Monday, June 13, 2016

June's Illustrated Faith Kit: Lessons or Blessings

As a member of the Illustrated Faith Creative Team, I have the JOY of playing with many gorgeous and whimsical items put out by the company as I journal in my Bible. But my favorite tool for digging into the Word creatively are the monthly devotional kits by the Illustrated Faith/Bella Blvd/Dayspring dream team. Each kit comes with a devotional, washi tape roll, stamp set, ink pad, and matching scripture cards.

This month's kit was called Blessings or Lessons, written by Stephanie Smokovitch. The florals caught my eye and took my breath away from the moment I opened the package. A sweet note from Shanna, the founder of the Illustrated Faith community and company, introduced us to the kit and the author, and it was quickly tucked, along with the other scripture cards, into the pocket at the front of my Bible.


The "Blessings or Lessons" devotional looks at the people that walk in and out of our lives; some of them are blessings and others... not so much. Stephanie encourages us to look at them as lessons. There is something we can learn from everyone who crosses our paths or catches our eye.  Her fourteen day devotional gives prompts for reflection as well as dives into some of my favorite scriptures. 

I have to admit, I also got all swoony for the mason jar stamp included in the kit. I get the feeling that the little repetitive hearts are also going to be a favorite in pages to come. For those of you who may be wondering, the stamps included in the Illustrated Faith kits are made to be used with an acrylic stamping block. Simply peel the stamp from the sheet, press it onto the acrylic block, stamp away, then return the stamp to its place. The stamp sets are 4x6 (and fit easily into 4x6 photo pages for storage). 

The stamp backer (the trifold card stock) that comes in the kit is like a bonus! This go-around it included a short introduction from Stephanie about her devotional, but it also includes tabs, bookmarks, and other images that can be cut out and used in your journaling! These kits come jam packed with goodies, like this classic black ink pad, and they are a great way to dive in if Bible journaling is new for you.

The washi tape roll has to phrases printed in a fun font, and it's serving double duty for me by going on all of my snail mail lately. The tape says "a friend loves at all times" and "He is the ultimate bestie" with cute little hearts in-between. There's also a super cute paperclip with pink polkadot fabric. I usually use the clip to hold my place in the devotional until I'm through with it, then I work it into one of my illustrated Bible pages that go with the kit.

Oh man. Day one got me good. And I love that I'm sharing the Blessings or Lessons kit about friendships with all of YOU, my online friends. What a world we live in where connections can happen via the internet! But there is something to be said about getting face to face and digging into local community. This week I encourage you to, one, order the kit ;), and two, make it a point to connect with your blessings and give grace to your lessons. 

I'm excited to combine my Illustrated Faith journey with some in-person connections this summer! Today I'm visiting a dear friend I met through blogging, Rachel, and we're definitely going to get messy in the pages of our Bible this week. Also, stay tuned for more details about exciting events that YOU can be part of in days to come!

Have you jumped into the Blessings or Lessons kit yet?
If so, what do you think?! 

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