Sage CSB Notetaking Bible [Review]

Now that the hectic Christmas season is over, it’s time to catch up on blog posts. For today, I’m sharing my review of the CSB Notetaking Bible with the Sage Cloth over Board Cover. This beautiful Bible was sent to me by B&H/Lifeway Publishing, and you can purchase a copy of your own through my Amazon affiliate link here.

Here is the original description from the publishers: “The CSB Notetaking Bible is designed to enhance personal Bible study as well as preparation for teaching and preaching. This Bible contains a single-column setting, and abundant space is provided with a 1.75 inch notetaking space on each page to make observations, record insights, raise questions, and suggest to yourself additional exploration of the text.

“Features inlcude: Smyth-sewn binding, Presentation page, single-column text, 1.75 inch margins for notetaking, 8-point type, One-year Bible Reading Plan, Concordance, Full-color maps, and more.

The CSB Notetaking Bible features the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible (CSB). The CSB stays as literal as possible to the Bible’s original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture’s life-transforming message and to share it with others.”

The outside and inside covers feature a floral design. The pages themselves are a plain cream with dark lined margins. Since this is called a “Notetaking” bible, it is definitely geared more towards written notes and journaling. This Bible has one green ribbon bookmark for marking the page when you want to remember your place. It also features the CSB text, which has personally become my new favorite translation for its readability while still maintaining accuracy.

Each book of the Bible starts on a right side page, so if there is blank space between two books, it includes a lightly lined page. It might be hard to see in the above picture, but you can see the difference between the lightly lined full page and the dark lined margins.

As a Bible journaler, I do wish the margin lines had also been the light lines. I did two test pages with some dark artwork and some light artwork to see how the lines looked once I add illustrations to the pages. For the dark watercolor paint, I liked that I could still see the lines when I went to add my prayer journaling. For the light pink stamping I did on the second page, the lines are a little distracting, but something I can live with. However if the dark lines are something that would bother you, I would suggest using this Bible just for notes and written journaling.

The quality of the pages are great and handled different wet mediums well with no bleed through. I’ve come to expect high quality journaling Bibles from B&H/Lifeway, and this one does not disappoint. I’m also a fan of single column for journaling Bibles because it’s easier to add notes and art right next to the verse you’re trying to highlight or study.

Another great feature of this Bible is the sizable concordance in the back. It’s one of the biggest and most comprehensive I’ve seen in a journaling Bible, making it a great resource for those wanting to study certain topics or cross-reference different verses. There aren’t any footnotes in the Bible text itself, so this added feature is helpful for doing more in-depth personal study.

Overall I am very pleased with this Bible and would highly recommend it to those wanting a Bible for taking notes and written journaling. For those wanting to art worship in this Bible, I would just keep in mind whether the dark margin lines would be too distracting for you or not. For me personally it’s not a deal breaker, and I will happily continue to use this Bible for art worship.

To order your own CSB Notetaking Bible from Amazon, click here.

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Please note that this post contains affiliate links. This means I receive a small commission when you purchase through my link at no additional cost to you. I was sent a copy of this Bible from B&H/Lifeway Publishing in exchange for my honest review. All pictures and opinions contained in this post are my own.

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Classic Hymns: Read and Reflect with the Classics [Review]

As we enter December and the Advent season, I know a lot of people are looking for devotionals and reading plans to use both in personal study and with their families. B&H Publishing was kind enough to send me a copy of the book “Classic Hymns: Read and Reflect with the Classics” to review and share my thoughts. I thought this would be a great opportunity to suggest a non-Christmas-themed devotional. You can order a copy for yourself on Amazon through my affiliate link here.

First of all, I love hardcover, cloth over board, books. The outside cover gives a feel of a classic, timeless title. I also liked that it wasn’t flashy or gimmicky, which is very appropriate for Hymns since they are a more traditional style of worship.

The book includes 90 traditional hymns, including several Christmas hymns at the end of the book. Each chapter is just a few short pages and includes the full text of the hymn, Bible study questions with a suggested passage to read, personal reflection questions, and a prayer suggestion/topic as promoted by the hymn. I would consider the text of this book to be more of a devotional, since it doesn’t really include historical information about the hymns themselves other than the songwriter(s) and the year it was written.

