I want to share with you the newest book by Shanna Noel, founder of Illustrated Faith: 100 Days of Bible Promises: A Devotional Journal! There’s been a lot of buzz in the journaling community about this book, so I want to show you why. This book is not only super cute, but it’s also packed full of scripture, prayers, devotional content, and room for writing and art journaling. Let’s take a more in-depth look of the inside and all the different features.
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Today is the official kick-off for the 100 Day challenge, and the Illustrated Faith community is working through this book. Whether art journaling is your thing or not, this book is a beautiful journal that has plenty of space for writing. The surrounding illustrations are a great backdrop for writing out your own prayers with just a pen.
Each two-page spread is centered around one promise from the Bible and includes a small devotion, 3-5 verses for further exploration, unique artwork, space for journaling, and ends with a small prayer. The amazing thing about this book is that each spread has different artwork, so there are 100 different illustrations to inspire you as you read and pray through this book. Another great feature is the variety of verses for each promise to give you a jumpstart to take your journaling into your Bible.
The pages themselves are nice thick paper to allow for less possibility of bleed thru. The book itself doesn’t lay flat without a lot of bending and coaxing, so that’s the only drawback that I’ve found with the physical book itself. The size is very portable, making it easy to slip into a bag while on the go. The cover is a flexible latex board with a matte finish and the binding is a notebook binding. As a bonus to go with the book when you purchase through Dayspring, you receive an email with a free 3-page downloadable printable that coordinates with the art in the book to use with your journaling.
I have seen many people alter their book by having it spiral bound at their local office supply store for a small additional cost in order to allow for the book to lay flat, as well as have more room for lots of thick additions such as tabs, clips, tip-ins, extra ribbons and ephemera. Since I’ve already started working in mine before I saw this binding technique, I decided to leave mine as-is. I have noticed that as I’ve started working in my book, the cover is laying flat better, so I’m hoping it will continue to loosen up a bit as I add more journaling. I may eventually add a fabric cover to my book because I can already tell I’m going to get messy with this one.
My plan is to use up a lot of pieces and supplies from my stash as a way to work with what I have already. I feel like my stash is busting at the seams, and I need to start using what I have saved instead of hoarding it for “just the right project.” This is now my “just the right project,” and I’ve already had fun pairing odds and ends from past kits, purchases, and happy mail to illustrate the inside covers, dedication page, and the first few pages that I’ve journaled. I mixed up my start date, so I’ve already worked through the first few pages of the book before the actual challenge begins on Tuesday, April 3rd.
For Day 1, I add some Illustrated Faith acrylic paint onto the page with bubble wrap and a paint brush. I used several different stickers around the page, including to spell out the following phrase from the devotion: “let My grace take over.” I added a tip-in using a journaling card piece from the 2017 Persevere kit (no longer available) so that I could hide my more personal prayer. I really want to have the freedom to pour my heart out in this journal, so I will be using lots of tip-ins to keep some of them private as I share my pages publicly.
For Day 2, I used my Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers to add some hot pink to the page to match the ribbon bookmark that comes attached to the book. These did bleed a little, so I still had to use a light hand with these paint brushes, but at least they didn’t bleed as badly as when I’ve used them in my Bible. I added a few stickers, and then cut apart a tip-in to create a tab and place for hidden journaling. The promise that really stuck out to me on this page was that Jesus is always near me, so I can worry less and be fearless.
Day 3 was a really fun one for me as I used these cute lemonade stickers that my husband gave me from a restaurant. The page already had an illustration of what looks like lemons to me, so I continued that them with some adorable happy lemons making lemonade. I used a mixture of alpha stickers to write out “God can turn my lemons into lemonade,” since the promise for this section is that nothing is too difficult for God. I have a hunch that this will be one of my favorite pages in this book.
If you are looking for a fresh project to jumpstart your daily bible reading and prayer time as the midyear point approaches, then this book is perfect! I am really looking forward to working through this book with the Illustrated Faith community, and you can join the pop-up Facebook group here.
Pick up your own copy of “100 Days of Bible Promises” by Shanna Noel at Dayspring here. From now until Monday 4/9, you can use code FAITH25 for 25% off your entire Dayspring order!
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