Bible Journaling 101: #getFLIPPYwithit

The inside cover of my Crossway ESV Single-Column Journaling Bible with the leather cover… aka “my Legacy Bible”.

Hey, friends. I get lots of “how-to” questions from folks who are new to Bible and art journaling or looking to try it out for the first time. Come to think of it, I get plenty of “how-to” questions from those who have dabbled in Bible Journaling for a while as well!

During workshops at Flippy Doodle, I tend to use these basic instructions, and they make up the acrostic “FLIPPY”. Here’s how we #getFLIPPYwithit at my little studio:

  • F: Forget perfection.
  • L: Listen to God.
  • I: Imagine fearlessly.
  • P: Pray.
  • P: Play.
  • Y: Yay!
When I don’t feel I measure up… (Illustrating Bible)

F: Forget perfection.
Don’t you find that we often feel the need to make every little thing as perfect as possible? We say, “I’m such a perfectionist” and wear it as a badge of honor, but secretly we allow it to fill our hearts with fear that what our work won’t be “good enough”, “pretty enough”, or “as good as” someone else’s. This is a lie we tell ourselves, and I challenge you to abandon it! Only God can do perfection, so striving for that is setting ourselves up to fail. Have grace for yourself and just enjoy the process! The goal is to linger longer in our study here, not to create a perfect piece of artwork.

I can’t say this often enough or loud enough: Perfectionism is the greatest enemy of creativity. Say it with me: It doesn’t have to be perfect!

In this “vintage hymnal junk journal” I used stickers and Illustrated Faith paints from DaySpring to feature this favorite Brene Brown quote: “Strong back, soft front, wild heart.”
(It’s a goal for me!)

L: Listen to God.
Our goal in Bible Journaling is to connect with God as we linger longer in Scripture. To do that, we have to listen to him! I’m not talking about listening for audible instructions from the Maker of Heaven & Earth – I promise! What I mean is really about spending time with him. Maybe it’s reading a devotional or study notes in your Bible. Maybe it’s listening to worship music or a podcast. Whatever speaks to your heart is great! Do that, and then begin to pay attention to what sticks in your mind and heart. What is God saying to you in this time?

Let’s be brave! Fearless! (“Summer Garden” Large Print Crossway ESV Single-Column Journaling Bible)

I: Imagine fearlessly.
This is the fun part, y’all! Now is when we begin to imagine what the page might look like. As you think about what you studied above, where does it take your mind? Maybe you’re focusing on a single word or phrase. Maybe it brings a picture to your thoughts. Maybe it’s exciting and energizing and makes you want to splash the page with bold colors, or maybe it brings you to a place of peace and comfort, and you want to create something a little more subdued.

Here’s the most important thing to remember: There are no rules. You get to decide what happens here and what speaks to you most.

The secrets to success here are:
1. Abandon perfectionism
2. Confront fear as a no-good, lying, low-down liar-liar-pants-on-fire.
3. Bravely move forward.

You can do it! (Yes, you can.)

P: Pray.
Sometimes, before I start my page, I like to ask God for guidance just to help me more deeply connect with the message I studied. Other times, I like to talk with God as I go along (even silently).

I have found if I trust him to lead me through the process, I’m much happier with the result. He shows us grace, and teaches us to have grace for each other and ourselves, and that’s super important here!

Align your heart with the reason you’re doing this, and you’ll be fine, I promise.

Rainbow colors and a bubble-wrap technique featured in the Workbook Guide to Bible Journaling by Shanna Noel

P: Play.
Ohmygoodness, this is where we give ourselves permission to have fun! Remember that earlier step when we chose to imagine fearlessly? Now we get to try out all we imagined!

Be as bold or as conservative as you choose; this part is up to you. But I encourage you to be brave and try something out of your comfort zone. Splash on acrylic paint. Try some stickers. Go wild with washi tape. Add some hand-journaled thoughts to the page. No fear and no self-criticism!

Y: Yay!
This is the most easily skipped step, but I believe it’s a super-important one, so I challenge you not to skip this!

The “Yay” step is all about sharing what you’ve done with someone. Maybe it’s showing it to someone sitting at the table across from you working in their Bible also, or maybe it’s snapping a picture and sharing it via text or social media with some friends (or even strangers!). .

“But, I’m not ‘artistic’… My page won’t look like everyone else’s… Mine isn’t as good as ____’s page… I can’t show this to anyone…” said at least one person (or all of the people) at every single Bible Journaling Workshop ever.

