Come Follow Me Sketchnotes: “Be Thou an Example of the Believers”; 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon; October 28- November 3

Come Follow Me Sketchnotes:
“Be Thou an Example of the Believers”
1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon
October 28- November 3


Good morning, friends!

When you read this I’ll be enjoying some adventure time with some of my favorite people (my parents are taking my oldest daughter and me on a trip to Washington DC!). 


As I type this, a few days before we leave, I’m in the middle of preparations for this long-awaited trip, I’m up to my eyeballs getting ready for Pinners Conference and I’ve got a couple of other big projects in the works.  My mantra over the past few weeks has been: It’ll be fine.

So family scripture study plans for this week are pretty simple, and guess what? It’ll be fine.

I’ve had to drop a few ideas I had for Pinners, but it’ll be fine.  I’ll add them to my list for a future show.

I haven’t made/found a ton of time for my personal art practice lately.  It’ll be fine.

We’re in a busy season, but in a couple of weeks it will be over and we’ll be back to our regular schedule.  It’ll be fine.

In the meantime, here’s our super simplified schedule for the week.  You’ll notice there’s not a lot extra.  We’re basically just reading a few verses each night.  It’ll be fine 🙂


Monday: Read CFM introduction + 2 Timothy 3:15-17 and Scripture Treasure Hunt
Tuesday: Read 1 Timothy 4:12
Wednesday: Read 1 Timothy 6:7-12
Thursday: Read 2 Timothy 3:14-17
Friday: Philemon 1:17-21
Saturday: Read 1 Timothy 2:9-10
Sunday: Recap/Catch-up if we missed any days.  Kids lead discussion.

Additional Study:

How to use Scripture Sketchnotes:

TRACE. You can also trace these into your scriptures or journal using a light box or a sunny window.  My husband made me an awesome lightbox, but this one is a great option for you to purchase.

COLORING PAGE. Use as a coloring page for your kids to work on during family scripture time.  Write additional notes and insights on the pages as you go. You could add all the completed sketchnotes pages to a binder to keep as a reminder of the gospel topics you’ve discussed together.


STICKER PAPER. Print on clear sticker paper and cut apart the doodles to add to your scripture journal or into the margins of your scriptures.  (This year, I am using this free wide-margin New Testament PDF that I had printed and spiral bound at a local copy shop.  But there are many wide-margin options available.)

Printing on clear sticker paper allows you to add color to the doodles using colored pencils, but still be able to see the words beneath them.  I have tried out a few different kinds of colored pencils on this sticker paper.  Ergosoft pencils and Prismacolor pencils work really well.

October 2019 General Conference Cards (in two sizes!)

October 2019 General Conference Cards (in two sizes!)



Oh, friends!


They are finally ready!  I’m so, so happy to share these cards with you.



I love creating cards like this after each General Conference.  I often hang them up around the house as a reminder of the beautiful and uplifting words we heard. You can find other general conference sketchnotes/ cards here.

I choose one quote from each talk in General Conference, usually something powerful that stood out to me, and I hand-letter and illustrate it.  This conference I noticed a theme of JOY. You’ll see that word sprinkled throughout these quote cards.


My favorite way to use them, though, is in my scripture journal.  For this conference, I am using a traveler’s notebook as a study journal.  It’s my first traveler’s journal, and I’m already quite smitten with it.  I’ll do a full post about what I’m including in this journal, and what my various notebooks contain, so watch for that soon.




I decided to create two sizes of cards this time so that I could include smaller versions in my smaller journal.  So that means YOU get two sizes to choose from! Fun!




You have a few options for these cards:

Cut out and tape/paste in your journal or scriptures
Trace into your journal or scriptures
Print on clear sticker paper (white sticker paper would work too!)
Use as coloring pages
Make into a small booklet for kids to color 


I’d love to see how you use them! Take a photo and tag me on Instagram!







