I didn't plan to do this post today but I've gotten so many questions about the pictures that I've been posting on Facebook and Instagram about my Journaling Bible, I thought it was a good time to share about it!
A couple weeks ago I was blog "surfing" - following one link to another to another - and came upon a blog by Shanna Noel HERE. On her blog I saw several examples of journaling done is the margins of Bibles and was so taken with the idea. I honestly have NEVER thought of journaling in a Bible - I've always taken notes and underlined in my Bibles but never thought of using stickers and stamps and all to make the words come alive to me. I went right online and ordered one of these Bibles: ESV Single Column Journaling Bible (Black) and this book: Writing in the Margins: Connecting with God on the Pages of Your Bible. I haven't read the book yet but I have loved doing some entries in the Bible!
First I started by testing some pens and markers and stamping inks and paints on the back page...
You can see that the Stabilo marker bled through the page. I like the feel of the Zig Millenium pen the best and that it doesn't show on the back side of the page. The link to purchase these markers is below the picture, if you are interested.
I gathered a pile of stickers from October Afternoon, Kelly Purkey, Crate Paper, and American Crafts, as well as some Tim Holtz rub ons and October Afternoon die cuts. I decided not to paint in my Bible because I don't want to wrinkle the pages - it's just a personal preference - I also decided that I don't want to cover up the words for the most part. I have lots of other Bibles and do my daily Bible reading on the Youversion app on my iPhone, so this Bible is just a place for me to reflect and make the verses come alive to me. I like the look of colored pencils to highlight key words and phrases, also.
Here's the Psalm I illustrated last night...
I read the verses of Psalm 139 and then pulled out the words and thoughts that meant the most to me. I find that as I'm placing each little sticker, I'm meditating on those words and the thoughts really stay with me. I like using the variety of letter stickers mixed with my own printing.
Here's the other passages that I've done...
I thought about not sharing my Journaling Bible at all - I think of it as God's very personal love letter to me, but then I decided that maybe others needed the same encouragement that I'd found in doing this.
I went ahead and purchased an extra Journaling Bible just like mine and would like to give it away to someone - maybe you already have one or can afford one yourself but know someone who you could gift this one to... I will choose a name from the comments on this post on Sunday evening, October 12, at 9pm Eastern time, and send the Bible to you.
There is a Journaling Bible Facebook group that you can request to join HERE and I always use the hashtag #biblejournaling with my photos on Instagram (you can find me there at debbyschuh.)
I think this would be a great gift for a young girl along with some stickers and a pen - it doesn't have to be intimidating and is really fun!
You can also ask any questions you have in the comments and I'll answer them as best I can!
Have a great day!!!