This past weekend I attended an annual crop at Spruce Meadows in Calgary hosted by Creative Scrapbooker Magazine called the Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival, and a carnival of fun it is! Between the usual scrapbooking, socializing, eating, shopping, and prizes, I had time to think. I’ve been meaning to do more scrapbooking at home, create more things just for me, and have really wanted to dig out the Bible Art journalling supplies I have acquired over the past year, all still in the packaging. After my recent craft room make over resulted in the Bible art journalling getting its very own drawer, I it was been starring at me for weeks. I knew the day would come very soon when I will sit down with it all and dig in. That day was this weekend.
If you’d like to read my previous post of my Bible art journaling journey, please click here so you can read the background story to this post.
As the days drew closer to the crop, and I watched Allison Orthner’s (that’s Allison in the photo above) posts regarding her excitement about having a Bible art make n take table, I knew the Holy Spirit was really trying to work his wonders through both Alison as well as my love of all things crafty. I went through the first day of the crop doing some scrapbooking, and shopping up a storm (watch for an upcoming post of all the goodies I bought!) but as I left at the end of that first day, and walked past Allison’s table, I knew that I had to rethink my plan for the next day. I went home and dug out a bag and packed up all my Bible art journalling goodies and off I went for day two of the crop.
I started the day off with Allison and playing with gesso, Ranger oxide inks and water, as well as stamps, washi, and stickers by Illustrated Faith. Alison had brought some old hymn books from her church for us to be inspired by as well as to play with the products. Stamping or doing any form of art in the Bible can be scary. No one wants to do something to a book so special that they are not sure will turn out as they hope. That being said, any time you get out the gesso to do mixed media, it will be an adventure and you will never be able to do the same thing twice, accept that now!
We played on the hymn book sheets and I also created a beautiful bookmark too. What are Distress Oxide inks? Check out this video from Creative Scrapbooker with a quick overview of what they can do!
I bought an Illustrated Faith Praise book (had been debating for a while but the shipping to Canada is insane) so when Scrap Addicts had it for cheap, I was sold!! I was so excited, proud and inspired by the experience! Here is a glimpse of my creations:
Today I reflect on what I have begun and am revived and inspired to continue this Bible art journey! Today I even discovered (via the Canadian Bible Art Journalling Facebook group) there is a Facebook group for Catholic women that do Bible art! So, after saying it hasn’t really been something the Catholic world has embraced, I am proven wrong but this social media discovery. As I write this, I’m awaiting approval to join the group, so I will follow up with my thoughts and feelings on the group.
#dowhatmakesyouhappy is something I’ve tried to keep in mind as it is easy to become bogged down with all the “have-tos” of teaching classes. There is always another class to prepare and supplies to organize. It can easily become a “chore”. Years ago (in my younger fitter days), I feel in love with aerobics and even went on to teach for several years. However, by the end of it, I was tired of having to be accountable to my classes. I wanted out. I really don’t want that become the case with my Stampin Up classes and crafting.
So last night I told myself I to need to make myself accountable to me! I know myself well enough to know that that will be good for me on many levels. My crafting skills will grow, and my relationship with Christ will grow. Not teaching and being in the Catholic schools on a daily basis, does lead me away from the church since I’m not involve in it on a daily basis. I know I have to more actively take ownership of that part of my faith journey. I would love to hear about your faith journey surrounding the Bible art journalling experience. I would especially like to hear from other Catholics that are Bible art journalling, so I don’t feel so alone in this journey.
Want to learn more about Bible art journalling? Click here for Allison’s blog post on how to get started!!
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