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Heart Path

But from there you will search again for the Lord your God. And if you search for him with all your heart and your soul you will find him. Deuteronomy 4:29 (NLT)

Stay on the path the Lord your God has commanded you to follow. Then you will live long and prosperous lives in the land you are about to enter and occupy. (5:33, NLT)

Today I wanted to design a page titled heart path. 

I went to my friend’s house later than usual due to a schedule change. I spent the morning working around the house and cleaning up from the weekend. I intentionally waited on creating art until the afternoon.

My friend gave me a surprise gift bag filled with miscellaneous supplies including fun scrapbook papers, washi tape, and scented stickers. I decided to use the patterned papers in the bag for today’s design.

Here is what transpired in the 30 minutes I had to work on it after picking up my daughter from school and before heading out to choir. I think it’s pretty fun.

And here is my open journal with yesterday’s page opposite.

It was a rough Monday. There were bright spots mixed in, but overall I am ready for it to be finished. My heart is tired and headed on the path to walk the dog with one of my girls and then it’s heading to bed.

Goodnight, Friends!

A Refuge

The Lord is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. He is close to those who trust in him.
Nahum 1:7 (NLT)

Knowing that Friday is minor prophets day, I chose a bleak-looking National Geographic from my stash and brought it to the TV room where I have my morning quiet time. My idea was to read, choose my word, then look through the magazine for a few minutes for inspiration.

I don’t always have three hours to spend poring over my page and hunting for images. I knew that today would need to be a quick session. Pictures of dwellings caught my attention, and I tore them out. Later, I cut them and assembled them on the page, like so.

They illustrate various places of refuge.

I added apartment buildings and a Siberian Chum. 

I love the nest as the final dwelling. It’s perfect.

I am including the subtle change of turning the nest around so that the bird at the bottom is looking directly up at you. It’s all in the details.

This is the finished page. Final touches are the word Refugeapartments cut and surrounding the title, and Washi tape border across the top and bottom. I am pretty fond of the results.

Enjoy the weekend, Friends! May your heart find a place of refuge in the midst of the busy.

Restore Page

At one point Joash decided to repair and restore the temple of the Lord.
2 Chronicles 24:4

I am sitting in one of my favorite places enjoying one of my favorite views while writing about the process of creating today’s work.

My friend gave me a box of fun things to play with this week. I decided to try the Inktense pencils first. They draw like pencils. Adding water turns them to ink and gives a watercolor effect.

I drew this picture of how I envisioned the word Restore. I wanted to convey a sense of new growth coming up from the ground in a trailing vine sort of way. The tiny flowers are inspired by my fiercely flowering plant that has daily been putting out a pink bloom for me. (Its current status and location is in this post for the curious.)

 I love the way the late-morning sun fell across the page as I worked. I began adding water to blend the colors. Since I had never used these pencils before, it was a giant experiment.

 I realized that I could blend colors, use a sponge to blot up water, and let areas dry before moving on to others. Overall, I liked how it turned out.

 The border gives it a finished look and matches the facing page.  Yesterday and today’s work, side by side.

At the halfway mark in this experiment, I am enjoying the process and look forward to what the rest of the month holds. Thank you to all for joining me on the journey and for the kind and helpful feedback you generously offer.


I will howl like a jackal and moan like an owl. Micah 1:8b

Today I read the book of Micah which is one of my favorites. The owl jumped right out at me seeing that it is a bird and it holds meaning. I also could use the Washi tape from Kim on the facing page of the paints.

I had grand ideas but limited time. This is a theme. Today’s work involved a lot of baking and food preparation for an all-day band event tomorrow. It was also an early-release day for my kids. Reality dictated a quick finish.

Paint was replaced with large pictures glued in place starting with this owl.

Next came some trees.

Here is a little filling in.

Now to add washi tape at the sides and top. If you look closely the ones along the sides are leaves.

Finally, add the title.

The owl represents my engagement with people.

I see them. I can sense struggle and inner conflict. I can feel when the winds of change are blowing and when things are off with a person.

I do not claim to be 100% correct, but my intuition is strong and often accurate. Not only do I see, but I pursue. I step, or swoop down, into another’s world with questions, even when it feels risky.

It is often risky, yet when I sense a need, I pursue. I believe it is important for people to know that they are not alone.

The owl also represents wisdom which is one of my deepest longings.

I received positive feedback on showing the open journal with completed facing pages, so here is what this one looks like. I love that they both feature birds and are made using supplies gifted by a dear friend.

I hope you are able to find space to create this weekend. Mine promises to be full, but I plan to grab time to see what comes next in my journal.

Happy Friday, Friends!