I really like the fact that you can choose how in-depth you want to go into studying the hymn and suggested Scripture passages. I think this would be a perfect devotional to use during Advent when time can be limited, and I’m looking for a thoughtful, but brief study.

I grew up going to baptist churches, where we often still used hymnals and “praise and worship” style songs projected onto a screen was just starting to emerge and gain popularity. So I have a fondness for hymns and enjoy any resources that take traditional hymns and bring them to a modern audience. I will say that I’m a little disappointed that there wasn’t more historical information included to give context, as well as maybe some small explanations of the phrases and theology of the hymns themselves for those who may not be familiar with the language of hymns. Overall I would recommend this book for both personal and family study for those who want explore hymns in relation to scripture. I am looking forward to exploring this book more and using it as a study tool with my Bible journaling.

You can order “Classic Hymns” on Amazon here.

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Gratitude Documented Round-Up and Cyber Monday Sale

I wanted to share the journaling pages I did for Gratitude Documented. I didn’t journal all 30 days, and I wasn’t planning to, so I’m happy with the amount of time I was able to spend in thankfulness this month. I did a process video for one of my pages, so make sure to check it out here. (Psst, make sure you read to the end of this post for a Cyber Monday coupon code for Dayspring!)

I did my gratitude journaling in both my Inspire Praise Bible and my Documented Faith Binder. Not every page had a “fall” theme to the art, since an attitude of thankfulness should be something I try to have year-round. I also got to try out my new Documented Faith products that I received as part of my Blessed Friend ambassadorship. I think my favorite new item is the Bible sticky notes that are great for adding prayer journaling to the margin.

I have been loving my new Inspire Praise Bible as well. I tried to use a combo of blank margins and illustrated margins as I did my Gratitude journaling. I noticed that when I kept the entries simple or just colored, I was able to focus on the gratitude prompt a little more than on the pages where I was trying out some different techniques.

It’s been a lot of fun to see how different people interpret the same prompt in different ways in the margins of their Bible. That’s why I love being part of the Bible journaling community, because even though I’m mostly experiencing this community online, it still feels like a tight-knit group of people sharing their heart through their art. And that’s something to be thankful for.

In total, I journaled 10 pages in my Bible and 4 pages in my Documented Faith Binder for Gratitude documented. It was fun to have a bunch of supplies to choose from, but at times it was overwhelming to have all the different pieces. My plan for Advent is to keep it a little simpler when it comes to supplies, since I will be trying to journal every day in December. If you journaled for Gratitude Documented, how many entries were you able to finish? What was your favorite prompt? I’d love to hear from you, so leave a comment below.

You can grab the Gratitude kit here for the last few days of November, or pick up the Advent kit here to get a head start for December. For one day only, use code MONDAY17 to save 35% off your entire purchase at Dayspring here (excludes Willow Tree). Sale ends Monday 11/27 at 11:59pm. You can order the Inspire Praise Bible on Amazon here. And don’t forget to subscribe to my blog to receive new blog posts right to your inbox!

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Tis the Season for Advent Journaling

The newest Advent devotional kit is here! Advent is my favorite time of year for Bible journaling, and this little kit is packed with an explosion of color as you explore the reason for the season. To watch my unboxing video of the Advent kit, click here. To purchase the Advent kit from Dayspring, click here, but make sure you read to the end of this post for a Black Friday coupon code!

The style of this kit is such a cute vintage handmade vibe. Plus add in some cute Christmas mugs washi tape, and you can’t help but get into the Christmas spirit. The biggest difference to the kit this month is that the 8 cards all include devotional material. I do wish that there had been more scripture references included with the kit, because the devotionals only include 4 verses. However there are so many other resources for Advent studies this time of year, so having a simpler kit is appealing to supplement other studies or for those who want a simpler study in the rush of the holidays and not feel pressured to journal every day.

