Scrapbook Ideas

Tips & Tricks. Ideas & Inspiration. Resources for Scrapbookers.


At the beginning of 2008, I decided to make it a personal goal to learn more about faithbooking and to begin documenting my faith journey. Faithbooking has been a real blessing in my life, as I combine two of my favorite things: scrapbooking and studying God’s word! What excites me most about faithbooking is that it is a way for me to share what I’ve learned from God with others, especially with my loved ones. Because faithbooking plays such a big role in my scrapbooking, and there has been such an interest in it from Scrapbook Ideas readers, I have decided to share all of my faithbooking posts here on one page. Enjoy!

Faithbooking  – 02.03.2008
My First Faithbooking Page! – 02.21.2008
Here’s Another Faithbook Page – 03.08.2008
Another Faithbooking Idea – 03.11.2008
Bible Verse Quick Page & Tip – 03.18.2008
Happy Easter! – 03.22.2008
Bible Verse Quick Page – 03.26.2008
Vertical Type Tips (plus a faithbook page) – 04.02.2008
More Faithbooking Progress – 04.10.2008
Another Page in My Faithbook – 05.06.2008
Two Mini Tutorials: Text Over Patterns – 05.24.2008
More on My Faithbooking Journey  – 07.03.2008
Faithbooking Update (and Tutorial) – 07.15.2008
Faithbooking God’s Goodness to me – 07.31.2008
The New You – 08.17.2008
Back to Faithbooking  – 08.21.2008
A Happy Faithbook Page – 09.06.2008
A Bible Verse for Scrapbookers  – 09.20.2008
Faithbooking Article at The Daily Scrapper – 10.08.2008
Anniversary Memory Book – 10.11.2008
Autumn Word Art – 10.16.2008
This is My Father’s World – 10.24.2008
He Has Made Everything Beautiful – 11.03.2008
Christmas Book Page – 12.11.2008
A Time For Giving – 12.17.2008
Real Love Mini Kit {and freebie} – 1.23.2009
Faithbooking Page Updated! – 1.26.2009
Mini Album Faithbook Idea – 4.10.2009
Baby’s First Easter Faithbook Page – 4.11.2009
Double Page Layout – 5.26.2009
A Lovely Faithbook Page – 6.04.2009


Psalm 121_1and2

Psalm 121_3and4One of my goals for 2008 is to learn more about faithbooking and to start documenting my walk with Christ. I was looking around online for more information and I found out that the Creative Memories website had a TON of great resources about it! I only had time to skim through the pages, but now I am really excited to get started. Click here to see what I’m talking about (and don’t miss all of the other links on the right side and top of the page). 

Anyway, the 4×6 cards in this post are my first few faithbooking projects that I hope to incorporate into a scrapbook eventually. I am doing a great Beth Moore Bible study right now, called Stepping Up: A Journey Through the Psalms of Ascent. As part of the Bible study, we are memorizing Psalm 121. We are asked to write 2 verses of the Psalm out on index cards each week to help us memorize them. So I decided to create mine digitally and print them out so that I can add them to a faithbook page later on. These are the first three cards (the last one is next week). I’m enjoying my first little baby steps into faithbooking and can’t wait to try some more :)! I used this kit by SP and CRD to make these cards :).

Psalm 121_5and6
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My First Faithbooking Page!

OK, I mentioned in a recent post that I was planning on exploring faithbooking a little more. I have read some things on different sites and I’m now filled with all kinds of great ideas! In the future I really want to look back on my life and record some of the life changing events that have been key turning points in my spiritual walk, but in the meantime I decided to just start with what I am learning right here and now. So, I wanted to show you my very first faithbook page (using this kit, by SP)!

My First Faithbooking Page

As I mentioned before, I am doing this great Beth Moore Bible study right now. Well, as part of the study, you read a Psalm and then later you rewrite the Psalm as a prayer to God in your own words. While I was doing the study the other day it suddenly dawned on me that I could easily translate this exercise into scrapbooking pages – the “journaling” is already written out and it gives such great insight into my spiritual life right now and in the past. I blurred out my rewrite of the Psalm, because it is pretty personal, but let’s just say that my version was less of a statement and more of a request for help to be LIKE the author of that Psalm LOL!

