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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Church Handlettering

I've been taking notes in church since I was about 15. Some people take notes so that they can come back to look at them later, but for me, I have been taking notes so that I could stay focused. It's really hard for me to get anything out of church when I'm just sitting there listening. Connecting it with physically putting the words on the paper helps my brain to stay on task, and then I actually remember some of it later on. I'm also a people watcher, so I have to sit near the front and if I'm not taking notes, there's a good chance that I'll be watching the cute two-year-old who keeps dropping things rather than listening to the message. 

In the last couple of years, I've gotten into hand-lettering, but I haven't incorporated it into my church note taking or church journaling much... mostly because I was scared I would be really bad at it. Also, because the few times I did try, it turned out about as poorly as I expected. I never really stopped wanting to though. Especially around General Conference when I would see all the beautiful hand-lettered notes and phrases that my friends would share on social media. 

Then Thanksgiving and Black Friday rolled around. I hate black Friday shopping and Black Friday deals because  I feel too much pressure to buy things right away. Impulse buying is not my style (though I still do it from time to time). I like to mull things over. I like to take my time and decide whether something is really worth the money. Black Friday gives me anxiety and "Fear of missing out" worse than just about anything else. So during Black Friday and Cyber Monday and all of that, I tried to stay off of social media, especially Instagram... but I did check my email. I had an email from Amanda Arneill about her church lettering kits "going away forever". Fear of missing out kicked in and I could pass up the opportunity to learn how to turn my notes into art. Maybe I could finally combine my love of lettering and my faith.

I'm so grateful that I didn't pass it up.

My lettering kit came pretty quickly (along with my other black Friday purchase) and I immediately sat down to read it. It was perfect timing because my church journal was almost out anyway, but I didn't want to wait to start, so I took the principles she talked about and started the next day.

I was honestly a little self-conscious about lettering at church. After almost 10 years of taking notes at church I'd gotten used to people watching me take notes, even reading them if they sat next to me, but I'd never really lettered in front of anyone before. I worried about what they'd think of me or they would judge me if my pages turned out as badly as I suspected they might. 

I did it anyway. I tried to focus on connecting with what the speaker was saying and what it meant to me. I tried to make the words stand out in a way that was beautiful on the page. I was doing it for me, not for anyone else. Just like I'd been taking notes for myself for 10 years. I've absolutely loved it. I've loved feeling connection between creation and worship as I write down what stands out to me, even if it isn't exactly what the speaker said or it isn't what the speaker said at all.

I highly recommend trying it out! It doesn't have to be perfect. I feel like I still have a long way to go, just start and see where it takes you.

The good news is that you don't need the lettering kit to do it. Lined paper works, blank paper works, any paper works. When I started I used lined paper and a sharpie pen. The other good news is that the lettering kits are currently still available! This post isn't sponsored, it was just something that I loved and wanted to share. 

Good luck! If you decide to try it out, I'd love to see your lettering! I'll probably be sharing more of mine on my lettering account on Instagram @letteredinlight 

Thanks for reading! How do you stay focused at church?
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