When You Talk about Scripture, Do You “Scrapbook” It?

by Katy Kauffman @KatyKauffman28

Just like the Biltmore itself, my contest entry exuded vintage and fairy tale. The contest at the annual Scrapbook Expo called for entries, and I answered with careful attention to detail.

Three pictures from the Biltmore grounds and gardens were taped to a piece of 12” square parchment-colored paper that had mauve flowers and a fairy tale story printed on it. The edges of each picture were brushed with taupe paint, and paper flowers were accented with gold and cranberry glitter, topped with copper charms. Pewter corner accents, a quote about love, and even a peacock feather filled in the empty spaces. I finished the page by lightly painting the edges of the square paper with chocolate brown paint. Scrapbooked.

It would have been much easier to submit an entry that had my three pictures taped to a plain background. I could have attached a tag to the page to show where the pictures were taken, and let it go. But I would have missed out on the opportunity to add interest and appeal. To make the presentation sparkle.

When we write or teach about Scripture, we have the opportunity to “scrapbook” it. Sure, we could simply state a verse in the middle of our writing or lesson, add a simple explanation, and move on. But we would miss the opportunity to add more interest and appeal. To make the presentation sparkle.

“Scrapbooking” is the goal at Lighthouse Bible Studies, to add reader appeal to our books, magazine issues, and blog posts. Recently I changed the title of my blog from Life with God to The Scrapbooked Bible Study, which is the brand of our books.

Just like scrapbooking a photograph means that we find just the right background paper and embellishments to display our photos, scrapbooking our presentation of Scripture means that we take the time to add elements that contribute to the best takeaway and the most appealing presentation of it. Just like scrapbooking incorporates embellishments and bling (anything that sparkles), teaching or writing about Scripture can include sparkling insights, helpful definitions and commentary notes, illustrations, and a fresh perspective on a familiar passage.

As we explain Scripture and share application, we can use our personalities and God-given creativity to make living out God’s word more appealing to our readers and listeners. Bible study should be anything but boring! The word of God is rich and powerful in and of itself. Yet it matters how we present it. We can use personality, word pictures, and resources to make our writing and teaching warm-hearted, insightful, relevant, and engaging.

So do you want to scrapbook? Maybe you already write or teach to make the presentation of your lesson the most appealing it can be; you just haven’t thought of it as “scrapbooking” before.

In the comments below, I’d like to hear your take on this way of presenting Scripture, and please share a link to a blog post you’ve written that you feel is scrapbooked.  I’d love to see how you talk about Scripture, and together we can be a force in this world to deliver Biblical material in a relevant, engaging, and powerful way.

Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven
is like a householder who brings out of his treasure

things new and old.
Matthew 13:52 NKJV


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Comments (2)

  • anon

    Katy, I was hooked by your descriptive lead on this post. The comparison of your contest entry to writing Bible study with "sparkle" clearly illustrated the point and your specific examples are marvelous helps! I'm going to print and save this one to assist me with writing about Scripture by "scrapbooking." Thank you! 

    Aug 16, 2018
  • anon

    When I first read "scrapbooking" in reference to Scripture, I really expected to read about the danger of snipping out a verse here and there and the danger of taking HIS word out of context. What a delightful experience to read about how we can make our Bible studies more appealing.  I think I've been doing this for years, just never had a name for it.  Thanks!

    Aug 16, 2018

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