Less Hustle, More Jesus | Illustrated Faith Devotional Kit Review


Oh hey, friend! I’m back today with a look at the new Illustrated Faith devotional kit, Less Hustle, More Jesus. You’re going to love the bright colors and whimsical theme of this month’s kit (I do!) Let’s have a look!


This month we’ve got eight journaling cards- four sessions of devotional content and four verse cards with lots of space for journaling on the back. My favorite? The confetti popsicle!

I love the message of this month’s kit– less hustle, more Jesus. It’s so counter-cultural! I’ve listened to social media influencers talk about “the hustle”. The message a lot of them are communicating is that one’s worth is found in what one achieves. How exhausting! If our identity is found in what we do or what we’ve accomplished then we’ll constantly need to do more to find our value.

But Jesus. If we believe the identity he’s written over our life, if we follow his lead we can get off the hamster wheel andย rest in the peace and promises he offers. Thank you, Lord!


One of my favorites this month are these title-starter die cuts and how you can match them up, i.e. His truth, my hope. Plus that colorful script is sure to pop off the bible page!


There are three heart tip-ins included in this kit,


a 4×6 (!!!) clear alphabet stamp (such a great basic),


and two card stock sticker sheets. The sheet on the right is full of wordfetti and some extra blank pieces (I’m thinking some DIY wordfetti is in my future…)


From my stash I pulled a handful of Faber Castell PITT brush pens. I’m thinking about quick and simple bible journaling entries this month (which for me means no paint) and these guys are both portable and beautifully pigmented. From left to right the colors are Pink Madder Lake 129, Dark Cadmium Yellow 108, Light Green 171, Phthalo Green 161, Cobalt Green 156 and Ultramarine 120.


Also from my stash I pulled a few pieces from the Delight In His Day collection (the puffy stickers, card stock stickers and washi) as well as those adorable puffy pink crosses from the Illustrated Faith basics line. The DIHD collection is so fun and I thought its whimsy a perfect match for Less Hustle, More Jesus.

So what do you think? Are you ready to slow down and spend some time journaling about His peace and perfect plans for you? If so you can get your kit here.

I’ll be back to share some of my entries created with this kit, but until then have a great rest of your week!!

โค Jillian

P.S. Included with your purchase of the devotional kit are four pages of downloadable digital content! It’s a great way to stretch your kit since you can print them over and over again for your personal use!


Only One You Bible Journaling Process Video | Session 1


Can you believe it’s Wednesday already?! I feel like it’s barely Tuesday! In any case, I’ve got a brand new bible journaling process video for ya! I’m working on session one from the new Illustrated Faith devotional kit Only One You.

I love the look of this month’s kit- no surprise- Shanna’s team at DaySpring is amazing! And for today’s entry I’m in Jeremiah 1:5,

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

Of course, God is very clearly speaking to Jeremiah in this verse but I certainly don’t think He only knew the days He planned for Jeremiah. In fact, you and I and that not-so-savory neighbor of yours were all lovingly hand-crafted by our Creator and Sustainer! Amazing!


To create this entry I pulled the new All People All Nations 6×12 sticker sheet. The colors and patterns are a great match for this month’s kit. And of course, wordfetti is always a yes! To highlight my verse I used the Dark Naples Ochre big brush pen from Faber Castell. (I also pulled colors Middle Purple Pink, Cinnamon and Phthalo Blue to go along with the devo kit.)


I’ve been itching to use this new stencil from Tim Holtz and love the cool backdrop it created for today’s entry. I used Distress Ink in Picked Raspberry and a mini ink blending tool to get a great stencil impression.

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I decided to save my journaling for later and do that off camera. But I’ve got a great foundation and probably won’t add anything else after my handwriting.

It took me about 15 minutes of not second-guessing myself (which I’m trying to be better about) to complete this entry. Oh, and also not searching for forever to find just the right supply. It only took me a coupe of minutes to inventory the things already on or near my desk before I got started. Progress! ๐Ÿ™‚

If you haven’t already picked up this month’s devotional kit, you can find it here and be sure to use code FAITH25 for 25% off site wide (expires 4/9/18).

