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How to use Bible tabs on your BQ Journal® Pages

Holy Bible template in Monthly Bible Quilt Journal

One of our Alabama Bible Quilters, Sandra, designed this Holy Bible template for us to use in our 2023 Monthly Bible Quilt Journal.

It can be used to gather up scriptures on prayer, parables in the Bible, summaries of Biblical characters, in-depth studies on specific books of the Bible, or simply about learning how to use the Bible in everyday life.

I contemplated several potential topics for this template for a while before settling upon my plan.

I eventually decided to focus on the contents of the Bible itself, mapping out the sequence and groupings of the individual books of the Bible.

Books of the Bible tab set, cutting apart for titles

I had an extra tab set of the books of the Bible left over from another project, so I thought I'd cut apart the tab set in order to have a uniform look for the book titles.

If you want to do a similar page but don't have a tab set handy, you could just handwrite the book titles or use a sticker sheet of a printed list. You could differentiate the categories by using distinct colors for each grouping.

Adding Bible tabs to Bible Quilt Journal page

I'll admit it was a bit laborious cutting out 66 labels, but it gave me a chance to experiment with spacing to figure out how to get each category grouped within a quilt square. Whenever I couldn't get the titles to fit into one quilt space, I colored two adjacent areas the same to make them look more cohesive.

Old Testament books of the Bible on BQJ page

I focused on getting all of the Old Testament books grouped on the left side of the page. I reserved some open spaces to add notes later. I knew this would be a pretty "busy" page with all those title stickers, so I held off on adding too many embellishments at this stage.

Adding books of the Bible tabs to my BQJ page

I got lucky with the triangular spaces on both sides of the page being in the same location for larger groupings, so I used both of these areas with the titles at a diagonal, which balances out the page a bit more.

I wasn't too sure how I wanted to do the center of the page, so I saved this area for last.

Since I didn't want to detract from the sections of the book titles, I simply drew a circle around the printed text at the lower right and doodled some swirls around it rather than add additional text.

Holy Bible template with books of the Bible tabs

I added some thin washi tape and drew stitch lines around the quilt squares, then wrote a couple scriptures in the center.

"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness." 2 Timothy 3:16
Books of the Bible on Holy Bible template

This strategy of dividing up the books of the Bible according to type may come in handy if you're memorizing the order of these 66 books or to gain understanding in how they flow.

If you'd like to add more notes about individual books or the categories, you could do one BQ page on the Old Testament and another page on the New Testament.

I'd love to hear YOUR ideas re: using this template. It has the potential to be used in a whole variety of ways!


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