I’m so excited for my first tutorial and crazy excited to share the new FaithFetti with you. I'm going to show you how to use gelatos, napkins, and punches to customize your Faithfetti Word Strips for your scriptures or journals.
I have two kinds of study journals- one by chapter, and one by topic. My favorite way to study the scriptures is by chapters. When I study by chapters I don't like to just read. I like to write down the things I am learning about so that I can remember it better and so that I can look back to recall it later. I feel it also shows Heavenly Father that I appreciate the message so many people sacrificed for to save for me.
Here is how I do it.
2018 is a big year for Worthy Written Words. I've started hammering out some of the details that, had I a degree in running a business, I might have already done. But this whole website didn't just happen one day, it has evolved over the last 6 years into what it is today. I am learning as I go. First thing I did was figure out what the mission statement of the company actually is. And after a lot of prayer and advice and inspiration, I locked it down to this:
"At Worthy Written Words we provide study tools, beautiful art, and instructional resources that help awaken and cultivate a deeply rooted relationship with Jesus Christ and a flourishing testimony of his restored gospel."
This meant that the logo of the bird was no longer going to work. It did not tie in to the overall mission of the company. So again after a lot of thought and inspiration and attempts I came up with this image for the new logo:
I adore it. I want it to show that by spending time in God's word, your testimony will not only be firmly rooted but it will flourish as well. Slowly I am updating all the products on the website to show this new logo.
Also, another HUGE change this year is that instead of flying solo, I have added about 12 designers to help me add content to the website.
After creating this announcement a couple more designers have joined. Each of these beautiful women are passionate and extremely talented. There is a photographer, a writer, an illustrator, etc. Each is unique and is going to bring you some amazing designs that will help strengthen your relationship with the Savior. I am thrilled to have more variety on the site for journaling styles. I am also excited for the new collections these women have already started, such as printable wall art, or studying in travelers notebooks with devotionals. Soon a new collection will be added called "Quick Pages" that will allow you to print out a page already illustrated, add any personal notes and add it to your wide margin Book of Mormon binders. How cool is that?!? These are areas that haven't been my focus or my strong point, but it most certainly is theirs. And perhaps they will speak more to your soul than I have. I am truly excited about the different people we will now be able to reach.
With the new year comes a narrowed focus. Deeper content. And farther reach. I hope you will join me in studying this year and taking the time to document your spiritual experiences and impressions from the Holy Ghost. There is so much to look forward to!
My daughter and her friends often walk into my craft room while I am working on my scripture journal. They ooh and ahhh and wish they had one too. So for Christmas I made my daughter her own coptic scripture journal that is available in the shop. But there was no way I was going to put the time in to make a bunch for her neighborhood friends. I also didn't want her to fill her journal up with 100 pages of emoji smiley faces, I wanted it to have real thoughtful journal entries about what she is learning about the gospel. But I knew she wouldn't just come up with stuff to write about on her own.
So for her and all of her friends in Activity Days, I created this kit:
The idea is Activity Day Leaders can purchase the kit one time, and print out as many copies as they like for their girls. And it comes in 3 sizes, so you could make them out of composition notebooks, or if your budget doesn't allow for that, you can simply print them out on 8.5 X 11 paper and staple them together.
Here are some ways you can use it in a coptic notebook-
It comes with a cover that you can print and cut and glue right on the cover of the composition notebook. If you want to protect them further you could mod lodge the cover. But if you use an ink jet printer you will need to follow these steps to make sure the image doesn't smear:
"I want to Mod Podge computer printouts – how do I handle inkjet versus laserjet prints? Inkjet ink bleeds, laserjet doesn’t. Here’s what you need to know. First of all, don’t print anything on photo paper. Regular printer paper is best because it doesn’t have a coating on it. I use 20 lb. paper, but you can go thicker if you need to. Inkjet – Print the picture onto the paper and let it dry for at least ten minutes. Spray both sides of the paper with clear acrylic sealer (several coats) and let it dry. Paint with a thin layer of Mod Podge on both sides, then let it dry. Then you can craft as normal. It sounds like a lot of steps, but it’s not that difficult – you just have to make sure it all dries. Laserjet – no prep work necessary. I always user laserjet printouts, even if I have to go to an office supply store to get it done." -Mod Podge Rocks Blog
You can also see from the picture there are tabs. I didn't use all of them, the girls can pick which ones they want. There are also a few blank ones that they can write in custom labels.
