Saturday, September 6, 2014

A New Art Form--Bible Journaling

My Instagram friend Celia Bradshaw sent me a link the other day to a new group on Facebook she'd found called Journaling Bible Community.  The group was started by Shanna Noel whose blog you can find here.  It's grown to a huge community of women reading, sharing, creating and fellowshipping in barely a month's time. God is really speaking into the hearts of creative women there.  It's been really awesome to watch, and the art is inspiring!  I asked permission to share a few of the pages some ladies have shared there.

Lynn Richards shared this and it literally took my breath away. Just beautiful.  Lynn makes art in California and shares on her blog A Little Blue Sky.


I have had an ESV Journaling Bible since 2009.  A friend gave it to me for my birthday, and I love it. I've given them as gifts because it's just a great size and the translation is easy to read.  It's so nice to have a generous space in the margins for taking notes and leaving messages to myself.  I never thought of putting art in it, though!  What a great idea!
Andrea Chebeleu is sharing her amazing lettering art.  Love it!  She  owns an art studio in California and shares her art on her blog A Work of Heart.


The ladies in the group are making such inspiring artwork in their Bibles.  I have to be honest and admit that I haven't made any art in my Bible yet.  I'm just enjoying watching what others are creating and feeling really accomplished that I've made it past day three of the Blogging Through the Bible study I started at the end of August. 

Celia Bradshaw kindly shared the group with me.  She's making inspiring pages, too!  She doesn't have a blog, but you can follow her on Instagram here.

I shared the Amazon link to the Bible I use with someone who asked and noticed there were only two left in stock.  I love mine so much and on a complete whim (God whisper), I bought one of them knowing.......IT'S A GIVEAWAY!!!!!!

 I'm so thrilled about this giveaway. I hope you are too.  It includes:


  • Brand new Crossway ESV Journaling Bible (just like mine!)
  • Set of 12 Prang Colored Pencils
  • My favorite kind of Sharpie Pen
  • A handpainted LeissnerArt upcycled bookmark 
  • Cute little washi tapes because they match the color scheme and that's important
  • A yummy looking candy bar I got at the health food store. I'm not eating sugar, so I don't know how it tastes but I smelled it. A lot.  (Just kidding. I really didn't.) But it's dark chocolate and has protein and fruit in it...that's HEALTHY!
  • A pot of handmade (by moi) calming cream to help focus your mind when you sit down to ready/study/journal your new Bible.  It's made from Young Living Essential Oils' Peace and Calming blend.  It smells yummy and is all natural.  I'll be sharing how to make it on the Cre8ive Klatch blog.  Follow so you don't miss it!
This is a joint giveaway on my blog and my Instagram.  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment here (domestic shipping only, please). 

If you'd like an additional entry, you can also find this image on Instagram and follow the instructions there.


I'll draw a winner next Saturday, September 13!

Thanks for being here!

<3 Lori

Special thanks to Celia Bradshaw, Lynn Richards, and Andrea Chebelue!!! Thank you all so much for allowing me to share your artwork.

58 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for writing about this wonderful new community of Facebook. I've just begun my bible art journaling journey and have already felt God's hand on this endeavor.

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  2. Thank you so much for writing about the Journaling Bible Community. I found the group last week and have fallen in Love with it already. I don't have my Bible yet, but will be getting it soon. I love the atmosphere of the group, and feel like it will be a blessing to so many people. Thank you again for writing about it, and also for the opportunity to win these wonderful supplies. Dana Lynch

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  3. I remember when I first starting taking notes and underlining/highlighting in my Bible, per my Pastor's instructions and my mom freaked out! I bet she'd roll over in her grave at someone journaling in their Bibles, LOL... but honestly, a journaled/written Bible is a used Bible and that's what God wants... right?

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  4. jade Adams (mizjadeadams@yahoo.com)September 6, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    ohh pleez enter me.. I soo want this bible!!

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  5. I just joined the group and I am in love! I don't have a journaling bible yet so this would be wonderful!

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  6. I can't believe this had gotten as big as it has in only a month! I just heard of this from my mom yesterday and now she, my older sister (who is a pastor), and I are all so obsessed! My mom is just doing hers on a normal, revamped notebook for now, and my sister went and got a new Bible today. So to be able to win this giveaway for even the Bible alone would be such a blessing to be able to get started on this with my mom and sister. It's definitely going to be a blessing no matter what to be able to use the artistic and creative gifts God has given me in an even greater way! :D

    ~Teri

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  7. What a great idea! (both the journaling Bible AND the giveaway!) I feel like a puppy at the pound, "pick me! pick me!

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  8. That's is awesome, I didn't know they made bibles like this!!!! Very kool!!!!

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  9. I appreciate you listing some more blogs to search.

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  10. LOVE the art in the Bible deal!! I'm bringing my colored pencils to church today! :) thanks for sharing! Great giveaway!!! xoxo

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  11. Oh this just made my heart soar. Going to share with my daughter, the artist. Can't wait to see your Bible art.

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  12. I'm glad I read your post. It's so inspiring. Thanks for being a blessing!

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  13. Love this, not sure how my stick figures are going to look but I will try!

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  14. Lori, this is lovely. The art that you shared is beautiful. As a person who writes/doodles in the margins of most of the books I read - I honestly never thought about writing in my bible. What a great give away.

