Our BQ community dabbles in a variety of creative ventures as our pages develop over time.
We get to stretch our handlettering styles and tap into our artistic abilities as we make illustrations for the scriptures we're writing.
During group sessions I love how one person's creativity spurs on others at her table. We make connections as we pass washi tape back and forth, sharing our favorite verses and color combos along the way.
Last summer I enjoyed meeting with some ladies at a local church to introduce them to Bible Quilting. I shared in one of several breakout sessions offering a variety of creative projects.
Prior to the breakout session, we all gathered together and listened to a lovely lady teach us how to make her "famous" cinnamon rolls.
As she shared her tips and tricks that were second nature to her, it was obvious that her culinary expertise was her own creative expression. She converted basic ingredients like flour and sugar into a tasty treat full of mouth-watering flavor for us to enjoy.
Maybe your creative spirit flourishes in the garden?
I have a dear friend, Tami, who nurtures her garden well. She enjoys how God's nature nourishes her soul as its growth ebbs and flows throughout the seasons. She often gets inspiration from her time in the garden to create beautiful pages in her BQ journal. Here's a snippet she shared with us last spring:
What other seasonal interests stimulate creativity in your family?
Sometimes doing a puzzle with a teenaged son is a humbling reminder of our own particular talents... one with his spatial skills contrasting with my eyes attuned to shades of color. One piece at a time we gradually work together until the whole picture comes into perspective.
My husband just happened to get our family a puzzle of the earth for Christmas, so it's quite fitiing to be working on it during this month's series on Creation. It only took God 7 days to create the heavens and the earth. Apparently, it's taking us a little longer! 😉
Paper crafting is another whole creative outlet, whether it's card making, scrapbooking, or playing around adding bits & pieces into a junk journal.
Last week for the very first time in a looonnnngg time, I pulled out some scrapbook supplies and followed a sketch to make a colorful layout.
Historically my scrapbook experience involved a lot of blues and earth tones to make pages for my boys. It was fun to break out some girlie colors and glittery alpha letters!
As busy Moms we're often the ones behind the lens, documenting our family members and all their events & shenanigans, right? Last summer our women's group met at a local farm to pick zinnias and someone snapped photos of each of us during the event. When the photos were later shared with all of us, I was amazed at how vibrant and happy everyone looked out in a field of zinnias. Then I was struck by how most of us probably don't have a individual picture of ourselves. Lesson learned: Be IN the photos!!
I think that's the important part of acknowledging we ARE creative beings. When we're in the midst of a creative process - - - perhaps even "in the flow" - - - we capture the essence of what's within us and experience an alignment in our spirit that we don't feel otherwise.
I'm hopeful that as we've explored the gift of God's creation this month that you've identified some of your own creativity.
Our differences make for some delightful combinations and adventurous interactions when we come together.
Embrace whatever YOUR style is
and remember that creativity
comes in ALL flavors!
Savor a favorite verse...and see what blossoms for you.
"Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me." Psalm 51:10
Join our next BQ Chat to share what creative outlets you've been pursuing or ideas you have for incorporating more play into your routines. We'll be chatting about our February theme of Abiding in God... and maybe dipping into some valentine project ideas.
Scrapbook project: Christmas Ornament albums
Try out watercolor pencils: How to Bible Quilt a Single verse
Have some fun with sticky notes: How to make a Post-It Note page in your BQJ