The beginning of the year I started Bible journaling using the The NRSV Notetaker’s Bible . That journaling Bible has become difficult to find and although I enjoy the actual set up of the Bible with the wide margins for journaling, it’s not my favorite Bible. I’m just sentimentally attached to my other two Bibles, so I’ve been using them the last couple of weeks, 1) because I missed opening them and 2) to show you that you do not have to have a “Journaling Bible” to practice Bible journaling.
*August 17, 2016 Update: I’ve written a book, Bible Journaling Tips, Inspiration and Permission, to encourage and inspire you in your Bible journaling!
Bible Journaling When You Do Not Have a Journaling Bible
About four years ago I purchased my first RSV Ignatius Bible. I say first because shortly after I purchased mine, I purchased one for each of my children. This is a nice no frills Bible. This is the Bible I spent months flipping through when I compiled The Catholic Child’s Teaching Bible. It wears well, is not too large or too small and is really just a great over all Bible.
Unlike the Notetaker’s Bible, made specifically for notetaking, the margins in the RSV Ignatius Bible are just standard sized…but you can still use this Bible as a journaling Bible. Let me share a couple of examples with you.
Instead of journaling on the actual Bible, I created a page in a notebook and then used washi tape to adhere it into my Bible. I actually really like this for a couple of reasons: first, if I make a mistake–which I make so many! When I make a mistake, it’s not in my Bible permanently. I can just get another sheet of paper…any paper by the way: scrapbook, notebook or even a clear binding cover…and start over. I also like that in this particular example, not only have I used the right side of my brain to get a little artistic on one side of the paper, I still have all this space on the back to make notes, link certain references or maybe include a quote from one of the saints on that particular verse or topic.
Here’s another example of how I practiced the art of Bible journaling in my RSV Ignatius Bible. This time I just used a bit of paint and used some stamps. Super simple, I think very pretty and can be done even without wide margins.
My favorite Bible is the large print RSV Bible I purchased about three years ago. Hmm, I cannot find the exact one but this one says it is large print, Revised Standard Version Large Print and so does this one, RSV-CE Large Print and this one states it is XL Print, NRSV XL Print; I may need to check into that soon as I can tell a huge difference in my eyes since I turned 40 a few years ago.
Anyway, in this Bible, I delicately worked around the edges with some vine work, I used alphabet stickers for one of my favorite verses on this page and I taped in a pretty journal cover I had. And let me confess right now, I did tape it in because it is pretty…but also, I didn’t like the way my journaling looked on that page and so I covered it up with a pretty cover and washi tape. I think washi tape has replaced Twix candy bars as my new love language by the way.
One other thing I have done as I’ve spent time in the Word Bible journaling…and this one may appeal to those who are really hesitant to begin Bible journaling, I used washi tape. I just used a piece of washi tape on the edge of a page I wanted to be able to find easily. I showed you how I use tabs to mark favorite passages, and this is along the same lines, just a little more subdued.
I hope some of these pictures and suggestions will encourage you to practice Bible journaling even if you do not have a journaling Bible.