Saturday, January 20, 2018

Sabbath Day Sketchnotes

I have been hard at work lately on a new set of Scripture Sketchnotes for you! They coincide with the outline for the Fourth Sunday Relief Society and Priesthood lessons.    The topic for these lessons for the next six months is The Sabbath Day. The idea of studying one topic for six months is right up my alley.  I'm a slow processor, and tend to dwell on one topic for a while.

I created notes that you can either copy directly into your journal or cut out and use as a tip in. You can see how I use them in my scriptures below.  I like to use a lightbox to trace them right into my scriptures, (using colored pencils) and I also often print these on cardstock and use them as a tip-in as well.

Here are some examples of both of these options:

I traced this simple picture of Christ directly into my scriptures using a lightbox (mine is homemade by my incredible husband, but this one would work really well).  Yes, it’s a little awkward to hold a huge book in place as you trace the picture. But I really love how it looks when it’s all finished so I feel like the difficulty is worth it.  I tape the paper I’m tracing directly to the lightbox so it’s less likely to slip and cause me aggravation as I’m tracing.

I use these Ergosoft colored pencils in my real, thin-paged scriptures. I have done lots of watercolors in my heavier duty copy-paper scriptures but haven't’ liked how the watercolor acts in my “real” scriptures.  Colored pencils work well, they blend nicely, don’t bleed and I can still read through them.  When I trace the pictures and the lettering, I go over it first with a black colored pencil and then color it in. After I’m done with initial tracing, I no longer need the lightbox.

For tip ins, I like to print on white cardstock because it’s more sturdy and I can add journaling on the back without it bleeding through.  Sometimes I color the tip-ins and sometimes I don’t. I use washi tape to adhere the cardstock to the outer edge of the page.

I've also included a watercolor print and/or tip in. You can print it whatever size you'd like: a 4x6 to fit into your scriptures, or larger to hang up on your wall.

I hope you find these useful! Please tag me on Instagram to show me how you're using them.

Read More »

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

What I've Been Reading Lately

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

This book made me feel all the feels.  I wanted to ignore all other responsibilities until I'd finished it. Eleanor is such an endearing, lovable character.  Her story is so difficult to read at times, but also inspiring as she overcomes her upbringing and learns to make friends.  Because we served as a foster family for several years, I have deep issues with the stereotypical abusive foster family situation that is often portrayed in books. This one was a bit better than most, but I still feel that it doesn't accurately represent a most foster families. (Warning: the language is rough at times.)

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

I've been hearing about this book for months and finally picked it up.   I loved the descriptions of the girls, how they saw the world and their interactions as children. I have mixed emotions about it the rest of the book.  I was anxious to discover what happened to each of the characters, but disappointed that they didn't develop into the people I wanted them to be.  I certainly don't need a book to have a happy ending, but I did want more than I got.  I suppose that's also partially due to the fact that this is the first book in a series. I'll probably get more answers as I go along. Has anyone else read more of the series?  

The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride

Because I am a white mother of a black boy I was hesitant to pick up this book.  I worried it would break my heart.  It turned out to be nothing like I had expected, but I really liked it. James' white mother is his biological mother and her mysterious story is extremely compelling.  Here's what I shared on Instagram: Oh, my heart.♥️ It was not at all what I was expecting, but still so, so good. It's the incredible memoir of the 8th of 12 children in a biracial family. The author's mom was white, and his dad was black in a time when interracial marriages were not only uncommon, but dangerous. Despite her heartbreaking childhood, she goes on to send all 12 of her children to college and most of them earn graduate degrees. This book is about love, tenacity and motherhood, messy families and deep faith. One of my favorites of the year, for sure.

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

I loved this book.  Not just because of my Horticulture background, but I'm sure that helps.  But also because it's a meaningful story well told.  It's the story of a difficult childhood, a passionate female scientist, deep life-long friendships and overcoming mental illness.  I don't feel like I can accurately describe this book.  The insights into what it's like to be a research scientists, always worried about grant money and living on nothing was fascinating.   That the author is female in a very predominately male profession adds an extra measure of interest. In addition to all that she has overcome a tremendous amount of heartbreak and difficulty as well. So, so good.

Head to Modern Mrs. Darcy for more quick book reviews.
Read More »

Saturday, January 13, 2018

"Currently" Journal Insert

I have always loved spending time writing in my journal. Even as a young girl, I wrote down all the important (and not so important) things that happened to me.  It's cathartic for me to think back through the day, remembering the good along with the bad moments.  It's a great way to settle my brain and process the day before I head to bed. I record what I'm thankful for, funny things the kids said or did, little discouragements and big trials.

Little bits and pieces from my day often make it into my journals: ticket stubs, photos, notes from the kids and Jason, etc.  They tend to make my journals extra chunky and I adore it.  Here's last year's journal next to the new journal I started this year:

One of my favorite things about keeping a journal is looking back through the years to remember what was happening in my life, what stages our kids were in, what we were enjoying at that specific moment in time.

Here's a great little printable to help you record things like that. Record what you're currently watching, reading, loving, dreaming about, listening to, planning, wearing, drinking, craving and making.  It's a little snapshot of your current world.

It comes in a full 8.5x11 page, a half sheet and one sized a little smaller than half a page that fits really well into my moleskin journal. Click DOWNLOAD below to grab your free copy.

Read More »