Saturday, April 20, 2019

How To Embroider: Fly Stitch

How to do embroidery Fly Stitch tutorial.

Fly Stitch is one of my very favorite stitches to embroider.

I use it all the time for branches and greenery in my floral designs.  Stick around til the end of the video so you can see some examples of how I used fly stitch in my hand embroidery designs.

Find all of my embroidery patterns (and LOTS more!) in my shop

Hand Embroidery Tips:

Use two layers of fabric. I like to use a nice linen on top (I just love the gorgeous texture) and a less expensive muslin on the bottom.  Adding an extra layer of fabric helps your finished piece to look so much nicer and more neat and tidy. Plus it acts as a stabilizer and insures your pieces isn't see-through when it's complete.

DMC Thread is colorfast and comes in a huge array of colors 

I like needles with a smaller eye because they are less likely to damage the fabric.

Happy Stitching!

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

How I Study General Conference Talks + April 2019 General Conference Bookmark download

Latter-Day Saint General Conference study tracker.
Free printable bookmark for studying General Conference talks.

Hello, friends!

I have been enjoying my wide-margin New Testament so much this year, that I decided to study in a wide-margin version of the Conference addresses from the last (so completely wonderful, as they always are) Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints General Conference.

I printed this wide-margin version for this most recent conference.  Here is another beautiful option, as well.  I sent mine to a local printer, and had them spiral bind it, add my cover on cardstock and a nice plastic protective cover (clear on the front, black on the back).

I created a cover that reminds me of springtime and the beautiful words of the prophets that I am so excited to study in-depth.  You can print a copy below!

I also created a bookmark to keep track of all of the Conference talks.  It has all of the talks listed on one side and the other side has one little flower for each talk, so you can color in a flower after each talk that you study.

How to make the General Conference bookmark:

Print the page below on cardstock (it looks great in color or in black and white)

Each page contains two double sided bookmarks, or you could cut them all out individually and have four single side bookmarks.

I chose to do the double-sided version.  So I cut out the bookmark as shown below.  Then I folded it on the vertical line and glued it together with a glue stick.  Easy!

Now I'll keep it with my wide-margin journal so I can track the talks I've studied.


I try to study one talk per week. Some weeks I study two shorter talks instead, this is not rigid at all.  I add it into my morning study time, after I study the Come Follow Me lesson for a while, I switch over and study a bit of the Conference talk.

 I generally read a section of the talk each day, unless I have extra time (which is rare).  By the end of the week, in just a few minutes each day, I will have studied deeply the talk for that week.

I like to listen to the talks as well, at least once during the week. Bonus if I can fit it in while I'm preparing breakfast, and have it on the speaker so my kids hear it as well.

I use pens like these to mark passages that I love, to write notes in the margins, to map out the promises and counsel given and to help myself (I'm a very visual learner) to better understand the talks.

I like to mark a particular quote in a color and write my thoughts on that quote in the same color in the margin.  It helps me to see what section of the talk I'm referring to, especially if the margins are very full and I can't write directly next to the quote to which I'm responding.

I study the footnote references, I add in scripture verses and doodles and art. I use these hand-lettered quotes in the margins, as tip-ins or on pages that have extra space. (You could also print them on sticker paper. Just make sure it works with the kind of printer you have)

It's a simple method, but it works well for me.  I'd love to know about your system.

How do you go back and study general conference talks?



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Monday, April 15, 2019

Come Follow Me Sketchnotes: Easter

Come Follow Me Easter Lesson sketchnotes.  
Add to your scripture journal or journaling bible.

Wasn't General Conference amazing? It's been a week and I'm still feeling so uplifted.  I received answers to some personal questions I had been praying about as well as some insights unto how to help a few other people in my family.  I am grateful always for the guidance of modern prophets and the ability to receive revelation for my own life.

I'll be sharing how I go back and study the Conference talks later this week, so make sure you check back in to see that.

This week for the Come Follow Me lessons we get to study the miracle of Easter and the resurrection of Christ.  I am looking forward to studying more in-depth this powerful story.

The HOPE sticker above is part of my brand new journaling kit, called A Lively Hope.  You can find it in my shop.

I've created several Easter helps over the years:

This stunning He is Risen coloring page is perfect for General Conference or for Easter.

Check out this seven day Easter study.  It's a perfect way to help draw your family closer to Christ at this time of year.

A beautiful (and free) watercolor print for Easter! (see photo above.  You can download this in three different sizes.  It's perfect for a little gift for those you minister to!)

Meaningful Easter books to read with your children

Additional Study for Teens/Adults:

13 Images from Easter Week I think I might print these and add them into my wide-margin scriptures.
Our family will be using this beautiful kit from The Small Seed as we study the last week of Christ's life. 

He Lives! Great way for kids to help with Family Home Evening or as a simple review of the Easter Story.

Easter Footsteps.  Follow Christ's footsteps through the last week of his life. I printed this extra-large and have used it for Primary singing time for years!

The Easter Story.  A beautiful pictures-only story of Easter


He is Not Here: for He is Risen. Video of President Hinckley at the Tomb of Joseph of Arimathea

Ideas for using weekly Come Follow Me Sketchnotes pages:

COLORING PAGE. Use as a coloring page for your kids to work on during family scripture time.  Write additional notes and insights on the pages as you go. You could add all the completed sketchnotes pages to a binder to keep as a reminder of the gospel topics you've discussed together.

STICKER PAPER. Print on clear sticker paper and cut apart the doodles to add to your scripture journal or into the margins of your scriptures.  (This year, I am using this free wide-margin New Testament PDF that I had printed and spiral bound at a local copy shop.  But there are many wide-margin options available.)

Printing on clear sticker paper allows you to add color to the doodles using colored pencils, but still be able to see the words beneath them.  I have tried out a few different kinds of colored pencils on this sticker paper.  Ergosoft pencils and Prismacolor pencils work really well.

TRACE. You can also trace these into your scriptures or journal using a light box or a sunny window.  My husband made me an awesome lightbox, but this one is a great option for you to purchase.

I'd love to see how you're using these! Take a photo and tag me on Instragram!

Find all the rest of my sketchnotes here


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