That was how I ended up coming up with the idea of the digital travelers notebooks in an earlier post. I loved the crafty look of doing a kind of scrap booky thing on a real travelers notebook, but I am such a messy person to begin with that adding paint and stamps and sticker paper to my normal pile of stuff just caused me to feel overwhelmed about cleaning up. Besides, with my background and feeling at home with digital, I knew where I needed to go.
A lot of the stuff I do with Bible journaling can be translated into planning with any of the digital planners out there as well as with the digital notebooks and digital travelers notebooks. There are some apps other than GoodNotes that I use to create things, but GoodNotes is where they all reside
Here is a recent example of Bible journaling done in one of my digital notebooks.
The Bible journaling assignment is from the Facebook group Seasons Illustrated. This group started in November of 2015 with Advent Illustrated, and now we journal throughout the year on various topics. Our new focus during Epiphany is "Love Illustrated", focusing on seven great love stories from the Bible. The first assignment was Isaac and Rebekah.
Obviously I used some clipart as embellishment, just as I would on a planner page. But with several other apps, I was able to give thee subject a rather artsy look.
One app I love on the iPad is Procreate. It's a premium app, costing about $5.99 in the app store. With an ipad Pro and the Apple Pencil, it lets you do magical things (if you have some innate talent, which I have very little of...but you should see the things some others have created in this app!). It rocks with other iPads and other styluses, too. I used it for several months with an iPad Air and an Adonit Pixel stylus, and it was great. This is a sketching app, but it is so much more. You can work with your planner pages, or stickers, or photographs and do some fun things with them.
In this case, I took a black and white line drawing of a couple and imported it into the app. On another layer, I imported a watercolor digital paper image, and then lowered the opacity of the watercolor paper until the two images were blended. I use the same technique at times to create pretty monthly spreads in my digital planners. I take screen shot of the spread in GoodNotes and import it into Procreate, then import a photograph or graphic I've found, and blend the two together. Then I paste the blended page onto the planner spread.
But with the Isaac and Rebekah story, I wanted to do more.
There is a bundle of apps in the app store from Rhonna Designs, and I love to use a couple of them in this kind of art journaling. The one I use most is RD Designs. After importing the now blended picture of "Isaac and Rebekah/water color paper" into RD designs, I can add background texture, light leaks, bokeh and ragged looking distressed edges. Each new addition is on a separate layer, so I can remove anything I don't like very easily. I'm not sure what the maximum number of layers is, but it is quite a few.
After I get the picture like I want, I send it to the photo gallery and crop it, then normally import it into GoodNotes and paste it onto the page.
This one was a little trickier because of the rounded corners of the pages in the notebook. I decided to take a screen shot of the blank spread and put it in Keynote (my iPad Pro came with Keynote, Numbers and Pages, so I'm not sure how much they cost or if they cost anything. Keynote is similar to PowerPoint, but it is much more than presentation software). In Keynote, I use the tools to create an artwork page with rounded corners that match the corners of the notebook.
Instead of taking it directly back into GoodNotes, I went ahead a built the spread in Keynote. I am finding that the tools in Keynote are a little easier to work with than the GoodNotes tools, so I can work a little faster. I added the gold glitter heart and gold glitter letters purchased on Etsy and Creative Market, then used the text tool to add the Bible verse.
Then I screenshot it, cropped it and pasted it onto the spread in GoodNotes.
One app I did not use in this project but do like to use is an app called "Over". As I recall, it was a free app, but had in-app purchases to expand its functionality. With this app you can add beautiful text in a multitude of colors to photographs, or just as stand alone text you can copy and paste into the GoodNotes document you are working on. One thing GoodNotes is limiited in is the number and selection of fonts. And there is no way to add more in its current version. Over remedies this, and you can download and install additional fonts, so it is very versatile.
So this is one way I use digital notebooks. How do you use them? Tell us in the comments.