I started this hobby only a few months ago, but I’m in love! I know that a lot of you are intrigued, so today I’m encouraging you to make Bible journaling easy and just dive in.
In case you couldn’t tell, I’m passionate about spreading the joy and I want everyone to know that YOU can start journaling in your Bible. There’s no pressure. You don’t need to be an artistic genius. Here are my top tips for beginners to enjoy some easy Bible journaling.YOU can start journaling in your Bible. You're going to love it! There's no pressure. You don't need to be an artistic genius. #biblejournaling #howto Click To Tweet
1. Color in Your Bible!
If you’re interested in coloring, just get the right Bible and you’ll be set. Don’t worry, Bibles for coloring don’t have to be expensive. You can grab my journaling Bible for $25 online. These Bibles make journaling so much fun and so simple.
For beginners who want to start without a lot of fuss, just grab some colored pencils and start coloring! It’s so simple, and I’ve been amazed at how it’s impacted my devotional life.
I’m motivated to read my Bible more often because of the beautiful illustrations, and coloring has been a meditative time for me to think through the passage I just read.
So, keep it simple and color in your Bible!
2. Grab Some Washi Tape
Oh, the wonders of washi! If you aren’t acquainted with washi, it’s a japanese paper tape that is perfect for decorating! Often, the tape is transparent. It’s easy to remove and reposition.
I bet you’re wondering, how does decorative tape fit in with Bible journaling? I get you. Washi is just so versatile that your imagination is the limit. If you aren’t feeling imaginative (I don’t blame you), try these ideas:
Use washi to border the edges of each book of the Bible.
Why do this?
- It looks so pretty
- It’ll help you find the passage you’re looking for
- It’s easy to do
- It works with almost any Bible
Whew! That’s a lot of good stuff. Here’s how it looks in a study Bible of mine.
Use washi to underline, border, or highlight different passages.
Transparent washi is so much fun to play with. It can really make your favorite verses stand out.
You can grab some thin washi if you want to use tape in the place of highlighters. It’s just crazy enough to work! (A benefit of this is that you can remove the washi to un-highlight if you need to.)
Create cute bookmarks with paperclips and washi.
Yep, you can make your own cute bookmarks with your favorite washi. This one is simple, but it does take a bit of explaining.
I didn’t even take a picture of your first step, which is to fold your washi over and leave an open loop at the end.
- Thread a paperclip through the open loop of washi.
- Make it snug, sandwiching the paper clip in between. It’ll crease a bit, which is great!
- Cut the washi at an angle. Make it a bit longer than you think you might need.
- Put it in your Bible! Adjust the length by snipping off a bit more if you want.
3. Use Tip-Ins
This is my favorite tip for beginners! Use that same washi to add pretty illustrations, cute papers, meaningful cards, personal paper keepsakes, and more.
Here’s how that looks.
Just add a bit of washi tape to make the paper stick, then flip and add washi to the other side, creating a hinge. Don’t worry, I have a complete tutorial on tip-ins for you that explains the whole thing.
4. Make it Worshipful and Low-Key
Your Bible will feel so much more personal once you start, but perfection and prettiness is not the goal. As you get creative in the pages of your Bible, remember that this is a time focused on growing in your walk with God.
Play some worship music, keep it Christ-centered, and simply enjoy your time in God’s word. You’re going to LOVE Bible journaling!
Linked up with these wonderful bloggers