Thursday, April 2, 2020


Who knew that a worldwide pandemic would send us to our homes? We are all needing to be cautious to prevent getting sick and even dying. The first few days of isolation, I was probably like most of you, curious about what was going on. I watched the news to learn what I could. I guess I thought that the more I knew about the Covid-19 virus the more control I would have. However the more I watched the news, the more scared and upset I got. As this week started, I was feeling really sad. My little grand daughter turns one next month and my daughter and I were talking about how our plans for her birthday are on hold. So many of us had plans for April 2020 that didn't include being in our homes not able to go out. How I'm dealing with all this uncertainty is bible journaling. One verse really stood out to me this week. 

 Jeremiah 29:11 
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord.
Plans for welfare, not for evil.
To give you a future and a hope. 

I decided to journal it on my little bible journal cards. I was thinking plans, and that led me to thinking about blueprints. I came up with what I call faux blue print technique. 
You can start with blue cardstock or you can do what I did and start with white cardstock that I made blue. I made mine blue with two different colors of gel sticks.  I just scribbled over the cardstock.

I watercolored it to blend the gel sticks.

The next step is to draw or stamp on the blue. You can draw, like I did with a white gel pen.
 You could also draw with a white paint pen or a white colored pencil, 
or you could stamp with white ink. 

Next draw straight lines around the images and add arrows at the ends of the lines. 

I scribbled a zig zag on the centers of the line. 

Then I wrote some words .

This is the back of the bible journaling card. 

The one finishing touch I added was I used the white gel pen to draw diagonal lines through the letters. 

I did a second card. 

I went to stamp and found out that my white ink pad was too dry, I decided to stamp with blue ink. I stamped STAMPlorations IN BLOOM DARLING DOG ROSES

I then traced over the lines with the white gel pen. 

Then I drew the lines and added words. 

The back of my card. 

How the finished card looks in my little bible journaling cards album.

I also did this technique in my bible planner. 

 I hope this verse encourages you as much as it did me. 

My challenge for the splitcoaststampers this week is to try the faux blue print or to do something mixed media in a planner. 

If you would like to get some stamping supplies while you are staying home, you can use my design code to get 20% off your purchase at STAMPlorations. 


  1. What wonderful cards and journalling entry MariLynn - that blueprint technique is stunning.
    I too will be missing grandchildren's birthday celebrations while in lock down. Neither the children or I will be too happy about that!
    Stay safe

    1. Thanks Maxine. I am sorry you will miss their birthdays. How I'm dealing with it is thanking God that they are having birthdays. There is always something positive that we can look for. Praying for you. Stay safe.

  2. These are super cool. I am going to have to try it! TFS!!!!!! Be well my friend!

  3. Thanks Nancy. Prayers for you and your family's safety. Blessings.

  4. Beautiful verse and it really applies to our world for sure now. A wonderful journal design too.