Give the Gift of Bible Journaling

Give the Gift of Bible Journaling

I am hoping this Christmas will see the sharing of Bible Journaling – this year it’s taken off among so many people, and giving others the tools they need to start would be a great gift to give as Christmas morning arrives! Be sure to scroll down to get extra Bible Journaling gift ideas, plus some deals that are available today.

Give the Gift of Bible Journaling

Christmas will be here before we know it….and one of the suggestions I have for giving a journaling Bible is one that could take a little time, so I’m sharing early! If you’re sharing Bible journaling with someone who’s never seen it before, it’s especially important to give them an example too—so order in a Bible early enough to be able to complete a page or two for them as a gift in their new Bible. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube….then scroll down for links and more.

More Gift Pack Suggestions

Providing your gift recipient with a “ready to go” Bible journaling adventure will be much appreciated! Here are ideas to complement the gift – and to add to the experience.

  1. A letter about YOUR journey in Bible journaling. Just one page, don’t overwhelm them. Use pretty paper with a border or something….and give the person an idea how you started, how it’s changed your walk with God, and if there are tips you have for the medium you’ve provided, list a few of those. You can have more discussion on Facebook later, but give them enough to get started that day if they want to.
  2. A medium to color with. It can be a small selection of colors – we who are afflicted with Full Set Syndrome may not think a set of 12 pencils is worth much – but to someone who’s new to Bible journaling, it would be an awesome start! Below I list the Inktense pencils that I love; but if the Bible stole your budget and you can’t afford pricier ones, find a pack of regular pencils (not watercolor) at the dollar store. Just be sure they have something to get them started on Christmas morning! If you choose a watercolor or watercolor pencil set, be sure to TEST it first. (If it’s a dollar store item, you can afford two so theirs can remain packaged!) You don’t want to give them something that’ll bleed through unexpectedly.
  3. A brush and/or a mini pack of baby wipes. If providing wipes, be sure to explain how to use them. (Shown in the video above).
  4. A devotional. One of my favorites is HERE – and use the coupon code below if you have a dew more things to shop for! You can also look in your local Bible bookstore for a small daily devotional book….sometimes they have small ones for just a few dollars.
  5. A mug and/or some favorite tea. Devotional time is a great time to snuggle in with a cup of something tasty.
  6. A handmade bookmark. Create one yourself that they can keep in their Bible!
  7. A promise. Commit to a weekly visit, phone call, or skype chat to talk about Bible journaling and help them get started.

Dayspring Deals

To help you out – I have some deals to share!

  • Dayspring will give my readers $20 off any $60 purchase (plus free shipping!) using coupon code SHINEHISLIGHT at checkout, until December 31. It’s the perfect time to get the beautiful leather Bible that has become my main journaling Bible.
  • Illustrated Faith Ships Free: Use code IFSHIPSFREE to receive free shipping on any Illustrated Faith purchase.
  • Through the end of today Nov 2, they’ve got a sale on Thanksgiving Decor – I just ordered this Wood Caddy for just $10; and you can get this beautiful Give Thanks for $15. 
  • Friends & Family Sale:  25% off store wide Nov. 3-6 with code FAMILY.


Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

Fighting fear with faith: 9/11 remembrance

Fighting fear with faith: 9/11 remembrance

As today’s date has approached, I found myself thinking about this day in 2001. That terrible, awful day.

I will never forget it. As long as I live.

Living on the west coast as I do, I had risen that morning at 5 to the sound of the clock radio. There had been some inane story on the news that irked me that day, I don’t remember what it was except it was a story of injustice that threatened to wreck my day – so I got ready for work in silence instead of listening to the news. A rarity – being a news junkie, it was not at all normal for me.

I had breakfast, got in the car, and left for work, again with no radio on. Uncharacteristic, again. I had arrived at 6am due to deadlines, the only one in my department at that hour, and sat down at my computer to get to work….. I suddenly realized that I was expecting an email response from a friend about lunch, and logged in to my personal email to see if her reply had arrived – and then I saw it. A news ticker email I subscribed to had arrived.

I don’t remember exactly what the subject line said, just something about New York City, and explosions. I ran over to the neighboring video department, since I knew they had a television. My friend who worked on the video team was in early, too, and had just turned on the news. He stood staring at the screen in utter shock.

I joined him. And we wept in silence.

