Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Sunday Musings - Illustrated Bible Journaling

I've mentioned before that I'm enjoying doing some illustrated Bible journaling in my Bible as well as in a Worship Journal. I also attended a workshop and meet-up with others who are journaling in their Bibles last month. I am truly enjoying this form of worship and meditation on scriptures. Taking time to illustrate a scripture helps me internalize, personalize, and remember the message.


I am excited to announce that in September I'll be teaching Intro to Bible Journaling Workshops at Scrappin' Goodtime (Sept. 10) in Corsicana, Texas, and Personal Scrapbook (Sept. 17) in Allen, Texas. (Check out my blog post on the Scrappin' Goodtime blog for more information about the classes there.)

As I prepare for these workshops, I have spent most of this past week in the Word - studying, praying and illustrating scriptures. I am currently using my New Inductive Study Bible (NASB) as my journaling Bible because it has wider margins than my other Bibles. It's not specifically a journaling Bible, but it is working well as I try different ways of illustrating the messages I want to remember.


As I prepare for the upcoming workshops, I suggested to the scrapbook store owners that it would be great to have a Bible with a variety of illustrated pages that could be on display at the store. Susie, the owner of Scrappin' Goodtime, purchased and sent me a very nice KJV Journaling Bible. The margins are lined and designed with lots of space for adding journaling.


I especially enjoyed getting to use some of the new Bella Blvd Illustrated Faith Genesis collection products in this Bible.


Candi and Patti, owners of Personal Scrapbook, purchased an NIV Note-Taker's Bible that I've also been adding illustrations to this past week.


This Bible has a decent sized side margin plus a wide bottom margin.


When I originally started illustrated Bible journaling in my New Inductive Study Bible (NASB), I thought I probably would not get a new Bible . . . but after working with these different Bibles, I changed my mind. So I'm just getting started in a new Bible that I'll tell y'all about in a future post! :)

However, I want to say that all of these Bibles work very well for illustrated journaling. The most important thing is simply spending time in the Word . . . and engaging our creativity along the way is just an added bonus to drawing closer to the Lord. I recommend simply finding a Bible in a version and format that you'll actually read and use and that fits within your current budget.

Are you adding any illustrated journaling to your Bible? What type of Bible are you using?

(Want more INSPIRATION for Bible Journaling? Check out the Illustrated Faith website where it all started!)

3 comments:

Missus Wookie said...

Cool idea for a class. Congratulations on some gorgeous pieces of inspirational art.

I love the idea of spending time and being inspired - but still have problems with the idea of decorating/illustrating any book. Even though I love illustrated manuscripts...

Really enjoying working and spending time with Qf&P and my faith journal. Looking forward to decorating the pages after I've journalled on them too.

Sandra said...

In the UK are bibles don't come with wide margins. But I have managed to order one of Amazon. In a way I wish I could use one of my older bibles, without margins but I've yet to work out how to do that.

Becky said...

I'm not actively religious but I'm fascinated by this idea.