Sunday, 13 January 2013
Journaling Card Tutorial
Something I'd like to start doing is sharing tutorials here more. So that's exactly what I've put together for today. Journaling cards are great things to have on hand - to be able to grab one, jot down a few thoughts and attach it to a page can save a lot of hassle. And making your own means they'll be exactly to your taste and style! If you enjoy this tutorial and want more ideas for getting stories onto your pages, why not sign up for my new class Telling Tales? You can find full details here (and more info at the bottom of this post).
Onto the journaling cards: All you need is some paper that you can write on clearly, a few patterned paper scraps, some washi tape (optional) and some paperclips. Ledger, grid and lined papers all make good journaling cards as they guide your writing. If you are one of life's gifted writers-in-a-straight-line, I salute you and invite you to forgo the lined paper. I would also steer clear from dark colours as your pen won't show up.
I cut out each card at 3 inches by 4 inches and then trimmed some of them down randomly to make them slightly different sizes. I like things to be not quite uniform. The project they're intended for is part of Telling Tales and I know they need to be different sizes, but you may want our set to be the same size. This is a good time to work out how many you want to make, as you can easily follow this process as an assembly line and produce a whole collection of cards pretty quickly.
For each card, I punched out 3 shapes from a variety of patterned paper scraps. I've done 2 postage-stamp shapes and punched the starburst shape off the edge of sheet to make a half circle. Simply select whatever punches you are loving right now, or get to work with a pair of scissors if you prefer. I stuck to a colour scheme of yellow, blue and grey, but be adventurous as your choose! You might choose to match them to a particular project, make them in your favourite colours, or stick to neutral tones that will go with anything.
You can ink the edges of all the pieces to tie them together. Layer up 2 of the punched shapes in the top right hand corner. Then add a strip of washi tape to the top and bottom corners as above. If you don't have an washi tape, you could easily use ribbon or strips of paper. The torn ends add a nice hand-made look, but you could snip them off neatly if you prefer. Finally, top off the little cluster with the final punched shape.
Next, if you want to add a bit of texture and detail, you can sew along the tape at the top and bottom of your card. I went to my machine to do this, and used a zig-zag stitch, but you could do this by hand or simply miss it out if you prefer. Then pull the ends of the thread through to the back, and secure with thread.
Adding a doodled border around the edge can help to add definition to your cards. You could do this at the start if you prefer, but bear in mind that it will show through the washi tape. So I waited until this point, and added a couple of dots of black mist as well.
Adding a paperclip onto the top right corner of each card creates a just-clipped-together look which I can't resist. If you're a regular reader of the blog, you'll know I'm a big paperclip fan!
Creating little tabs for each card means you can easily label each one with a date or location or name - plus they make the shape a little more interesting. I hand-cut mine and added little labels in the same grid pattern as the background to make them easier to write on. However, a number of scrapbooking companies do produce their own die-cut versions of tabs, and punches are available too (although I've yet to get my mits on one!). Attach them to the back so that the tab pokes up. Or of course, leave them out entirely if you prefer!
And there we have it: a hand-made set of journaling cards just waiting to fill your pages full of stories :D
Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and that 2013 is treating you well.
P.S. I said I'd come back to my new Scrapbooking Class Telling Tales. We'll be focussing on getting more stories onto our pages through a series of prompts discussing writing, photos, and design. You'll also receive audio recordings, membership to a private forum and lots of exclusive pages with ideas for including your stories in your albums in a variety of imaginative ways. Interested? Sign up here for just £6 and every penny goes to my fundraising for GirlGuiding UK's GOLD project in Cambodia, which you can read about here.
P.P.S. My apologies for my absence. Having skillfully avoided illness of every sort during December and the Christmas holidays, and having been just a little bit smug about being of strong stock in the face of all my woefully afflicted friends and relatives, I now have my comeuppance. I am ill, sleeping for around eleven hours a day and snapping waspishly at any student foolish enough to ask a question of me at school. I think my immune system finally decided not to cope any more and just gave up the ghost.
P.P.P.S. Stupid pathetic immune system.
P.P.P.P.S. On plus side, have spent lots of time with the telly watching Miranda, Smash and Sherlock. AN odd combination, but working for me. Also making garlic pasta in the belief that 6 cloves of garlic in one meal is a) appropriate and b) destructive to illnesses. Should also be pointed out that I love garlic and have a superhuman tolerance. And that I do not inflict myself on anyone after having ingested said pasta.
P.P.P.P.P.S. Interspersing the above with new Two Peas/Shimelle/CHA videos. Good times!