Added pages to my Faith Journal…

I added some pages to my Faith Journal. These additions including the tags provides me with 56 areas to put text!

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with the tags inserted

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I decided to try and video tape a flip through since the individual pictures don’t really show how it really looks as you flip through the pages. You can see the video here.  Forgive the poor video, this is my very first video EVER! lol When I decided to record it, I didn’t think about what I had playing on my television so you can hear a bit of it in the background. It was an impromptu filming using my phone and I didn’t have the tags right beside me so at the end when I decided to insert them I had to reach a bit which is why the journal went off camera for a moment. I have no setup for filming so this was a fly by the seat of my pants sort of thing. lol

I am loving this journal so much that I wish I could add in all the scriptures and the dangly bits so I could have it to just read through over and over again. However, it is going to take some time to complete. The main reason is I want to add scriptures which have meaning to me and not just any scripture. I’m sure I could search online to find scriptures on faith but that isn’t my goal. I’m going to fill it as I am inspired to do so from my daily reading or from sermons or other situations where I am touched by scripture that will help me with building my faith.

When I started on my art journey, I never thought I would be creating something like this. Looking back, I can see how everything is connected. I really started with just doing tangles to get my confidence up in drawing or creating. At one point, I was frustrated over not finding the type of journal I wanted so I started researching how to create my own.

I found tutorials on creating scrapbooks, as well as, art journals.  I tried scrapbooking but it never took off with me, although I did create a few books. Those books sit unfinished on my shelf. One though is used to store my small tangle tiles. The foldouts I created in my Faith Journal, I learned from a few scrapbooking tutorials. The one page wonder which is the base for this journal, I learned when researching how to create my own journal. At the time I never imagined how I could add to the small one page wonder booklet, so to discover I was able to expand it to have 56 surfaces for adding text made me sort of giddy inside. I will need to figure out some sort of closure, either a tie closure or a band or clip of some sort. I’m still working on that, plus I want to get some lace or material to add to the tags for decoration. That will come over time as I add scripture and things I see inspire me for adding as decoration.

I LOVE creating journals! This one is no different. I have another I made from watercolor paper which I use for mixed media or watercolor journal pages. If I had the supplies I would have my shelves filled with my handmade journals filled with every type of paper imaginable. Maybe over time that is what will happen, if this journal is any indication of just how versatile they can be.

I created this journal from 3 pages of 14″ x 17″ Canson XL Mix Media paper 98lb/160g. One page for the booklet and two pages for the inserts or flipouts.  Using watered down Elmer’s glue, I layered one side of the paper with a collage of old book pages and some lightweight decorative scrapbook paper. For the booklet I also layered some napkins but I didn’t do the napkins on the inserts. The acrylic paint I used was CraftSmart and a couple inexpensive dollar store brands and applied three or four different colors using a sponge. On the page for the booklet I also applied gold acrylic paint over the surface. On one of the pages for the inserts I applied gold paint through a stencil. Once the paint was dry I added some marks by using different stamps and mark making tools, such as a circular object from a tape dispenser to make circles, the side of a gift card for straight lines, a natural sponge and other odds and ends for other various marks. When it was all dry I folded and cut one sheet of paper to form the booklet. The other two pages, I cut into strips that could be attached to the booklet and folded for foldouts. The tags were layered with a thin coat of acrylic paint and then stamped using permanent ink.

The pages of the booklet were adhered in such a way as to create pockets with side openings and top openings. The foldouts were adhered to the pocket openings using two sided tape. I actually didn’t add the marks to the inserts until after I had attached them to the booklet. I could add more tags if I want to or not use them at all. It all depends on how many scriptures I want to add.

The scriptures are added by printing the scripture on printer paper, then tearing the words or group of words out of the paper so they have a ragged edge. I used the watered down Elmer’s glue to glue down the bits of paper with the words on them. Once they were dry I used a black Tombow marker and the blending marker around the edge of the paper. I used different colors of Tombow markers to color in the text on the front of the journal. I will continue to do this same process when I find more scripture to add.

This is where I am now. I plan to add ribbon, lace, possibly yarn or other material to the tags and possibly to the journal. Maybe some charms or I might find some pictures or other things to embellish the journal. This will develop as time goes by and if I find anything which inspires me to add to the journal.

On one hand, I want to rush and finish the journal, on the other hand, I want to take my time. I am torn between wanting it completed and excited over having it available to add to for probably the next year if not longer. To have something completely made with my own two hands which I can add to for the next year or more which will reflect my growth and faith in Christ is blowing my socks off.

I have never felt this way before. I want to rush and learn all I can, which means sometimes I have to fight against the desire to skip over the rest of the old testament and start reading the new testament because I feel as though the majority of the scriptures I will want will be from the new testament. Or I want to just hurry and read past where I am now in 2 Chronicles and get into Psalms where I also know there is some good scripture to support my faith. I don’t just want to rush so I can fill my journal, I want to gobble up all I can, to learn all I can, with so many good things so I’ll grow spiritually. It is like being a kid again and trying to rush to become an adult which we all know we can’t rush or we might not learn some important information we might need to know.

I have to keep reminding myself that this is a journey and it is important to take it one step at a time. I can and have spent my whole day working on this journal and studying scripture. The more I read the more I want to read, the desire grows in me every day.  I remember when I was a kid and accepted Jesus as my Savior.  I don’t remember anyone telling me that it is a learning process. I didn’t have this drive to learn back then. I think I thought I was home free just by accepting him and life would be simple from then on. Since I started reading the bible in April, I am learning about so much that was left out of Sunday school teachings and Sunday morning sermons. I can’t rush this. Like a seed that is planted, it can’t just be full grown over night. It must grow through its various stages as it matures and I must do the same.

Art is the same as well. No one becomes a master artist over night. We all must learn and develop through the various stages an artist must go through before they can become a master in their craft. I love that I am able to blend my art and my spiritual journey to support each other. My spiritual journey is also supporting the rest of my life. Without it, I would be completely lost.

I don’t understand why things are so different for me now. It isn’t as though I only just discovered God and believed in him. I have believed in him my whole life. Only recently have I become aware of a growing hunger, an insatiable hunger and thirst for a deeper understanding and relationship with God.