Protecting Your Bible and Workspace

Welcome to Class #4 – Protecting Your Bible and Workspace.
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Resources For This Class

Ranger Craft Mat (my favorite)

Illustrated Faith Bible Mat (for stability)

Heidi Swap Mat

Ebay Cheap Mats (use Ebates for Rebate)

Next Steps: Consider protecting your Bible the next time you journal in it. 

 

 

133 Comments

  1. Rachel Fleming

    I’m loving this course! I really found the lesson on the different translations​ and types of journaling bibles. I have the inspire Bible and when i was a kid I used the NIV which I still use but lately I have been wanting to get as close to the actual word as possible but so that I can understand it easily so your reading from the ESV really helped me. I also loved your reaction when you randomly picked Job to journal in, lol! I think you are awesome and you are blessing so many people with your tutorials. Thank you.

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    • Tracie

      Thanks so much Rachel! I’m so glad these Bible journaling classes are helpful <3

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    • jennifer henson

      I can’t figure out how to begin my own comment chain so I hope you get this… imam struggling the most with finding a journaling Bible some also enjoyed that video but one thing I know in have seen a lot of comments on is the lack of a truly large print option. You might think about taking some kind of pictures of different options available so people can see if they can read any of them. I tried looking at font sizes on my tablet… but a lot of it depends on spacing in the Bible. I look forward to your response I love the classes!

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      • Donna Huffman

        I am really enjoying these journaling classes and learning a lot. Thanks so much.

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    • Elisabeth Warner

      The craft mat video was especially helpful for the Bible mat as a stable base for writing and a palette for paints. Thanks a bunch.

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    • Kathy Carroll

      This is the only way I can figure out to comment.
      Love your videos! I am not a painter but love colored pencils and pens and definitely want to protect my bible!

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    • Sue Wassman

      Good information on keeping pages clean

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    • Rhonda Rooks

      Wow that’s a cool idea to make our own Bible mat! Awesome! Thanks!

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  2. Arnetta

    I saw people using the bible mat and had planned to get one now I’ll look for the others as well definitely don’t want anything to happen to mine. Thanks

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    • Tracie Rollins

      Good idea! Protecting your Bible and your workspace are so important.

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      • Jane

        This course is very interesting and informative. I’m learning a lot and really appreciate it. Thank you so much.

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  3. Sandra

    I have the Ranger mat and love it. I also made from using the kitchen cutting mats from the dollar tree. Works wonderful . I use these for my everyday journaling. . My future goal is to start bible journaling . I need to get a KJV bible and a few supplies for it. I have learned a lot from your video’s. Thank you

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    • Tracie

      Fantastic! I’m glad our Bible journaling class has helped you. I also love the Ranger mat and those dollar store kitchen mats (be sure to watch video 10)!

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      • Jan Adkins

        I am new to this and I am grateful for all your tips. My sister Renee ask me to start this with her, I didn’t know it could be fun and still learn the word of God to, love learning.

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        • Tracie Rollins

          It’s so fun! So glad you’re doing this with your sister. That’s fantastic!

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        • Chandra Chavis

          Thank you.

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  4. Tammy Green

    I love these video courses. I think I am going to like Bible journaling. Thank you Tracie for all you do.

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    • Tracie

      I think you’re gonna like Bible journaling too! So glad you’re taking the course!

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  5. Tricia Walden

    Thank you for all of these helpful tips. I may not have thought about the protection aspect. But I need to. I appreciate all you are doing to help us make the most out of our time with God.

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    • Tracie

      So glad this Bible journaling tip is helpful!

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  6. Annelie Erasmus

    Hi

    I somehow missed class 2 and class 3?

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    • Tracie Rollins

      Hi Annelie – I went ahead and resent them to ya! Sometimes emails systems don’t play nice with each other 🙂 Email me if you have any problems moving forward. xoxo

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    • Jan Adkins

      On lesson #2 I wasn’t able to open the attachments you sent me.

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      • Tracie Rollins

        Just reply to the email and let me know so I can get that fixed for ya!

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    • Kathleen Gordon

      I did too!

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  7. Nadine

    This was very informative, Thanks Tracie.

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    • Tracie Rollins

      You’re welcome beautiful! Glad it was helpful.

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  8. Laura

    This course is very informative and the class on the different types of mats is very helpful. Tracie, thank you for taking the time to share all this information.

