It’s been a few days since I have been able to really sit down and do some Bible journaling. Life is so fast that before you know it several days have went by and still no time to journal! That’s why I am so thankful for those who offer free printables that I can trace in my Bible. Oh, how I love printables and here are a few reasons why:
- I’m not an artist, so anything that I can trace into my Bible that makes me FEEL like Picasso is a blessing!
- Tracing with a FREE printable is easy and fun. You simply print the image, lay it behind your Bible page and trace.
- This method gives me more time to really focus on God’s Word instead of spending time wondering what verse to use with what image, what colors to use, what mediums to use, and so on.
- The maker of the printable does all of the work for you, you simply enjoy the process.
This is a super adorable printable offered by Lindsey at Lindsey Decor. She makes this as easy as it can possibly be because she has a YouTube process video in addition to the free printable she offers. So you can watch the video and see what supplies she used, what verse she recommends, everything! All you need to do is hit the print button and connect with Jesus. Sounds good, right?
I did not have the same supplies on hand that Lindsey used, so I went with the supplies that I did have, and I have to say that I was pleased with the outcome.
Bible pages are very thin, as you know, so tracing an image placed behind your page is not hard. You could also use some graphite paper (carbon paper) to trace the image on to your page, if you prefer that method.
I simply placed the printable behind the page I wanted and traced. This printable is designed to go with Ephesians 1:13-14, which says,
13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession-to the praise of his glory. (NIV).
That’s really good news! We are sealed with the promised Holy Spirit. Jesus lives–in us! A priceless gift that we don’t have to earn, or wait for until we are “good enough.” All we have to do is accept Jesus into our hearts and He freely gives this precious gift.
I was not able to use this printable in Ephesians at all, however, because the Bible that I use for journaling is the NIV Beautiful Word Bible, which has a lot of pre-printed pages. All of the pages in Ephesians were pre-printed, so I had to improvise. I chose to work in the Book of Psalm which finds David literally running and hiding from an enemy who wants to kill him. David asks God to deliver him and rescue him from the mighty waters and from the hands of foreigners (Psalm 144:7). I guess you see the theme– cute envelope printable; asking God to deliver us from a situation or from people….envelope…deliver. Goes together quite nicely.
So, several things I had to tweak to accomplish this page. Lindsey used Derwent Inktense Pencils to create her gorgeous page. I used my watercolor pencils from Close to My Heart to create mine. I also used some Distress Ink on the envelope to give it a bit of a worn, classic look. I wasn’t sure that I liked it while I was doing it, but I think it works. And since watercolor pencils were used to create this image, I am still able to read all of the verses on this page, which is a big deal to me.
Here is a link to the free printable. While you’re there you can find Lindsey’s link to the process video on her YouTube channel. You can also find links to supplies below.
This is the second time I have used images to trace in my Bible and then just decorate, and I have to say it might be one of my favorite ways to spend time with the Lord while Bible journaling. No pressure, just connecting.
I hope you enjoy this process as much as I did.
And, please share your completed page with me here in the comments section!
Until next time!
Faber-Castell – Pitt Artist Pen (I love, love, love these pens. They are great for journaling, too 🙂
Mechanical Pencil for Tracing (any old pencil will do)
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