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I actually first started Bible journaling perhaps a couple of years ago. I was very intrigued and fascinated by the Bible journaling videos that I watched on YouTube. I loved that I could also be creative whilst reading my Bible. I purchased my first journaling Bible, some Bible highlighters and started my Bible journaling journey. The great thing about Bible journaling, is that you don’t even need to have a journaling Bible specifically, you can use any Bible. I also have a little blue zip up Bible that I use my highlighters in and write notes that are dotted about throughout it.
I love that you can be as creative as you like, or you can just use your pen, highlighters and sticky notes, which is mainly what I do. I love that the list is endless for the things you can use inside a journaling Bible. I collect random things I find around the house, things I find in shops, things that I already own and even things that I may not have necessarily thought about using. Eden, which is an online Christian shop, has some really great journaling supplies. I’ve also found some amazing things in Christian shops such as little cards, bookmarks, stickers and more. I’ve even found some very pretty paper in Hobbycraft that I’ve been using in my journaling Bible. If, like me, you’re on a budget, there’s lots of things you can find already lying around the house, such as magazines, newspapers, things that you may have collected over the years etc. I’ve even made my own colourful paper just by using an ordinary piece of paper folded, painted both sides and popped it inside my Bible.
I thought I would share with you what I’ve been up to in my journaling Bible so far (you can find the Bible that I use here). I’ve mostly just spent time doing the front and back of my Bible so far, along with making notes and highlighting a few pages inside. It probably may look a little random, but I’ve filled it with different things that really mean a lot to me. Things such as little photos, things I’ve been given and collected and also verses from the Bible that I love. I’ve found it to be very enjoyable and calming, whilst getting stuck in to God’s Word and being creative at the same time.
A very important thing to remember is you can decorate your Bible as much as you want, but it’s not a substitute for getting into the Word inside.
I’ve decorated the inside of the front of my Bible with colourful scrap paper that I found in Hobbycraft, which I found on the end of an aisle with different packs of paper that had been reduced. I can’t remember the exact amount of paper that I got in this pack, but there were quite a few sheets, and I’ve still got a few left over. I think they are about A6, so they’re just the right size to pop inside without having to cut them down to size. I placed one on each page randomly to use as a background. Next I placed some photo stickers on the pages. For these I used my HP Sprocket, which you can connect to your phone and print mini photos off straight from it. I printed out photos of my husband and I from our engagement photoshoot, and also printed off photos of my nan and mum. My mum, nan and husband have helped me so much in my journey of faith and their faith inspires me daily.
The little envelopes inside are ones that I made just by using some 6×6 pieces of paper that were also from Hobbycraft. I found a tutorial on YouTube that I followed to make them. I love how they turned out and they are just the right size to stick inside and pop prayers, notes and cards in. I mainly use them for those things and to pop in little things that are very special to me. The little painting that you can see sticking out of one of the envelopes is what my Husband painted for me and wrote a verse from Psalm 121 on it. I love that I can keep it safe and with me in my Bible. I finished up the front of my Bible with little cards that I had in my room, a bookmark and also some stickers, which I got in one of the Rooted boxes that I’m subscribed to.
The back of my journaling Bible is decorated much the same as the front. I used the same paper and created little envelopes. I did however try a different envelope design which I’m really pleased with how it came out. In that envelope, I have little notes from my husband. Again, I added photo stickers, little cards and bookmarks that I got from a Christian shop, and finally some stickers that I dotted about too. I especially love the little verse stickers that you can find on the envelopes. As they are clear stickers, you can place them wherever you like.
I’ve also added some photos of a few of the pages inside my Bible. As I mentioned above, mostly in my Bible I like to use some different colour Bible highlighters, (you can find the ones I have here) a pen to write notes, sticky notes and stickers. I also sometimes write on pieces of paper, maybe my thoughts and reflections from a particular verse that I was reading at the time, and I like to keep the pieces of paper inside my Bible so I can look back at them. I’ve also got a reflection card that came with one of the Rooted boxes that I mentioned above, in my Bible. I’ve been enjoying reading it and reflecting on it whilst reading my Bible.
Many of the Bible journaling videos I have watched, some people like to fully decorate the inside of their Bible, some like to paint on the pages and some people just like to write notes. I think it’s just finding what works best for you, how you can journal whilst still getting stuck in to the Word of God. That’s one of the main reasons why I love to write in my journaling Bible. I’ve tried painting in a previous journaling Bible, and it felt like I was spending too much time being concerned if it looked ok and that I didn’t make a mistake, and then if I did make a mistake, I just got all worked up! It doesn’t mean that I would not try painting inside again, but I think as I found out, when the journaling started to district me from fully reading God’s Word, I knew it was time to look more closely at how I could journal in my Bible, still be creative, but not let it distract me from God’s Word.