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I spent about an hour and a half typing a blog post to you last night with pictures and a bunch of blah blah blah and then the power went out and away went my post so here I am today, typing to you again. The strange thing is that when the power went out, I started to flip out for approx. 1/2 of a second and then I got up and walked out to my studio and ignored the whole thing. I figured why get fussy, there was nothing I could do about it.
huh? who am I?
I think I am growing up.
Anyways, like yesterday's post that you never got to read, I will try to keep it short and sweet.
I said "try."
In the past few weeks I have been to traveling and teaching in Kansas at the Whatever Craft House (happens to be one of my most favorite places on earth to be), back home, Westlake Village at Scrapbooking Forever, back home, up to No. Cal at Chico Scrapbooks, back home home and up to Seattle and back home....and I am all good! I had to postpone several workshops during the first quarter of 2016 due to losing 80% of my "girl parts" so I have been a little behind on a lot of things, including blogging.
Do people even read blogs anymore? I sorta don't, but I do "check in" on my favorites. It is like looking at the first 8 pages or so of People Magazine. I just scan through the photos and skim the articles and move on. I give myself about 3 minutes and then I lose interest so I will try to keep this about the same for you.
I did not take any photos at Scrapbooking Forever or at Chico Scrapbooks (#loser) but I did take lots of photos in Kansas and Seattle. Here is a collage of Kansas at the Shine Retreat with Shanna, Heather and Gina
and here is a collage that Lisa made of our Creative Island Retreat on Camano Island
I have also just posted a few new dates for the summer and they are listed over on the left sidebar. There is one "private" workshop I am headed to on June 25th that is not listed BUT I will be doing a Facebook LIVE from the location so make sure to be watching...eeek, it is going to be awesome. Here is a hint:
That's all I really need to say.
Lastly, at least for now, I had an awesome meeting at Sizzix yesterday and I am excited to be working on some new plans and programs with them based on my Homegrown and Handmade collection. Stay tuned for that...
That's it for now...I think...but I will be back, promise.
Hello Monday! Hope that you had a great Mother's Day weekend, I spent the first part of the weekend at Scrapbooking Forever in Westlake Village and then wrapped it up with Mother's Day Brunch with my family and a long afternoon nap.
Thank you to Scrapbooking Forever for hosting two days of workshops and to all of the ladies who came out. We had a great night of Bible Journaling on Friday and a day full of Sizzix dies, doodles and designs..and food...and coloring,.,and cookies on Saturday.
I look forward to heading back to teach a brand new mixed media class on Saturday, Sept. 17th. You can call the store here to get info and reserve a seat.
So about 20ish days ago, give or take a day, I posted on social media that I was joining in on what's called The 100 Day Project. I am just following the basic idea that you do something consecutively for 100 days. I decided that I was going to doodle a little something each day in my Documented Faith Binder and I AM LOVING IT SO MUCH. It is just a little area so it is not over whelming and now that I have done it for over 20 days, it has become a habit and it is pretty cool to quickly glance back and see what I have done. I am coordinating it with the Documented Faith word of the month, verse of the week and using parts and pieces of the Companion Kits so it is like hitting three birds with one Nerf dart (not killing it!)
Here is a quick look at some of my days.
Day Four & Five: I used pen, watercolor, white pigment pen and word stickers from the latest Companion Kit (Encourage)
Day 8 & 9 (Day 8 is when I decided to start) and PEOPLE, it is okay to start late. START NOW and move forward. Once you have got the hang of it, go back and fill in the blanks..I used a black pen and a gray marker for the shadows. No watercolor on these, which is fine with me.
Day 8 - 13: A shot looking down on the week. I mixed and matched with pens, ink, markers, watercolors and word stickers from the Encourage Companion Kit. I may go back in and add some color. There are no rules so you can do this however you want. I used the bottom right area to announce that I was doing a Periscope that day.
Day 21 & 22 : Pen, watercolor and this weeks Documented Faith verse which happens to be GREAT NEWS, yay!
I have to admit that once I got my daily doodle done, I did not stop at just the little area and I added some doodles and color to the opening pages for the month of May:
If you are doing The 100 Day Project, I would love to see how you are doing it. If you happen to be using or start using the Documented Faith Binder and post to any social media streams, please use the hashtag #documentedfaith so that I can see.