October 2019 General Conference Cards (large)

October 2019 General Conference Cards (small)

Come Follow Me Sketchnotes: 1 and 2 Thessalonians “Be Not Soon Shaken in Mind, or Be Troubled” October 21-27

Come Follow Me Sketchnotes
1 and 2 Thessalonians
“Be Not Soon Shaken in Mind, or Be Troubled”
October 21-27


Hiya, friends! I’m going to be honest, things have been a little nuts around here the past few weeks.  I was really sick (just a bad cold, and it’s mostly gone now) and I’m getting ready for a big trip (SO excited!) and the day after we get back from the trip I set up for Pinners Conference! (Will you be there? Come find my booth!) 

The days have been so full, and it makes me so grateful that I’ve already planned out our family scripture time.  It makes it so much easier to just pull things up on my phone and go! 

Do we skip days in busy seasons? Yes we do.  But we’d miss a lot more if we didn’t have a plan in place.

I’m excited to share another set of Come Follow Me Sketchnotes with you today!  

Each week I share a quick plan for our family study.  Here’s the plan this week!



Monday: Read CFM introduction + 1 Thessalonians 5:2 and do Second Coming Surprise
Tuesday: Read 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 and Something Special to Share
Wednesday: Read 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 
Thursday: Read 1 Thessalonians 5:14-25 and decide on a phrase to focus on as a family.
Friday: Read 2 Thessalonians 3:13
Saturday: Read 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 and watch The Apostasy and Restoration
Sunday: Weekly Recap/Catch Up on things we’ve missed; kids lead discussion.


How to use Scripture Sketchnotes:

TRACE. You can also trace these into your scriptures or journal using a light box or a sunny window.  My husband made me an awesome lightbox, but this one is a great option for you to purchase.

COLORING PAGE. Use as a coloring page for your kids to work on during family scripture time.  Write additional notes and insights on the pages as you go. You could add all the completed sketchnotes pages to a binder to keep as a reminder of the gospel topics you’ve discussed together.


STICKER PAPER. Print on clear sticker paper and cut apart the doodles to add to your scripture journal or into the margins of your scriptures.  (This year, I am using this free wide-margin New Testament PDF that I had printed and spiral bound at a local copy shop.  But there are many wide-margin options available.)

Printing on clear sticker paper allows you to add color to the doodles using colored pencils, but still be able to see the words beneath them.  I have tried out a few different kinds of colored pencils on this sticker paper.  Ergosoft pencils and Prismacolor pencils work really well.

Come Follow Me Sketchnotes: October 14–20 Philippians; Colossians “I Can Do All Things through Christ Which Strengtheneth Me”

Come Follow Me Sketchnotes
October 14–20  Philippians; Colossians 
“I Can Do All Things through Christ Which Strengtheneth Me”



Wasn’t General Conference simply amazing? 

I am so uplifted and encouraged by the messages I heard and the direct counsel and instructions I received.  And isn’t it incredible how we can each receive personalized information, instruction meant just for us individually, during the same meeting?  

It’s powerful.


One of the impressions I received was a new excitement for the Come Follow Me curriculum.  I cannot wait to study the Book of Mormon this way next year, and in the meantime, I’m feeling a renewed energy and commitment to studying the New Testament.

Our family has learned so much through these simple discussions, things I hope our children will remember.  A couple of nights ago while trying to keep our little ones’ attention, we had them imagine putting on the Whole Armor of God, piece by piece. As we read the verses Elijah (5) held up his pretend shield of faith and we talked about how his faith will protect him from all the fiery darts of the adversary.

My husband made silly sound effects, like arrows were bouncing off the shield, “kwa-ping!” and we all giggled.  This spontaneous addition to our lesson was brought about because he was restless and not paying attention, but I hope it’s a detail he remembers as he grows up.



It was a good reminder for me that this study is designed to be simple.  We don’t need to spend hours create an entire working replica of the armor of God out of cardboard to reach our children’s hearts.  

Simply listening to the Spirit in the moment brought that idea to mind and allowed us to have a more meaningful discussion than was originally planned.

But the thing that made it so we were there, ready to talk and discuss the scriptures in the first place is because we made a simple plan.


