Sep 15, 2014

Bible Journaling

Because the last one I made tonight was so dark and left a bad feeling, I felt a need to create another one with a bit more happy feel to it.  This one was inspired by the sermon this week.
Acts 1 8
(Click on image to go to Flickr for credits and/or commenting, or comment on the blog post below.  I love reading your thoughts.)

Bible Journaing: Revelations: The Beast

I actually feel kind of odd making this Bible journaling, but when I picked up my study, this is what it was about.  I found it very good timing, however, with all that is going on in the world right now (ie. beheading of Christians).  Since this is such an ugly theme, I did it in a dark background and this image does not appeal to me at all. This is usually parts of the Bible I tend to shy away from.  I almost do not want to share it, but I feel called to at least put it on my blog, but I doubt I will share it on social media.  Whoever needs to see it will see it here.

Revelation 13 3

Wallpaper on Dresser Drawers

I saw this and thought I needed to save it for myself! I love this idea. I could even make it a hybrid digital scrapbooking project by printing any digital scrapbooking paper and adhering it to the drawer. Of course, I would have to think of less permanent solutions for adhering.

Sept 19 RT HGTV Wallpaper the sides of dresser drawers for a fun peek-a-boo design idea that is just for you!

Painted Acorns

I saw this image and was immediately in love with it!  I would have never thought to paint acorns!  Click on the credit image to see a "how to" article and more photos.

Hot Apple Cider Tea

Love this!  I love tea and I love the smell of hot mulled apple cider, so I decided to make up my own recipe combining my two drinks I love.

I made some strong tea.  Then I poured equal parts tea and apple cider in a pan (I used 2 cups each).  Then I added a splash of lemon juice, some ground cinnamon, and a handful of brown sugar.  Then I and sliced two cutie oranges and squeezed in the juice.

Most recipes call for cinnamon sticks and spices such as allspice, nutmeg, and cloves.  Honestly, I've tried all that in past years and it seems more hullabaloo than necessary.  Yes, cinnamon sticks make a great addition to the cup for stirring and that little something-something, but they are expensive.

For me, mulling is all about the scent! I love the smell of apple cider and cinnamon wafting through the air.  Oh, it fills up the whole kitchen!

Ladeling the hot apple cider tea into the cup is such a delight! Those fragrances dance right up.
Of course, sipping the hot apple cider tea in your own kitchen filled with all those glorious smells is the best place to enjoy your cup of goodness.

The Scars of a Painful Past

Some years ago on a hot summer day in south Florida a little boy decided
to go for a swim in the old swimming hole behind his house.

In a hurry to dive into the cool water, he ran out the back door, leaving behind shoes, socks, and shirt as he went. He flew into the water, not realizing that as he swam toward the middle of the lake, an alligator was swimming toward the shore.

His mother, in the house was looking out the window, saw the two as they got closer and closer together. In utter fear, she ran toward the water, yelling to her son as loudly as she could. Hearing her voice, the little boy became alarmed and made a U-turn to swim to his mother.

It was too late. Just as he reached her, the alligator reached him. From the dock, the mother grabbed her little boy by the arms just as the alligator snatched his legs. That began an incredible tug-of-war between the two.

The alligator was much stronger than the mother, but the mother was much too passionate to let go.

A farmer happened to drive by, heard her screams, raced from his truck, took aim and shot the alligator.

Remarkably, after weeks and weeks in the hospital, the little boy survived.

His legs were extremely scarred by the vicious attack of the animal. And, on his arms, were deep scratches where his mother's fingernails dug into his flesh in her effort to hang on to the son she loved.

The newspaper reporter who interviewed the boy after the trauma, asked if he would show him his scars. The boy lifted his pant legs. And then,with obvious pride, he said to the reporter, "But look at my arms. I have great scars on my arms, too. I have them because my mom wouldn't let go."

