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.

Kisses xxx

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!

31 comments:

  1. Yay for journalling and yay fro your new class. I will have to be a late joiner as I still don't have my new debit card yet :(. Love this tutorial and yes please for more of these.
    Looking forward to more Sherlock this year and also loving Ripper Street on BBC 1. My main excitement moment though will be when Being Human hits our TV screen.
    Jo xxxx
    PS. counting the days til Blogger weekend and meeting you xxx

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  2. Aw, these are very pretty!

    Good luck with your new class! I sadly don't have enough money to take part at the moment, but maybe by the next one I shall be able to!

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  3. These are great, thanks for showing us. I hope you feel better soon, I have been looking forward to a new podcast :)

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  4. I will defo be trying these - they are very cute and I love to journal on my pages and cannot always find coordinating spots! I had the norovirus over new years so feel your pain!

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  5. Poor you - I'm glad you felt well enough to share this fabby tutorial, though :) (Oh my, how much do I love that little people washi tape?!)

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  6. Lovely tutorial Kirsty. I love your style of building layers. I made some little embellishments like the ones you did for a challenge some time ago. I will make some of these cards in the same papers etc and stash them away to use in the class.
    Can't wait. Get well soon and keep eating the garlic, it's very good for you. Love and God bless. Julie x

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  7. Stupid germs! So sorry you are feeling poorly. Great tutorial, and I can't wait for the class to begin. It's a grotty, damp dark Sunday afternoon here and I've just spent a lovely half hour making a set of these cards ready for class.
    Get well soon x

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  8. Love your cards, thanks for sharing, have bookmarked to come back to. Hope you're fighting fit soon.

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  9. Love these. Will pin for when I need a journalling card. i don't like making them in advance as they seem to hang around for ages until I make a layout where they'll fit. Hope you get well soon (though Miranda and Glitter Girl sounds like Heaven)

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  10. What a great tutorial.....I love those journal tags and have bookmarked this to come back to when I have time to make some.
    Hope you soon dispel the germs!!

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  11. these are gorgeous Kirsty...i would so love to take your class not sure I can fit it in at the moment though...sadly! Hope you start to feel more yourself soon x

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  12. I love these cute little journalling cards :) I think I will have to whip myself up a batch of these as I am intending to attempt my own version of Project Life and these would be perfect to pop into those little pockets, making it really suit my taste and style! Thanks so much :)

    Hope you feel better soon x

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    1. Just to let you know that I have indeed made some of your lovely little cards and am absolutely delighted with them! If you would like to see them:

      http://carolescraftycorner.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/project-life-2013.html

      Thanks again for such a fab tutorial :)

      Carole x

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  13. Loved this tutorial. Will be printing it out to use at my crop retreat this weekend... thinking it might give me a head start on some PL type stuff! Also just signed up for your class. Don't know if anyone else from the U.S. is signing up, but just FYI, the exchange rate made it $9.90 U.S.D.... in case anyone else is wondering!

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    1. Oooh, that's useful to know! Thanks so much for signing up, and I hope the tutorial works out for you :D

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  14. ADORE these, they are so cute, and the layering adds just the right amount of detail:D Sorry I haven't commented in a while...have been super busy! I don't know if you remember that I emailed you ages ago (after one of your early podcasts) and was looking for a teaching job at the time - I have since successfully bagged my first job! So I'm super thrilled but CRAZY busy. I teach 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th classes in a tiny two-teacher rural school (which would be roughly the equivalent of UK years 4-7) so I haven't a minute as you can imagine, especially being newly qualified and having tons of extra paperwork to do! Still reading along your fabulous blog though, and I'm off to sign up for 'Telling Tales' now, hoping to get a chance to participate :D xxx
    P.S. Sorry to hear you're feeling poorly...stupid immune system! Get well soon and keep eating garlic - I can't get enough of the stuff either :D
    P.P.S. I never got around to creating a blog...sadtimes:( But I will hopefully get there eventually, when I have a little more time on my hands:)

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    1. I'm so glad to hear your news - congratulations, you must be thrilled! I'm totally going to email you soon (cowering under pile of marking) but until then, I just wanted to say how happy I am for you!
      P.S. I consider it a personal mission to do a bit of blog nagging however. In a generous, good-hearted sort of way!

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    2. Thanks so much! Yeah, I'm delighted...super busy but delighted :D No problem about email, I totally feel your pain about the pile of marking, it seems to never end - and I can imagine it's even worse for secondary!
      P.S. I grudgingly agree that I may just need a little blog nagging, give me a gentle nudge (or bossy push, take your pick!) in the right direction! Keep on my case - no mercy!

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  15. Just realised how long my comment was!! I may as well have sent an email :D

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  16. LOVE these Kirsty, thank you so much for the tutorial. I love using scraps and making small things so these are right up my street! I have signed up for your next class. Looking forward to it :)

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  17. Love these cards, Kirsty! Thanks for the how-to - really useful. Can't wait for the new class to start.

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  18. I love the cards, and look forward to making these! Thanks!

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  19. They are very cute - I may have a go. Hope you're feeling better - it's school you know - notorious breeding grounds for germs of the readily communicable kind.

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  20. These are lovely! Thanks for the inspiration. I'm just about to sign up for Telling Tales and I should confess to describing you as bonkerstastic in my latest blog post ...

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  21. These are very pretty, I love the addition of mist drops! We've just started watching Sherlock, love it so far! x

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  22. Thanks for sharing your tutorial, especially while you are unwell. Your journalling cards arr lovely, i've always been to lazy to try my own! But i may just give it a go now :)

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  23. Thank you for this tutorial! These cards are so pretty!

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  26. Loving your journal cards and the bathroom people washi tape. Do you remember where you got it?

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