Stamping On Vellum – Bible Art Journaling Challenge Week 46
Hello Everyone! Welcome to week 46 of the Bible Art Journaling Challenge! I’m starting this post sitting in a coffee shop in downtown Portland, Oregon, USA, where the atmosphere is buzzing with activity and life. A fun place to write for a change. I filmed a tutorial for this Bible Art Journaling Challenge, before I left England and am writing while away from the studio. I am grateful for the opportunity to do something I passionately love, which allows me the flexibility of still being in touch with you while traveling. It is hard work but well worth every minute of it.
Last week I did not have time to share a post, because I was at the Scrapbook.com studio in Phoenix, Arizona. After many weeks of work behind the scenes, we spent 5 long days filming a great class in the studio. I’ll share a blog post about it when I’ve returned from my trip. I’ve come to Portland to visit family for Thanksgiving and will be taking the week off.
But enough of filling you in. I’ve got a little tutorial for you today as we get close to Thanksgiving in America! This is a time of the year in which American’s are focusing in on gratefulness. On having a thankful heart. I want to share my video with you and then share a brief bit with you.
Today’s Bible art journaling supplies
Before I head into the devotional part of this post below, here are the supplies I featured in this weeks video. I hope it helps you find anything you may want to try out. Where there is just one link, it’ll lead to Amazon. Where there are two links, you’ll see SB for Scrapbook.com and AZ for Amazon.
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Bibles and supplies for Bible art journaling
There are always those who are new to me that find their way to various blog posts so, I’ll again mention for those who are new and interested… There are several wide-margin Bibles and supplies which I recommend for this art form. I’ve created a linked recommendations collection on my Bible Art Journaling Supplies page, to make your starter choices easier. I hope they will help you.
So let’s talk about this Bible Art Journaling Challenge.
I used my NASB Note-Taker’s Bible for this Bible Art Journaling Challenge. The scripture for this week is Philippians 4:6-9…
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. 9 The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
As we head into the Thanksgiving holiday in America, there are so many of us taking time to gather with those who are near and dear to us, and being thankful for what we have in life.
I love this scripture as it really is a great one for helping us stay focused on what matters in life. And, I think it points to an incredible truth. We are to focus on what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely and of good repute. We are to focus on anything of excellence or worthy of praise. These are things we are to dwell on. NOT the opposite. That means we should not focus on those things which are false, dishonorable, wrong, impure, unlovely and of bad repute. We should not focus on that which is lacking excellence or unworthy of praise.
I feel like there is too much focus on what we are told not to focus on and not enough on what we should set our minds and hearts on. I want to encourage each of us to examine our hearts as we step into this time of thanksgiving, and focus in on those lovely, pure and excellent things. ALL of it. To thank God for what He has done to help orchestrate such goodness around us and thank those around us for upholding such goodness in an effort to live upright before God.
We each have people in our lives who deserve to be honored and thanked for the goodness they’ve upheld in their own personal journey. And I want to thank you. Maybe I don’t know you intimately, but I do know you’ve found your way to my blog which means you have hunger for more of Jesus in your life. I want to thank you for pursing life and giving it your best. For not giving up in adversity and being right where you are today. You have so much more to offer and today, I pray you will feel loved, cherished and valued right where you are and for who you are. Not some made up version of yourself. Instead, the beautiful you, that God created and who you are blossoming more and more into. Don’t give up. You were born for greatness and it is making its way out of you in a beautiful way!
Let us take time to thank God for giving us life itself and to thank those around us for pressing on through it all. As I mentioned recently, life is not always glamorous, but today, it is. Regardless of what season or day you find yourself in, don’t give up. Put praise on your lips and let thankfulness well up in your heart. From it comes incredible breakthrough as we focus on the good and drown out the lies. We are each made for greatness. If thankfulness is not a practice in yoru life, perhaps make an art journal page, dedicated to documenting what you’re thankful for. When you feel lost on what to find joy in, you can look on it and remember the great things around you.
When I was bedridden, I did this and that thankful page was a helpful reminder when my life was slipping away from me. It kept me focused on what mattered and gave me hope as thankfulness crowded out the voice of ungratefulness or hopelessness. We all have these battles at times and it is good to pick up tools that give us results we can count on. I trust in God’s Word and can honestly say that thankfulness in hardship as a total focus, was a huge key in my being dramatically healed. God is so faithful and it is beautiful that we get to play a part in His process of loving us well. What a romance story.
Stamping on vellum
I feel like I covered in my video, everything I want to say about stamping on vellum. So, I’ll leave it with you at that. But I wanted to share these photos with you so you can see for yourself how this tip-in tag with washi, works in my wide-margin Bible.
I do think this is fun. It is not my favorite page in my Bible, but it is one I feel a connection with. Just like every other one I’ve taken time creating on. There is something beautiful about spending time in a section of scripture and making it come alive to us, which makes this process of art journaling in our Bibles, so worth it.
As for the creative techniques I have shared with you today, I would love you to try any if you’re interested in them. I also want you to feel free to gather inspiration in other places for joining me in creating about/on this week’s scripture. The goal is to get in to the Word and spend time with God. I’m looking forward to seeing what you create!
You can find answers to most any question you may have about this challenge, on the Bible Art Journaling Challenge page. It also has a full archive! Be sure to head over to our Facebook group and/or Google+ Community, to chat about this weeks Bible Art Journaling Challenge and get started on your own creativity! Many of you ask if it is okay to share these posts with your friends. Please do! It is a simple way you can partner with me to impact lives.
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You are loved. x
**Scripture quotations taken from the NASB unless otherwise specified.
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