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Lamentations MIX

I am doing the book of Lamentations in my BAJ right now.  I find it very therapeutic in these times which seem sad for us but seem much brighter when compared to the feelings of the Israelites in 586 BC!  This book is so full of deep feelings, despair, understanding of sin, and then hope.  Hope is what we all want when we are in times of trouble.  It is also masterfully written with special numbers and verse designs which are all way above my head.

For example, I read that the first 4 chapters are written as acrostics.  1, 2 and 4 have 22 verses which correspond to the 22 letters of he Hebrew alphabet.  The first lines start with first letter of the alphabet and each line after starts with the next.  Chapter 3 has 66 verses and each letter of the alphabet is used in three lines which is soooo cool.

Anyway, I was inspired to do this page after seeing THIS great journal layout by Kath Stewart, Wendy's **ART*JOURNAL*JOURNEY* bird theme, a dot theme on the Ways to Use IT challenge on SCS, and a falling leaves theme on the CAS challenge on SCS.  Yes, I need inspiration from multiple sources these days.

Here is a closer look.

I used one of my favorite old SU! sets, Natural Beauty, as it has great birds, leaves, flowers and word stamps. I used several stencils as well.  

I also have a card to share using some new DRS Designs stamps that will be available in the DRS Designs store next week.  I love the new large Happy Retirement stamp, and the new bowling themed stamps they have come out with are so fun.  I met with a Retirement advisor last week so putting our final plan together (keeping my fingers crossed). 

Hope your week has been going well and you have fun weekend plans.  I am going to be cleaning up the craft room as it is a horrible mess and getting the last of my Christmas shopping done as they say you need to get it done super early this year if ordering on-line (which I am).  

Hugz, Nancy


  1. This journal page is wonderful, it's so cute, the birds!
    I don't need so much for Christmas and I don't need any presents, I'm happy, everything will. Be cozy and no rush!
    Keeping my fingers crossed!!!!
    Have a beautiful Weekend,hug Elke

    Hug Elke

  2. That is really fascinating about that book of the Bible Nancy. I didn't know that either. And wow, your page is an amazing autumn page. I love the circles, they almost canbe falling leaves too. I think I finished my shopping, except for my mom. I also decided to do it early with this Covid. My mom has no short term memory and lives in an assisted living so I don't dare visit right now. I am sending her a holiday plant but will wait and shop for her when I can see her again. That is one thing so hard about covid. Take care of yourself. Hugs-Erika

  3. I found it so interesting what you wrote about Lamentations Nancy. I've been working my way through the bible this year, and the old testament is quite hard to read at times, it really was barbaric back then. I suppose things haven't changed that much in some parts of the world though.
    Your page is lovely with its Autumn theme, and that's a great retirement card too.
    It's going to be a quiet Christmas here!
    Alison xx

  4. Fabulous journal pages Nancy, I love the leaves and birds. A super card, lovely stamps - the bowling stamps would be good for all ages and ideal for those difficult masculine makes.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

  5. This was a most impressive journal page, Nancy. Your Lamentations gave me pause. Thank you, too for sharing this with us at Art Journal Journey using Wendy's theme.

    Your retirement card is beautiful. Good luck with your future plans, too.

  6. Beautiful Journal page, love the little birds and fun retirement card:)

  7. Gorgeous and thoughtful journal pages, my friend. Love the retirement card and perfect for someone who loves to bowl. So excited for you that retirement is getting closer. Can you believe I will have been retired the end of the year for 15 years...I know I can't. Time flies by and we are still in good health and enjoying doing whatever on our schedule...including naps whenever we need it:-) You will love the extra time for crafting too, gardening and anything your heart desires. Stay safe and Creative...and enjoy the Christmas season doing whatever is safe! Love and Hugs...Nancy

  8. Beautiful pages and very thought provoking too, what would we be without "hope"! Your circle, leaf and bird design is such a delight - love it 😀. I hope you're having a lovely weekend! Hugs, Jo x

  9. What an awesome page, and really like your card! Great design!

  10. What a beautiful page - a good balance to the descriptions in the verses. I do see hope on the horizon now with vaccines being made available soon! Loved those interesting facts! I'm sure you will enjoy retirement! Chrisx

  11. WOW beautiful BAJ page Nancy, awesome design, I love all of the circles and gorgeous birds! Fantastic post... hope is definitely what we all need.
    hugs, Tammy


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