Here’s our plan for this week:

Monday: Read Come Follow Me introduction + Philippians 4:4 and do the Frowny Face Challenge

Tuesday: Read Philippians 2:14-15 and discuss how we can be a Light to others

Wednesday: Read Philippains 3:5-14 and watch Sacrifice and Service

Thursday: Read Philippians 4:1-13

Friday: Read Colossians 1:9-11 and 2:2-3 and discuss what we can do to increase in the knowledge of God.

Saturday: Read Colossians 1:23; 2:7

Sunday:  Weekly recap and catch-up (if we missed any of the things planned above, which we probably did); kids lead discussion.  



Additional Study: 
That Your Joy May Be Full by Jean B. Bingham

How to use Scripture Sketchnotes:

TRACE. You can also trace these into your scriptures or journal using a light box or a sunny window.  My husband made me an awesome lightbox, but this one is a great option for you to purchase.

COLORING PAGE. Use as a coloring page for your kids to work on during family scripture time.  Write additional notes and insights on the pages as you go. You could add all the completed sketchnotes pages to a binder to keep as a reminder of the gospel topics you’ve discussed together.


STICKER PAPER. Print on clear sticker paper and cut apart the doodles to add to your scripture journal or into the margins of your scriptures.  (This year, I am using this free wide-margin New Testament PDF that I had printed and spiral bound at a local copy shop.  But there are many wide-margin options available.)

Printing on clear sticker paper allows you to add color to the doodles using colored pencils, but still be able to see the words beneath them.  I have tried out a few different kinds of colored pencils on this sticker paper.  Ergosoft pencils and Prismacolor pencils work really well.

Bible Journal with Me: Abound in Hope (Simple Watercolor Florals)

 Bible journal tutorial using watercolor to paint simple flowers. These simple watercolor florals are a beautiful addition to your bible journal.

There is something so beautiful to me about a simple line drawing over scriptures.  While I enjoy creating big, elaborate scripture journal pages, I am often struck by the power of these simpler pages.


This took just a few minutes to create, and used just a handful of supplies, and I am so happy with how it turned out.


Often when I am scripture journaling, I focus on a phrase that stood out to me during my study time (I use two separate bibles: one to study from and one as more of an art journal).  I like to illustrate those phrases in my art bible because those pages help me to remember the truths and encouragement spoken to my heart by the Spirit.

This phrase from Paul, Abound in Hope is a powerful phrase I came across recently.


Tutorial:




Supplies Used:

Deseret Book Journaling New Testament  I have the inexpensive paperback copy and so far it is holding up really well through all kinds of paint and other mediums.


Micron Pens Always and forever my favorite for details.  


Watercolors 

Posca Paint Pens

I drew this freehand into my bible, but it is based on a coloring page I designed a few months ago.  You can find the free coloring page here.


What I’ve Been Reading: September 2019

Hey there!




I’m happy to share my thoughts on the books I read in September!  While I read some really great books, I feel like it was a pretty slow month for me. I just haven’t taken the time to just sit and read very much. But I was still able to finish 8 books this month, and I’m on track to reach my goal of reading 100 books this year (I’m currently sitting at 77 completed)!


I didn’t realize until I was writing this post that this was a very heavy non-fiction month for me.  I wonder if that’s why it felt slower?




The Mother in Law by Sally Hepworth

This was a good, clean thriller. It’s hard to find thrillers without much swearing, too much violence or sex.  It’s a definite page turner and I loved seeing the story from multiple perspectives.




The Call of the Wild by Jack London

Read this for the #2020classics challenge. It was pretty hard to read at times due to violence. Honestly, I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about it.  Glad I read it, but it’s not my favorite.




Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink

This was said a really difficult read, but one in so glad I finally got to.  It covers the impossible decisions of health care workers after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.  So horrifying that I found myself talking about it all the time, trying to figure out what I would have done in those circumstances.




