Hi, again friends! Once again, I have been overwhelmed by the support and response to this series! If you missed the first two parts, take a moment to catch up!
Now I want to take things a step further, and share with you some of my favorite add-ons to give your bible journaling pages a few extra #hearteyes.
Let's pause first to remember that this process isn't meant to be intimidating or scary in any way. You absolutely do not need anything more than prayer, an open heart, and your pen and bible! But if you're interested in exploring some additional (super fun!) ways to document what you're learning and experiencing from your bible study/devotional/church sermons, etc., then let's keep moving, here...
BASIC BIBLE JOURNALING PROCESS & SUPPLIES
- THE ADD-ONS -
STICKERS, WASHI, DIE-CUTS, STAMPS, ETC.
What I use: Stickers of all sorts (like these, and these, oh! and these, and especially alphabet stickers like these and these!), washi tape (like this and this), Illustrated Faith die cuts, roller stamps (like this one and this one!), random paper clips and binder clips, cute scrapbook paper from all-over-the-place (especially from here and here!), scraps of watercolor paper from my own projects, and my printable cut-outs
What I do: There are so many fun things that can be done with these materials:
Stickers: I love using accent stickers on finished pages, but occasionally there will be a particular sticker that is speaking to me, so I design a whole page (color scheme, pattern, painting technique, lettering, etc.) around it. It's really fun to design a page around one particular favorite add-on, but sometimes I've found myself getting too caught-up in the process of perfecting the theme that I've lost focus for a moment of the purpose of the page. So just be careful, there! And if hand-lettering isn't your thing, I'd recommend that you load up on alpha-stickers, because those babies will be your new best friend. It's fun to mix up your own handwriting with alpha-stickers, too -- just experiment and have fun!
Washi Tape: I do not discriminate when it comes to washi tape. However, my favorites have ended up coming from two places: Illustrated Faith and Grace & Salt Ink. Sometimes I go a little crazy with the washi, and that's not bad, but my favorite uses for it right now are for
1) adding pages to my bible (or adding what are called "tip-ins" -- you're just taping a piece of paper or a card into your bible)
2) adding a bit of flair to a paper clip or tab (I just clip the clip on, or glue the tab down, then put a little washi over it for fun)
Die Cuts: Something you may not know about me is that I've never really been into scrapbooking, and I wasn't keen on using a whole lot of add-ons in my planners or journals, or in my journaling bible, until I joined the Illustrated Faith Creative Team. For the most part, my lack of add-ons was because of lack of access, but I was also really intimidated by some of the pages I was seeing (in the planning community, too -- not only the bible journaling community!) that had a whole bunch of extras on them, and for some reason, die cuts especially scared me. I think it's because they're oddly shaped, for the most part, and they do kind of push you into a color scheme or some sort of theme for your page. But like I said before, I do find designing pages around one piece quite fun now, so now I enjoy using die cuts on my pages! Sometimes, like stickers, I'll choose one to design a page around, but other times I'll add one or two die cuts as accents to the page after it's been mostly mapped out. My favorite part about the Illustrated Faith die cuts is that they're so full of variety, and the sets have been so well designed that I really find them so easy to work with! (Because I'm not gonna lie -- a lot of the really scrapbooky supplies still do throw me for a loop!)
Roller Stamps: These are fun because you can do whatever you want with them. Well, you can do whatever you want with any of the supplies here, but with roller stamps in particular, they're completely customizable without pushing you into a particular color scheme or style! I love using a date stamp after I've completed each page, and this alphabet stamp is great for referencing bible verses (it has numbers, too!), or for stamping a few words here and there in place of your handwriting, or in place of alphabet stickers... really the possibilities are endless! (I think the roller stamps are some of my favorite supplies!)
Clips: I love, love, LOVE a good paperclip. Especially one that sticks out of my bible and makes me go, "OOOOOOOH!" I've made my own (Just use a plain paperclip and tie some ribbon or string to it! Voila!), but I also have heart eyes for some of the clips from Illustrated Faith.
Scrapbook Paper/Scraps/Cut-Outs: These bits are a lot like the die cuts, but a little more flexible. When I'm working with scrapbook paper, watercolor scraps, or my own DIY cut-outs, there's a bit more freedom to choose colors, themes, and so on. You can download two cut-out templates when you sign up for my newsletter, and since I had been getting questions from some of my subscribers on how to use them, I put this video together! It's a walkthrough of painting, cutting, and then applying the cut-outs in my planner and in my journaling bible, so feel free to skip around.
Ok, friends! That's Part Three! Unlike Part Two, this one was packed with information and links and this-and-that, so please, please feel free to ask any questions you may have, because I'm afraid I may have either oversimplified or overcomplicated things. Just drop a comment below and I'll respond as soon as I can. You can also contact me via email if you'd prefer that. I'm here for ya.
But once again, in case you're still on the fence about bible journaling...
WHY ILLUSTRATE YOUR FAITH?
HERE'S WHY I ILLUSTRATE MINE
A few of the ways illustrating my faith has impacted me, personally:
- It's helped pull me out of bouts of depression and anxiety on several occasions.
- It's helped me memorize parts of scripture.
- It's provided me with opportunities to share my faith publicly.
- It's given me a creative outlet for worship.
So like I've said before, I know I'm not and I'll never claim to be an expert bible journaler, but that isn't the point of this journey. My prayer is that through this series of basics, and through my series of blogging through the bible, you'll be encouraged, inspired, made hopeful, and will maybe take a couple of steps of faith on your own bible journaling journey!
BEFORE YOU GO, I HAVE A PRESENT FOR YOU (if you win)
As a thank you to my readers and to encourage you in your bible journaling adventures, I want to give some stuff away! I've told you about some of the Illustrated Faith supplies and about some of the other great journaling supplies that I've found really helpful, and I want YOU TO HAVE SOME, TOO! Enter below ⤵︎ for your chance to win! (It's easy, I promise.)
Giveaway runs from 8/18 - 8/28 and a winner will be chosen at random by Rafflecopter. You may come back to re-tweet once a day. The only REQUIRED entries are to visit THE LIFE IN BETWEEN on Facebook and to comment on the blog post attached to this giveaway. All other entries are optional, but will increase your chances of winning. Giveaway is in no way sponsored or endorsed by the prize brands. Open worldwide.