You and I can identify with that little boy. We have scars, too. No, not from an alligator, or anything quite so dramatic. But, the scars of a painful past. Some of those scars are unsightly and have caused us deep regret.

But, some wounds, my friend, are because God has refused to let go.

In the midst of your struggle, He's been there holding on to you. The Scripture teaches that God loves you. If you have Christ in your life, you have become a child of God. He wants to protect you and provide for you in every way.

But sometimes we foolishly wade into dangerous situations.
The swimming hole of life is filled with peril - and we forget that the enemy is waiting to attack. That's when the tug-o-war begins and if you have the scars of His love on your arms be very, very grateful.

He did not - and will not - let you go. Time is a very precious gift of God; so precious that it's only given to us moment by moment.

Pretty in Pink DigiHop Freebie & UseIt! #41

Here is my contribution to the September DigiHop.  You can find all of the contributions (and participate yourself if you are a designer) on the DigiHop website.

You can find my download pinned at the top of my Facebook page.  Facebook removed the option to require likes to download, so some of my downloads will be pinned at the top of the page and I would just appreciate you liking my page if you like what is in my world.  I appreciate my followers!

Here are some other places you can follow me.
Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter |G+ | Youtube | Newsletter |Flickr | Issuu | Stumble Upon| | 
Hey, you can even talk to me on these places as I'm a real person and not just marketing at you.  I enjoy getting to know others and often follow back.

This freebie will become UseIt! #41!  Eventually it will become a part of a pack of all 20 UseIt! 's in the Esty store, but for now, anyone who is downloading it for free may share what they make with this download in THIS thread.  Join all the UseIt! challenges in the class.  Basically, you simply use things I have created in your layouts and share.  It is fun to see what others have done with the same items in their layouts.  Everything in the UseIt challenges have previously been given away free.  That way, people who cannot afford the $5 for 20 can collect them free and still participate.  (Please note you need one forum post be able to view the class threads -- otherwise, the classes are free.)

Twitter Roundup | September Week 2

Sept 8 Testing a new-to-me cheese for lunch. Toasted cheese with tomato and bacon. Waiting for it to toast!

Sept 8 There is just something about a slowly-with-patience-golden-brown toasted cheese sandwich. Agree?

Sept 8 Yippee. Not. I can lay on patio and listen to demo derby at #SEMODistrictFair #semofair

Sept 9 Will be watching intently the new #iPhone6Launch #iPhone6 #iPhoneDay today as I need a new phone; using 4S (3 yrs old)

Sept 9 I spent my morning-before-work-time upgrading the forum. I sure hope at least a few problems are fixed.

Sept 9 @TeddyBearTammy I'm smiling; I'm grin'n; I'm doing the happy dance! Whoo hooo! Monumental first Twitter post!

Sept 9 @TeddyBearTammy So fun to be a part of your "first!" rotfl You should scrap it. lol

Sept 9 ha! Love the old gas can on the wheel - #Cannonball Run #CapeGirardeau
Took my Little!

Sept 9 Sad face. Sitting on patio sort of listening to @jeremycamp -- so close yet so far. At least I can make out the song.

Sept 9 @jeremycamp singing Jesus Saves right now. I can hear the crowd shout during that part of the song. (NOTE: Super excited that after the concert this tweet was one of the two he favorited!)

Sept 9 I cannot really hear it. It is loud, but a little muffled. Because I know the songs I can make out what he is singing and follow the song. When he talks between songs I cannot make it out.

Sept 10 I think we should have an ice cream shake for lunch today . . . . because we can!

Sept 10 Homemade chocolate shake for lunch -- because I can!

Sept 10 Nothing is ever wrong. We learn from every step we take. Whatever you did today was the way it was meant to be. Be proud of you

Sept 10 Miss Tizzy says "Hi, Mom! Can I watch you drink your homemade milkshake?" #toyfoxterrier #dog

Sept 10 RT The view this morning in Calgary (crazy in September!)

Sept 10 RT Handy iPhone 6 chart (funny!)