Daily Rituals: Women at Work by Mason Currey

I read Mason’s first book in this series, Artists at Work and loved it, but did feel the lack of female representation.  I am so glad he wrote a follow-up that was entirely filled with female creatives.  I loved learning about how those women balanced all of their responsibilities, because (generally speaking) women throughout history have had more roles to manage than men.




Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequest

I don’t generally re-read books very often, but reading this again was just what I needed in this season of life.  A lovely reminder that our worth is not correct contingent upon our to do lists.










Insights from a Prophet’s Life by Sheri Dew


I loved how this book was constructed: each short chapter tells a different story from Russell M. Nelson’s life.  I loved seeing a glimpse of the outstanding life he’s lived. His example of hard work and determination is inspiring.



Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorius

This book tells the true story of a previously healthy boy (Martin) who comes down with a debilitating unknown disease. It takes away his ability to communicate and control his body.  He lives for years in this condition before someone realizes that his mind is completely intact. There is a short section that describes some pretty horrifying acts that were committed against Martin. 

The book is not extremely well written, and toward the end it definitely dragged for me, but still very worth the read.





The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny

I have been slowly working my way through this series. I’ve heard that the series is a slow build and that it takes four or five books to really hit its stride.  That’s quite a commitment, especially for me, since I rarely read a full series.  While I enjoyed the first four books, I was not racing to get my hands on the next book.  But after finishing book five I am completely converted.  I can’t wait to read more! Wonderfully well-written and completely engrossing.  I loved it!

What have you been reading lately?

Come Follow Me Sketchnotes: “For the Perfecting of the Saints”; September 30–October 13 Ephesians

“For the Perfecting of the Saints”
Ephesians 
September 30–October 13  

Happy Monday!

Last week we celebrated both of my daughter’s birthdays. There’s just one day (plus 12 years) in between their big days.  So we’ve had all the joy of celebrating a little girl turning 3, as well as a newly minted 15 year old.  Seriously, so much fun!   

I am so looking forward to General Conference this weekend and I’m making big plans for my study journal (what else is new!?).  Can’t wait to share those details with you.

In the meantime, I’m happy to be here with Come Follow Me Sketchnotes for this week!



Here’s our family study plan for the week:

Monday: Read CFM Introduction + Read Ephesians 5:31,33 and United We Stand activity

Tuesday: Read Ephesians 2:4-10; 3:14-21 and discuss the love and mercy of God.

Wednesday: Read Ephesians 5:21-6:4. Discuss the ideas in Recipe for a Happy Family.

Thursday: Read Ephesians 6:10-18 and watch Put on the Whole Armor of God

Friday: Read Ephesians 2:12-19 and discuss.


Saturday: Read Ephesians 1:10 and watch Why Do We Have Prophets?

Sunday: Weekly Recap/Catch up on topics we missed during the week. Kids lead discussion.



Additional Study:
Put on the Whole Armor of God
Gathering the Family of God


How to use Scripture Sketchnotes:

TRACE. You can also trace these into your scriptures or journal using a light box or a sunny window.  My husband made me an awesome lightbox, but this one is a great option for you to purchase.

COLORING PAGE. Use as a coloring page for your kids to work on during family scripture time.  Write additional notes and insights on the pages as you go. You could add all the completed sketchnotes pages to a binder to keep as a reminder of the gospel topics you’ve discussed together.


STICKER PAPER. Print on clear sticker paper and cut apart the doodles to add to your scripture journal or into the margins of your scriptures.  (This year, I am using this free wide-margin New Testament PDF that I had printed and spiral bound at a local copy shop.  But there are many wide-margin options available.)


Printing on clear sticker paper allows you to add color to the doodles using colored pencils, but still be able to see the words beneath them.  I have tried out a few different kinds of colored pencils on this sticker paper.  Ergosoft pencils and Prismacolor pencils work really well.



You might also like my other sketchnotes posts.




I’d love your help. One way you can support my work is to SHARE IT! If you appreciate the hours I put into these free resources each week, please pin this image on Pinterest or share it on Facebook or Instagram.  It helps so much for YOU to share what you love and help others to find me.  Thank you!