Psalm 121 7 and 8

Also, here is the last of the four index cards I made for my memory verses. I really think the process of making these cards helped me to memorize them. I think I will try that again next time I want to memorize something.

(I used this kit by SP and CRD to make the digital index card)

Oh, and did you notice the inspirational Bible verse I added to the top of the page? I think it’s perfect for faithbooking, don’t you :)?

That’s all I have on faithbooking for today, but I do have some more ideas in the works – so I’ll keep you updated!
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Here’s Another Faithbook Page

Here’s another faithbooking page! I made this a week or two ago, and it is in response to a new Bible study I’m doing called Discerning the Voice of God, by Priscilla Shirer (a really great study, by the way). I’m pretty much finished with the Beth Moore study that I made my first faithbooking page from, and I still plan to make a book of pages from that study too. I was just inspired by what I was learning in my current study, so I put this page together :). The study asked me to list the attributes of God described in Habakkuk 1:12-13, then write a prayer expressing my faith that God is in control of my life. I have found that making these faithbook pages has helped me to think even more carefully about my Bible studies, which is always a good thing :).

Attributes of God

I used Shabby Poppies, by Shabby Miss Jenn to create this page :).
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Another Faithbooking Idea

Remember when I was making those 4×6 cards with my weekly memory verses for a Bible study I was doing? I liked the idea so much that I have decided to keep making these, even though I have finished that study and moved on to a new one.

So here’s the latest:

New Memory Verses

And here’s the great idea that just came to me today: I used a 4×6 brag book page to make this memory verse card! I love the idea of designing all of the cards myself, but for those weeks when time is short, I plan to use these premade pages. They’re practical, quick and beautiful :). The page I used is from this brag book by Dani Mogstad and SMJ.

I also wrote a lot more of my thoughts about these memory verses in this post.


I forgot to mention that the new Bible study I’m doing with a group of ladies in my neighborhood is called Discerning the Voice of God, by Priscilla Shirer – it’s WONDERFUL!
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Bible Verse Quick Page & Tip

Memory Verse Card #2

*Click Here for Credits*

Just thought I’d share another Bible verse quick page I made using the brag book by SMJ and Dani. I also used a notebook element from their collab kit to fill in the empty space behind the text. And here’s a little Photoshop tip for you:

Adjusting Text for Notepaper in Photoshop

Before I learned this tip I used to resize my text by trial and error, I even made separate layers for each line of text sometimes so that I could line it up on the notepaper. This way is much easier and faster. After typing your text in the selected font and size, open the “Character” window (Window>Character) to make your adjustments. With your text selected, hover your mouse over the “Set the Leading” icon (circled in red below). The cursor will turn into a hand with arrows pointing outward from the index finger. Click and drag to the left or right to change the distance between the lines until they line up perfectly!

Set the Text Leading in Photoshop
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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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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 :)!!!
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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:


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 :).
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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 ;).

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.
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Another Page in My Faithbook

Here’s my latest page! 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 :).



(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…)


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!
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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!!!
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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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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 :)!


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 :)!
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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.
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The New You

*Click Here For Page Credits*

This page makes me so happy! Not just because of the bright colors and fun photo of my sister and me, but because it is the very first page I have scrapped about her miraculous life transformation – and I am soooooo proud of her and all that she has accomplished, now that she has Jesus in her life :)!!! Of course, there is a long personal story behind this page, but let’s just say that she once was lost, and now she’s found and we have a LOT to celebrate :). I was so excited to see her during my vacation, and we had the most fun together that we’ve had in the past 10+ years!

Oh yeah, the challenge – that’s what I meant to come here and tell you about lol! I made this page for the super fun challenge going on as part of the Weeds and Wildflowers Birthday Party Bash. Everyone who enters will get a freebie and have a chance to win the new W&W Collab kit (which I used for this page), plus the challenge winner will win a $10 gift card to the shoppe! *Click here for more details* Hope you join in!

