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Credits: Gabby, by Shabby Princess. Fonts: Jane Austen and Baselbook

Here’s the first faithbook page I’ve made since we got back from vacation. This is another page inspired by that Beth Moore Bible study on the Psalms of Ascent, which I completed this past winter (click here to see my original post about these pages), I’m enjoying going back over things I wrote several months ago. Love this one, it’s my favorite of the Psalms from that study!

Speaking of Beth Moore, I am headed to a new Bible study tonight to start her book on Daniel. I’m so excited, I can’t get enough of these great Bible studies. I’m wondering if this is going to be a difficult study, because last time I did a study of Daniel (not a Beth Moore one), I was a little lost – hehe! Hopefully I will be able to grasp it a little better this time. Have any of you ever done this one?

Faithbooking God’s Goodness to me :)

Just wanted to quickly post this faithbook page – I love this one because it is such a great reminder that God is so GOOD! If you want to get caught up on my previous faithbooking posts, you can see them all right here.

Psalm 126

Credits: I used the Summer Cottage kit from Shabby Princess which is ONLY available at DigiShop Talk, since she was the featured designer there for July. If you want this kit, I believe today is the last day to get it by becoming a DST Gold Member, because there is a new featured designer for each month.

OK, I have a LOT to do today – I’m leaving for vacation tomorrow morning :)!!!!

Faithbooking Update (and Tutorial)

If you have been following my faithbooking journey, you know that I have been making faithbook pages for each of the “Psalms of Ascent” (15 chapters from the book of Psalms in the Bible), because I was so inspired by a Beth Moore Bible study about them, called Stepping Up. That Bible study also inspired me to start memorizing Bible verses again, something I had sadly not been doing for several years. Anyway, I finished another Psalms faithbook page, using the lovely Bella kit, by Shabby Princess:

Also, in the meantime, I am working through another Bible study with some ladies from church. As part of that study, I have been memorizing Proverbs 31:10-31(so far I am up to about verse 25). The lady leading the Bible study has been nice enough to make index cards with the verses printed on them, to help us know which verses to memorize each week. So I thought it would be fun to make a little folder to hold all of these index cards in. I used this pretty kit by Shabby Miss Jenn, Summer Posies:

Tutorial: Index Card Folder

I used digital papers to make this project, but it would work just as well with regular scrapbook paper too. It is a great project for using up some left over pieces of paper you just can’t bear to toss out :)!

Supplies

Various pieces of coordinating patterned paper, approximately enough to cover a 6″x8″ area (or at least a 4″x6″ card front).

Two pieces 6″x8″ cardstock in colors to coordinate with your patterned paper, plus a little extra to mat circles with if desired.

Adhesive, scissors and/or punches. Optional: Decorative edged scissors, ribbon.

  1. Gather a few strips of coordinating patterned paper, or print out some digital ones, like I did (TIP: if you are printing digital paper, print out just what you need so you won’t waste paper or ink). Crop the papers into squares and circles by hand or using punches (I love the ones from Creative Memories).
  2. Fold the two large pieces of cardstock in half to create two 4″x6″ cards. Trim one of the cards to be slightly smaller than the other (I used scalloped edge scissors). Adhere the smaller card to the larger card.
  3. Decorate the outside of the folder with the squares of patterned paper. Mat some of the circles with cardstock and place them on top.
  4. If desired, add a ribbon by opening the folder and adhering the ribbon across the entire center, leaving ample ribbon on either side to tie the folder closed with.

I enjoy seeing this sweet little folder each morning when it’s time for my morning Bible study. Simple things like these always make me smile :)!

Speaking of making me smile, I just want to say a HUGE thank you to Lynn, of the Beautiful Delights blog and Karen, of Scraps of Mind for giving me The Brilliante Weblog Award. You are so sweet :)! XOXO

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Click Here To Read More About My Faithbooking Projects

More on My Faithbooking Journey

I know I haven’t had a faithbooking post in quite some time, so here is an update on that front :). I have still been memorizing a lot of Bible verses and I am slowly but surely getting through all of my pages inspired by the “Psalms of Ascent” Bible study (by Beth Moore). Here’s my latest faithbook page:  

Credits: Damask and Dots kit by Shabby Princess.

