Hi everyone! I’m so excited to share this blog post with you—it’s been a long time coming! The two questions I get asked most often on my Instagram, @christiangirls, are:
- “What Bible do you have?”
- “What pens and markers do you use?”
And so, I’m super excited to not only answer those questions in detail, but also share a complete list of all my favorite Bible journaling supplies! Hope you enjoy! If you have any other questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below.
1. MY BIBLE
I have the NLT Reflections Bible, and it’s the best Bible I’ve ever owned! It’s perfect for me. It’s my favorite version, there’s tons of space for journaling, the pages are thicker than any other Bible I’ve used—not to mention the pretty blue cover! (The design did not come on the cover. My friend, Jess, and I painted our Bible covers together!) There are so many journaling Bibles out there to choose from, but this one is my favorite.
Another question I get asked a lot is where I got my Bible tabs. I made them (and had so much fun doing so)! If you’re interested in making your own, click here for a little tutorial I posted on Instagram.
2. CRAYOLA SUPER TIPS MARKERS
These are the best markers I’ve found for my Bible, hands down. They’re inexpensive, there’s so many colors to choose from and they don’t bleed! (If I’m drawing a picture and go back and forth a lot, the colors do show a little on the other side of the page, but it doesn’t bother me. How bad it is depends on how thick the pages of your Bible are and how much you go over the same spot.) I use them for everything—highlighting verses, doodling, hand lettering, etc. You can find them at many dollar stores, craft stores, Walmart and Amazon (linked below).
3. MICRON PENS
I’d be lost without these little pens! I use them almost every single day in my Bible. They don’t bleed (you might see the ink a little bit on the opposite side of the page you write on) and they come in all different tip sizes and colors. My favorites are the black in sizes 01 (small) and 05 (a little bigger).
4. WASHI TAPE
Oh boy. I have a little bit of a washi tape problem! If you’re not familiar with washi tape, it’s decorative tape that comes in all sorts of colors and patterns. (My favorites are any of the glitter or floral print ones.) You can use it to attach things to your Bible (like journaling cards or flowers), bookmark special pages or just stick it anywhere for decoration! (Instead of Bible tabs, some people like to attach a piece of washi tape to the edge of each book in their Bible.) It’s also not as sticky as regular tape, so you can peel it off your page if you want to move it (just be very careful—I have ripped my page a time or two, and then covered it up with more washi tape). My favorite place to get washi tape is from Hobby Lobby!
I love using my date stamp in my Bible! It’s fun to go back and see when I read a certain passage or created a Bible journaling entry.
TIP: When using an ink pad in your Bible, make sure you use pigment ink so it doesn’t bleed!
6. THE HAPPY PLANNER STICKERS
One of my biggest tips is to use planner supplies in your Bible! They are usually just the right size and look absolutely adorable. My favorites are anything made for The Happy Planner, especially these sticker sheets. They fit perfectly in the margins of my Bible! (My dad got me the “mini faith” one for Christmas, and I thought that fit my blog pretty well.)
TIP: These sticker books can be a little expensive. What I do at Hobby Lobby is use a 40% coupon or watch for their planner supplies to go on sale for 50% off.
7. DIE CUT PAPER PIECES
Die cuts are cute little cutouts of pictures, words or letters. I like to attach them to my Bible using a glue sick or double sided tape.
8. JOURNALING CARDS
Journaling cards are SO great for Bible journaling! I use them all the time! I like to hand letter Bible verses, jot down my thoughts about a passage and sometimes copy a quote from a devotional or commentary that I don’t want to forget. Then I attach the card to my Bible with washi tape! (The ones on the top left and bottom right of the picture above were a Christmas present from my friend. Thanks Maddie!)
TIP: If a journaling card has a design covering one side, write on the other side, attach it to your Bible with washi tape (design side up) and then flip it over to see your notes!
9. ILLUSTRATED FAITH SUPPLIES
Illustrated Faith is a brand totally dedicated to Bible journaling. Cool, right? And they have the cutest supplies! Stickers, scrapbook paper, die cuts, etc. (My absolute favorite is their She Blooms Collection. Oh, and their cardstock stickers!)
10. STICKY NOTES
Sticky notes are a great way to add little verses and thoughts to your Bible pages! (Regular sticky notes work fine, but I also love these pretty ones I found at Hobby Lobby.)
11. PAPER CLIPS
I absolutely love using paper clips in my Bible (especially fun shapes)! You can bookmark special pages, attach journaling cards or just use them for decoration! It’s also really easy to spruce up your regular paper clips using washi tape, ribbon, yarn, etc. (I’ll try to do a DIY post on that sometime!)
12. SCRAPBOOK PAPER
I have two big tips for using scrapbook paper in your Bible!
TIP #1: If you don’t have a journaling Bible, you can add a piece of scrapbook paper to your regular Bible! This gives you lots of room for artwork and notes (plus it looks super cute). I like to fold a piece of washi tape over the scrapbook paper and the edge of my Bible page, but whatever works best for you!
TIP #2: If you’re using lots of ink on one side of your page and it shows badly on the other side, use scrapbook paper to cover it up and create a pretty design!
13. TAB PUNCH
This is an amazing Bible journaling tool, especially if you want to create your own books of the Bible tabs! (Read my tutorial on Instagram.) Or you can use it to make tabs for other things, such as different topics, favorite verses, pages you want to get to quickly, etc.
TIP: My tab punch only makes single sided tabs (without the two sides that fold over). If you have a similar tab punch, here’s what I do! I cut out a small piece of scrapbook paper, fold it over and place it inside the tab punch with the fold at the top. Then I punch it with the fold just below the cutter so it doesn’t cut off.
14. TOMBOW BRUSH PENS
These markers are a little more expensive, but if you’re really into art and/or hand lettering, I definitely recommend them! They have a brush tip on one end and a fine tip on the other. The brush tip can create a beautiful calligraphy effect if you press down harder when going down and lighter when coming up. (This takes lots of practice, and I still haven’t mastered it!) I only use these in my Bible on special occasions because they do bleed through to the other side of the page, but I think the pretty drawing makes it worth it!
TIP: Since these do bleed, I like to use them on a journaling card and then attach it to my Bible.
Ah, watercolors! I have made such a mess in my Bible with watercolors, but it’s a mess I love. Watercolors will wrinkle your Bible page and probably get everywhere (speaking from personal experience). But if you’re a creative mess like me, it might not bother you! I always make sure to put a piece of scrap paper under the page I’m working on to prevent bleeding. (Also, if you have coffee and a cup of water for your paintbrush out at the same time, don’t drink the paint water! I definitely almost did that a couple times. Haha!)
Also, a bonus supply that I thought I’d share with you guys is the Pentel Aquash Brush Pen. I love this little thing! You can fill the brush handle with water, so you don’t need a water cup! It can also make a pretty calligraphy effect (similar to the Tombow Brush Pens above).
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