Thursday, July 27, 2017

How I Decided to Use My 365 Faith Binder

One of the fun things that I received from the Documented Faith crew was
this super cute binder. Since my Blessed Friends Ambassadorship is almost over, I feel like I need to share my thoughts on this product. I am actually excited to do so because it took me a while to decide how I want to use it. 

Here is a little overview on the binder. 
The cost is about $40.00 
You can pick one up here and here
It comes complete with dividers, blank monthly pages, and blank daily pages. All are designed by Stephanie Ackerman with her awesome art work. If you don't know her you can read more on her blog Homegrown Hospitality.

This a very nice 3-ring binder with reinforced corners and a lay-flat feature. The paper is card stock. I have used watercolor on the pages and they only slightly buckle and press out over time. The dividers are actually watercolor paper that you can color in as you wish. The dividers are labeled with the word of the month that Stephanie's weekly email focuses on.  

Let me say something here. 
Don't let that be a deal breaker. If you want the binder to be used as an actual planner, you can. Just flip the dividers over and label them by month.  SUPER FLEXIBLE! Use it how you want to!

So the first couple of months I really did use it as a planner. 

What I ended up deciding was that this was not really useful for me. I have a lovely Filofax personal size Malden that I LOVE and carry every where. So that ended up not being the best use for me.

Here is a layout that I did with the word "serve" using the Serve Kit, which you can get here. By the way, this kit has my hands-down, absolute favorite stamp set .... EVER!

So after months of working with this binder, I have decided that this is one of the things in life that you don't know you need until you have it and use it. 

The way that I use it is that every week I download the Documented Faith devotion. I pray. I open my bible. I read the devotion and then I pray again.  I ask for clarity and a message. God always delivers.

This particular week Stephanie had an exercise to write scripture. So I did one daily. I also added one of her images from the Adornit ArtPlay coloring book. I just cut it out and glued in.  I also watercolored sections... just because, I'm all about watercolor now. 

I also washied the edge of the lesson download and hole punched so that I could place it in that week. 

Sometimes the devotions come with a really cute image like this one. You can do what you want with it. Use it in your binder or in your bible. 

You can see here, that I did nothing to decorate the binder other than put the weekly devotion in it.  I don't spend the time in the binder like I do in my bible journaling. I really am just Documenting my Faith. 

If you would like to sign up for the Documented Faith weekly email here.

I hope this was helpful. Let me know if you have any questions. 
Oh! And if you ever want to see what I'm working on I post almost every day on Instagram. There is a link in my sidebar that will take you right to my Instagram Page. 


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

You amaze me with your journals and now this 365 Faith Binder. It all looks so fabulous.

Ricki Treleaven said...

I really like this. I think that I need to use some of these products in my Bible for journaling. I enjoy your Instagram feed so much, Liz.

Thanks for the review, and I'll sign up for the Documented Faith email. I don't think that I want the binder just because I want it ALL in my Bible. And then when it gets too "full" I'll move onto another Bible.

I think that would be easier for me since I already do so much art journaling and prayer journaling.

Awesome post!


Decor To Adore said...

The Faith Devotional sounds right up my alley. Thank you, my sweet friend, for providing the link. Have a beautiful day!

Charlotte said...

I check all the time hoping you will have showed with a new post. It will be a year next month since we have heard from you. You are missed.
I have looked for ways to send you a email to find out if you are doing OK. Couldn’t find anyway. I decided to just a message here. Maybe you will check and find you are missed and everything is alright with you. Please let us know.
Thank you.