Wednesday, December 13, 2017

2018 LDS Youth and Primary Theme Coloring Pages

The themes for the LDS Youth and Primary are beautiful.  I love that each year the lessons our children hear at church are focused on one central theme.  No matter where you live, the same principles are being taught. For 2018, the themes are:
Youth Theme: Learn of me and listen to my words; walk in the meekness of my spirit and you shall have peace in me. (Doctrine and Covenants 19:23)
Primary Theme: I am a Child of God. 
I created a coloring page to go with each theme. In the download you'll find a full page version and a quarter page version for both. 

While these pages are certainly geared toward the themes the younger folks will be studying in 2018, they are by no means meant only for them.  I love adding inserts (or tip-ins) to my scriptures and my scripture journal.  I added both of the quarter page printables into my scriptures using this method:

I printed it on cardstock, cut it out and then used washi tape to attach just one side to my scripture page (I also used another strip of washi tape on the inside--directly over the first piece of washi, sticky sides together, to add extra security and to keep the tape from sticking where it shouldn't).  Now I can lift up the insert to read the verses underneath as well as journal on the back of the insert.

I'll probably go back and color these someday, maybe while I'm listening to something else. But you could also leave them black and white and they'd still be a beautiful addition. Click the link at the bottom of the page to grab your free download.

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Boys Bedroom Update


We've been shuffling bedrooms around the past few weeks. It's been a little tricky to find an arrangement that would make everyone happy and allow us to have the space we need.

Edith's bedroom for the past year was actually our living room. Which was a little awkward when folks dropped by for a quick visit.  We either had to stand around in the entry or invite them to sit on the loveseat placed in the corner of our kitchen/dining room. It was far from ideal, but we didn't have any other options in this somewhat weirdly designed house. (more on our Fixer Upper here)

We settled on having the boys share a room upstairs and moving Edith to her own space (which used to be Ethan's room) downstairs.  In order to help everyone feel okay about that, we needed to spend some time fixing up the boys' room. You can see how this room used to look (and here).

Jason designed and built some really amazing bunk beds. We stained them Classic Gray and I love the simple look he came up with.  They each have a shelf for books or treasures and room for a reading light that will come in the future.

Jason also hung a rope ladder  as the way to climb up to the top bunk.  It doubles as a fun swinging/climbing/hanging feature for our boys to play on. Which is especially awesome for our little one with Sensory Processing Disorder.

When Photowall contacted me about trying out one of their wall murals, I was so excited to find something that would work for this room.  I fell in love with this tree print and ordered it right away.  Jason and I hung the mural together one Saturday afternoon.  Neither of us have ever hung wallpaper before, but it was really pretty easy.  The instructions are clear, the kit came with everything we needed and I am over the moon happy with the result.  It makes me happy every time I walk by this room.

If you look closely, you'll see that we still have a little paint touch-up to do, but other than that this project is complete.  And I think it makes a pretty awesome space for our boys.

ps-- We will be adding one more really neat feature to the room after Christmas.  A certain someone is going to get this sensory swing as a gift.  (Shhhh...don't tell) So my super-hero of a husband will have to go up into the attic one more time to anchor it, but I think it will be worth it.  Says the girl who's never had to go up into the attic for any reason.  (He hates it up there.)

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 I received the mural for free to include in this post, but the opinions shared are my own.
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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Christmas Journal Inserts & Embellishments (FREE!)

I find a lot of joy through journaling. And I find a lot of joy from sharing things I've created with you. Today is the best of both worlds! A ton of free journaling printables for you!

Generally I take an hour or so per month to set up a whole bunch of pages at once.  I use my own journal cards, project life cards, scrapbook paper (this is what I used for these pages), bits and pieces found in magazines or online, or any number of other places (vintage Santa printables found here and here.). I set up the pages and then go back through and journal throughout the month. 

Included in this free download:

  • 3 coloring pages featuring many, many faith-based Christmas related illustrations: wisemen, a shepherd, an angel, lots of stars, snowflakes, trees, wreaths, etc.
  • A hand lettered page for Luke 2:10-11.  I've included both a full page and quarter page sheet of this one
  • A bible journal page I painted for Luke 2, in both a 8x10 and 5x7 size.  I watercolored this directly onto a bible page which give it the scripture verses as the background, which I love.

These free printables can be used in a lot of ways.  I like to cut out the individual shapes and add them to my journals. Some I color beforehand, some I color as the month goes on and some I just leave black and white.

I painted this Luke 2 watercolor in my bible last year and got a lot of requests for copies. I'm delighted to share a free version with you today. It's my Christmas gift to you. :)
You can print it in color by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.

I'd love to see what you make with these pages! Please tag me @a.lively.hope on Instagram so I can see what you're creating.

If you're interested in full page versions for these designs, you can also find my full Christmas Hymns coloring book here.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD the free coloring pages

LUKE 2 (5X7)
LUKE 2 (8X10)
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