I’m happy to see that the stamp set has more smaller stamps this month to give you more options for stamping cuteness onto your page. However as with past months, I just wish there was more variety. There are two stars and 4 bows, so I would have liked to see maybe a little tree or a little ornament. But the great thing about the Advent kit is that it coordinates with the entire line of Illustrated Faith Advent products on Dayspring, and there is a stand-alone Advent stamp set with more stamps that would be a great add-on to use with this kit. The die cut pieces are a mix of blank vintage style ornaments and a few ornaments with words on them. It would be so cute to use some of the icons from the stamp set to embellish the blank ornaments.

If you watched my unboxing video, you would have seen that the devotional cards are the perfect size to fit into a traveler’s notebook. I’ve decided that I wanted to work in a traveler’s notebook in December so that I would have room for writing as well as adding in other sources and studies as I work through this season. Illustrated Faith has several blank traveler’s notebooks that you can pick up here when you grab your kit. I’ve been having fun getting it set up in anticipation of December as well as using a bunch of fun pieces from my stash in addition to the Advent kit to decorate my notebook.

I can’t wait to share more of my journey through Advent journaling this year! Make sure to subscribe to my blog to receive updates on when new posts go live. Feel free to leave a comment below on how you will be journaling or studying for Advent, I’d love to hear from you!

You can pick up the Advent kit here. And don’t forget to use code FRIDAY17 to save 30% off your entire sitewide purchase on Dayspring now through Sunday, 11/26.

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Inspire Praise Bible [Review]

It seems like just yesterday I was writing my very first Bible review on this blog with the original Inspire Bible by Tyndale that released March 2016, and now here I am again reviewing the newest addition to the Inspire line, the Inspire Praise Bible, which releases December 5, 2017. You can preorder a copy of the Inspire Praise Bible with purple butterfly softcover from Amazon here. If you would like to see my flip-thru video of the Inspire Praise Bible, watch on my YouTube channel here.

My biggest question when I heard that they were releasing an all-new Bible was will it have the same art or new art? Answer: all new art! And not only that, the Inspire Praise has new features as well. Here is the description from the publisher: “The new Inspire PRAISE Bible has even more beautiful line-art illustrations to color, with nearly 500 all-new full- and partial-page Scripture illustrations attractively displayed throughout the Bible! Bonus features of Inspire PRAISE include even thicker Bible paper; thirty-two colorful, transparent, praise-themed journaling pages to enhance your coloring and creative journaling journey through the Bible; plus, three sheets of PRAISE-themed stickers and a purple pocket in the back of the Bible for storing journaling embellishments. Leave traces of faith―and PRAISE―throughout the Bible for a treasure that will truly inspire! The lightly-ruled, two-inch-wide margins offer additional space to write notes and reflections or to draw and create. The 8.65-point font is larger than most full-size journaling Bibles, and the high-quality Bible paper makes it a great choice for creatively responding to God’s Word right on the pages of the Bible.

NEW INSPIRE PRAISE BONUS FEATURES

  • Even thicker Bible paper
  • Warm white paper for increased readability and brighter, purer display of added color
  • 32 colorful and beautifully-designed see-through PRAISE journaling pages printed on high-quality tracing paper and placed throughout the Bible provide extra space for prayers, praises, or additional creative expression
  • 19 full-page Scripture line-art illustrations to color
  • Three 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ PRAISE-themed sticker sheets
  • One 5″ x 7″ purple pocket in the back of the Bible for storing Bible journaling embellishments

Tyndale listened to what journalers like, and this new Inspire Praise is a response to that. My favorite new feature of this Bible is the thicker pages. I was skeptical at first whether “thicker pages” would truly make any difference when it comes to using paints and wet mediums, and let me tell you that it does! Typically the pages of my original Inspire Bible get super wrinkled if I use watercolor of any kind. The wrinkles don’t bother me, per se, but they do make me hesitant to journal on the back of a page in which I used a wet medium since it’s so wrinkled. When I used watercolors for the first time in my Inspire Praise, I was shocked at how smooth the page stayed. There is still slight wrinkling, but it is a noticeable difference how much smoother the pages in the Praise remain.