Sept 10 Yep. Word! (

Sept 10 "When you believe a thing, believe it all the way, implicitly and unquestionably." - Walt Disney

Sept 10 Tizzy is snuggling Ria in my lap. Adorable!! #toyfoxterrier #dog #dogs

Sept 11 It's 66 degrees outside and not expected to get over 73! Wow! Fall is here!

Sept 11 8:46, 9:03, 9:37, 9:59, 10:03, 10:28. No day shall erase you from the memory of time. #Remember911

Sept 11 Opened windows! Change IS welcomed sometimes! Next up - Indian summer

Sept 11 Never before in the history of the world has mankind documented everyday moments and they do today!

Sept 11 The iPhone isn't a mirror for self-indulgence (selfies). It's a camera for self-exploration (photographs)!

Sept 11 If I fall asleep this afternoon blame it on Hubby as he made me chamomile lemon tea for lunch. #tea

Sept 11 Next women's evening Bible study at church. Anxious to start!

Sept 11 As saying goes "It always rains the week of #SEMOFair #SemoDistrictFair Been true at least 25 years since I tracked !

Sept 12 I love sleeping with windows open, but my dogs are disturbed by ever other dog they hear a mile a way. Ack!

Sept 12 Wow! I was spammed! Over 100 accounts followed me, different profile descriptions & photos, but all have the same recent posts!

Sept 12 If I am ever on life support, unplug me. Then plug me back in. See if that works.

Sept 12 Wow! No way! Digitals is closing! #digiscrap

Sept 12 Did the coroner come back to life to announce his own death @kfvsnews ? Sorry I couldn't resist the tease!

Sept 12 oh my goodness. Amy Dunne of @GoneGirlMovie has a Pinterest board! What a way to market a movie!

Sept 13 Ready for patio party for two with movie and a fire. If I can last ! 64 deg and dropping. Brrrr.

Sept 13 50 degrees outside tonight; glad I'm at home by the patio fire and not at the fair concert (that I can hear); I'm sure I'm much warmer!

Sept 14 Absolutely love dancing fern shadow in the breeze on my patio, gorgeous blue sky, cool temps, sounds of bugs in trees

Sept 14 Cleaning out the shed. How in the world did all this stuff fit in that little bitty shed?

Sep 13, 2014

Art Worship - Ecclesiates 4:7 - 12

Ecclesiates 4.9_12
(click on image to go to Flickr)
Once again, I am finding I love this Bible art journaling (the digital kind).  I am amazed at how long I can sit and contemplate just a few verses.  All of the text on this image came from my thoughts as I studied these scriptures.

If you are out and about in social networking (instagram, twitter, facebook, etc.), I believe they are using the hashtags #biblejournaling  #artworship  ‪#‎reflectSUNDAY‬ ‪#‎journalingbible‬ ‪#‎illustratedfaith‬.

For these verses, I merely got out of Bible that I've used for ages and thumbed through until I saw some text I underlined.  Then I got a screenshot of the scripture in my eSword Bible on my computer.  I created a new layer for my brush work underlining and decided to use orange for negative and pink for positive words.

This seems to be my process with all of my Bible journaling so far in that I put the Scripture in my file first and then use brushes on a new layer to highlight, underline, or circle my text, just like I would in my paper Bible.  Next, I create a text layer and start typing thoughts as they come to me.  Thereafter, I add digital scrapbooking elements, but as I continue thinking, more and more lines of text are added.

The time it takes I believe is very much the same as if I were doodling in a Bible journal book.  Just like doodling, it is amazing the focus I achieve on God's Word for such a long period of time.  I love that!

Sep 12, 2014

Non-destructive Dodging & Burning Tutorial

Lesson 20 of the Designer Class is a tutorial on how to create realism and uniqueness in your digital scrapbooking elements by using non-destructive dodging and burning.  Do you know how to do it without effective the element itself?  Watch the video to find out how.