Friday, July 1, 2016

Fancy Friday: Week 3

Why, hello JULY! My birthday month takes off today, and yes I plan to bother the stuffin' out of you about it, thanks. This week has held highs and lows, but it never fails that a few things made me smile in the midst of it all. Below are my latest obsessions, and I know you'll just love them, too.


Joi de Vivre by Bari J.

Oh my heavens, I want to make ALL THE THINGS with these fabrics! Bari J. Designs does stunning work, and her instagram is equally as swoon-worthy. I'm not much of a seamstress myself, in fact my costuming class brought my first meltdown of college, but a girl can dream.

The Joi de Vivre line by Art Gallery Fabrics has tons of gorgeous patterns, particularly the florals, and an alphabet set that makes me want to monogram everything in sight (more than I already do). I may not be able to sew like a pro, but maybe a fun bunting is in my future. I predict pom-poms will find their way into the mix, too.



*NEW* Illustrated Faith by Bella Blvd Beauties

It's reveal week! When the creative team first got a sneak peek at the upcoming Illustrated Faith products by Bella Blvd, we simultaneously squealed. It's been such a hard secret to keep! SO many new products and fun themes are headed your way this year, and all week long on Instagram and the Blog, Bella Blvd has been sharing the upcoming collections.

From pom-pom paperclips to watercolors, tab stickers and bright alphabets, the designs are HEAVENLY. No, really. ;) So far Bright & Brave is my favorite, what with it's popping colors and retro designs. Those typewriters are SO CUTE! The new products will be released in August, so stay tuned for more details!

If you're itching to get your hands on some Illustrated Faith products today, DaySpring is having a STELLAR SALE! Get 25% off your entire order with the code THANKYOU. Find the sale HERE.




America's Got Brian Justin Crum

Somehow this video floated across my Facebook feed yesterday, and I may or may not have teared up listening to it. You can tell from the title how well his audition went, but it is definitely worth a watch! It's videos like these and The Voice blind auditions that I get hooked on in the middle of the night and watch for hours on end.  Enjoy!


Illustrated Faith Revival Camp

I'm featured on the Illustrated Faith blog this week with my first week of Revival Camp. I've been diving into the online workshop and LOVING every second of it. The devotional content is super encouraging, the graphics so fun, and I've loved getting to put my own spin on it.

Find my Revival Camp blog post HERE.

That's it for today friends.
Short, sweet, and to the point.
What fit your fancy this week?

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

July's Illustrated Faith Kit: Yes & Amen!

*Please note, this post contains affiliate links, and I was supplied the devotional kit for free as part of the IF Launch Team. 
The links below won't cost you a cent more, just cover a Starbucks run or two for yours truly. Happy shopping!

Another month means another Illustrated Faith kit! The July kit Yes & Amen premiered a week or so ago, and I'm already head over heels for Junelle Jacobs's writing and art. I mean, COME ON, just take a glance at that cover! I was swooning at first sight. Not only is the kit beautiful on the outside, but just like every kit that DaySpring sends our way, "How He Loves" is brimming with goodness and encouragement.  What a blessing it is to work alongside these ladies, and it's a treasure to learn from them every month!

Also, talk about timing! DaySpring is having a customer appreciation sale with 25% OFF the entire store! I'll include the discount code at the bottom. You're not going to want to miss this!



You may recognize Junelle from from her blog, aptly named Yes and Amen. Her Instagram is full of smiling sheep and pretty florals, stunning sketches and adventures with her family. Her art workshops look divine, and I'm honestly mourning the fact that I can't ship off to Italy with her and Shanna Noel this fall. Bible journaling on the Italian coast?! What a dream!

I love that Junelle's sheep and sketches made it onto the acrylic stamp set, too. "Yes & Amen" are front and center in the set, and I have a feeling those are going to get a lot of use this next month. 

This month's acrylic stamps include:
  • "yes & amen"
  • "rest in Him"
  • "God"
  • "go out with"
  • "joy"
  • "praise"
  • "love"
  • "Jesus"
  • "great"
  • "faith"
  • a heart
  • a floral design
  • a sheep and mailboxes*
*I'm not gonna lie, Andrea and I had a chat about what that sketch actually was. 
I definitely thought it was a fence, but she thinks it's mailboxes. Whatever it is, it's so stinking cute! 


