Tuesdays are the days I posts my crafty endeavors. If I don't have a craft or a handmade card to share, I show my Bible Journaling Pages. If your new to Bible Journaling and want to learn more about it, see this post HERE! I use the Inspire Bible which has some pre-printed pages, that I can just color in, but I also venture off and get creative sometimes and create my own pages.
This week I have a variety of different Bible Journaling pages to share. I have some more diverse examples of all the different ways you can study the Bible through Bible Journaling.
Full Realistic Pictures/Scenes
Many Bible Journalists like to keep things real and actually draw people/scenes into their Bibles that represent what they just read. For those who can't draw, they may use stamps or trace. Realistic scenes can help us get a visual of what we just read to put it in perspective. This scene was already printed in my Bible, so I just colored it in with pencils. I didn't do a very good job of it, it was kinda a difficult scene to color.
Printed Graphics of Scripture
Most Bible Journalists take one verse out of a page that really speaks to them and builds from that. I use the Inspire Bible which has a lot of printed graphics. These graphics highlight one verse on the page. As I color in the graphic, I try to memorize and focus on that scripture.
I colored this graphic in reds and yellows to emphasize fire.
The words in this graphic have a perfect ombre effect: the top of the letter is a lighter and the bottom a darker color.
Create Your Own Graphic Of Scripture
Because I'm not an artist, my favorite way to Bible Journal and also the way I learn the most from my Bible is to create my own graphic of scripture.
On this page I was struck by the verse Deut. 4:29, so I created my page around that verse as I mediated on it. I water colored the whole page, highlighting special verses with gel pens. I then used both my own handwriting plus stickers to create the verse. The hearts were traced and colored in using die cuts. I also punched a few hearts out and glued them on the page.
Simple, Pretty Notes
Not every page in your Bible has to be a pretty picture or graphic. You can also just journal what you're learning in the side margins of your Bible. I was really struggling trying to understand the story of Balaam when I was reading it. So I read several Bible commentaries on the subject and then wrote what I learned in the side margins. Then I took colorful gel pens and went over my notes to separate thoughts and make the page prettier. I did add one small graphic to highlight the prophecy in this scripture.
Finally, last week I showed you one of my mistake pages. I always think it's important to show not just the pages I like, but also pages I don't like because so many people are afraid to start Bible Journaling because they're afraid of making mistakes and ruining their Bible. I get that! I was there once myself. Please don't let that stop you from entering into this wonderful way of studying God's word. I can guarantee you, you WILL make mistakes. You WILL create pages you don't like. But you WILL also LEARN from those mistakes. Also, many mistakes are fixable with craft paint (it cover EVERYTHING) or stickers!
This page that I showed you last week HERE I did like because I could see the pencil strokes. I went back and smoothed out the pencil strokes using gamsol and a blending stump. Even though I'm still not crazy about this page, I like it much better now.
So what about you? Which way of Bible Journaling is your favorite? I'd love to hear from you!
Have A Great Day! Amy
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