Sunday, February 19, 2017

Journaling Bible Review

I recently received a NKJV Notetaking Bible free from B&H Publishers (in exchange for an honest review). This Bible is the same as the NKJV Journaling Bible I've been using for over a year now for much of my illustrated Bible journaling. The only change I can see is that it's now called a notetaking instead of a journaling Bible. If you've been reading my blog for some time, you will know that I really like this Bible!

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This Bible has a nice cover and good binding. The 1 3/4 inch margins are perfect for adding journaling & prayers, illustrations, stickers and die cuts.


The print in this Bible is easy to read. I can even read it when I cover it with various products. (Some Bible journalers cover the text so that it is not readable. This is perfectly acceptable since typically the journaling Bible is not the only Bible the individual owns. However, my personal preference is to retain the ability to read the text.)

The page below was first coated with the Dylusions Pure Sunshine paint. I used a dauber with a Gelato to add the circles using a Crafter's Workshop template. The border is stamped using Powder Puff inks and an Inky Antics stamp. I then used watercolors to paint the Elizabeth Craft Designs gold sticker, along with letter stickers and a marker to add my journaling. [None of these items bleed through the page - another factor that I consider when choosing products for my Bible journaling.]


There are blank pages before the beginning of some of the books, which are perfect for full-page illustrations. On the blank page before the Gospel of Luke in my Bible, I adhered the free printable I created for my email list this past December. The tab and Jesus label were also part of the free printable. As I often do, I used a Micron pen for journaling and added the date with PowderPuff ink and a date stamp.


I'm often asked what Bible I recommend for illustrated Bible journaling. While I enjoy this particular Bible, I believe that choosing a Bible is very personal. There are a myriad of journaling Bibles available these days. My recommendation is to find a Bible:
(1) in a version you enjoy reading,
(2) in a format you like,
(3) in a price range that fits your budget.

Do you journal and/or illustrated in your Bible? Which Bible do you use?

1 comment:

Create With Joy said...

Hi Melissa,

I'm in the B&H Lifeway Blogger's Book Reviewer Group with you and your review caught my eye since I also reviewed this Bible - nice review and beautiful examples of Bible Journaling!

Would love for you to share your review at one or more of our blog parties (Inspire Me Monday would be a great place to share for a possible artwork feature and the Book Nook would be a great place to connect with our book lovers - but you're welcome to join us for Friendship Friday and Wordless Wednesday as well!)

Have a blessed week!