Updated: Apr 8
Frequently I have beginning Bible Quilters ask how I get ideas for pages and what my process is for developing a #biblequiltjournal page. Here's an overview of my process.
~ ~ ~ Inspired by scripture ~ ~ ~
Whether it emerges through a daily Bible reading plan, part of an ongoing Bible study, or even a verse I see shared on social media, sometimes a scripture just tugs at my heart. I follow the thread of what is resonating with me, often "harvesting" more verses along the way.
In this example, I encountered a selection of verses on friendship and community from a study from Sojo Academy.
~ ~ ~ Decide between a freestyle page or a BQJ template ~ ~ ~
This is a personal choice, depending on the amount of scriptures and whether the format of a particular template seems to "fit" the theme of the scripture passage.
In this case, the Friendship coffee cup template was an obvious choice for the theme of verses I had available through this resource.
Gather up embellishments
Initially, I have a brief "brainstorming" session to think about what images/ephemera would help me capture the essence of the verses. Since I know my artistic limitations, I'll use a sticker or cut-out rather than attempt to draw something that would frustrate the flow of my process.
Sometimes I'll go through a physical "hunt" to search for washi tape, stickers, or printed materials that might have words/phrases or images that would enhance my page.
In this case, I used a creative element provided in the SoJo Academy study which I printed on a full page label that converted it into a sticker sheet. I loved the connection between the "stir up" phrase on the sticker and the coffee cup image on the template. I also gathered up supplies to go with the blue color palette (shades of blue papermate pens, colored pencils, ink pad, stickers) to streamline the creative flow.
This is the phase I love the most because it synthesizes the mental, spiritual, and physical aspects as we engage with scripture in a creative way. As we handwrite verses in our own unique print, cursive, scrawl or beautiful lettering, it becomes personal. Taking time to copy Bible verses word for word on a page slows us down. Words or phrases may impact us in a special way during this process. I tend to highlight these in a different color, handlettering style, or use stickers to set them apart.
Add final touches to tie it all together
I use a variety of lines and dashes to "stitch" together the verses in the "quilt" squares. I fill in some of the background with shading and doodles. I may add a couple more stickers or bits of washi tape to fill in blank spaces or to highlight key words.
When I glue the template page into my Bible Quilt Journal, I often add washi tape along the border to frame it and reinforce its placement for longevity. I make a tab so I'll be able to locate it easily in my journal, again using the same color palette.
Developing a Personal Resource of Scripture
These pages are a wonderful way to summarize Bible studies and key points from seminars or sermons. They provide me with a visual that highlights that series and serve as a reference to go back to the original resource as a refresher of those concepts in the future.
As my BQ journal builds over time, I am essentially developing a personal resource on a variety of topics. When I have a friend or family member going through a particularly hard challenge, I can turn to this resource as a way to pass along encouragement to them. Snapping a photo of a page in my own handwriting personalizes these verses for them in a meaningful way.