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Illustrating Faith: A Beginner's Guide to Bible Journaling

I got my first Journaling Bible in February of 2016, and quickly fell in love. There's just something about using creativity to "bring scripture to life" in a sense that is so much fun. Bible Journaling makes studying the Bible fun. It's a great creative outlet for believers, and it gives you a beautiful Bible to pass down to your kids or grandkids. It's a personal experience, much like Christianity is a personal relationship. How do you get started with Bible Journaling? I'm here to give you all of my tips and tricks for illustrating faith.

Choose your Bible. Make it your own. Choose your supplies. Start creating! It's that simple. You can use anything imaginable in a journaling Bible. Here are some of my favorite kinds of journaling supplies:

  1. Bible. I have 2 Crossway ESV Journaling Bibles (and another on the way) and they are my favorite! You can get them at Walmart, Target, Amazon, or Christian book stores. I have a printed one, a felt one, and a plain black one on the way. These spiral bound ones are super cute, but only available in NIV.

  2. Tabs. Bible tabs are one of my favorite ways to keep organized and find books quickly without having to repeat the VBS songs in my head. They're also super cute and a fun way to start personalizing your Bible from the day it comes in.

  3. Tip Ins. Tip Ins are pieces of thick paper that you can glue, bookmark, or lay in your journaling Bible. DaySpring makes the cutest tip ins. You can find them on their website, Amazon, or LifeWay.

  4. No-Bleed Pens. I use Sharpie and Micron Pens in my Journaling Bible. Micron pens come in a variety of sizes and colors. I typically pick these up at Walmart or craft stores because they're cheaper than online. The pink Micron is my favorite!

  5. Highlighters. Bible highlighters work best because traditional will bleed through. I use these colorful ones. I believe I purchased mine at LifeWay.

  6. Stickers. Scrapbooking stickers work great for Bible Journaling. You can find them at Walmart, Target, Amazon, or at your local craft store. I typically get them at Walmart, Target, or Hobby Lobby.

  7. Washi Tape. I had no idea washi tape even existed before journaling, but it's so much fun to use. You can find it here, or on the craft isle at Walmart and Target. DaySpring also makes washi tape that matches their tip ins.

  8. Stamps. This is one of my least favorite things to use, but they're still so much fun! I usually get my stamps on sale at Hobby Lobby! I've also picked some up at Target's $1-$5 section like this $5 set.

  9. Paint. Walmart's Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint is my favorite. It's cheap and easy to use. It's also available in hundreds of colors, so you'll always be able to find the color that you need.

  10. Colored Pencils. Colored pencils are probably the cheapest, easiest to use, and easiest to find when it comes to Bible Journaling supplies. Prismacolor colored pencils are a favorite in the Bible Journaling community, but Crayola pencils work just fine.

Stuck figuring out what to create? Pinterest, Instagram, and TikTok are my go-to platforms for Bible Journaling inspiration. You can find my Pinterest board here.

Remember, Bible Journaling is so much fun, but you are also doing this for His glory and to grow closer to Him. Even when your pages aren't perfect, you're still giving Him glory by spending time in the word.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. Colossians 3:23 ESV

Happy Journaling!

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