I have also memorized several more Bible verses and made index card sized pages for the Bible verse mini book I’m making. Still keeping with the theme of “my faith as a journey”, I decided to memorize the verses for The Romans Road. Get it ;)? Well the real reason for memorizing these is that I wanted to know them by heart in case I have a chance to share my faith with others! Here they are:

Credits: Warming the Heart  kit, by Heidi of Weeds and Wildflowers

Credits: Creating Beauty kit, by Gina of Weeds and Wildflowers

Credits: Warming the Heart  kit, by Heidi of Weeds and Wildflowers

Credits: Warming the Heart  kit, by Heidi of Weeds and Wildflowers

Credits: Creating Beauty kit, by Gina of Weeds and Wildflowers

Tip: When making these memory verse cards, I found it helpful to design them to correspond with words or themes in the Bible verses. That way, the card itself provides a visual representation of the memory verse, which helps you remember it! For example: Romans 3:23 is a dark message, so I used a lot of blue tones; I used red for Romans 5:8 to remind me of Christ’s blood poured out for us; in another one I used a heart shape to remind me that it is with our heart that we believe; and I used Gina’s fun paper dolls to represent “Everyone” for Romans 10:13.  

Well, that’s it for me tonight – I’m off to curl up on the couch and watch a movie with my honey :).

Oh, and I wanted to say a big THANKS to all of you who have emailed or commented to tell me about your own faithbooking pages and projects, I LOVE hearing about them! Keep up the good work :)!! 

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Click Here To Read More About My Faithbooking Projects

Two Mini Tutorials: Text Over Patterns

I am still plugging away at my faithbook and my memory verse cards! Here’s the most recent faithbook page inspired by the Beth Moore Stepping Up Bible study. I have now made pages for 5 of the Psalms of Ascent, so I’m 1/3 of the way finished :).

Psalm 123 Faithbook Page

Credits: Happy Trails, by Shabby Princess

And here are three more memory verse cards, using the brag book and collab kit by Shabby Miss Jenn and Dani Mogstad. I love using quick pages along with the matching kit, because most of the work is done for me, but I can still add my personal touches.

6-7 Memory Verse Card

8 Memory Verse Card

9 Memory Verse Card

Photoshop Mini Tutorials: Text Over Patterns

Sometimes I like to place text on top of patterned paper or images, but that can make the text difficult to read. Here are a couple of ways I have found to make it work. Hope you find them helpful :).

First Method:

For the second of the three cards above, I wanted to place my text over a post card image from the Vintage Garden Fairies kit, by SMJ and Dani.  The problem was that the flowers on the postcard were too bold, they competed with the text and made it unreadable, so here’s what I did:

  1. I used the polygonal lasso tool to trace around the image on the postcard (excluding the outer edges and shadowing). I cut the selection to a new layer (right click> layer via cut).
  2. On a new layer (between the two postcard layers), using the same selection, I filled the selection with a light, neutral color I picked up (using the eyedropper tool) from the outer edge of the postcard.
  3. There were now three layers in addition to the background; the outer edge/shadow of the postcard, a layer of neutral color, and the image portion of the postcard. In the layers palette, I lowered the opacity of the image (the example below shows the opacity at 66%, but in the end, I set mine at about 44%).
  4. Lastly, I added the text using the type tool, then changed the blend mode to “Linear Light”, which made it stand out a bit more. Tip: Try out several blend modes on your text layer – different ones will work best depending on the text color, paper color and texture, etc. 

placing text over pattern

Second Method:

Here’s the method I used to place patterned paper behind the text on the last card above.

  1. I created a new layer behind the quick page, and filled it with a light color I picked up from the flowers on the page.
  2. I placed a piece of floral patterned paper behind the quickpage, above the color layer, and in the layers palette, I changed the blend mode of the paper to “Soft Light” and lowered the opacity of the layer to about 77%.
  3. I added my text using the type tool. 
  4. I added even more pattern behind the text on the right by duplicating the text layer, increasing the text size dramatically and lowering the opacity of the layer to 29%. Tip: I also “rasterized” the layer so that I could delete the portion overlapping the text on the right side of the card. This step might be called by a different name in other versions of Photoshop, but that’s what it is called in Photoshop CS3. Just know that once you rasterize the layer, you can no longer edit the text with the type tool.

placing text over pattern

That’s it for today, have a wonderful weekend!!!

Another Page in My Faithbook

Here’s my latest page! If you haven’t been following my faithbooking journey, you can get caught up right here, basically I’m making a faithbook based on a Beth Moore Bible study about the Psalms of Ascent. I was so happy about how quickly this page came together – it was fun creating with this beautiful kit by Shabby Princess :)!

Psalm 122

Also, I need to catch you up on my memory verse cards – I have still been making them, but I haven’t had time to post them in weeks. Still keeping to the theme of my faith as a journey, and also refreshing Bible verses that I’ve memorized in the past – in fact, this passage I’m memorizing now contains one of my all time favorite verses, which I think will be the close of the little mini book I’m making :).

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(I just couldn’t resist adding the words to a wonderful old song we used to sing in the church I grew up in. I can’t think about this Bible verse without hearing the simple, beautiful melody. The ladies would start the song off, then the men would start in and we’d sing it in a round. I can still hear my mom and dad’s voices singing this…)

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The cards were all made with these quick pages by SMJ and Dani Mogstad :).

