New Beginnings | Art Journal Spread

New Beginnings Art Journal Spread using Maggie Holmes Florals - Lydia Cost

There’s a lot of real heart that goes into the pages of my art journal, and sometimes I don’t give this unsuspecting little book enough attention. When I creak open its pages after a long time away, I find days of struggles melt into the act of layering all sorts of mediums and paints onto these pages. It’s a wide open space to say everything I need.


With a little help from a pretty paper from the Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams Collection, I fussy-cut a million little florals and leaves.  I almost always work with florals in my art journal because they just melt delicately into any medium I splash on the background.


These florals were backed with a light pink color, so I knew I’d be overlaying my background blues and teals with some pink to help the florals nestle.


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Hope Found

Hope Found Art Journal Page - Lydia Cost

I was blessed enough to find myself with enough time in the morning to crack open my art journal.  I rarely get her out these days, and I sure have missed it!  There is something so therapeutic about simply creating without a thought of the end result!  I pull out my art journal when I have a lot of things I need to work through with the Lord, and that amount of outpouring simply couldn’t fit in my Bible!

I know I’ve said it before, but I love the American Crafts Wildflower collection!  These two amazing floral illustrations are from the paper pad, and they became my focal point after I fussy-cut them out!


My idea of art journaling varies each time I use it; sometimes I have more of a Wilna style and sometimes I have more of a Suse style.


Do you guys art journal?  I’d love to see some of your pages!  Put some links in the comments, so I can take a look and leave some love!



IF Watercolors, Brea Reese Modeling Paste, Brea Reese Texture Pebbles, Brea Reese Paste Applicator, Tim Holtz Floral Stencil, Prima Artisan Powder, Acrylic Paint, American Crafts Wildflower Paper Pad, Heidi Swapp Background Stamp, Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs, Bombay India Ink

Day 15: Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit Altered Book Page

Isaiah 11:2 (ESV)

And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,
    the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
    the Spirit of counsel and might,
    the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.

It’s hard to imagine myself explaining what the Holy Spirit has done in my life, so I’ll just leave it to the verse above.  The Holy Spirit grants peace, wisdom, understanding, counsel, strength, knowledge, and a fear of the Lord.  The Holy Spirit is responsible for turning me from my sinful ways and bringing me into the light!  It is the part of the Holy Trinity that resides within me and gives me breath.

I wanted to create this page in my Gratitude Documented Altered Book because it was feeling a little neglected the past couple of days!  I’m so glad I did because I just loved the way that it turned out!

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I knew that I wanted some bold letters for my page so I set up using a paper pad, clear embossing powder/ink, and an Illustrated Faith stamp set.  I have always loved having some clear embossing powder on hand for this particular thing!  I don’t personally own a die-cut machine (a shame, I know), so I have to resort to creative ways to cut from designs.  After the embossing was finished, I could easily see the outline of the stamped letters I wanted to cut.

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Can’t Breathe Without You

Happy Feelings & Hope Art Journal Page using Maggie Holmes Carousel Florals - Lydia Cost

Truth is, as a Christian we just feel more.  There is this loud groaning inside us that longs for His presence; in fact, He designed it that way. The weight of existing in a sinful world is like an anvil, forcing the joy out of our veins.  Even Jesus felt its weight.

“And He said to them, ‘My soul is deeply grieved to the point of death; remain here and keep watch.’ And He went a little beyond them, and fell to the ground and began to pray that if it were possible, the hour might pass Him by. And He was saying, ‘Abba! Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will.'” Mark 14:34-36)

The Bible says that so great was his anguish, that he sweat “drops of blood.” (Luke 22:44)



I’m not sure why, but I’ve always struggled with days of despair; they come and go, for what seems like no apparent reason.  I know they are a consequence of living in a fallen world; they are the consequence of a battered heart, one that I was unable to guard.  But the surest thing I know, is that I am truly thankful for that groaning heart.  Without it, I would be a shell of a body; without it I would not long for my Father.  So I will embrace the despair that ebbs and flows like the sea, drawing me closer to the shining shore.


For me personally, putting on some music and expelling it all in my art journal, is the perfect kind of worship to ease my groaning heart.

(While we don’t agree theologically on everything, this song says what I need to say.)