Come Follow Me Sketchnotes: “Walk in the Spirit”; Galatians; September 23-29

Come Follow Me Sketchnotes
 “Walk in the Spirit”
 Galatians; September 23-29



Happy Monday, friends!


Cooler weather is finally here and I’m completely delighted by it.  I have recently discovered a love for herbal tea and find it so comforting to curl up with a warm cup of tea and a good book in the evenings.  If you’re an herbal tea drinker, tell me your favorite brand/flavor in the comments! 


We’re moving on to Galatians this week for Come Follow Me and I’m excited to study it more in depth on my own as well as with my family.


As always, scroll down to download your free sketchnotes.


Here’s our family study plan for the week:

Monday: Read CFM Introduction + Read Galatians 3:7-8 and Nations Blessing Bonanza.  We’ll also be traveling for a soccer game this evening, so we will listen to The Scripture Study Project in the car.

Tuesday: Read Galatians 3:11 + Gethsemane Video

Wednesday: Read Galatians 4:1-7 and Paul’s Letters

Thursday: Read Galatians 5:22-23 and The Parable of the Anthill

Friday: Read Galatians 6:1 and Toys in the Tub

Saturday: Read Galatians 6:7-10 and discuss.


Sunday: Weekly Recap/Catch up on topics we missed during the week. Kids lead discussion.


Additional Study:
To Hold Sacred by Paul B. Pieper


Abide in the Lord’s Territory by Ulisses Soares





How to use Scripture Sketchnotes:

TRACE. You can also trace these into your scriptures or journal using a light box or a sunny window.  My husband made me an awesome lightbox, but this one is a great option for you to purchase.

COLORING PAGE. Use as a coloring page for your kids to work on during family scripture time.  Write additional notes and insights on the pages as you go. You could add all the completed sketchnotes pages to a binder to keep as a reminder of the gospel topics you’ve discussed together.



STICKER PAPER. Print on clear sticker paper and cut apart the doodles to add to your scripture journal or into the margins of your scriptures.  (This year, I am using this free wide-margin New Testament PDF that I had printed and spiral bound at a local copy shop.  But there are many wide-margin options available.)


Printing on clear sticker paper allows you to add color to the doodles using colored pencils, but still be able to see the words beneath them.  I have tried out a few different kinds of colored pencils on this sticker paper.  Ergosoft pencils and Prismacolor pencils work really well.




I’d love your help. One way you can support my work is to SHARE IT! If you appreciate the hours I put into these free resources each week, please pin this image on Pinterest or share it on Facebook or Instagram.  It helps so much for YOU to share what you love and help others to find me.  Thank you!


Come Follow Me Sketchnotes: “God Loveth a Cheerful Giver”; 2 Corinthians 8-13, September 16-22

2 Corinthians 8-13
September 16-22
“God Loveth a Cheerful Giver”

Hey friends!

It’s time for Come Follow me Sketchnotes once again!  This week we wrap up our study of 2nd Corinthians.  What have been your major takeaways from the lessons lately?

I feel like I’m learning so much more about the New Testament than I ever knew before.  I love it!

Each week I share our family’s simple lesson plan with you.  We have a wide range of ages in our family, so it’s hard to find a balance for teens and toddlers, but we do our best and hope that each kid finds something on their level.

Here’s what we’re studying this week:

Monday: Read CFM Introduction + Read 2 Corinthians 12:5-10 + Muscleman Challenge

Tuesday: Read 2 Corinthians 8:1-15 + Read The Favorite Ball

Wednesday: Read 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 and watch Thanks Be to God

Thursday: Read 2 Corinthians 10:3-7 watch Refuge from the Storm

Friday: Read 2 Corinthians 11:3 watch Are We Not All Beggars? and discuss how we can focus on the simplicity of the gospel.


Saturday: Read 2 Corinthians 9 and discuss ways we can help those in need.

Sunday: Weekly Recap. Kids lead discussion.







