This is my “Happy Bible” – an ESV Interleaved Bible that I deconstructed and placed on Happy Planner discs.
Its primary purpose is for creative faith journaling. I often get questions on Instagram about it and a couple of my followers requested a video talking through the process of creating it. I really do thank them because that was the final nudge I needed to start making videos for YouTube. I’ve linked the video at the bottom, but you can read through the process here, if you prefer.
I should mention that this is not a tutorial, per se, but I think you can use these steps to disc-bind your bible, if you’d like.
So, if you’re not familiar with the Interleaved, it’s a bible by Crossway in the ESV version. For every page of bible text, front and back, it has a page that is completely blank on both sides as well.
If you’re not familiar with the discbound system, it’s basically a form of binding that uses discs to hold the sheets of paper. What’s really great about them is that the pages are inserted and removed very easily by just peeling them off the discs then popping them back on. I’m very familiar with the discbound products by The Happy Planner, so this was a natural transition for me in this bible.
You might wonder why I would do this to a perfectly good bible. That’s a good question! When I first came across the Interleaved Bible, I really liked that it had an entire page I could use for journaling. When I first started bible journaling, I used a traditional journaling bible with the 2.5 inch margin. It’s a great starter bible for journaling and I still use it. However, when I want to add more notes than usual, or use bigger elements, it was a bit awkward. So, I was very interested in the Interleaved but knew I wouldn’t use it as is.
Because there is a blank page between each page of text, the bible on a whole is quite thick. I prefer to journal on a flat surface and that would be difficult in this bible. I also like the ability to remove pages, which makes it easier to journal on them, and also insert additional pages for extra notes as needed.
With all this in mind, I intentionally looked for a discounted bible to deconstruct. I found a bargain copy on BookOutlet.ca. It was a bit scuffed up and the cover was a bit dirty. Nothing really wrong with it, but I felt comfortable taking it apart because it was a bargain purchase. So, now on to the steps.
1. Remove the binding
I took the bible to my local print shop and asked them to remove the binding. They kept it whole and just chopped off the edge. I wasn’t charged for this but, if you were to pay, I think the cost would be very minimal. You could also do this part yourself by using an X-Acto knife to remove the cover, section off the book, then trim off the edges. You may want to use a paper trimmer to clean up the edges and make all the pages even so that it’s easy to punch in the next step.
2. Punch the pages
To punch the pages, I used a Classic Happy Planner punch. They also have a larger size but the classic is the perfect size for the page length of this bible. There are other companies that make discbound punches as well. I also have the ARC by Staples punch, which is more heavy duty, but I do not recommend it for this purpose. It doesn’t punch as deep as The Happy Planner punch and this can cause the pages to come off the discs, in my experience, when the pages are turned.
The Happy Planner punch handles only 3 sheets of paper at a time. But because the bible pages are so thin, I was able to punch 6 – 8 of them at a time.
The last step is to put the punched pages onto the discs and add a cover. I repurposed discs and covers from old Happy Planners I had. However, both the discs and covers are also sold separately. They can be found on the The Happy Planner website, on Amazon, as well as in some craft stores. Michael’s Canada carries this brand. There are also other discbound brands that could be sourced.
The Happy Planner discs come in three sizes: expander, medium and mini. I sectioned out the bible into three separate books and made two on medium discs and one on mini discs. I could’ve made two books using two expander discs but I wanted smaller books as I find them easier to handle. I split the Old Testament in half and placed them on two sets of medium discs. The entire New testament fit on a set of mini discs.
The Happy Planner covers come in different styles and materials. The ones I used are the basic laminated covers. You could also use a thick piece of card stock paper to make a cover of your own. Perhaps even use a laminator to make it more durable.
One final note
Punched pages have a tendency to get caught and bent on the discs, sometimes ripping, when they are turned. Having used discbound planners for a while now, I’m aware of this and I’m very careful when handling this bible. I haven’t had any problems so far but thought it worth mentioning.
I hope this is helpful. Check out the video to get a closer look at the bible.
If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below, or contact me directly, and I will do my best to answer them.
Joy & Peace, Sister!