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    • Tracie Rollins

      You’re welcome Laura! I’m glad this course was helpful and gave you an idea about the different mats you can use to protect your Bible and workspace!

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  9. Marylou Lynn

    This was a great beginner’s course. I particularly appreciated the sections on choosing a Bible and on protecting it when you are working on it. In fact I have a new journaling Bible on the way as a result. Thank you!

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    • Tracie Rollins

      Yay! New Bible!!! So glad you liked the class Marylou!

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  10. Barbara King

    I missed class # 2 and 3. Could you please send them to my email. Thank so much for the video lessons!

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    • Tracie Rollins

      You bet. I just resent them to you Barbara! Enjoy!

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  11. Brenda

    Something I never thought about…thanks so much.

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    • Tracie

      You’re welcome Brenda! Thank you for your comment 🙂

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  12. Donna

    I have found this course very helpful. I have never bible journaled before and I have to admit it seemed overwhelming. So many bible preferences. I kept making orders and cancelling them at Amazon. I had so much activity Amazon wrote me. This course made me relax and see that Bible journaling was everyones own experience and to have fun with it. I especially liked the course on how to select what you journaled. Thank you so much for offering this course so beginners could relax and enjoy the journey!????

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    • Tracie Rollins

      Thank you for your comment Donna. Yes! I’m so happy you are a little less overwhelmed with the choices. Bible journaling should always be about the Word. The art is the cherry on top!

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  13. Cindy

    Thank you for the information. I haven’t bought any of these yet. This will definitely be helpful.

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    • Tracie Rollins

      Thank you for letting us know Cindy!

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  14. Virginia

    I’m so excited for what I am learning in this course, thank you so much! I’m waiting for my Bible to arrive to start working on it, I’m a little afraid not knowing where to start, but I know i’m finishing the course and I’m visiting the FB to get inspirations.

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    • Tracie Rollins

      Virgina – I’m so glad you’re here. You’re welcome for the course – so glad it’s helpful!

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  15. Jeannie

    Loving the classes will be doing reading and journaling soon

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    • Tracie Rollins

      Way to go Jeannie! So glad this is helpful to you.

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  16. Carole B. Strumsky

    Tracie,
    You’re an excellent teacher because you are concise, organized and have great clarity. Your suggestions are just what we need. I especially appreciate the course on journal Bibles. I’m really looking forward to the Gesso lesson.

    THANKS SO MUCH for sharing your God given gifts with us!

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    • Tracie

      You’re welcome Carole!

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  17. Audrey Roseman

    I am really enjoying this course. So much to think of but you make all the information easy to follow and encouraging. Thank you for this course and all the helpful resources. God Bless

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    • Tracie Rollins

      Thank you Audrey! God bless you too!

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  18. Susan Dobbins

    These are sure great, Thank you

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    • Tracie Rollins

      You’re most welcome!

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  19. Linda Cole

    Tracie – I just want to say thank you for taking your time to do these lessons. If it wasn’t for you, I would not be enjoying God’s word in the way that I am. The lessons are easy to understand and I want to continue to learn and explore so that I may be able to help others in this manner.

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    • Tracie Rollins

      Linda – thank you so much for your comment. It makes my heart so happy that these courses are making a difference. xoxo

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  20. Sandra Dartez

    Loving these classes. I am just starting to journal, and loving it so far!

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    • Tracie Rollins

      Fantastic!

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  21. Leeann

    Tracie,

    I really appreciate how you share your love of journaling God’s word. Thank you for all the help! I tried to join a local group at Michaels but the lady who runs it never got back to me so thank you. These classes really help give an understanding that of the different things you can do, there are no wrong ways. Thanks again!

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    • Tracie Rollins

      You’re welcome Leeann!

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  22. Barbara Bowen

    Wonderful idea on the craft mats. I have been using page protectors I used with my students when doing reports. They work well in protecting from seepage but not good for stability in writing. I do have the Illustrated faith mat but will definitely be looking for the Ranger mat.

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    • Tracie Rollins

      Love the Ranger craft mat! Page protectors is a great idea too! Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Elizabeth Nobles

    Thank you for the classes, I’m just getting started with bible journaling

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    • Tracie Rollins

      You’re welcome Elizabeth!

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  24. Ronda Carter

    I have been truly enjoying your videos. You are sharing such great information and making me feel like I can actually do this!