P.S. I posted some more photos from my vacation here :).
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Back to Faithbooking

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?
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A Happy Faithbook Page

Here’s my latest faithbook page based on Psalm 128 (another Psalm of Ascent in the Beth Moore Bible study, Stepping Up). I love looking back on these prayers I wrote back in February, this was such a great reminder for me today – and what an uplifting message!

Credits: Everything is from the Sandbox kit, by Shabby Princess, except the flower stamps, which are a freebie by me :). Fonts: OCR A Extended and Marcelle Script.
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A Bible Verse for Scrapbookers
I love finding scrap-related Bible verses :). OK, I admit that the verse below is not specifically related to scrapbooking, but it sure does renew my commitment to this craft, and especially faithbooking! I liked this one so much, so I made a hybrid memory verse tag to display it on, using supplies from Prima.

*click here for credits*

Also, here is my most recent faithbook page! Don’t forget, you can now see all of my faithbooking projects in one place by clicking on the “Faithbooking” tab above (or you can click here). I explain a little more about faithbooking and the inspiration behind these pages in previous faithbooking posts :).

Credits: Everything is from the Carousel Collection by the lovely Shabby Princess. Fonts: Century Gothic and Jane Austen.

Tip: I duplicated the heart and bracket layers a few times, until they were dark enough to show up on the green background. I used the same technique with the text layers as well as trying various blend modes to help them stand out.
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Faithbooking Article at The Daily Scrapper

I also wanted to let you know that I have a new article about faithbooking in the current issue of The Daily Scrapper :) ! I am really enjoying working with this publication – every issue is bursting with ideas and inspiration for digital and hybrid scrappers, and the best part is that it is totally FREE! Speaking of free, be sure to check out the freebie section which has new goodies with each release :).
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Anniversary Memory Book

I wanted to include a link to my anniversary memory book here, because I used a lot of scripture throughout the book, and it is an example of how to incorporate God’s word into scrapbook pages :). Click here to see the book.
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Autumn Word Art

I also thought it would be fun to put together a word art set from the Bible verses I used in my Autumn in New England memory book. They are perfect for fall scrapbook pages – I hope you enjoy them!

*click here to download*
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This is My Father’s World

Here is an excerpt from a post about a kit I made inspired in part by an old hymn:

So, without further ado, here’s my kit, Color Theory: Olive!

(click here to purchase – it’s on sale today!)

The olive color reminds me of vintage/retro things (remember those olive green household appliances and furnishings of yesteryear?), so I made some retro style papers and embellishments for this kit. I also put in a few treasures from this summer’s antiquing trips; including an old worn page from a 1920’s hymnal I found in a local antiques store. The hymn “This is my Father’s World” was the inspiration for several of the other items in the kit, you’ll see what I mean if you read the lyrics:

This is my Father’s world,
and to my listening ears
all nature sings, and round me rings
the music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world:
I rest me in the thought
of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
his hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Father’s world,
the birds their carols raise,
the morning light, the lily white,
declare their maker’s praise.
This is my Father’s world:

he shines in all that’s fair;
in the rustling grass I hear him pass;
he speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Father’s world.
O let me ne’er forget
that though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world:
why should my heart be sad?
The Lord is King; let the heavens ring!
God reigns; let the earth be glad!

Isn’t that last stanza encouraging? I love old hymns like that one :)!

Here’s a layout I made using the Color Theory: Olive kit, plus a few of my things from Color Theory: Pink. It was such fun to create a digital page completely using my own designs :). I will be back soon with pages made by my “one-kit-CT” :)!

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He Has Made Everything Beautiful

Here is an example of how to use the Autumn Word Art, as seen in this post.

