I have gotten so many questions about my new journaling bible, that even though I am no expert in this area, I am going to share what little knowledge I do have with you because, well, I’m kind of obsessed with it.
And I hear, practice makes perfect.
There is nothing better, in my opinion, than enjoying some quiet time, just me and Him. Maybe a cup of coffee too. I love reading His word. I love sharing His word with others. And I love getting something new out of it every single time.
Now, I consider myself somewhat creative, but trust me when I tell you that there are so many more people out there who know way more about doodling and bible journaling than I do. But I will share what I’ve learned so far.
So, first, you need a journaling Bible. I was lucky enough to score one on sale on my Divorce-aversary back in October. I’m a huge fan of the ESV, but there are many different translations to choose from. I love the selection that Lifeway has. And right now they’re having a sale.
Then we should talk bible tabs. I get so many compliments on my tabs. I found this sweet little Etsy shop on Instagram, called The Salty Biscuit. They actually have a bible journaling bundle available, but I have to tell you they sell out quick. They usually restock their shop on Monday’s, so be sure to check back then if you don’t see what you want.
These bible tabs though are gorgeous. They were easy to apply. They haven’t budged since I put them on. And they make navigating my bible so much easier.
Next, pens, markers, crayons and all things pretty.
This took a little trial and error for me. Bible pages are so thin that you don’t want your creations bleeding into the next page, but, if you’re like me, you want something bold. Something that grabs your attention. So I have tried it all. From colored pencils to metallic markers. But my absolute favorite pens are the Staedtler Pigment Liner Pens. They write amazingly. They come in different sizes for those of us who love to pay attention to detail and they have a very minimal bleed through. I have never been one to obsess over pens, until these. You can even run a wet brush overtop without smearing the ink.
But then we need color, right? These Faber-Castel PITT Artist Pens are amazing! Water proof, acid free, and gorgeous vibrant colors. The brush tip allows a wide variety of widths, all the way to a fine point. Bleed through is minimal to none.
Next, we have my favorite, The Big Brush Pen. Holy heck! I am in love with this marker. It’s super fun to use. It’s big and bold. And it encourages you to try something a little different and step outside of your box.
And then we have this sweet little game-changer. The Gelly Roll White Ink Pen. At first, I was a bit skeptical at this pen, but I thought ‘why not?’. So I made the purchase and woah, it is so freaking sweet. What I love most about it is being able to create a shadowing effect with The Big Brush Pen. It seriously is so cool and makes it look like I know what I’m doing.
Finally, besides the usual pencil and eraser and maybe a few stickers, you’ll need Washi Tape. And in my opinion, you can never have too much Washi Tape. Ever. I use this to decorate the pages. Add a little character. And there are so many different colors and patters to choose from. You can’t go wrong.
So there you have it. I told you I didn’t know much, but I hope this helps someone get started on their own bible journaling journey. Because it is so sweet. And it is so relaxing. And it’s cool to see a little bit of yourself in those pages.