Friday, November 21, 2014

Illustrated Faith | Advent Kit

Hiya!!!! I am so excited for December to get here and to dive into this project! Now, if you are new to this idea let me get you caught up! There is a full post here but basically... we will be using our journaling bible daily through December using the Naptime Diaries devotional and I could not be MORE excited! If you haven't picked up your devotional yet, there is still time! You have until tomorrow to order to ensure it will be in your hands to start your journaling in December and please use ILLUSTRATEDADVENT coupon code for 15% off devotionals + calendars!

I have put together a little kit to help me stay on top of it through the month of December...

Advent Kit from shanna noel on Vimeo.

I will have the tab printable freebie on my blog for you tomorrow :)
Are you ready? Are you excited? I seriously can NOT wait!!
P.S. I am so sorry this is late I was having uploading issues :)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thanksgiving Place Cards

With Thanksgiving right around the corner I thought it would be fun to put together some place cards for the big day. We will actually be heading out of town to Newport Beach and will be staying at a time share. To make it feel like we are at home I wanted to bring some "homey" touches to the table. 

When I got the So Fancy stamp set from Studio Calico I was very excited but when I started to use it I felt so FANCY and LOVED the stamp even more! The stamp just gives you this custom calligraphy look that I have found difficult to achieve with other stamps! The trick with this stamp set is to just take it one letter at a time. Also because they are SO FANCY some the the swirls get in the way of other letters if you are trying to space them together tightly so to help with that I used a post-it note to mask any part of the swirl I didn't want to stamp, I ran into this mostly with the letter "n" and you can see in the Gene card above where I masked it off, works like a charm! 

I ended up making two sets, one using the creme brûlée ink and another using the black staz-on ink, for the place cards ended up going with the black but saved the creme ones for tags etc. 

From there I just added bits of vintage inspired fabric and buttons! Don't worry about making each one exactly the same. Allow the space you have on the card to dictate the embellishments, the face that you are using all the same elements is what will pull it all together for you!

Have the most amazing Thanksgiving!!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Illustrated Faith | Meg Pitts

Hi there! Happy Monday!!! I have to tell you I don't know Meg very well, but every bit I know I want to put in my pocket and carry around forever, she is SWEET, kind, LOVING, and just "soft" I don't know what that means but that word comes to mind when I think of Meg... which is why I thought we all ought to get to know her better!!!!....

Hey everybody! I'm Meg from Me With The Three. Those crazies in the photo are my dudes, AKA The Three.  I kind of love them just a tad.  A little info about me? I'm a photographer, creative at heart. When I don't have an outlet, I get a little bit of a cooped up feeling.  Usually, my outlets are photography, painting, designing blogs and sites, and in general making things pretty. I also love reading, and usually I'm reading a few books at a time, mainly because I get bored if I stay on one thing too long.
Growing up, I never really read the Bible... just books ABOUT the Bible.  It never really occurred to me that I needed my OWN relationship with Jesus, and not someone else's.  Then as I got older, life changes happened, and new people and churches came in, I began to see the need to read and study Scripture for myself.  But like I said before, I'm a little bit of an artsy, visual person, and I honestly got bored a lot.  Plus, I didn't know where to start, or even HOW to go about studying Scripture for what it really was.
I'm learning now that it's not about the mechanics, but the heart behind it. I started reading to feel God speaking to me at first, to get a closer relationship.  Now, I'm feeling more of a pull to really STUDY it... to know the Bible for all it is.  One of the ways I do that though is through art journaling. When I saw Shanna's course in the Influence Network I was intrigued. I watched it and thought YES!!! This is how I can start to LOVE studying Scripture! And I was so right!
I use a notebook to write things down... notes, quotes, and things I want to remember. Then, if something sticks out to me and I want to "make it pretty," I find some time and pull out my stash.
Usually, I just use some stickers, pretty paper, stamps, and just pens and pencils. I feel like I don't go all out, I kind of rely on more simple styles.
I made this page after my time at the Allume conference.  One of the keynotes was Jeremy Courtney with Preemptive Love Coalition.  His talk wrecked me. I came home and shared with The Hubs, and it had the same effect on him too.  The quote "Love First, Ask Questions Later" has been etched on my mind.  So what better way to remember it than to make a page of it! I put it next to Romans 12: 9-13, because as I read those words, the quote came to mind.  This day I pulled out some stickers, alphas, and cut out the question mark, and got to sticking. Simple. But great visuals!
Another thing that I'm learning/trying to remember, is that even though they're sometimes loud and crazy, my dudes are not a bad distraction. Yes, they take my mind off my reading and prayer sometimes, but they're such a great way to be distracted don't you think? The verse in Matthew 19:13-14 reminds me of this.  I had just found this flower stamp on clearance and wanted to try it out along with a gold Sharpie I bought. While the design doesn't necessarily remind me of kids or anything, it's still pretty and catches my eye, bringing a new view of the Scripture.
A lot of times I'll just go really simple, with a word or short phrase I just want to pop out at me.  Or maybe that day I just got interrupted by one of those beautiful interruptions!
And then sometimes if I'm in a church service or message I just write with my pen and doodle right on the page.
My thought is that you don't need to feel like you need the "right stuff" or have to do each page a certain way or it's "wrong." If you open my Bible, each entry looks different. Some are just pen and watercolors, some more scrapbook style, and some just black writing and doodles. But they all remind me of things I was thinking at that moment, and draw me back to that time.
Isn't that what we hope to get when we read Scripture? Drawn closer to God, so we can understand and love him more, marveling at his goodness?
I hope you enjoy making your own art, because that's what it is!!
And I'd love for you to come say hey over on my little space, and you can follow along with me in any of the places below.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Reflect Sunday | Hope

