I’m not sure about you, but I love to see other people’s bible journaling pages. Sometimes they spark something in me and inspire a new page in my own bible, and sometimes I just love to see other people’s styles. However, when you see the pretty picture on Instagram or Pinterest you don’t always get the full story behind that page. The beauty of bible journaling is that it is creative worship of our amazing God, and so for me I often find that each page is a product of a situation in my life, lesson learnt or meditation that has revealed something to me. They might not always make sense to others, but each page is special to me and God.
So on reflection I thought I would share some of the stories behind my pages, to show you my process and inspiration. I hope you enjoy and maybe pick up some tips for your own journaling. Today I will be talking about this page:
Starting with the sky
This page started out as a bit of a play around with watercolours at our Doncaster Bible Journaling “Craft and Chill” night. I’d seen an idea on Pinterest where you used a cardboard cut out of cloud shapes and painted above it to leave a white cloud shape below. I loved how this could make a sky themed background, so gave it a go. I chose the page of a verse that had been written out on a post it on my desk at work for the past few weeks:
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
I think in the version on my desk it had the phrase “confident hope” in it too. Over the past few months I have heard that gentle whisper from God asking me to “trust him” and so many verses with that phrase in had been coming up in my everyday life. This was just one of them.
After creating the sky I got a bit stuck – I knew I wanted the words of the verse somewhere on the page but I wasn’t sure where. I decided to let it sit for a few days and see if inspiration hit.
the idea for the balloons
After a few days of not having any clue how to finish this page off, I was scrolling once again through Pinterest when a scrapbooking page caught my attention where a big bunch of balloons had been made out of die cut hearts. I loved this idea! I thought of how it linked in nicely with the verse where God is “filling you with all joy and peace” in the same way that balloons are filled with air. It would look great against the sky background, but I didn’t think my heart shaped hole punch would make big enough hearts for me to write on.
So instead I chose to trace a picture of a big bunch of balloons using my phone as a lightbox (this is where you get the image you want to trace up on your phone screen and place a piece of paper over it and copy it). Once I had the outline of my bunch of balloons I then sketched out the words of the verse using pencil. I wanted the focus to be on the words “TRUST IN HIM” as those were the words I really felt God speaking over me at the time. Maybe other words might stand out to you, so you can really alter the layout to highlight what you want to.
With the general layout in place I got my coloured pencils out and coloured in the balloons (this was lots of fun and very colourful!). I then went back over my words using a black fine liner so that they stood out clearly.
Its all in the detail
Now that the main parts of the page were finished I just needed to put it all together. I wanted to add some nice details, and I think that they are what pull pages together and make them feel special. So I looked out this paper string I had bought in IKEA years ago for the strings on the balloon and added a cloud themed tab to the top of the page. I am still undecided as to whether or not to add some glitter to the edges of the clouds – what do you all think?!
Even though I love how the colourful balloons look on the cloud background, I think the bit that stands out and makes this page special to me is the phrase “TRUST IN HIM”. That is what God is teaching me right now.
How can you use the ideas from this page and make it into your own? Is there a verse that you love at the moment that you can write onto balloons? Or perhaps you can steal the sky idea. I would love to hear how you use this inspiration for your own works of worship.