Literally something I knew nothing about until recently! What a huge huge following bible journaling has! So here we have everything you need to know about bible journaling ideas!
Bible journaling seems to be extremely popular with some absolutely massive accounts being created daily on Instagram. So I went and did some research to find out more about it (and just so you know this prompted me to look into Qaran Journaling too!)
So I went and had a look at this awesome post from Scrapbook.com and really found some great info!
History of bible Journaling
A creative combination of art journaling and Bible study, this activity that might seem new to crafters is not so new at all to Bible historians. Bible journaling has roots that actually date back centuries.
This process of extra-illustrating books became known as “Grangerizing” after James Granger. In 1769, Granger published a “Biographical History of England” with added blank pages. These blank pages were included in the album to encourage extra-illustration . This book’s popularity led to the use of the term “Grangerizing” to describe the practice.
However, despite the popularity of Granger’s book, perhaps the best-known example of Grangerizing today is not his book, but a Bible. The Kitto Bible, which is now in the collection of the Huntington Library, started life as a two-volume publication, but was grangerized into a massive 60 volume set containing over 30,000 illustrations by James Gibbs in the mid-1800’s. It can certainly be argued that the Bible journaling of today is the 21st century descendant of the personal expression and customization that was done in the Kitto Bible and other grangerized Bibles of the 18th and 19th century.
Right so fascinating to know! So is it a trend or is this something to take note of? So no – according to the above quotes, its been around for centuries and we have just made it look much better with the combination of scrapbooking and journaling.
I think what I love about bible journaling is that a lot of people also create the most amazing bible journaling art!
What is bible journaling?
This post quoted some great content I wanted to share too:
Bible journaling is an exciting way to engage with Scripture. It can transform the way you spend time in the Word and it all begins within the margins of the Bible.
With Bible journaling, you will find a creative and fresh approach to the age-old discipline of Bible reading. With pen in hand, you can visually capture Scripture, meditate on God’s Word and memorize the text. Some choose to journal as an expression of private devotion, others journal as an act of worship and there are even some who consider it a creative outlet that can be shared.
No matter what your purpose for Bible journaling, the beauty of the movement is this: it doesn’t require a skilled artist. All that matters is that you’re willing to experience God and His Word in a creative way.
Good to know!
Some amazing bible journaling supplies to get you started
And you can grab piles of gorgeous bible journaling supplies from all over the internet! There is a lot of information about what pens to use for bible journaling, specific types of bible journaling bibles, bible journaling note books and much much MUCH more! It seems such a popular way to represent learnings and thoughts about ones faith!
I think the fact that there are so many bible journaling supplies everywhere that mimic those of planning and bullet journaling, like stickers, stencils, notes, envelopes, reminder cards, that it makes it a perfect segue way for someone who is already journaling and has a passion to reflect on their faith!
I think another thing that drew me to this type of journaling was the awesome amounts of bible journal prompts and workbooks you could find to support the hobby! One of the questions I saw come up a lot in searches and conversations on forums was:
Is bible journaling disrespectful?
No. Heck No. You are using a skill and passion, to reflect and enjoy your faith in an mindful, caring beautiful way. It helps you remember those passages and verses, so why would this be disrespectful at all? The argument however is that you are defacing your bible. I think the point needs to be made, unless you are maliciously ruining your bible, the journaling and reflection you are making about your faith, is not disrespectful. And that INCLUDES doodling in your bible.
So many bibles are made specifically for this reason, taking notes, reflecting and giving you the space to digest the stories and meanings. So use your journaling bible as a canvas for your faith!
And onto our 23 inspired bible journaling spreads!