Free Scripture Printables and DIY Collage Frame

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This free scripture printables and DIY collage frame is easy to make and even give as a gift, too!  Take a look a the tutorial along with my word of the year, with a twist.

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Hey all!  Thanks for dropping by!

Today, after working my day job, I went to a rehearsal for what will be my last wedding that I coordinate for a while.  I need to turn more attention to my blog adventure, and coordinating weddings is a whole ‘nother adventure!


What is a “Word of the Year”?

For those of you that don’t know what the buzz is about the ‘word for the year’, let me give you a brief background.

It seems that someone ‘out there’ decided that New Year’s Resolutions were a bit too difficult to keep after the first couple weeks or so (can I get an AMEN?!)  So, that ‘someone” decided that it might be more helpful to focus on a specific word, to read/learn/study about how to apply that word, and what it encompasses, into life throughout the following year.

So, let me just say… reading about this process and concept, I was a bit skeptical.

I mean, how can a word affect your life for a year?!

However, it kept coming up in my newsfeeds and blog feeds, so I continued to read about it to see how everyone was working this into their new year.  During the few days that I was coming across these posts, I found myself wondering if it could really be helpful.

My Inspiration

Then, I came across a little different process that my friend, Jamie at Anderson & Grant, is doing.  She has decided to write a letter to herself, with different thoughts and points she wants to address throughout the year, and then… well, you can read all about it on her blog.

My Twist with Free Scripture Printables!

After reading all these posts and articles, I started thinking… this may actually work well for me… but I need a little bit more than just a ‘word’ (kinda like Jamie was thinking).

But, I also felt I needed a little more than a letter, too! So, I decided that I would put the two concepts together, with my own twist! And this is what happened…

Think About and Write Down Areas of Struggle/Weakness

In this stage of the game, getting everything ready to launch this blog has been hair-raising, to say the least.  (And, no, “hair-raising” is NOT my word of the year. 😉 )  I wrote down:

  1. Having to learn and execute extremely new tech stuff in order for (y’all) to have a pleasant visit each time you come by
  2. Learning photography techniques and terms I have NEVER heard of before (because let’s face it, images are REALLY important on a blog)
  3. Collecting ideas and subjects for blog posts that are, hopefully, new and interesting
  4. Learning how to use all the social media venues involved with a blog, and keeping track of all those venues
  5. Looking at all the bloggers out there and seeing how well and beautifully they were doing all the items I listed above
  6. Wondering how I was going to get everything done with everything else in my life (time management)

And these were just a few of my points.

What Do They Have In Common?

As I looked over my list, I realized the underlying issue with all these points was ‘fear’.  Fear of making my site ‘blow-up’, fear of having a site that isn’t attractive, fear of having photos that look like a child took them, fear of being a copy-cat, fear of not having enough time to do it all, and mostly… fear of man!  And this fear does NOT bring glory to God… and that’s what I want!  I want Him to be glorified through my life!

Pinpointing THE Word

Then I thought to myself, “Julie, you know fear does not come from God.  He tells you that all over the place in His Word!”  At that point I realized, to honor Him in my life, I need to focus on the word “FEARLESS”.

After I figured out my ‘word’, I started to see all kinds of posts and articles dealing with being fearless and taking steps of faith!  It was SO weird! (I find that happens a lot though… when I need to learn something, the Lord starts gently and lovingly ‘pounding’ it into my head and heart.  Does that happen to you?)

But then I thought, “I wonder how I can keep this word in the forefront of my mind this year?”  Because, I’m pretty lazy, and if it’s not in front of me, I’ll just forget it.

Remembering Your “Word” with Free Scripture Printables

This is where the DIY of my ‘twist’ comes in.  My way of using Jamie’s letter idea!

I’ve created three free Scripture printables (using God’s Letter to us) that I have placed in my bathroom, so I can often be reminded that the Lord’s strength and power, given to me through His grace, is what makes me fearless.

I need to run to Him with my cares and worries, trusting that He already has victory in every situation in my life.

I also need to take leaps of faith, knowing His arms of love are underneath me… so it really is only a leap in MY mind.

He TOTALLY knows what’s going on and what He has planned next for my life!

