 2, mega date stamp; paper- vanilla; ink- Versafine Black, water-based markers; accessories- water brush, tab punch, Inktense pencils, Scor-Tape.

born in a stable

Good morning! I thought I was done sharing Christmas projects for the season but today I have one more. The holidays were so busy that I didn’t have time to get a Christmas bible journaling page done yet…so I got one done a few days late.

I first applied some Recollections watercolor crayons to the page and blended them with a baby wipe. Then I stamped with Versafine Black ink and heat set it. Here I used some Sweet ‘n Sassy stamps: Season of Love (retired), Just Be, Note This, Common Words 1 (retired), Love Ya Like a Sister Alpha, Outline Alpha, My Creator (retired).

The watercolor crayons shimmer although you can’t see that in the photos. I also added a bit of gold washi to the bottom.

Have a great day!

 

fill up to pour out

I haven’t shared many of my bible journaling pages so I thought I’d pop in quick to share one I have done recently. I get inspired different ways but this is a page that was created after an article I had read. We get so busy during the holidays and sometimes forget what our focus should really be on.

Here I used the Sweet ‘n Sassy Exclamations and Chunky Lowercase Alpha stamp sets and the Fall Leaves & Sunflowers and Pumpkins printables to highlight Ephesians 5:15-20.

Ephesians 5 15-20 diane zechman

I altered a free clipart image of a tea pot that I found with a few of the images and then added some words. The background was created with the Recollections brand of Gelatos and a baby wipe. It really shimmers!

Ephesians 5 sparkle

Have a blessed day!

you matter

Several months ago I noticed a headline for a link to an article in my email. I’m not sure if I ever clicked through to read that article but the heading really stuck in my mind… “Dear Me…You Matter”. I knew right away that I wanted to include it in my bible journaling. I’m sure you all have many ideas as well that tend to be “on the back burner” so you may understand how happy I was to get this page done. When I saw the Sweet ‘n Sassy Script Outline Alpha, I knew it would be perfect for what I had envisioned. I also used Itty Bitty Blossoms and the Girl Power Printable.

Psalm 139 13-18 diane zechman

Have you felt overwhelmed, exhausted, forgotten, and it seems like the world moves on without you? I think we all have…especially in the difficult times of our lives. There are times when we feel like we are just a face in the crowd. But we DO matter…we matter to God. He sees us and cares about us. He knows what we are going through. He cares about everything in our lives and His love is endless.

I chose Psalm 139:13-18 to journal these words. (Stop & reflect on the footnote!)

13 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand—
    when I awake, I am still with you.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 139:17 Or How amazing are your thoughts concerning me

Have a blessed day!

set free

Hello! Today I am sharing a bible journaling page that I did with a mix of brand new & previously released Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps. Here I used Free Indeed, Birds & Blooms, Texture Tiles 1, and Note This.

Acts 13 38-39 diane zechman

When I thought about these words, birds with a birdcage came to mind. I wanted the words to still reflect a little of a patriotic theme, though, so I tried to tie it all together. The verse I chose is Acts 13:38-39:

38 “Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. 39 Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.

I pulled out an old Sizzix bird cage die and distressed it with ink, then stamped the Texture Tile all over. I cut a little door to open and added some die cut leafy flourishes (MFT) which were also sponged and stamped with a different Texture Tile. One bird was stamped directly on the page and the other was stamped on white cardstock. After cutting it out, I was happy that it’s feet landed perfectly on the cage where I wanted him! The birds, flowers, and arrow were colored with Inktense pencils and a water brush.

Acts 13 38-39 close diane zechman

Have a blessed day!

Proverbs 12:26

Good morning! Last week I did a bible journaling page with the new Sweet ‘n Sassy Girl Power Printable Bundle. This is a cute printable but is also a little teaser for something coming next month…I think you’ll love it!

Proverbs 12 26 diane zechman

“The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.”

The first part of this verse varies a bit in different translations but the second part seems to stay pretty much the same. Other translations read more as “leading & guiding” our friends rather than “choosing” them. Do you know someone who seems to enjoy seeing others fail? God wants us to care for our friends and neighbors and guide them in the right direction, not lead them astray. “The righteous man is not “better” than his neighbor; he only cares about where he is going.” This is a good reminder for all of us. I think I will add some more journaling to this page.

Besides the printable, I also used God is Good, Child of the King, Choose Faith, Teeny Alpha, Furry Friends, Whimsy Bouquet, and Texture Tiles 1. The background is acrylics.

Have a great day!

well-watered garden

Good morning! I have been very lax in sharing my bible journaling pages but I am popping in quick with a page I did yesterday. In case you aren’t aware, I wanted to share with you that Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps now has Bible Journaling printables (which include a devotional)! There are currently 2 bundles available and another really sweet bundle coming in April!

Here I used the March bundle, Garden of Grace. I had in mind that I wanted to print a girl on a clear sticker and I’m not sure when I came across this verse but I knew it would be perfect for this printable.

Isaiah 58:11 (NIV)  The Lord will guide you always;
    he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
    and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
    like a spring whose waters never fail.

Isaiah 58 11 diane zechman

The background was watercolored and I stamped the words with Versafine Black. I used Living Water, Texture Tiles 1, As the Deer (retired), and Common Words 1 (retired). I wanted to add some more journaling to the page but didn’t want it to become too busy. I’m not sure if I will add it later or leave it as is. But I’m happy with how it turned out.

Have a blessed day!