22/ 05/ 17
Bible journaling is an amazing way to creatively express what you learn while reading your Bible. It is SO addicting! It is a fun supplement to add to any study, a great stress reliever, and you do not have to be an outrageously skilled artist to do it! Below I will show you some of my favorite materials, accessories, bibles, bible studies, and some examples of pages that I’ve created in hopes of inspiring you guys to spark your creative side and create a journaling Bible of your own!
First of all, I recommend getting a box, bag, basket, etc. to keep all of your materials in. I got this adorable box from Michael’s (as you’ll come to learn throughout this post, Michaels has an amazing variety of materials specifically for bible journaling).
Next, you’ll need a journaling Bible! While they aren’t exactly cheap, it will definitely be an investment worth making! Mine is from Christ Centered Book Store and is call the “ESV Bible, The Single Column Journaling Bible.” Recently, Nicole Bukle owner of @mamabooclay on Instagram, sent me this absolutely gorgeous bible cover. While this isn’t a complete necessity when it comes to journaling, personally, it makes it so exciting to open my Bible everyday. Opening this package when it came totally made my entire weekend! Every part of it was personalized from the tissue paper, to the beautifully written card. She even threw in adorable paperclip page markers and tabs! My whole experience with Nicole was extremely pleasant, from the time I discovered her Instagram account to wrapping the beautiful cover around my Bible. I will insert a picture of her business card if you guys are interested in getting your own lovely custom cover!
Of course, you’ll need coloring supplies! You can use any type of medium that best suits your style and abilities. My favorite is watercolor. However, I use all sorts of different materials such as colored pencils, crayons, markers, highlighters, and even washi tape… SO much washi tape!
(Brands from left to right: Staedtler 185 C24JB colored pencils, Crayola crayons, and Stampin’ Up watercolor pencils)
(Dollar Store neon gel pens, Papermate Ink Joy bible study no bleed underline 6 pen set, Papermate Profile retractable ballpoint pens, and the top pen is a Gelly Roll metallic gel ink pen)
(Artist’s Loft Fundamentals watercolor pan set)
(Heidi Swapp washi tape pack, Gold and Planner washi tape box by Recollections)
(Sharpie highlighters, chisel tip, Dollar Store thin markers, Decocolor chisel point pen, white, and Artminds Dual Tip permanent markers)
(Crayola Twistables colored pencils)
(Dollar Store paper clips, great for making your own page markers)
(American Crafts bible journaling rub-on sheets, both the Rejoice and Believe sets)
One of the key parts of Bible journaling is making sure to really take the time to listen to what God is speaking to you through the study that you are committed to and to display that in whatever way you feel relevant. My favorite study so far has been the Psalms of Ascent plan by SheReadsTruth. It has really challenged me to mature in my relationship with Christ and to have a deeper understanding of God’s word. Before I journal, I read the day’s scripture in my Fire Bible. I love doing this because at the bottom of each page is has a translation of what each verse is saying and usually a real world example to connect it to; this helps me to understand some of the more difficult chapters. Next, I always complete the questions for whatever day of the study I’m on and then from there I choose a phrase or quote that really stuck out to me and that’s what I journal.
(FireBible: NIV, Student Edition, and the SheReadsTruth app, Psalms of Ascent plan)
So, as you can tell, I am by no means a professional “Bible journaler” but I hope that this post has given you some inspiration and provided you with information about the tools you will need to create a Bible journal of your own! Below, I will post a couple of the pages that I have journaled so far. (I’m a beginner, so don’t judge!!) Most of my inspiration comes from a Bible journaling book that I received as a gift and also from Instagram accounts such as @shannanoel, @illustratedfaith, and @mpjournalingibible.
(Complete Guide to Bible Journaling: Creative Techniques to Express Your Faith by: Joanne Fink and Regina Yoder)
I pray that if you take up Bible journaling, it will allow you to relax and just spend sweet, sweet time in Jesus’ presence!
Stay Fit, Fab, and Faithful!