Illustrated Faith: Thankfulness

Hi Crafty Friends!

When Shanna asked me to share my journaling bible with you all I was honored (and a little nervous because I just started). I grew up thinking that you weren’t supposed to write in your bible. Not that anyone told me that, I just assumed because I never saw anyone do it before. To be completely honest I have very rarely picked up my bible in a long time. Now, I find myself wanting to dive into my bible several times throughout the day and the word really stays with me more than it did before. Using my creativity and my love for Jesus has really made this something very special to me.

Today I am sharing pages on being Thankful. Being thankful when everything is going just right is easy (for me) but it was the being thankful with times were really very hard that I had to learn. My husband was out of a job for almost a year; our marriage was rocky not to mention the 5 kids that we were raising were hard at times. We started going to church and I started thanking the lord for EVERYTHING even the hardship we were finding ourselves in, because though that I knew that he had a plan (and he definitely did). By having a thankful heart though the rough times we stop focusing on ourselves and focusing on the only one who is really in control and TRUSTING in him. My prayer for all of you today is that you have a heart full of thanksgiving not just this month but 365 days a year.

In addition to a few pictures that I will post here, I thought I would share a little video talking about a couple of my pages and what I used.

Colossians 3:17
For this page I used some die cuts out of watercolor paper, colored with distress ink and water accented with some gold paint. The sequins are some from the autumn mix in my etsy shop and just glued on with a little bit of glossy accents. I added a transparency page for the final touch. I printed the verse on the portion covering the text and the “Be Thankful” over the journaling column. In the video I show how to attach the transparency in the bible. There is also a thin strip of gold washi tape covering the glue in the center; you could easily skip this step because the glue really isn’t noticeable.

Illustrated Faith: Bible journaling

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
For this page I did a lot of stamping, I used the hopscotch alphabet from Close To My Heart and some stamps designed by Shanna for Butterfly Reflections Ink. I stamped everything in a permanent dye ink because I knew I would be doing some water coloring. To add color to the page I used the Neocolor II crayons. I added touches of glitter with my wink of stella pen (hard to see in the photo) It is also what I use over the verse(s) that I journaled about.

Illustrated Faith: Bible journaling

Here is a video sharing a bit more info.

If you haven’t already, please head over to Shanna Noel’s blog. I am giving away a NIV Note takers bible, I hope it blesses someone who needs it.

Illustrated Faith: Bible journaling









Finally, if you haven’t checked out the WONDERFUL journaling bible community on Facebook, click HERE. We would love to have you!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy Journaling!

The Crafty Pickle

13 thoughts on “Illustrated Faith: Thankfulness

  1. I love your Be Thankful transparency! Thank you for the video showing how you did it. Any chance that you will be selling pdfs in your Etsy shop? Please, please, please!

  2. This is such a great idea!!! I love personalizing everything & I’m so glad I found your blog!! I was wondering, could you explain or do a video of how you cut the transparency pages to the size & shape of your bible pages? I really want to try this but want to know how you made the pages align so perfectly! Thanks so much & I hope it hear from you soon!! =)

  3. I am looking at journaling bibles and will be buying one soon. I can’t wait to get started. Yours is my favorite! Which bible do you have? It’s beautiful!
    Amy Jo

  4. Hi Amy, The one I show in the video is the ESV version that I purchased on amazon. I have since changed over to a bigger bible but this one is great. There are a few different cover options on the ESV bibles on Amazon. Also be sure to check out Shanna has product for sale that will be going live this week!!

  5. I really like your style. I am shopping for a Bible and would like to know the name of the bigger Bible you changed over to. Please let me know. Your work is beautiful.

    1. Hi Janet 🙂
      The bible that I swapped over to is the Holman Notetakers interactive edition. I have heard a few rumors that it is discontinued. I purchased it online for about $30.

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