A Journaling Bible Giveaway + FREE Printable Bible Tabs

May 8, 2015Holly Sosa

I received my journaling Bible free of charge from Rustic Journals in exchange for sharing my experiences and thoughts on this blog. This post may also contain affiliate links.

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For me, journaling and getting creative inside my Bible is an outlet for me and a way to connect with Jesus via my mad love for paper. I have no desire to keep my Bible perfect and clean. I want my Bible to reflect it’s wear and to be able to visually see my spiritual journey in the pages. Bible journaling isn’t for everyone, but it’s most definitely for me.

I am still new to illustrating faith inside my Bible, but I knew the first thing I wanted to do was to add tabs for each book. I couldn’t find anything other than plain tabs and found very few resources for DIY-ing them. Which just meant that I had to get creative. I created a tabs file, typed each book on the tabs, and printed them out on my favorite scrapbooking paper. When I shared my useful and lovely creation on Instagram and Facebook, I received several requests to email the file over. Happy to oblige, I made a plain template and sent them to whoever requested them. Today, I’ve decided to share the file with all of you.

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To use these free printable Bible tabs, simply save the file and print it onto your paper of choice. If you prefer to dazzle things up a bit, choose a floral print similar to mine and it adds instant beauty to each book.


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Next, you’ll trim each tab up with a paper cutter or just a pair of trusty scissors. If you have a tab punch, this process will go faster, if not, use a hole punch to give each tab an easy-to-grab edge.

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Finally, you’ll adhere each tab to your Bible. There are several options for this: a plain glue stick (though that can get a bit messy), a glue pen, or a Xyron machine (my preferred method as these are rather inexpensive and make the process a cinch!).

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Can we also mention how easy these tabs make it to flip to whichever book you want to connect with, too?! I have always used and loved having tabs inside my Bible, especially for easy reference during a sermon.

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My Bible is from Rustic Journals, a little shop I found on Etsy that’s run by the sweetest woman named Sue. I reached out to Sue to see if she would be willing to bless a reader and myself each with one of her gorgeously crafted Bibles. Sue orders several journaling Bibles at a time and then meticulously covers each one with high quality leather in a variety of prints, colors, and textures. When I saw a floral printed leather, I knew I wanted one (most of you friends know how I feel about florals, ha!). Sue graciously agreed and we became fast friends through the process of my choosing a leather and her creating my Bible.

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I am able to connect deeply with God’s Word through Bible journaling and with help form Sue, I am able to share this gift with one of you. It is my hope that whomever receives this Bible can enjoy it as much as I do and use it to receive God and mediate on each verse in a new way.

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I am also hoping to help Sue grow her customer base and gain new following as she works so diligently on each Bible with love and joy in her heart to spread the good news doing something she loves. Sue also uses her shop as an outlet to help support a missionary she met through creating these handcrafted covers. She is an incredible woman with a huge heart and a deep love for spreading the Word.

To enter the giveaway, use the form below. Gain additional entries by completing simple tasks that help support this blog and Rustic Journals. Entries will close on May 22nd, 2015 at 11:59PM PST and the winner will be announced within 48 hours.

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    1. GG

      October 9, 2015 at 1:26 PM

      This is super cute. May I know where I can get the floral print paper? I really like it; they go well. Blessings in Jesus’ name 💜 😇!

    2. Rachael

      August 21, 2016 at 12:19 PM

      Hi! Thank-you so much for this great idea! I can’t wait to try it! 😀

    3. Calin

      October 10, 2016 at 1:16 PM

      I have a question!! This Xyron Machine seems really cool but how do you keep it from making the entire back sticky so your tabs can stick out???

      1. Holly Sosa

        October 11, 2016 at 2:11 PM

        Good question, Calin. For these particular tabs, I wanted the whole backing to be adhesive so they could bend over each other & secure. For different types of tabs, I think double sided tape would do the trick.

    4. Lacy Harris

      February 17, 2017 at 10:06 AM

      Very good idea

  • Billynda

    May 8, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Entered! I really hope I win this! & thx for the tab diy! I’m going to do that for Husband 🙂 (maybe for part of his Father’s Day gift! He’d like that:)

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  • Billynda

    May 22, 2015 at 1:53 PM

    I am so excited!!!!! I wanted this really bad!!!! Thank you, Holly and Sue!!! & Thank you, Jesus!!! I have little notes all over my Bible – I am excited to have extra space, and something beautiful (& tough) to carry God’s Word around in!!!

  • Nancy

    September 30, 2015 at 7:25 AM

    Thanks for providing these tabs! Looking forward to making them with some pretty paper and applying!

  • angie Molina

    January 11, 2016 at 6:45 PM

    What type of bible did you get? I bought one and my pages are pretty frail! Any suggestions?

    1. Holly Sosa

      January 14, 2016 at 9:24 AM

      Mine are pretty frail too. But you’d be surprised at how strong they are! Mine hold up to watercoloring great!

  • carrie

    January 17, 2016 at 6:54 PM

    hi. i really like the look of your tabs and appreciate the download. the font of the download and your tabs appear different. was it a different font? what is the font?

  • Ashley M

    January 28, 2016 at 7:01 PM

    what font is that?

    1. Holly Sosa

      January 29, 2016 at 3:21 PM

      Hi Ashley, this font is called Amatic. It’s a free font you can download through a quick Google search.

  • Morgan

    February 14, 2016 at 9:06 PM

    Love this idea. This will help me get started. I printed them out, and it is a different font and smaller than the picture shows. I tried to edit and change or bold the font but I can’t. Is there anything I can do? Thank you!

  • Denise

    February 27, 2016 at 5:53 PM

    Could you possibly make the tabs with words on both sides so can read from either direction?

  • Melinda

    July 12, 2016 at 12:10 PM

    I really like these, however when I open the file, the font changes 🙁

  • Sharanda N.

    August 24, 2016 at 12:38 PM

    Thank you so much for the tabs and for the how-to!!

  • Lyndsy

    October 19, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    Hi Holly! I am trying to download these beautiful tabs but the font is different. I downloaded the Amatic font, but the file still comes up with a different font. I sure hope you can help!

  • eah08i

    January 12, 2017 at 2:08 PM

    I stumbled upon your site from a google search. I adore your bible tabs–thank you so much for creating and sharing them. I am setting up a prayer journal and am wondering if the last blank ones are editable. I bought the sticker maker from Amazon too. Can’t wait to get started. Thank you!!

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  • Sadie

    March 10, 2017 at 6:18 PM

    Hi! I love the font that you used but when I open the file it’s not the same font. I see other people have had the same issue. Can you please address this? Thanks so much!!

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