Saturday, May 21, 2016

Africa Study Bible :: Kickstarter Project

If you haven't yet heard of the Africa Study Bible (ASB), please allow me to share a little bit about it with you...and please be sure to check out the current Kickstarter where you can pledge to help with the launch.

The Kickstarter goal is to raise one million dollars to print the first 100,000 copies of the Africa Study Bible. When you back this project, there are great incentives - ranging from social media shout outs and special previews to special artwork and goatskin leather copies of the ASB...and even a trip to Kenya for the launch of the Africa Study Bible and a safari! But even more rewarding, I think, is the knowledge that you have helped bring God's Word to people in Africa written from a perspective that they will more easily understand & identify with.
Here is some information for you which has been taken from the press release for the ASB:
Millions of English-speaking Africans know and love Christ, but for many, God’s word is hard to grasp. With nearly every full evangelical study Bible written from the viewpoint of the United States and United Kingdom, Africans have lacked a resource that connects with their unique experience, hindering discipleship. But that is about to change as major Christian organizations, led by Oasis International, are joining together to launch the Africa Study Bible (ASB), a six-year, cross-continental effort that has produced the first study Bible developed by Africans for Africans.

“With the ASB, we’re bringing the power of Scripture to Africa in a new and culturally relevant way,” says Dr. Matthew Elliott, president of Oasis, publisher of the ASB. “Under the leadership of an 11-member editorial board of scholars from across Africa, we’ve brought together 350 writers and editors from over 40 African countries, representing 50 denominations. This is an unprecedented project that will impact the global church.”

“Our goal is to have the first run of the ASB available in Africa by the end of 2016,” says Elliott. “We already know of more than 100 million people in denominations and movements in Africa whose leaders want to use the ASB for discipleship so there is a lot of anticipation throughout the continent.”

Designed to grow the faith of African church members, teach them to evangelize their communities, and apply a biblical worldview to their society, the ASB uses the New Living Translation and includes 2,400 plus features such as application notes, stories and proverbs, touchpoints that link Africa and the Bible, learn notes that explain basic theology, and major theme articles that apply the Bible to key issues. Oasis plans to initially release the ASB in English with French and Portuguese translations in development. Oasis is also developing a full-featured app of the study Bible.

“We have seen the hand of God in amazing ways throughout the development of this project,” says Elliott. “In the words of our supervising editor, Dr. John Jusu, the content of the ASB is bubbling up from the cultures of Africa. The biblical truth is percolating through our own cultures and stories to create a rich and textured tapestry that Africans can claim as their own.”

If you'd like to check out the website for the Africa Study Bible, you can find it here.

The Kickstarter for the Africa Study Bible will be open until June 16th - but, please, don't wait to give!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Multi Strand Spine Bookmarks {The Twinery}

If you've been around my blog lately, you know that one of my favorite "crafts" is Bible art/journaling. It seems like at any given time there are a couple of particular passages that are in the queue for future pages to be done, and this is a pretty way to mark those places. 
These bookmarks are particularly useful for a large book like the Bible, but they can work for any book. 
And even better...they aren't just regular bookmarks - they can tuck right into the spine of any hardcover or case bound book. 
They were simple to make, too:
1. To start, I cut a strip of paper just a bit more narrow than my Bible's spine. (I used patterned paper for mine so that they will look good as regular bookmarks, too.)
2. I wanted to add a little sturdiness to these, so I did my very sophisticated laminating technique (aka - adhere clear packing tape to both sides and trim). This will not only help protect the paper piece, but will act as reinforcement for the punched holes.
3. Next, I punched a few holes near the top of the bookmark to give me a place to thread my twine.
4. Then, I threaded the holes with twine and and finished them off by a combination of braiding and/or knotting. You can choose any method for this that strikes your fancy. You can even add beads and/or buttons to the ends to give them some weight. 
(Photography fail - I meant to show the steps in order for making a bookmark, but you'll just have to tell your eyes to go right to left.)

