Latest & Greatest: Illustrated Faith by Bella Blvd.

Hi everyone, it’s Pauline again!  I’m so happy to have another opportunity to guest host for Becki again this Thursday.  I just returned from our show in Duluth, GA this past weekend and had such a great time teaching the Latest & Greatest workshops!

Do you ever struggle using a product and then find inspiration in an unexpected place?  I love the inspirational message in the Illustrated Faith line but have struggled for a while on how to use it to create a project.  As I was reading the sayings on the stickers included in the Fruit of the Spirit collection, I came across one that said “God Grant Me” and it brought to mind the serenity prayer.

The Serenity Prayer reads “God Grant Me the Serenity to Accept the Things I Cannot Change, the Courage to Change the Things I Can and the Wisdom to Know the Difference.”  It is something that has given me strength, peace, and guidance during difficult times.  As I reflected, I decided to create an encouragement card inspired by it.

Since the collection did not include the key words of serenity, courage, and wisdom, I cut them on my Cricut.  I used the Babette font as it most closely matched the font of the sticker and sized the words to 3/4 inch tall.  I selected coordinating colors of cardstock from my scraps for my words.  I made my card base black to make the words really stand out as I wanted the powerful words to be the focus.  I cut three strips from the border strip paper and included the apple and peach strips to represent fruits of the spirit.

I continued the fruits of the spirit theme on the inside of the card in the choice of my background paper and sentiment card and added a strip of the Be Strong border along the side.

I added three coordinated bows tied from grosgrain ribbon to the front and a satin bow to the inside sentiment card.  I used the crosses on the collection sticker sheet to precede the words and added an enamel dot to each word.  Again, I kept my embellishments simple to keep the focus on the words.  This card design could easily be recreated on the larger canvas of a scrapbook page using the same concepts. It would be a great space to describe a challenge you or a loved one faced in life.  Be sure to journal the details to inspire future generations.

Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing some creative time with me; I hope you were inspired!  I would love to hear your ideas as to how you use inspirational products in your projects.  Hope to see you in a Latest & Greatest workshop soon!

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