illustrated faith

A Look into My Bible - Illustrated Faith


Illustrated Faith is a art based form of worship that I found through Instagram. I learned about it more through Shanna Noel's blog, as well as through others on Instagram. Search the hashtag #illustratedfaith on Instagram, and search it on Pinterest too, to find lots of other Bible journaling artists. Even if you aren't artistic, I think that everyone is able to worship God through this format!


Latest Illustrated Faith Pages

Today I just wanted to share a whole bunch of the latest #illustratedfaith pages from my Bible. I don't have too much to say about these, but I do encourage you to look into these packages, as well as into the worship of Illustrated Faith. At the bottom of this post, I'll give you some more information and links about Illustrated Faith, if you'd like to learn more!


Illustrated Faith is a art based form of worship that I found through Instagram. I learned about it more through Shanna Noel's blog, as well as through others on Instagram. Search the hashtag #illustratedfaith on Instagram, and search it on Pinterest too, to find lots of other Bible journaling artists. Even if you aren't artistic, I think that everyone is able to worship God through this format!

How to Use your Journaling Cards

I love paper, and that's no secret. If you come to my little studio, you'll see piles and stacks, plus lots and lots (and LOTS) of pens, markers, pencils and brushes. Even if I have my go to couple pens and pencils, and favourite paper,  I like to have a variety on hand. Same goes for my little journaling cards, when building my Project Life and Messy Book pages. Below you can see a little snippet of my 2014 New Year page, featuring one of my designs on a 3x4 inch card (Beautiful Things print can be found HERE). Since not everyone is familiar with the pocket style photo albums, and therefore might not be familiar with what to do with journaling cards, I thought I would share some tips for what you can do with yours! Don't have any cards? Sign up for the newsletter at the bottom of this post and you'll be emailed one you can download in the April newsletter!

Continue on below for more ways you can use your journaling cards in everyday life!

Use as a Gift Tag

Sometimes I have last minute gifts that need a little card to go with them. Some little gifts don't need a full card and envelope (although sometimes those are nice too!), and a little gift tag is all that you need! Write a little something, or just a To and From with names, and you are all set! Tie up you package with ribbon or string, and slip your card in, and you have a nice little gift, with a one of a kind tag that you can be sure won't be accompanying any other gifts they receive!

Use as a Bookmark

Since I don't go to elementary school anymore, or attend Scholastic book fairs, I'm often found without a proper bookmark when I'm reading these days. I've been known to bend the corners of my pages, or use the book sleeve as a page marker. I've even used half a kleenex to keep my spot. But there's something about a real bookmark sticking out of your book. I especially like using them if I've borrow the book from a friend or the library. Cue the journaling cards again! They are a great size, and can add a little flair to the top of your books. If totally necessary, you can write notes on your card, if you don't want to write in the margins of your book.

Use it in your Bible

Finally, I like to use these little cards in my Bible! I use the card to take notes, journal feelings, or pull out a verse to highlight on the page. I can easily just tape it into my Bible, and voila! I have a decorated page. For those of you following #illustratedfaith and are wanting to do the same in your Bibles, this is an easy way to start. You don't have to worry about messing up on the pages of your Bible, you can write, or even draw, on your journaling cards, and keep them if you're happy with what you've created! I think it's a great way to start building up your confidence for painting and drawing and lettering in the margins of your Bible. 

Print your Own!

Below are three sets of 8 journaling cards that are available in the DZD shop. They are digital downloads, so after purchase, they will be emailed right to you, and you can print as many as you need! Click on any of the images below to take you to the listing for each of the sets! I loved creating these, and hope to have more available again in the future. 

If you have any other ways that you like to use your journaling cards, I'd love to know! Leave me a comment, and share your ideas with everyone!


