Interleafing a bible

I'm not sure how many of you have ever done this or have a reason to do it. Basically if you are not familiar with the term, it means taking a bible and adding blank pages in between the pages of the text.
Wide margin bible are fine for most people. But there are a few people that need more space, because they have more notes (because their memory is not as good as it used to be, at least in my case) or they might want to add charts or pictures.
Now there are a few bible is the past that have done for you, but the draw back is that when a publisher does it they place a blank page in between each page.
There is another option I'm aware of (and owned several different types in the past) is a loose leaf bible which are bible in a five or three ring binder, or they also have them in a leather cover with removable pins that allow you add and remove pages at will.

So this brings you to interleafing. You must start with a wide margin bible, because during the process they are going to remove your cover and add the pages and rebind the bible with a new cover, it will take some of the center column space. So if you have a wide margin with center column notes you will possible loose part of those notes. You really need to think it through before you start. When you have thought about it and decided then ponder and meditate on it a little more. Maybe if anyone is interested I will tell you about some of the projects that did not turn out like I planned.

Some brief recommendations, I would put at least 2 blank pages at the beginning of each book, what I used them for was to generic or introductory information about each book there, or if you had extra notes about one verse in that book, that would not fit in the margin could go there with a reference in the margin next to the verse saying where more info is found.
The next step would be to pick out which books you would want to interleaf. Some of the Old Testament books could be skipped because there you either have enough room for notes in the margin or like the Chronicles, those notes could be added in Kings, maybe a few of the minor prophets. A few of the New Testament books could be skipped (like one or two of the Gospels, or maybe 2nd and 3rd John (you have the pages at the beginning for extra notes).
Other considerations are I would place at least 25 blank pages in the front and 25 blank pages in the rear. I use those in the front, for quips and quotes, studies I have done or information from other sources, like tracts or pamphlets, that I might need later or while teaching. The rear 25 pages are reserved for manuscript evidence and information in support of the KJV or information against the worlds feeble attempts at rewrites of scripture. Now in the middle of the bible (between the testaments) I would place 100 blank pages. The first 13 pages are labeled with a letter of the alphabet, one letter on the front of each page and one letter on the back, this is my index I'm not smart enough to remember where I put everything and it helps me keep all my notes about a given subject in one area. I use a form of short hand to help me locate notes, so a note about Christ assentation might be in MB 25 that would mean to me that I could find that note in the middle section of notes 25 pages from the back.
The last thing which is very critical is get 100 blank pages. I use those pages to add pages where I have found I need more room for more notes, I trim those pages and insert them with glue where needed. It also makes it easier to add hand made charts or illustrations, because you can do them in a controlled flat surface and the insert later.
The people that did my interleafing was a company called http://www.norrisbookbinding.com/ they have done me right, and have good customer service. But I would recommend you do your own search before you settle on someone. I was not aware that Local Church bible publishing offered the "build your own bible" option, that might be worth looking into also.
 

Johnny NL

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To begin with this topic, I must say like I did before, ALL my SS8's notes are also kept (paper version) in my KJV large print, Thompson Chain, Wide Margin. So i do have both electronic and paper copy of everything. BUT, also, in my Paper copies of Bible KJV, if the notes are too voluminous for paper copy, I always write into paper copy the SS8 reference, which I can access through my SS8. This being said, your topic is indeed very interesting.
For my previous KJV paper copy, (Before my "NEW" CBP KJV Bibles (2)), I did write my note into a word format, in a very small font size, print them, and cut them in the size of my Bible pages size, and just throw them into the right page of my Bible. (as a loose leaf) Which after a while, of course, the "thickness" of my Bible got bigger and bigger, until the Bible become way too big. Plus, I did drop it once, and guess what?.... I had to "RE-file" them into that Bible paper copy..... what an "adventure"....lolll.
Now, like I said, I just write the ref, in the paper copy, for me to go back in my SS8 for the "full note".
And of course..... after bad experiences, ALLLLLLL my note, SS8, maps, everything, backed up into 3 different external hard drive.
I could NEVER do Bible studies, without my SwordSearcher 8....anymore !!!.
"The next best thing after the Perfect WORD of GOD, KJV 1611, ...is of course the SwordSearcher 8, ... right before the wheel ! ! ! "

Amen, and Ya'all be blessed !!!
 
Where did you get a KJV Thompson?? Was it the same one from Church Bible Publishers?? I'd like to see pictures! I'd be interested in that!
Thanks!
 

Johnny NL

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Martin Pitcher

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I have been using loose leaf as well as notebooks. I have always wanted to be able to add pages when and where I need them. One day I did a search on YouTube and found a video on how to do it. It works great!
 