Have a GREAT day!
Hello May (almost) and hello to a new word to focus on.
If you are new to Documented Faith, then welcome. If you are here for the 19th week or maybe even the 71st week (2015 + 19) then welcome back and way to go. Hey if you are here for the 3rd week, 9th week or really whatever, I am just glad you are here. I am pretty sure that God will be glad, too. Every once in a while I just go over the why, what and how just to check in with all of you and really, I need the reminder as well. It is very easy to get off track, become unfocused and just plain ol' forget, so reminders are always good.
Q: What is Documented Faith?
A: It is a creative way to record, illustrate, document, journal and doodle the everyday moments, Bible verses, inspirational quotes and a growing relationship with Jesus and with others in a planner, binder, art journal, notebook, on a post it note or inside and outside the margins of a journaling Bible.
Q: Why Document My Faith?
A: To develop the habit of spending time reflecting, reading, worshipping, learning and memorizing God’s word in a creative way.
Q: How Do I Start?
A: All you need to do is register your name and email here so that you receive a weekly email. You can follow along each month with a specific focus word and weekly with a verse that coordinates with that word. What and how you create is totally up to you. Whether you journal, memorize, reflect, create and/or apply the verse and word into your everyday life, the most important thing is that you are in the word.
Weekly emails will have links to this blog as well as to the Documented Faith page where each week I post the verse and a link to the download. This week happens to have a video where I go through a little of my binder and show you how adding simple lines with a pen can change the look of your binder pages. Note: please remember that you can do what you want with what you have, you do not have to go out and purchase anything specific. I use my Documented Faith Binder by ADORNit but I also use a few other journals, binders and planners. I do something creative each day in at least one of them and rarely, if ever in every single one every day. Keep it as simple as you want.
So now, if you choose, you can register for the emails here, check out the Documented Faith 2016 page here and if interested, scroll through what we did in 2015 here. Again, I am so glad you are here and I encourage you to invite your friends to join in as well.
I wanted to let you know that I am Periscoping tonight at 6:00 pm Pacific Standard Time. You can find me on Periscope by using my name, Stephanie Ackerman. I am going to simply paint the May divider (which is also referred to as a dashboard) that comes in my Documented Faith Binder and tell you all about how I am embracing the rainbow these days.
If you don't have the binder then you can do one of three things:
I am going to give you a heads up on what I am going to use BUT remember, I always suggest using what you have. NEVER feel like you have to go out and buy a bunch of new things, unless it is the binder (see #1 above)
Printable: Download Mayprintable
See you on Periscope. Well, I won't see you but you know what I mean!
As we continue to work on encouraging one another this month, I want to share my gratitude and thankfulness for all of you that have been consistently encouraging me through the past few months. I have always had a really hard time "receiving" and this has been a season of having to rely, trust and receive.
It is HARD to be patient and heal. Honestly, I was beating myself up for feeling terrible and helpless because I knew that I was going to get better, I just had to be patient. I felt selfish for feeling hopeless when there are so many battling with illness that won't get better. I was getting upset over being upset and then being upset, over being upset about being upset.
To say that I was a physical and mental whirling dervish is an understatement but that is when I believe we need to be quiet, listen, learn and practice patients. Like everything else, I am sure I am not alone with this, but I throw myself and my personal life under the bus so that you can be reminded and encouraged that NO MATTER WHAT, everything will be okay.
I forgot to remember that.
I am so blessed, lucky, thankful and grateful for a family and a gaggle of friends that were constantly reminding, encouraging, praying and loving on me. It has changed me. Thank you. I want to continue the cycle of encouragement, reminders, inspiration, love, kindness, and choosing joy in the midst of yuck. With that said, here is Week 17 of Documented Faith:
“Strengthen the hands of those who are weak. Help those whose knees give away. Say to those whose hearts are afraid “ Be Strong. Do not fear. Your God will come. He will pay your enemies back. He will come to save you” Isaiah 35:3-4 NIRV
There are many of us that at times have weak hands and feet. Some of us are new in Christ and it is our responsibility to strengthen each other, not only to bear with the weak but to do what we can to encourage.
To download this weeks message and verse, Download Week17.