That’s it for now. Hope you’re having a great week!

More Faithbooking Progress

I’m really on a roll with my faithbooking lately! I am going back though the Beth Moore Bible study I told you about here and here, and making a faithbook page for each of the Psalms of Ascent. The pages will all have a Psalm, then the prayer written in my own words. I’m enjoying memorizing scripture so much, that I plan to keep choosing a new verse each week. I want to make sure the verses coincide with the faithbook pages in some way, because I want to keep a mini-book containing all of the Bible verse quick pages inside the faithbook. So, that’s how I decided on this week’s Bible verse – it seems to fit the theme of the Psalms of Ascent: the idea that my faith is a journey! I’ve memorized this passage before, but could use some refreshing ;).
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No special tips for this one, just used a SMJ & Dani Mogstad quick page with a paper from the kit  :).

So here are of some of the recent faithbook pages. From now on, I will be posting them in order (since I’m finished with the study, and just going back through it from start to finish). Oh, and each one now has a title, because there was also an exercise in the study book to come up with one sentence describing what the Psalm means to me.  

Psalm 120

Layout Credits: Island Chic Kit, by Shabby Princess.

Psalm 121

Layout Credits: Smarshmallows Kit, by Shabby Princess.

Vertical Type Tips (plus a faithbook page)

After memorizing last week’s Bible verse, I decided that as wonderful as it was, it just wasn’t the same without the two preceding verses. So this week’s memory verse card has Ephesians 2:8-9, so I can put it on the page opposite last week’s card :). Here’s this week’s card using, of course, a quick page from the brag book by SMJ and Dani:

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And in case you missed it, here’s last week’s memory verse card, which will go on the next page in the mini book I’m in the process of making:

Ephesians 2 verse 10

Last week the scrapbooks at Hobby Lobby were 50% off, so I bought this 5×7 Paper Studio album for about $2.50, I think it will be just the thing to hold these pages!

5×7 Album from Crafts Etc.

Photoshop Techniques: Vertical Type Tool 

OK, so let’s talk about the vertical type tool in Photoshop. This is pretty basic info, so advanced users can run along now LOL! But I know that there are many beginner Photoshop users reading, so this one is for you :)! As I have mentioned before, I am totally self taught in Photoshop, so it took me a while to figure out certain things. The vertical type tool is one of the things I didn’t notice right away, believe it or not!

Vertical Type Tool

Most of the tools in the Photoshop toolbar have tiny arrows to the bottom-left of the tool icon, this means that there are additional tools hidden behind that tool. If you right-click on the tool icon, a fly-out window will appear showing the rest of the tools. So, as you can see in the image to the right, the Vertical Type Tool is hidden behind the default Horizontal Type Tool. Using this tool is different than typing a line of text and rotating it 90 degrees to achieve a vertical line of text, because with this tool, the letters stay vertical instead of being turned on their sides. I used the Vertical Type Tool to type the word “Grace” on today’s memory verse quick page. I like to keep three tips in mind when using the Vertical Type Tool:

  • Choose a solid, wide, possibly decorative font  – think about whether each letter can hold it’s own on the page.
  • In most cases, use all capital letters, since this will ensure that each letter is the same height.
  • Keep in mind that the tools in the character palette still work with the Vertical type Tool (so you can add more space between the letters with the “Set the leading” tool, for example).  

To illustrate these points, here is an example of what the word “Grace” would have looked like if typed with the same font I used for the rest of the card (Book Antiqua), with only the first letter capitalized. Next to that is the word typed in all caps with a font called Extra Ornamental.

Vertical Type Examples

Looks better the second way, right? At least I think so :).

OK, I’m off to do some scrapping! I want to make a page for Shabby Miss Jenn’s challenge, so I can use the AWESOME freebie she’s offering :)!!!

This Week’s Bible Verse Quick Page

Ephesians 2 verse 10

Here’s the Bible verse I decided to memorize this week. As you can see, I am still using the quick pages made by SMJ and Dani Mogstad (by the way, I noticed that the brag book is now available at SMJ’s store).

I think I will actually make a whole mini book out of all of these memory verse pages when I’m finished with the Bible study. I have been printing them all out anyway and I love how they’re turning out :). Then maybe I can keep the mini book in a pocket in the faithbook I’m making. Just thinking out loud here… LOL! I’m lovin’ this faithbooking thing :)!!!

Happy Easter!

In Christ Alone Lyrics

Journaling Credits: Lyrics – In Christ Alone

Words and Music by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend
Copyright © 2001 Kingsway Thankyou Music

Digital Credits:

Grandma’s Pressed Flowers #2 and Natural Neutrals Paper Pack, by Weeds and Wildflowers Design.

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