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Journaling Beyond the Bible {Alternative Uses for Illustrated Faith Devotional Kits + A Look Inside July's I Am} #IF_IAm #IllustratedFaith

***Kit received as part of the Illustrated Faith Launch Team. Post contains affiliate links. All thoughts are 100% my own. 

When I head to the mailbox, often it can be filled with a little bit of dread. You know the one I mean, right? The 'what bills are going to come in today? who all is asking money from me NOW?' kind of dread. But every month, I also get that excited anticipation too for the monthly surprises my mailbox holds... like the Illustrated Faith monthly devotional kit! As a launch team blogger, I don't get to see these beforehand so it's always a fun surprise for me that I so look forward to. In fact, in all the product reviews I share and all the posts I write, this is perhaps the thing that I am always MOST excited to share. For those that Bible journal, it's fun too. About the same time each month, I start getting messages filling my inbox: 'do we know who the artist is yet? any sneak peaks?'

Still, I also get a lot of comments from all you non-Bible journalers who love the kits, but well... don't Bible journal. So today, I wanted to share some ways to use these kits to journal outside the Bible. Whether you don't have the extra funds for a journaling Bible or you just prefer not to, here are some alternative ideas:

Different Types of Journaling

Hymnal Journaling. Hymnal journaling is a very similar idea to Bible journaling, but is instead done in a hymnal. There are no margins, so the artwork is generally incorporated into the sheet music itself with stunning results. You can often find hymnals at great prices at thrift stores or may even be able to get one from a local church (as most churches use projectors now). I love that this still allows time with God, and also reintroduces us to some favorite hymns!

Art Journaling. You don't need a journaling Bible to journal your favorite scriptures. Get a plain ol' journal and do your journaling there as you study the devotional. This is a great option for those who love the idea of journaling scripture, but prefer not to write in their Bibles. It's also a very affordable option (especially if you watch for those Dayspring journal sales!). 

Journal IN the Devo. Forget buying an extra journal. Did you know that each devotional has space to write your own thoughts and yes, even some artwork! These will be great to look back on and see easily exactly what inspired you.

Other Ways to Use the Kits.

Okay, technically they are journaling kits, but who says they cannot be used for other things? Here are a few other options.

Card Making. The stamps in these kits would be ideal for creating stunning inspirational cards to share with your loved ones.

Glam Planning. Stamps, washi--- even the die cuts are ideal for decorating your planner! Even the tip in can serve as a great daily reminder AND extra room for notes and to do lists. 

Happy Mail. Happy mail can be anything that you send to brighten someone's day. The tip ins offer a really great happy mail just by themselves, but you can create many fun happy mail pieces with the washi, stamps, die cuts, etc. By using for happy mail, you're passing along some of that mailbox joy to those you gift too! 

As you can see, there are many great ways to put these devotional kits to use, even if you don't bible journal! And this month's beautiful kit I Am is an amazing one to start with! Take a look:

In the Illustrated Faith 'I Am' devotional kit, Melisa Garcia invites you on a two-week journey to dig deeper into knowing Christ.  Join Melisa as she leads you to make room for Christ, to take steps in becoming fearless, to speak truth about who you are in Him, to be patient, to forgive.  "...I learned early on that if I wanted to know who I am, I first must know the great I Am.  You will know who you are when you recognize whose you are. So that is my call to you." —Melisa Garcia

1 plastic pouch
1 devotional booklet
1 clear stamp collection
1 roll of washi tape
1 sheet of cut-out paper pieces
2 cardstock sticker sheets
3 tip-ins
1 magnet
1 thank you card from Shanna

Can you say gorgeous!? These colors are much more subtle than I expected for mid-summer I must admit, but still absoultely stunning. The florals are amazing, and I love the messages found within the devotional. The stamps from this kit may be my favorite so far. Oftentimes, while I love the stamps in each, I find myself wondering how I will use them beyond journaling through the devotional. These I can see using over and over again. 

This kit is now available to purchase at Dayspring!

And I'm also super excited to share that Dayspring has just launched all new cards from Shanna Noel- creater of Illustrated Faith. Be sure to check those out too!


  1. I like the devotional kits. This is something I would get my mom, my sister and myself.

  2. Great ideas! I love the idea of making cards, and sending them to my mom (happy mail). And, thanks for the link to Day Spring.


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