Inside the kit is an entire page of these word labels that the girls can choose which best represents them.
The kit also includes 25 journaling prompts. The big squares were designed to go in the middle of the page where the girls can make lists around them. The rectangular ones are designed to go at the top of the page where they can write out journaling below them. And then the journaling cards can be used however. Also there is an entire page of scripture speech bubbles where they can write about what they learned reading in the scriptures.
An idea for them to be able to store the journaling prompts is to glue an envelope to the back cover of the notebook and tuck all the cutout journaling prompts inside. Then when the girls want to write they can pick out a prompt, glue it in and go!
I hope you and your girls enjoy this kit! I made it with my own Activity Days aged daughter (9) at the time so hopefully it appeals to both age groups! I am over the Beehives at church and I plan to even use it with them!
I'll Never Desert You Freebie Watercolors and water brush or paint brush
Gelly Roll pens green and black
optional supplies-craft tool heat gun
light board for tracing or window
If you need to know how to prep your pages before you start painting, here is the blog post for that: https://worthywrittenwords.com/blogs/news/how-to-prep-your-scripture-pages-for-paint
Not sure where to start with scripture journaling? There are so many different ways you can document your scripture studies, impressions, testimony, etc in a scripture journal it can be very overwhelming. I am going to explain my 4 favorite different kinds of scripture journaling setups so you can figure out which way works best for you and your lifestyle. You will notice that many of my kits and templates come in different sizes and that is so that you can use them in whichever kind of journal you like. Lets start with the most obvious:
Bound Notebook or Book Journal
This is simply any kind of notebook or journal that you either buy from the store or create yourself. In my Scripture Journal Basics post I discuss tips such as to pick something that is durable, the right size to hold lots of information, and realistic for your lifestyle. Look for one that will function the way you want it to, and look the way you want it to. If you plan to keep it simple, pick a lined journal that you can do lots of writing in that has thick pages so your ink won't bleed through.
I planned to be more artsy and wanted to decorate my covers using paint so I make coptic journals out of 11X14 size sketchpads. If interested in this option, you can see how to do this here. If you want the journal but don't want to make it yourself, I sell hand painted hand sewn journals by yours truly here. Here is one example of a cover you can choose:
I also sell a professionally bound book through blurb here. It looks like this:
This cover is also an option on the hand painted ones too. This notebook/ book bound type of scripture journal set up is my favorite and what I personally use. The overall point is, any journal will work.
Wide Margin Scriptures
Another extremely popular option to start your scripture journaling is by downloading the wide margin scriptures at www.bradjackman.com. He includes all 4 standard works. You can take the pdf file to a copy shop and have them print it out front to back and have it spiral bound. It will look something like this:
This beautiful bible journal is from www.alivelyhope.com. Isn't she so talented? With spiral bound its neat, smaller, and you won't lose pages. However if you mess up, theres nothing you can do about it and the only way to add things is using washi tape.
The other option is to print it out and put it in a 3 ring binder. This is a little heavier, and there is risk of pages getting taken out and lost. However it allows for the ability to add all sorts of journaling in-between pages like conference addresses, inserts, blank pages for note taking, etc. Also, if you mess up you can reprint a page out and try again.
Image provided by Tamara Zappe. Tabs in this picture can be found here.
Pocket Page Scripture Journal
A pocket page scripture journal is taking the popular scrapbooking concept- pocket page albums (you may have heard of the company Project Life that started the movement), and turn one into a scripture journal. The idea is you use a 3 ring binder and page protectors for your journal. However the page protectors are split up into pockets. In these pockets you put journal cards inside.
Planner Size Journal
The last kind of scripture journaling setup I want to share is using a planner. Not all planners are used for planning your day and month. As a friend of mine says who uses about 6 planners everyday, "a planner is just a nice small binder that can be used for anything."
Because of their smaller size they are easier to carry around with you. Many of my kits come in A5 planner size for this reason.
So there you have it. 4 different types of scripture journaling set ups. Another one I didn't mention above but you may be interested in is the Traveler's Notebook Midori size (4.33in x 8.25in). The only kit I sell right now for this size notebook is my Sunday Notes Kit, or LDS Sunday Notes Kit Version. At a later time I may create more for this type of journal, but for now I would suggest googling it or looking at videos on youtube to see how to set one of these up.
So which journal set up is right for you?