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Illustrated Faith - The Word and Being Still - Isaiah 55:11 and Exodus 14:14

[My word] shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. - Isaiah 55:11

I think that this was the second page I ever painted in my Bible. I have fallen in love with gold, and love the translucency in creates on the pages. This verse says so much to me. It shows the importance of the Word, even the Old Testament books, which I often see people neglecting in favour of the 'easier' New Testament. The laws that are set out in the Old Testament have been overcome with the new covenant brought by Jesus, but I don't think that means that they need to be forgotten or abandoned. They still hold as big of an importance today as they did thousands of years ago. It's these laws that enable us to fulfil the law of the New Testament. That is the explanation of this verse. The word of the old testament will accomplish the teachings of Jesus. 

I encourage you to dig into the Old Testament. If you don't know where to start, study the Ten Commandments (find them in Exodus 20:1-17). It's these commandments which will teach you to totally love God, and to be able to love your neighbour.

The LORD will fight for you and you have only to be silent. - Exodus 14:14

I'll give you a little hint about being scared to paint in your bible. Paper and glue can cover mistakes! In the post above, you can see that there's a lighter yellow paper that I've written "and you have" on it, and that's because I somehow messed up the spelling when I was writing on the darker yellow piece of paper. Thankfully, it just adds to the dimension of the page. I am NOT a scrapbooker, and try as I might, glueing things together is definitely my weakness. Let me slap on some paint, and draw my letters, and I'm good to go. Try to use paper to build layers, and get those letter stickers on straight and even...I feel like I'm just no good at it. But you know what? I just don't care. I'm using this process to focus on the Word, dig in deeper, and help with studying and learning. I encourage you to not worry about being perfect, making everything look nice. You'll have days where you make a beautiful page that you love, and you'll have days when you don't. Brush it off, shake off the dust, and move on. God knows that we aren't perfect in any other aspect of our lives, so why do we need to believe that He'll be disappointed in us if we have spelling mistakes or pages that aren't stunning. 


Interested in learning more about Illustrated Faith? Visit Shanna Noel's blog, and learn all about it! Join me on Instagram with the hashtag #illustratedfaith and share your illustrated Bible pages with the community! You can also find lots of other Bible journalling artists through the hashtag. Give 'em a follow!


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Illustrated Faith - Clean my Heart (Psalm 51:10) and Number the Stars (Psalm 147:4)

Create in my a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. - Psalm 51:10

I partnered this verse above with a painting/illustrations inspired verse 7 in the same chapter, which reads "Purge me with hyssop and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow." I loosely rendered the idea of the hyssop plant. I love the spiky small leaves, which remind me of rosemary. Plus the purple flowers. Give me all the royal purple flowers out there please! I love them! (After painting this piece, I went to the local greenhouse and picked up a beautiful purple hyacinth plant. It smells so good!)

Before this year, I never thought much about the cleansing properties of plants, so this verse didn't resonate with me like it does now.  As I've started researching (lots!) about essential oils, and plant healing and cleansing, my eyes have opened up so much regarding everything that so many little plants are capable of. This passage makes me want to dig deeper into hyssop now. 

But cleaning on the outside, no matter how much you scrub, isn't going to affect anything that needs cleaning on the inside. This Psalm, when used as a prayer for yourself too, is one step that you can take to start cleaning yourself from the inside out. It's something that I'm going to start incorporating into my life more, that I may be a better tool for Christ.


He determines the number of stars; he give to all of them their names. - Psalm 147:4

Does this verse blow your mind? When I look up at the stars, and am in awe at the sheer number that my little eyes can see, I often think of this verse, and am shaken about how big our God is. He knows every single one of those stars, and has given them all names! They are important to Him, and he remembers them ALL! If He knows the stars, and holds them close to Himself, imagine how He feels about all of us here on earth!! We have been created in His image, cherished and loved, and He knows every hair on our head. He knew us before we were born. He loves us unconditionally, even when we are horribly undeserving of the slightest bit of love. Isn't that just the greatest? Now, when I look at the stars, I practically feel a hug, knowing that I'm just as well known, valued, and loved, even though there are billions of others on the planet too. How great is our God?


Interested in learning more about Illustrated Faith? Visit Shanna Noel's blog, and learn all about it! Join in on Instagram with the hashtag #illustratedfaith and share your illustrated Bible pages with the community! You can also find lots of other Bible journalling artists through the hashtag. Give 'em a follow!