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a great rest of your week!

โค Jillian

P.S. Don’t forget you can find my process video here ๐Ÿ™‚

Bible Journaling Sermon Notes | All People All Nations Collection

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Happy Wednesday, friend! Today I’ve got a new bible journaling process video sharing how I got my Sunday morning sermon notes in my bible using the new All People All Nations collection from Illustrated Faith!


I’m loving all the colors and fun painterly pieces in this collection- and it had the perfect elements to journal my pastor’s sermon about love in Luke 10. Pictured are the supplies I used- the Say it Loud 6×12 card stock sticker sheet, the Shapes tip ins (so fun!) and the die cut paper pieces. I also used the new Basics Tiny Colorful Alphas (I appreciate that they’re transparent too!)

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For a bit more color and pattern on my page I used a new to me stencil from Hero Arts along with an ink blending tool and Distress Inks in a mix of Peacock Feathers and Mermaid Lagoon. I have been having so much fun with stencils lately, so get ready to see them a lot more around here ๐Ÿ™‚

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The bulk of my notes were written on the backside of this heart tip in (there’s a grid pattern on the back!) and I clipped it in so I’d be able to reference them later.

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I used a combination of Homespun number stickers to get those little heart bullet points and finished off the entry with a bit of washi on the bottom of the page. Easy peasy and it’s a beautiful reminder of what I learned that Sunday morning.

I hope you will watch my process video to see how the entry came together, to hear an overview of the sermon and then have yourself a great rest ok the week, k? K! See ya next time!


โค Jillian

All Things New | Bible Journaling Process Video


Hey, friend! Have you picked up the latest Illustrated Faith devotional kit, All Things New, from DaySpring yet?! This may be my favorite one of the year so far! It’s filled with such great Truth and I hope you will check it out!

Today I’m sharing my session 2 entry in my journaling bible. When I read the devotional card I knew without a doubt that I wanted this large, brush scripted phrase to go on my page. The verse for session 2 is Romans 12:2 which says,

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is- his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Basically, we’re called to be set apart just like Jesus. But here’s the good news, we’re not expected to transform ourselves! (Whew!) God’s Holy Spirit is the One making transformations here. He’s the One renewing our mind. Sure, our cooperation is required, but we’re not the ones doing the heavy lifting.


I tried a really fun technique in today’s video where I used the Illustrated Faith highlighter washi like you would painter’s tape. Totally inspired by the triangles on this session’s devotional card, I wanted to recreate a similar look on my page. Be sure to check out my process video to see just how that came together. (Spoiler alert: it was pretty easy) ๐Ÿ™‚


Here’s a peek at those beautiful new Brushed Words sticker book from Illustrated Faith. Cue allll the heart eyes! โค

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I used the following Target handmade modern satin acrylic paint colors to achieve this look: Heather, Lavender, Candy Apple, Coral (lightened with some Illustrated Faith white acrylic paint) and an inexpensive yellow craft paint also mixed with white.


I love how this entry turned out and the visual reminder it serves as in my bible.

I really do hope you’ll pick up the All Things New devotional kit! There are eight devotional cards filled with wonderful prompts to jumpstart your time in the Word.

Have a great rest of your week, friends!

โค Jillian

P.S. Don’t forget to watch my process video here. K, bye! ๐Ÿ™‚


All Things New Devotional Kit Unboxing

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He is making all things new! I’m so excited to work through the next Illustrated Faith devotional kit from DaySpring, All Things New! Wanna take a peek at the kit?! Check out my unboxing video here.

Wanna see what I pulled from my stash to coordinate with the kit? Keep reading, friend!


Again, I keep all of my kit contents in this handy plastic bin from Dollar Tree. It’s just so helpful to have everything together, because I would forget that I wanted to use that particular thing for that session 3 entry. Trust me.


