Seriously, I don’t know about you, but for me, this year has flown by. It seems like we were just moving into our new house and it was May. Now here we are only a few days before we start November. It’s going to start getting super busy for everyone, with Thanksgiving, and then Christmas. And that’s why I am here today sharing my new War Binder and Prayer Journal set up. When November starts I will be extremely busy so I decided to go ahead and set up my new war binder and prayer journal now. I also have a little secret I want to share too!
War Binder and Prayer Journal
Just look at my pretty! I love that it’s chunky! Can you guess how many inserts I have in this pretty little baby? Be thinking about that little question and we’ll come back to it a little later.
So this is basically a custom made War Binder Prayer Journal. It’s holding A5 inserts which, measure 8.25″ x 5.5″. That’s my little secret I wanted to share, this was a DIY project that turned out better than I expected. Over 2 months ago I ordered some leather-like sheets. My intentions were to make Traveler’s notebook covers for my Etsy shop, but after they arrived I thought they weren’t stiff enough. But I fixed that and love how it turned out! Just look at the chunkiness!
How I made my War Binder – Prayer Journal
Again I had some leather-like sheets I got from Amazon. These are 13″ x 9″ which are the perfect size for making a chunky A5 sized traveler’s notebook cover. I have a sewing machine, but honestly, I am lazy to set it up. I probably should get it set up and leave on my table. I’ll work on that and let you know how far I get with that. With that said, everything was hot glued together for this easy DIY.
Again this isn’t stiff leather, it’s easy to work with. I added little holes for the elastic cording to hold my inserts, and one for the closure strap. I also added front and back inside pockets. For this task, I used some stiff felt pieces to create them.
Basically, I cut the pieces almost as tall and wide as the front then I glued them in place. There are 3 pockets on the inside front cover and 2 pockets on the inside of the back. Below is how the pockets look on the front. If you want to create the rounded looking opening for the pocket, just fold the felt in half and cut a circular shape on the top edge. Remember to only put glue on the out edges of the pockets but not the opening area, otherwise, you won’t have a pocket.
My War Binder Prayer Journal Inserts
The inserts I use are from Amazon. I got an 8 pack of A5 inserts for $11.99 which was a great price for 8 inserts. They come in brown kraft paper colored covers and also black, the ones I got where the brown colored ones.
Of course, I had to make my inserts pretty! For this, I used some scrapbook paper, then I added some embellishments I had laying around. I also worked on some thankful Rolodex cards for a FB exchange group I am in and decided to make a few little cards for myself. The little mason jar you see there in the pocket is a shaker card that has leaves and acorns in.
Can you guess how many inserts I have yet? Below is a picture of my back pockets and some little cards I have there.
More Inserts and how I created their covers.
I used a Thankful theme for most of my inserts and will be using this set up starting in November. I am also going to use the word Thankful for my 2020 Word of the Year too. So it’s perfect! I don’t know about you but I often forget to find the good, and one thing to be thankful for in every situation. I try and remind everyone to do that, but often fall short myself. Thankful will be a perfect Word of the Year for me. I will be sharing more about the Word of the Year as we grow nearer to the new year.
Another insert cover, as you can see I used a lot of fall-ish colors. Again this cover was created with a piece of scrapbook paper. So, to cover an insert just cut the paper to size, add double-sided tape to the edges and lay the insert on top of the paper at the left edge, press down then close the insert and press the other side in place.
After you’ve covered all your inserts you can add inspirational embellishments and tabs. I haven’t added my tabs as of yet, I like to do that after I’ve started writing in them.
War Binder – Sections 1 & 2
So have you guessed the number of inserts I have in my War Binder yet? Currently, I have 9 of them. Yes, loves I said 9. So what do I use each insert for?
I always save 2 inserts next to each other for my daily devotional. Each year I start a new yearly devotional I have worked through Jesus Calling and currently doing Jesus Always. When the two inserts are full I add two more empty ones, and store the others.
For my 2020 daily devotional I will be using Unshakeable it’s 365 Devotions for Finding Unwavering Strength in God’s Word by Christine Caine. This was referred to me by a sister in Christ, I’ve had it for 3 months but didn’t want to start until Jan 1st. Also, I am currently finishing up my Jesus Always devotional by Sarah Young.
War Binder my other sections
So after my 2 devotional sections, I have two more inserts that work together. I use these for monthly scripture writing plans. Why two inserts? I take my war binder, Bible, study plans and resources with me on the go. If I am out and I fill up the final page of an insert then my notes get all scattered. One thing I am big on is organization even when it comes to my Faith journey. So that covers 4 inserts/sections!
The next insert I use for my Word of the Year. Last year was the first time doing a word of the year, so it was something new. With that said, so far the one insert has been sufficient for it.
Then I have 2 inserts for prayers, and one for gratitude. Again, I keep two inserts for prayers because I never know when I’ll have to add someone to my prayer list and I don’t want to lose someone’s request because I didn’t write it directly in my insert. My gratitude section is where I jot down answered prayers and different things I am grateful for. This section isn’t used daily but I always date everything I write in it. Well, I guess I date everything I write in each one of my sections. I didn’t realize until just now but it’s nearly as thick as my Bibles. Aren’t they pretty?
It doesn’t matter how pretty, how expensive or inexpensive your War Binder and Prayer Journal is. I am sharing this with you today so that everyone can see that you can create your own, with things you may already have. Or if you want to do like I did, find affordable ways to create yourself a war binder. I believe that in the end, it cost me less than $15 to create this war binder.
You can use a spiral notebook, a composition notebook, a sketchbook, even a 3 ring binder to create a war binder. Your war binder has to work for you, it’s got to be something you find yourself easily using during your quiet time with God. Easily using simply means that you don’t find it a chore to use during your study time.
I have had a war binder since the second week of my faith journey, which I started in late August 2018. It’s become a key part of my faith journey and very helpful to my time with God. I can’t stress enough how much it’s helped me grow in my Faith.
Everything I’ve shared with you today works for me, but may not work for you. When I first started my walk with God, I got overwhelmed in the hoopla of it all.
Me being a visual person I found myself stuck in the “oh that’s pretty, I want it/want to do that” world. Not only did it mess with valuable time I could have been spending with God, my family, etc. but it also was costly. Big mistake, but one I learned from it and so I am passing along these lessons to you. Do what’s right for your walk with God.
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