Saturday, April 1, 2017

3 to Inspire with Our April Guest Designer

Happy April all and welcome to today's 3 to Inspire Challenge! This month we are super lucky to have our Guest Designer, Rachel Lindas,  here to inspire us with today's challenge!

Hi my name is Rachel Lindas and I am thrilled to be a guest designer for Citrus Twist Kits for the  month of April.  I am a mom trying to raise three spiritual warriors, a wife to a man who leads me and is my favorite team mate, and a journaler who delights in God’s Word. 

Let’s start by me trying to answer these questions in attempt to share a little about myself with you.

1.      How long have you been Bible Journaling and why did you start? 

I have been Creating in the Word of God for about two years now.  Its been a game changer for the way I am able to process the Word of God.  Most of us are visual learners so this provides the perfect way to study God’s Word, in combination with beautiful and meaningful images to help you remember it.  I have had a love of paper crafting since I was little and started my very own scrapbooks when I was in high school.  So this creating world was never new to me, but as life continued and I became a mom of three my time, like most of us, became even more precious.  The pressure and guilt to spend time on my photo albums grew and I was being drawn into spending more time in God’s Word and studying the Bible as I had a desire to raise three spiritual warriors.  But I missed creating and ,if I am honest, I think we are all made to create in some way; so when I was introduced to this idea of Bible journaling I knew it was the perfect match for me.  God’s Word and creating all in one. Oh yes!  Insert my Happy Dance.  The rest is history.  I have just started my 3rd Journaling Bible and have now taught a year worth of Bible Journaling classes at the local scrapbook store, and at local churches.  The enthusiasm and a ha moments are continuing to grow in my community and that makes me so excited. 

2.     How would you describe your style?

Creative and Messy.  Ok but seriously I would describe my style by saying I view illustrating your faith by first and foremost the verse you are about to illustrate.  I wanted Bible Journaling to not be another art project for me but a place and that I could deepen my understanding of God’s Word and  though the process of allowing God to speak to me illustrate what I have learned or what I need to focus on.  The images that God gives me after studying a verse is what deepens my knowledge and strengthens my relationship with Christ.  After studying the verse that has been placed on my heart I then get messy.  I don't need my pages to be perfect and in most designs I include a tie dye splatter paint look on them.  I'm not a great “artist” so you won't find beautiful drawings on my pages.  I tend to lean towards bright colors on my pages and using embellishments that illustrate the image I want to remember. 

 3.  What Bible journalers have influenced me most?

Well I have to start with Shanna Noel from Illustrated Faith.  Finding her early posts about her journey and her Bible pages gave me the inspiration to explore God’s Word in this way.  She continues to inspire this community and cheer everyone on around her.  I love her passion and heart for God’s Word and her sweet transparency that she shares with this community.  I also love her style.  I probably connect most with Morgan Massey’s style of Bible Journaling.  I love the beauty of so many people's illustrations in their Bible but Morgan’s style speaks to me personally.  The way she includes her own handwriting on the pages, has a fun messy ink splatter look to each page, doodles fun arrows all over her pages, and just has a gorgeous but messy look to her style and I love every page she designs.  Lately I have fallen in love with Bekah Blankenship’s flowers.  I haven't had the courage to try flowers on my pages before finding her creations but its quickly becoming a favorite to include on my pages.  They are simple, follow my messy line looks and make the pages pop with color and beauty. 

4.  What is your favorite thing about kit clubs? 

That’s an easy one for me.. the unknown.. the surprise… the fact that you will get some product in the mail that you might not have picked up on your own but are so glad you got the chance to try it.  Since I develop monthly Bible journaling classes for others I am pretty good about knowing what is out there and the different options available but even I, a shopping expert, is nicely surprised with something different to try in the monthly kits and that makes it fun and keeps it fresh month after month.  And for those who tend to only use one brand of product this helps you try a new line. I am always impressed how well different brands can tie in together to make beautiful pages. 

5.  What are your 5 favorite Bible journaling items you can’t do without?

Illustrated Faith journaling pen; alpha stickers (all kinds), but love the Home spun brand from Bella Blvd; Tim Holtz’s Distress Paint Dabbers (all the beautiful bold colors); Items I use with above paint, Aqua Paint Brush, mini mister, and a plastic bag; and Wordfetti from Bella Blvd. (I adore hunting for the right words to stick on my pages.)

6.  How would you describe the Citrus Twist April Grace Box kit and why will people love it?

Adorable cute irresistible birds.....I love how this kit includes different brands but they all work together so nicely.  I personally have fallen in love with the Simple Stories new faith line and I have had the opportunity to work with that product for the past couple of months as a guest designer and in the pack of the paper pieces there are so many great embellishments to get you inspired.  For the newbie out there saying I want to get started but I don't know how this Grace kit is the perfect place to start. Lots of goodies stuffed in the kit have Bible Verses marked right on the design making the "where do I start" part very easy.  And for those like me who have been Bible journaling for years, the CTK stamps had me giddy the moment I pulled them out.  I definitely encourage anyone who has a love for creating to give the kit a try.  What I was most thrilled about was the quality and newness of the product in the kit.  April's kit had the very latest and greatest.  I promise you, you won' t be disappointed.

As stated earlier, our guest this month is handing out the first challenge of the month, so let's see what she has for this week's 3 to Inspire Challenge! Here are this week's prompts:

1. Layer your embellishments to add depth and interest. Try adding a variety of type and size of  
   stickers on top of each other.

2.  Try getting messy by using Distressed Paints with a plastics bag to create a tie dye look for your
     pop of color.

3.  Use your stamps to create patterns on your paper pieces.

And here's Rachel's beautiful take on the challenge:

Now it's your turn! To play along with this week's 3 to Inspire Challenge, create a project incorporating today's prompts, post it to the CTK Gallery with today's date (4/1) in the title, and you will be eligible to win a small prize from the CTK Store! Can't wait to see what you all create!

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