(I am a member of the Creative Team for BTW4G, but while products are sent to me for review, all the opinions are my own.)
I may be a bit late to the party, but I am loving the most recent devotional from By the Well 4 God called “On the Road”. This devotional promises to walk us through the Romans Road, a series of scriptures that lays out the path to salvation through Christ. The Romans Road is a tool that many Christians use on their personal faith journey and to aid others in their walk with Christ. As we walk through this Easter season, Romans is a great place to turn to as a reset and reminder of key doctrinal issues that are at the center of our faith.
Day 4 of the devotional is entitled “It All Points to God” and has us reflecting on the following verses…
“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” -Psalm 8:3-4
Take a look at my process for this page and see how it came together below:
As I began this page, my thoughts immediately turned to the gorgeous spring that we are experiencing here in Washington D.C. The colors are vibrant, almost glowing. The air is crisp, and the sun feels like it is lighting you from the inside out. The outdoors are so amazingly beautiful that you can’t help but see God at work. This past week, my family went for a picnic at the Netherlands Carillon near the Iwo Jima Memorial, and I knew that I wanted to use those pictures to commemorate the beauty God surrounds us with.
Knowing I wanted to use these pictures was the easiest part of this layout. I fussed and fussed with the rest of it! From stamping going wrong, to being indecisive about photo placement, this page was not easy for me to put together. In the end though, the bright colors and peaceful pictures really capture the feeling I was experiencing.
I began with a series of stamp sets from By the Well 4 God. In April, BTW4G released so many gorgeous floral stamps. I just knew they’d be perfect on this page, but I was a bit intimidated by the large corner stamp. In fact, I didn’t even have a stamp block large enough to fit it on. In my attempt to jerry-rig a stamp block, I ended up with several imperfect stamped images. No worries though, the majority of the stamping was covered by a photo.
Embracing the imperfect feel of the page, I opted for a messier water coloring technique. This allowed the flowers to have a more abstract look, which I thought was a nice contrast to the photos on the page. Plus, I knew that with so much detailed in the stamped images, I was going to have a tough time watercoloring in the lines…so, why not just ignore them all together?!?
It was at this point, that my indecisiveness took over. I tried the photos in a variety of positions on the page. You can check out the arrangements below. Eventually, I just picked one arrangement and attached the pictures and went for it. Sometimes, you just have to make a decision and go with it!
Once the photos were on the page, the rest came together pretty quickly. I used a mix of large alpha stamps and alpha tile stickers to add the title. Then, I embellished with stickers and die-cuts included in the kit. Like I said before, this entry took longer come together than I thought it would. But, I really believe that it celebrates the beauty of this world that God created, in all of its colorful detail 🙂
Keep it creative,
-The Scrappy Wife