Word Circle Cards

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I made some journal cards for my pocket scrapbook pages by doing a few simple things in Photoshop. If you’re in the mood to make cards for your pocket pages, here’s something quick and easy to get you started.

First, create a 12×12 blank canvas with a neutral colour background. Add several white rectangles in the journal card size of your choice. (I’m using 3×4 inch cards here.)

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Draw circles on each card. They can be large or small, ringed or not and centred on the card or placed slightly higher or lower. Choose whatever works best for your style.

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Use the text tool in white to write words over each circle. Experiment with different fonts. Try having the word extend to the circle’s edge.

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Fonts (clockwise from top left): DJB Digi Tara, Pea Tolman, Roboto, and JaneAusten.

The best part about creating your own journal card or word art is that it can be completely unique and personalized for your page.

If you want slightly less perfect circles, use the Photoshop Distort>ZigZag filter on the circle. Here are the settings I used:

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It will give you edges like this, which are wavy, but not too wavy:

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At this point, you can choose to use them as is on a pocket scrapbook page.

You could also clip paper to them, like this:

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Paper from Coconut Tree by Sara Gleason

Or if you’ve purchased textures, you can add it as an overlay:

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You’ll likely find that one of these styles works best for your page and you can create just one card and then change the word text and re-save the file.

I use cards like titles for certain sections of my pocket scrapbook pages. I like the idea of having really specific words like my kids names, the name of the places we travel to, and funny words the kids say to personalize my pages.

If you leave the cards layered, you could copy the circle and word off the journal card and use it as an overlay on a photo by making the circle white and setting its layer mode to overlay or soft light:

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Just something quick and easy to try! Have fun creating!

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