A Modern Day Fairy Tale: Bible Journaling on a Budget

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Bible Journaling on a Budget

We've talked about some different reasons why some feel as though Bible journaling isn't for them... maybe they're uncomfortable journaling in their Bible or feel like it won't be good enough. But what about those people who are ready and willing to start... but feel like they can't afford to?

I'll be honest, this can be a rather expensive hobby. After paying for your new Bible AND all your supplies, well...it can quickly add up. But the good news is, it doesn't HAVE to! There are many ways that you can still enjoy Bible journaling within your own budget. Today I'm sharing a few ideas.

To Save on a Journaling Bible

  • Look for Sales. Amazon prices are always changing, so check often. Family Christian often has 50% off Bible sales to include some journaling Bibles, so be on the look out for those as well. I was able to purchase my son's for just $20 during one of their Bible sales.

Other Options for Bibles

While I personally prefer a Bible made just for journaling, if you cannot find one there are other options to consider.

  • Use What You Have. Have an extra Bible at home? Use it. You may not have wide margins, but there are plenty of ways to make it work. Use mediums that allow you to see through to the words, make mini art in the space you do have. Use washi to tape in pages (allowing them to be flipped open to read under). Use deli paper. It takes a little more imagination, but it is possible!
  • Check Dollar Stores. Don't have an extra Bible? Try a store like The Dollar Tree for an inexpensive Bible. Use the same tips as above.
  • Use a Journal. Sure, it might not exactly be Bible journaling, but the experience will be similar. Create an art journal to create in as you read your Bible. 
To Save on Art Supplies

  • Keep It Simple. Really, the only things you NEED to get started are a Bible and some colored pencils. That's it! The other things are nice, but you don't HAVE to have them!

    A simple entry using just colored pencils and a black pen.
  • Look for Clearance. I love checking the clearance sections of my local craft stores. I have found washi tapes for as little as 19 cents each (regularly $1.99), stickers for 50 cents, etc. Sometimes it requires some digging, but you can find great deals!
  • Use Coupons. Most craft stores offer coupons ALL the time. Use them! If you don't get them in the mail, you can print them or open them right on your smart phone. Many craft stores will also accept competitor coupons.
  • Use Discounts If You Can. Find out what type of discounts-if any- your local store offers. Two of my 3 local craft stores (Michael's and JoAnn's) offer a military discount. These can definitely bring down the cost of craft supplies greatly!
    This page was created using Hand Made Modern paint from Target and 19 cent clearance washi tape.

  • Check 'Bargain Sections'. Target Dollar Spot is an amazing place to find inexpensive craft supplies, though I've found they often go quickly. I also love the bargain craft section at my local Meijer Store. I have found MANY great items here for only $1! Craft stores tend to have their own bargain areas as well.
  • Look Online. I have found a couple of fun websites that can truly help save as well. First up, Blitsy. This is similar to Zulily, offering daily deals, but also allows you to shop a large variety of other supplies as well. They accept and list competitors coupon codes, and you have the potential to earn credits to shop too. When you sign up, you get a $10 credit (must be used right away), and for every friend you refer who shops, you will receive an additional $10 credit! The credit does NOT cover shipping, but there are still many great deals to be found and can save you a trip to the craft store too! Another great site is Peachy Cheap. They offer only ONE product a day, but the deal is usually amazing!

    Created using scrap of scrapbook paper and holiday Washi Tape from Target ($1 roll)
  • Buy Cheaper Options. I love using acrylic paints in my Bible, but if you look at some of those recommended for journaling.... well, they can get rather costly. But you don't have to buy the most expensive option. I personally use and love the Hand Made Modern acrylic paints from Target. They range from $1.99-$2.50 and there are often deals available to get them cheaper. They're vibrant and fun, and work perfectly for me. I also just use an inexpensive water color tray intended for children. Is it the best? Probably not. But it works for me and is very affordable!

  • Use What You Have. Have old scrapbooking supplies? Use them! Old greeting cards? Cut them up and tape them in! Silhouette users? Create your own stencils or die cuts. Use household items for unique textures. A friend of mine recently suggested painting with bubble wrap! Apply a thin layer to the wrap with a foam brush and apply to paper! A genius way to get a unique design for little to no cost!
Created using Bubble Wrap (with Hand Made Modern paint). Letter stickers from JoAnn's Bargain items. 

These are just a few of the MANY ways you can enjoy Bible journaling without breaking the bank. The important thing to remember is that it really does not matter how fancy your Bible is or how much you paid for supplies, but rather how you use what you have and the reason WHY you're doing it. To spend time with God.

Are you a journaler on a budget? What other ideas do you have for saving money? Share them in the comments below.


  1. Yes to clearance!! I could live in the Hobby Lobby clearance section lol!! Its crazy!!

  2. I'm definitely a journaler on a budget. I mostly write in the margins, but you've given some great money-saving tips here. It's always a good idea to interact with what you read. It makes for a richer and more memorable experience.


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