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  25. Pam Hamilton

    Thank you for putting these together. I have been investigating Bible Journaling for a few weeks, watching tutorials all over the web, but I love how each of these lessons are clear and concise and share one phase at a time.

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  26. Leah

    This is awesome thank you so much!

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  27. T

    Thank you for sharing this course. It is very helpful.

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  28. Jo

    Thanks for putting these lessons together they answer lots of my beginner questions

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  29. Joyce McKeever

    Thank you so much for all your time and effort that go into making these videos. I am a visual learner and watching the videos makes everything plainer than just reading and trying to figure things out. I have learned a lot from you. I have written in my Bibles since the early 70’s and love to color-code . . . but I cannot draw. I just purchased the large print Inspire Bible and it is beautiful as you said with line drawings to color. If I may, I’d like to comment on your earlier days you spoke of when you wanted to belong in certain groups. One reason may be that it is obvious you are a leader, not a follower. That puts some people “off”.

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    • Tracie Rollins

      Oh wow Joyce. Thank you for your kind words.

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  30. Margaret

    Thank you so much for taking the time to teach us about journaling! I’ve been wanting to start but had no idea where to begin! Thanks again and God Bless!!!

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  31. Linda Anderson

    Thank you for the informative videos. Just bought the smaller craft mats and now I need to run and check them out for holes!

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  32. Renee King

    Hi Tracie,
    I have been enjoying your videos that you have provied for this course. I appreciate everything that you are doing for all us who want to get closer to the Word of God. Thank you for showing us the different types of matts that can be used to help protect our Bible Journals. You are an awesome and amazing woman not to mention a very patient woman to be able to put these courses together and walk us newbies through the process of Bible Journaling.
    Thank you so much for all that you do.
    Renee King

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    • Tracie

      I’m so glad it was helpful to you!!! xoxo

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  33. Sherrell Einsig

    Another great video. You have me some more options than I knew were available. Thanks again.

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  34. Terri Nichols

    Thank you so much! You’ve taught me so much!

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  35. Sharon

    Loved all the videos to date and have gotten great information from each one. Thanks for sharing them for free!

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  36. Linda Neely

    Thank you so much for this course. I’ve owned two journaling Bibles for over a year but have been paralyzed with doubt when it comes to doing anything in them. Your course is helping me take baby steps as I gain confidence & focus on the purpose rather than the product. Thank you again.

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  37. Tami Brown

    Thank you for the input on the Ranger Craft Mat, I have been on the fence about getting this now I will definitely invest. These classes are great.

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  38. Kim

    Awesome video! Love the Ranger Craft Mat!

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  39. Cathy Nason

    Tracie thanks so much for all of your helpful hints and information! Like others in the group, I have also had problems opening the attachments, so I have replied to those e-mails for them to come back to you.

    So glad I found you….you are a great teacher, and so much fun, you make me smile.

    God bless you!

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  40. JULIE ANN SANDERSON

    I am personally learning so much and am Thankful for finding this site. Thank you so much.

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  41. Evelyn DeArmond

    Thank you for sharing this with us.

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  42. Eija Rintahaka

    Thank you for the course this far. I would never had courage to get started without it!

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  43. Jeannie Thomas

    Thank you for sharing your GREAT videos. Very helpful for us newbies. I like that you show so many options. I am trying very hard to use what I already had. I was taking papers to recycle and I came across a hard plastic our
    accountant uses for for PNL’s. I’m planning to use them for protecting my pages.

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  44. Sharon

    Thank you so much. All the videos are chalk full of useful information. I enjoy each one….

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  45. Lisa

    Great tips! Thanks for all your help and efforts!

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  46. Tammy

    Hi, thanks for all the great info about mats. I have the Ranger mat, but did buy some of the cheaper ones to cut up. Good to know about seepage. Con0letely enjoying the series. Thank you for all the time and effort you put into this.
    Blessings

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  47. Donna

    Thank you for your videos. I’ve been using a page protector between the pages. These tools will work a lot better I think.

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  48. Dimple

    Thank you so much for putting together these short but highly informative sessions. I like that I can listen while I work and then apply what I hear when I get home. And if for some reason I need clarification, I can go back in and replay it. I have used an old vinyl place-mat for a while now as a work surface protector for crafting. Just received the stronger IF mat and the Ranger craft mat for use with my Bible.

