Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between the original Journal and Doodle studies and the new studies?
The original Journal and Doodle studies (the ones without a photo on the cover) are the "lite" version of the study. They are a half page format and give a great overview of each chapter of the book. The new Journal and Doodle studies are full page format and are more in-depth. They include check boxes and more doodles with lots of bonus items also. Both are great studies to get you digging into the word!
If you are new to Bible Journaling, start with a medium sized journal, around 5x7 or so. Get one that is big enough to write a couple paragraphs on one page, but small enough to not be intimidating.
If you enjoy writing more, get a lines or grid journal. A composition notebook works just fine (spiral journals tear too easily for me to enjoy), but the pages are thin and tend to have the ink soak through. If that bothers you, get a heavier weight page journal.
If you enjoy doodling and art, get a blank page journal. I started with an 8x8 art journal, spiral bound, and moved up to my current favorite a 8.5x11 inch, 65lb bound journal by Canson.
Recommendation: Do what works for you, right now. Don't wait until you get the perfect journal, pen, etc. If you have a spare composition notebook laying around, use it! I started with a green cover composition notebook because it was what was readily available. (An added benefit: If you start cheaply, you'll be more apt to do it and not be worried about "ruining" a nice journal.)
What kind of writing tools do you use?
I started with a regular Bic ball point pen and composition notebook. Which is a FINE place to start (see recommendation above).
Then, as I began drawing and doodling more, I moved up to Micron pens and Tombow brush pen markers and those are my current tools of choice and have been for years now.
How do I start?
If you bought a fancy journal and nice markers, my first place to start is to scribble all over the first page. Seriously. Or write on it as sloppy as you can "I am not aiming for ART or PERFECTION, this journal is my notes and thoughts on my journey with Jesus. It is not perfect and neither am I. AND THAT IS OKAY!" ... or something along those lines.
This is NOT about art. It is not about perfect writing. It is not about pencil first then pen. It is not about showing others. It is by you, for you. It is imperfect. It will have unbalanced pages. It will have writing squished up to the margin. It will have lopsided doodles or crossed out words or white out.
THAT IS BEAUTIFUL.
This is you and your Jesus. He doesn't expect perfection out of you and you shouldn't expect it in your journal. Make it messy. Make mistakes. Highlight them! Life is about growing more like Jesus, not looking perfect when you do it. ENJOY the process!
What do I write on the pages?
If you have one of my Journal through the Bible Study Guides, then you start at Level 1 and go from there. If you are journaling through on your own, start with the first thought that grabs you after you've read a section or chapter. Where do your thoughts flow? What pictures do you see in your mind? Start there and see where the Word takes you!
How long do your studies take?
I designed the studies to be broken up by the time you have. Level 1 was pretty much designed for the mom with babies. It should take just 5-10 minutes and can be broken up into two days for the longer sections. Levels 2 and 3 are for people with a little more time, from 15-30 minutes.
There is no RIGHT way to do the studies. Do what works for you at this season of life and stop worrying about right, wrong, or perfect. Just enjoy the encounters with God's Word and grow!
Do you offer printed versions of your studies for purchase?
We are starting to get printed versions available on Amazon! See what is available by clicking here.
If you have any other questions, please contact me at:
kariandcompany AT comcast DOT net.
All my currently available studies are here:
More studies coming soon!
I'm really enjoying Romans! I'm "behind," but totally ok with that because I'm taking my time and soaking in God's word. The combination of doodling (other people may sketch or draw--I just aspire to doodle!) and journaling has given me such a fresh perspective on this book. The Holy Spirit is using this combo to bring clarity to complex theological themes. This is balm to my soul-- a soothing way to start the day before
jumping into a busy, stressful day. –Jorie
Hi, Kari: I cannot thank you enough for these Bible studies you have
created and shared with us. I was raised Catholic, which means I never
even opened a Bible, let alone read one. When I was in my early 30's,
I converted to a non-denominational, but Protestant faith, and my life
changed - because my relationship with Jesus changed. Even seven years
later, I still consider myself a novice at Bible studies. I tend to
get distracted by all the books and tend to study them more than the
actual Bible itself. Then, there are many times when I am disappointed
in the quality of the study because all it is is fill-in-the-blanks,
which doesn't help me comprehend or apply the Bible at all. Then,
about a month ago, I stumbled onto your website as I was looking to do
perhaps some visual journaling. I started with your study on Romans
(and am on chapter 9 right now), and I fell in love. Your studies
helped me not just to read the Bible, but to pay attention, and to
challenge myself to truly apply its contents to my life. I purchase
all of your studies as soon as they come out, and I'm excited when I
think of all the learning ahead of me. I appreciate you sharing these
with us, and that you would do so at such an affordable price. May God
bless the work you are doing. You are touching lives! You are a
fisher of men, and I love you and thank you for it. I look forward to
more studies, and maybe even learning more about the Old Testament.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!