img_1719This devotional hit me right in the heart from the very start.  “Rooted” from Illustrated Faith and Lauren Norris is a gorgeous reminder of where our strength and comfort are truly rooted.  In the first devotional set called “forever home”, Lauren challenged us not to cling to the fleeting comforts and securities of this world, but instead to look to God as our forever home.  She remarks, “I was completely attached to something that I knew wouldn’t be forever.”  As someone who not only fears change, but avoids it at all cost, this stopped me in my tracks.

I crave stability and the comfort of knowing what will happen.  So, I go out of my way to try to control every situation.  But, the truth is that control is all an illusion.  The only way to really feel secure, feel rooted and grounded, is the lean into my relationship with God.  He is consistent.  He is yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  He is my forever home.

The style of this kit is very minimal, which is certainly a change from my normal style.  But, what I love about it is that there is room to really make the entries your own.  You are not tied into a specific style based on the supplies provided.  This unique combination is quickly making this one of my favorite Illustrated Faith kits!

img_1717I began this entry by blending a few different Distress Oxides to lay down some color on the page.  I chose dried marigold, tattered rose, and milled lavender, blending from top to bottom.  The new domed sponge daubers from Scrapbook.com were really effective in creating a smooth blend.  I am impressed.  The subtleness of the colors in the background serve to set the scene for the lighter feel of this journal entry.

img_1714I continued working in the background with stamping the lovely sketchy flowers that are included in the kit.  I loosely connected the stamps, having the flowers cascade off of the page.  Additionally, I used the rainbow stamp to add some tone on tone stamping in the background.  This is one of the ways that I was really able to marry the minimal style of the kit with my tendency to add “all the things”.  The subtle layers really satisfied me artistically, but didn’t venture too far away from the artwork included in the kit!

img_1720Once the background was complete, I layered vellum shapes over the top to create anchors for a title and journaling.  To secure the tricky vellum on the page, I used liquid adhesive and then closed the Bible while it was drying.  This aided the pieces in drying flat, and with liquid adhesive, no adhesive showed through.  Success!  The title “You Are My Home” was added to the page with a variety of white alpha stickers, including those that were included with the kit.  I actually ended up tracing the white alphas with a black Micron pen to set them off from the rest of the page.

img_1719I decided that in order to include journaling, I wanted to add a tag to the page.  I cut out a coordinating tag using the “Again & Again” line from Pink Paislee and my nested tag dies from Scrapbook.com – those dies are fantastic!  I’ve been waiting to pick those up for quite a while, and they have not disappointed.  To embellish the tag a bit, I added wordfetti stickers, Washi tape, and an embossed floral piece.  I love using tags like this to discreetly hide my journaling.  As I mentioned before, this devotion really hit me, so I had many words to write, but not that I necessarily wanted to share with the world.  Including tags for journaling allows for a gorgeous page and hidden journaling!

Are you working through “Rooted”?  How are you liking the style of this devotional?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Keep it creative,

-The Scrappy Wife

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