If you read this post here, you know that I had INTENDED to blog hop a first look at the Crafter's Devotional a couple weeks ago.  Thank goodness the wonderful folks who have joined the crazy train, I mean journey into creative inspiration, were kind and forgiving.  So what's this Crafter's Devotional book all about?  It's a book by the wonderful Barbara R. Call that has "365 days of tips, tricks, and techniques for unlocking your creative spirit."

I had visions of RELIGIOUSLY doing an activity a day but that's just not realistic.  As my husband often says, "Pesky full time job getting in the way, eh?"  BUT, I am not giving up.  I did start a journal and had fun decorating it:

And had fun coloring, journaling (a tiny bit) and collaging:

(one of my all time favorite bible verses across the top)

My daughter and I had fun rubber stamping air dry clay (page 15).  This necessitated a trip to Hobby Lobby, but I also rediscovered a large cache of stamps.  The cactus box I used for my Mom's birthday gift:

The book also talks about Theme and Scheme (page 17) and that's exactly what themed challenges are all about.  Here is my piece from the Challenge of Travel blog hop:

My latest obsession?  A graph paper notebook and a new set of markers.  I guess I am a kid at heart and could not resist buying them while we were out buying school supplies:

(bright new colors and they come in a cool container...my own slice of heaven!)

Making colorful patterns I find exceptionally soothing :-)

Be sure to check out the other devotionalites :-)  If you would like to join in, click the tab at the top of my blog for more info.



  1. Great post, thanks for organizing. I have been sketching out my designs, I think I will color them too, love the journal and the box!!!

  2. The cover of your journal looks like it was so much to color! Despite that pesky full time job, you still got a lot accomplished, considering the trip and getting ready for back to school! Thanks for hostingthis hop, hopefully next time I can participate!

  3. Elisabeth! What a lovely start you've made! I love the first journal (the owl in particular), and your awesome Travel necklace (which we've covered ;)). But that graph paper journal would about kill me, and not in a good way! ;) Although I love what you've done with it so far! Thanks for the hop, too - awesome!

  4. You've definitely had some fun with your journal. I need to get back in the groove and get my creatively flowing again. I feel like I've hit a brick wall since I stopped doing the exercises. Thanks for recommending the book. As long as I use it properly, I can actually feel the juices flowing!

  5. We chose the same page! How cool is that? I wanted to draw so badly but haven't had a split second of sitting in one place to do it. LOVE GRAPH PAPER!!! Used top play with it endlessly when I was younger as I really enjoy being able to be so orderly and creative at the same time! Thank You so much for introducing me to this book I love it!

  6. Elizabeth!

    I love journals and I have so many of them that have half written stories in! I never thought to draw in them! O! I must get the book! =)

  7. Oooooh, graph paper! Great idea! I need one of those for staff meetings at work. :) Thanks for motivating me to just have some fun!

  8. I love me a new pack of markers! Your zentangles, doodles and GRAPH PAPER are great! Thank you so much for have this hop, I've been so inspired by it that I think you should make it a monthly feature/hop!

  9. Thank you for hosting this inspirational hop. It made me finish that birdhouse which I enjoyed doing so much. It made someone else very happy too. I forgot to write in my post that I did not have time to go through the book, so I decided to open it and whatever page it was, that’s what I was going to do. It landed on the page with the birdhouse. I think is was fate or my muse’s way of telling me to finish the birdhouse.
    I love your journal cover and that you personallized it with the bible verse. Collage, isn't it fun. The boxes are so pretty and I love the one with the clay. I have a pad of graph paper and have used some in my art journal, but that's it. I love your graph paper doodle art. Looking forward to the next hop.

  10. Sorry it took so long to get here but thank you so much for including me. I do intend to start a journal (again) but settling into this new routine is challenging and I am still working out the kinks. I love those boxes!


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