Category Archives: bible journaling

Romans 8 and a thank you card

Good morning!

Today I am sharing two projects, a card and a bible journaling page, on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog using the Fantastic Flowers stamp set.  The card I made also uses Kindness Matters.

FF thank you diane zechman

This card is simple but very striking with the flower layered onto the white panel. I simply sponged 3 colors of ink onto white cardstock and stamped the flower on top in black. After I cut the flower out, I hated to throw away the leftover sponged piece, so I stamped the leaves, cut it down to the size I needed, and used it for my background.  I stamped the sentiment and added a few Nuvo drops to finish it off.

After my card was done, I loved the color combo and decided to re-create it in my bible. I chose Romans 8:37-39 to journal. The colors are a little more muted on the bible page but it still turned out fine. I masked the verse and purposely sponged the color lighter on the top left corner.

Romans 8 37-39 diane zechman

The same leaves and flower were stamped in black and highlighted a bit with a white pen. “Made for More” was stamped with the Love Ya Like A Sister Alpha. “Nothing can separate us…” was typed on my computer and cut out.

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Fantastic Flowers, Kindness Matters and Love Ya Like A Sister Alpha; paper- white, black; ink- Archival Black, SU! Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum, and Strawberry Slush; accessories- Raspberry Pink and Ebony Black Nuvo Drops, white pen.

Psalm 5:11

Hello! Just sharing a bible journaling page that I finished today. I’ve done a few pages recently but two were pretty much cased so I may not share those here and another one I will post later this month.

I’ve seen a few pages done recently with artist Diane Duda’s girls and I loved them so much that I was anxious to do one myself!  I chose this girl and paired her with Psalm 5:11.

Psalm 5 11 diane zechman

I did a search for Diane Duda images and resized one, then traced it in my bible with an Illustrated Faith journaling pen. I doodled around the selected verse and also sketched the branches in the top corner.  The word “rejoice” was hand written and somewhat copied from a font I had. Her dress (the flowered part) was paper pieced with a scrap of DCWV patterned paper. I colored the rest of the page with Prismacolor pencils and blended it with Gamsol. The background was colored light blue which doesn’t show up well here, then I sponged over it with the Tim Holtz Tiles stencil and some SU! Marina Mist ink.

I think that about covers it! It was a fun page to do and I can see some more pages coming in the future which are inspired by this artist!  Have a great evening!

Isaiah 40:8

Good afternoon! Today I journaled these two pages in my bible. A lot of people have been sharing pages done with pretty paper napkins lately…an old technique that has come around again.  It brought back memories of doing the napkins on cards years ago….and I remember even decoupaging napkins onto wicker baskets! Anyone else do that?

Isaiah 40 8 diane zechman

I picked up this pack with a pretty floral design in TJ Maxx a few weeks ago.  Then I decided that Isaiah 40:8 would be a good page to use them on. The verse reads “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” Our earthly things may be beautiful and good, but they can be gone in a moment.  But God will guide us and always be with us. We need to keep Him as our foundation and keep our eyes fixed on what will stand forever.

Isaiah 40 8 close diane zechman

I used various Sweet ‘n Sassy stamp sets for the words… Rebecca Script, Words of Life- Collection 1 and Common Words 1, God Is Good, Message of Hope. They were stamped with Archival Black.

There’s a bit of a learning curve with the napkin technique in figuring out how much gesso to apply. I just “winged it” as I tend to do, but you may want to practice on something else first if you are unsure. I made sure I had a craft sheet under the page I was working on. I brushed clear gesso on the page with a foam brush but you might like using a regular brush or other applicator tool.  Just apply your gesso, adhere your napkin to it, and dry it with a heat tool. Then apply another coat of gesso on top.

Some TIPS:

  1. Be careful not to overwork the second coat of gesso or it will tear the napkin away. If you do have small spots that rip away, you can tear off a small scrap of napkin and fill it in if the pattern on your napkin is forgiving. (I patched two small spots here!)
  2. If you are covering the whole page with a piece of napkin as I did here, I found it helpful to adhere the napkin in two sections. I held it in place where I wanted it, then folded the top half down. While holding it with one hand, I applied gesso to the top with the other hand. Then I laid it back down and smoothed it out and pressed it a bit with an old credit card. Then I folded the bottom up and repeated this on the lower part of the page.
  3. Keep a paper towel handy to wipe your fingers, brush, or credit card if needed.  (The brush may pick up color from the napkin)
  4. Keep scraps of your napkin ready in case you need to patch tears.
  5. To highlight the verse: Before I started, I held the napkin in place  and used a pencil to draw a box on the napkin around the verse. Then I used my scissors to cut it out. Line it back up on the page and apply your gesso in sections as described above.

I hope this was helpful! Have a great weekend!

case-ing hedgies

Sometimes a card or project that is shared just needs to be cased (copied)… just like this journaled page I did yesterday!  I loved the layout when I saw it a few months ago.  I changed a few small details but the main layout was cased from a page done by Andrea Wood of the Sweet ‘n Sassy Creative Worship team.

Job 1 diane zechman

The cute little hedgies and trees are from the As The Deer stamp set and the red lettering is the Chunky Alpha, stamped with Distress ink- Barn Door. The hedgies were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black onto white cardstock, colored with Copics, cut out and adhered to the page.  The trees were stamped onto scraps of patterned papers.

I love when I get a chance to spend time creating in God’s word…I hope you can do the same.  Have a great week!

