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Journal with me: An insight about flowers

I loved journaling about this insight a friend gave me about flowers.

Flowers give of their beauty and ask nothing in return.

This reminds me that this is the same for people. We give something good to others just as we are.

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Sunflower Journal (custom order)

I was so honoured to be asked to make this journal for a lovely lady who has scleroderma. The emblem of the Australian Scleroderma Association is the sunflower, so she wanted the main theme to be sunflowers.

She also likes butterflies, ladybirds, and especially dragonflies, so I included all these too.

I didn’t have any sunflower items in my stash, so I bought my first digital kit from the amazing Artymaze. I actually got two: the sunflower one and the dragonfly one.

I’ve had my eye on the dragonfly dreams kit for a while now and it’s the one I’ve wanted the most, so I was glad for this excuse to get it – hehe.

I love the trims and the charms on the side:

And the papers and ephemera are so beautiful.

The lady said she wasn’t fussed about lots of writing space but she likes all the tucks and flips and flaps and gets excited when she watches me pull things out in my journal flip throughs.

Here’s a look at some of my favourite pages:

I interspersed pages from the kit with coffee-dyed papers and some pages from my stash that relate to flowers or sunshine.

I included a page with the lyrics to ‘You Are My Sunshine’ and also some sheet music for ‘Over The Rainbow.’ Amazingly, the lady said they brought a tear to her eye because her mum sang ‘Over The Rainbow’ to her as a child and her daughter loved ‘You Are My Sunshine.’

I love it when things like that happens. I let her know I always pray while I make a journal that the journal will include things that will mean something to the person getting the journal even if I don’t know them. I trust this will happen because it’s happened so often and God knows what will speak to people.

I hope my journals bring comfort, joy, peace, and encouragement to people. I pray they bring light and a little bit of God into their lives wherever they are.

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Flip-through of the ‘morning to night’ faith journal

Here’s a look at all the cool pages in this faith journal.

I wasn’t feeling the best when I filmed this, so sorry I’m a bit flat in this video. Plus, I’m still awkward – haha! I don’t know if I’ll ever get used to talking while filming myself (or my hands).

But I love sharing my creations, so I’ll keep doing it and hope you enjoy seeing what I make.

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‘From morning to night’ faith journal

The idea behind this was a ‘morning to night’ faith journal with a sunrise and sunset on the front and back covers.

Just an encouragement for whoever gets this journal that God is always with them and they can stay connected to him every second of the day.

I like that the back cover with the palm trees actually reminds me of where I live in north Qld.

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Made three faith junk journals

I made another three paper-bag junk journals, this time a faith journal series.

Each is made with lots of Bible pages and Bible illustrations mixed with writing papers and decorative pages. They make great prayer journals, devotional journals, or just an inspirational journal.

The first one is Daniel and David themed. The second one is birth and children themed. The third focuses on well-known passages and verses.

Here’s a look at the covers:

And here’s a look at some of the pages:

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Faith junk journal order

After selling one faith junk journal, and putting one on hold, a lady from church asked for a similar junk journal.

So I made this one in the same style. The difference with this one is that the Bible pages are focused on the life of Jesus.

Here’s a look at some of the pages:

I’m so excited to have sold two journals last Sunday, two this Sunday, and next Sunday I have three on hold for people to buy.

People have been asking for custom orders and some have been asking if I have a website. So I’m looking to launch one and turn this side hobby into a business.

I just need to come up with a business name. People don’t like the name junk journal because it doesn’t represent the beauty and inspiration of the journals.

Any ideas for a name?

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Genesis-themed faith junk journal – SOLD

I made this faith junk journal this week. It’s slightly different to my other spiral bound faith journals in that all the Bible pages I used come from Genesis. I ordered the collection of pages in the order that the stories appear in Genesis.

So this journal is like a walk through Genesis. I like to think a person can read Genesis in their own Bible and write their thoughts about it in this journal – a Genesis devotional junk journal.

There are also the many quotes pages, prompt pages, prayer pages, scripture pages, and music pages.

A friend bought this journal today because she loves all the prompts and finds it easier to engage with the Bible in this format.

Here’s a look at some of the page spreads:

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Another faith junk journal made – SOLD

After the sale of two spiral bound faith junk journals, I made another one in the same style.

With pages from all different types of Bibles, some with pictures. Plus pages from two types of journals with scriptures, prompts, and colouring in pictures.

People love the tags, flaps, pockets, bags, and all those fun things most, so I added those to lots of the pages.

It’s very much an interactive book that makes engaging with God and the Bible something more interesting, exciting, and fun.

I’ve run out of pages from quite a few of the books I used so I’ll have to buy some more.

I included some handmade tags and will have to make more of those too.

Junk journaling has definitely made me look at random papers differently.

I use the envelopes I get in the mail, I cut up packaging, and I keep the paper bags I get from shops. I love reusing them and turning them into something interesting in junk journals.

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Sold two faith junk journals

So excited to have sold two more junk journals. This is the first lot of faith junk journals that I sold.

One person bought them, one for herself and one for her sister.

She said she’d been wanting something like this. She likes the idea of using the scriptures, prompts, quotes, and prayers on the pages as inspiration. I love that!

She’s looking to buy more to give to others as well. To help girls with the Bible reading, devotions, and journey with God.

That makes me so excited because that’s what these journals are for. An inspirational, beautiful place that people are excited to go to, to write and create in, and to engage with God in. Something fun and interesting as opposed to a blank notebook.

The two journals are very similar and now that I know people like them, I’ll be making a bunch more.

I showed some of the youth girls the journals I make and they all wanted one. One already has a journal on hold and the others all put in requests for faith junk journals as well as the more generic junk journals.

Better get to work!

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Next faith junk journal made – SOLD

People have been liking my spiral bound junk journals with their ribbons, tags, and full page spreads.

The advantage these journals have over the handbound ones are that there are no signatures so the pages aren’t folded in half. This means I stick full pages onto the pages that are already in the notebook and they can be full size.

The disadvantage is fewer pages but it does create a beautiful book where the pages are more for inspiration than creating your own spreads on the page.

Although, this junk journal can be used either way. You can just look at the pretty pages and use the note paper to journal on or you can collage and write over all the pages.

I prefer the handbound journals so I can create on the pages, but I definitely see why people are drawn to the spiral bound journals. They’re so pretty!

And for an inspirational faith journal, this kind of journal is great. A book to write prayers, or take bible notes, or a God journal, or devotional journal.

It’s a junk journal that you not only can fill in but that can fill you with the scriptures, prayers, prompts, and colouring pages for inspiration.

Thanks so much for checking out my faith junk journal.