I started being interested in Bible Journaling back in 2014/5. At the time, Rebeka Jones has a series of tutorials on Youtube, Documented Faith by Stephanie Ackerman was taking shape and Shanna Noel started her monthly Kits. However, at the time, I couldn’t afford the Bible with wide margins, so I did all my Bible Journaling inside a notebook until I was gifted a journaling Bible. While I finally had the Bible to use, I still didn’t fall in love with it. Maybe because I didn’t understand it fully or maybe because my heart wasn’t in it. I didn’t fully commit to Bible Journaling until 2018. I bought a new one on sale during Black Friday and decided to start.
When I first started Bible Journaling, I thought that Bible journaling was illustrating exactly what the passage was saying like the kids picture Bible. However, as I have grown as an artist and in my faith, my view has changed. Bible journaling now is a personal choice in using art, illustrations, pictures, or notes to expand, explain or journal about the passage/s (verse/s) in the Bible. Much like the popular art journaling in a dictionary. For me, it has become a journal about my journey with God. While I use pictures and stickers to illustrate my point, I also make sure to write prayers. How you Bible Journal is what you feel comfortable doing. Nothing wrong with using a notebook too.
I started Bible journaling when I was really into art journaling so a lot of the supplies from my art journaling days were able to come over to my Bible journal. However, the simplest anyone needs is a regular Bible and a regular pen. Color pencils are usually a fun and cheap way to add color. Remembering that God doesn’t see the supplies or that it’s a composition in best artwork, He sees the heart, your heart. Spending time with the one that created us is really what is important when Bible Journaling. However, if you really want to get more artistic, I would say to try a few techniques from Scrapbook.com with Shanna Noel. A free class offered by scrapbook.com that goes through a lot of the popular ways to document in your Bible using Art. Shanna Noel is the owner of Illustrated Faith an online workshop, printable and devotional kit store. Her heart is amazing, so she is defiantly one to help you.
When I first started Bible Journaling I was also stuck on where to Bible Journal at. The Bible has 66 books (more if you’re of a different Christian branch) so staring a blank Bible can be overwhelming. For me, using a physical Devotional Kits available from Dayspring.com really helped me focus on where to start. The Devotional Kits usually come with a few art supplies like stamps, stickers, or die cuts along with a several journaling prompts to respond to in the Bible. Now that I have a years’ worth of Bible journaling, I feel more confident to try Bible Journaling from what God is whispering to me. If you are at church or in a study group, any lessons being taught/learned can turn into entries in your Bible. When reading a religious study book, any notes taken could also be a great way to respond inside the Bible. Worship songs that are singing receptivity or touching you, would also make wonderful entries.
Don’t let the fear of messing up stop you from Bible Journaling in a Bible. If you can be brave as God has called you to be, documenting inside a Bible is life changing.