The fall foliage is really beautiful in my neighborhood right now! We drove to the local research park the other day to take a walk, and I got lots of great photos. Luckily, there was another family there taking photos, so we offered to take a family photo of them in exchange for them taking one of us :). I love how the beautiful colors are reflected in the water behind us. I actually took lots of photos with even better fall colors, but they don’t have all of us in them – I will have to scrap those later.

Here’s a page I made with our fall family photo, using the Cozy Sweater kit and my freebie Autumn Word Art:

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Christmas Book Page

Here’s an idea for a Christmas page. NOTE: After I made the page and also our Christmas card with this verse, I realized that the verse is actually about the birth of John the Baptist, not Jesus – OOPS!

Scrapblog Christmas Book Page

Credits: Christmas Heart kit and Christmas Heart quick page, by Jess Gordon, available here. Fonts: Cry Kitty and Problem Secretary.

Create a Starburst Look with Solid Papers

Papers with a starburst pattern on them are so fun, and they’re great for emphasizing part of your page, as I have done in the layout above. To get this look using a simple solid paper I followed these steps:

  1. Open the solid paper in photoshop.
  2. Using the Polygonal Lasso Tool, draw out some selections for the “rays” for your starburst. Draw the first ray, making a closed shape (it will have marching ants around it when you are finished). Holding down the shift key, draw the rest of the rays. You only need to draw the lighter colored rays. You can be a perfectionist and make sure all the rays meet perfectly in the center, or you can just make rough shapes like I did :).
  3. After step 2, you should have all of your light colored rays selected (outlined with marching ants). Right click inside one of the selections, and choose “layer via copy”
  4. Change the blend mode of the new layer you just created to “screen”, and adjust the opacity to your liking (I used 63% for this example).

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A Time For Giving

My mom sent me a link to this video, and I just had to share it here too – it really moved and motivated me! I hope it will do the same for you.

Interested in helping to provide clean water to developing countries? You can make a donation right here (I did!): You can even make the donation in some else’s name and send them a beautiful e-card to tell them about it :).

I enjoy giving to various charities throughout the year, but there is something about Christmas that makes me want to give even more than usual. Partly because I feel so blessed myself, and I want my blessings to overflow into the lives of others. But mostly it is because I feel compelled to give when I think about the true meaning of Christmas: God’s greatest gift to us, his son Jesus Christ.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

I love love LOVE Christmas and all of the many joys of the season, but I can honestly say I get the most joy from giving to others, especially those who need the most!

Here are some scrapbook pages about Christmas giving… you didn’t think I would have a post with nothing scrappy in it, did you ;)?

The first one is by Oriana, I was so impressed and inspired by her idea!

Card by Oriana

*Click here for credits and to leave her some love in the gallery :)*

These next two are by me – Gabe and two of his cousins each packed a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child again this year. This tradition gets more fun each year as the kids get older and have a deeper understanding of the meaning and significance of giving to other kids. If you want to see Gabe with his box from last year click here :).

Operation Christmas Child 2008 Page 1

Operation Christmas Child 2008 Page 2

What is your favorite charity to give to at Christmas time? Have you scrapped about your giving traditions? I’d love to hear about them :)! {HUGS} Jess
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Real Love Mini Kit {and freebie}

Happy Friday everybody! I hope you had a great week and are ready for the weekend :)!! I don’t know about you, but I am really looking forward to Valentine’s Day – what could be sweeter than a whole day dedicated to LOVE? It is with this in mind that I have put together my new mini kit: Real Love. It is on sale for just $2 right now!

Real Love Mini Kit by Jess Gordon

My inspiration for this kit is a passage from the Bible:

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:1-8a (NIV)

You will find these words incorporated into the design of some of the papers in the kit, and of course, most of the elements are meant to communicate a major message of LOVE :)! Although you can’t miss the bold pinks and lavender colors here, you will also find plenty of neutrals too – for those non-girly pages ;).

And of course I have a little freebie for you to coordinate with this kit! Enjoy :)!!

Real Love Freebie By Jess Gordon

*Click Here to Download the Real Love Freebie*
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Faithbooking Page Updated!

