Welcome! I’m Alex of Inspiration Clothesline and PNW Bible Journaling I am so glad you found me. I facilitate local meetups, teach classes, and share here so you can dive further into God’s Word and in community. Here on this landing page you can find out the basics about Bible Journaling, see some of what I’ve been up to on my YouTube Channel and over on my Instagram account when it comes to illustrating my faith and find lots of resources for your use!
Here is my outline about “the basics” and it includes some links to resources and a few thoughts on supplies.
Some affiliate links will provide me with a small commission (prices, and discounts all stay the same for you) so thanks for shopping using my links!I have been journaling for six years this April and it is so much fun to look back and see the lessons God has taught me, marked by each journal entry; and to see my progress and how I’ve changed as an individual and creative. If you’d like to join our Facebook group you will find us here. Our PNW Bible Journaling local meetup is in Poulsbo, WA the first and third Thursday of every month from 6-8pm. I am also more than willing to do classes at your local church, in your home or a mini class in a local coffee shop. Just shoot me a message. Also be sure to subscribe to my blog using the blue box so you don’t miss updates!
Here is some more insight into the world of Bible Journaling.
Why journal and create in my Bible?
- Learn to love (or relearn) your Bible.
- Learn more about God’s character and His promises.
- Connect to Scripture and God by connecting your faith with art.
- Document your thoughts and reflections.
- Express yourself to God – thoughts and questions.
- Mark your growth – like an altar of remembrance.
- Understand and relate to God’s Word.
- Document the whispers God puts on your heart so you can recall them.
“We are born makers. We move what we’re learning from our heads to your hearts through our hands.” – Brene Brown
Here are the excuses I often hear as to why people don’t dive in…
– I’m not creative.
– I’m not an artist.
– Is it okay to do this in my Bible?
– I don’t have enough time.
– If I can’t do it well (perfect) I’m not going to do it at all.
– I don’t have the right supplies.
– I already have an entry/writing in that area of my Bible.
All I can say to these excuses are that you make time for the important things, you’ll never do it if you don’t try, and it’s worth it! Email me to set up a workshop or journaling night with me or subscribe to my blog to hear about upcoming events here in the Kitsap area.
Here is the deal guys… I use other’s artwork as my inspiration. I am not an artist. I would say I am creative, but when looking at other’s illustrated Bibles I too get intimidated. I use supplies and other’s artwork to inspire me. I think about a verse, a passage, a study I am doing, a quote from a book the resonated, something the pastor said in his sermon on Sunday, or that line from a podcast that just keeps coming back to me. I open my Bible and find a passage that supports those ideas or look to my supplies and google to help me find the perfect verse, color theme, image or inspiration. And I create. Sometimes I’ve been reading a book of the Bible or a non fiction book that focuses on a passage. Other times I am doing a study for a season like advent or lent and find myself totally creating entries to reflect what I am learning, the questions I have, or the whispers God is speaking to my heart. My journaling Bible is especially for this – so it’s okay if I mess up. The errors add character and often I can correct or incorporate them. I can start now and finish later, or keep it simple. Sometimes I just use a crayon and some tape, other times more elaborate steps create a masterpiece. The truth is, excuses are roadblocks. Get over it. Try it. Do it.
You can read more of my faith related posts here. I share about Bible journaling and other Christian book and Bible reviews.
As far as Illustrated Faith specific products, here are the basics and some of the new things coming our way!
I am a part of the affiliate team with DaySpring who happens to have the Illustrated Faith line available online and if you want to shop supplies, devotional kits, or even Bible’s you can help support my lovely habit by using this link to their Illustrated Faith Shop.
Start with a journaling Bible if that is all you do, I like the ESV version that is single column so you have the maximum amount of room to create in the margins without infringing on the text. Or the brand new spiral bound Journaling Bible by DaySpring is incredible (even more room!) They have Gray and Pink in NIV and Green in CSB.
Check out journaling Bibles here.
I am so excited about the new 100 Days devotional options . The most recent in the “100 Days” series is 100 Days of Prayer and the community is working through it this Spring. I have an online Facebook group for local meet ups and sharing our entries with Pacific Northwest Bible Journaling here. (#pnwbiblejourning)
You can watch “unboxing” and process videos on my YouTube channel and short clips by following me on Instagram. (@pnwbiblejournaling) I also share process videos with Creative Retreat as a part of their design team and you can find those here.
Snag Shanna Noel’s books, she is the founder of this modern day Bible Journaling movement we call Illustrated Faith, here. Or if you are new to Bible Journaling and aren’t sure where to start, or could just use some inspiration, starting with this resource “My Faith Book” or check out this book… 10 Ways to Fall in Love with Your Bible and Stay in Love. I would love to read this book with you so let me know if you grab a copy!
Okay last thing. If you’d like a one-page file about “the basics” it includes some links to resources and a few thoughts on supplies. It is available to you here so you can have the links digitally if you want them.