Thicker pages also means less bleed through and shadowing. The pages of the Inspire Praise Bible are still thin compared to watercolor paper or other art papers/journals, but so far I have been very pleased to see how well these pages are handling paint, watercolor pencil, stamping, and black ink pens.

The style of the illustrations in the Inspire Praise are a bit more whimsical than the original Inspire, and I love them! I definitely think the new illustrations will appeal to younger girls wanting to get started Bible journaling, as well as women who want a bit less “formal” floral style of illustrations.

The purple cover and endpapers are absolutely beautiful! I love the colors they chose this time. The partially-colored transparency pages sprinkled throughout are a fun new addition. Each one can be journaled on or left as-is (I may leave mine as-is because they are so pretty already), and highlights a verse of Praise. The page behind each transparency has a blank margin so as not to compete with the design on the transparency page.

Another new feature of the Inspire Praise is the 4-page welcome message at the beginning of the Bible that invites the reader to praise God through the reading and coloring of this Bible. This would be a great place to start if you are new to Bible journaling and hesitant to get started, as there are beautiful illustrations alongside the welcome message. It would also be a good place to test out different mediums to see how they perform on the pages if you’re concerned about bleed through.

On the back inside cover is a purple pocket containing 3 sticker sheets that you can color and add to your pages. These match the illustration style of the Inspire Praise. One of the sheets is blank tabs that you can color and/or write on and then fold over as you adhere them to the top or side of your page. The pocket can also be used to store a few smaller supplies that you might want to keep and carry along with your bible.

I am very pleased with the new Inspire Praise Bible, and I would highly recommend it! This new Bible would make a great Christmas gift for both new and experienced bible journalers young and old. The release date has been pushed up to November 30 (originally set for release December 5), and Bibles have already started shipping! To order the Inspire Praise hardcover solid purple on Amazon, click here. To order the Inspire Praise softcover butterfly design, click here.

Also, for those wondering if this comes in Large Print, the answer is not yet. Tyndale typically releases regular size versions of their bibles first and then as demand dictates, they add a large print edition. There is no new information about the release of the Praise in a Large Print edition at this time. To order the original Inspire Bible blue hardcover in Large Print on Amazon, click here.

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She Reads Truth Bible [Review]

When I found out that B&H Publishing would be sending me the She Reads Truth Bible to review, I was ecstatic! I’ve had this Bible on my wishlist ever since it came out April this year, but I hadn’t been able to justify ordering another bible, even though I needed one to use for reading/studying purposes separate from journaling. Ever since it landed on my doorstep, I’ve been carrying it around everywhere (not hyperbole), and I’m so glad it’s finally in my hands. (You can order it from my Amazon affiliate link here).

Here is the description of the She Reads Truth Bible from the publisher: “The She Reads Truth Bible aims to live at the intersection of beauty, goodness, and Truth. Featuring devotionals by the She Reads Truth team, and Scripture reading plans that include supplemental passages for deeper understanding, this Bible invites every woman to count themselves among the She Reads Truth community of ‘Women in the Word of God every day.’ The She Reads Truth Bible also features 66 key verses, artfully lettered to aid in Scripture memorization.

This Bible is done in the Christian Standard Bible (CSB) translation. My husband introduced me to this translation, and it has quickly become my favorite, especially since it uses both word-for-word and thought-for-thought styles of translation. Here is the description of the CSB translation from the publishers: “The She Reads Truth Bible features the Christian Standard Bible (CSB) text. Translated by more than 100 scholars from 17 denominations, the Christian Standard Bible features an optimal blend of accuracy and readability that’s faithful for serious study, and written with heart-stirring clarity that inspires readers to live and share it.”

So now that I’ve told you what this Bible is, let’s talk about the included features inside. I received the gray linen hardcover, but there are several other colors and styles including an indexed version and an imitation leather softcover. This Bible includes two ribbon bookmarks, one red and one white. A genius idea, and they are spaced in two different spots to make it easier to mark your place depending on which part of the Bible you’re in. The supplemental material in the front includes an introduction, the gospel message, information about the CSB translation, and an explanation of key features. In the back there is a one year reading plan, a concordance, the Apostle’s Creed, and a list of key verses for each book of the Bible conveniently color coded based on genre.

