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Yep, tomorrow we are leaving on a family vacation. I will be relaxing for a week and then straight to Colorado Springs to teach at Simple Pleasures. I have already typed a few posts to keep you up to date on breaking creative news (August 1st,) developments and stuff like that so be sure to pop in once in awhile.
Today is all about last minute stuff that has to do with this, doing loads of laundry and errands (I am already packed) so I now I say...Aloha.
It is opening day at the Sierra Pacific Show in Utah which is a retailers industry show debuting all of the new product coming out for the second 1/2 of 2015 and although I am here at home in California, my latest work is being presented at both the Sizzix Booth and ADORNit booth.
I am happy to have product debuting and proud of the work that I have done to get to this point but it is not about that. I am most excited and looking forward to seeing how it will bless people in their creative projects and endeavors.
PLEASE do not misunderstand me. I am completely grateful for the opportunities that I have been given and the trust that these two amazing companies have in me but I do not have that " hands in the air running through the finish line in slow motion" feeling. I never have with anything (even when I finished a real Marathon for the love of Pete!) and I don't think that I should. It is just part of how I create, how I live and as cliche as it might sound, all part of my story/journey.
Now comes the time to really work hard and by that I mean that I need to hit the ground running as I prepare to share everything that is being released, teaching online and in-store. The issue is, I can't do it all on my own. It was never a thought for this to all be about me and what I can do with it. It is about God, Jesus, faith and how you document and illustrate it.
I was asked this question last night via Facebook and my reply sums up the entire reason for Documented Faith:
Q: is it only Christian?
Here is a screen shot of my response:
Similar to the "Hokey Pokey"....that's what its all about!
So now what?
I need you to help me help others learn about Documented Faith. As much as it is not about numbers, it is. I don't look at "how many followers or friends" I have on social media channels but rather how many people we can reach to share what is going on, how documenting and illustrating your faith is spreading like a wildfire in a really really good way and how it is a life changer.
How can you help?
PRAY! It is a little hard to ask for prayer for success but I have learned that we are blessed to be a blessing. Pray that it reaches the right people, gets into the hands of those who need it and that it aids to those who need a little (or a lot) Jesus and a creative outlet.
SHARE! There will be several opportunities that I will share in the coming weeks, but for now, you can share my IG and FB posts as I share, invite your friends and family to join our Documented Faith FB group (It is a closed group, so you need to click this link and request to join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1555537877994436/
SHOW ME! I want to see your work. I already have a handful of my creative pals that are ready to create with the new stuff coming out but I need a few more. I want to see how you are Documenting and Illustrating your faith. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and links to your posts, photos of your work and what Documented and Illustrating your faith means to you....
Lastly, THANK YOU, yes YOU reading this right now. Whether you are just reading this for the first time or have been here since the beginning, you are here and for that I am really humbled and grateful. Really (insert big overflowing heart emoji)
NOTE: If you are a retailer, all of the Documented Faith product info is NOW AVAILABLE. please contact ADORNit for wholesale info by emailing: email@example.com
The name of this post may sound a little negative but really, it is positive because I have learned that when I am stretched and uncomfortable, I am heading in the right direction. Before the title read Stretched and Uncomfortable, I typed in Growth & Expansion because that is what I want to tell you about but I immediately changed it to what it is now. The four words, growth, expansion, stretched and uncomfortable go hand in hand. As I have said before, when you share your faith through your work, life and surroundings, the enemy (aka the devil) likes to take aim, pull the trigger, set up spike strips and detours and you have to be aware and ready for that, at all times.
With that said, Documented Faith, my online and real life faith based workshop (it's free, you should join us) is growing and expanding in ways that only God could make happen. Yes, I am working on it 24/7 with an amazing team that I will tell you more about soon, but this is all God. For the past year and 1/2 I have been learning and working on how to dream BIG God sized dreams but I constantly struggled with HOW to put those dreams in to words. I was trying too hard when really, all I had to do was to commit to being (and staying) OPEN.
NOTE TO SELF: don't look so hard, it is right in front of you.
Okay, with all of that being said, there is so much that I want to share with you and am starting to let "the cat out of the bag" but I am am have a terrifically terrible time with reaching all of you, especially via email. Grrrrrr. (don't get me started) I am going to be posting things here, on my FB page, on the Documented Faith site, via Constant Contact, on my FB Page (which is different) and I may hire an airplane to sky write once in awhile. That is all I can do besides starting mailing things to you but even that is not 100%. The best thing I can suggest is watch here, FB and IG for all of my announcements, including the one I posted last night about this:
yep, I have created a faith inspired, hand doodled coloring book that will be released soon through ADORNit. I do not have dates, availability or wholesale (for retailers) information yet but as soon as I do, I will let you know.
