My Bible Study group started a series on Bible Journaling which was thrilling for the craft-addict in me. But it came with slight conflict because I’m not one to color in my Bible – probably from being taught that at a young age – and I wasn’t planning to buy a journaling specific Bible because I received the most precious gift of a Bible from my daughter for the Christmas of 2015 and it’s irreplaceable.
My daughter had each of my family members bookmark a Bible verse for me – and I worried that buying a Bible just to journal in would make her gift seem unappreciated. It’s a gift that brought me to tears and it is one of my most precious gifts.
Still – I wanted to participate so I sat out to find an unlined journal with thick pages and actually found one at my local Hobby Lobby on clearance.
I’m a chunky crafter and I love the flexibility my journal offers me. I also love that when I’m Bible Journaling I am actually able to focus on the verses that I read and am working on – and in doing so, I’m absorbing the word far longer and seemingly deeper than when I just read the words and move on.
I know this is totally NPR (not planner related) but I thought I’d share my process with you in the (quick) Youtube video below as well as a few of my favorite Bible Journaling supplies so far and a few tips I’ve picked up now 6 weeks in to the process.
Bible Journaling Top Tips:
- Pray. Pray first – read and journal what speaks to your heart. Then, no matter how it turns out, it will mean something to you.
- Look for Inspiration – Pinterest is a great place to start. Follow my Bible Journaling board.
- Test your supplies – some things, despite saying “no bleed” or “no smear” still bleed and smear.
- Follow my “duh” steps for bullet journaling – they apply here too 🙂
- Invest in a few good tools – they don’t have to be expensive, they just have to work without frustrating you.
Bible Journaling Supplies:
I’ve tried quite a few supplies and found that some of the cheapest supplies do the best job for a chunky blank Bible journal.
- Water Color brush set – I use these for everything, not just Bible journaling. I can’t live without them. It’s one of the top 10 things I’d grab if someone said I could only grab 10 craft supplies to keep.
- Water Color Paints – the more colors, the better. After Trial and error, I like the 30 color sets.
- Water Color Pencils – I also use these in my planner, travelers notebook and bullet journal.
- Two way glue – for everything! But, in your Bible Journal it dries fast but also gives you a bit of time to reposition your embellishments.
Gelatos have also been recommended to me, but I’ve never used them myself.