Bible Journaling

Exciting News!

I. am. still. pinching. myself. I am DELIGHTED to share that I was accepted to be a Design Team member for Creative Retreat! This spring and summer, these 9 ladies and I will be sharing a little piece of our hearts and some fun and creative ideas using Creative Retreat Kits.


I love the ease and affordability of Creative Retreat Kits. They’ve become one of my favorite tools for bible journaling. I’m so excited!

You can find and follow these ladies on Instagram:
@bibleartgal (that’s me)

We’ll be posting on the Creative Retreat blog and YouTube Channel. Shop the kits and other supplies here.

Other Fun Stuff

Hobby Lobby Clearance?!

Ok, how am I the last to have taken advantage of the crazy clearance prices on paper crafting at Hobby Lobby?! I had seen so many posts on IG with INSANE deals, but never thought to go check out my local store.

Well, I did think about it, but I can so easily spend gobs of money on paper crafting supplies so I was trying to sort of reel it back in during February. But, March 1st hit and I had to head to Hobby Lobby, or as I call it, Hobbs Lobbs (I know, I’m super nerdy) to check these deals out for myself. Gals, those yellow stickers make my heart soar!

Though things had been really picked over by this time, there were still some great deals to be had. Let me show you what I got…

These cute little die cut pieces (wood alphas and numbers and acrylic arrows) were marked down to $1.75, $1 and $0.75 each! Though they are a bit thick for bible journaling, I can’t wait to use these in my memory keeping projects.


I like big… stacks of patterned paper and I cannot lie. These $20 bricks of CUTE patterned paper were marked down to just 5 bucks each!


I have this very weird sort of obsession with ampersand signs so when I saw this punch, it was like a scene from Finding Nemo… “Mine! Mine! Mine!” And right next to it was this cool gold, very heavyweight 6-hole punch. I love gold. I love hole punches. This will be so cute to make mini books with.


And lastly, girls… the stamp aisle. I really had to control myself. I love wood stamps but I really hate how bulky they are to store so I’ve started to convert all of mine to mount on acrylic blocks (this process has been insanely tedious!) and only buy photopolymer or stamps that can be mounted to acrylic blocks, and stored in sleeves. So I limited myself to this cool numeric click together set (I already have the alphas) which were only $2 and will work great for referencing scriptures and for sermon notes/points. Then, that alpha pack! $5, I could not resist. And… the CUTEST Heidi Swapp date stamp, probably ever. The months are in sweet cursive text! I will have to show it off soon. It’s the CUTEST. And it was actually marked down 40% off the $4.99 price tag.


All in all, it was a super successful trip. I had a blast browsing and dreaming and ended up walking out of there looking like a greedy little squirrel with arms packed full of supplies while spending only around $40.

What clearance deals did you score at your local Hobby Lobby?

Bible Journaling

Ready for Retirement

Today was one of those hard days in the life and times of a bible journaler – a time to say goodbye and retire or archive a chunky, well-loved bible. It was time. It was getting much more difficult to follow a devotional prompt as most pages had already been journaled. And, chunky bibles, though cute, can be really challenging to continue to work with and even more challenging to photograph, since, they don’t lay flat anymore!

But I am quite sad since this was my first journaling bible. It contains 7 months of my heart and journey of both falling in love with bible journaling, but also in reconnecting with my Lord and Savior as I poured over the scriptures, more than ever worrying about the right color combination or complimenting ephemera pieces.

How could I have know that a simple workshop last summer would open the door to this?! Something I look forward to on an almost daily basis and a place where I have found so much encouragement and connection. The bible journaling community is like no other! In my 5 or so months of engagement, I have not encountered even 1 troll, negative comment, bullying or anything close to it. It’s just this incredible, close-knit group of (mostly) ladies who uplift, encourage and inspire each other. Gals, I love it. I love it so much.

And I also love this first bible because of all that it symbolizes. I thought it might be fun to share a few of my favorite entries that never made their way onto Instagram since I just created my bible journaling account in Nov 2017.

Early on in my journey I didn’t have a whole lot of supplies to work with, and honestly didn’t know what was available to me, so I just experimented with paints, lettering, etc. I also apparently had a real thing for song lyrics…


I also really enjoyed (and still do) journaling the sermon notes from my pastor’s sermons, podcasts that I listen to and even books that I am reading through.


Then I stumbled into the amazing and fun world of Illustrated Faith! I can’t tell you how much I love these products. The colors, the imagery, the devotional content… sigh, it’s amazing and very easy to spend a tiny fortune. I really got in to the monthly devotional kits…

And then, last but not least, I discovered Creative Retreat Kits… these simple, beautiful kits are so sweetly designed and filled with amazing little details, not to mention some seriously hard-hitting and soul-filling devotional content. I have a real soft spot for these pages.

And that brings me to where I am now… with my cute, chubby little bible exploding with color and memories. I will say, I am SO EXCITED to jump into my new leather-bound journaling bible, which was a Christmas gift from my mother in law. It’s truly beautiful – and that’s before adding ANYTHING in it!