Each kit comes with an Illustrated Faith ink pad, and the green this month is so rich! I'm typically a traditionalist, sticking to my black ink pad from a previous kit, but the green is gorgeous. It's a nice change from the brighter colors we've received in the past, and it will go great with the mustard yellow pad from earlier this year. 

Acrylic stamps are all the rage right now and for a good reason. Pro tip: (haha, or anyone tip really)  I store my 4x8 stamp sets from the IF kits in a 6x8 binder using photo sleeves. They slip in and out so easily, and I can always find which one I need! I have a number of acrylic blocks in all sizes, and the standard block by Illustrated Faith works great with these kits! Another tip: if you misplace your stamping block (like I frequently do), just use the plastic lid of your stamp set. It totally works!

The Yes and Amen kit wouldn't be complete without a roll of washi tape, and I love the type written phrases that are on repeat this go around!  It reads "how He loves us" with a little heart, "go out in joy", and "yes & amen". I actually put the washi tape across the top of a blank white notepad then stamped "yes & amen" across the bottom to customize it even further. I love having this space for notes right on my desk or tucked in my planner. The washi gives it a bit of pizazz and personality, don't you think?


Don't forget that your stamp backer is chock full of cut outs! There are one inch circles, another "yes & amen" graphic, and plenty of type written phrases! You can see them poking out of the Bible pages above. I cut out one of the circles and used it to tab my Bible journaling page and the bottom floral image was from the stamp backer, too. I couldn't help but add in the gingham paperclip that came in with the kit, too! You can never have too many tabs in my opinion ;)

I kept this page simple with the cut out and some labels from various kits ("Your amazing wild love" is from the Illustrated Faith Revival Workshop!) and finished the page with some journaling. Isaiah 55:12 was the first verse in the devotional, and it has held a place in my heart for quite some time. I highlighted it with a Faber-Castell brush pen and journaled with the Illustrated Faith precision pen. Finally, I dotted the page with enamel hearts by Bella Blvd. I use those things everywhere!


My biggest question when I first heard about the kits was, what are the devotionals like? I'm pleased to tell you that they are a great combo of content, scripture, and space for reflection/creation. Day 1 was short and sweet, and the scripture of the day was written right at the top. We were left with a question for reflection, and I jotted down my answer on the lines provided below. I dated the page using the Illustrated Faith date roller and popped in a bit more washi tape to dress up the page.

Each kit also comes with 3-4 scripture memory cards that can either be placed in your journaling Bible or used separately. I've been collecting mine all year long and I'm trying to come up with a special project just for them. I'll keep you posted when I figure it out! Currently they're tucked into an envelope I glued to the inside front cover of my journaling Bible for safe keeping and ease of use. I love the cutie gold mason jar pictured above, and there were MORE mason jars on the stamp backer! Hoorah! 


One of my favorite additions to this journaling Bible are the kit stickers on the back cover. Each of the Illustrated Faith kits released by DaySpring this year have come with a 2 inch circular sticker that echoes the design of the kit. Pictured are the stickers from the Yes & Amen kit and the You're Beautiful kit from earlier this year. I've been saving them but didn't know where to put them until now! I definitely foresee this continuing in future journaling Bibles to come. Speaking of which, I'm starting my SECOND journaling Bible for 2016 (my third total!) on Friday with the start of July! How crazy?!

Speaking of crazy, I'm not kidding when I say DaySpring has a steal of a deal going on right now. They're having a customer appreciation sale which includes 25% off the entire shop! Just use the code THANKYOU at checkout and you'll feel plenty appreciated ;) Plus, a little birdie told me there's free shipping for orders over $50... just saying. Shop the sale HERE and pick up your Yes & Amen kit while the sale is hot!


Have you played with the Illustrated Faith kits by DaySpring?
If so, which one is your favorite?
And just for fun, hat are you saying "Yes & amen!" to today?

