Creative Christianity Summit 2020 – 17-21 June

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SORRY – THE EVENT HAS STARTED AND THE SALE PAGE IS CLOSED. I WILL BE SHARING ANY FUTURE EVENTS.

On 15th June 2019 the very first Creative Christianity Summit was held in London. I remember that I wanted to attend, but I struggle with travel now and it would have needed me to stay in a hotel for at least 2 nights. It looked like a lot of fun (see pictures below).

Therefore, I was excited when I heard that this year it would be a Virtual Conference and would also be 5 days of ‘Faith. Fun & Creativity’.


I am very new to Bible Journaling and Faith Craft, but have 25 years experience in the crafting world. I am enjoying learning about the challenges of creating within a Bible (restricted space and the very thin paper!) and also tackling other Faith Craft projects (like my Zine, My Little Book of Faith – join my newsletter list to get the free download).


The Creative Christianity Summit will be a chance for me to explore faith and creativity that fits in around Lockdown.

Buy your ticket now (£39) and join in from 2 pm on Wednesday 17th June 2020. We will have access to all of the sessions for 12 months, so don’t worry if you know that your schedule will not allow you to be present for each live event.

Here are some of the speakers –

Thea Muir
Artist and Founder of I Am So Many Things

Josie Gamble
Creative Director at Christian Creative Network UK

Janina Victoria
Graphic Designer at Hillsong UK and Watercolour Artist

Chloe Ainsley
Eco-friendly designer at Chloe Ainsley Creative

Ian Barnard
Hand lettering artist (see my blog post on Lettering for his website).

Some of the creative workshops include –

Temitope Manning
Watercolour & brush lettering artist at Living Letter Designs

Heather Kauffman
Founder of HK Creations & Bible journaller

Doodling Faith
Bible Journaling workshop


There is a Facebook group for all attendees, so I would suggest buying your ticket now, and then you have several days of friendly chat and inspiration before the big event starts next week.

See you there!

Ali x

WOYWW 575 – making a Zine

Good morning to all of the WOYWW community and any guests. If you would like to join in with this tour around crafty workspaces, please go and visit Julia’s Stamping Ground.

My crafty table this morning has an assortment of items on it. The first is a prototype Zine. I am not sure what the correct description of a Zine is (something for me to research), but basically I see it as a mini book folded from one piece of paper or card. I started a Creativebug class yesterday showing me how to make one (I had done these a couple of years ago when they were just called mini books, but needed reminding). I now have a template to show where and which orientation the pages are.

I decided to use Canva to design my first zine, and have got half of the sheet completed – with Bible verses and some images on alternate pages. I will get it finished today and will be blogging tomorrow. I have got lots more planned – often to use as mini scrapbooks – and different sizes too.

The other items on there include a Bible Journaling book that arrived yesterday from Amazon (beautiful projects), the mylar sheet that I have been using in my Ink Lily colouring classes (some green inks left that will get used for another project – not wasting them!), the very first design I cut out with my Cricut Maker (and I then coloured with alcohol markers from one of my monthly art boxes) and the obligatory pack of baby wipes (for my hands and stamps). In the far background is the teatowel version of my Funky Bunny design. It is too nice to use as a teatowel! Going to see if I can find something to make using it whilst still being able to see the face.

I have wanted to learn some hand embroidery for many years, and finally bought myself a kit. Wimperis Embroidery released her first monthly kit this week and it arrived yesterday. I will show any progress next week.

It is trying to rain here again, which we welcome. We cut the new grass in the back garden for the first time yesterday. I also actually went out in my car – to Tesco to ‘Click n Collect’. My collection slot was 8-10 pm (the only one I could get when I was trying to get a weekly delivery or collection a few weeks ago) and there was a queue – 3 cars in front of me and 5 behind. Very strange to my Lockdown mind, especially as the town and the roads from the farm were very quiet. We are still mainly in full Lockdown here in Wales, which I welcome. You can go and meet people from one other household outside, but mainly within a 5 mile radius, which doesn’t help us in a such a rural area. Hubby can cycle further now, as long as he starts and finishes his route from home. Garden centres are open and more restaurants are offering takeaways. I have been so busy with developing this website and crafting, it hasn’t mattered that we can’t go anywhere.

I hope that everyone is well and safe.

