Making Journaling Cards

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If you’re doing a pocket scrapbooking project, then journalling cards are probably something that you look for in kits or add-ons because they fill out these blocked pages so nicely.

Can you make your own journalling cards? Of course! They’re easy! Any kit can be made to work for pocket scrapbooking and making your own journalling cards is one of the easiest ways to do that.

Let’s walk through making a few 3×4 journalling cards together:

Card 1 – Tiny banner

Step 1 – Create a 3×4 canvas at 300 dpi.

Step 2 – Draw two boxes as shown.

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Step 3 – Rasterize the shape layers. With the smaller box layer active, use the lasso tool to select a “notch” shape on the box. Hit delete.

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Step 4 – Use the warp tool on both box layers to slightly warp the edges, to give it a less digi-perfect look.

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Step 5 – Save as a layered TIF or PSD file.

Card 2 – Centre Journaling Spot

Step 1 – Create a 3×4 canvas at 300 dpi.

Step 2 – Use the rounded corner tool to draw a box as shown (in red). Duplicate the rounded corner box (in white) and shrink it slightly so that the bottom one (red) creates a small frame.

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Step 4 – Use the warp tool on both boxes to slightly warp the edges, to give it a less digi-perfect look.

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Optional: Add a doodle edge. I used a purchased doodle action by Krystal Hartley and WendyZine. (I used a 5 pt. stroke and set the number of generators to 3 – this will make sense when if you use this particular action, otherwise ignore it!)

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Step 5 – Save as a layered TIFF or PSD file.

Card 3 – Paper Journalling Strips

Step 1 – Create a 3×4 canvas at 300 dpi.

Step 2 – Use the rectangle shape tool to draw four or five journalling boxes, as shown.

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Step 3 – Use the warp tool on all the boxes to slightly warp the edges, to give it a less digi-perfect look.

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Optional: Add a doodle edge. I used the purchased doodle action by Krystal Hartley and WendyZine.

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Step 4 – Save as a layered TIFF or PSD file.

To Use Your Journaling Card “Templates”

You can clip papers from any kit onto the journalling card templates, flatten and then copy them onto your pocket scrapbooking page.

Don’t forget that you can flip cards by mirroring them or turning them upside down to make them even more versatile! Shadow layers or don’t – it’s all up to you.

Here are the journalling cards I made, using a couple of kits:

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This is such a great way to take any kit you have and make it work for pocket scrapbooking!

PS – If you’d rather purchase journaling card templates, they are available at various stores! Check them out – some come with doodle layers and stitching and other designer add-ons. They’re a handy tool to have in your pocket scrapbooking tool kit.