Moms, I get it. You’re busy, looking for a bit of cheer, inspiration, or some great ideas for rocking mom life. So what is this weird blog post, you ask? It’s something I had to share, because I want to take tip-ins from crafter lingo to everyday vocab for moms, right along with “Be gentle!” and “What am I making for dinner?”
The Surprising Truth: Tip-Ins Are for Everyone
You don’t have to be a confident crafter or an artistic type to enjoy using a tip-in now and then. They’re the easiest, simplest way to personalize any book you own and turn it into a keepsake.
And even though I write a lot to fellow moms, they are truly for everyone. If you’re short on time, tip-ins are going to be your best friend. Pretty soon you’ll feel confident about creating and enjoying these awesome additions to your favorite books.
What is a Tip-In and How Do I Use It?
Definition: Tip-ins are pieces of paper that are inserted, or in our case, taped in to a book.
If that doesn’t sound revolutionary, you’re right–tip-ins aren’t exactly a new idea. But two things are making them exciting right now–washi tape (I’ll get to that in a minute) and art journaling.
Think about your favorite books that you’d love to personalize a bit. Here are some ideas:
- Your Bible
- A notebook
- Your journal
- A cookbook
- A photobook
- Your planner
- An old hymnal
- A copy of your favorite novel
Journaling makes them all personal, beautiful, customized, and meaningful. It’s hard not to fall in love with that idea, isn’t it?
1. Pretty pieces of paper
The sky is the limit here. Do you have a birth announcement you’d love to see in your Bible? Maybe you’ve found a few scripture card printables you’d like to put to use. Do you have a special note from one of your kids? What about a pretty print or a postcard from a friend?
If it’s paper, it can go in one of your books. So get creative and think about what you’d like to see in your keepsake.
2. Washi tape
Oh, the wonderful world of washi! It’s everywhere you look these days. Washi tape was invented in 2006 and combines masking tape with beautiful Japanese paper. It’s awesome because it…
- is pretty
- can be torn in any direction easily
- can be re-positioned easily
- doesn’t damage surfaces or leave a sticky reside behind
- turns anything into a post-it note
- decorates any object or book (without a permanent commitment)
For such a versatile crafting tool, I think washi is affordable. But here’s my advice: Don’t spend more than $1.50 per roll (most rolls are 10 meters long), especially as you’re getting started.
These are my favorite sets at a great price on amazon! Aren’t they gorgeous?
3. Your favorite book (Bible, planner, etc.)
You’ll need a book, obviously, that’s important to you and worth decorating. Did you pick one from the list above? Grab it!
I have a yearly planner that and a journaling Bible that I absolutely love.
Make Your Tip-In
Create a Hinge
Decide on the placement of the paper, and the direction of the flip.
I’m adding the my strength and shield tip-in to the margin of my journaling Bible. I chose a vertical flip because it fit nicely on the page.
Grab some great washi! Cut or tear off a small piece, placing half of it on your card and the other half on the book so it’ll flip in the direction you want it to go.
Flip the card over. Add another piece of washi, lined up with the first piece. Here’s what that looks like.
Sometimes I crack myself up. Tip-ins don’t really get “advanced” but there are ways to be extra creative with them. How about a tip-in on a tip-in? Why, yes, you can do that!
See how the little paper with the heart on it is taped in to the back of the “my shield and strength” tip-in? These are so much fun because they add more interaction, color, creativity, and information.
Open up this tip-in, and I could write the tiniest book ever written, for example. I could list dates that tell a story of when God was my strength and shield. Are you inspired yet?
Grab my favorite inspirational tip-ins and get started!
Okay, I might be biased, but I love the tip-ins I created.
The first is a set of 12 Bible verses that are designed to encourage you to enjoy memorizing scripture. I used watercolor designs and script fonts that I think you’ll love. (They’ve been key to achieving my memorization goals!)
The second set is a beautiful group of 12 biblical tip-ins. These colorful words have brightened up my Bible, big time! They’re my latest printable and they’re ready to decorate your Bible or journals. Here’s a preview:
Tip-ins are my favorite way to make a big impact with very little effort. They’re perfect for beginners in Bible journaling and any other paper medium, too. I hope you feel confident and ready to enjoy tip-ins!
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