We all know what wordfetti is, right? No? Well it stands for word confetti and per Urban Dictionary refers to “small bits of paper bearing inspirational words.” When I consider wordfetti, it doesn’t just need to be “inspirational” words. It can be any word, typed or printed on a small piece of paper.
I’ve used wordfetti throughout my creative worship journey. However, in the last few months they’ve been staples (necessities) in my creative supply arsenal. I think the first time I was introduced to wordfetti was through the Dayspring/Illustrated Faith shop. They’ve created two different wordfetti sticker packs and you have a gazillion choices at their Print & Pray shop.
You may be saying to yourself, “What’s the big deal?” And I get it. I’m sure I asked the same question when I was first introduced to wordfetti. But don’t make a firm and fast decision before reading this post. I just might be able to show you the joy you can find in using it.
As a person who writes quite neatly, I still do not care for my handlettering ability when Bible journaling. If I’m journaling my thoughts or writing out a prayer, I’m completely okay with writing it in my own handwriting. However, titles, verses written out in the margins, and such, have often caused me frustration. I’m telling you up front, if you’re just starting your Bible journaling journey, do whatever you can to keep frustration, comparison, and self-criticism far, far away from your time in creative worship.
Wordfetti is great when creating titles, tabs or when writing out scripture with key words emphasized. Also, once I finish creating a page or canvas, I sometimes go through my wordfetti phrases, like “give God the glory” or “trust in the Lord.” Often these faith-based sayings add a little extra to my pages.
I also love the simplicity of using wordfetti in my Bible. It is beyond easy to grab a couple of words or phrases to add a finishing touch to my Bible journaling entry.
[Check out A Little Bit Of This And That: Adding Accent “Doodles” To Your Art for more ideas on adding a finish touch.]
The Where (My Faves)
There are three brands that are my absolute favorites for premade wordfetti.
- Illustrated Faith
- Tim Holtz (product links below)
- Creative Devotion (product link below)
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Another wonderful thing about wordfetti is you can make your own and customize it to whatever your project needs. When creating a page using creative notes from a study on Anna, the prophetess, I typed the things I learned into a Word document on my laptop and then printed them out on cardstock paper. Doing this made it possible for me to have wordfetti for a female prophetess who is only mentioned once in the entire Bible (just three verses).
If you choose to make your own custom wordfetti, here are a few suggestions.
- be sure to include names for the Lord (ie. Lord, God, Jesus Christ, Father, Almighty, etc.)
- go through your journaling Bible and discover what your most used phrases are (ie. be still, He is risen, daughter of the King, etc.)
- get ideas from fellow Bible journalists — in your search for inspiration (on Instagram and Pinterest), take notice of the biblical phrases used most often
I try to create a whole page of wordfetti whenever I need something specific, just so I don’t waste paper. I take one of my premade templates and simply change out a handful of words/phrases for whatever phrase I need to customize. That way I’m not wasting an entire page for one single three-word phrase.
There have been rare instances, like when I created the page for the Anna study, where I needed a few biblical facts turned into wordfetti. I typed up each fact on a separate line and made sure to leave ample space between sentences. That way they’d be easy to cut apart. I have a hanging file holder that I use to keep “scraps” big enough to use for future projects. If I end up with excess pieces of cardstock, I save them to use later, for stamping, tip-ins or punches.
Fave Font – I have found that an old typewriter-type font works great, matches most other writing, and I use it for 95% of the words/phrases I create.
Tip For Creative Notetaking
Bible journaling is not the only way I work creatively. Fun fact: I’ve been a creative writer for as long as I can remember. I also love taking notes outside of my Bible and creatively praising the Lord on canvas, in a planner, and in sketch books.
Though this tip is not technically about wordfetti, I believe those of you who enjoy phrases on small bits of paper, will also enjoy one of my print and paste shortcuts for creative notetaking.
Note-taking is just as varied and personal as Bible journaling. We all have our own style and preferences for taking notes.
When I write notes for a Bible study or sermon, and I’m referencing a specific verse(s), I prefer to include the actual verse written out. So, if my Bible study leads me to Matthew 5:16, I will include,
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven”
in its entirety. Just like the wordfetti, I type out the scripture on my laptop, print it out, and attach it to my notes.
Like the title clearly states, I am loving me some wordfetti lately. The best thing about it is it makes my creative worship so much easier. I don’t have to think too hard or too long about the kind of words I put on the page. We all know words are beyond powerful! When “clean heart” is written across an image of a soapy, sudsy heart, it speaks volumes to us before we ever read the verse, Psalm 51:10.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.”
For those of you looking for some quick, easy, and FREE wordfetti, download the free printable below.
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