HOW TO USE YOUR DAILY LETTERING JOURNAL, SCRIPTURE EDITION

I created the Daily Lettering Journal after a few years of teaching in-person calligraphy workshops in my home community of Tulsa. I wanted to provide an opportunity to share my passion for lettering with people who were unable to attend workshops. In addition, I saw a need for a resource that would hold people accountable to practicing. The Daily Lettering Journal came first, and the Scripture Edition came a half year later. The original journal was meant to be used as a practice book, while the Scripture Edition was meant to be used a quiet time companion and a devotional tool. Since then, I've shared hundreds and hundreds of journals with folks around the country, and recently, the original version got a total makeover (partly because it was too heavy to ship first class mail).

Both lettering journals were made to be used with tracing paper to extend the life of the journal. The Original version contains instructional pages, multiple alphabets, twenty sessions of daily prompts, and a host of longer quote compositions to trace. The Scripture Edition contains some instructional pages, drills and alphabets as well, but it also has a bit more flexibility in the way that you can use the prompt pages. For that reason, I wanted to show an example of a daily session and a process for how I use each of the twenty Scripture Journal session pages to letter God's word creatively. Note that this is by NO MEANS exhaustive--and I'm eager to hear how other folks use their journals. Read on to learn more!

1) CHOOSE A SESSION AND READ THE VERSE: Each session page contains a section of Scripture contributed by 20 women in my life who I consider to be wise. Each shared her favorite verse in that particular season of life and shared a short commentary. I start by reading the verse and the commentary.

2) ASK YOURSELF, WHAT STANDS OUT? Once I've read the verse and commentary, I ask myself, "What about this verse sticks out to me right now?" In the example pictured above, the verse was from Exodus 14:14: "The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still." In this verse, in the moment I read it, the concept of stillness stood out to me. I wanted to dive in a little bit deeper to the concept of stillness. I lettered a huge "stillness" in the white space above the verse. 

3) FIND ADDITIONAL VERSES: I used my phone to search for other verses about stillness to pull from a few other books of the Bible. While there is certainly a time to dig into full books of the Bible and deeply analyze every bit of the text, there's also room to focus on short segments of Scripture and repeat them to yourself as adorations, or use them to find patterns about the nature of God and His relationship to us. I found some connected verses and noted them on the lined portion of the book. 

4) ASK YOURSELF, WHAT DOES THIS TELL ME ABOUT GOD? WHAT DOES THIS TELL ME ABOUT ME? In reflecting on the main verse as well as the additional four verses, I started to see some patterns. At the bottom of the left-hand side, I made two columns: 1) What God does and 2) What I should do. As I thought about the connections in the verses, I noted the verbs: God stills, God calms, God reassures, God hushes, God quiets, God listens, God brings peace, God overcomes. I also noted that we should be still, we should wait, we should stop trying to control, stop trying to protect ourselves, we should focus, we should share our needs, and we should give thanks. 

5) USE THE BLANK PAGE TO DRAW AND DOODLE: One of the ways that I love to interact with Scripture is to simply write and doodle it. I wrote the main verse twice, and then I found a few other connected verses that I wanted to remember and added them there. I marked up the book with different lines and used my markers to highlight certain words. 

There are plenty of alternate uses for the space. The lined section can be used for specific prayers, the large blank space can be used for journaling, and you can lay tracing paper over the main composition on the left side to trace. There are SO many different options; this is simply one process that works for me as I use the journal to reflect on God's word. Whether you connect with Scripture with color or straight lines or doodles and illustrations or lots and lots of text--this journal can be a lovely companion for your quiet time. 

HOW LONG DID THIS TAKE? The process as pictured and described above took me about 10-15 minutes. While I did a separate quiet time this morning, I found the process to be a soothing way to connect with Scripture in a quiet moment after lunch when I needed a brain break. 

WHAT MATERIALS DID YOU USE? Every lettering journal is packed with a Crayola Super Tip, and this is one of my favorite markers to use in the journal. Brush markers are available as an upgrade, and here, I used the thin side of my Tombow dual-tip marker to doodle in black. I also used a Pilot V5 pen to jot notes. You can use a wide range of pens in the journal because the pages are delightfully smooth and designed to be happy with most markers. Permanent Sharpies will likely bleed, so if you love those, I recommend using them with tracing paper.

WHERE CAN I ACCESS JOURNALS? You can find everything you need to know about our lettering journals at this link. They make a meaningful gift for people who want to practice and reflect on Scripture.

Comments, questions, thoughts, ideas? Note them below! I'd love to hear from you. Keep your eyes peeled next week for a similar run-down for the original Daily Version. Happy lettering!