Bible journaling is a powerful way to illustrate the truth of God’s Word with purpose and meaning. It is a life-giving way that we as daughters of the King can hide Scripture in our hearts with flair, delight, and splashes of color.
After all, we truly serve a creative God! But sometimes Bible journaling can get expensive.
There is nothing like the thrill of walking down the isles of my favorite craft store and admiring all of the beautiful paper, stickers, post-it notes and washi tape–it’s like being a kid in a candy store!
But the price tags of some of the items I desire often bring me back to the reality that I live on a budget.
As a stay-at-home mom of four young kids living on one income, I just cannot justify purchasing an abundance of Bible journaling supplies in this season of our family life.
Thankfully, I have discovered that it is possible to Bible journal on a tight budget, and to freely worship the Lord in through our God-given creativity.
Here are my top five favorite ways!
1. Shop your local thrift stores
I love shopping at thrift stores in their crafting sections, and can usually find great items for Bible journaling and scrapbooking for a great price! I have found great stamps, scrapbook paper, cardstock, and stickers for sometimes as low as $.25!
2. Shop at the dollar store
Dollar stores have a variety of stickers, stamps, cute post-it notes, washi tape, and other craft supplies that are perfect for Bible journaling. The beauty of it is, most of these items are only $1.00! Before heading to your local craft store, don’t forget to stop by your local dollar store!
3. Make your own stickers
I love making stickers on the design website called Canva. It’s free to use, and you can create some pretty amazing creations from your very own computer instead of buying stickers.
The only product that you need to buy is 8.5″x 11″ full sheet sticker paper that you can order online pretty inexpensively.
Here are some Bible journaling stickers that I created to go along with the free Garments of Freedom Bible Study. You can download the stickers by clicking below!
Here is a demonstration video of me using Canva to create stickers using cute coffee cups!
Would you like a copy of these stickers? Check them out below!
You can download the sticker pages I made by clicking on the page below. Happy journaling!
4. Use old scraps from greeting cards, wrapping paper and scrapbook paper
It used to be so hard for me to throw away the beautiful cards I received from friends and family, because the designs were just stunning! I then started cutting out the designs from the cards to use for journaling. It’s a great way to reuse beautiful artwork!
5. Try digital Bible journaling
Many people Bible journal digitally by using Adobe Photoshop. But since Photoshop can be a bit pricey, I recently decided to try my hand at digital Bible journaling using Canva.
To do this, I choose a passage of Scripture and create digital pages that can be saved on my computer.
You can even print off the pages you design and insert them in a journal, and it’s completely free!
Here is one way you can do this using Canva:
First, choose a document size in Canva. You can custom-size your documents to fit the size of your journal or planner.
Next, choose a grid. These are really nice blank templates that you can easily drag images into.
Once you have chosen a grid, you can then drag your images into the grids.
Here are a few places where you can find free clip art, images and digital papers:
You can also simply use the hundreds of free elements within Canva–the sky’s the limit!
Here are some examples:
You can save these as PNG files, or print them to place in your Bible, planner or notebook.
I hope that you find creative ways to connect with the Lord through journaling, and also save a buck or two with some of these options!
More Free Bible Journaling Printables
Check out the Free Printables section of my blog to find more free Bible journaling printables
Also, check out this post with a list of even more free Bible journaling printables here!
Ashley Rowland | HISsparrowBlog says
I love these ideas, Christin! I’ve recently caught the Bible journaling bug, but I can’t justify spending much money on it right now. You’re ideas will certainly help. I love the idea of creating stickers in Canva: great idea!
I always love coming across your site at Grace and Truth.
Thanks so much for stopping by, Ashley! Yes, these ideas definitely make Bible journaling much more affordable for me, and I love being able to express my faith creatively! 🙂 Blessings to you!
Fun ideas! It can really add up.
Thanks for visiting, Sarah! 🙂
This is so cute. Thanks for sharing your ideas I am definitely going to try them.
Praise the Lord! Thanks so much, and I pray these resources are a blessing to you!
Lennie Kilgore says
I Love What I Downloaded !!!
Thank you so much! I’m glad you like it!
Sheryl M. says
Thank You so much for sharing your beautiful printables! I’m definitely going to try making my own. I do have a question for you, I’ve searched on YouTube and Google without any luck, I’d love to know how to make alphabet stickers for my bible journaling. I’ve seen where bible journaling companies (By The Well 4 God is one of those) are using their Cricut and Silhouette machines to make the alphabet stickers and sells them in their kits. I have bought many of their kits but would love to make my own to match what I’m working on. If you could help I’d be so appreciative!! Hope you have a wonderfully blessed creative day/week!
Thank You, Sheryl
Thanks so much for reaching out, Sheryl! Yes, I love alphabet stickers! I do not have much experience with cutting machines, but there is a way that I create alphabet stickers in an editing program called Canva. If you are interested, I could make a quick video about that!