Sometimes it's a little intimidating to talk about my faith. As a Christian, I'm never quite sure how I'll be received. But as I've been Bible Journaling lately, lots of you have seemed interested in it and have had some questions, so I thought I'd try to get to them in a blog post.
First, my new Bible is an ESV Single Column Journaling Bible. I was very tempted by another one, but it was so expensive! But this one is great. There's plenty of room for notes or art, and my pastor uses this translation a lot, so I thought it might be good. Usually I prefer an NLT. Really, I think any Bible would work if you're comfortable with slightly overlapping onto the text and use the right stuff so you can still see the words. Totally doable!
Second, the materials I'm using are plain old crafting and scrapbooking supplies that I have on hand. Anything you see that isn't actual printed text was made by me. Which some people seemed confused about. It didn't come with pre-made art or backgrounds. If you're just getting started, some stickers and markers will get you pretty far. I'm a nerd and bought some new stamps and letters just for this, but you really don't need to. Even in black and white, you can make something lovely.
Third, my inspiration is simply coming from the text. If I see a verse or word, or maybe sense a theme, that's what I focus on. My hope is that by creating something next to it, I'll hold onto a piece of the verse a little better. You can usually see the words I've accented near by.
So how do you get started?
1. Get a Bible or a notebook. If you feel guilty about marking up a Bible, get a journal instead. No worries.
2. Pick your favorite book and start there. I'm a nerd for the Psalms! If you feel inspired early on, I think it makes it easier to make something like this a habbit.
3. Use what you have! I found dabbing a marker on a tissue and smooshing it on the paper makes a really nice background. No need for fancy ink! Don't have pretty stickers? Google doodle lettering and boarders and make it pretty yourself!
4. Let it matter. It's really not about making something perfect, it's about making something period. For me, being creative has always made me feel closer to my Creator. As long as that's happening for you, don't worry about the final product and enjoy the Word.
And that's pretty much it. If you look around, you can find much better examples than anything I've made, and it's inspiring me to try new things and keep this going. I'll probably continue to post my favorites to Instagram using the hashtag #BibleJournaling. If you're making some too, use the tag, so I can see! Hope you enjoy this as much as I am!