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  15. Love this so much! I am so excited to start Bible Journaling with art.

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  16. I have just recently stumbled upon the journaling Bible community, and I am so blown away. Through studies with She Reads Truth and this I am falling in love with Gods word all over again. I'm on the hunt for my first journaling Bible, and I can't wait to create within the pages and with my God!

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  17. Thanks so much for the chance to win! I'm a part of the FB group and am continually inspired! :)

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  18. Thank you for the opportunity and the links!

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  19. Wow! This is an awesome giveaway!

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  20. I just found out the community on Facebook in the past few days! I have been drawn to it with the inspiration & love for God that has been shared. Looking forward to spending more time over there!

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  21. Thank you for such an inspiring giveaway opportunity! I recently found the community online and am soaking up the art and the posts. I'm a stick figure doodler myself, but love, love, love the beauty of His Word and how it inspires such art.

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  22. Great Post! I'm loving the JBC group as well!

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  23. Just beginning my bible journaling journey. So excited to combine 2 of the most important things in my life.

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  24. Joined the group this weekend and would love to get started by winning your giveaway!

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  25. oh pick me :) My first bible, and I'm going at it through this process...art journaling as I read, reflect and ingest. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  26. Awesome! Thank you for sharing. I am new to this type of worship. Excited! I have been looking for a journal Bible...and this looks perfect. Please share where you found it, how must, and why you selected this one.

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  27. I'm really happy you shared this with us .i feel like this group is spreading out to others even more then we know God will open doors. Thank you for reaching out to help those of us you may not be able to buy the things we would like to start & I pray a blessing to us all.

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  28. LOVE! Thanks for allowing us to enter this giveaway...and for sharing this wonderful idea! Parts of my Bible are "really" colorful...;)

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  29. Awesome post, I will check out the facebook page for sure. and thanks for the giveaway.

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  30. How awesome!! Thanks so much for sharing about this - will definitely pass this on to my daughter. And would love to win this for her as a birthday surprise!

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  31. What a fabulous giveaway. I would love to have one and I will use it! Thank you!

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  32. I would absolutely LOVE this!! Thanks for the chance to win such an amazing prize. :)
    - April W

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  33. I am happy my friend AnnMargret told me about this giveaway. I know that it will bless someones heart.

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  34. I just discovered what a journaling Bible was a few days ago! It is an amazing form of art worship! I am by no means artistic, but am truly inspired by the pages in the group! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  35. Thanks so much for sharing your inspirational ideas! I've really enjoyed digging into the group in Facebook and am trying to decide how to incorporate some of this art into my own studying. Such great ideas!

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  36. I just discovered the Journaling Bible! I love the pages that are shown in the group. I would love a chance to win one. Thanks for the give away.

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  37. Just joined the group this week and am overwhelmed by the talent and generosity of the women involved. Thank you for offering this giveaway.

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  38. This is great! This was the first I heard of "Bible Journaling"..(via your Instagram feed) Love it!

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  39. What a blessing you are!!! Can't wait to see who wins this bible!! I also can't wait to see what do when you start making art in your bible too!!

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  40. What a special post and an opportunity for someone to begin. Please count me in... God's been placing it on my heart to do this and I love to have the opportunity to begin. Good luck and best wishes to all of us!

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  41. What a wonderful giveaway,....a generous blessing! Thank you for this opportunity! Bible journaling is such a great way to get the Word in our hearts.

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  42. I love this. Would love to bless and share this with a friend.

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  43. This is so creative and an awesome way to spend quiet time with God!

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  44. Just learning about Journaling Bibles- so awesome! Would love to win this :)

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  45. I've been wanting a journaling Bible. The candy bar looks wonderful!

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  46. So excited about this! What a great idea and what a special give-away. Thanks so much!

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  47. such a neat idea!! thanks for the inspiration!

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  48. I commented, but it seems to have not posted, so forgive me if I comment twice. I think I said I would never be able to produce cute art like the journals you posted pictures of, but it would sure be fun to try!

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  49. What a great idea! You are so generous to give a journaling bible away! I will be ordering these, too!

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  50. so glad I ran across you on facebook- don't even know how! A God thing once again! this is something I would love to do, so I am off to find this Bible. If I win I will give it away too!

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  51. I was so very happy to find you in IG and now this community of journaling through the bible!! This has been on my *wishlist!!

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  52. Awesome! I hope I can win... I doodle for my church every Sunday. A friend who saw my doodles showed me your page. An awesome package! Thanks for sharing the product!

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  53. Thank you so much for such a generous gift, to whomever wins this giveaway. What a fantastic idea, and a grew way to spread The Word!
    Also, have you seen Valerie Wieners on Instagram? Talk about talent. She was the first person I had seen with the journaling Bible and her note-taking and hand-lettering is beyond beautiful!

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  54. This would be an amazing gift! I don't have my own Bible and have been wanting to get one for a long time. This would be amazing to have.

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  55. An awesome package! Thanks for sharing the product! You are wonderful!

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  56. You have such a big heart. I love looking at your posts and thankful I found your page! Keep lovong the Lord prettu lady!

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  57. Comment are now closed. Thank everyone for entering!!!

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