I spent a good chunk of time today updating the Faithbooking page with all the faithbooking related posts I could find from the past few months. I had gotten way behind with my updates during the holidays!

And here’s a new one from today – I scrapped it during Gabe’s nap. He was so excited to see himself on my computer when he woke up :).

I Love You 24/7

Credits: Real Love Mini Kit and Real Love Freebie, both by me :).

I hope to get some Bible study – inspired pages done soon too. I am doing two great studies right now :)!
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Mini Album Faithbook Idea
Happy Good Friday!

Have you been to Michael’s lately? They have some gorgeous new scrapbooking collections from Prima, so I went shopping!!!! First, I picked up some of these:

First Blush by Prima, available at Michael’s
First Blush by Prima - available at Michael's

I loooooove this new collection, and I’m especially proud of the papers by Doris Castle and Dianne Rigdon, two talented digital designers I have been lucky to work with in the past! The flowers and other embellishments are also as lovely as can be! I will be stopping back at Michael’s again tomorrow (with a 30% off your entire purchase coupon) to pick up some of the new Nursery Tales collection too – perfect for me right now :)!

Mini Album Faithbook

Mini Album Faithbook

Here’s a project I made recently with the new First Blush collection by Prima. Since the paper pack has 96 papers, I’m sure there will many more fun projects to follow! I have been trying to memorize a group of Bible verses about four topics; Kindness, Gentleness, Patience and Self-Control – areas I would like to improve on in my life, especially since I will soon be the mommy of two ;). So, I printed out the scriptures and added them to this mini album. I love using an accordion album for projects like this, because I can display the open album along a shelf and look at it every time I pass by.

Mini Album Faithbook

To add a calming, peaceful feel to the album, I included springtime flower photos I have taken at a nearby botanical garden recently. It was tempting to go overboard with the beautiful floral papers from the First Blush line, but I tried to stick to mostly muted green papers, so as not to overwhelm the flower photos in the album.

Mini Album Faithbook

I am really happy with how this album came out, and I hope it will inspire me to learn these Bible verses and serve as a reminder of them for years to come.

Supplies: flowers, patterned paper, die-cut felt strip, stickers and crystals all from the First Blush Collection by Prima, available at Michael’s stores. Album from Oriental Trading Company. Distress ink by Ranger.
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Baby’s First Easter Faithbook Page
Happy Easter! I am looking forward to spending time with my family and friends at church tomorrow morning, so I thought I’d share this with you a day early :). It’s a hybrid scrapbook page I made celebrating Gabe’s very first Easter (2007). I can’t believe how much he’s grown in the past two years!!

First Easter Hybrid Scrapbook Page

Digital Supplies:Fancy Leaves and So Flirty kit, by Jess Gordon

Physical Supplies: Flowers, Crystals, Cardstock and Letter Stickers all by Prima

First Easter Scrapbook Page

Here’s a close-up look at the hidden journaling area behind the main photo. You can see my full tutorial for this page in the April issue of the DST Insider . Check it out – it’s free!
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Double Page Layout
The Prima design team members were challenged to create two-page layouts recently, here’s what I came up with – a couple of pages for my wedding scrapbook (yes, I’m still slooooowly working on it 5 years later LOL)! I guess these also qualify as faithbook pages because of the Bible verse I have included, which was incorporated into our wedding ceremony.

True Love Double Page Layout
True Love Double Page Layout - Page 1

True Love Double Page Layout - Page 2


True Love Hybrid Scrapbooking Detail

Here’s a close-up of a hybrid scrapbooking technique I used on page one. I had printed out an 8.5″x11″ page with a Loft 18 Silhouette, merged with one of the Beautiful Day papers, and my Bible verse typed out along the side. Then, I used chalks and colored pencils to color it in, and added the Loft 18 flower to the coordinating spot on the Silhouette.

