How to Make Books of the Bible Tabs

Jun 19, 2018 | Bible Journaling

If you follow me on Instagram (@mackenziemakes), you may have seen a photo I shared a few days ago with my new Journaling Bible, sheets of Stampin’ Up! Cardstock, and the Circle Tab Punch.  Well, today I am going to share with you what I did with those items.  I have been getting into the more artsy side of Bible journaling lately and have been putting my Stampin’ Up! supplies to good use.  For this particular project, I made tabs for the books of the Bible and have them color-coded by category/literary genre.

How to Make Books of the Bible Tabs – Click through to learn how to add tabs to your journaling Bible. | #mackenziemakes #biblejournaling #stampinup | www.mackenziemakes.com

I used 10 colors, all from the Brights Color Collection, for making the different category tabs. Based on the categories I used, I had 5 Poppy Parade, 12 Melon Mambo, 5 Flirty Flamingo, 5 Mango Melody, 12 Daffodil Delight, 4 Granny Apple Green, 1 Coastal Cabana, 14 Bermuda Bay, 7 Pacific Point, and 1 Gorgeous Grape.  The graphic below shows how I used the colors for each category.  You can have the same color set up for your Bible, or switch things up and do what works for you.  Here are some other ideas you could try:

  • Use one color for all the tabs
  • Use one color for the Old Testament and one for the New
  • Cycle through a set of colors by tabs (or row of tabs)
  • Pick a few colors and randomly space them out
  • Use the same categories shared below, but swap the Brights colors for a different color collection

How to Make Books of the Bible Tabs – Click through to learn how to add tabs to your journaling Bible using Stampin' Up! colors. | #mackenziemakes #biblejournaling #stampinup | www.mackenziemakes.com

Here is how I set up my tabs:  Punch out 66 tabs using the Circle Tab Punch in your desired colors.  Also, punch out 132 circles from Whisper White cardstock with the 3/4″ Circle Punch.  Fold your tabs in half and glue the white circles on both sides.  Using the Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker, write the books of the Bible (or the abbreviation) towards the top (near the folded edge) of the tabs on both sides.

How to Make Books of the Bible Tabs – Click through to learn how to add tabs to your journaling Bible. | #mackenziemakes #biblejournaling #stampinup | www.mackenziemakes.com

Now that the tabs are prepped, it’s time to decide how you want them lined up in your Bible.  If your Bible has journaling lines in the margins, use them to help you get the tabs lined up.  For my Bible, I could fit seven tabs evenly down the edge, and one tab took up five lines.  I slid my tabs in so about half of the circle was poking out (this is why I wrote the book names towards the top of the tabs).  Once you have the placement decided, start gluing your tabs in place.  Begin in Genesis and work your way through each book of the Bible.

How to Make Books of the Bible Tabs – Click through to learn how to add tabs to your journaling Bible. | #mackenziemakes #biblejournaling #stampinup | www.mackenziemakes.com

This project takes a bit of time to get things lined up and glued down, but it is so worth it when you are finished!  By having all the books of the Bible tabs along the side, there is still plenty of room at the top to add other tabs (for certain themes, your favorite verses, or just because) as you journal through the Bible.

How to Make Books of the Bible Tabs – Click through to learn how to add tabs to your journaling Bible. | #mackenziemakes #biblejournaling #stampinup | www.mackenziemakes.com

Since my Journaling Bible is pretty new, I only have a few things done in it.  I probably won’t share every page that I journal in, but I will share regularly and teach you different techniques that can be done using Stampin’ Up! products.  I hope that it will inspire you to dig deeper into God’s Word and worship Him creatively in your journaling Bible.  So with that, I will leave you with a page I did recently on Psalm 90 (with a post explaining what I did coming soon).

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Happy making!

~ Mackenzie

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2 Comments

  1. Georgia DAOUSSIS

    Greetings Mackenzie,

    You are a genius!
    Do you create blank sets to sell to the public?
    This is perfect for our elderly brethren in our church. I need to write in large letters IN the GREEK language the Bible tabs. They do not read English.

    I am looking for 25 sets.
    Let me know if you do. If you do not, do you know who would?

    Thank you.
    Sincerely yours,
    Georgia

    Reply
    • Mackenzie

      Hello Georgia! Thank you for reaching out. I can do custom orders for those in the United States. I have an online custom order form that you can fill out if you are in the US: https://forms.gle/NksLnp7pgBJU1MwPA
      -Mackenzie

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