Book of Mormon Journaling

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I updated the free downloads. They should print out much better.
Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to see my personal Book of Mormon :) 

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I finally figured out how to do some Book of Mormon Journaling! I'm so excited with myself!!!
Whoop!

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Friends,  PLEASE don't read my post and say, "I can't do that!" or "I don't have the supplies she used, so I can't do this". 

The whole point in the Book of Mormon journaling that I am talking about, is to pick up your book. Read the scriptures I have chosen to draw about, read the whole chapter! Get that book in your hand, and open your heart to it. Let it speak to you, and write down your feelings and thoughts. Use plain paper, use your kids old crayons, use a glue stick and old newspaper! Use what you have <3

Because I am so old that I could be considered ancient, I have learned something about myself. I don't learn by simply reading. I do better listening, and through pictures. Tell me a story about the picture and I will remember more than just simply reading. It's my way to show my thoughts and feelings :)

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Of course once I got it in my head, I had to run right over and grab me a few books to get started.

Here's what I started out with:
Image result for book of Mormon




I got the hard covered one, with the intention of somehow decorating the outside. I wanted to try it out before I put anything in my other scriptures. My sweet friend Cori explained to me that the "Missionary Version" of the Book of Mormon has thicker pages than the fancier versions. I'm so glad I made this choice for my art surface.

Here's a link for the Book:
Book of Mormon: Regular, Blue


I also ordered some Vellum paper. Here's the link for what I ordered:

Vellum Paper


I'm using these pens, they dry pretty quickly, so not much smudge :) Here's the link:

Micron pens



This is my favorite thing in the whole world! It makes journaling so easy, and everything is nice and straight. Here's the link for the ruler:

Illustrates Faith ruler

I colored all of the graphics with regular colored pencils.



This is the glue I chose to use. So far, I have no complaints! It works great!

Rubber Cement glue


Here's what I did:
I traced the image on to the vellum, adding details. I colored it, shaded it, and cut around the images.
To place it in the book, I ran the very edge of the vellum along the metal part of the brush in the rubber cement. Then I just stuck the vellum piece into the binding as far as I could, where the corresponding scripture was. Be sure to not get the glue anywhere else. It dries pretty fast!
 That's it! It's super easy!


Here are my pages!


I put this in the front of my book, right after the introduction. I really loved this quote by President Benson. When my girls open their books I wanted this to be the first thing they would read. The template for this is below,


You can see the image above with a white paper behind it, so you can see the image clearly. Below is the image without the paper so you can see the text behind it.


2 Nephi 32:3





Mormon 9:5
I also outlined the scripture that corresponds with the image and colored it in.





Alma 46:12

Here are the templates for the above images! You should be able to print this off on a full sheet of paper to use in your own books.







Mosiah 4:9





Alma 39:14 The template for these two are below.





Jacob 2:18
The template is located below :)



Moroni 10:22




Ether 12:6


  Alma 37:6



I LOVE Elder Holland! I could listen to that man talk for days!!! 
1 Nephi 17:8



As it should :)
2 Nephi 4:5


 3 Nephi 18:7

Here is the template for the three images above:


I decided I wanted to put some tabs on my book too. I found some patterned card stock that I liked (20 coordinating prints :) )
And I purchased a tab punch! 
Here's the link for the Tab punch:

I punched out a TON of tabs, and glued them into place with glue dots, and then used rubber cement to attach the back piece. I wanted the tabs to be thick. I have seen where others just do one thickness and glue dots. 
After pouring over the Pinterest boards and Facebook group posts, I found just what I wanted. I used different handwriting styles, and black ink and a white gelly roll pen. The tabs on the side are the books, and across the top are the journaling that I have already done in my book.



Have you seen the bookmarks people make for the books? OHMYWORD.... I about had a heart attack. I made up a WHOLE bunch today... It was so fun! Here's what I did:


I used ribbon, bakers twine, and tuelle, along with some paper clips. I've seen them done with fabric as well. That's next on my list :)


I cut the ribbon in to about 5 inch lengths. I wanted to be able to trim them later.


I folded the piece in half, and pulled the ends through the loop on the other side of the paper clip, tying a knot.




Once I had it pulled tight, I put a little drop of hot glue right above the knot to hold the ends together and keep the knot in place.


I might have gotten a little carried away with the finished products.... I made bucket loads!


They're so pretty!



I LOVE love LoVe it!!!!!

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I thought maybe you would like to see my personal book. I bought the Triple Combination for myself.  I picked out some pretty papers that suit me. I ABSOLUTELY love it!



The gold thing is called a "Journal Band" by Heidi Swapp

 here's the link:

I think it's just so pretty!!!

For the inside of my book, I decided to do it a little differently. I didn't draw faces on my inserts, and I didn't color them. Here's an example.


I bought a date stamp, so I can remember when I did that page. I have been drawing a box around the coordinating scripture.


I found some religious print Washi  Tape at Michaels, and I got a little inspired :)


I taped this insert to the page and created a "tip in". I got called to go to Girl's Camp this year. We are doing Book of Mormon Journaling as our craft. I created a whole set of scriptures just for camp. This is one of them :)


I LOVED this quote by President Monson, from this past General Conference.
It's taped to the inside of the front cover.

I found that I wanted to mark other scriptures as I read, but I didn't necessarily want to do an insert. In doing Bible Journaling, there are big spaces for this. Here's how I took advantage of the small space in my book:



I used small circles to mark these at the top of my page. I would LOVE to see what you do with your book!
Happy Journaling! 

xox
Nikki





14 comments:

  1. These are BEAUTIFUL!! I'm going to do this. Thank you so much for sharing such a lovely idea!

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    1. Thank you so much Colette :) I hope you have as much fun with this as I have been <3
      xox
      Nikki

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  2. oh.my.goodness.... I am so excited friends. I'm ordering it all right now!!! xo
    Thank you for being such a great example ;)
    xo Lory

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    1. YAY!!!! I want to see what you do with it :)
      xox

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  3. Oh.My.Gosh! I love those bookmarks! I'm doing some. Thank you.

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    1. You should! It's SO much fun!!!!
      xox

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  4. These are great. Thanks for sharing your take on Book of Mormon journaling.

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  6. OH my heavens my heart is swooning! I have seen several bible journals and wondered and researched a bit on how to do it with a Book of Mormon but haven't jumped yet...now I'm feeling inspired...vellum! I love that idea. I may be heading straight to Amazon for some purchases! Wahoo!

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  7. I wish you could feel my gratitude. I teach the 11 year old girls and they seem intimidated by the physical book of Mormon. They have no problem with the digital version. I am not a big fan of the digital version. I feel there is not a real relationship with my phone or my tablet. I want the girls to fall in love the real thing. Thank you!!!

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  8. Oh. My. Heart! (<I love that! I'm going to use it!) You ARE Amazing, Sister! So Amazing. This is exactly what I have needed in my life. I've glued little papers into the binding area of my scripture's pages before but never thought to do on vellum. Brilliant! Thank you !!!

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  9. That's AMAZING!! I wish I can have this in Chinese too,but I guess I will start with English first.I think it is a great way to encourage the teens and kids to read and use the actual scriptures instead of their phones. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing, Nikki.

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  11. Wow! How encouraging! I was given a bible journal and haven't used it yet. One more item to unpack and use. Thank you for all the freebies. I can print when printer finds home. I need you and your girls to help me organize my space. I pray for you often. I loved being on your team.

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