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Bible Journal with Vellum
Bible journaling with vellum is an easy and fun way to add some pizzazz to your Bible journaling pages!
In this post, I’ll show you three ways to Bible journal with vellum – all super easy!
Quick note on the below pages: As I’m going through medical treatment, my hands are quite shaky so this isn’t my best work, but that’s ok, as I’ve written about before, Bible journaling isn’t about something worthy of hanging in a museum, it is a form of worship, so I’m OK with shaky pages and not perfect art. I pray that you will be, too.
First, what is vellum?
Vellum paper or cardstock (based on weight) that can be used for a variety of papercrafting techniques. For Bible journaling, you can use either the vellum paper or cardstock, but I find that the paper is much easier to work with as it is thinner, much like pages in most journaling Bibles.
You can buy it in 8 1/2′ x 11″ or 12″ x 12″ sheets. I use both as I have several different sized Bible Journals but for these samples below, I used 8 1/2″ x 11 vellum paper.
The fun thing about Bible journaling with vellum is that you aren’t limited to what you can use on it. In the Bible journaling ideas below, I’ve used foam stickers, alcohol-based markers and gelatos (plus a few random bits and bobs laying around my craft room).
My Favorite Journaling Bibles
These are my two favorite journaling Bibles that I use most often. The Illustrating Bible is great to lay flat and gives you more space to journal in, but not as easy to add tip-ins and the like in (it’s also higher priced, but is a fabulous Bible journal). The ESV Journaling Bible doesn’t lay flat but is a great size and allows for lots of creative inspiration and add-ins.
Vellum with Verse Overlay
This one was so much fun to do!
Only a few supplies needed here:
- Stamps (both Scrapbook.com and Illustrated Faith have huge assortments of beautiful stamps for Bible Journaling)
- Ink Pads (since we aren’t using wet medium for this one, we can use any type of ink pads. I’m a big fan of Wendy Vecchi or Tim Holtz Ink Pads. Both give crisp images and are easy to work with.) Although I did use Stampin’ Up! ink pads in my own sample, it was only because I’ve yet to completely unpack since moving and can’t find my other ones 😮
- Foam Alphabet
- Washi Tape (I absolutely LOVE the washi tape from Dayspring – crosses, words of faith and decorative plus so much more)
I always start by laying a piece of paper (notebook, grid or scrap) under the page I’m working on – just to make sure that I don’t get anything under the page and ruin the page or pages beneath it.
Since I wasn’t using wet medium (paints, etc.), I didn’t have to prep the page (you can learn about prepping Bible journaling pages in this post)
Next, I chose three coordinating colors of stamps and three stamps similar but in varying sizes. I simply stamped each of the three stamps in each of the three colors directly in my journaling Bible.
Next, I measured the Bible journaling page (In this example, I’m using the Illustrating Bible so the page size is approximately 9″ x 9 1/2″ (9 because of the coil) and cut a piece of vellum to that size.
I then laid the vellum over the page and secured with a strip of washi tape.
Finally, I added the foam alphabet (1 Chronicles 16:11 Seek the Lord and His Strength) and boom! Done!
Vellum with Printed Verse and Alcohol-Based Markers
This next one has a few more steps but lots of opportunities.
- Archival Ink Pad (The Versafine Onyx is my go-to but I also love the Momento In Tuxedo Black)
- Alcohol-based Markers (you can use colored pencils, instead).
- Heat Gun (optional)
- Tim Holtz Scissors (my number one, go-to fine or fussy cutting scissors)
- Dyary Glue Stick (Hands down, best glue stick for Bible journaling or papercrafts and under 2.50 for a THREE pack!)
- Home Printer
- Bits and bobs (optional)
This one was also created in the Illustrating Bible. For this one, I chose Matthew 6:26-27 “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your life”?
I first started by turning over my vellum (you want to color on the back side) and stamped my birds with archival ink. Next, I colored the birds with my markers. I’m impatient, so I used a heat gun to ensure that my ink was dry before moving on to the next step.
Next, I carefully cut out my finished bird images and set aside.
Then I opened up a Word doc and typed my verse on it, trying out different fonts until I found one I liked. Then I slid the vellum in the printer and printed. I also used the heat gun on the printed vellum to avoid smudging, but you can just set aside until you are sure it is dry. Now cut out your verse and adhere all to your Bible journaling page.
Finally, I added some oooold crocheted flowers and epoxy dots to finish the page.
Bible Journaling with Vellum and Gelatos
Such an easy Bible journaling page to do and so fun, as well. I wanted to create a rainbow, so I chose Genesis 9:16 for this Bible journaling page.
- Faber-Castell Gelatos
- Baby Wipes
- Fude Ball 1.5 Permanent Pen (my #1 Bible journaling pen. For more great pens and markers for Bible journaling, see this post)
- Heat Gun (optional)
The first step was to measure and cut the vellum for this Bible journaling page. For this page, I used the ESV journaling Bible, so the page measured approximately 6 1/4″ x 8″.
Next, I turned the vellum over (again, we want the color medium on the back) and colored a cloud and a simple rainbow – you don’t have to be too neat about this or even use too much gelatos. The next step will fill it in and give us the vibrant color.
Next, take a baby wipe and wrap it around your finger then color over each ray of the rainbow with a fresh area of baby wipes and watch the colors explode!
I used the heat gun again here and then adhered the finished vellum to my journaling Bible with the Dyary glue stick.
Finally, I wrote the verse over it all and outlined the cloud with black so it really stood out.
Here are some other great ideas and techniques using vellum in Bible journaling:
Because He Lives,