If you want to tuck these into the spine of your book, it is probably easiest if you lay your book out open and flat and slide the paper portion into the spine. You can even insert two (or more) to get more place holders.
Once the bookmarks are inserted into the spine, just use the twine place holders as you would a ribbon bookmark that comes adhered to your Bible or hard cover book.
 Happy reading!
Supplies: 
Patterned Paper: Heidi Swapp (Favorite Things 12x12);
Twine: The Twinery (Solid Stone, Solid Caribbean, Solid Pink Sorbet, Solid Mandarin, Solid Honeydew);
Tools: Fiskars (Trimmer, Scissors); We R Memory Keepers (Crop-A-Dile);
Other: (Clear Packing Tape);
Bibles: Zondervan (NASB Note-taker's Bible); Zondervan (NIV Holy Bible, Journal Edition);

Find all my posts pertaining to Bible art or journaling here.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Altered Eyeglass Collaboration :: Seeing Stars

A while back, I was given the opportunity to join in with several other crafters and artists with a unique objective: use a pair of reading glasses in an altered art project.

If you've been reading my blog for long, you know that I've only dabbled a bit in mixed media and altered art - it's not my usual type of crafting. But...I love a challenge. I wanted to stretch myself and also put my style (which is generally more of a clean look) into the mix.
I received a pair of blue glasses with some light yellow accents, so I stuck with blue and yellow for my main color palette. I added stamping (both with ink and paint) and some die cuts to my project.
 I finished it all off with a handwritten title: seeing stars.
I had so much fun joining in on this collaboration and loved seeing what everyone else came up with. A few of those involved are sharing their projects on their blogs - so be sure to stop by and check out the other projects from: Tina (the one behind the whole idea), Keri, and Susan.

Thanks for stopping by!
Supplies:
Paint: Plaid (Apple Barrel - Parrot Blue, Bimini Blue, Ivory, Yellow Flame, White);

Other: Plaid (Mod Podge - Matte);
Stamps: Unity Stamp Company (Sweet Summer Love, Wood Grain Script);
Ink: Ranger (Archival - Jet Black);
Dies: My Favorite Things (Lucky Stars);
Cardstock:
Other: (Canvas);

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Adventures in Bible art & journaling :: Mercies & Mustard

I am not a morning person.
Not even close. 

A few months ago I was aboard a long early morning flight - very early - and I had the opportunity to see the sun rise. I have probably seen only a handful of sunrises, and generally only will volunteer to get up that early if I am going to Disneyland. But let me tell you, seeing a sunrise from an airplane is an incredible sight. Being able to see a very looong horizon lit up in a rainbow of colors is seriously awe-some. As I was looking at the morning sky, I saw a full rainbow (ROYGBIV) stretched across the entire length of the horizon. As I saw it, I started thinking about how God covers the earth with rainbows constantly...morning and night...day after day...reminding us that he is covering us with His protection, peace, and love. 

His mercies are new every morning.
I added this art in my Bible in Lamentations 3:22-23, where it says (ESV):
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
His mercies never come to an end;
They are new every morning;
Great is your faithfulness. 

(Lamentations is previously un-journaled for me, so this is a perfect fit for the current journaling challenge in the Creative Worship Bible Journaling group on Facebook.)
You may have seen this one in progress over on my Instagram feed. After I put down the initial color background, I added some washi tape, stamping, and hand lettering. The stamps I used are from the Cold Coffee Alphabet set from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.


Since I had the paints out, I decided to do a little painting in my other journaling Bible. I also used the same Cold Coffee Alphabet stamp set for the word "mustard" here.
I have seen where people will add a mustard seed to their Bible pages, but didn't have mustard seeds, so I went with a mustard-ish paint color and a tiny mustard-seed-size dot with my Sharpie marker.
I added a few details with a white (extra fine) Sharpie Paint Pen including some tiny polka dots on the stamped letters.
Thanks for stopping by today!
Supplies:
Bibles: Zondervan (NASB Note-taker's Bible); Zondervan (NIV Holy Bible, Journal Edition); 
Page Preparation: Ranger (Multi Medium - Matte);
Paint: Plaid (Apple Barrel - Cranberry, Pink Parfait, Tropic Orange, King's Gold, Bright Yellow);
Ink: Ranger (Archival - Jet Black);
Stamps: Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps (Cold Coffee Alphabet);
Markers/Pens: Sharpie (Marker - Fine, Black); Sharpie (Paint Pen - White, Extra Fine);
Washi Tape: (Various);



Find all my posts pertaining to Bible art or journaling here.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

WINNERS :: Growing in Unity

Thanks to all who stopped by and commented throughout my week as the Growing In Unity gal...and a very special thanks to each of you who are followers of this blog.
and
Congratulations!

