Top 4 Bible Journaling Supplies

Last summer, I started Bible journaling and dabbling in paper crafting and fell down the rabbit hole that is scrapbooking and stamping supplies, so today I’m sharing my top 4 Bible journaling supplies! Starting or ending the day with a little quiet, crafting time does wonders for me, and I bet you’d enjoy it too! So let’s dive in and start checking “designated crafting/quiet time” off our goals list for the year.

Top 4 Bible Journaling Supplies - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

If you’re new to Bible journaling or looking for some crafting inspiration, check out Illustrated Faith or #IllustratedFaith on Instagram! They share a lot of fun printables (both paid and free) along with inspiration, monthly kits, and more!

Top 4 Bible Journaling Supplies

Favorite Bible Journaling and Devotional Books - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

1) Bible and Devotional Books

100 Days of Bible Promises

This is the first devotional book I purchased in 2019. It’s written by Shanna Noel at Illustrated Faith. Each ‘devotion’ is two pages long. The first page has a short passage with 2-3 verses and the second page includes one more verse, a short payer, and then a wide-open space for journaling. I like to journal a few of the keywords or phrases from the passages on the first page.

100 Days of Less Hustle, More Jesus

This is the devotional book I’m currently working through. As we’re in the thick of COVID-19 and social distancing, I’m finding that a lot of the messages in this book are super applicable right now, which is fantastic!

100 Days of Grace & Gratitude

I don’t own this book yet, but it’s next on my list once I finish Less Hustle, More Jesus. I’ll probably finish my current workbook in late summer/early fall, and I think Grace & Gratitude will be fantastic to work through in the fall and throughout the Christmas season.

Journal the Word Bible – KJV

This is the journaling Bible I like to work in for various non-workbook based devotions. I went with the more traditional King James Version because that’s what I grew up with and like the most! There’s a section on each page that’s blank — perfect for doodling and note-taking. One day, I’d like to get the DaySpring Illustrating Bible — this Bible has even more room for journaling!

2) Journaling Mat

Illustrated Faith also makes a journaling mat, which is a hard sheet of plastic perfect for slipping between book pages to prevent ink from bleeding. I find this tool to be especially important when journaling directly in a Bible because those pages are much thinner and more likely to bleed, tear, etc.

Favorite Lettering and Journaling Pens - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

3) Pens

Illustrated Faith – Precision Bible Pen

I LOVE these pens. They come in two sizes, .25 and .65, and write incredibly smoothly. Along with black, they also sell a multi-color pack of the .65 size. I have both and use them every time I’m journaling.

Zebra – Mildliner Highlighters and Brush Pens

Mildliner highlighters are fantastic for highlighting your favorite passages. They come in tons of colors and are light enough that you can perfectly read whatever is underneath.

Mildliners are available in a combo pack with the Zebra Super Fine Funwari Brush Pens as well. I picked these up several months back and love the color options and the flexibility of the nibs.

A few other favorites:

Favorite Stamps and Ink - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

4) Ink and Stamps

Distress Ink

I love using ink to add a little color to my devotional or Bible pages. Depending on how much ink you use, you can achieve some really light or really dark patches of color. This ink blending tool is perfect for applying ink and keeps your hands pretty clean too! I’ve found that Distress Inks are much better for blending than they are for rubber or cling stamps.

Versa Magic – Dew Drops

I also love using chalk inks like Versa Magic to add a little color to my spreads. The formula is different than the Distress Inks above. These Dew Drops are great to use with the blending tool but also work really well with cling and rubber stamps.

Illustrated Faith – Date Stamp

I like to date all of my entries, and this is the stamp I use! It revolves, so you can change the date to whatever you want between January 2016 – December 2025. There’s even a blank ’20__ ‘year option, so you can use it long after 2025 if you’d like.

Paper Crafting Die Cuts - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes


If you have a Tuesday Morning nearby, I suggest checking there for discounted die-cuts, alphabet stickers, washi tape, and more! They even have items from Illustrated Faith itself, which I really like! They have tons of American Crafts collections from Amy Tangerine, Maggie Holmes, and more. I’ve found that Tuesday Morning is way more stocked than my local JoAnn or Michaels when it comes to fun paper crafting lines!

