**Congratulations to Ken O, selected as the winner of the Bible Journaling Kit!”
I have just had the opportunity to be creative with the neatest product! FlyBy/Propeller Consulting, LLC sent me this Bible Journaling Kit from Ellie Claire to review. It has been so fun to integrate into my Bible journaling and has really inspired me! Best yet, you have two ways to enter for a chance to win your own kit!
What is Bible journaling?
I believe that there has been a true resurgence of the creative arts lately in America. You can see this even at the grocery store, where you can see neat coloring books with incredible drawings just waiting for you to fill in with color. This creative expression has found its way into Bible study and devotional times, as individuals have taken art into the white spaces of their Bibles. Lettering, drawing, painting, and stickers all bring verses or ideas to life with vibrant color.
Publishing houses are even creating Bibles that have margins or pages especially made for Bible journaling. I am blessed to own several Bibles for my own reading and Bible study; but I was given a Journaling Bible (published by Crossway) which I use for journaling. You can also use a plain journal. All you need are colored pencils, ink, and whatever else you might like to use to color and illuminate verses.
And why would you want to write or draw in your Bible anyway? To make special note of meaningful verses. To help you remember those verses. To express creativity with the words of life that the Bible contains. To use art time to create something that inspires your spirit. I’m sure there are more reasons…those are just a few that I came up with!
What is in this Bible Journaling Kit?
This kit has everything you need to get started with Bible journaling! (Except your own Bible or a journal. You’ll need to provide that.) All of these art supplies are neatly boxed in a sturdy blue slipcase:
- 8 colored pencils which twist to advance
- A felt-tip archival pen
- 3 sheets of 24 sticker tabs
- Alphabet stickers (4 sheets of two different fonts)
- Clear stickers with inspirational phrases and symbols (4 sheets of these, too)
- A plastic protector mat with 8-inch ruled lines on one side, and wavy borders on the other
- A lime green zippered case to keep all your supplies (it even has a strap to slip around the cover of your Bible)
I am pretty new to Bible journaling. I have a Pinterest board that is devoted to Bible journaling ideas. And I have that Bible that’s made just for journaling. I also have a TON of art supplies (we love doing art in homeschool and I teach an art class at our local coop). But somehow, prior to receiving this Bible Journaling Kit, I just hadn’t quite been able to make the jump INTO Bible journaling.
It turns out that having the right supplies can make all the difference!
One of my favorite verses, Psalm 20:7, reminds me of a special time I spent in Russia. So my first experience with this neat Bible Journaling Kit was to illustrate that. I chose the famous Russian landmark, St. Basil’s Cathedral, for my drawing. I pulled up a picture of the cathedral online and drew it free-hand (in pencil, of course!). Then I used the twisty colored pencils from my kit to draw it in. I was pretty excited that I had all the colors I needed! After I colored everything in, I used the felt-tip pen to highlight and outline. Last, I wrote in a phrase from the verse. (I clearly need to work on my lettering some more!)
Next, I was reading my Bible one day and ran across this verse: “But be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem to be a joy and her people to be a gladness.” –Isaiah 65:18. I loved that! There are many places which are wonderful to visit, but how many of them were actually created to be a joy? I knew I’d found my next verse.
I didn’t freehand this one but used outlines from a coloring book that I own, that I thought really communicated the idea of an Israeli city. Again, first I used pencil, then the twisty coloring pencils, then outlined with the felt-tip pen. (I still need to work on my lettering!) Then I wrote a phrase from the verse and, at the bottom of the page, the verse address.
Wren’s Ideas for Bible Journaling:
First of all, don’t be discouraged if you think you’re not creative or you don’t know where to start! ANYONE can do this. Do an online search for “Bible Journaling.” Browse Pinterest. There are some amazing ideas out there to get you started! Then, get (or win!) your supplies. Then, jump in! You can see below that I’m doing a heart for my next journaling project. It’s coming along, slowly but surely. 🙂
Here’s a process which has worked for me that you can try, if this is new or seems overwhelming to you:
- Think of a verse that you love or that is meaningful to you.
- Brainstorm; what images do you think of when you meditate on this verse?
- Practice. Draw those images on printer paper.
- Trace or draw in your Bible or journal with pencil. (Unless you’re a super-confident artist, in which case, you can just draw already!)
- Color in your drawing.
- Find a font you like to letter a phrase or the address for your verse. Print it out, place it under your page, and trace. Color it in!
- For interesting definition, highlight your colored drawing with a black felt-tip pen. It really makes things pop!
- Now—enter my giveaway. Maybe you’ll win this cool set of Bible journaling supplies!
Enter here for a chance to win–two ways!
First, you can enter here via my Giveaway Tools entry form. Just click on the pink link below, which will take you to my Giveaway Tools form:
In addition, the publisher is also giving away 5 Bible Journaling Kits! Just enter via this link for your chance to win:
Where can you purchase your own Bible Journaling Kit?
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