Thursday, August 28, 2014

Poet Society | Whitman

My friends, how much fun was reveal yesterday at Studio Calico? The kits are packed full of amazing embellishments and the layouts in the design team's gallery SHOW it! Instead of telling you all about the kits that are already sold out, I wanted to shine the light on the perfectly curated kit Whitman today! First let's just take a look at this bad boy!

I seriously love the banners (always have and always will) the gold on these ones just takes them over the top, the puffy stickers have stolen my heart and that adorable wood veneer alpha is just perfect for any ocassion! But let's not forget the star of the show! That silkscreen!!! EEK! I love it! I have some plans for it I plan to share soon!  A couple layouts I used this kit on include SO FUN and Enjoy the Little Things: 

I just LOVE how Ania-Maria used this kit, this layout makes you stop and just take it all in!

A couple other things I picked up to ship with my kit: 

I picked up two of these last month and I have to say they are even more FANTASTIC in person!

I know it is kinda of boring and easy to get distracted by all the AWESOMEness with the beautiful kits. But the way the digital shop & designers have been knocking it out of the park with their fun cuts I have been giving my silhouette machine a work out! So it was high time for a new mat! 

What did you love this month from Studio Calico? I can't wait to see what you do with it!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Journaling Bible | Ashley HortonJournaling Bible | Ashely Horton

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I am excited to have an amazingly talented guest with us!!! Ashely is a SUPERstar scrapbooker on such teams as American Crafts, and Echo Park. She has an adorable etsy shop where you will find some of the CUTEST cuts for your digital die cut machine. Come to find out she is not only enjoying her journaling bible, but is doing it such a CREATIVE and INSPIRING way, I just knew I had to have her with us today! Everyone say "HI Ashley!!!" .....

I love that God gives all of us our own individual testimonies.  Testimonies may have something in common, but each one is still our own personal experience.  I grew up in my grandparents took me every Sunday from the time I was a baby...grew up in church.  I was saved at the age of twelve.  As I got older, I did the typical rebellious teenager stuff, but remained in church.  Even though I didn't always stay on the right path, I never strayed from attending church.  I even worked in two different church offices for over 14 years, before I became a stay at home mom!  Our current church is only the 5th church I've ever attended, in my span of 40 years.  I believe in finding a church, staying, and being involved.  I remember sharing in our Bible Study class one Sunday, as we were discussing testimonies, that mine was just a typical, boring huge revelation, or transformation from a life of drugs or substance abuse.  Our teacher pointed out, that my testimony was just as relevant as any of the drastic testimonials of being saved, because there are other people out there like me, that need to hear the same story.  That even though we grow up in church, we are still separated from God, until we ask Jesus into our hearts.  WOW!  So, that is why I chose to journal Isaiah 6 as one of the first entries in my Journaling Bible, once it arrived.  This is such an amazing description of God's holiness and our separation through sin, until we realize that sin and turn away from it.  And one of the most powerful verses is 6:8 - "And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?' Then I said, 'Here I am! Send me.'"  This is the perfect picture of sin separating us from God, repenting, and then doing God's will.  He gives us the tools to go out and share our testimony, when we are willing to say "Here I am!  Send me."

We just started a new sermon series on Building Stronger Families.  My hubby and I are working to instill the Word of God and Christian values in our children.  But honestly, we mess up so many times a day!  I'm not gonna's not like the Duggar's around here, and we only have 3 kids, not 19!!  There are days of a lot of yelling, or when I feel like putting them out by the road, with a Free Kid sign around their neck.  But, God continues to teach us and help us grow, and I am so glad that our Pastor is sharing this sermon series.  The first week, was based on Matthew 7:24-27, and having our foundation in Jesus.  I can't pray and ask God to make my husband or children perfect.  I need to pray for God to change me and show me how He wants me to be obedient.  And my foundation, can't be my husband or my children.  It has to be Jesus, because only He can fulfill my every need.