Happy Sunday, I hope you are enjoying a day of relaxing and enjoying your family. I have to tell you photographing what I am doing on Sunday's is getting harder and harder as the days get shorter around here. I like to shoot in natural light and that is all but impossible these days, so with that being said I will share my entry later this week.

Verses: Psalms 3:2-6 | Mark 4: 30-34 | Job 17:15 | Proverbs 13:12 | Provers 23:18 | 1 Peter 1: 3-6

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Illustrated Faith | Journaling the Advent

I had the joy of attending the influence conference this past September and during the conference we received a book with conference info, favorite verses and places to take notes on each of the sessions we went to. I took notes in that journal like a mad woman and then went back to the hotel each night and worked in my journaling bible taking the golden nuggets of inspiring notes from my book to my bible. It didn't stop when I left there, I carried over the next couple of weeks, I kept going back to that journal for more inspiration and it kept giving. A light bulb turned on.......I had another one of these adorable books from naptime diaries in my pocession, Lindsay Letters had so generously given my an advent journal while I was there. Then I thought..

"Wouldn't it be fun to journal daily in my bible through the advent season?!"

I knew I already had the tools I needed and this was exactly what I was looking for to take time during the advent season for what matters. The advent devotional; along with the beautiful art prints that naptime diaries has created leave you inspired and wanting to settle in for a a hot cup of tea (hello, David's Buttered Rum Tea) and a bible sesh!! 

I love that this devotional is practical and relatable. Sometimes the devotionals I read seem a bit dry, where Jessi and her team have written everything on such a personal level. The devotional is also so much more than just the book! On the inside cover you will find information for all the online content that naptime diaries has in store for you including videos, printables and fun advent ideas. In such a busy season it is so important to take time to remember exactly why we are celebrating and taking a couple moments in your crazy day to reflect in this devotional is exactly what I have desired for my Christmas season. 

It is my intention to use the advent devotional along with the calendar daily from December 1st- December 25th leading up to Christmas. Of course it is always more fun with friends!! I have asked Stephanie Ackerman and Heather Greenwood to join me in this journey and we are hoping YOU will join us as well! When I reached out to Jessi to tell her I thought it would be a PERFECT fit for our community she VERY generously offered YOU GUYS a coupon code for 15% off the devotionals + calendars using code ILLUSTRATEDADVENT so head on over to the SHOP  and pick yours up, make sure to order quickly as the last day you will be able to buy these is Friday November 21st. This will allow you to get them in time to start along with us in December. 

I find when dedicating myself to a daily project such as this that I am MUCH more successful if I make myself a little kit of supplies to use specifically for this project so please join me next Thursday as I share the kit I curate from my current supplies.

