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™‚

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

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

#Faith Goals | Bible Journaling Process


Hiya, friends! Thanks for stopping by today! I’ve got a new process video for ya using #Goals, the new Illustrated Faith devotional kit from DaySpring.

To prepare for this entry I read the suggested verse on the card, Matthew 17:20.

So Jesus said to them, ” Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there, and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”ย 


After I read that I immediately resonated with the disciples’ plea to Jesus in Luke 17, increase my faith! From there I studied a bit more (loved this article from desiringGod.org) and came to learn that ultimately, it’s not the quantity of my faith but the power of God. I contemplated journaling this entry in Luke 17, and maybe I should have, but whether it’s mountains or mulberry trees, God is the one moving them. (insert praise hands here ๐Ÿ™‚


Next up, supplies! I stuck to mostly kit supplies, basic tools and a few Neocolors. And coffee. Always coffee. (I’ve got an unboxing video if you want to see what’s included in this month’s kit.) The Neocolors pictured are, from left to right, Pink, Mauve, Saffron and Purple, although I ended up not using the saffron color.

I also like to use white acrylic paint to “prep” my page for the Neocolor crayons. Honestly, I have no idea how to properly use these things I just keep it messy and fun, but I find that the white paint makes the color appear more pigmented on the page.


I used some alpha stickers from my stash to help build my title and went to town with the stickers. #allthestickers I actually purchased an additional kit because I saw myself going through this one quite quickly ๐Ÿ™‚

To see how this page came together you can watch my process here. We would love to have you join the community as we work through this devotional together! You can pick up the kit here.

I hope hump day is treating you well and I will see you Friday for a fun new series coming to my YouTube channel and blog!

โค Jillian

Illustrated Faith #GOALS Devotional Kit

You guys! I am so excited to share #GOALS, the new Illustrated Faith devotional kit from DaySpring with you today! What better way to kick off the weekend, amiright?! I didn’t mind the delay between kit releases this month because it gave us more time to process what the Lord has taught us in 2017 before jumping right in to plan-making and goal-setting for the new year. And, my whole family was sick for the last three weeks so I was not about to attempt a new exercise routine/bible reading plan/learn to speak Japanese while up to my elbows in #allthegerms ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anywho, let’s get to this BEAUTIFUL kit. I’ve got an unboxing video on my YouTube channel if you’d like to see “in person” what the kit contents look like and what coordinating products I’ve pulled from my stash. Or you can just keep reading ๐Ÿ™‚


As I read through the devotional cards I found myself nodding and repeating “amen, amen!” In each session we’re reminded of God’s power and love and encouraged to anchor our hopes, dreams and goals in Him. I’m looking forward to working slowly through each session, digging into His Word and letting the Holy Spirit illuminate areas of my life that need a refresh.



So excited about these clear stickers-they’ll be great for building titles!


And those stamps and washi! ๐Ÿ™‚


I sat down while watching Heather’s Instagram Live to go through my stash and select some coordinating supplies. I just love these plastic bins (trays?) from Dollar Tree for corralling all of the supplies I want to remember to use throughout the devo.


I was especially inspired by all of the beautiful artwork included on this month’s devotional cards and that’s how I decided which mediums I’d like to use.


First up, Neocolors! For those who are unfamiliar they are water-soluble crayons, like watercolor crayons but nicer. They can be kinda pricey, but I like to purchase colors individually that I know I’ll use instead of a big pack with like, 12 different shades of brown ๐Ÿ™‚ Fortunately, Illustrated Faith’s products and kits tend to use a lot of the same colors so once you have a handful of those you’re good to go! The colors I selected are, from left to right, Purple, Mauve, Greenish Blue, and Pink.

Moving clockwise from the Neocolors are acrylic paints. I see a lot of messy, painterly pages in my future this month ๐Ÿ™‚ From left to right I chose Deep Sea Blue (from Anita’s acrylics available at Hobby Lobby), Jade (Handmade Modern satin paint from Target), the Rose color from the Illustrated Faith acrylic paint set and Heather (also from Target).

And then there was washi. From left to right I’ve pulled the Illustrated Faith highlighter washi, a succulent washi from an older IF devotional kit which is no longer available, the black cross washi, a painterly aqua washi from one of those multipacks, the pink cross washi from Illustrated Faith, a new grid washi from the Target Dollar Spot (err, Bullseye’s Playground) that I loooove and finally, the Well With My Soul washi also from Illustrated Faith.

I’ve got a couple other staples thrown in, like alpha stickers and numbers (to label my entries), enamel hearts and die cuts. You can see how I incorporate it all in my upcoming process videos!


Thanks so much for stopping by today, and if you haven’t already be sure to grab the newย  #GOALS devotional kit so we can work through it together!

โค Jillian