Please send me an e-mail with your US mailing address so I can get your information to Unity Stamp Company. (You will each receive 25 random stamps - mailed to you directly from Unity.)
{You can find my e-mail address in my blog header or on my Blogger profile.}

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Book Reviews :: Adventure Bible - I Can Read!: Heroes of the Bible Treasury (6 books in 1) and Great Stories of the Bible (6 books in 1) by David Miles

There are several books in the I Can Read! / Adventure Bible series, and Heroes of the Bible Treasury and Great Stories of the Bible are two new hardcover compilation books. Our family does not own the Adventure Bible, NIV or the Adventure Bible for Early Readers, so I cannot compare these books to those (to see if the content is duplicated). We do, however, own both the Adventure Bible for Toddlers and the Adventure Bible Storybook, and I can tell you that the wording and illustrations are not duplicated across these three editions. The books in the I Can Read! / Adventure Bible series are worded with simpler phrasing and shorter sentences than you will find in the Adventure Bible Storybook.


Heroes of the Bible Treasury has 6 books bound together in 1 hardcover.
The 6 books in Heroes of the Bible Treasury are:
- Moses Leads the People
- Elijah, God's Mighty Prophet
- Paul Meets Jesus


Great Stories of the Bible has 6 books bound together in 1 hardcover. 
The 6 books in Great Stories of the Bible are:
- God's Great Creation

The I Can Read! / Adventure Bible series are categorized as reading level 2 ("Reading with Help") and the stories do not feel "choppy" like you might find in some learn-to-read books. In these 6-in-1 compilation books, with a retail price under $12 total (that's under $2 per book!), I find these books to be a great value.
FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Book Review :: Read With Me Bible for Little Ones by Doris Wynbeek Rikkers, illustrated by Dennis G. Jones

The Read With Me Bible for Little Ones is a new board book (with padded hardcover) from Zondervan/Zonderkidz. The illustrations throughout the Read With Me Bible for Little Ones board book are done in Dennis G. Jones' very specific cartoon style, as seen in the cover image. 
The Read With Me Bible for Little Ones includes very simplified versions of 8 popular Bible stories, 4 from the Old Testament and 4 from the New Testament. They are:
- The Very Beginning (Genesis 1-2:3)
- Noah Builds an Ark (Genesis 6-9)
- David Fights Goliath (1 Samuel 17)
- Jonah and the Big Fish (Jonah 1-3)
- Jesus is Born (Luke 2; Matthew 2)
- A Day in the Life of Jesus (Matthew - Mark, Luke - John)
- Jesus Calms the Storm (Matthew 8)
- Jesus Goes to Heaven (Acts 1)

Each of the 8 stories span 4 of the board book pages (2 page openings each). There are just a couple sentences on each page, with the majority of each page filled with illustrations. 

There are a lot of Bible board books out there for little ones and one thing that sets the Read With Me Bible for Little Ones apart from others is the "A Day in the Life of Jesus" story. Although I do think that particular story could have been written better (it is very choppy), I love the idea of "following" Jesus like this. 

All in all, the Read With Me Bible for Little Ones is a colorful, fun, easy-to-read board book story Bible for little ones, and is worth checking out.
FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Adventures in Bible art & journaling :: King of kings

I'm back today with another Bible art/journaling page to share. The "art" part of this one I have been wanting to do for quite awhile - a plaid effect. Usually when I do my pages, my art ties in with the theme...but sometimes I just want a colorful background to stick some words on. (This was one of those times.)
For the plaid technique, I took a few different colors of ink and swiped them onto my page (which had been prepped with matte multi medium) using jumbo sponge daubers. I let each color dry before adding the next so that the colors would blend and not just get wiped away. Coming back to a page over and over again to add layers was great - it kept me thinking about the theme for several days. 
For the wording on this page, I mainly used the His Name stamp set from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. I added in the ampersand (and those decorative 'x' marks on the background) using stamps from the Fill Me Up set. 