I hear you, friends. Believe me. But trust me when I say sharing is worth it. Find a group of others who are supportive and positive (no judgment), and share thoughts and ideas together. (May I recommend our Flippy Doodle Bible Journaling Group and the DaySpring Bible Journaling Group, for those not already in the know?)

I promise that no matter what you think of your page, there’s at least one person who will be glad to see it and blessed as a result. And that is doubly true if your page is not perfect in every way. There is tremendous value in sharing our artwork, both for the person with whom it’s shared and the one doing the sharing.

Welcome to Flippy Doodle! (Pictured: Illustrating Bible from DaySpring.

OK, so who’s ready to get started? For those local to NW Arkansas, we’d love for you to join us at the Flippy Doodle studio. Not possible? That’s OK! Try it out wherever you are locally, but join us in the DaySpring or Flippy Doodle Bible Journaling Groups instead.

Enjoy, friends! I can’t wait to see your next page.

Big hugs,

P.S. Need more Bible Journaling supplies, resources or instruction? Lots of choices below here:

My hands-down favorite starter kit is the Created to Create Kit from DaySpring.

Recommended Supplies:

The bigger this Bible gets, the more I love it! My “Legacy Bible” is a leather-bound Crossway ESV Single-Column Journaling Bible.

Resources for More Ideas & Instruction:

Note: Some links on this site are affiliate links, which means, at no additional cost to you, I may earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. No pressure to purchase, ever, and opinions expressed here are always just mine.

My Top 7 Grab-Now Goodies (All on the 25% off site-wide sale at DaySpring!)

Bible Journaling friends, you’ll understand when I say I live for the site-wide sales at DaySpring! I always have a running list of favorite goodies, and it’s a great time to pull the trigger and purchase those at last when everything goes on sale.

Well, that time is now. Today, DaySpring launched the 25 percent off site-wide “Live Your Faith” sale. The only exclusion is Willow Tree gifts, and everything else from Bibles to Bible Journaling supplies and books, cards, gifts, jewelry and absolutely E V E R Y T H I N G else is 25% with code FAITH25!

The newest Women of the Bible Kit “Imperfect Hospitality” is now available!

Already have favorites in mind? Awesome! If not, here are just a few of my favorites and my thoughts on those. How about 7 of my favorite goodies that are are phenomenal deals thanks to the sale? Here you go:

  1. Kit-of-the-Month – ALL OF THEM. The newest Women of the Bible kit called “Imperfect Hospitality” launched today, and it is amazing. What’s even better is you can grab it plus both of the other Women of the Bible kits today, and instead of $75 for the three, you’ll pay around $56! That’s almost a $19 off with coupon code FAITH25, my friends. Love that!
  2. Journaling Bibles: Now is a great time to get a fantastic deal on the journaling Bibles you love. Even though the Illustrating Bible is out of stock right now, there are some great choices, including the (in)Courage Devotional Bible (which I adore) and one of my favorites because of the large print and beautiful cover, the Large Print Crossway ESV Single-Column Journaling Bible in Summer Garden.
  3. Bulk Things: Even goodies already discounted for bulk purchases are included in the sale, which is amazing. For those who like to host workshops for Bible and art journaling, I love using coloring journals for those who may not already have a journaling Bible. My favorite – called “Grace” Coloring Journal – sells for $12.99 each regularly but is available in a case of 24 for only $120 (which is only $5 each and less than half price!). Order a case of 24 Grace Coloring Journals with code FAITH25, and it becomes only $3.75 each! That’s over 70% off the regular price for these. (Confession: I already bought two cases myself this morning to use for workshops!)
  4. Bible Journaling Kits Aplenty: All of the kits are including in the sale, even ones from past months and years, including favorites I’ve used in Flippy Doodle workshops many, many times. One of my favorites from past years is the Only One You kit. It was featured quite a while ago but it is super colorful, has these AMAZING eyelash stamps as part of the stamp kit that I’ve stamped on virtually anything that will hold still, and I’ve used this kit many times for Intro to Bible Journaling workshops because it’s just beautiful and so very uplifting. It’s normally $19.98, but with the code on sale it’s only $15.
  5. Mugs and Bottles and More Mugs – oh my! Confession: I try to pick up cute and inspirational mugs on sale and stash them in my “gift box” in my closet. When I need a quick gift or the perfect “thank you” for a friend or colleague, I like to grab a cute mug from my stash, fill it with something fun (coffee beans, candy, yummy teas or other treats) and surprise someone with it. And this Filled With Joy ceramic tumbler is among my favorites because it’s so bright, cheery and beautiful!
  6. Cards and Stationery! I am a big fan of handwritten cards, and it seems to be a dying art form. If you’re like me and you value opening the mailbox to find a handwritten message from someone, stock up on cards for every occasion while they’re on sale. My challenge to you is this: On a day when you’re feeling down in the dumps, pull out an encouraging card and send it to someone to cheer them. Doing this helps me take the focus off myself and lifts my spirits just knowing it’s blessing someone else!
  7. Devotionals – for you or for gifts! The choices here are nearly countless, and there are so many amazing ones of course. For my Bible Journaling friends, I highly recommend the 100 Days of Grace and Gratitude and/or the 100 Days of Bible Promises by Shanna Noel. These are such beautiful devotional books, and the paper is super heavy and perfect for embellishing with paint, stamps, stickers or whatever your crafty brain wants to use!

