Sometimes, a verse will be on my heart, I’m just not ready (or have the time) to create the page I want to create in my Bible around it. Or sometimes, I need a quick, easy project for my hands to work on while I listen to the Illustrated Faith podcast or a sermon. I want the project to be God-focused, but not… mentally draining. For those pockets of time, I usually reach for the supplies to put together a bookmark!
I love using homemade bookmarks in my journaling Bible. Sometimes they add a bit more journaling to a page where I just ran out of room; sometimes they add on to a verse or highlight a verse that I covered up… and sometimes they add a special marker to the top of a page I really want to remember and return to.
I love using the products from the Print & Pray Shop to make a lot of my bookmarks—some of them are already pretty perfectly sized to be a bookmark. After I print out the elements on heavy cardstock and trim them out, I just add some washi tape to the bottom and punch a hole at the top with my Crop-o-Dile (or you can use a standard hole punch!). Add some pretty ribbon, and you’re good to go! I used several elements from the Happy Home kit to make super quick bookmarks here.
For the bookmarks where I want to add more thoughts, or highlight a specific verse, I like to use the Library of God cards—they look just like the old library “due date” cards, and have perfect spaces for journaling. As a bonus, the “date” section is PERFECTLY sized for a standard date stamp (I’m obsessed with date stamps right now!) I added the verse I was studying and wanted to highlight (Romans 12:6) in several different colors of Sharpie—And I added a sticker label to add a little interest as well. To highlight the verse even more, and to decorate the bottom of the card, I trimmed around elements from the Grow Your Gifts kit, and layered those on top of some washi tape, punched a hole and tied several different colors of ribbon through the top.
These are so addicting and easy to make—I made more than 6 in just a half hour, because I couldn’t stop! Plus, I love seeing the ribbons poke out of the top of my Bible. It’s like little gifts of scripture to open up and return to again and again.
Grow Your Gifts digital kit by Allie Trumpower | Library of God digital printable by Allie Trumpower | Happy Home digital kit by Allie Trumpower | Journaling Bible from Crossway (ESV) | Illustrated Faith by Bella Blvd Bible Tabs 1 & Bible Tabs 2 | Sharpie ultra fine tip in various colors | Paper Studio washi tape | Studio Calico washi tape | Freckled Fawn washi tape | Ribbon from Hobby Lobby | Studio Calico date stamp | Crop-o-Dile hole punch