Here’s a peek at some of the devotional cards– 8 sessions in this kit and man are they great! And, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I just started reading If You Only Knew by Jamie Ivey which is all about how God can take our brokenness and make something truly beautiful. Something new. But more on this read later ๐Ÿ˜‰


I see a lot of triangles in my future. I just love the geometric-ness of this kit and plan to put them everywhere. I pulled these ink pads from my stash, maybe not an exact match, but close enough.

Clockwise, from the top A Beautiful Mess dye ink, Studio Calico Color Theory pigment ink in Lavender Soda, Illustrated Faith coral ink, Kelly Purkey dye inks.

*note: these dye inks WILL BLEED THROUGH your bible pages. That doesn’t really bother me so I use them occasionally. Be sure to test all new mediums on one of the blank or weights and measures pages in the back of your bible!


On the left is the stamp set included with the kit and on the right is the Illustrated Faith Elements stamp set. The triangles on the devotional cards and tip ins have some marks on them and I thought this stamp set would help achieve that look too! It’s just a great basic stamp set to have in your toolbox ๐Ÿ™‚


Next up, paint! I’m using mostly Target handmade modern acrylic paints along with some inexpensive craft paint. I’m using the colors Satin Candy Apple, Satin Heather and Satin Lavender.


And finally, washi. I picked my most neutral geometric washi tapes figuring they would look great with the cards in the kit! From left to right is the Well With My Soul washi, an older Illustrated Faith dot washi, the colorful triangle washi from the kit, a grid tape from the Target dollar spot and a scribbly washi from MAMBI.

I am SO EXCITED to work through this kit because I know firsthand that God is in the business of transforming lives and giving new hearts to those that have placed their faith in Christ. I am pumped to see a community of women (and some men too ๐Ÿ™‚ remember that He restores lives and creates new people and that is news too good not to share! Want to join us? Pick up your kit here and let’s go!

โค Jillian

February Journaling Bible Flip Through!


Hiya! So glad you’re here today! Wanna see what I’ve been up to in my journaling bible for the month of February?!

I’m sharing most of my entries here, along with a couple extra in my flip through video (found here). Ready to get started?? Let’s start with…

New Releases!!

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This entry in Matthew 7 was created with the new Fruit of the Spirit collection from Illustrated Faith and Bella Blvd and you can watch the process video here ๐Ÿ™‚


This is one of my faves! I journaled some notes from Lysa TerKeurst’s bible study Finding I AM (so good!) with the new tiny colorful alpha sticker book. I also used some Print & Pray Shop highlighter brushes and enamel hearts โค Next up…

This Is Love devotional entries


This entry in John 3:16 kicked off my journey through the This Is Love devotional kit. And my process video for this guy is up on the Illustrated Faith YouTube channel- I had a lot of fun using those hexie stamps with acrylic paint!


My next This Is Love entry was pretty simple (gotta love those!) and I have a process video for this guy too. ๐Ÿ™‚


This gal was super fun (she’s a Faith Girl Paper Doll from Jess Robyn’s digital set in the Print & Pray Shop) and was already living here in Psalm 139 when I turned to create this entry. So she stayed! And I used bits from the You Are Loved collection for this entry referencing both Ephesians 2:10 and Psalm 139.


I also have a process video for this entry in Romans 8:39-39 using more of the You Are Loved collection, this time the tip-ins and #allthebanners ๐Ÿ™‚


This one in Luke may be one of my FAVES! I love the florals from Taylor’s digital set Crazy Love from the Print & Pray Shop with the acrylic paint and the pink Illustrated Faith pen โค And, who doesn’t love being reminded of the Father’s AMAZING love for us, He even knows the number of hairs on our head!

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For my last This Is Love entry I took to my hymnal and created this entry with Neocolor II water soluble crayons. You can see my process video here! I used those new tiny colorful alpha stickers and the You Are Loved washi sticker book.

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And finally, my Print & Pray bible journaling entries! I am so lucky to be a Creative Team member because these Better Together artists are OUTTA THIS WORLD talented and I love using their illustrations in my bible โค


This entry was created with Shawna Clingerman’s digital set Open Heart and I loved using it to journal more notes from the Finding I AM bible study. Love!