And just one last thing – I know, I know, I said 7 things, but you’ll thank me for the bonus one! Sale and clearance goodies ARE included in the sale, so do not skip this section! I loved finding this cute little Conversation Starter Jar (great for ice breakers for your small group or at dinner with the fam!), which is already half price on sale, but with code FAITH25 it becomes only $7.50 (more than 60% off!).

Thanks, friends! If you find things you can’t live without during the sale, let us know what you grabbed! I confess I have already ordered gifts for a friend and some goodies for the studio this morning (and I suspect I’m not yet done for the day…). Happy sale day!

And please don’t forget! Use code FAITH25 at checkout for the discount. Sale ends Monday, April 1!

Note: Some links on this site are affiliate links, which means, at no additional cost to you, I may earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. No pressure to purchase, ever, and opinions expressed here are always just mine.

Umm… The New Kit Rocks! (& Those “Three Little Words”)

This week, it was again my honor and pleasure to preview for folks in the DaySpring Bible Journaling Group the newest upcoming Bible Journaling Kit, and it was a BLAST! This is the latest in the Women of the Bible series, and I can’t wait to get started using it! (If you missed the preview, head over to the Facebook group and look under “announcements” to find the video!)

Looking for the quick rundown instead of the full video preview? Awesome! Let me share some quick tidbits on what I really love about this new $24.99 kit from DaySpring.

The latest Women of the Bible Kit from DaySpring called “Imperfect Hospitality

7 Things I Heart All the Live-Long Day About The New “Imperfect Hospitality” Kit:

  1. The designs are lovely and (I keep using this word!) elegant. My favorites are the floral clear stamps and the beautifully designed stickers.
  2. This is the third kit in the Women of the Bible series and is called “Imperfect Hospitality“. I won’t share all the details on the devotions, but I anticipate themes of hospitality and grace that will be amazing to work through.
  3. Includes a beautiful, premium friendship card from (in)Courage to share with a friend.
  4. Includes a giant paperclip bookmark and a matching purple ribbon, and I can’t wait to get creative with them!
  5. I adore that the dark purple washi tape design perfectly complements the washi tapes and elements in the other kits.
  6. In fact, ALL of the elements from each of the Women of the Bible kits complement each other perfectly. Why is that so special? Because each kit element that doesn’t get used can be repurposed and used with the next month’s kit, so I’m getting SO much extra use out of them!
  7. There isn’t just one sheet of stickers and one sheet of alpha stickers; there are TWO of each. I love this because it means plenty of letters to use and plenty of opportunity to use beautiful, decorative stickers as well.

OK, just one more reason! I know, I know – I said 7 reasons. But you’ll appreciate the last one. It’s about those three little words we all love to hear. You know what they are, right?

Those three little words are: It’s. On. Sale.


I’m so excited about this! Starting Monday, March 18 (which is also the date the newest kit releases), DaySpring is having a site-wide sale for 25% off! Can you believe it? So, grab your kit and stock up on plenty of Bible journaling accessories, gifts, and even already-sale-priced inspirational goodies to your heart’s content while they’re on sale!

P.S. U.S. shipping is always free for $50 orders, so it’s a great time to stock up.

Thanks, friends! Can’t wait to continue in the Women of the Bible series with everyone. And if you haven’t already, I hope you’ll join us in the DaySpring Bible Journaling Group and at the Flippy Doodle studio!

Note: Some links on this site are affiliate links, which means, at no additional cost to you, I may earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. No pressure to purchase, ever, and opinions expressed here are always just mine.