I remember so clearly the heartsick stab in the depth of my chest. I felt physical pain as faces of friends flashed through my mind. Friends from my days in New York City in the early 90s, people who I worked with at One World Trade Center at my first job in the city. The face of a friend who was a firefighter in Queens. Other friends who worked downtown. Friends who I had lost touch with, who I didn’t know how to reach.

My coworker and I watched the news in horror. The shock was overwhelming.

As the rest of the staff began to arrive – people who had already heard what had happened on their way to work – they joined us in front of the television. After we stood together, unable to grasp what we were seeing, someone had the presence of mind to suggest we pray. We joined hands, cried, and prayed. The most fervent prayers went unspoken, I know. It was hard to utter words in the midst of soul-crushing pain, when it looked as though evil was winning.

I remember little of what was spoken in that prayer circle in that first hour of the terror attack. The only thing that penetrated, that resonated, that broke through the fear, was Psalm 91:

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

I had to focus on what I knew was true. God was not going to be knocked off His throne by this or anything else. He is still my refuge. Still my fortress. Still worthy of my trust.

The entire company joined together in chapel later in the morning for prayer (it was a Christian nonprofit)…..many of us didn’t last through the day. Parents were anxious to hug children. I went home and hugged my pets, watched the repeated re-runs of the footage for days, imagining the credits would roll at some point and prove this was all a tragic Hollywood film.

To this day, those credits haven’t rolled. The “end” hasn’t been seen; we don’t get to go back to days of innocence.  Ongoing wars across the Middle East, morphing terrorist organizations, our own citizens inspired by evil to perpetrate evil, and new threats from Asia growing.

And yet one thing remains: God is still on His throne. And He always will be.

Although the memory of September 11, 2001 reminds us of that day and tries to freshen our fear – let’s resolve to fight fear with faith. Fear will always try to win. Not only are the terrorists working to keep us scared and shake our faith – our own political leaders are even attempting to do the same, whether they know it or not, to scare us into following whatever plans they have.

But the only thing we need rely on is what is true, no matter what. God is our refuge. Our fortress. And He is on His throne today, He will be there tomorrow, and He’s going to stay there forever. No matter what. 

Never forget. Pray for the families of the victims, and for those first responders who continue to struggle to this day with medical issues and tragic memories of things no one should see.




Developing Bible Journaling ideas

Developing Bible Journaling ideas


In July, I participated in the #30daysofbiblelettering challenge on Instagram – and used it as a way to play with ideas that might make it into my Bible!

Developing Bible Journaling ideas

In today’s video, I flip through the sketchbook I used – you can use anything for a project like this, but I used a Mix Media pad since I thought I’d likely be playing with a number of mediums. I chose not to use Copics for a simple reason – I’m about out of a few colors and out of their reinkers! And as I’ve had a heavy load of classes all summer, I’m reserving my markers for small images rather than doing large pages like those in this sketchbook. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Bible journaling class

If you’re interested in getting started in Bible journaling but don’t know where to begin or what mediums to try, I’ve assembled an inexpensive online class with 10 lessons HERE.


Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

Impressionistic pottery – Bible Journaling, Prima Oil Pastels

Impressionistic pottery – Bible Journaling, Prima Oil Pastels


Hello friends! I’m traveling and teaching this weekend – including a Bible journaling class. Figured it’s as good a time as any to share another technique for my fellow Bible artists!

Impressionistic Pottery

While I created images – though simple ones – this technique can also be used for simple color washes. It’s much faster than many other mediums, and can create a textured look like this, or a softer watercolor look that you can see in the early stages in the video. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

In any case – the Prima oil pastels used here are a good bargain for the color you get – I’m traveling with mine and a pack of baby wipes! The chart below is one I’ve shared before with the colors, in case that’s helpful for you:



Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.


Inspire Bible Journaling, simple backgrounds

Inspire Bible Journaling, simple backgrounds


For the many people who have been begging for more Bible journaling – here’s one! I’m still only posting one every 4-6 weeks or more, it’s not a main staple for me, so I’m not able to create these videos more often.

Inspire Bible Journaling, simple backgrounds

I’ve shared the Inspire Bible before…and I wanted to share an easy background technique. You don’t even have to be a fancy painter or have fancy paints – I’m using ph Martins Hydrus Watercolors, but if you can puddle paint on a palette, and if you have baby wipes – you’re good to go.Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The background can be just part of a page or a full page. If you know how to paint flowers you could add a whole garden into the green background below – or do it in blue and make a pretty sky.Sandy Allnock Inspire Bible Journaling simple backgrounds

Some of you have asked if I could swatch the colors for the Hydrus sets so you can decide what you might want….here you go! Pin away.

