Saturday, February 20, 2016

All the news about Illustrated Faith and DaySpring

There have been a bunch of changes to the way Illustrated Faith is working these days. They're all huge and amazing and super-exciting and I wanted to share a little bit about it here!

Firstly, Illustrated Faith has a new (and improved!) website which includes all the things you already loved about the old site such as inspiring blog posts, a resource section and philosophy statements, but now it also includes a forum for members to chat to each other as well! Like all new ground-breaking moves we are still testing the waters a bit and so if you go to visit right now and get some error messages please bear with it and try again later.


I had my first blog post for the new site up earlier this week and it was all about putting the focus back on the journaling in bible-journaling. I'd link you up straight to the post, but it's not working right now. I'll update this when it is :-)
In the meantime, you can watch my corresponding video for the post directly from the Illustrated Faith YouTube channel HERE.


Next, if you haven't heard about it already, Illustrated Faith has joined forces with DaySpring Cards to bring you all the retail side of it. All the Bible journaling basics, as well as the latest release Bella Blvd Illustrated Faith products will now be available through DaySpring (instead of the Illustrated Faith Etsy which no longer exists) and there's big things afoot. In the past we were releasing a devotional with coordinating stamp sets every month.... but now it's a WHOLE KIT!!


Our March kit is called Created to Create. These monthly kits will feature a devotional booklet with 12 Bible journaling devotions, a clear stamp collection and stamp pad (a new color each month!), cut-outs, washi-tape, Scripture Sharables and more for $29.99! We have a limited quantity of each monthly kit, so we highly recommend grabbing this one while you can!


Now we all know that international shipping can be a bit of a deal-breaker when it comes down to it, so I've got some very special codes for my Aussie (and any other non-American!) friends to help you save some big dollars in shipping costs!!
  • Code INTL20 – for $20 off any purchase of $59 or more.
  • Code INTL40 – for $40 off any purchase of $99 or more. 
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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Moriah's December page and extra

Just one last page to share from the girl's 2015 albums, it's Moriah's December spread.


It always feels a bit strange sharing Christmas layouts long after the holiday has been celebrated, but there's still something magic about the combination of bright green and red and gold isn't there?


I was very good this last Christmas season and didn't buy anything new for myself. I am lucky though, I still received new season products, but they were either from DT arrangements or products I happened to win. So I mixed in these new things with my old Christmas stash and it breathes fresh life into all of it.


The red and mint and gold sparkled stuff is Stampin' Up Hello December collection whilst most of the rest of it comes from Studio Calico kits from Christmasses past :-)
And that hand-drawn tree that Moriah did? It's my absolute favourite!!


As a little bonus page for the album I included our traditional end-of-year family photo very simply paired with a paper from the Studio Calico Pop Art kit. Simply but creates an impact, and was the best way to round off the album.


Now that I've finished off those albums, I really should be thinking about starting the 2016 ones right?!!

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Jot's February Mood Board

I've found myself on a bit of a card-making spree again lately. That is, if you can call one or two cards a week a spree! But it suits me well since that's about all the time I have these days to create. I kinda forgot how much energy this full-time working thing zaps out of you by the end of the day ;-)


A couple of weekends ago we had back-to-back 21st parties (ROCK ON!!) so obviously I had to whip up some birthday cards for the occasions. I find it really helpful when I can combine my DT work with projects that I actually need to get done because it kills two birds with one stone! LOL! So I used the latest Jot Magazine Mood Board challenge to inspire me to make this girly card.


And seriously.... how gorgeous is the Mood Board?! I absolutely love it to bits which made pulling this card together actually quite easy, and in my usual style I simply layered up bits and pieces together until I was happy.


My favourite thing is to try and include lots of textures too, so I had fun with adding paint, and stitching and chipboard and I folded up the leaves to give it some dimension.


Great news! The prize for this month's Jot Magazine Mood Board challenge is an original Jodie York script canvas in copper foil - it's so cool! Check out all the details over HERE, I hope you'll play along.

xx
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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Bethany's November and December pages


Sorry for the hiatus in blog posts whilst I recommenced full time employment! Yikes, I forgot how hard that makes things like crafting and blogging and photography and well... nearly everything apart from vegging out in front of Netflix when you come home ;-)



But I'm slowly adjusting to it all and remembering how I used to fit these things in just whenever I have a spare 20 minutes. So I thought I'd take the opportunity to catch you up with last years' November and December spreads for Bethany's album.


My November page started off with some basic building blocks from the Studio Calico Canyonlands Documenter Kit (those lime greens and aqua felt very Springy to me!) and then I started adding little extra bits from past kits and my stash too.


As usual I tried to include some kid-art documenting as well as lots of stories and decent photographs too.


But when it came time to do the December page it was a little trickier. Only because I did a Not-Quite-a-December-Daily album again this year and I was conscious of not doubling up on photos and stories but trying to get something unique into their Project Life album, whilst still capturing the whole spirit of the season too. 

  

I guess in some respects it wasn't hard because I don't know about you but I tend to take about a bazillion photos at Christmas since every single moment seems so magical!


For my December title card I used the Studio Calico gold letterpress calendar page from the corresponding month. I don't know why it took me until December to think of this! But I haven't thrown away the rest of the cards yet, I figure I can still use them for something!


And then I mostly used past scrapbook papers to fill the rest of the pockets rather than actual PL cards. I embellished with Gossamer Blue acrylic and wood veneer pieces, and those geometric animal diecuts made another appearance too.


So that's Bethany's 2015 album done and dusted.
I haven't quite wrapped my brain around the fact that if I'm doing a similar structure again this year that I'm already a month behind! Whoops!!

Here's to 2016!
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