Thursday, January 31, 2013

Doodle Book

Doodling is one of my favorite things to do.  I love using scripture as inspiration for my artwork.  I decided to take some of these doodles, and put them with the Bible verse that inspired them, and make a little book called “Faith By Design”.  The font I used is called CK Curly. 

Here is the book cover…
DSC_7982 for blog

Here are a couple of pages from the inside of the book…
DSC_7990 copy for blog
DSC_7986 for blog

I had the book printed from Wal-Mart's online photo store.  It was a little difficult for me to find a way to use my own entire page design as opposed to the “auto-fill” pages, but I did find a way to do it.  The front cover was another challenge.  What you see isn’t what you get.  I had the image centered on the front, and when I received the book, it was way off center.  I returned that book and re-ordered another one after “fixing” (compensating) for their image misplacement.  The one shown above is after I fixed it.  The soft cover ones that I ordered were off too, but in a different way.  It was very confusing and frustrating for me.   The inside pages lined up just right, and I was pleased with the quality and color   

If anyone reading this has a different store that they have used for making books, I would love feedback on your experience.  The total cost of my 8x8 20 page hardcover book was about $45.00 with shipping – Yikes!  The softcover’s weren’t much better…$35.00 plus shipping.  There was no discount for ordering more than one.  I’ve had several people tell me they would like to buy one, but at that price it’s just not going to fly!  I have a Zutter Binding Machine that I’m going to try next.  It doesn’t have the same book binding that I like, but it will be much cheaper.

Here are a few more doodles and verses that are in the book…
19 Rejoice copy
20 Robe copy
robe verse
17 Nesting Tree copy
bird tree

Have a wonderful, joy filled day!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

2013 Goals

Happy New Year to all my blogger friends!  I decided for my first post of 2013, I would make a list of 12 goals that I hope to achieve in the coming year.  Here they are in random order…

1. Spend more time with my Lord, and try my best to glorify Him in all that I do, giving Him praise and honor with joy and thanksgiving

2. Post more on my blog – especially DIY’s and tutorials

3. Take some of the time I spend on Pinterest and use that time to actually paint and draw, craft, sew, decorate my home, and make yummy food using the inspiration that I get from Pinterest.  To put it simply…create more, pin less.

4. Less time with technology (computers, TV, cell phones, tablets), and more time unplugged with Gregg.

5. Eat healthier

6. Walk more

7. Add new items to my Etsy shop

8. Re-decorate my laundry room and bathrooms

9. Introduce more color into my home by adding red to my yellow and turquoise

10. Start a regular date night schedule with Gregg

11. Make an inspiration board for my studio

12. Share more of my art/craft knowledge, resources, and supplies with others

So, there it is.  Maybe a little ambitious, but definitely attainable with the Lord’s help.

I’ll leave you with a doodle.
Blessings to all in the new year…may all of your goals, hopes and dreams be fulfilled with the incredible loving care of the Lord and Savior!

Jane <><