Sandy Allnock Hydrus Chart


Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission (not at Tyndale or Amazon) at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.


3 Tips for Bible Journaling

3 Tips for Bible Journaling

It’s finally here! Another epic adventure that felt like birthing a child. Not that I’d know, but, it’s what I imagine!

Tips for Bible Journaling

Recently I participated in a 30 day coloring challenge…and I challenged myself to color in my Bible daily. Or should I say Bibles – I knew at some point I’d do some testing of mediums and books, so this was an effort to dive deep and just get ‘er underway! I had been journaling occasionally for almost a year, but hadn’t come to any “conclusions” about much of anything – and the questions have been coming at an increased pace. So I knuckled down and began the hard work of testing through things as best I could while keeping life afloat!

I developed a beautiful devotional process through that month-long challenge, and am happy to say – the habit was fully developed! I may not be journaling every day, but the daily habits I began have continued, and what a blessing! 

In today’s video I’m just rolling through stills as I share my three biggest learnings from this adventure. And I know there could be some disappointment that you aren’t seeing the backs of pages; it’s odd that as soon as anyone looks at my Bible pages, they flip to the back before they can even handle looking at the front! (Recommendation: please don’t do this to others, it feels really weird that people care more about the back side! Just ooh and aah and casually see the back later.) Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube. Then come on back here for some more info.

Top 3 things you should know:

  1. It’s all about time with God. If you’re just rushing to get a page done, you’re missing out on the BEST part of this process: time with God! It’s worth it to take the time to read, pray, meditate – and then create.
  2. It’s about being authentically you. Go on a Pinterest and Instagram fast if you find you feel inadequate, or discover you’re just copying what others create. This process is about you hearing from God and creating from your heart – not about being Pinterest-worthy or comparing yourself with ANYone else.
  3. It’s not about the art. Weird, right? But you don’t need to have #allthethings. You don’t have to buy all the supplies. For a long time I let the fear of the cost stop me – I worried I had to buy gessos and research how to use them, and buy all the kits, and get the right paints – and no, you start with what you have. A pack of pencils is PERFECT. Dollar store pencils. Yep, I said it. Dollar store.

Way more information. Did I say way more?

A lot of you have been anxiously awaiting my verdicts on mediums, using them in ways that don’t bleed through, etc. And rather than create a five hour YouTube video, I’ve set up TWO ways to deliver a ton more information to you.

For one, I decided to make it a class. An online class. And it’s on sale right now, too! Bible Journaling 101 is self paced – which means you can buy the class, and you’ll get the email with a link and your password…and you can dive through all 10 lessons if you want. Or save them. Savor them. Whatever works for you! I know some will want to “survey” all the mediums before deciding what they want to start with or try, so I made it that way especially for that reason.

My favorite part of the class – and I hope it’ll be yours too – is the Process lesson. I went into pretty good depth on how I heard God through my devotional time and how I would get images from Him by the time I journaled in the evening. In my in-person classes this year, I’ll be going into even more depth with students about that, but for now until we find out if I’m coming to a city near you, you can get the class HERE.


And number two, I’ve created THIS master page to house all my Bible Journaling info. FAQ, Bible links, Products I use and a good bit of info about them, and a gallery of the pages seen in the above video (and I’ll add to it over time). A lot of that information is pulled from the testing in the class – so technically you can get the “verdicts” from the list, but I know many of you will want to see it yourself.

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My prayer for you

My desire is to see more people getting into a deeper relationship with the Lord through creativity. I pray this helps you to get to know your King better. If that happens while you’re doing the devotional part of the process and you never get to the art part, that’s totally fine with me. Mission accomplished!

Whether you’re one of those just looking in over the fence, afraid to start, or if you’re an experienced Bible journalist who just wants to explore more….I pray this information takes you deeper with God. This is all about your relationship with Him. If you’re just making art and not getting to know Jesus better….then you’re just making art. Don’t miss the best blessing!


I’m going to be listing supplies for Bible journaling over on the Bible Journaling page. That way I can update in just one place. Click HERE to go see all that information. Thanks!


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