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October 2014

Illustrated Faith: Art Journaling in a Bible

So the other night I posted on social media that I finally joined in on the #IllustratedFaith #ScriptureDoodling bandwagon and there was quite a reaction.  Thank you everyone for your love!!! It was very encouraging!  Hopefully this blog post will answer all the questions that I've gotten. 

Bible Journaling Psalm

Truth be told, I had resisted this whole "art journaling in your Bible" movement at first since I already do a lot of Bible studying and I didn't want to take time away from that in order to "play". BUT, the seed was planted. Just about every time I cracked open my Bible I could see how I could incorporate this into my life by keeping it simple and recording what I was already learning.


Buying a new Bible

So first things first, I knew that for me, I needed another Bible to work in.  After much, much searching I finally narrowed it down to the Hardcover ESV Single column Journaling Bible...if you're a KJV or NIV reader there are Journaling Bibles and Notetaker's Bibles for you too. And of course they come with a variety of covers, I went with the black hardcover so I can do something "arty" to it in the future.

After my new Bible arrived it just sat on my desk. I didn't know where to start or what art journaling method to try first...especially since the pages are thin (not as thin as in my regular Bible, but still pretty thin). I was really, really worried that the bleeding through would bother me & considered using clear gesso on my pages first...the only draw back to that would be that the pages might crinkle and would be heavier then the non-illustrated pages, both of which might make me nuts.  Then I read Stephanie's hash tag she posted on one of her photos: #itdoesbleedbutsodidHE. So true! So with that I decided to just go for it! Like my other art journals I plan to just go with the flow, incorporating spilled paint, crinkled pages, and whatever else may happen into my new pages.  My regular artwork has plenty of "mistakes", why should this be any different?

Bible Journaling Supplies

Products used

For this first page I used the following supplies:


My process

I plan on using a lot of different techniques on my pages, but since I got soooooo many questions on my first page I thought I'd break down what I did.

  • Prayed about where to start and started reading over my more recent notes until something jumped back out at me as something I'd want to record in this Bible.
  • Next I read over the verses and noticed the word "heart" being used & marked those with a pink heart.
  • I knew I wanted to mask off one of the words I would use so I broke out some Thickers that were loosing their stickiness (all of my Thickers fall into this category, they just won't stay sticky!) and figured out what word I'd use and where to place it. 
  • I then did a sketch of my words in pencil onto the page.
  • I considered using water colors, but decided on spray inks. I started with the Perfect Pearls Mist because it's a light color that really just adds some shimmer and light color to the page.  I used my heat gun to dry the page, and yes it did curl and crinkle some.
  • Next I took my Mini Mister and added 4 drops of Adirondack Color Wash & filled the rest up with water.  Then I spritzed the lower half of the page with the diluted wash, blotted, and dried with my heat gun.
  • I then went over my sketched words with my Micron pen.
  • And lastly I added some shading to all of the letters with my PITT Pen and a bit of charcoal pencil on the masked off letters.

Bible Journaling Psalm - CloseUp


And to answer all of you who are dying to know if it bled through to the other side....yes it did, and I am ok with it!

Bible Journaling Psalm - Bleed throughPlease let me know if you have any other questions!




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Update Your Doormat For Fall!

Yay, after a super hot summer it finally feels like FALL in SoCal!

While I don't do a ton of decorating for this season, I do like to add some autumn touches to our front porch to welcome visitors. This project is simple but packs a punch of fall right at your feet.



Supplies needed:

  • ScanNCut machine and accessories

  • USB flash drive (see the compatible ones HERE)

  • Doormat

  • Clear shelf liner paper

  • Paint

  • Paint brush

  • Download the free cut files HERE and HERE!


Watch the how-to video below:





Step 1 – Create or download the cut files you are planning on using onto your USB flash drive, or use the designs that are already pre-installed onto the machine.

Hello sncc-creativite


Step 2 – Cut the shelf liner paper to 12” x 12”. I like to use shelf liner for this type of stencil because it's easier than vinyl to transfer from the backing to the doormat without using transfer paper, and it's sticky so it keeps your stencil from wiggling around...especially those inner bits, like the letters “a” has.



Step 3 – Apply the shelf liner paper to the mat.



Step 4 – Plug your USB flash drive into you ScanNCut and then retrieve the cut file off of the flash drive by click on “patterns”:



Then click on “saved data”:



Then click on the USB flash drive icon and scroll through to find your file:



Step 5 – Cut out your design. I set my blade to around 3, and my pressure to 0, but you may need to adjust yours differently.



Step 6 – Remove the cut design from the mat and keep the negative part, separating it from the backing. Apply cut shelf paper to the mat using a ruler to make sure it's placed on the mat straight.


Step 7 – Be sure to save those inner pieces to the letters that have them and place those onto the rug too.


Step 8 – Gently paint the stencil using a small amount of paint so that it doesn't seep under the stencil. It's best to start your paintbrush on the stencil and brush onto the mat. 


Once you're finished painting remove the stencil and allow to dry.




Sponsor: Brother International


Disclosure: I am a paid consultant for Brother International Corporation and have received a ScanNCut from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the product. 






Recipe: Molasses Pumpkin Muffins

Homemade molassas pumpkin muffinsIt's finally fall, and that means it's time to get back into baking!

Here's a yummy muffin recipe I make often in the cooler months.


2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (about 10 ounces)

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

1/8 teaspoon ground allspice

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup golden raisins

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 cup canned pumpkin

1/3 cup buttermilk

1/3 cup oil

1/4 cup molasses

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 large eggs

2 tablespoons turbinado sugar (aka: raw sugar)



  • Preheat oven to 400º.
  • In a medium sized bowl combine the dry ingredients: flour, spices, baking soda, and salt and stir well with a whisk.  Stir in raisins.
  • In another bowl mix together brown sugar, pumpkin, buttermilk, oil, molasses, vanilla extract and eggs.
  • Add the brown sugar mixture to the dry ingredients, stir just until moist.
  • Batter will be thick, spoon it into muffin cups with paper liners.
  • Sprinkle muffins with turbinado sugar.
  • Bake at 400º for 15 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove muffins from pans immediately, cool on a wire rack.

Makes 12 -18 muffins.



  • Muffin size - if you fill them completely it makes about 12 muffins.
  • When I made them this time I did not add raisins since my crazy husband isn't a raisin guy, but they are really delicious with the raisins!!


Molassas pumpkin muffins