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What You Will Need

In case you want to know how I did this, you will need:

How To Assemble

  1. Measure the area where you want to place the framed verses.
  2. Lay the frames on the floor, side-by-side, and evenly separated them between the total measurement, making sure the inside spaces between the frames were the same (2 1/4″ between).
  3. Decide how much chain you want hanging between the pics (I did 12 links), separate 4 pieces of chain the same length by using the wire cutters to hold the 13th link and using the needle-nose pliers, pry the link open (then closew it using the same process).
  4. At the back of the frame, measure 1.5″ from the top and mark it with a pen, and do the same at the bottom (you only need to do this on two sides of one frame, and then one side of the other frames (the side that will be next to the middle frame)).
  5. At this point, you can either decide to use a hot glue gun or staple gun to attach the chain.  I made several mistakes (like a lot of severals) in placing the chain, so I was glad I had used the staple gun, because I was able to remove and reposition the chain. (I made quite a few mistakes! LOL!)  Be sure the staples are all in the exact same position, or the chains will hang strangely. Also, I hammered the staples in (AFTER I was sure the chains were where I wanted them, and the chains were hanging at the bottom of the staples 😉 )
  6. Voile! Now the frames are ready for the printables and for hanging on the wall!

Finished Product!

I’m so excited about this idea, and praying that the Lord will use it in my life, and yours!

If you decide that your word is going to be ‘fearless’, I’ve placed these printables in my FREE PRINTABLES LIBRARY.  Use them ‘as is’, or put your own twist on how to keep focused on an area in your life that you would like to have strengthened and improved!

What do you think?  Is a “word for the year” going to be part of your life for 2018?  Let me know what word you might use!

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    1. Thank you, son! 😉 Glad you are one of my first comment-ers! You’re a wonderful ‘cheerleader’! Hugs!

  1. Beautiful post, Julie. It is such a great way for visual learners, like moi, to remember our 2018 word. Such an original idea. Love your photography, too. So fresh and inspiring!! Thanks so much for sharing from your sweet heart 🙂

  2. My word for the year is PRAYER. My goal is to read “With Christ in the School of Prayer” by Andrew Murray. I really feel I need to learn and grow in this area.

    I also want to say, “Happy Birthday”. My birthday is on Dec 25th!! I love it, too! 🙂

    1. Well, Darlene, I think we are going to be great friends! Happy b-day to you, too! I’m glad you liked the frame/verses idea. It was really fun to put together.

      Prayer is a life-long area of improvement, don’t you think! Praying the Lord will grow you in this discipline, along with me!;-)

  3. What wonderful and inspiring printables, Julie! A great way to start your morning for sure!!! Love the way you have them chained and framed, too!!

  4. Hi Julie! I love your “Word of the Year With a Twist” concept. I too have seen the concept all over blog land. I also can totally relate to the concept of fear. I feel like it holds me back so much from what God wants me to do in my life, and all I can be through him. Congrats on the new blog and I’m looking forward to all you have to say!

    1. Leslie, so glad you liked the ‘twist’! 😉 It’s amazing how often we don’t even realize how fear creeps in. But, the Lord has sure shown me, through this blogging adventure, just how much I struggle! Looking forward to seeing you here, too!

  5. So creative AND encouraging! What a wonderful DIY Julie!!! With good photos too!! 😉
    Congratulations on your launch!! You’re off to an AMAZING start!!!

    1. So glad you like it! And, thanks again for the inspiration and encouragement. You are a true blessing to me!

  6. I’m so glad you could figure out how to make the “word of the year” work for you! I LOVE the three frames with the chains! Suuuper simple, subtle and pretty! I like it a LOT! So glad you finally launched your blog and get so much great feedback~ What a fun adventure!

    1. Thanks, Boo! Your encouragement means SO much to me! (I know you totally understand!) Looking forward to seeing your Japan vids on youtube at “TimeWithBekka”! Woot!

  7. This is beautifully written, Julie! So excited for you! What an encouraging blog to visit as I finish my day. 😊

    1. Thank you so much, Kellie! That’s a great compliment coming from you! Hope the posts are a blessing to you! Miss you!

  8. Congratulations on your launch, Julie!! So very exciting! I love your word with a twist. Just remember this piece of advice: Don’t ever compare your beginning to someone else’s middle. Your blog looks gorgeous, way better than mine ever did when I started LOL. You got this and I will be cheering you on all the way! XOXO

    1. You are so SWEET, Christy! Thank you! I will take those words to heart, truly. They mean SO much to me! I have always felt that you have cheered me on… You are one of the handful of bloggers that inspired me to start this. Thanks for all your help and advice, and always being available to me! (I will be featuring you chalk paint recipe, very soon!) Hugs and hearts!

    1. Thank you so much, Kim, and AMEN!!! He is guiding me along in this journey, and ALL of life (thankfully!). Hope this adventure brings HIM much glory! So glad you came by! Hugs!

    1. Oh, thanks, Ashley! It’s so nice of you to come by… and thank YOU for co-hosting the party! See you later this week! 😉

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