I deal with anxiety on a regular basis. Sometimes I can predict it, and sometimes I can’t. Probably one of the biggest manifestations of anxiety that I have experienced occurred on a road trip to Georgia with my family. We got caught in traffic and all of a sudden I couldn’t breathe. I could not get a deep breath, my heart was racing, and it felt like a full on panic attack. It felt like it came out of nowhere, but because of the anxiety I carry around on a daily basis, it probably should not have surprised me. I am constantly searching for tips and tricks for anxiety relief. It is a search for peace that I think all of us feel here on this earth. But, this month’s devotional from By the Well 4 God challenges us to dig deeper and connect to the peace that Jesus offers us.
“As they were saying these things, he himself stood in their midst. He said to them, ‘Peace to you!'” -Luke 24:36
Jesus offers us a lasting peace, a peace that transcends all understanding. What an amazing gift! But, digging even deeper, the peace He offers truly completes us. It keeps us from needing to continue our search. If we allow His peace to fill us up from the inside, our whole life view can change! This is a gift from Jesus, and every day we have to choose to accept it. Sometimes I fail and let the world crash in, but when I am able to hold on to that peace, every day is so much better!
This page was relatively simple to put together, with truly only three main elements. To create the background I used a mixture of stamps from the most recent release from BTW4G. I stamped them using Versafine Vintage Sepia ink to create a truly vintage, fall feel. One of my favorite techniques when stamping is to have the stamp hanging off the page. This means that only part of the stamp actually remains on the page, creating an effect that the image keeps going long after the page has ended. Love this!
I mounted a small craft bag on the page to create a pocket for private journaling. To set it off from the vintage florals, I backed it with gorgeous paper from the Auburn Lane collection by Pink Paislee. On a separate sheet of watercolor paper, I stamped out the beautiful mason jar stamp from “Whole” and filled it in with the Daniel Smith watercolors included with “My Peace”. I also added a few metallic watercolor accents for good measure! I fussy cut it out and used it as a die-cut on my stage. I love this method because if I make a mistake, I can start over and it has not permanently messed up my Bible page!
The last few steps involved using Distress Oxide ink (vintage photo) to add shading to my journaling tag along with washi tape and a sticker to finish the look. The last step was to add texture to my page with a ribbon detail. The page really captures all the autumn feels, and I am so excited to continue working through this devotional.
Keep it creative,
-The Scrappy Wife