I would like to introduce to you to the beginning of a whole new line of faith-based products:
It’s funny how an idea can formulate. It can happen in the strangest or smallest of ways. I teach the 12-year olds in Sunday School. They decided they wanted the challenge of reading The Book of Mormon (we’re LDS) so they could have a party when it was done. Enticements (bribes?) help. ;)
I began looking for a schedule for reading, which led me to Lisa Bearnson who was doing just such a thing from Memorial Day to Labor Day. All the while, the wheels started turning in my head.
As part of my One Little Word, Illuminate, I decided to also take on the task of reading through The Book of Mormon (another testament of Christ in the LDS faith). But I wanted to do more than speed read my way through it, like what would normally happen (haha). I wanted to stop, study and see how it can apply to my life today.
Since much of what I create comes from a place of ‘needing something’ or creating something solution-based, I decided I needed certain elements at my fingertips to help draw attention and to keep my thoughts as I venture through this journey.
I’m very much word-oriented. I love words. Words are art. I love the other bible art journaling that people do, but as always, simplicity works best for me. I like a little visual goodness, but wanted to focus more on the words. That being said, so much of what’s in my head to help me on this spiritual road of illumination can be used artistically as well. And even though my faith is based in the LDS religion, much of what will come from this line can be used across many faiths. We pretty much all have the same fundamentals, right?
I feel like the products that will come about will evolve as I get more into the study. If I see a need or a tweak, something will come from that.
Sum it all up and you get versed.
What’s My Plan?
I so wish there was an officially printed Book of Mormon with wide margins like there are bibles for bible journaling. I did find THIS that you can either print yourself or purchased a bound version…at least when I looked a couple months ago there was a printed version, but at this moment it appears to be out.
It’s lovely because it has big margins to write or get creative. I considered this briefly, but in the end decided it wasn’t right for me, mainly because I wanted something small that I could carry around with me. I decided I needed something like my traveler’s journals–a system that had pockets for little things and to keep it all self-contained.
So because I’m using a non-margin-friendly book, I need to get creative to coordinate my thoughts and study.
I’ve decided to use an inexpensive soft cover book. This will enable me to stuff it with notes and papers and it won’t be as confined as a hard cover book. Loving that.
You can purchase soft (or hard) cover books of the Book of Mormon, Holy Bible (King James version) and even The New Testament from HERE. They are only $3-ish (Bible is $8-ish) and are prefect for taking on a project like this. In fact, because they are so inexpensive, buy two so you can have one to test things on and one to do it for reals. And I don’t know why they don’t have a single Old Testament like they do the New Testament. They just have a combined full Bible version. Oh well. The New Testament is easier to tackle next anyway. haha
Since I opted for the soft cover book, I decided to go with The Foxy Fix Boss Babe Moonlit Couture shown above (No. 5 / Wide / 5×7”). Because my scriptures are 5×7, I needed the same from my Foxy Fix. It’s killing me not to have it the same size as the regular traveler’s journal, but it just wouldn’t be wise to have had that size. Too much excess. You could also pick up a hard cover book for about the same price as the soft and not worry about a cover, but I’ve got an obsession with these things and needed this Foxy Fix beauty to come to my house and help me on my path to illumination. :) They are a little pricey, but I felt it was worth it in the end.
I also opted for the wide because the regular binding is about the same as the Book of Mormon. By going with wide, I get more elastic options inside to hold more. I guess what I’m saying is there’s more flexibility.
This is the fun part, folks! I’m so excited to get creative with new stamps for any faith-based journaling! These first two stamp sets are designed to help you organize, write thoughts, and call attention to scriptures that you love, need further study, or anything in between. The Study Stacks words can be used individually or together to create an eye-catching design on your page.
These two sets (and digital sets) will be on sale for 10% off through Friday.
I’ve also found that the Prima and Studio Calico Color Theory inks work best. Pigment is generally the way to go with scriptures so they don’t bleed through to the other side.
I’m still in the testing phase, but found so far that a Sharpie works nicely in the book. I also loooove the Mildliner pens for highlighting. They come in a beautiful assortment of colors and don’t bleed through to the other side. This way I can color code subjects to find quickly, as needed, when I flip through my scriptures.
I purchased THESE adhesive pockets to put inside the book to hold anything additional I might need. This whole thing is a work in progress. I’m not going to know what I need until I come to it. And as always, I’ll find a solution for it. :)
I also love the Midori Rubberbands to ‘bind’ pages rather than staple. I’m pretty sure these will be finding their way into my book as well.
Other little tidbits I can see using more immediately are Post It Notes and washi tape. I love the idea of extending a page using these items. I also have plans to create study sheets that can be used within the book or as a book on its own. Watch for those to come soon! Additionally I found some 5×7 Mead Composition Notebooks that might be nice to throw in, but I’m not sure about using them just yet.
This is the beginning of something beautiful and meaningful folks! I’m so excited about it!
Stay tuned for a video with my setup coming very soon.
I’ve also started a new Instagram account @versed.by.kb where I will share more freely different pages I may be working on. I will share some on my regular @kerribradfordstudio from time to time, but for more…check out the Versed account.