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  49. Ann

    Thank you for the suggestion of using a Ranger craft mat and/or a Bible Mat from Illustrated Faith. I have been using a piece of wax paper or a thin book but neither are really working well and I feel these will be a great investment!

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  50. Kimberly Foss

    Hi
    Thank you for these great videos. They are so helpful .For protecting my work surface I use a We R Memory keepers glass mat. I love it! But I do need a mat for protecting my bible. I am interested in the 1$ store mat being on a budget. Is that mat good for using heat? Where do I find the video on making my own mat from the 1$ store?
    Thank you once again

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    • Tracie Rollins

      The $1 store mat video is the bonus lesson 🙂 You’ll get in a few days!!! xoxo
      But..no…it doesn’t withstand heat. I would use a ranger craft mat instead if you’re using heat.

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  51. Kribashnee

    Thank you Tracie for showing how to use the different craft mats.

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  52. Kathy Shea

    Hi Tracie,
    Thank you for doing the video series. Just finished 2 and 3. You give us a lot of helpful information.

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  53. Karen Pupanek Nunnenkamp

    Hi Tracie! I liked this lesson on the various Bibles for journaling. I also seem to collect Bibles! Sometimes I will have 3 or 4 open to compare scripture. I bought an NIV journaling Bible but it is not the Beautiful Word, it simply has a 2 inch lightly lined margin. I have sort of put that away for now until I get more comfortable with coloring, painting, etc. Soooo I bought the HCSB Illustrator’s Notetaking Bible that has the art designs and scripture in it for coloring. That helped me break the ice so to speak. I am used to high lighting and marking in my Bible but this journaling is new to me. I am so glad I signed up for the Momentum course as well! Thank you for putting all this together to encourage us all to get in the word! I am looking forward to more time with Him because I have found even when I am just coloring an abstract design, He is in my thoughts and I am “talking” with Him more.

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    • Tracie

      I love that! Thank you for sharing!

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  54. Robin

    Thank you so much for making this class available. Thanks to your tutorials and great advice, as soon as my Inspire bible arrives, I’m going to be prepared to start journaling!

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  55. Grimilda Naveira

    Thank you so much for the various tools to use to protect my bible.

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  56. Sherry Vann

    Thank you so much for these courses- you are a big part of my quest to strengthen my walk with God.. I love your pace and your tips are useful.

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  57. Andrea Shackleford

    Thank you for this class !! Very helpful !!
    I needed a journaling class broken down !!

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  58. Lisa V

    Loving these videos! They are so helpful and inspiring. Thank you for taking the fear and feeling of overwhelment away.

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  59. Denise

    I am really enjoying these videos! I am brand new to bible journaling and I want to learn as much as I can. I love the tip for dollar store cutting mats. I ran right out and bought one. I can’t wait to get started! I love being in the word!
    Thank you and God Bless!

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  60. Kelly

    Tracie… I keep hearing you talk about working with heat. What do you mean by that? What can be done with heat in your Bible?

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  61. Kelly

    Tracie… I keep hearing you talk about working with heat. What do you mean by that? What can be done with heat in your Bible? I just need to know so I can determine what I will actually be doing and what mat I may actually need. (I. E. If I will not be working with heat what bible mat may be best or if no heat ever, is just the faith illustrated Bible mat just fine?)

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  62. Kelly

    Hey Tracie! Sorry, me again. Also I was wondering, could I just use a decent sized cutting of maybe clear vinyl from off a bolt at the fabric store? Would that do the trick? I have to really budget all these things u suggest, because I want so much to do all the things you are doing too, but I don’t have but so much money as I am disabled and on a VERY FIXED budget. But I am very crafty and good at substituting things when necessary. Are there any cheap alternatives other then the ebay stuff (I didn’t like it very much)?

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    • merdina

      Thank you for sharing.I Am trying to do Bible Journaling. I will just write out the verses. Cause zi dont know drawing at all. Thanks for the video.

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  63. Joyce Darr

    Thank you so much for this course. I am learning so much and enjoying my Bible Journaling

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  64. Karen B8nder

    Thank you for this course. New to bible journaling and this has been helpful.

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  65. Jayne Dudley

    Tracie, I have been journaling for a while , and I love your videos. They are very
    informative and have inspired me to start journaling again. I have been stuck
    and now I feed I have you to thank for getting me unstuck.
    Thanks again.

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  66. Eva

    Very helpful… an uh duh moment as I have my ranger mat protecting my work surface and had not thought about using it between pages!

