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Tipped-In, Tipped-Out, One toe in! One toe out!

“Tipped-In’s”! Who came up with that name? I want to do the Hokey Pokey and turn myself about!

In reality it turns out that according to Wikipedia, it is term used by book printers. A tipped-in page or, if it is an illustration, tipped-in plate is a page that is printed separately from the main text of the book, but attached to the book. Researching the terms at other sites, I found reference to Tipped-In pages being those pages, glued in after the fact to the spine side of the page, and Tipped-Out pages being those glued to the outer edge in such a way as to fold-out. But very few references to Tipped-Out were found.

My Reasons for questioning whether Tipped-Ins pages are the answer . . .

I know the logical reasons people do Tipped-In pages: you don’t have wide margins and don’t want to cross over your type; you are a perfectionist and want to make sure it is perfect or at least as good as can be, before inserting it into your Bible; you don’t know how easy it is to transfer art onto a page.

The Alternatives:

You don’t have wide margins. Ahhhh. . . Bible Journaling here . . you may need a reading Bible and an art Bible . . . BUT one bible can be for both, even with narrow margins. I have two Bibles with narrow margins, where I pride myself in doing skinny art in the margins.

Photo of Art in a Narrow Margin Bible

Not to mention there are methods of doing art that is bold in the margins and either fades behind the words or takes advantage of other methods to make sure you can still read the words. If you must. There is also choosing to put art where there is more empty space, even if it’s not directly near the verses you are illustrating.

You don’t want to cover the words.

I realize that people who don’t want to cover the words have a varied list of reasons. My suggestion is: if this is your “art” Bible, read the area you are about to cover with art, store it in your heart, accept the fact that you won’t read that passage again in that Bible, and GO FOR IT. The water may be cold, but you get use to it, and soon you will dive in.

To actually cover the words with art you may need to take baby steps.

I went to Value Village and for $2, I bought a “pre-owned’ Bible for the specific purpose of getting over the “oh my, how can I cover the words”. . . trust me, it’s paper, and the art flows from my heart. Personal opinion, please don’t flame the post. God’s word is sacred, paper is not. On the other hand, I accept your feelings regarding your Bible, and you gotta do what you gotta do, and our job is to help you find creative ways to fill your skinny margins.

Photo of example of art going over type, leaving off the black detailing so you can still read through the art.

Example of art going over type, leaving off the black detailing where it goes over type, so you can still read through the art.

Your a perfectionist and want to make sure it is perfect . . . Do you think I am trying to fool anybody? Do you really think I freehand illustrations into my Bible(s)? I am so impressed with all of you who just jump in there and draw in your Bibles. I cannot imagine doing it. I am an artist not an illustrator. I can do doodles of tangle boarders and such, directly into my Bible starting with a light pencil sketch, but for illustrations, I do my art on paper or compile it from images I find on the internet, combine them all together in an art program to get them all to the right size for where I want, including the type and then trace it onto paper so it is all in my drawing style, which looks amazingly like a coloring book page because I like the definite black lines.  And THEN, my goodness, I could glue it in at that point and call it a tip-in, but that is when I transfer the image to my Bible.

You don’t know how easy it is to transfer art onto a page?  They even “Have an App for that”. Have you checked out “Tracing Projector” by Photility ? It requires iPhone iOS9.0 or later, or “Light Box Trace” for the ipad. There’s also an android version called “augmented drawing”.

A less tech way to transfer an image onto a page… Click on this link >> “Graphite Transfer Method”, is found in the Tips & Tricks category of this website.

As your behind-the-scene product tester, I search out all the different methods of transferring art onto paper. I have searched late into the night, so I can do another “Tips and Tricks” on transfer clip art to Bible pages post. And guess what? I try them for you, all that I find. And I have not found another method that is simpler, faster, or less expensive, than this Graphite Method for tracing art onto a Bible page. (link above)

This method works for line art that you plan to trace over and color with the products of your choice.

Transferring photos and colored art is another post, coming soon.

Those are reasons some use for doing “Tip-Ins” and my reasons that I question whether tip-ins are the answer.

Why Do-Tip Ins? (IMHO)

TIP-INS BUILD SELF CONFIDENCE When you are new to Bible Journaling, and you want to spend time Bible Journaling, for all the reasons people do, but are not ready to dive in, tip-ins are a good “first step”.

TIP-INS ALLOW YOU TO USE A VARIETY OF ART PRODUCTS Products that would normally not work on thin Bible Paper. Nobody says you have to do them on 20lb bond, be imaginative, do you do embroidery? Quilt? Write messages in the sand? Scan or take a picture and make a tip-in. Use tissue paper, velum, maybe marbleized paper.

TIP-INS CAN BE SHARED Once done, they are simple to scan and print. You can “Do the Hokey Pokey” and trade them all about, with other Bible Journaling Artist. Share Your Art – Share Your Heart. You could print a series of them, bind them and give a set to the grandchildren.

TIP-INS CAN BE DONE AT ANY SIZE – You can do art of any kind at any size, scan it and print it on nice paper and use it as a tip in that fits any of your Bibles and if you get a new Bible you can resize your favorites and put them in your new Bible. Make sure and keep the originals in a folder or mixed media journal.

TIP INS ARE EASY TO TURN INTO PHOTO GIFTS – Scanned, they are easy to have imprinted on cups, calendars, mouse pads and many other items.

Photo of Cup imprinted with Tip-In

TIP-INS CAN BE PUT INTO THEIR OWN MIXED MEDIA JOURNAL – A place to collect all “The best of the best in one place.” Something easy to show off, without all the little tags.  Scan the original to save and put one copy in your Bible and  another in the journal.

Photo of Tip-in original drawn at 8x10 and glued into mixed media journal.

Tip-in original of Ephesian 3:17 drawn by Jackie Whedbee-Mattingly, as her version of a Tip-In project, drawn at 8×10 and glued into mixed media journal.


A Photo of Proverbs 25:11

This is the first piece of art I ever did, with a Bible verse on it.

An example of how I do Tipped-Ins

I start with an idea .. does not have to be mine. . . There is a link on the home page to an entire section of Tip-In projects by JoAnna.

Tip In #12 Tree Sketch

I started with the #12 Tip-In project of the week posted by JoAnna.

Free Printable found here.

Photo of original compilation of art found on Pinterest, organized with words applied in Photoshop.

Using her concept I made a compilation of art found on Pinterest, organized with words applied in Photoshop.


Photo of My tracing of the compilation of pieces and parts, converting that art into "Jackie Style"

My tracing of the compilation of pieces and parts, converting that art into “Jackie Style”

Photo of finished original tip-In of Ephesians 2:17 ready to scan and reduce.

Finished original tip-In of Ephesians 2:17, ready to scan and reduce.


Hope you have a Blessed Day.

Avitar of Jackie Whedbee-Mattingly Jackie Whedbee-Mattingly


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