Each book of the Bible begins with a key verse artwork piece, a one page explanation/historical background, a map, a timeline or a chart based on the content of the book, and a reading plan for the book that also gives supplemental verses for further reading. Spread throughout the text are 189 devotionals that expound on a particular section of scripture in order to direct your heart to God. These devotionals are written by the women of She Reads Truth, so I would consider them the highlight of this Bible (besides the Word itself) for anyone who has used She Reads Truth for personal study before.

The format of the text itself leaves room in the margins for notetaking and art worship. However the pages are extremely thin, thinner than most journaling Bibles I’ve encountered, so I could imagine it might cause a lot of shadowing and bleed through. If that is something that concerns you, I would recommend using this Bible more for reading instead. I have found that my favorite Zebrite Bible highlighters do not bleed through the thin pages (they do shadow), and I will be using them to highlight meaningful verses. I have given an example in my reading and highlighting of Proverbs to show a block of text that I highlighted and what it looks like on the back side of the page. I did try to press lightly and not go over the same spot twice to keep the shadowing to a minimum and prevent bleed through. (You can purchase the Zebrite Bible highlighters here.)

I did also feel like the cover was a bit plain for my personal taste, but I am glad to see that they chose colors and covers that would appeal to a broad range of women. Many women’s Bibles tend to be overly flowery and feminine, so the She Reads Truth Bible took other tastes into consideration when creating the aesthetics. I did purchase a quilted “Purple Fancy” cover for mine, which you can find here on Amazon if that’s your style too. This cover fits this Bible great with just a little room to spare.

Overall I am highly pleased with this Bible, and I am very confident in my recommendation of the She Reads Truth Bible. Whether you are new to the She Reads Truth community or a veteran, this Bible would be a great addition to any woman’s library.

To purchase your own copy of the She Reads Truth Gray Linen Hardcover on Amazon, click here. For the Poppy Linen cover, click here. And for the Navy imitation leather softcover, click here.

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Please note that this post contains Amazon affiliate links. This means that I receive a small commission when you purchase through the link at no additional cost to you. I received a copy of the She Reads Truth Bible from B&H/Lifeway publishers in exchange for my honest review. All pictures and opinions contained within are my own. All other products mentioned were not provided, but rather purchased on my own. 

Word Nerd [Review]

As soon as I heard the devotional kit for October was called #WordNerd I knew this would be very me. I’m a total Word Nerd: I love to read and write, I have a house full of books, I have a Bachelors in English Creative Writing and Poetry, I’m a self-professed grammar nerd, I wear glasses, I’m a nerd in so many other ways, and I love Jesus and studying his word! And that is truly what this kit is about: digging deeper into the Word. To see a full unboxing video of the Word Nerd kit, click here.

Not only will I be journaling in my Bible with all the cute pieces from this kit, but I decided to make a paper bag book for the devotional and journaling cards. You can see a tutorial and flip through video of my Word Nerd paper bag book here. It was so fun to grab a bunch of my favorite pieces from my scrapbooking days and add them to this book since I didn’t have to worry about the thickness. I used half the kit and each of the stamps at least once while making my book, and I still have pieces left over to use in my Bible. That just shows you how much is truly packed into these little kits.

 I’m so happy to see that this kit included more verse options for studying and journaling than September’s kit. I’m really excited to dig in and read God’s word this month, because after all that’s what Bible journaling is about: connecting with God’s word and writing it on our hearts! You may notice that there are no heart shaped tip ins this month. Honestly I haven’t really missed them, mainly because I didn’t really use them as much as I thought I would in the previous months. But I just thought I would mention that they are omitted this month in case anyone was wondering.

I will say that I wish the stamp set had included at least the cute little bow and drink cup like the die cut pieces included, instead of the phrase “the word lights the way,” just because I can’t really see myself using that specific stamp over and over again. I like stamp sets to be something I grab repeatedly, even after I’ve finished the devotional. I know for sure that I will use the girl silhouette over and over again, she is super cute!

