Tab-Making Supplies: My tab punch is meant to make one-sided tabs that fit into a plastic sticky insert that you can buy from the company. I don't personally like one-sided tabs, plastic sticky inserts or having to buy more from the company, so I figured out how to punch a folded piece of paper (lined up just below the top chopping part) to make a double-sided tab. I use plain old school glue to glue a tab to each page I work on. I use the glue that is purple and then dries clear because I'm a juvenile and like watching the purple disappear. Some people use tabs for each book of the Bible but I have chosen to tab each page I journal. Totally a matter of personal preference. I've always been a bit of a paper hoarder so most of my tabs are made from leftover scrapbook paper I already had.
My Tab Punch
|tab punch, glue stick and scrapbook paper|
|"GO" in glitter letters and arrows on the opposite page|
I've told the story several times that when I bought the one below at Walmart, I literally hid it under something in the buggy (people not in the South call them carts...weirdos) because I knew that anyone who saw me with a sketchbook would laugh and call me a phony artist. I'm so glad I still have the original because it shows my progress over the last year. One year ago, I had neat handwriting and zero creative talent. I spent hours finding things I like on Pinterest and plagiarizing them in this sketchbook. I did not even own a journaling Bible for the first several months I was a "Bible journaler" because I didn't feel like I was talented enough to come up with my own stuff worth putting in the Bible. I copied and studied and tried to find a style that is my own. Amazingly enough, I did. When I finally started actually putting pen to Bible, I experienced an actual, authentic creative spark or two. Our brains are amazing things that can grow and learn and CHANGE and I believe that those months of copying others' work helping open up new pathways in my brain that have allowed me to come up with my own designs quite freely less than a year later. I still have to look at Pinterest for ideas on how to make a doodle look right (ever try to draw an umbrella??) but have grown in confidence.
|the journal where I copied work from Pinterest and tried to discover my own style|
Craft Chalk Set
|a set of chalks from Hobby Lobby with a fun smudging tool|
My favorite yellow gelato
|gelatos with smudger and brush for wet use|
|recipe for a "tip-in" = paper + washi tape; background shows the caddy I use for nearly all of my supplies|
Stamps: I'm new to stamps in my Bible. So new I actually haven't done it yet. Illustrated Faith is the mothership of Bible journaling and sells supplies through DaySpring. I recently ordered one of their monthly devotional kits which comes with a set of stamps and an ink pad, among other fun stuff. I'm working up to incorporting some stamps into my actual Bible journaling. Some people who don't feel comfortable hand-lettering order stamps to use instead. This sounds expensive to me because I can't imagine using the same stamp over and over without getting tired of it.
|devotional, stamps and ink pad by Illustrated Faith|
Speaking of Bibles, there's a separate post coming about choosing a journaling Bible.
Random note: These are all products I've bought and used. I mean...I'd love to be a brand rep for any of them but no one's asked. Yet.