It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it.


September 17, 2016

What to do when you have a lot on your mind or that you just want to remember and the corresponding page is already full of other notes and sketches? Make a tip-in, of course.

A few weeks ago, Pastor Dave examined Romans 8:18-30, where Paul reminds us that fighting sin is not easy and that we need to wait patiently for that which is yet to come. My take away from this passage on our Future Glory was that “It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it.” This really resonated with me because I have been hustling my butt off lately with a boatload of projects in my queue. Don’t get me wrong, I would much rather have projects lined up than having to scrounge around for them.

This phrase really applies to so much of life, but I like the fact that once again, the Bible is doling out life advice like a fortune cookie that can be applied to just about everyone to apply to their own situations. After processing it for a couple days, I wanted to add it to my Bible so that I would remember this little pearl of wisdom: that the reward ahead is more than I can imagine and that my journey is not supposed to be an easy one. I flipped to the page with Romans 8, only to find that I had already filled the margins of Wide Margin Journaling Bible. So, I grabbed a piece of cardstock which was printed on one side only (so the back would be cute), cut it down to about the size I needed, scored a vertical fold about a half inch from the edge of the long side, and added my hand lettered take away from this passage to the plain side of the cardstock with the verse referenced at the bottom. Then, I put a tiny line of wet glue along the edge of my cardstock, crammed it into the gutter of the book, and closed it until the glue was dry.


Yes, I could have used paper printed on two sides. I could have used paper not printed at all. It did not have to be cardstock. I used what I had, but with intention. I also have an obscene amount of washi tape, and for other tip-ins, I have made a tape hinge with washi on each side of the tip-in rather than gluing. Both work, but I chose glue this time because of where I wanted to attach it without covering any of the printed words. I have made several tip-ins, while they are not all posted publicly, there is at least one other example of a completely different approach that I have taken with tip-ins in both my Instagram feed and the hand lettering section of my portfolio. I hope this inspires you to find ways around your roadblocks.


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