Sunday, July 24, 2016

Learning to Linger Longer in the Word

Family Christian Stores hosted Bible Journaling events at their stores at the same time, same day nationwide - yesterday, July 23rd. I led the one at the Troy, Michigan store, which had the maximum number of participants. Store manager Tracey had everything organized so well for the hour and a half session.

Only one regret - I didn't take photos!! Participants came from various Metro Detroit locations, not just Troy.

Their enthusiasm for a new way to study the Word was evident. Some had been immersed in Bible Journaling for awhile, others were eager to learn about products and techniques for expanding their study.

DaySpring's Illustrated Faith materials were used and included diecut embellishments with Scripture prompts on the back. Everyone was introduced to their washi tape, stickers, pens, etc. A workbook with practice pages was also many interesting things to share and use. Illustrated Faith's Founder is Shanna Noel, and the resources available from their product line  are helpful and unique, especially when we get stuck and just don't know how to express something in our journaling, or we just don't know where to start.

We talked about studying the context of a word or verse, then journaling about what spoke to them in that reading. The journaling could be done in their Bible or a separate notebook by writing out a verse or word and making notes about applying it to his/her life. It could be embellished artistically through pictures and/or words via pens, paints, stencils, stickers, etc.

Emphasis is not on perfection, but on spending time in the Word in a way that lets us linger longer.

At the end each participant eagerly searched out journaling resources in the store, and talked of how to carry this on in their own church. Several us will be meeting again in September.

Congratulations to Chelsea, a new bride. She was the recipient of a new journaling Bible given to one participant at the event.



Thursday, July 21, 2016

Saturday, July 23 Bible Journaling Event

Join me this Saturday at the Bible Journaling Event hosted by Troy Family Christian store. Call right now to reserve your space!
10-11:30 am

(248) 658-6281

See you there!



Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Artiscape 2016 Memories

Enjoyed teaching a class at Artiscape this year with creative students!! I also was delighted to be a class participant of workshops by Gaye Medbury, Trish McKinney and Lisa Ohmer. The weekend was filled with just enough events and shopping! It also had enough time for rest, at least for the students. Be sure to sign up next year.

These artist gatherings are always a wonderful way to make new friends, catch up with old ones, and share experiences and creative tips. No matter how much I think I may know about something, I am certain I will learn at least one new thing in a workshop!! Experiencing different teaching styles is a plus!! My 30+ years of teaching definitely makes me interested in the process of other teachers.

As I prepare for eye surgery on Wednesday, and try to get everything in my life organized before then, I wish each of you a wonderful Spring, filled with color and light and creativity!! My next 2 weeks may limit my studio time.


p.s. Some the work of my students are shown here. Notice the creativity of the sneaker - the pasted image tore, so she created her own shoe!! I displayed examples of my work (photo above). I used  various methods with Dreamweaver Embossing Paste (

The last image is of my friend Grace(right) and me. We decorated hats in the Steampunk theme and wore them a couple of times during the weekend! We received a lot of nice comments about them.

I ended the conference by joining another Artiscape instructor Cynthia Duncan  onstage with the after-dinner entertainers "#hashtag" - a Columbus improv group. I had sooooo much fun and couldn't believe that I wasn't nervous delivering my lines. I laughed so hard I cried, and almost couldn't deliver my lines....hmmm...a new career?? LOL It was nice to hear the audience laughing hard too!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Artiscape - An Artist's Gathering 2016 Workshops announced

If you have not attended Artiscape in Dublin, Ohio at the The Embassy Suites, let me give you strong encouragement to do so. It's one of the more popular artist events. The workshops and unique activities are so inspiring. Even with many attendees, it still feels intimate and friendly. This year's theme is Masquerade in Venice.

The BIG NEWS for me is that I am one of the 20 instructors chosen for this year's event!!  As many of you know, I really enjoy teaching.

This class is titled Steampunked Stiletto. Participants, intermediate to advanced, will embellish embossing paste with a Stampendous stamp, stencil, fabric, gears, brads, tape, watch parts, etc. for personalization. The finished canvas panel can be used to decorate a box, a journal cover or as home decor. The image here is a representation of what students might create and each person will complete two.

Artiscape sells out fast so register as soon as possible. In almost all of the classes the teacher provides everything, except the basic tool kit that we all tend to take to retreats and workshops.

Don't miss this event!! Masquerade in Venice dinner entertainment, Workshops, Kick-off Party, Marketplace, Mad Hatter Tea Party, Outsider Art Fair, Trading session, Artiscape friends.....this retreat has it all!!

I look forward to meeting you there.

Let me know if you have ANY questions!!