True Love Hybrid Scrapbooking Detail 2

I used another hybrid technique on page 2: after printing out one of the So Flirty quick pages, I cut out one of the designs with a silhouette for a chipboard heart and added a bit of glitter glue to it. Then, in Photoshop, I added the word “Love” to one of the coordinating stickers from the So Flirty kit, printed it out onto the RFH sticker sheet, added it to the matching chipboard, and placed the matching epoxy sticker on top. Lastly, I placed my custom “Love” sticker right onto the spot on the silhouette!

Digital Supplies: Available at (Left Side) Loft 18 Silhouettes (SKU19842), Beautiful Day Papers (SKU19837); (Right Side: IOD Flirty Album (SKU 19840)

Physical Supplies: Coquette Collection papers (#602017, #601997), Whispered Words (#812010), Loft 18 (#520045), Belle Fleur (#520960), The Bitty Bag (#506988), The Bigger Bag (#516703), Center Kisses (520700), Say it in Crystals (# 517328), Mulberry Paper Leaves (#170684), Clear Stamps (#830687) and Build-a-Frame stamps (#517731), Say it in Studs (#811389), Die-Cut Chipboard (#400026), Clear Epoxy Stickers (#400002), RFH Sticker Sheet
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A Lovely Faithbook Page
Sometimes, a single Bible verse is so meaningful to me that I decide to make an entire scrapbook page just for that verse. I made this one a while ago, and it has been hanging in my scraproom above my computer to inspire me whenever I look up at it :). This is one of my favorite Bible verses. In fact, it is the inspiration for the title of my blog: Lovely, Lovely Things (which I have finally been posting at again)!

Hybrid Faithbook Page

For how-to tips and product information about this faithbook page, check out the original post on the Prima blog.

Have you used a favorite Bible verse on a scrapbook/faithbook page? If so, I want to see it … and if not, consider yourself challenged to try it :)! I’d love to see what you have made, so please leave a comment with a link to your page or project if you have something to share :)!
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53 responses to “Faithbooking

  1. KimberlyRae September 7, 2008 at 2:44 am

    Wow!! ALL soooooooo BEAUTIFUL!!
    I’m so happy to run into You and Your inspiring faithbooking pages. Thank you for sharing. Hugss, KimberlyRae

  2. Terry September 8, 2008 at 7:38 am

    I love all your work. So beautiful to read and to look at.

  3. Mom September 21, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    I didn’t realize you had done so much faithbooking! Beautiful expressions of your relationship with God and His impact on your life.

    Love, Mom

  4. hilary October 12, 2008 at 7:00 am


    this is lovely. it was through your site that i realised that me scrapping my fav verse was called faithbooking and ive kept on going. thank you

    hilary x

  5. vivian October 27, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    I was looking for ideas because my church is making a scrapbook for our pastors and thanks to you I have many ideas now

  6. patsy paterno October 28, 2008 at 6:34 am

    What a wonderful idea! I’m sure our Father is so pleased with you!

  7. KristiYaYa November 1, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    You continue to inspire me and bless me with your awesome faithbook posts! May God bless you for all whom you inspire!!!!

  8. Melissa December 9, 2008 at 8:27 am

    These are so amazing! You should sell them framed at Christian Bookstores.

  9. Kelli December 9, 2008 at 9:34 am

    This is awesome! So cool to find talented people out there who love God and are using their gifts for him :) I just recently did something similar to this in creating an inspirational calendar for our church youth! Love your site. Thanks!

  10. Laura December 29, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    I love these. I am on journey right now to begin an inspiration journal – faith journal & you have truly inspired me.



  11. Toni January 3, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    What an AWESOME gift God has bestowed on you!! Thank you for sharing and providing inspiration. I took my first scrapbooking class today and after searching the net for ideas, I was led to this page….thank you GOD!!

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  13. Paula March 5, 2009 at 8:15 am

    I recently went on a trip to Israel and am in the beginning stages of scrapbooking my amazing trip. I wanted to incorporate all that I journaled, as well as incorporate Scripture that go along with the archeological sites we visited. Thank YOU for all the great ideas and the inspiration you have created in me to want to glorify the LORD through scrapbooking. I love the term, “faithbooking” as well, too. Thanks for sharing your love of scrapbooking and His Word! It amazing how we can incorporate and apply God’s Word to even this!