Heather, Stephanie and I will be sharing our experience each Thursday on our own blogs so please make sure to keep us accountable and check in for ideas or to share your own experience! 

So whatcha say, will you join me in journaling your advent? Use hashtag #illustratedadvent to share your journey and spread the word of the reason for the season.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Christmas Shopping With Lindsay Letters

I know I know Thanksgiving hasn't passed but I have to tell you I am almost down with my Christmas shopping!!!! I have a couple things to still pick up and I was waiting for a couple of my favorite artist to put up their Christmas collections before I purchased because they are worth the wait. You see, I love to support small handmade businesses this time of year. This is in fact what leads to the early shopping, I can't just run to the mall and pick up the perfect gift, yes I could get an "ok, this will do.. " but I love searching out THE PERFECT gift for those special people in my life and that takes a bit of extra time, ..... but friends... it IS worth it!!! I wanted to share with you today one of my favorite places to pick up goodies!!!

Lindsay Letters not only makes the most amazing prints but also is one of the SWEETEST most generous people you will ever meet, now what is NOT to love about that?! This is someone I purposely support this time of year, I believe in her, I believe in her art and I believe in the smile on my face when I walk past any thing she has made.

So what are we waiting for? Let's look at some of my favorites form her holiday collection this year!!

I love this print, like to a million pieces. I mean, it's totally ok to buy MYSELF a Christmas present as well, correct? Oh..... hunny!? 

Oh Gold, I do love you. I love the message of this sweet print and I think it is the perfect reminder for the reason for the season. 

Watching Elf on Thanksgiving is one of your holiday traditions and it seriously NEVER gets old! I love that you are instantly in the holiday spirit after watching it. One year it was even so inspired to make a paper snowflake garland that covered our room in a similar (not as fantastic way) as Buddy's store make over! 

I have these and love them to pieces they are perfect for making a quick holiday card or a custom Christmas tag, just LOVELY!

Whatever you choose from Lindsay you are sure to love, I hope you find the PERFECT gift for that someone special (or yourself) in your life!! 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Illustrated Faith | Tela Holcomb

Good morning! When I think of Tela I think of JOYFUL, BRIGHT ray of SUNSHINE, sweetheart, caring, inspiring, creative TALENTED woman of GOD! I am so thankful she is here to share her heart with us today! Please give a warm welcome to Tela.....


Hey, hey everyone! I'm Tela Holcomb and I'm truly thankful to have found the journaling bible process. About 2 to 3 years ago, I got the urge to read and have a better understanding of the bible but I kept putting it off. I'll start next week. I'll start next month. I need to find a church home first. When I came across Shanna Noel's Illustrated Faith class, I just knew this was for me. I knew this was what I needed to get started. Through this process I've dug into my bible more than ever before! I love taking a verse that speaks to me and creating in my bible what I see in my head.


Recently, I journaled two verses that remind me to be thankful for everyday and everything. Because it's all a blessing!


The first verse is Psalm 118:24. This verse reminds me to be thankful for every day the Lord allows me to wake up. This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

IMG_8319.JPGI love this "sunbeam" washi!


The next verse is Ephesians 5:20. This verse is a reminder to always give thanks to God. Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

IMG_8320.JPG I've been so fortunate in my life and blessed with so many opportunities and so many beautiful people and it's all thanks to God. During my days as a single mom, I thought I just couldn't go another day. It was hard doing it all by myself and I was young (19). But God saw it fit for me to shoulder the responsibilities I had at that time and the moment I embraced them and said "God, as long as you don't give up on me, I won't give up" everything started to fall in place for me. Career, financial, and personal. IMG_8321.JPG

If you are looking for inspiration, come join us in the Journaling Bible Community on Facebook. It is such a loving community. I've been able to interact with some amazing people within this group. Thank you Shanna for being brave and open enough to share your creative journaling process with the world and letting us know it's ok. I see the Lord doing many more great things through you! xoxo

Thank you so much Tela, what a wonderful time of year to reflect on gratitude!!!! If you decide to use any of Tela's prompts we would love for you to share with us in the comments below! Talk to you soon!