Ali x

Weekly Update – Week Ending 1st June 2020

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Firstly, where did May go?! I blinked and it was June. Despite time rushing past far too quickly, I have had a ‘goodish’ week. This glorious weather is definitely helping, although we do really need rain on the farm. I have been so busy editing this website, sorting out new affiliate links, planning on starting an email list etc etc. I do enjoy all the marketing/tech/content, but have to restrict myself to mainly only office hours in the mornings, otherwise I would just do too much and burn myself out.


In the afternoons I do some colouring – continuing with the Ink Lily lessons (just about to start the 2nd set of designs with some gorgeous green colours) – and other crafting. Please note that the next scheduled TV appearance for the Ink Lily pens is Friday 5th June @ 8.15 am on Create & Craft.

Another TV appearance to note in your diary/planner/calendar is Altenew on Sunday 7th June @ 3.45 pm – again on Create & Craft TV.


I made a card (for my sister who is working with Covid-19 patients in a hospice) using My Craft Studio (who else remembers that program?). It was really popular several years ago, and then a few weeks ago I noticed there was a Facebook group for it. It turns out that Create & Craft are still selling designs with the program, but now they are USBs rather than CDs. I bought the latest release last week and it has arrived, but haven’t had a chance to play with it yet. (It has sold out, but will keep an eye on stock and let you know when it is available again.)

For this card I used the freebie available last week from Design Cuts to create this hybrid project.


If you are shopping at Arteza, make sure you use the code DRAW10 to get a 10% discount.


On Saturday I joined in with the Bible Journaling Festival hosted by the Bible Art Journaling UK group on Facebook. I only managed to do one page in my Bible, but really enjoyed the inspiration and chat, and have a few YouTube videos to watch another day. The Pocket Letter tutorial with Faith Treasury is first on my To Do list.


I had some crafty deliveries last week – some gel pens from Arteza, the latest Scrawlr box, some specialist colouring card, and the fabulous Sizzix Big Shot Express Bundle from Create & Craft (there is an unboxing on my Instagram @aliwadedesigns). More details, blog posts and videos to come.

The Sizzix Express seems to be sold out everywhere (I will let you know when it is back in stock), but a good alternative is the manual machine and here is a great bundle from Create & Craft.


Enjoy your week, and please email me or comment below if you have any questions.

Ali x


ps I will attending the Creative Christianity Summit from 17-21 June hosted by Cheerfully Given – a 5 day virtual conference. Click on the image below for lots of extra information and to buy your ticket.

WOYWW 545 – all sorts waiting to be done

Afternoon everyone (it is rapidly approaching lunchtime here, so I am typing very quickly). It has been a while since I blogged. There has been some crafting happening, but mainly at workshops (I have two this week). I have restarted Bible journaling again, but that has been purely digital so far (received my delivery from Eden.co.uk yesterday, and will be doing an unboxing video this afternoon). There will be a separate blog post showing the two layouts I have done so far – on Photoshop, which continues to be a steep learning curve.

We have just come back from our most recent trip to Spain – our beloved Northern Costa Blanca again. I will do a separate blog post with some photos, as there is just so much beauty to share. In the meantime, my Instagram accounts always have lots of photos/videos – @iamaliwade (for photos of the farm, animals, Spain, Pembrokeshire, cycling etc), @big_old_farmhouse (for household management, living with chronic illness/perimenopause, natural cleaning etc) and my new one @growinfaithcreatively (for all Bible journaling, faith art etc). I am an Instagram addict!

My crafty table shows some magazines that I bought purely for the stamps, which are all really useful. There is a small pile of cross stitching stash. I hadn’t stitched for years, but then our local chapel crafting group started on Christmas cards last month. I was busy teaching the beginners, but did make a start on a robin design. We will be continuing with these next week, and I will get my card finished at home probably (leading the workshop for the first time). The vellum wrap with foiling was what we made at a workshop a few weeks ago. A battery-powered tealight goes inside. The foiling is done by applying the glue from the Stix2 glue pen, waiting for it to go clear, and then pressing on the foil. I bought a pen home and some of the foils to do some other projects.

I have some birthday cards to make this week, including three cycling-themed ones for members of our local cycling club (we are having a joint birthday meal next week). I also need to get on with my latest needle felting project, and of course I will be continuing to learn Bible journaling techniques. There should be some more interesting photos next Wednesday.

If anyone wants to join in with the weekly global blog hop around crafty workspaces, then visit HERE.

I will attempt to visit some blogs later.

Ali x