January 29, 2016

How To Start Bible Journaling

After receiving many many many requests, I am so excited to be posting about how to start Bible journaling! There are a few simple steps to get started, illustrated (no pun intended) below.
Let me start off by saying that I am no expert Bible-journaler. I have only completed four entries as of now, but I have had so many people ask me how they can get involved and start it themselves!

Here are the steps I think you should take:
1) Pray
Do you want to grow closer to God? Do you want to explore your faith more deeply and learn more about Him? Spend some time thinking and praying over whether this will help you grow spiritually.
2) Buy a Bible
Although a regular bible could probably be used for this, I would definitely recommend purchasing a Journaling Bible. This is the one that I have, and I love it! You might think that you'd be just fine using the normal Bible you already have (which you might), but Journaling Bibles have a few pluses. First, the pages have margins wide enough to illustrate the verses in. Second, the paper is a bit thicker, so pens and paint won't bleed through! Lastly, I like that this Bible is used specifically for my creativity. 
3) Buy your art supplies
For Christmas, I received a kit from Illustrated Faith that included a few fun supplies to get me started. They sell all sorts of products made specifically for Bible journaling, so their Etsy site is a great place to look first! In addition to their products, I have purchased a few other things. These pens are so wonderful! (And I feel like a calligraphist when I use them.) They come in different sizes and colors, and they don't bleed through my pages! I also bought some super cheap watercolor paints to experiment with! (I hadn't used these since elementary school...) Also, probably my favorite product to use, are these watercolor colored pencils! My grandmother was sweet enough to give these to me to use in my adult coloring book, which I also love, but they have been great for Bible Journaling too! I've also heard that these Crayola twistables are great, but I haven't purchased them for myself yet. 
4) Find your verse
Spend some time reading the Bible. Whether that involves flipping to a random page, which can sometimes turn out to be the best for me, or reading along with a devotion, just keep reading until you find a verse that sticks out to you. I read somewhere that you probably shouldn't pick your favorite verse for your first entry, only because you'll probably want to get some practice in before then. 
5) Let your creativity reign
Alright, here's the fun part! What I love about Bible journaling is that there are absolutely no rules or guidelines. You can seriously do whatever you want to illustrate God's word, and I think that's so incredible! So, get out your supplies and start illustrating! You can paint, draw, write, splatter, print, color, mark, decorate, design, or illustrate whatever you are feeling. Isn't that so amazing?!
6) Date and tab your entry
After reading through the steps the Illustrated Faith provided, I would definitely agree that dating and tabbing each of your entries is so important. I have been folding sticky-notes over the top of each page, writing the date on one side and the topic on the other. A few years from now, when I hopefully have lots and lots of entries, I'll be able to look back to see how I progressed over time! Also, if I am ever needing to read scripture about a specific topic, I can easily flip to that page to find it. 
7) Share with others
Let me just say, that I have absolutely LOVED getting to share my Bible journaling experience with all of you. I discovered it one day while scrolling through Pinterest when I came across this blog post. I was instantly inspired and texted my mom, telling her that I wanted a Journaling Bible for Christmas. Now that I have gotten started, I love that I have been able to inspire some of you as well! I challenge each of you to share your creations with your friends and family and across social media. I think that this is a form of art that can speak to so many people, and I pray that it will impact the lives of many!

two my entries:


PLEASE send me pictures of any of your Bible journaling entries because I would absolutely love to see them! You can tag me in an Instagram photo, tweet me, or even email me!

Thanks so much for reading & happy Bible journaling!
xoxo,
Meredith

13 comments :

  1. Thanks so much for doing this I love what you have done in your bible! It's is so beautiful!

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  2. Your entries look amazing! I love your blog and your YouTube channel. I have realized that you don't need some celebrity to be your role model. Your role model just has to be someone who inspires people and I love how you inspire me! You are definitely my role model!

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  3. I love this and definitely want to try it out! Your entries are beautiful!!!

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  4. I really love seeing your journaling! :)

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  5. I have been searching for the perfect journaling bible and this looks awesome!
    Thanks so much for sharing!
    Take care,
    C | http://atlantic-c.blogspot.ca/

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  6. Hi! I so enjoyed your video and though I commented on youtube, I wanted to be sure you don't miss the comment so I'm commenting here too. Sweet blog! I actually teach how to do Bible journaling full time online and I thought you might enjoy knowing since I have tons (50+) of free tutorials with devotionals. In 2015, I ran a weekly Bible Art Journaling Challenge, where I included a weekly video tutorial and devotional on a section of scripture, and then challenged everyone to join me in creating on the same scripture and sharing in my social media groups to connect with the now thousands of others participating. I now refer to it as The Original Bible Art Journaling Challenge, for clarity. It's about encountering Jesus through creativity. This year, I am running a monthly Bible Art Journaling Challenge series called, Heaven Is Calling. It's about connecting with a good God. Anyone can join me free and I'd love to have you check it out! http://www.rebekahrjones.com/bible-art-journaling-challenge/

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  8. Haay.

    On youtube i saw your video! Last evening i started my own bible journaling.
    Is you want to see. You can watch here. http://followmemove.com/2016/03/23/bible-journaling/ I hope you like it. It isn't perfect :P
    Also i used the 'rules' picture also.

    Ciao Ciao

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  9. You are a good inspiration for others to do Bible journaling.

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  10. Such a neat post! I love Bible journaling too.

    Thebellenecessities.com

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  11. Heyyy...this really helped me...nd now I'm so eager to start this..well I needed a help...I'm confused whether I can use 'THE MESSAGE'by Eugene Peterson for bible journaling...it's not completely a Bible...it is really different from the regular bibles...another bible which I have is NIV teen study bible...but it doesn't have margins or extra space...please suggest me if I can continue with THE MESSAGE for journaling...Thanks��

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