Just before I moved house, the lovely Nicola from Messy Faith got in contact to see if I would like to try out some of her products. I jumped at the chance, and started of my rigorous review of her kits and journaling items with a fun Facebook Live video, where you all helped me to create a page using cotton bud painting. The stickers, cut outs and faith-abets really helped to make the page look great. So here is my full review of all the Messy Faith products I was sent, which included:
- June Faith Box – “Love Bears”
- “Good Fruits” kit including stamps, ribbons and a journal
- Garden themed stickers
- Faith phrase planner stickers
- Fruit of the spirit faith cards
- Bible Journaling Starter Kit
There are four things that I really love about all these products, so I am going to talk about these in more detail – they are all original, flexible, inspirational and affordable.
I love the ideas that Nicola from Messy Faith has. Her “Love Bears” kit for June is a great example, with its panda bear themes. Its these little things that help kick start your own imagination and creativity when creating a new page, and help new bible journalers come up with designs too. I loved the panda bears and couldn’t bring myself to separate them so did a whole page around them.
All of the products from Messy Faith aren’t prescriptive so you can use them however you like. The faith-abets are particularly flexible and you can use for any pages or phrases you want to create. This makes them the perfect addition to any grab bag or bible journaling kit. For me, as I want to be able to create when inspiration hits, having a pack of flexible materials that are not linked to a particular theme or topic this is really helpful.
Even some of the themed resources, such as the garden or fruit of the spirit kits can be used across multiple bible verses and to add flourishes to other pages. Here I used the stamp from the fruit of the spirit set and a sticker from the starter kit to illustrate a page about Rahab in the book of Joshua.
Perhaps you are new to bible journaling or don’t just have random moments of inspiration like me! Well Messy Faith products will be perfect for you. The complementary products and themed stickers and cut outs will definitely help you out and give you ideas when you are stuck, and the new monthly faith kits have some devotionals you can follow through too.
Now, I have put this section last, but if you are a cheapskate like me this might be the most important section!! If you are looking for the highest quality items then messy faith’s kits probably aren’t for you (head over to the extortionate Illustrated Faith products for that). But if you like to get the most for your money, a great variety and still have enough to pay for your food bill this month, then Messy Faith is THE place for you.
The presentation of all the products is exceptional (wrapped in tissue paper and handwritten names on packages), and you can tell that Nicola puts everything into making and packaging these products. All of the individual items are packaging in wrap to protect them and keep them all separate. The stamps were especially good quality as were the printed faith cards and journals.
The stickers and faith-abets are sometimes printed on normal printer stickers using an inkjet style printer and as a result some of the printing isn’t quite as clear and crisp as it could be. You also have to cut out round the words, letters and images yourself rather than them being pre-cut. But I think that is brilliant, as you get a lot more for your money (and adds something of a homemade quality).
Bible journaling for me is about the heart, and not about perfection, and Nicola clearly puts her heart into all these products, from initial idea, to design, right through production and into the packaging too. So if you are looking for some products to inspire your journaling without breaking the bank, I highly recommend a slow browse through Messy Faith’s etsy site.
NOTE: I was sent all of these items from Messy Faith for free to review. All opinions on the products are my own