Hi Friend! I’m so glad to be back here on the blog. It has been a long month and a half of transition moving from Japan, to my parent’s house for a month, and now to our new apartment in San Diego. Hubs and I moved in yesterday- we still won’t have our furniture from Japan until the end of the month, and won’t have internet for another week! Currently sitting at the Navy Liberty Center on base to get this blog post out! It’s been stressful and overwhelming at times, but also so fun and exciting! Can’t wait to see how God uses us during this next year in SoCal.
Anyways, for a few weeks last month, I found myself in a funk inspiration wise for my Bible journaling. After talking to a bunch of other Bible journalers, I realized that I am not the only one who goes through funks like this! So what do we do? How do we find inspiration? How do we find our creativity when we aren’t feeling creative?
Here’s what I have learned:
First things first, I have a little announcement! If you’ve been following me on social media you may know already that my life is pretty chaotic this month! Husband will be returning from his six-month deployment soon (hallelujah!) and then we are promptly making our big move from Japan back to California! All with the holidays looming 🙂 . *insert excited (but panicked) squeal*
So, to be able to focus on this new adventure- and reintegrating with my husband, because let’s be honest, I love him a bunch, but I have gotten used to living alone and not having to clean up his toast crumbs!- I decided to take a short break from the blog for the holidays!
BUT, I will be giving away Holiday Bible journaling printables all month long to my email subscribers! Be sure to sign up for those freebies by clicking here!
Today is going to be a pretty quick post all about Bible journaling tip-ins! If you are new to Bible journaling, you may have heard others refer to “tip-ins”, but don’t actually know what they are or how to use them. Basically, “tip-in” is Bible journaling slang for adding a separate piece of paper into your journaling Bible.
Tip-ins are a great item to utilize because they add extra space to your journaling Bible, but they also allow for a lot of flexibility and creativity, that otherwise, may not be able to happen in your Bible.
If you are looking for some new ideas of fun things try in your Bible journaling, you have come to the right place!
Now, if you are anything like me, and are a bit of a perfectionist, these three things may be a little intimidating. Because all of these techniques cannot be 100% controlled. You have to kind of fly by the seat of your pants and be okay if it does not turn out exactly how you imagined. You have to have fun with it and let go of trying to create that perfect page. Because remember, Bible journaling is not about making the most beautiful page, it is just about spending time in the Word and enjoying yourself as you do so. (See my post here on “when you make an ugly page” for more thoughts on that.)
Alrighty friend, this post is a doozy. All about getting started with brush pen calligraphy. Before we get going I want to point out that I created a free printable practice sheet for you to have! Just click here to download.
Brush pen calligraphy has been taking the world by storm lately! And for good reason! Brush pens are so fun because you can create a huge variety of lettering styles with just one pen! (If you have seen my post on 10 easy hand lettering styles, every one of those styles can be done by using only a brush pen! ) They also don’t leave much of a mess, and generally are pretty easy to learn to work with!
If you have been following me here or on social media, you may know that I love to use watercolor florals in my Bible journaling- especially roses. But I’m going to let you in on a little secret.. florals are really just my go-to when I can’t think of something else to do on my page. “When in doubt, add roses” as I always say! …okay that’s the first time I’ve said that. But honestly, there are so many times that I stumble upon a verse that is SO GOOD and I know I need to make a pretty Bible journaling page to magnify it, but then can’t come up with something unique to do for it.
In these cases, I always revert to my trusty watercolor roses.
If you are anything like me, you probably hate when you make mistakes in your journaling Bible. I think it is also a common fear that holds back new Bible journalers from jumping in; because you don’t want to mess up in the pretty Bible!
I’ve been there! Even after years of Bible journaling, I still make mistakes ALL THE TIME! It happens! Thankfully, I have learned a few ways to cover up or fix those mistakes. So I’m going to share with you three of my favorite fixes.
I had always thought of myself as a creative person, but never an artistic one. I love doing all kinds of crafts, whether that’s paper, yarn, beads, rope, whatever; but if you asked me to draw or paint a human you would be getting the most basic stickman possible.
So when I first started doing Bible journaling I was intimidated by all the photos on Instagram and Pinterest of these gorgeous Bible pages, and I felt there was no way I had the talent to do something close to that. But I gave it my all anyway, and guess what!? Now, two years later, after lots of practice, I get people telling me often that I AM an artist and that MY Instagram is one of those inspiring but intimidating accounts!
Though that is nice to hear, I want to encourage you that Bible journaling should not be intimidating! I believe that God gives everyone enough talent to create Bible art; whether that is by making gorgeous, in-depth paintings, or just writing down some notes neatly in the margin. Turn your heart to the Lord and give him your time and energy and I know he will help you create pages you are proud of.
Hand-lettering and calligraphy have become all the rage lately! I first got into hand-lettering two years ago and started with a basic faux-calligraphy (it’s a great place to start! See my post here.) Eventually, I started seeing other people creating these beautiful sermon notes and bible journal pages using all types of lettering styles and I knew I wanted to learn a bunch of different styles too!
I quickly found that the hardest thing for me was coming up with different lettering styles to use. I could use my basic handwriting and faux-calligraphy, and I knew the idea behind creating other styles, but then my mind would always draw a blank coming up with different ways to write things! Hopefully, I am not alone in this struggle and you can understand what I mean!
Today I’m bringing you a tutorial on making big watercolor florals in your journaling Bible! Who doesn’t love some flowers?!
I have a video below that shows how to create these pretty pink flowers, but since Bible journaling is all about connecting with the Lord, I also wanted to share how meaningful this page is to me. And maybe you’ll relate! (Of course, you can use these florals in any way you like, but I felt called to use them to illustrate Ephesians 4.)