Do you have a favorite book of the Bible?  After going through a Beth Moore study of Esther several years ago, it immediately became my favorite book.  Here is poor Esther, who kind of gets thrown into a situation she didn't ask for and ends up having to make a huge decision that not only affects herself, but all of her people.  After going through Esther, I learned that we have to decide to be obedient...always.  It can't be a situation based decision, when God calls us to something.  I don't want to come to a situation, and say, "Sorry God, I weighed the pros and cons of what You asked me to do, and I'm just not feeling it today."  But I also love that Esther took time to fast and pray and had others do the same for her, before she tackled going before the King.  Just because God calls us to do something, doesn't mean we have to go in alone.  I love being able to ask for prayers and help from our church family, and know that other Christians are lifting me up in prayer, when I need i

The last scripture, I want to share from today, is found in 1 Peter 2:11.  It is easy for me to get caught up in the things of the world.  There is always so much going on around us and so much to keep us distracted and busy.  I love listening to Christian songs, that reinforce the message of God's Word.  For some reason, I stink at memorizing scripture, even though I have tried many times.  But give me a song, and I usually know it almost all the way through, by the second listen!  I've always loved Third Day and their song "Alien".  And another favorite is "Where I Belong" by Building 429.  Both of these songs talk about being aliens and strangers here on earth.  I love that these are constant reminders for me, that this home is only temporary, and we can look forward to eternity in heaven.  So sometimes, I have to take a step back from something that I consider soap opera dramatic or too huge for me to handle, and realize that in the grand scheme of things, it's only a teeny tiny fragment of my days here on earth.  Then I can focus on listening to God and how he wants me to handle those situations.  But it's also important for me to remember, that even though this isn't my "home", there is still work to do here and God has a plan for my life and is continuing to work in it daily.

Thank you so much for letting me share with you today!  I look forward to the days to come, and the ways God will use my love for Him and crafting to accomplish His will in my life.  Before you go, I have a set of Free Printables for you, and I hope you will enjoy using them, as you journal your way through the Bible!

See, I told you.. she really doesn't let you down does she!? Thank you ASHLEY!! I love how she is so honest and just lays her heart out there. We have had some amazing guests, each one so different but with that same golden heart. If you would like to share your journaling bible & process I would love to hear from you please email me at shannanoelATgmailDOTcom :) Also, we have started a little journaling bible group on facebook and would love to have you, you can be added here :) Hope to see you soon!

Favorite Scrapbooker Blog Hop

Imagine my glee when I was contacted by Ginny  to participate in the favorite scrapbooker blog hop!! Not only was it such an honor to be choosen to partiicapte but especially by Ginny, seriously that woman is on fire!

Okay on to it shall we?

1. What am I working on right now? Just finished up my kit work for Studio Calico, and a couple other things I am not read to share just yet! Also super excited about a new group I just started on Facebook!
2. How long does it take me to create a project?  Really depends but usually around an hour.
3. What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?  I have a new love for stamps and just in love with watercolors as well
4. How does my writing/creating process work? Lately I have been starting with the story more and more, making sure I am including the journaling into the design instead of trying to fit it in at the end!
5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired? I am really inspired by a challenge. For example working with items only in a kit, or working with a sketch. I need some rails to find my spark!
6. What is my signature style?  Good question! I love white space, bold colors, and a little whimsy. 
Thank you for including me Ginny, it really is such an honor to be a part of this especially from you! 
Now here are 3 of my favorite scrappers…. (so many to choose from!!!!) 

Barbara is one of those people who can look at a new product and think of about 450 amazingly cool things to do with it, none of which ever would cross your mind! She is amazingly creative, super organized, always on top of things and one of the most loyal people you will ever meet. I love her to a thousand pieces and I know you will too!

I have professed my love for Pam a time or two on this blog so I knew she had to be a part of this! I LOVE how her mind words. Always focusing on the story and the photo and then adding ONLY the perfect embellishments from there! I stand in awe of this layouts its one of my favorites ever. Like of all time in the history of the world!! #nbd. 

I have known Chantal since my digital scrapbooking days. Her eye for color and design is something I have always admired. Once she started paper/hybrid scrapbooking I would just stand back and watch her work, the way she pulls a layout together is so smart and innovative! I just adore every.single.thing. about this lady! 

Thank you so much for stopping by! Have an amazing day! I will be back in a couple hours with a guest post!!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Vintage Storage | 3x4 journal cards

It's been a year since we re-worked our craft room and I think it is a great time to go in there; decide what is working and what just isn't. One of the things my mother-in-law said (we share the space) is that she really needs to SEE product to be inspired. So we worked on taking things that would inspire her OUT of drawers and cabinets and put things like TOOLS etc behind closed doors. 

We had these vintage pepsi crates that we REALLY wanted to use in a fun away (anywhere in our house) and one night at 3 a.m. (of course)  I had this idea pop in my head that it might work PERFECTLY for 3x4 storage! I have built up a nice little collection form the Studio Calico Project Life kits!! So I slipped a stack in there and saw they sat to low in the cubby to be able to flip through the cards. I asked my husband to cut a couple (ok, 12) lifters to sit in the bottom and bring the cards to the top a little more. SUPER easy solution, he just used some scrap wood from the garage and it took him less than 5 mins. and now the cards sit 2 inches higher and are PERFECT for this crate!  The only thing I think you really have to be careful is that you make a tight enough fit that the cards won't slip between your lifter and the crate, if you do have a little space but that side on the left and right of the cubby rather than the front. Hope that makes sense! 

