Hello, hello sweets & Happy Thanksgiving to you all! For a special day, I thought I’d give you a special kind of post rather than just a single journal page. Today I’m giving you a peek into my faith journal!
Most of the bible journaling community do their art worship RIGHT the margins of their journaling bibles, which is so completely awesome. But if you’re unsure about that route of faith journaling, there are alternative ways you can get your creativity documented! There are a multitude of reasons one might want to go in a different direction than simply journaling in the bible margins. Maybe you are apprehensive about putting art in a real bible. Maybe you don’t have the moola at this point in time to purchase a journaling bible. Maybe you feel too constrained creating inside just a 2″ margin. Whatever the reason, there are other ways to illustrate your faith! (Enter Elaine’s faith journal, stage left.)
I use a 6″x8″ Snap Album by Simple Stories for my faith journal. I’ve used these little albums for all sorts of projects in the past; I’m a total mini book type of girl. So when I was putting together a faith journaling “kit” for myself, I knew I wanted to journal in one of them again. This way, I have the freedom to put pages in at random, hole punch little snippets from my life, rearrange, & create my own style of journal.
My style of illustrated faith comes in many forms, as I’m sure it does for a lot of you. Some days I want to douse an entire page in paint. Other days I just need to sit down and WRITE. Sometimes I want to include a big photograph & talk about what God’s doing in my life. Coming from a background of heavy scrapbooking, it’s not surprising that my faith journal would lend itself to being a scrapbook. HA!
In the photo above, I started with just a layout & then I decided I had more to say. My sister had posted a Facebook status about the message she heard in church that day. I knew I had to include that along with the page I had just illustrated. So I carried over the stamps & colors to the facing side to tie it all together.
These pages are thoughts & feelings on a post I saw online about refugees from Turkey. The post struck me SO much that I wanted to remember the text & images so that I could pray for them fervently. I did my journaling on a Project Life card by Becky Higgins & used the facing page to paste the original post. Below the journaling is a favorite photo of my family (including my in-laws!) around a dining room table: my greatest blessing!
Sometimes I just find little quotes or greeting card images or journal cards that strike me so much! So I laminate them, punch holes, & insert them right into my faith journal.
This one uses a whole pocket page of 2″x2″ squares! This one was fun to just PLAY & fill up the pockets with little images & trinkets from the Whatever is Lovely collection & some of my other favorite Bella Blvd. lines!
I also used some adorable Illustrated Faith products to convert a plain page into a pocket for prayer requests. I’m always scribbling down prayer requests on little scraps of paper or on whatever notepad is closest to me, so now I can just slip the papers into the pocket & pull them out when I want to refer to them. This might be my favorite page in the whole journal! :)
So don’t let not having a journaling bible hold you back! You can journal in a scrapbook, a plain notebook, an old hymnal, or even just on single sheets of paper & put them in a binder! The options are endless. Just get your faith documented! I want to hear how you all illustrate YOUR faith! Comment and let me know what mediums you use! There’s no right or wrong way to illustrate your faith!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Squeeze your loved ones too tight! Say multiple prayers throughout the day thanking our Lord & Savior for the bountiful blessings He has given us ALL!