PS. There's a giveaway, too! Enter below to win an ESV Interleaved journaling Bible, the Genesis IF kit, and $100 to DaySpring. Go go go!

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Fancy Friday: Week 2

Another week of summer has come and gone! You know what that means? It's time for another round of Fancy Friday! It's also the last Friday in June, how crazy?! Hmm... that must mean my birthday is right around the corner ;) You can find last week's fun finds HERE, and I'm already gathering ideas for weeks to come. 


Oklahoma no more!

I'm back at my grad school apartment packing up with my Mom all weekend. I had an interview yesterday at a high school in Texas and fingers crossed I'll know where I'm moving next week! Even so, we're getting the place in boxes so that when my lease is up at the end of the summer all we have to do is get a U-haul and load it up before driving back across the Red River with all my things.

In the moving process, I've come across lots of hidden gems and old favorites, some of which I need to part ways with. Stay tuned for an Instagram sale at @shop_theclosets in the next couple of weeks! I may also do a giveaway with some bundles of goodies once I unpack! Woohoo!


A Holy Experience

Ann Voskamp has done it again. If you're not subscribed to her blog by now, you should be. Every word she writes and every writer she features is anointed and so poignant, whatever the topic may be, and it always feels so timely. My favorite articles lately include:






Create in Faith Retreat

Oh my stars! I'm so excited for this, y'all! It deserves a post all on its own, but I had to sneak it in today. This August I am hosting the first Create in Faith Retreat! It's a two day girls' weekend, blaming in the hill country of Texas, complete with nights around the bonfire making s'mores, crafting classes and Bible journaling, exploring Fredericksburg and tasting the best sangria you'll ever have, all in the company of sweet ladies from around the country. Won't you join us? Space is limited, and registration opened this week! Join me and the sweet Beth of Free Spirit Farmhouse this August for a weekend you don't want to miss. Find all the details HERE, and stay tuned for more details next week!

There you have it! It's back to packing for me ;)
What are you up to this Friday?!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Fancy Friday: Week 1

Hey, hey, hey! Happy Fri-YAY! Summer is in full swing, and I thought it was high time to implement a fun series for the season. Welcome to the first edition of Fancy Friday! Every Friday this summer will bring you a roundup of my favorite finds from the week prior. They could be fun articles, thrifty deals, or simply things that made me say "Fancy that!" throughout the week. Enjoy!


Yes & Amen by Illustrated Faith

It's here, it's here! The newest monthly devotional kit by Illustrated Faith releases today! This month's devotional "How He Loves" was written and designed by Junelle Jacobsen, and I'm already swooning over the color scheme and the message. It makes me think of the David Crowder song we'd sing at church by the same name; the lyrics would get stuck in my head all the time.

He is jealous for me
Love's like a hurricane, I am a tree
Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy
When all of a sudden,
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory
And I realized just how beautiful you are and how
great your affections are for me
He loves us, oh how He loves us
Oh how he loves us oh

I love what Junelle says: "There are times in our lives when we need this sweet reminder of who we are (in Jesus) and how much passion God has in His heart for each of us. Do you know how loved you are? Do you need a reminder of that love?" I know I do! Grab your devotional HERE today before the disappear!



A Fancy Facelift for Brave Love Blog

Did you notice the new look? One of these days I'll pick a layout and stick with it for more than six months... maybe it will be this time. I fell in love with the set up a while ago and have been waiting for just the right time to implement it. After six years on blogger, I've finally mastered the template transfer, and I finagled with it late into the night.

I've also added a new headshot, taken by the lovely Emma of Rose Wheat Photography. More are soon to come. Emma and I explored downtown Topeka earlier this week when I was visiting Rachel. She was so fun to work with and had me laughing and grinning the entire time. I'm usually very self conscious when I get my picture taken, but I felt beautiful and relaxed during it all. I can't wait to show you the rest!


Hymnal Girls + Glamping On the Horizon

Have you seen Beth's Hymnal Girls? I picked one up at the start of the new year, stamped with BELIEVE, my word for 2016, on the pretty gal's floral shirt, and I now have a plan to purchase one at the start of each year to come (for as long as she makes them, of course)! I had the JOY of spending a few days in Texas hill country with Beth earlier this month, and she is such a gem. 

