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filling our minds (and mirrors and refrigerators and walls) with truth

As a bonus for the Paper Works members, I created this set of scripture note cards.  So many of you requested to just purchase the cards and I’m here to deliver.


The set includes 52 individual cards with thirteen different stripey colorways. They are cheerfully simple, filled with encouragement, promises, reminders and TRUTH.


Perfect for posting on the bathroom mirror, the refrigerator or a wall.

Here’s another great way to use the cards: a flip book.


Simply print and trim a set of scripture cards (on a heavy cardstock for durability – like this),


punch a hole in the corner of each card (I used one as a guide so the holes were all lined up)


clip on a book ring (like these)


and you will have a portable flip book of memory verses. My best friend carries one of these in her car – when she has a moment to wait in line for pick up or at the starbucks drive-thru, she can take a second to look at scripture instead of the most recent status update.  Such a great idea!


I tried to make the designs appeal to both men and women – some a decidedly more feminine in color, but I think the men in your life will also appreciate having scripture around even if the border is a cute coral stripe.


These scripture cards are now available in the shop as a digital download.


//UPDATE// How many times have I poured over and over these cards making sure there were no mistakes?! And, yet, there it is! (ever instead of every). Ugh! I have now fixed the file so you are all set with a grammatically correct set of cards. Thanks to the extra sets of eyes today who pointed it out :)

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all the random things

Every once in a while I have all these random things to share and even though they make no sense together, it’s a pretty accurate picture of what’s happening in my brain. Lots of jumbled ideas and current faves that maybe you can relate to today.

Grab a cup of coffee or tea or ice water (with cucumber, perhaps? That’s my favorite) and enjoy this look into my scattered thoughts.


First up, this song. It’s been playing on repeat for the past week and I cry every time. Good tears, I promise. Press play, scroll down to keep reading and be sure to stop and really listen at about the 7 minute mark. The most powerful and beautiful collection of words I’ve ever heard.

Amen and amen.


Registration opened on Monday for the new graphic design class and I was so blown away by your response.


Spots filled up fast and sold out by the end of the day. I know many of you didn’t get a chance to join, but don’t worry! The next class will begin in just a few weeks (exact date tbd – late april/early may). I’ll be sure to give you plenty of notice so you can reserve a seat first thing (in fact, make sure you are on the jdc mailing list and you’ll be the first to know when registration opens – click here to subscribe).

I love this class and am so happy that you all love it too!


Speaking of love, look at these cute drawings my No.2 and No.3 boys did.


They have been super into drawing lately and we discovered this fantastic art website that they just can’t get enough of.


I’ve lost my office to their obsession, but I think it’s worth it. The site is called Art For Kids where a dad and his kids show how to draw all sorts of animals and characters. For sure a good one if you have kiddos who love drawing.


Another new favorite pastime is this origami game called Kami.  It’s a whole series of paper puzzles on an app that are challenging and make you think, but it’s also really pretty and mesmerizing to watch the animation when the paper folds.


My No.1 and I have a friendly competition going (he’s winning, as usual).


Here’s an embarrassing tidbit: yesterday afternoon my friend came over to see if we wanted to go for a walk and I was having a rough moment and started crying even though I didn’t mean to. Thankfully, she totally gets it, but why do I have to cry so much?!! She kindly took my kids for that walk while I stayed home and gathered myself. So grateful for good friends who love me even though I’m a mess.


Ryan was gone last weekend with a bunch of guys doing guy stuff which left me home on a friday night with nothing else to do but watch past episodes of project runway (the tim gunn version, which I like by the way) and shop. I wasn’t meaning to shop, but the j.crew factory store was having a 30% off everything sale (gets me every time) and spring is upon us and so these items found their way into my cart.


Nothing out of the ordinary for me, but they seemed like easy tops to wear with jeans (of course) or shorts (if I dare).

I also bought this dress which is a bit of a stray and the color could either look terrible or great in real life.

jcrew peach dress

It comes in a blue which would have normally been my pick, but I’m trying to be slightly more adventurous in my clothing choices so I went with peach.  I just looked and they’re still running that 30% off sale (enter code LUCKY at checkout). Lucky you.


Did you get to the poem part of the song yet? So good.


I’m making these delicious little nutella cheesecake bars for a party tonight.


My cousin made them at Christmas time and they are deee-licious.


Last one: I’m one of the pinners to this BHG Real-Life Color Palettes to Try pinterest board which is actually filled with really beautiful and colorful inspiration.


You can see the board here. And the rest of mine here. I just realized it’s probably time I update my profile photo on pinterest since it is three years old and shows my Audrey girl as a baby instead of the most delightful four year old that she is.


So there you have it. I hope you enjoyed our coffee/tea/water-with-cucumber date.

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all about fonts

I never grow tired of discovering and trying out new fonts. Generally, I have my favorites that I use over and over, but sometimes playing with a new typeface can inspire a project and compliment an existing design in a fresh way. There is something to be said about a perfectly selected font! Here’s a helpful info-graphic about how to artfully combine fonts, if you’d like a little guidance.

Over the past few years I’ve shared a few favorite fonts and even how to make you own (give it a try! It’s super fun).

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(click on each image to go to the original blog post. There is no post on installing a font on a mac because they make it so easy. Just download the font, click on the file and it will open in font book. Click install and you’re done).

There are so many amazing fonts available – both for free and paid. Weeding through them can be overwhelming and you really don’t need every single font installed on your computer – so I always love using these font round-ups as a great resource to discovering new fonts.  Here are a few great sites with helpful (and pretty) font suggestions:


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So many great options! Hopefully this won’t totally distract you from all of your real responsibilities today.

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