"God, the blessed and only Ruler,
the King of kings and Lord of lords,
who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light,
whom no one has seen or can see.
To him be honor and might forever.
Amen."
{1 Timothy 6: 15b-16}
Supplies: 
Stamps: Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps (His Name, Fill Me Up); 
Ink: Ranger (Archival - Jet Black, Aquamarine); Memento (Dandelion, Lilac Posies, Tangelo, Bahama Blue); 
Bible: Zondervan (NIV Holy Bible, Journal Edition); 

Find all my posts pertaining to Bible art or journaling here.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Growing In Unity 2016 :: Day 5 - Romans 12:12

Welcome to the last day of my week as the Growing In Unity gal!

I am so thankful for each of you that have stopped by so far to check out and comment on each of my projects using Unity Stamp Company stamps. Be sure to comment on all five of my Growing In Unity posts this week if you want a chance to win some free stamps!

If you are new here or aren't already a follower: I'd love to have you follow my blog!
If you are one of my regular readers: Thanks for coming back! I love having you!
If you are on Facebook, please "like" Ink Blots by TRD.


For my final Bible art/journaling page for the week, I stamped a verse that has a lot of meaning for me - Romans 12:12.

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
For this page I used the All About Hope kit that I designed for Unity. This kit is near to my heart, and is even more meaningful as each May rolls around, because May is Lupus Awareness Month. The color for lupus awareness is purple, and butterflies are tied with lupus because of the "butterfly rash" that many people with lupus have. Because this verse ties in so well with having a disease, I just had to combine it all.
On the many days when I am in pain, tired beyond explanation (and for no obvious reason), and just dealing with the many random symptoms of lupus...this verse helps me remember to be patient and pray, but also to focus on hope. True hope.

I hope this week of sharing how I've used Unity's stamps in my Bible margins has been enjoyable and uplifting for you. It's been great to hear the feedback and even to introduce the idea of Bible art & journaling to some of you. (And if you are looking to buy a journaling Bible, I've got two posts that will help you in your decision making. You can find them here and here.)


Thanks for stopping by today - and don't forget to leave a comment so you can enter to win!

From the comments that are left on each of my posts this week I will be randomly choosing TWO winners who will each receive 25 random stamps from Unity Stamp Company - to be sent to a domestic address only, please.
Supplies: 
Stamps: Unity Stamp Company (All About Hope); 
Ink: Ranger (Archival - Jet Black); Memento (Grape Jelly); 
Bible: Zondervan (NIV Holy Bible, Journal Edition);

Find all my posts pertaining to Bible art or journaling here.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Growing In Unity 2016 :: Day 4 - Praise His Name

Welcome to the 4th day of my week as the Growing In Unity gal!

I am so thankful for each of you that have stopped by so far to check out and comment on each of my projects using Unity Stamp Company stamps. Be sure to comment on all five of my Growing In Unity posts this week if you want a chance to win some free stamps!

If you are new here or aren't already a follower: I'd love to have you follow my blog!
If you are one of my regular readers: Thanks for coming back! I love having you!
If you are on Facebook, please "like" Ink Blots by TRD.


I am back again today with another Bible art/journaling page (Psalm 34). For this one, I used the Love in the Margins kit that I designed for Unity:
The bigger stars are from a past Kit of the Month, Sweet Summer Love.
If you are looking to buy a journaling Bible, I've got two posts that will help you in your decision making. You can find them here and here.


Thanks for stopping by today - and don't forget to leave a comment so you can enter to win!

From the comments that are left on each of my posts this week I will be randomly choosing TWO winners who will each receive 25 random stamps from Unity Stamp Company - to be sent to a domestic address only, please.
Supplies: 
Stamps: Unity Stamp Company (Love in the Margins, Sweet Summer Love); 
Ink: Ranger (Archival - Jet Black); Memento (Dandelion, Lilac Posies); 
Bible: Zondervan (NASB Note-taker's Bible);

Find all my posts pertaining to Bible art or journaling here.