Lastly, if you part of the Documented Faith project, here is info on this week's verse and message:
Because I still am arm wrestling with a little lingering jet lag and a sinus infection, I just do not have all of the right words to share with you about the Art & Faith Retreat in Italy just yet so I thought that I would tell you about one of my workshops...
I toted 100 lbs of art supplies to Italy with me and here is a look the Travel Journal workshop that I taught. Note: if you have ever taken one of my Mixed Media classes in-store or online, the techniques are similar therefore you could easily create a Travel Journal of your very own using the supplies you probably already have on hand.
We started with a Tim Holtz Worn Cover and used Multi-matte Medium, old book paper, several pieces of Tim Holtz Expedition Ephemera and Distress paints to create a collage on the front, spine and back of the cover.
Each kit included a Binder mechanism to fit the cover, tags die cut from file folders using my Large Tag Die by Sizzix , vintage library card pockets and several Pocket Cards with two styles of clear pocket pages that fit perfectly into the binder. I provided coordinating Washi Tape, Rub-Ons and Big Chat stickers to embellish the pages, pockets and tags.
I adhered a library card pocket to the front inside cover, added a pocket card to the front of it, adhered words that I had already cut out and placed a heart shaped leaf into the pocket that I found along one of the long, steep, winding cobblestone paths we walked.
On the opposite side, I used the supplies that Laura provided during her canvas workshop. I decided not to use the canvas but to create on the tag so that I could keep it in my binder. The words "I am willing" indicate my prayer of staying "open" to whatever God has in store for me and thought that incorporating a globe, a heart and a shield were the perfect reminder that I was in ITALY, using my skills to share with others and that although I was a crying baby for the first day (or two) of the trip, the shield/armour is there to remind me that I am protected.
Moving on... The tag pictured below was used to hold a picture of the lake front of Bellagio and I had actually taken this off of Laura's blog prior to our trip so that I could create an example. Now that I have my own photos, I will print out lots of wallet sized photos to add them into my binder.
Washi tape and Big Chat word stickers finish up the tag. I may add more now that I have time to go back and reflect. That is the fun thing about Travel Journals. They are never really finished because as Jet Lag disappears, a clear mind reappears and memories start to pop up (at all hours of the night!)
I accidentally introduced peeling labels off of water bottles to all of the ladies at our tables in the afternoons and evening and before I knew it, everybody was stripping their bottles. It was kinda funny to see all of the bottles left behind without labels. I bet the waiters were confused. Crazy Americans.
Also pictured is one of the plastic pocket pages that I tucked in some information about The Basilica of Saint James that was right in the center of Bellagio. I continued to stuff my binder with receipts, a bag from Jeanne's class that I punched holes in and added and even coasters & drink stirrers from Jeanne & I's trips to the hotel bar for water, coffee, tea and ice.
When it was time to take Jeanne's Paper Mosaic class I again opted to do my project on one of the large tags so that I could also keep it in my binder. This is now one of my most favorite techniques to do and I am so lucky that I got to learn from Jeanne. She is an amazing teacher and now I am so giddy to call her friend. I still have some journaling and a few more things to stuff into my book but I am so happy on how it came out. I keep looking through it. I especially loved watching all of the ladies create binders that with all of the same supplies came out so different and beautiful.
I have to tell you that this trip was amazing and I am not just saying this but should you be prompted/lead and given the chance to go, you should. Start saving now because it is not to be missed. Selfishly, I want to go back every year and teach but I know that each person and every teacher are there at a specific time for a specific reason. I don't have the right words to express it everything but I just read Laura's post about our trip and left this comment that might express how I am feeling:
"Oh Laura, thank you for listening and then doing what the Lord prompted you to do. Because you are putting your purpose, passion and dreams into action, you are blessing so many, myself included. Between the quiet,deep conversations, prayers, devotionals and GUT WRENCHING RIB CRACKING laughter, I am forever changed and will continue to thank you for including me in this adventure. My heart continually overflows with so many things that I just cant put it all into the right words. EVERYTHING was so amazing and we are now blessed with a whole tribe of new, wonderful, beautiful, creative and faith filled women. I look forward to watching how the Lord continues to use & bless you and your amazing family. Thank you again for more than I can express."