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Bible Journaling Spotlight: Journaling With An Interleaved Bible

My journaling supplies are packed in anticipation of our upcoming move, and so I will continue my 100 Days after we're in and settled. In the meantime, I will be sharing some older journaling pages with spotlights on various styles, supplies, etc. Today, we're going to take a look at a particular style of Bibles: the Interleaved Bible.

So, what is an Interleaved Bible?

Unlike your typical journaling Bibles that have text on each page with some space in the margins for journaling, interleaved Bibles have a full page of text with the opposite page completely blank. This gives you a full page to journal!

What are the pros?

  • More Space. Of course, this is the most obvious advantage. If you are one that has a hard time limiting your journaling just to the margin space provided, an interleaved Bible can be a great solution! Likewise, it can also open up more options--- larger die cuts, photographs, post cards, etc. These larger pieces could not be used in a typical journaling Bible unless they were used as tip ins so that can be a great advantage.
  • No Covered Words. For many, the covering of words in Bible journaling tends to make them very uncomfortable. Now personally, I don't have an issue with this as I know that most every Bible journaler has a separate Bible for reading. Still, if you are one of those who feels uncomfortable doing so, this again gives you plenty of space so that this is not an issue. 

And the cons?

  • More Space. Wait...wasn't that a pro? Yes...but it can still be a con too. While some LOVE the extra space provided, others do not. I admit I am personally in that group myself. I love the idea of more space, but once it's in front of me I'm at a loss on how to actually fill it. I'm not a natural artist, so perhaps this is why. Depending on your personal preferences and journaling styles, more space truly is either a pro or a con. 
  • They're Bulky. Bibles aren't small books to begin with, right? So take a look at your own Bible and imagine adding a blank page between each page of text. You can see how this would make it quite large, right? It's certainly not one you'll want to lug around places! 

Interleaved Bibles truly can be a great option for those who want the extra space, and don't mind a larger Bible. It can open up a lot more journaling options to try too. Take a look at these pages from my own interleaved Bible:

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Do you use an Interleaved Bible? What are the pros and cons you have found? What techniques do you most enjoy doing in your interleaved?


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