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  67. Bonnie

    I’ve been journaling for a while but, I’m still learning! Thanks!

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  68. Terry Wilson

    Where do I find the video for making my own Bible craft mat. thank you

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    • Tracie

      Hey Terry! It’s on day 10 of the Beginner’s course 🙂

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  69. Bambi

    Fabulous tips!!! Thanks, Tracie! 🙂

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  70. Yvette

    Grace and Peace Tracie
    Thank you for all your doing. I have been trying to bible journal but was never quite sure of my self. Your videos are increasing my confidence. I am on a very fixed income( bless God for a income), so my supplies are not of the best quality and I have had some issues of “bleed thru”. I have an old cutting board I think I can use.
    Thank You

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  71. Sharon B

    I am loving all the information you give. It’s very intimidating at first glance and you are taking the mystery out of it, except for the mystery of our creations. Lol. Thank you so much.

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  72. Cheryl Weaver

    For some reason I didn’t receive lesson #3. Is there a way I can retrieve it on this website? Thank you, Cheryl

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    • Tracie

      Hey Cheryl! Please check your spam. If it’s not there, you will be able to access the course a day late it will be linked up in the email for courses 4-10.

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  73. Teresa Broullire

    Very informative. I plan to us parchment paper untill my mat arrives. Plus running to the dollar store for s cutting mat to cut. I have journaled in my Bible some. But getting hooked to get gels, watercolor paints, I have stamps and picked up gesso. So looking forward to sitting down and relaxing and color away. ????

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  74. Heather

    ???? I like that the focus isn’t on how much money someone has or doesn’t have. Thank you for mentioning easy “hacks” for those of us who can go spend $40 on specialized mats.

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  75. frances worrall

    I HAVE DONE KOURNALING THE I MOVED AND MY STUFFED WAS PAX\CKED AWAY. THE OTHER WEEK OUR CAPTAIN BROUGHT UP. SO I UNPACKED SOME MY STUFF I FOUND YOUR WEB PAGES. I HE LEARNED MORE THEN I EVER HAV

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  76. Debbie Reed

    Thank you for showing the different craft mats, and how each one works. Very helpful.

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  77. Lorraine Bacon

    Thanks for the tips… I use one of the plastic ones that come in package of 3 I think, from the Dollar Store and I cut one of them in 1/2. For me that works good I use it when I am using my sharpie pens so that I don’t mess up the next page.

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  78. debra

    thank you. This has been a lot of help. Just love it!

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  79. Louise Mautz

    I’m loving this class. Very informative. Thank you.

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  80. Martha Cervantes

    I’m loving these videos – the ideas and tips are so useful and very much appreciated. God bless.

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  81. debbie baker

    Has anyone used parchment paper in place of a craft mat? Would it handle the heat from a heat gun?

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    • Tracie Rollins

      I haven’t yet, but will give it a try. If it it works, I’ll share a video on FB or YT so be sure to watch for it there 🙂

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  82. Renea Steeb

    I am enjoying the videos. The information is so helpful. Thank you!

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  83. Donna

    Thanks, Tracie. I went to the Dollar Tree, found the mats….and Voila….thanks to you I saved a little bit of money to spend on other craft things. And indeed, you are a really, really good teacher.

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  84. Thanks for sharing these resources! I had never heard of them!!! I will be adding these things to my christmas list.

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  85. Judith Adams

    I have been using the cutting board mats for a while now. I also found an Illustrated Faith starter kit on sale, and it had their mat. For anybody wondering, I do recommend that one for one reason – the lines on the side. Those are great for handwriting and laying out your elements. If you can snag one on sale, go for it.

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  86. Anita Barrington

    I just watched the video on pencil crayons. I was given Prismacoloured pencils for Christmas and did not know you could layer them. Your demonstration was so helpful. I also found it interesting and helpful to see what you did with watercoloured pencils. I am hoping I receive these for my birthday.

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  87. Anita Barrington

    I found your video on pencil crayons very interesting and helpful. I received Prisma coloured pencils for Christmas had did not know you could layer them. I am hoping to receive the water coloured pencils for my birthday in a few days. Watching how you could spread the colour was very helpful. Thank you for your videos.

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  88. Kathleen Gordon

    I did too!

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  89. Julie B

    The info in these videos is so helpful! It’s taking the fear of messing up my bible away. Thanks for all of these tips!

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