  14. angie March 8, 2009 at 4:13 am

    Such an inspiration Jess!

    hugs & blessings to you

  15. Melissa March 31, 2009 at 10:07 pm


  16. Tiffany May 1, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Awesome posts and beautiful Scriptures. I have just decided to faithbook myself and was having a difficult time trying to envision a page (i.e. size, no pictures, elements to include, etc.); but I am so humbled and challenged by your wonderful pieces, that I pray that the Lord will continue to bless and use you as you have blessed so many others. By the way, it’s been awhile since your last faithbook posting – are you still actively producing pages? Please share.

    Abiding in Him,
    Gal 6:17

  17. Amanda [Artful Pioneer} June 1, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Jess, I am thrilled to find you! I have paper scrapped for 10 years, and now am into digi. I find that this new medium is allowing me to finally fulfill a call to illustrate and reflect Scripture, unlike any previous mediums. I am on 3 CT teams, and just beginning my first kit. Your work is marvelous and truly reflects the majesty of His work and Word. I am going to keep my eye on your blog! It is an exciting adventure- thanks for sharing!

  18. Amanda [Artful Pioneer} June 1, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Jess, I just sent a comment and the S was deleted from the blog address- ugly- wanted to correct it!

  19. Michelle June 17, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    I just want to thank you for your life testimony that you have shared with all to read. It has inspired me greatly, on my quest to discover how I can completely document my life in Christ. Thank you for the encouragement you have shared. God Bless You!

  20. Snjezana July 9, 2009 at 2:59 am

    This is absolutely awesome! Thank you for this. The verses are great. May God Bless you and your family…

  21. Carol July 20, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    I just came across your site. It is a wonderful idea. I am having some tough times in my life and this would be a wonderful way to remind me that God is in charge of all things. Thanks

  22. Suzan July 27, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    I also just happened to come across your site. I am so moved by what you’ve done that I am going to start faithbooking. Thank you for the message you are putting forth. God bless you. Suzan

  23. GLORIA WOODS August 1, 2009 at 11:36 am

    I loved you website and it is very inspirational. Thank you for you time and ideas.

  24. Jill August 6, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    What a blessing your website is. You will inspire sooo meny others in Christ!! I want to get closer with Christ in my walk and you really encouraged me with all of your ideas. I have been interested in doing some digital scrapbooking but I need a teacher;-) Thank you for posting all that you do and I look forward to learning how to do.
    Keep looking up! God Bless you and your sweet family. Jill

  25. Chrissy Morin August 18, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    This is really COOL! I’ve never even heard of Faithbooking and was searching for scrapbooking elements to use to help my daughter do a flyer for her hair styling biz and I landed on your site… I say God can even work through google! I am going to be starting a Joyce Meyer Study…. but maybe something like this would keep me excited about doing my homework… I’m bookmarking this page.

    Thanks for the idea.


  26. Tammie Segelquist September 22, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    I love your website and I am starting to faithbook, but I have a problem. I went to the shabbymissjeandesign link and I ordered some of their stuff, paid for it using paypal, but I can’t figure out where the download button is so I can download it to a disc. I have sent email after email to their contact site and I am not getting a response back. I ordered on Aug. 27th and my month is about up to download and I don’t know what to do. I was wondering if you could help me figure this out since I am not hearing back from them. I don’t want to lose my stuff I ordered. I would so appreciate it if you could help me.

    Thank you,

    Tammie Segelquist
    cell#918-424-2209 or email –

  27. Star November 17, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    You have a wonderful site. thank you so much for your inspiration to me about Faith booking and scrap booking. I would not have thought to combine the two in such a beautiful way.
    God bless you and family


  28. Stacy Foreman December 30, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Beautiful! I saved many of these verses as JPG files to circulate in my digital picture frame! They are beautiful.

