DIY Bible Journaling Tabs.

August 20, 2019
Gabby is holding her NIV journaling bible that has tabs

As a fervent Bible studier, I’m always looking for ways to make my time reading scripture more fun, engaging, and effective. Although I love reading my Bible, I do go through phases where I’m not as interested in reading my Bible as I normally would be. I admit, it’s not always easy to pick up my Bible and read when there are a million other things I want to do. So, it’s important for me to discover new ways to read the Bible. Recently, I have started creating journaling tabs to add to my Bible. This has helped me read my Bible in a completely different and effective way! Keep reading to find out why this method is effective & how you can create your own tabs!

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I admit, it’s not always easy to pick up my Bible and read when there are a million other things I want to do. It’s challenging to say NO to worldly things, isn’t it? But if saying no to worldly things (even if just for an hour) means saying yes to God, it must be done. I like to think that if I can find an hour of my day to exercise and work on my physical health, I can also find an hour to work on my spiritual health, as well. Those spiritual muscles need a workout too, don’t they? 


diy journaling tabs for your bible


However, just like it’s challenging to find motivation to workout everyday, it’s quite challenging to read scripture everyday. Picking up a Bible can be just as challenging as picking up weights. Especially, if you have no motivation to read – when you just “read to read” Try doing a whole workout of only jumping jacks. Not only will you get bored of repeating the same exercise over and over again, but you’ll get tired very quickly and you won’t be motivated to workout ever again. 

The same concept applies when reading your Bible. 

If you continue to read your Bible in a manner that does not inspire you to continue reading, you’ll give up reading your Bible all together. 


The key here is to NOT be repetitive, but to be creative. Find new ways to enjoy scripture. That is my trick when it comes to reading scripture. I read my Bible a different way everyday of the week (I’ll definitely share about this in a future post!) 

Like I said before, I have recently gotten into Bible journaling tabs and I am completely obsessed. They have made my scripture time much more engaging and effective! These journaling tabs help me read my Bible in a more detailed and conscious way. I don’t just “read to read”, I read with purpose. 

With tabs, I am able to categorize, label, sort my favorite verses, add reminders, make KEY notes and refer back to any topic. How fun and convenient, right? 

Gabby is holding her Bible that has journaling tabs

NOTE: This is not my regular Bible. I have bought this particular Bible specifically for in depth studies and journaling tabs. I don’t carry this Bible around – I only use it at home (: 

Gabby has her hand over her Bible

Since I have had such a lovely experience with Bible journaling tabs, I decided to put together this DIY. As always, I’ll be taking you through this DIY step by step. So, get ready to make some tabs! 

Side view of the NIV journaling bible with tabs


  • White paper or colored paper
  • Colored Pencils
  • Scissors
  • Clear Tape
  • Black Pen (I use the Pilot G-2 10 black pen)
Supplies to create bible journaling tabs



  1. Cut out long strips of paper – whatever size you want! TIP: Don’t cut them too thin or too thick.
  2. Choose a few colored pencils (depending on the amount of color you want on your Bible)
  3. Color each strip of paper (you can use the same color for all strips or different colors)
  4. Store the strips of paper in a jar or inside of a drawer.
Gabby is cutting a piece of paper
Colored tabs inside of a black cup


1. Once you decide what you want to write on your tab, grab one of the strips of papers (previously made) and label it. In this tab, I wrote “I love you Lord”

2. Once you have written on the paper, cut the piece of paper – leave extra space on the side that you will tape (just a few cms) that way you can see your tab when you close your Bible.

3. Now that your tab has been cut out, add a piece of tape over your tab to laminate it. Add the tape, fold down the top and bottom excess tape and cut out the excess tape from the sides.

4. Finally, grab the laminated tab and place it where you want the tab to show on your Bible. Cut out a small piece of tape and add the tape over the blank space you have reserved in step 2. 

Tada! Your tab has succesfully been created. I like to highlight the scripture that goes with my tab, so I usually color over it, underline it or draw an arrow to connect the tab with the verse! 

I love you lord Bible tab on a bible

Now as you can see, I have tabs on both sides! However, the paper that I use is glossy on one side, so I can’t write on both sides. I have to manually create two tabs and tape them together. If I’m reading on the right side of a paper and I create tabs, I flip the page over and I go ahead and read and create tabs for the left side of the paper, too. That way I won’t have a billion of empty tabs on one side. 

Gabby is holding her NIV Journaling Bible

(Right side) 

Gabby is flipping through her NIV journaling Bible

(Left side) 

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I hope you guys enjoyed this DIY & have hopefully found some inspiration to read your Bibles. Have you guys ever tried Bible journaling tabs before? How do YOU like to study/read your Bible? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,



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Comments (10)

  • Geraldine

    August 20, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    This is a really neat and organized way of doing it Gabby! 😍 I never ever thought of adding tabs to my Bible as I read but it definitely makes it more interactive and less boring. I love crafts, haha!! Thanks for sharing~!

    Geraldine |

    1. admin

      August 23, 2019 at 10:24 am

      Thank you, girl! You should def try it out! =)


  • The Newbury Girl

    August 21, 2019 at 12:17 am

    This is such a wonderful idea and I’m totally in agreement that if we can make time for worldly things than we can make time to grow our relationship with God. Also, I love the idea to laminate the tabs. I need to try doing this! In the past I used to just write or highlight the pages, but I love the idea of having tabs like this for easier reference. Thanks for sharing, girl!

    1. admin

      August 23, 2019 at 10:25 am

      God should always come first! yes, girl! Def give this a try. I promise you’ll love it.


  • Loren

    August 22, 2019 at 10:02 am

    This is a really cool DIY! Will have to try it out on my Bible and probably show it to my Sunday school class.

    Thanks for sharing
    Loren |

    1. admin

      August 23, 2019 at 10:26 am

      oooh exciting! I’m sure your students will LOVE it! Let me know how it goes :’)


  • Amy

    September 1, 2020 at 11:31 am

    Wow! This is an awesome idea. I think this will help me in my Bible study. And help me to find things easier. What a great idea. Thanks for the post! I shared it out on Pinterest too.

    1. Gabby Abigail

      September 1, 2020 at 6:33 pm

      Thank you so much, Amy! Glad you liked these 🙂

  • Monica Gardner

    November 15, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    I’m making some for my youth group for Christmas. Love the idea, thanks for the Inspo.

    1. Gabby Abigail

      December 1, 2020 at 9:40 am

      Aw, I am so happy to hear this! So awesome 🙂 Thank you!

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