In Ephesians chapter 6 you can read about Putting on the Whole Armor of God. Paul talks about how the armor is important to stand against the wiles of the devil. That although we aren’t in a real physical war, we are in a war against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this world, and against spiritual wickedness in high places. He uses symbolism, discussing how you can wear amongst other things, the breastplate of righteousness, a shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit which is the word of God.
"Paul makes it explicitly clear; Pick up the Sword of the spirit- the sharpest, most divine and pervasive weapon imaginable 'which is the word of God'." Jenn Awerkamp
I was reading a talk about scripture studying and I found this quote from Elder Ballard, ”As I think about your schedules and the pressures you face at this time in your lives, I can understand why scripture study can so easily be neglected. You have many demands pulling at you… But I plead with you to make time for immersing yourselves in the scriptures. Couple scripture study with your prayers. Half an hour each morning privately studying, pondering, and communicating with your Heavenly Father can make an amazing difference in your lives. It will give increased success in your daily activities. It will bring increased alertness to your minds. It will give you comfort and rock-steady assurance when the storms of life descend upon you.”
He says to spend time in the morning to study. This is no easy task for me. I LOVE SLEEP! I can fall asleep at 8 at night and still be tired the next day when I get up. Its hard for me to get going in the mornings and so I usually waste a lot of time surfing the internet. But I decided it seems only right to spiritually suit up and grab my sword every morning to face the world the rest of the day. So the last 10 days I've been getting up earlier than my children for the first time ever and those minutes I have are quickly becoming precious. Its an ongoing adjustment for me but I can see the value and how its impacting my life so that I am more patient, and slower to anger.
Every once in awhile I will add a freebie to the shop. This is just a way to say thanks to you for stopping by! Here are the current freebies which you can download in the shop. I will continue to add more occasionally. I also have giveaways on my Facebook page or on Instagram so if you like getting free stuff you should make sure you are following us on social media. The latest freebie is an insert for your scriptures or your journal about the sacrament:
I've had this quote in the front of my Book of Mormon for years. I prettied it up a bit and now anyone can have it and do the same. You can download it in the shop.
Also some cool news! I just created a Facebook group INSIDE my Facebook page! Its called LDS Illustrated Faith. This group is a place to discuss scripture journaling specific to the LDS community. Come post how you use Worthy Written Word's products, or how you do your own scripture journaling. Ask questions, inspire others, and be inspired. This is not a place to advertise and I will not be advertising my products here either. Lets bring the Bible Journaling Community to the LDS Community!
I'm finally spending some love on my topics scripture journal and it feels great. A topics scripture journal is where you document your studies on individual gospel doctrines and principles as opposed to chapter by chapter studies.
"Studying by topic typically follows, grows out of, and builds upon our reading of the scriptures from beginning to end. ...studying by topic, using the Topical Guide and index to the triple combination, allow us to dig into and explore the depth of the scriptures and obtain a much richer spiritual knowledge. This approach increases the rate at which living water flows into our lives."
-Elder David A. Bednar
At Worthy Written Words, I have created some topic study kits to help make things easier for you. All you have to do is download the kit, print it out, fill it out, and paste it in your journals. Embellishments need to be cut out first. I also have a generic topics kit that you can use over and over for any topic you want. The first topic study kit I created was the Prayer Study Kit. You can see the blog post on that kit here.
A new Topic Study Kit has been added to the store. It all about the Pre Existence. It includes 11 embellishments, 3 scripture or scripture journal inserts, 1 color coordinating Topics Template, and a freebie that matches.
Here is how I have used the kit in my own journal. I started off with using watercolors on the background and then splattering paint. Then I started adding the embellishments around the important information I wanted to keep. I attached the insert with washi tape. The cool thing is when you flip it over there is more information on the back.
Many times when we receive our patriarchal blessings, we are told information about the preexistence. I LOVE adding parts of my blessing into my journal when it is appropriate. Here I have added it behind the insert. I've blurred out the message for privacy reasons, but you can still get an idea of what I did. The embellishments are so easy to cut out and paste to add a pop of color to my studies.
I love the tab! With each of these kits I will make at least one matching tab. Eventually, my topics journal will be full of fun colorful tabs.
On this side of the layout I used a lot of the embellishments from the kit. I also threw in a couple of Wordy Bits on the bottom picture.
There are other parts of the kit that I didn't use in mine but you can see them on the cover image above. There is also a FREEBIE that goes along with this kit that you can get here.