  29. grace January 7, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    hi.,i’m grace a pastor’s daughter..i’m so glad to see a blogsite like this.i’m so blessed with it.Godbless!

  30. Snjezana March 4, 2010 at 9:16 am

    I have accidently come across your website and am really impressed! I am young girl from Bosnia and I do crafts and scrapbooking too but have never heard of faithbooking – I think it’s marvelous! Congratulations! Keep growing, keep dreaming!

  31. Jessica Luzon March 20, 2010 at 3:28 am

    Hi Jess,
    You are a blessing! Thank you for introducing me to faithbooking. I love how you share your craft and bless people through your work. You inspire us.

    I would love if it you can browse through my site. I have posted some of my faithbooking posts in there.

    Here’s the link:


  32. Joan April 4, 2010 at 7:43 am

    I am deeply encouraged by your site.

    Thanks for faithbooking…He is a good God.

  33. Tyler May 26, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    very very uplifting! i enjoyed the idea of making a faithbook; i might start designing some faithbook stamps and pages. blessings on your journey!

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  35. spottymemories August 7, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    This is fantatsic. And what Glory it brings our Lord! Bravo. Now are these Eletronic Scrapbooking or regular? I have yet to get into the world of Electronic Scrapbooking but think I may stumble into it. Very Beautiful!

    Thanks Lisa!

    Some of these are electronic (digital) scrapbooking, and some are “Hybrid” meaning part of it was done digitally, then it was printed and the rest was made with traditional scrapbook supplies :).


  36. "Artful Amanda" August 14, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    HI Jess, I am back. It has been a year???!! Wow. And so much has happened. I am now a designer of digital kits, and have done two faithbooking kits, and am working toward creating exclusively faith based kits. My current ones in progress are Count it All Joy, and Hands to Work, Hearts to God. I was deeply inspired by your blog- mainly to stop hesitating and just do it. Thank you! hope you will stop by and follow. I definitely thank the Lord for your input!

  37. "Artful Amanda" August 14, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    P.S.- here is the link to my latest kit that has scripture and prose embedded into the “papers”.

    Oh, and you may get a kick out of the most recent post- I was blessed to have a student that is now known world wide. Little did I know how important one’s influence can be on a child- I mean, you just kind of live each day, and then later you may get to find out that the child stayed in the way that he was trained! And you hope that your contribution was a good one! LOL!

    That’s wonderful :)! Keep up the great work!! ~Jess

  38. Rosie August 21, 2010 at 10:19 am

    You have done an amazing job here, you truely are blessed with an amazing talent! 1 Corinthians 13 v13 is the most beatiful verse eva!!! xxx

  39. Sandy August 23, 2010 at 4:13 am

    I was browsing for some free scrapbook ideas especially for beginner like me. God is so good that bring me to your webiste. It’s cool. Very impressive!

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  41. Pam Lee March 1, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Hi I am trying to start a faithbooking group at church and I have been trying to find a bible study to go with faithbooking. I really wish I could find a video showing and explaining the how and why to faithbook. I attend a small church of approx 350 and really feel God is leading me to do this. My pastor thinks it would be great to have a video to share to promote. Do you know of any? Thanks, Also, looking for any suggested links. Thanks Pam

    • Jess March 1, 2012 at 9:00 pm

      Hi Pam!

      I think it is so wonderful that you are starting a faithbooking group at your church! I do not know of a specific Bible study or video about faithbooking. I DO know that there are some YouTube videos out there that use stolen content from my site and have misleading links back to bad sites – so please be careful if you start looking around! I hope you find what you’re looking for, but even if you don’t – please don’t be afraid to start, you really don’t need anything special. Faithbooking is the same thing as scrapbooking, just with a focus on your walk with Christ and what He has done in you life :)!

  42. Debbie June 4, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Rohnda Anderson co-founder of Creative Memories now has a seperate site dedicated to faithbooking. The site is All of the resources you spoke of are now there.

  43. peggy aplSEEDS December 18, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    beautiful! thank you for sharing this!

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