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

Using Canva to design a Zine

My latest Creativebug class was ‘How to Create Zines’ with Courtney Cerruti. I love to do craft projects that end with something useful and have made mini books/journals in the past, so this latest craze was really attractive to me.

3 Months of Creativebug for $5

What is a Zine? It is most accurately a self-published print-work distributed in small quantities, and is produced by photocopier. I have amended this to include the use of a printer, but I will be doing future projects using the copy function and especially just in black/white.

For my first Zine I decided to use some Bible verses that give me protection and strength. Using Canva (I have the Canva Pro subscription so have access to 60 million+ of photos and lots of other design elements/templates, but with a Free account you will still have hundreds of thousands of images), it was simple to select the backgrounds and font that I wanted to use.

After going through the Creativebug class and learning how to cut/fold a single sheet of paper or card to create a prototype Zine, I went into Canva to design the actual sheet of images (all correctly sized and orientated). I used A4, but you can use any size of paper/card (instructions for other folds are included in the Creativebug class).


(There are a couple of things I will be looking into in the next few months. One is being able to share clear screenshots from Canva, so I can do detailed tutorials. The other is to be able to do high quality videos of my hands/project, so I can share more details of how I create projects. If in the meantime you need some extra help with any of my projects, then please email me at hello@aliwade.com and I will sort something out.)


I first did a test print on paper and assembled it (picture below).

Then I used 250 gsm silk card to give my final Zine a bit more substance.

Here are the basic folds/cut

Then the covers are stuck on and washi tape added to the spine

Here is the finished Zine.


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