It's crazy to realize that it's been almost a year since I last blogged! So many times I've wanted to start again... but the longer I waited the more intimidating it became! But... I cannot procrastinate any longer and am sincerely thankful for those friends who have emailed and messaged me, encouraging me to please blog again... so here I am.
I shared a little on my FB Page about how I used my own Color-Your-Own Bookmarks as Traceables or tracers in my Bible Journaling and wanted to follow up on that here and give this information a more permanent home.
Sometimes I enjoy creating my Scripture art in my journal or graph paper notebook or even on scraps of paper rather than directly in my Bible as it gives me the opportunity to play with the words and art without worrying about messing it up. Once I'm happy with the design, there are times I will simply translate my sketch right onto the page of my Bible in pencil, but I have also found I like being able to ink my design first and then use it as a TEMPLATE or TRACEABLE instead.
At first I wasn't sure I liked how thin the pages were in my Crossway ESV Single Column Journaling Bible but now I love that they are thin enough to trace through! You can see in the photo above, I simply placed the printed bookmark under the page and used a tiny touch of washi tape to hold it in place. If you look closely you can see the faint outline of a flower just to the left of the little birdies beak.
During different times of the day, I've also found that's it's helpful to slip my light pad under the page to help these poor old eyes see even better and easier... so you might want to give it a try if you need to. I personally have a Artograph 930 Light Pad ;but I know women who are using their phones or tablets or ipads as a makeshift light table and it works wonderfully. I'll have to try it myself one of these days and let you know how it works for me.
The great thing about using the bookmarks as Traceables is that you can leave out as much detail as you like... or add in more of your own personal touches as I did here. I loved being able to add the extra lines and leaves on this one... allowing the design to dance out into the open spaces... dancing to the music of verse! In fact, you can easily use art elements... such as hearts and flowers... from one bookmark design with a totally different verse and have fun with it!
However you choose to Bible Journal... whether using Traceables, freehand it, or paint with a mixed media scrapbook style... the point is to spend time with the Lord... not only to be creative but to pray and meditate on God's Word and allow it to speak to our souls as we hide it in our hearts... and I'm sure you agree! In this case... my Bible Journaling of this verse was a sweet time of being reminded that God's banner over me... and over us... is truly one of everlasting and unconditional love.
Here is my finished page. Colored with Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils I love this verse and the design. I can't help but smile every time I look at it and think about how much God loves me... and you!
So have you used this technique yourself? If not, you might want to give it a try. It's a great way to work on developing your own artistic and lettering style! And the bookmarks... once you've done your tracing... make great encouraging gifts to pass along to your family and friends... or use for your Sunday School or Bible Study Group!
This particular Bible Journaling Bookmark came from this "His Banner Over Me" Collection. To check it out and see all my other Color-Your-Own Bookmarks, you can visit my Etsy Shop here.
Thank You Lord for loving us... and giving us Your Word to teach us, lead us, and encourage our hearts today and always... in Your Name and for Your glory! xoxo