The other great thing that I liked about Word Nerd is that it makes a great sequel to Created to Create 2. In fact, I’ve been using the two kits together both in my little book and in my Bible, since I hadn’t finished Created to Create 2 yet. The colors go together perfectly, and for me, writing and creating go hand-in-hand. If you haven’t had a chance to pick up Created to Create 2, grab it here.

Overall I would say that this kit really is probably my favorite so far this year. Because I love it so much, I decided to giveaway one Word Nerd kit over on my Instagram @kountingsheepbiblejournaling, so head over there for details on how to enter (giveaway runs from 10/2/17-10/6/17)! And if you can’t wait to get started like I was, pick up the Word Nerd kit here (don’t forget to use code IFSHIPSFREE for free domestic shipping). If you end up making a paper bag book, tag me on Instagram I’d love to see it!

Please note that this post contains affiliate links. This means I receive a small commission when you purchase through my links, but there is no additional cost to you. All opinions and pictures contained in this post are my own. I purchased the giveaway Word Nerd kit on my own, so the giveaway is not affiliated with Instagram, Dayspring or Illustrated Faith. I did receive my Word Nerd kit from Dayspring in exchange for my honest review. 

Illustrated Faith Turns 3 + My Story [Giveaway]

Illustrated Faith turns 3 today! To celebrate this milestone, Dayspring is hosting a giveaway for one lucky winner to receive ALL 19 of the devotional kits that Illustrated Faith and Dayspring have done together. So yes, that means even the retired kits like the original Created to Create. For your chance to win, enter the giveaway here between now and September 5th.
img_2661-2I am so grateful for discovering this wonderful community of Bible Journaling! I started officially Bible Journaling on January 1, 2016 after a very difficult and painful church experience that had left me broken and distant. But God sought me and brought me back into his word so that he could heal my heart. Expressing my worship and prayers creatively through illustrating in my Bible has brought such a renewal to my crushed spirit and healed me in many ways. The community of creatives illustrating in their Bibles gave me a chance to interact with other Christians again without worry of being hurt again.

I’ve also never shared so much of my faith before publicly, and I love that my illustrated Bible pages have given me that opportunity! I’ve had the opportunity to lead a Bible journaling night with my friends, and this month I’ll be starting a monthly gathering at my home to share Bible journaling with friends on an ongoing basis. I’ve also just recently become a Dayspring affiliate and part of the Illustrated Faith launch team, which means I get to share products that I already use and love!

I can’t wait to see where Illustrated Faith will take me in the years ahead, but I know one thing: God is faithful and he never leaves me.  He has created me to be passionate about creativity! I’d love to hear your story of how you got started Bible journaling, so feel free to share in a comment below! If you want to get started Bible journaling for the first time, feel free to ask me questions in a comment. Here are some tips from Illustrated Faith for getting started:

Don’t forget you also have until September 5th to shop the big Illustrated Faith sale here. And grab the New Created to Create 2 kit here.

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Hermione Granny Stripe Blanket [Free Pattern]

In celebration of Harry Potter’s birthday today, I decided to reread all the books while working on a special scrap blanket. I’m calling this the Hermione Granny Stripe Blanket, because I can imagine Hermione stitching away on all her scrap yarn (with her magic knitting needles [or crochet hook in this case] of course) while reading a good book.

This pattern is slightly different from my Straight Granny Blanket Pattern, because I wanted something with a tighter weave. My main reason for posting this pattern is because I wanted to make this blanket with a larger hook size. I’m not claiming to be the first person to ever come up with this, I’m just wanting to offer my version of how I’m making this blanket, and I hope you find it helpful! Full pattern has been updated and added below as of September 2018!

If you would like to make your own Hermione Granny Stripe Blanket, feel free to use the hashtag #hermionegrannystripe on Instagram and tag me @kountingsheep because I’d love to see what you come up with! So with a big Happy Birthday to Harry, let’s get this blanket party started!

Download an ad-free version of the blanket on Ravelry here  or on Etsy here for a low cost. Please note that the below pattern contains affiliate links.