Next up is this page using Amy Bruce’s set Walking with Jesus. This card spoke so perfectly to what had been rolling around in my heart for the last coupla weeks and I knew it had to go in my bible. I used the Illustrated Faith watercolors to get a base of color on the page and then glued the journal card on top- so easy, yet so meaningful to me โค


I’ve got a process video for this entry in John using Tamara Arcilia’s set Be*Loved. I love that it’s an entry and half because of how I used her patterned paper bundle to create that lil’ tip-in. And conversation hearts are always a yes!


Perhaps my favorite entry this month- it’s a shame it doesn’t photograph well because Taylor’s Red Letter Lent elements are worth all the heart eyes! And Katy’s Redeemed Words were the perfect title for this note-heavy entry in Matthew 10 โค

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Another process video for this guy. I used Elaine’s set Loads of Love in 1 Peter and talk all about my former reservations about using her underwear illustration in my bible ๐Ÿ™‚ (and I’d totally wear those heart-kneed jeans, wouldn’t you?!)


And finally, my last process video for the month was day 11 of Taylor’s Red Letter Lent card set. You can check it out here on the Illustrated Faith channel. I journaled about God’s wonderfully sweet promise to let us find Him when we seek Him โค

And that’s it, friends! A look at some of the bible journaling entries I completed in the month of February. Was this helpful for you? Do you prefer these kinds of wrap ups in blog or video format? Please let me know in the comments below!

I hope you have a great week and get to spend some time journaling in the Word!

โค Jillian


Illustrated Faith Fruit of the Spirit Collection | Bible Journaling Process Video


Hiya, friend! Today I’m sharing my first bible journaling entry using the *new* Illustrated Faith collection, Fruit of the Spirit, from Bella Blvd. I was inspired by the 3×4 journaling card that reads,

“by their fruits, you will know them.” Matthew 7:20

ACS_0092I headed to Matthew and (shockingly) had this page empty, ready for an entry! I used bits from the cut apart sheet, 6×12 sticker sheet, clear stamps, washi tape and ephemera (paper pieces) to ask which fruit am I displaying.


To get some color on the page I used the card swiping technique and what I refer to as “the unofficial paint color of Illustrated Faith” ๐Ÿ™‚ since everyone loves this Liquitex heavy body acrylic paint in light portrait pink.


To see how this entry came together be sure to catch the process video here. Interested in picking up some (or all) of the supplies I used? I’ve got them all linked below ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a GREAT rest of you week!

โค Jillian



SUPPLIES: my bible, Fruit of the Spirit collection kit, washi tape, sticker sheet, stamp set, paper pieces, acrylic paint, favorite black ink pad, acrylic block (for stamping), journaling pens, enamel hearts and bow clip.


Print & Pray Bible Journaling Process Video | Loads of Love


Hey, friend! Happy Valentine’s Day! โค Today’s entry and process video are actually not about Valentine’s at all, so if you’re so ready for this holiday to be over- you’re in luck! And if you are all about Valentine’s day, that’s cool. I got married on February 14th. And maybe you’ll wanna check out these lovey-dovey bible journaling process videos. There is something for everyone here ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anywho, for today’s entry I’m in 1 Peter 4:10,

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” (NIV)

I love the digital set Elaine Davis created this month for the Illustrated Faith Print & Pray Shop. I mean, red and yellow heart undies?! I’ll admit I was scratching my head when I first saw them. But if you’re going to put underwear in your bible, this just might be the perfect spot!

Peter encourages us to love each other by serving one another. He reminds us that we have received gifts. The Holy Spirit is awesome that way, right? And they’re all different.

I ended up reading after verse 10 and loved what verse 11 says as well.

