Revival Camp – Prep

I’m going to camp – Illustrated Faith’s Revival Camp, that is! 

For those of you who might be unfamiliar with it, Illustrated Faith is a kind of art journaling that was created by Shanna Noel. You essentially merge your creativity with God’s word to make  beautiful art right there in your bible. As a Catholic, I am not sure I fit the mold of someone who would like to paint and doodle in a bible, but there is just something about it that calls to me. I can’t explain it. It just seems like a really cool way spend time with God. As such, I’ve been following Shanna and Illustrated Faith for a while now, but had yet to try it out. 

Enter Revival Camp, a 12 week online workshop that’s all about deepening your relationship with God and figuring out how to live the life He has called you to. 

When this first showed up in my Instagtam feed (seriously, all my ideas are coming from IG these days), I was intrigued. It seemed like a nice and easy (and structured) way to familarize myself with the whole concept of bible journaling and the content was appealing, so I went ahead and signed up. Because it’s all online, I immediately received my packing list, and set about printing my printables and prepping my Field Notes guide. 

Revival Camp – Front Cover

Revival Camp – Inside Front Cover

Now I am ready to embark on an adventure with God this summer and looking forward to sharing my progress as I go. 

May Lettering


At the end of April, I jumped head first into the world of fountain pens, inks, and lettering (after a failed attempt in February). I could blame it all on the bullet journalers I follow on Instagram and Pinterest, but the truth is I love pens. And paper. And markers. And colored pencils. And water colors. But mostly pens.

So I picked a few of the lettering challenges floating around on Instagram and decided to play along in May. Needless to say, it was an absolute blast! Seriously, I had a ridiculous amount of fun playing with pens and inks and markers. I learned quite a bit as well. 

I am thrilled to say I managed to complete all 7 of the challenges I participated in every single day in May. As someone who occasionally lacks in the follow through department, this is huge. I am proud of myself for achieving this small personal goal! 

I used the Flipagram app to make a video for the month of May. Check it out below and let me know what you think! 

May Lettering

PL Weeks 8 & 9

I am loving how easy it is to pull my PL pages together when I use one Core kit and only add a few embellishments or other products when the need arises or I want to. It’s simple and clean and FAST; I can complete a page in less than an hour and that’s with journaling! Which is what Project Life was always meant to be, right?

So, Week 8. It started with the musical Once and ended with socks, lots and lots of socks. 

Once was just phenomenal. I’d seen the movie a few years ago and loved the music then, but seeing it live just took it to a whole other level. As a trained vocalist and someone who has performed in a theater setting, I truly appreciated the level of talent that each one of the musicians brought to the stage. Most honest, it made me miss live musical theater – not only as audience member, but also as performer. There is just nothing like sharing your voice with others to create something outside and beyond all of you.

PL 2016 – Week 8 

Oh, the socks! Let me tell you about the socks! Here’s a closeup of the story, which reads: “It’s cold in the girls’s room during the winter months, so Ella sleeps in a sleeping bag under her comforter and several other blankets. Evidently she gets overheated and takes off her socks. She does not, however, remove them from the sleeping bag. She surrendered 8 pairs tonight. Oh, and clearly she doesn’t bother to match them before she wears them.”

PL 2016 – Ella’s Socks

Week 9 kicked off with a fabulous dinner before watching the Academy Awards, which is always must see TV for me. The highlights of this year’s broadcast were Chris Rock selling Girl Scout cookies to the celebrity audience and Leo DeCaprio finally winning his Oscar. Lady Gaga was also fabulous.

Ella spent two days home sick on the couch and we ended up at Urgent Care to determine it was an ear infection. I tried for a picture while we waited for the doctor, but Ella deflected. I guess we’ve finally reached the point where she would prefer not to have her picture taken. We shall see how much longer I can, at least, get deflected pics before she says no altogether. 

PL 2016 – Week 9

Page Construction Notes

  • Becky Higgins Picturesque Core Kit designed by Heidi Swapp
  • Becky Higgins Design A Page Protectors
  • Chipboard stars from Studio Calico

PL 2016 – Week 7

The entertainment theme continued into the 7th week of 2016. 

Ella started clarinet lessons at the UNI Community Music School with Cindi Mason. I was surprised at how hard it was to leave her at the door and walk away.  As much as I want to be there during her lessons, I know she needs to experience this for herself and she doesn’t need me hovering over her while she does so. She’s already learned so much in just two lessons, so I have to get over myself and just let her be. Which, while it is the right thing to do, sucks. Oh well. It had to happen some time; they are only going to get older and more independent. Best learn to back off now, right? 

In the spirit of backing off, my sister came down for a weekend visit and we ran away to spend the day at the Marcus Theaters’ College Square location watching the first part of their 2016 Best Picture Festival. We saw Brooklyn (just lovely), Bridge of Spies (excellent), The Martian (spectacular, even the second time around), and The Big Short (depressing as hell, but phenomenal). Loved spending time with my sis and enjoying four wonderful movies. 

PL 2016 – Week 7

Finally, the Grammys were this week and my sarcastic, world weary Ella was on fire tonight as we watched the show together. I posted her observations and comments on FB along with some of my own. It ended up being quite an entertaining experience.

I wanted to document the evening so I took screenshots of my FB posts and combined them with pics of the moments we referenced to create 3×4 photos. I then used the Project Life app to create 2-12×12 layouts. Check them out. 

Grammy Observations – Part 1

Grammy Observations – Part 2

Page Construction Notes

  • Becky Higgins Picturesque Core Kit designed by Heidi Swapp
  • Becky Higgins Design A Page Protectors
  • Ali Edwards’ Storytelling Class Kit (no longer available)
  • I used the PicStitch app to make the 3×4 cards in the Grammy spreads and the Project Life app to make the spreads themselves.