I'm also excited to give you a hint about what is to come oh-so-soon. You TOO can get a chance to spend a few days relaxing in the gorgeous hill country, glamping with friends and getting crafty with your faith. Mark your calendars for August 5-7 and start saving your pennies. You are NOT going to want to miss this! ;) Follow @lovebaileyjean and @freespiritfarmhouse to get the details as soon as they are released!




73 Questions with Amy Adams

I re-discovered the 73 Questions video series yesterday, and it made me fall all the more in love with some of my favorite celebrities. Blake Lively is adorable, Anna Wintour is fabulous, and Amy Adams (video above) is simply stunning. I want to be their best friends.

Rachel and Kristin both did their own versions of the 73 questions in blog post form, so don't be surprised if you find a similar version here soon. I'm thinking it could be fun to do it right before my twenty-fifth birthday next month (NEXT MONTH?!). Stay tuned.

There you go for the first Fancy Friday! 
What about you? What made you smile this week? 

Monday, June 13, 2016

June's Illustrated Faith Kit: Lessons or Blessings

As a member of the Illustrated Faith Creative Team, I have the JOY of playing with many gorgeous and whimsical items put out by the company as I journal in my Bible. But my favorite tool for digging into the Word creatively are the monthly devotional kits by the Illustrated Faith/Bella Blvd/Dayspring dream team. Each kit comes with a devotional, washi tape roll, stamp set, ink pad, and matching scripture cards.

This month's kit was called Blessings or Lessons, written by Stephanie Smokovitch. The florals caught my eye and took my breath away from the moment I opened the package. A sweet note from Shanna, the founder of the Illustrated Faith community and company, introduced us to the kit and the author, and it was quickly tucked, along with the other scripture cards, into the pocket at the front of my Bible.


The "Blessings or Lessons" devotional looks at the people that walk in and out of our lives; some of them are blessings and others... not so much. Stephanie encourages us to look at them as lessons. There is something we can learn from everyone who crosses our paths or catches our eye.  Her fourteen day devotional gives prompts for reflection as well as dives into some of my favorite scriptures. 

I have to admit, I also got all swoony for the mason jar stamp included in the kit. I get the feeling that the little repetitive hearts are also going to be a favorite in pages to come. For those of you who may be wondering, the stamps included in the Illustrated Faith kits are made to be used with an acrylic stamping block. Simply peel the stamp from the sheet, press it onto the acrylic block, stamp away, then return the stamp to its place. The stamp sets are 4x6 (and fit easily into 4x6 photo pages for storage). 

The stamp backer (the trifold card stock) that comes in the kit is like a bonus! This go-around it included a short introduction from Stephanie about her devotional, but it also includes tabs, bookmarks, and other images that can be cut out and used in your journaling! These kits come jam packed with goodies, like this classic black ink pad, and they are a great way to dive in if Bible journaling is new for you.

The washi tape roll has to phrases printed in a fun font, and it's serving double duty for me by going on all of my snail mail lately. The tape says "a friend loves at all times" and "He is the ultimate bestie" with cute little hearts in-between. There's also a super cute paperclip with pink polkadot fabric. I usually use the clip to hold my place in the devotional until I'm through with it, then I work it into one of my illustrated Bible pages that go with the kit.

Oh man. Day one got me good. And I love that I'm sharing the Blessings or Lessons kit about friendships with all of YOU, my online friends. What a world we live in where connections can happen via the internet! But there is something to be said about getting face to face and digging into local community. This week I encourage you to, one, order the kit ;), and two, make it a point to connect with your blessings and give grace to your lessons. 

I'm excited to combine my Illustrated Faith journey with some in-person connections this summer! Today I'm visiting a dear friend I met through blogging, Rachel, and we're definitely going to get messy in the pages of our Bible this week. Also, stay tuned for more details about exciting events that YOU can be part of in days to come!

Have you jumped into the Blessings or Lessons kit yet?
If so, what do you think?! 

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