I was blessed with a journaling Bible and markers last year for my birthday, by a dear friend. I had no idea the popularity of Bible journaling (also called sermon note-taking), but I soon became intrigued. I saw these beautiful images people expressed of their faith in such a creative way, whether it be on their Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram pages. I wondered how could I learn to make such gorgeous artwork in my Bible.
I was very excited to learn about the Ellie Claire Art Journals for this reason. The three exquisite journals are embossed on the outside with amazing fonts and designs, and have a hardcover. They feel almost handmade, and you can see the work, effort, heart, and thought that went into making them. Each journal has lay-flat binding, and thick papers, so that markers don't bleed through the pages. The journals each include blank, lined writing pages. From here, they take on their own unique features.
The Faith & Lettering Journal teaches the art of hand-lettering, and how this can create a peaceful quiet time for being in the Word. The author suggests about 15 minutes a day of practicing this technique. There are multiple examples of lettering and how to do it. One of the examples below shows how you start with a full outline of the scripture you are hand-lettering. It then allows you to trace that same example. There are then four spaces where you can practice. The scripture below of Ezekiel 36:26 is one of my favorites, "I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh."
The overall designs in this journal on the inside and outside are beautiful. Remember that dear friend I told you about earlier? She is expecting her second baby early next year, and as soon as I saw this journal, I literally felt like it had her name on it. It reminded me of her kindness, love, and generosity she gives to everyone she meets. I had this journal serve as the card in her baby shower gift from me. I wrote how much her friendship means to me in the inside cover. She was so excited, and thankful because it gave her a reminder to get back into the Word and experience quiet time with the Lord.
The Illustrated Word: An Illuminated Bible Coloring Journal is a journal where 40 illustrations have been recreated as line drawings to color. Also included are the matching full-color illustrations from the archives of the Museum of the Bible. The picture shown below shows you the coloring page on the right as the full size page to color. In the corner on the left side of the page is the full-color illustration. Another favorite scripture of mine was found in this journal: "Be still, and know that I Am God." (Psalm 46:10)
Some of the illustrations from the archives are dated back to the 1300's. I loved that this showed Biblical history and what it looked like at the time. The example illustrations above and below are from The Church of England Book of Common Prayer, from 1662! I thought the coloring pages being shown with what the actual illustration are a wonderful idea. I think this allows you the creativity to either color it the same way as in the illustration, or to put your own spin on it.
Coloring pictures is definitely not just for children anymore. I know many people who would enjoy this journal, as coloring relaxes them. What greater time to be in the Word, then when you are at peace and relaxed! This journal will be difficult to gift because I think my father-in-law would enjoy this, as well as my cousin, sister-in-law and my preteen niece!
Illuminate Your Story Journal teaches the almost-lost art of illuminating letters. The letters were inspired by manuscripts in the Museum of the Bible's collection. It includes Insular, Carolingian, Ottonian, Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance Illuminated Letters. A description of each of these periods and styles is given in the introduction of this journal. There is also a brief set of directions on how to use the journal, as well as a list of art supplies you may want to use.
In this journal, there are quotes from famous people in history. The example below came from Laura Ingalls Wilder, "As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful." There is a folder in the back for Keepsakes, such as keeping pictures, favorite scripture passages, or cards or notes from friends or family. The letter illustrations are colorful and exquisite, and included are some hints and tips throughout the journal to help make your lettering better.
All three of these journals were incredible. If I had to pick a favorite though, it would be the Illuminate Your Story Journal. I felt this journal was more my personality. I adored the history of the illuminating the letters and the description given of each era. I liked that there was more direction, which I needed because I am not the greatest of artists. I will be keeping this one for myself, and I am practicing daily. I am very excited to be able to have this journal and my journaling Bible show my faith more creatively and visually, and to be able to spend that time being in the Word. If you had to pick a favorite of the three above, which would you pick? Leave me a comment to let me know! Thanks for stopping by to read my review!
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“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Worthy Publishing for providing these beautiful Ellie Claire Art Journals for me to review. All opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the products in exchange for this review and post.