Stretch Your Stash: How to Use Journal Cards for Card Making

Posted by Tyra Babington
Learn how to use Pocket Page-style Journaling Cards for quick,easy, and cute card making.

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Don't toss those extra journaling cards! Journaling cards are fabulous for card making. The size of journaling cards are usually 3 x 4 inches, perfectly sized for the average 4.25 x 5.5. card. Layer two or three journaling cards to create a sense of movement or layer to your heart's desire!

Supplies List

Simple Stories I AM 72 SN@P! Cards

Simple Stories I AM Chipboard Frames

3M Scotch - Foam Mounting Tape 1/2 inch

Neenah card stock 8.5"x11"

Trim one 8.5 x 11 inch (21.59 x 27.94 cm) piece of white card stock to create two pieces of 4.25 x 11 inch card stock bases. Score each base to create two card bases measuring 4.25 x 5.5 inches. I typically use 80lb or greater card stock as the heavier card stock can withstand the increased heaviness that results from adding layers and embellishments. Foam tape is the only adhesive used for these cards to showcase the different layers and add depth.

Start with a journaling card that will anchor your whole design. Here I chose a 3 x 4 striped journaling card with colors that will serve as the inspiration colors for the entire card.

Find a journaling card with a sentiment that makes sense as a sentiment for a card. In this example I found a journaling card with a sentiment that's perfect for creating a card offering encouragement to someone. The sentiment card also features heart shapes in colors matching the striped card.

I added a small frame using a similar color combination and patterns as a layer behind the sentiment card to add interest and movement.

I am also going to pull in a few enamel dots in the top right corner and heart on the sentiment card, playing upon on hearts in the sentiment card to complete this look! My sources of inspiration include colors from the striped journaling card and shapes from the sentiment card.

And take a look at the card I created!

Here is a another card featuring the journaling card layering technique. I paired the lovely rose-color striped paper with the "i am" journaling card and a color-coordinated photo frame. Inspired by the peach card base and the small white heart in the photo frame, I added a peach heart to the center of the photo frame for emphasis.

Here is my last example of layering journaling cards. What is different is that. I cut the sentiment from a journaling card to finish this card. I hope I have inspired you today to get out your stash of journaling cards and start making cards! Don't forget that Blitsy honors competitors coupons and visit Blitsy on Facebook for your daily dose of inspiration. Thank you for stopping by! Hugs, Tyra