I usually insert charts and drawings in my bible as well as notes. So most of my pages that I put in the bible are blank. I would also be careful on what type of paper I use. If the paper is too thin, your notes will bleed through if it too thick it just adds bulk. Some lined paper would not be bad, like he refers to in the video, but I think blank is better gets a lot more flexibility. One way to get around keeping your written notes straight and even in your added blank pages, is to use a paper (I use card stock) with very dark lines placed behind the inserted sheet, if the paper is thin enough, you can see the lines on the paper behind and it will keep you notes straight.

Just remember if you add 25 sheets to your bible you are increasing the size of the bible by those 25 sheets
 

Keight

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I usually insert charts and drawings in my bible as well as notes.
Awesome tips! The repositional glue sticks in the videos are also featured in a video about making your own post it notes. Charts and drawings could be just added, temporarily or longer. Charts created on the computer and printed can pack a HUGE amount of information into a single page.

I watched the video on adding ribbons and I realized that to add a ribbon for Psalms and Proverbs reading, I don't really need to attach it to my bible. I can just thread a single ribbon between the binding and the cover and use the top for one book and the bottom for the other book.

This is all very helpful to me. I do not like to write on the bible pages except for pencil to direct me elsewhere.
 

Martin Pitcher

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I add ribbons by gluing them to a index card that I have cut to size. While gluing I fold the card over so that the ribbons are encased in the middle, then I slide the card behind the binding. I am able to add several ribbons at one time in this way.
 

Martin Pitcher

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I usually insert charts and drawings in my bible as well as notes. So most of my pages that I put in the bible are blank. I would also be careful on what type of paper I use. If the paper is too thin, your notes will bleed through if it too thick it just adds bulk. Some lined paper would not be bad, like he refers to in the video, but I think blank is better gets a lot more flexibility. One way to get around keeping your written notes straight and even in your added blank pages, is to use a paper (I use card stock) with very dark lines placed behind the inserted sheet, if the paper is thin enough, you can see the lines on the paper behind and it will keep you notes straight.

Just remember if you add 25 sheets to your bible you are increasing the size of the bible by those 25 sheets
That is true. I have broken a couple of bindings that way, but then again, I keep most of these notes in a hard-bound copy of the Bible and I have six on hand so as to be sure that, if needed, I can replace or continue to the next one starting where I left off in the previous copy. Makes for a lot of shelf space, but the notes are valuable. I've thought of putting them in a suitcase so as to be able to grab it in case of fire. LOL!!!
 

Keight

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When I am taking a single course with a teacher, I trash the textbook, and would do so with a cheap paperback Bible. I mark and especially I DIVIDE the textbook by what the teacher is prioritizing. A Bible that will be used for multiple years does not lend itself to that type of interaction with it. FOR ME. Everyone is different!

So I am very very concise about what I add to a Bible. Right now, I am most interested in adding some summary information that is tightly inserted into charts. My Sword Bible has publisher notes in the narrow central margin. I cannot add pages by attaching them to the center margin. I do want to add some charts to the back, and book introduction pages, though.

Hmm, I am thinking as I write about something you said. Using several hardcopy study Bibles at a time is a new thing for me. It was only with the Tecarta app that I started thinking of study Bibles as notes ONLY, and not another Bible. It would make sense to add certain kinds of notes to different Bible NOTES, if you know what I mean. To mark up and notate the COMMENTARY. If I grow disillusioned to the theology advocated by the study Bible, I can remove those notes from my further studies by simply removing the individual study Bible.

Things are not packed in a suitcase, but most of time, I live with things prepared to flee quickly. I am choosing not to do that right now. To leave myself vulnerable to loss and to leaving behind personal things that people will have the option to look at and take. There is this trust that I am developing, that other humans are my peers and that God is the parent that will protect me from them, no matter how much bigger they are than me. Any loss of notes will be because their loss is part of a bigger plan. Time and time again, what was meant for evil has been the rocket fuel that propelled me into a new orbit. Loss is critical to growth. No, it is essential.

If God wants you to have those notes, you will have them, even if a miracle is needed to keep them. If you are not meant to have them, there is NOTHING you can do to keep them. I have experienced both scenarios time and time again. I have watched people watch me and my belongings with very confused looks on their faces. One fireman's expression is forever imprinted in my brain. LOL. The issue was water not fire, but it was surreal. LOL. It was in that moment that I gained some appreciation of what it was like for the Israelites in Egypt during the last plague, that were spared while in their little blood-marked huts.

The ribbon idea sounds PERFECT. You all are really helping me. THANKS. I might just love this forum as much as the software. Maybe more.
 

Martin Pitcher

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The one I am currently using for my notes is KJV Note-Taker's Bible, Hardcover. I have been buying them for about $8 each. They are just wide margin Bibles and at the price, it is reasonable to have a few copies on hand. I have even started giving them away to folks as presentation Bibles. Here's the link.
 

Johnny NL

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I add ribbons by gluing them to a index card that I have cut to size. While gluing I fold the card over so that the ribbons are encased in the middle, then I slide the card behind the binding. I am able to add several ribbons at one time in this way.
This is SO SMART!!!!!!!
thanks!
 
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