Hermione Granny Stripe Blanket

Size J Boye Ergonomic crochet hook (Get a full set of Boye Ergonomic crochet hooks here.)

Scrap worsted weight acrylic in various colors. Approximately 56 ounces or 2800 yards of yarn total (examples include Red Heart Soft, Vanna’s Choice, I Love This Yarn Worsted, Caron One Pound, Crafters Secret, and Lion Brand Heartland) Shop yarn online at Hobby Lobby here.

Tape measure, scissors, tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Learn to crochet with this book here.

Finished Measurements: 55 inches wide by 67 inches long

Gauge: Using Vanna’s Choice Yarn and Size J hook, 12 dc and 7 rows = 4×4 inches

Notes: Gauge is not essential for this project. For the blanket pictured in pattern, each color was used for 2 rows before changing colors. The pattern uses the traditional “Granny Stitch” with NO chains between each 3dc group. This gives the blanket a tighter fabric with smaller gaps. Chain a multiple of 3 + 2 to make your blanket bigger or smaller than pattern.

Abbreviations (US Terms): ch, chs – chain, chains
dc – double crochet
hdc – half double crochet
Rnd/Rnds –  round, rounds
RS – right side
sc – single crochet
sl st – slip stitch
sp, sps – space, spaces
st, sts – stitch, stitches
WS – wrong side

Body
With first color, Ch 155. 
Row 1 (RS):
 Sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across. Turn. (154 sc)
Row 2 (WS): Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), 1 dc in same stitch, *skip next 2 sts, 3 dc in next st (known as 3dc group here and throughout). Repeat from * across to last 3 sts. Skip next 2 sts, 2 dc in last st, changing colors in last dc. Turn. (50 3dc groups + 2 dc; 155 dc total)
Row 3 (RS): With new color, ch 3. Skip next st, and working between the skipped st and the 3dc group, 3dc group. Work a 3dc group between each 3dc group of the previous row across to the last two sts. Skip next st, dc in last st. Turn. (51 3dc groups + 4 dc; 154 dc total)
Row 4 (WS): Ch 3, 1 dc in between the first st of the previous row and the first 3dc group. Work a 3dc group between each 3dc group of the previous row across to the last 4 sts. Skip next 3dc group, 1 dc in between the last two st. Dc in last st, changing colors to new color. Turn. (50 3dc groups + 2 dc; 155 dc total)

Repeat Rows 3-4 until Blanket measures 65 inches long or desired length, ending on a RS row. For the final row, Ch 1, sc in every st. Turn. Do NOT fasten off. Continue to Edging.

Edging
Rnd 1 (RS):
 Ch 1, (1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc) in first st (this is the first corner), sc in each sc across top row. (1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc) in next corner. Sc evenly around entire blanket, working (1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc) in each remaining corner. Join with sl st to first sc.
Rnd 2 (RS): Ch 2 (does NOT count as hdc), hdc in same st as joining and each sc around, working 3 hdc in each corner ch-1 sp. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

For a video tutorial on how to crochet this pattern, watch this video on my YouTube channel.

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*Pattern for personal use only. Please do NOT distribute copies of this pattern and do NOT sell copies of this pattern. You may sell finished items that you make using this pattern, but you are required to credit the original pattern/designer as follows: Made using a pattern from Kountingsheep by Jenny Galusha-Luna: http://kountingsheep.com

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Through Christ Devotional Completed

I finally made it through all 14 entries of the Illustrated Faith “Through Christ” devotional. It’s taken me since January, but I’m so proud of myself for actually finishing a devotional all the way through. I tend to lose interest before finishing, so it’s nice to know I can actually finish. 

I really enjoyed using a different color for each entry and also trying new techniques with acrylic paint on some of the last few entries. I also spent a lot more time writing out prayers in my Bible to go along with many of the entries. I felt God drawing me back over and over again to His word. That’s the beauty of Bible journaling to me: it’s not just about the art, it’s about how God is working on and speaking to my heart. 

I’m now working my way through the How He Loves Us Devotional from last year, and I will have an exciting new kit to show you in a couple of days. Make sure you are following my blog so you can receive an email every time I post. 

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