“If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:11 (NIV)


Serving others for God’s glory and not our own is a feeling like no other. Because when we glorify Him we are living out our purpose and oh man, there is nothing like it! But I knowย youย know that! ๐Ÿ™‚


I had so much fun creating this entry and I hope you’ll watch the process video to see how it came together! And I hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

โค Jillian

Supplies: my bible, Loads of Love digital set, This Is Love devo kit, enamel heart stickers, Target acrylic paint, black cross washi and Illustrated Faith basics tool kit.

This Is Love | Bible Journaling Process Video


Happy Wednesday! Today I’m sharing my second entry from the new Illustrated Faith devotional kit, This Is Love! I’m in Jeremiah 1:5 meditating on how each of us are a one-of-a-kind, unique creation- like Shanna says, we have to look no further than our thumbprint to see how God individually created each one of us.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart…” (NIV)

Doesn’t that just speak to how AMAZING He is?! And He loves each one of us- wow, God!

I love the colors in this kit and thought, instead of using paint, to pull out those Faber Castell PITT artist pens that I always seem to overlook. I only got as far as highlighting my verse before those clear stickers stole the show.


For this kit I’m using the Faber Castell colors Cobalt Green, May Green, Earth Green, Chrome Oxide Green, Pink Madder Lake and Light Flesh. I used Pink Madder Lake to highlight my verse ๐Ÿ™‚


I also snuck in some of the brand new wordfetti from Illustrated Faith and Bella Blvd releasing soon! They were so perfect to wrap up my title. And, I had so much fun using Elaine Davis’ “stitched textures” set from the Illustrated Faith Print & Pray Shop- printed on clear sticker paper they were a great finishing touch! You can find them here!


I would love for you to check out my process video to see how my entry in Jeremiah came together! And I hope you have a wonderful rest of your week!

โค Jillian

Additional supplies used: You Are Loved tabbies and You Are Loved fundamental sticker sheet

This Is Love | Illustrated Faith devotional kit


This is love. The newest Illustrated Faith devotional kit from DaySpring is all about love- God’s AMAZING love for you and me. If you haven’t picked up one of Illustrated Faith’s devotional kits yet I’d encourage you to snag this one. If you’re on the fence, this is one to hop over the fence for!

In the four sessions of devotional content Shanna beautifully describes God love for each one of us. As we linger on the love the mighty and powerful Creator of the universe has for you and me I think it’s no stretch to say it will spill over into our everyday interactions with those around us. And don’t you think the world could stand a little more love? ๐Ÿ™‚


I love the look of this kit and had so much fun finding coordinating supplies to go with it! As usual, I keep them all contained in this handy plastic tray from the dollar store.


DaySpring also sent me a few coordinating items from the You Are Loved collection designed by Stephanie Buice. I just love love love these paper pieces, don’t you?!


Here I’ve pulled my (well-loved) You Are Loved stamp set (left) to go with the 3×4 stamp set included with the kit. (Not sure how to use or even what clear stamps are? Check out this handy post to see what they’re all about!)


And who doesn’t love stickers?! On the left are the card stock stickers from the You Are Loved collection along with a booklet of 24 tip-ins sized to fit perfectly in the margins of your journaling bible! Check out my unboxing video to see these guys in action ๐Ÿ™‚


Next up-paint! Again, I was so inspired by the beautiful artwork in the kit, that I see many painterly bible journaling entries! From left to right I’ve got Anita’s Acrylic craft paint (from Hobby Lobby) in colors Hawaii, Light Turquoise and Hunter Green, then Target Handmade Modern paint in satin Avocado and Seaweed, followed by the Illustrated Faith acrylic paint Rose and the Liquitex heavy body acrylic in Light Portrait Pink.ย 


And finally, Faber Castell PITT artist pens. I confess I need to make better use of these (they can be an investment) so I’m planning to use them more this month. Pictured from left to right are Cobalt Green 156, May Green 170, Earth Green 172, Chrome Oxide Green 278, Pink Madder Lake 129 and Light Flesh 132.

We’d love to have you join us as we “work” through this kit together! It’s so much fun to see everyone’s take on each session and hear a bit of their heart. You can find the kit here (and don’t forget to use code IFSHIPSFREE for free domestic shipping).

โค Jillian