A Month in Review: July

I’ve had a lot going on in July, as you might have guessed from the more frequent blog posts, so I’ll keep this short!

IMG_5179I announced this a few weeks ago, but I am working on the art for my first book, which will – God willing – be released in the fall! I received such a positive response from my Romans project, that I decided to compile all the designs into a book. So, the past couple weeks, I’ve been spending most of my time digitizing and editing the designs I originally created in my journal. It’s been a super overwhelming task to accomplish, so pray for me! I need all the encouragement and motivation I can get!

Besides working on my book, I had a few custom orders this week. Unfortunately, I have to wait a little longer before I can share the photos of those pieces with you, but there is one project I am especially excited about, that I will hopefully be able to share with you at the end of next month! I’ve also been brainstorming ideas for a small Fall/Winter line of retail products. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to make that happen, because I have some other big ideas for the coming season, but stay posted! Either way, there will be new, exciting things to come in the near future!

Again, I know this post has been brief. If you’d like more details on my book and what else I’ve been up to, just scroll down to read my previous blog posts from this month and of course, follow me on Instagram and Facebook.

If you have any ideas or suggestions of products you’d like to see at my Etsy shop in Fall/Winter, leave a comment! Also, if you have any questions about my lettering process and would like to see more of that here, let me know. Any and all ideas are greatly appreciated!

❤ Lauren

Book Review: “My Church Lettering Journal: A Creative Keepsake” by, Amanda Arneill

“Church journaling isn’t about lettering for others. It is lettering for yourself to grow your relationship with God.”Amanda Arneill, author of My Church Lettering Journal: A Creative Keepsake

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For the past year or so, Amanda Arneill’s lettering has been an inspiration to me, so I was thrilled when her publisher, Paige Tate and Co., contacted me about reviewing her new book. In My Church Lettering Journal: A Creative Keepsake, Amanda shares her experience with church lettering, where she hand letters during sermons to help her stay focused and retain information she hears.

“Lettering uses not only the language parts of your brain but also the artistic parts as well. Getting more of your brain involved allows you to better focus on the sermon and retain the message even days after the service.”

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My Church Lettering Journal: A Creative Keepsake is a wonderful resource for beginner letterers who want to get on board the Bible/church lettering train, but have no idea where to start. The first 30 pages or so have in depth how-tos, advice, tools to use, and even hand lettered fonts Amanda uses frequently as she journals. Once you make it through the learning process, the remainder of the book includes prompts and blank pages to help you get started on your own church lettering journey!

The book is also inspiring for seasoned letterers. Amanda plays with calligraphy, block letters, outlines, little drawings, and many other little details that help spark new ideas for letterers of all levels. She also provides some really great insights and reminders as you approach lettering.

I was encouraged by Amanda’s frequent reminders that we don’t have to worry about perfection and making everything pretty because, “It is the word of God, so there’s nothing you can do to make it more perfect than it already is.” Church lettering is about releasing ourselves from the pressure of creating something for others and just creating something for ourselves and the Lord. But, most importantly:

“Whatever styles you choose to use, I want to remind you that God doesn’t care what your handwriting looks like, He just wants you to be with Him! So use your church journal to be present, engaged and in relationship with the Lord.”

Click here to purchase your own copy of My Church Lettering Journal: A Creative Keepsake by, Amanda Arneill and start your church lettering journey today!

 

Romans Lettering Project Update and Some Big News!

I am so happy to announce I have officially finished lettering my way through the book of Romans!

If you are just joining me, I’ll give you a little background:

For a few months, I had been reading through a year-long Bible reading plan and it just IMG_5285wasn’t working for me. I didn’t feel like I was connecting with what I was reading and listening to (gotta love that Bible app though!), so I decided to do something totally not me and quit the plan I had already made significant progress on and start something brand new.

Back when I first started journalling five years ago, I would letter Bible verses, but as I began lettering with brush pens, and colors, and fancy blending papers, and later on my iPad, my journal art became practically non-existent. I missed those days, so I thought that would be a good place to start in finding a new way to study the Bible, in a way where I would actually remember the details of what I was reading.

I opened up my Bible to Romans. Why Romans? Well, I’ve been a part of Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) for the past few years and wasn’t sure if I’d be able to commit to it this year, so Romans felt like a good place to start since they will begin their study of the Apostle Paul’s famous letter in the fall. (And if I do end up deciding to sign up, I’ll have a head start!)

So, I got to work.

I really loved how my hand lettered notes of Romans 1 turned out, so I posted a picture of them on social media – and I was overwhelmed by the positive response! That was a big motivator to stay consistent in my study and start working away at the next chapters. Not only was my study inspiring me and revealing truth that I hadn’t yet taken the time to really meditate on, but others began sharing that they were inspired and that they would love copies of my journal pages to help them along in their studies (apparently, there are a lot of people studying Romans right now)!

Not only did I letter each chapter, but I was inspired to find a word to sum up the main ideas. Some chapters were pretty obvious, others weren’t so much, but I was determined to do this as a way of helping me remember what I read in each chapter and to share the gospel with my social media followers.

I made it all the way through Romans in one month and here was the result:

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If you want to see each one up close, check them out on my Instagram profile!

Now, for my big news:

I mentioned in my last blog post that I was considering making this project into a book, but nothing was official. Today I am happy to announce that I will be making this project into a book that you all will be able to purchase this coming fall!

After doing quite a bit of research, I decided self publishing was the best route for this project, which includes it’s challenges, but also allows me to have the flexibility and freedom I need to get the project done on my timeline and with my ever-changing schedule.

I have already begun to digitize my designs, transferring them from the pages of my journals to my iPad. Since this project began as something I was just doing for myself, I wasn’t worried about spacing and spelling and such and I want to fix some of those things for the final product.

It will be a lot of work, but it’s gonna be so worth it!

Writing a book has been on my bucket list since high school and now my dream is becoming a reality. I’m looking forward to continuing the process and sharing updates with you as I make more progress!

Thank you so much for encouraging me along and motivating me to spend time with the Lord and share the good news of Jesus Christ daily! I have some of the best friends and followers a girl could ask for and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for being so supportive and inspiring.

❤ Lauren