Additional Study for Adults:


I Was A Stranger by Linda K. Burton


Are We Not All Beggars? by Elder Holland





How to use Scripture Sketchnotes:

TRACE. You can also trace these into your scriptures or journal using a light box or a sunny window.  My husband made me an awesome lightbox, but this one is a great option for you to purchase.

COLORING PAGE. Use as a coloring page for your kids to work on during family scripture time.  Write additional notes and insights on the pages as you go. You could add all the completed sketchnotes pages to a binder to keep as a reminder of the gospel topics you’ve discussed together.





STICKER PAPER. Print on clear sticker paper and cut apart the doodles to add to your scripture journal or into the margins of your scriptures.  (This year, I am using this free wide-margin New Testament PDF that I had printed and spiral bound at a local copy shop.  But there are many wide-margin options available.)


Printing on clear sticker paper allows you to add color to the doodles using colored pencils, but still be able to see the words beneath them.  I have tried out a few different kinds of colored pencils on this sticker paper.  Ergosoft pencils and Prismacolor pencils work really well.





You might also like my other sketchnotes posts.



I’d love your help. One way you can support my work is to SHARE IT! If you appreciate the hours I put into these free resources each week, please pin this image on Pinterest or share it on Facebook or Instagram.  It helps so much for YOU to share what you love and help others to find me.  Thank you!





Come Follow Me Sketchnotes: “Be Ye Reconciled to God”; 2 Corinthians 1-7 September 9-15

Come Follow Me Sketchnotes
2 Corinthians 1-7
September 9-15
“Be Ye Reconciled to God”


 Hi!


Every week I share my hand-lettered sketchnotes that go along with the current Come Follow Me lesson. I really love drawing these pages.  I love the insights I gain as I read the scriptures deeply and pull out favorite phrases or meaningful verses to share with you.


Thank you for coming here week after week!


I sincerely hope these pages are useful for you and that they are adding to your study.

Each week I share our family’s simple lesson plan with you.  We have a wide range of ages in our family, so it’s hard to find a balance for teens and toddlers, but we do our best and hope that each kid finds something on their level.

Here’s what we’re studying this week:

Monday: Read CFM Introduction + Read 2 Corinthians 5:17 + Nature Charades

Tuesday: Read 2 Corinthians 3:1-3 and each family writes an “epistle” about how another family member has been a good example of a disciple of Christ.

Wednesday: Read 2 Corinthians 4:6-10 and watch Why do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

Thursday: Read 2 Corinthians 2:5-11 read Jesus Forgave

Friday: Read 2 Corinthians 5:6-7. What does it mean to “walk by faith, not by sight?” Watch Pure and Simple Faith

Saturday: Read 2 Corinthians 6:1-10. Watch Reclaimed.


Sunday: Read 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 + Weekly Recap. Kids lead discussion.





Additional Study for Adults:


Lord, I Believe by Elder Holland


You Can Do it Now! by President Uchtdorf





How to use Scripture Sketchnotes:

TRACE. You can also trace these into your scriptures or journal using a light box or a sunny window.  My husband made me an awesome lightbox, but this one is a great option for you to purchase.

COLORING PAGE. Use as a coloring page for your kids to work on during family scripture time.  Write additional notes and insights on the pages as you go. You could add all the completed sketchnotes pages to a binder to keep as a reminder of the gospel topics you’ve discussed together.





STICKER PAPER. Print on clear sticker paper and cut apart the doodles to add to your scripture journal or into the margins of your scriptures.  (This year, I am using this free wide-margin New Testament PDF that I had printed and spiral bound at a local copy shop.  But there are many wide-margin options available.)


Printing on clear sticker paper allows you to add color to the doodles using colored pencils, but still be able to see the words beneath them.  I have tried out a few different kinds of colored pencils on this sticker paper.  Ergosoft pencils and Prismacolor pencils work really well.



You might also like my other sketchnotes posts.


I’d love your help. One way you can support my work is to SHARE IT! If you appreciate the hours I put into these free resources each week, please pin this image on Pinterest or share it on Facebook or Instagram.  It helps so much for YOU to share what you love and help others to find me.  Thank you!