img_7735Advent is one of my favorite seasons of the year to spend time journaling in my Bible.  I’ve heard the Christmas story hundreds of time, but each year there are new layers to unwrap.  Our most recent sermon series at church dove into the story of Zechariah, a respected priest who lost his voice in the midst of a promise from the angel Gabriel.  While he had always been a faithful servant of God, when confronted with the God’s amazing plan for his life, he lost his hope.  He just could not see how God’s plan was going to play out.  But, when his son, John, was born, his hope was restored as well as his voice.  And, the first thing he did was begin proclaiming the good news of the coming Messiah!  We are all called to find our “Christmas voice”, the voice of hope that we can share with others!

The main element that I planned to use on this page was a vellum pocket from Felicity Jane.  It has the most adorable flocked Christmas tree on the front, one of the many sweet details that Felicity Jane includes in their products.  I tucked a red notecard in for journaling and it set the red, black, and white color scheme I went with for the entire entry.

img_7729Another fun element I added were gold and silver embossed presents!  I used two recent stamp sets from By the Well for God, “A Present” and “Redemption Unwrapped”.  Embossing is a great process for adding a touch of metallic sparkle and texture to your projects.  I love it this time of year!  In order to emboss, you need the following supplies:

  • Stamping Ink
  • Stamps
  • Embossing Powder
  • Heating Tool

Once you stamp the image on your page, you generously cover it with embossing powder.  Shake the embossing powder off on to an extra sheet of paper, then return all the extra powder to its container.  After that, heat the stamped image thoroughly with a heat tool.  The embossing powder will melt and you will be left with your gorgeous metallic elements!

img_7734As I started to arrange the die-cuts and other elements on the page, I used a set of star stamps from Felicity Jane to create background elements that the die-cuts could be arranged on top of.  Once those were down, the rest of the page came together very quickly!  I adhered the paper elements to the page, added a title and a date, and the page was done!

How are you documenting your Advent studies this season?  I’d love to hear about it!

Keep it creative,

-The Scrappy Wife

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