Proverbs 31

Happy Saturday! Last night I did a bit of bible journaling. I have been wanting to journal 2 verses from Proverbs 31…verses 25 and 30.  Since they fall on the same page, I combined the two.  I am prepping for my May class and with Mother’s Day approaching, I decided on these verses. They also come to mind when I think of a dear friend who passed away 8 years ago in May…I still have her picture at my desk with verse 30 beside it.

Proverbs 31 diane zechman

The “Poppy Girl” image is by Unity and the rest is from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps. The SNSS poppies from Precious Poppies match pretty well. I also used Shake it Off Lowercase, Skinny Lowercase, and Worthy King.

Images were stamped with Archival Black and water colored with Inktense pencils and watercolor pencils.  “She” was stamped with Distress ink- Barn Door.

Have a great weekend!

Matthew 28:6

I did a little bible journaling last night and with Easter soon upon us, I used my Sweet ‘n Sassy set called Jesus Paid It All.  I really wanted to try acrylic paints so I chose some “sunrise” colors to create my background. Many thanks to my friend Lisa at The Craft Shack for helping me out with some colors I didn’t have!  She also has a quatrefoil stencil that I used a bit on the page.

Matthew 28 6 diane zechman

Oh, and Lisa also helped me out with a few scraps of patterned paper when I decided to do a few mixed media layers on the “grass” at the bottom. I think I owe her a card! lol.

I scraped the paints on thin so the words can still be read.  Before I began this page, I had mostly planned it in my head…and I was concerned that I would mess up while stamping the solid crosses in a dark color. So my solution was to stamp them on acetate with Stazon ink and washi tape it in place as a sort of “tip in”.  It can be flipped to read the words underneath (bonus!).

Matthew 28 6 open diane zechman

Hope it inspires you to get creative!  Have a great weekend!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy- Jesus Paid It All; paper- Basic Grey- Sweet Threads, SU! Coastal Cabana; ink- Stazon Black, Archival Black; accessories- acetate, acrylic paints- Americana- Bahama Blue, Adirondack- Lettuce, Butterscotch, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, The Crafter’s Workshop 6×6 Mini Quatrefoil Reversed stencil, washi tape, We R Memory Keepers tab punch, Scor-Tape.

Matthew 11:28

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a different project than I normally make with my Ai images. I started bible journaling a year ago and I’ve had Ai’s Madge (1549) in mind all year to use for the Matthew 11:28 verse…“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Matthew 11 28 close diane zechman

Madge is perfect for this verse…she illustrates how we all, at times, feel.  We simply need to put our trust in Him.  He gives what no one else can give- rest from our daily problems and the burden of our sins.

I stamped Madge with Stazon Black ink (no page prep done) and colored her with Prismacolor pencils, blending them with Gamsol. She was stamped again onto patterned paper and I cut out her shirt to paper piece it. I also used a small scrap of the same paper to make a little “tab” at the top of the page.

Here’s my full page… I also used used the following Sweet ‘n Sassy stamp sets.

All Your Heart, Decorative Banners, Words of Life- Common Words 1, Words of Life- Collection 1, Perfect Faith, Message of Hope.

Matthew 11 28 diane zechman

I hope you liked this different Ai project today and it inspires you to try some bible journaling too!

Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Madge (1549), Sweet ‘n Sassy- All Your Heart, Decorative Banners, Words of Life- Common Words 1, Words of Life- Collection 1, Perfect Faith, and Message of Hope; paper- Basic Grey- Urban Prairie; ink- Stazon Black; accessories- Journaling Bible, Prismacolor pencils, Gamsol, blending stumps.

magnify

Are you keeping warm? I am staying inside so far…doing some laundry and a little bible journaling on this cold, windy weekend.  A music video that was shown in the beginning of a recent worship service was the inspiration for today’s page.  This page was done with the song “Magnify” by We Are Messengers in mind on Psalm 119:18.

Psalm 119 18 diane zechman

I traced the detective from a Googled image and colored him with Inktense pencils.  The background was sponged with Distress inks and the words were printed with some detective-y fonts I found- Fingerprints Inside and Earwig Factory.

I used the Sweet ‘n Sassy Worthy King, Sing Loud, and Music To My Ears stamp sets.

Have a great weekend!

turn on the light

I have another art journaled page today and this one was inspired by a page I saw with similar lamps. Unfortunately I don’t know who to give credit to. It was also done with some sermon notes in mind from a guest speaker in a local church that we went to visit a week ago. I used Sweet ‘n Sassy’s Love Ya Like A Sister Alpha, Outline Alpha, and Note This.  The lamps/bulbs were drawn and the cobweb is an old PSX wood mounted stamp.

Isaiah 9 2 diane zechman

I used my Inktense pencils on this page and I’m still looking for my date stamp!

Thanks for popping in!  Be sure to check out more inspiration on the Creative Worship Blog.  Have a great day!

be rich in good deeds

Good morning! Just popping in with an art journaled page today.  This one I did 2 weeks ago using some of the images from my Snowy Hello stamp set.  I also used a few more Sweet ‘n Sassy Creative Worship stamp sets… Just Be, Love Ya Like a Sister Alpha, Shake it Off Lower Case Alpha, Classy Script Alpha, and The Lord is Risen.  I used watercolor pencils to color the image.

1 Timothy 6 18 diane zechman

I am behind on sharing these so I will have another one tomorrow that I just finished.  Also…be sure to check out SNSS’s 30% off sale!

Thanks for popping in!  Check out more inspiration on the Creative Worship Blog.  Have a great day!