I love that I can just pull out this crate and have all my 3x4 journal cards in one space when I am working on my project life! So easy, and let's face it.... ADORABLE!

We are talking about adorable storage solutions, purging, sorting, buying, inspiration and everything in-between over at Marcy Penner's workspace! If you aren't already a part of the class, we would love to have you! 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Stamp inspiration | Unforgettable

I love it when you see a stamp set and feel total inspiration for the set as a whole. When I saw the Unforgettable set that came into the shop for Maggie Holmes 30 days of me class, I knew I could have a TON of fun with it and use it over and over again! I pulled out my favorite color theory pads (Red Well | Blush Crush | Coral Bay | Orange County ) and a couple pieces of paper I have been wanting to work with (sigh that bird paper!) 

I also used the stamps ( & staz-on ink)  to use as a guide to cut out hearts from the papers. This way I could cut just a little beyond the stamp and the paper would make a perfect frame for the heart.

I really saw this page coming together like a quilt so I just started pieces it together from top left working my way around the page. Making sure to pay attention to balance things like color and use of paper & stamps.  I didn't worry to much about it being "perfect" since the stamps lend themselves to a whimsical look! :)

I used my journaling pen to doodle little frames around any empty spaces I had. I also decided to add a little letter on the back for the girls just documenting a couple thoughts I have had about them as they start school!

I love how this page came together and I can't wait to use this stamp set over and over again on my pages! I hope you have an amazing day!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Journaling Bible | Put it in the cup

For those that have been following me for a couple months you know this year started off rough. I took some time away from my online commitments and really took the time to focus on family. During that time, I am not going to lie I struggled with God. My mother in law suggested (ever so slightly) that I listen to a sermon from Doug Fields at Saddleback church. The name of the sermon was "have I got a surprise for you"  and I LOVED it. I think sometimes it is difficult for church leaders to share where they struggle and they do in fact struggle with the exact same things we stuggle with. Doug did just that, in such a HUMAN way. I love that. The sermon was great, and I highly suggest listening to it yourself but my favorite part was when he talked about "putting it in the cup". He talks about how we pray to God, and then we worry. When we really need to hand it all over to God and trust him with our desperate prayers. Of course worrying is natural human process... but allowing God to work in your life  is a learning process (and sometimes harder than others). It was certainly something I PERSONALLY needed (need) to work on in this season of my life.

I wanted to share my start to finish process for this week in my journaling bible.

Lindsay Letters designs some of the cutest stamps for Studio Calico so I pulled those out as I love how they look when stamped in my bible. I also saw this adorable cup sticker that was perfect for the sentiment "put it in the cup".

I LOVE the BE BRAVE stamp and used my staz-on ink (my fave) right under the cup and then journaling "put it in the" with my favorite journaling pen.  I love making sure I add a mixture of my own personal handwriting along side stamps and alpha stickers!  

I have been sort of hoarding these adorable stickers from the Hola kit (sold out, but keep your eye out some cute alpha sticker in the upcoming kits!). Something I kind of think about when adding alpha stickers is how long the word is, and alternating styles (for example traditional or block letters). 

I love seeing how everyone is adding mist (I used Mister Huey's) to their pages and wanted to add a little unexpected color to my pages today. In this photo it is still drying but I wanted to show you all to NOT be afraid to get messy in your bibles! I just sprayed it on there and once it is dry and you close the book the page is still in perfect condition!

One of the last things I always do is add my tab. I try to think of a sentiment short and simple that will remind me what I will find inside. I used one of the tabs from Veronica's amazing (free) printables.  I also added a "2" from one of my favorite Studio Calico alphas from a past kit, but good news, if you missed out on those they are coming out with MORE and you can find them here

If you are new to the idea of using your bible in this way, or would like to find a community to find some amazing inspiration and some of the sweetest gals you will ever meet, please come join us on facebook in our new journaling bible group.  I have also taught a class through influence network called journaling bible: the basics. You can purchase the recording and get more info here. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Tutorial | Love Seriously

Happy Wednesday! I am sharing how to make this home decor piece over on Amy Tangerine's blog today, I would love to see you there!! P.S. In love with the PLUS ONE line, had to keep it forever!