Top 4 Bible Journaling Supplies - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

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Stamped Greeting Cards: Easy DIY

Hello Crafters!

Those of you that follow me on Instagram (if you’re not already, follow me @pinkbowstwinkletoes) have seen several posts in the last few weeks featuring some homemade greeting cards.

I love how all of my greeting cards have turned out, so I figured I’d write up a little tutorial for you all!

When I say making these cards is super easy, I mean super duper easy peasy!  You can make several cards in 10 minutes or less!



  • Cardstock (I used white, but you can use a color if you prefer)
  • Paper trimmer or scissors
  • Ink pads
  • Stamps
  • Markers (I like Staedtler Dual Tips)
  • Ruler (optional)
  • Pencil (optional)

Step 1:

Take a sheet of cardstock and cut it in half lengthwise creating two strips.

Step 2:

To make a folding card, fold each strip in half.

To make flat cards, cut each strip in half.

I’ll be making both types of cards in this tutorial!


Here are the stamps I’ll be using for my cards.

I bought these at Michaels several years ago. The season was changing, so everything in their spring collection was one sale.  I went a little crazy (who doesn’t love clearance?!) and bought every stamp set I could find from this collection.  I have about eight packs! 🙂

I love the watercolor ink look, so I’m using two pink inks and an orange one for my first owl.

Step 3:

Take your ink pads and apply each color randomly to your stamp.

If you’re using a light ink and several dark ones (like me!), I suggest using the light ink first and then applying the dark inks.  Going in that order prevents you from ruining your light colors with dark ones.


Step 4:

Stamp it!

I chose to use this owl on a folding card, so I stamped my image on the right side of the opened card.  I find folded cards easier to stamp when they are opened up.

Step 5:

Add your message!

I like to take a ruler and draw a pencil line before I go in and add my copy.  If I don’t add a line, I always end up writing on a slant!

Step 6:

Add a fun message on the inside of your card!

On the inside of my card, I’m going to write something along the lines of “That’s owl speak for…”

I’m going to repeat steps 1-6 and make a flat floral card now.

I mixed orange and coral red ink for this one.


I love how these two inks look when mixed together!

I added “Yay” to this card!  I think it’ll be very cute for celebrations and such!

I also decided to make a blue and green owl!


This time, I stamped the owl on a flat card!

There are so many fun “owl” sayings out there, that I’m bound to use another one when I send out this card! 🙂


I hope you all enjoyed this super duper easy peasy tutorial!

If I weren’t taking photos while making these cards, they would’ve taken me less than ten minutes to make!

Happy Crafting!

<3 Natalie



How To – Carve a Rubber Stamp

Hi everyone!

My cousin gave me a stamp carving kit for Christmas, and I’m finally getting around to using it! IMG_2343IMG_2347Box Contents:

  • Design templates
  • Transfer sheet
  • Pencil
  • Block with carvable rubber sides
  • Wooden handle with five gouges
  • Ink pad

IMG_2349There are lots of fun designs to choose from!

As you might’ve guessed, I love bows, so I chose one of the bows for my first stamp! IMG_2352Lay the transfer paper over your design and trace with a pencil. IMG_2356Flip the transfer sheet (lead side down) onto the rubber block.

Rub your thumb along the transfer sheet.  The pressure from your thumb should transfer the lead onto the rubber block. IMG_2359Transfer complete! IMG_2367Load the smallest gouge into the handle.  It should just press right in. IMG_2369Use the smallest gouge to (slowly) carve around the design.

If you get going too fast, you might accidentally carve too far into your design. IMG_2373IMG_2375IMG_2378Once you’re a comfortable distance away from your design, start using the large gouges to clear away the excess rubber. IMG_2388IMG_2390IMG_2394Once you’ve trimmed the edges and cleaned it up a bit, your stamp is complete!! IMG_2395Isn’t it adorable?!

I’m in love with my new stamp!

Happy Crafting!! Bow signature pink