How to Make Journaling Cards – Easy!
Let me show you how to design your own journaling cards using a few simple tools! If you have begun to incorporate the creative art of journaling in your scrapbook, you’re going to want to have another unique tool to include to enhance the pages of your book.
To make your own batch, all you need is your own imagination, some cardstock, and design tools. The elements of a great journal card include two main things: a great quote and some complementing background.
Not sure what to write on your cards? Don’t worry; I’ve got that covered with a FREE printable of popular quotes so you can get started right away. See bottom of this post to get access.
The background can be some art that suits your card’s message, or it can be part of a photograph..just so long as it uplifts you in some way!
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What Are Journaling Cards?
Journaling cards are close to what their name implies...they are cards, yes, used in scrapbooking, that contain messages and/or artwork, that supports the theme of your book too.
Most journal cards are a 4 x 6, 3 x 4, or 3 x 5 sizes…pretty close to your standard index card, but you don’t have to be a stickler for a certain size. You’ll need some cardstock, choose a standard A4 size for best results when you go to print them later.
Lastly, you need access to a good graphic program. If you already have a software program like Photoshop, InDesign, etc., you’re all set!
There are also some great web-based programs too! I recommend Picmonkey – it’s web-based, has lots of templates and layouts to get started, and you have nothing to download. Canva and Stencil are also great to use and free too (with paid upgrades – strictly optional)
Let’s Get Started!
Now I’m going to do a little demo for you to show you how to put together one of these cool cards!
I went into Picmonkey and clicked “Create New” and then “Template”…There’s a myriad of them, but I chose “Blank canvas”; which shows different layouts, and then selected the 4 by 6 one. Notice that inch and pixel measurements are given together.
At first I looked through the “business card” templates, but the measurements given were in pixels and well, I didn’t know how that translated into inches, so…
You can modify the size if you want, just click the “resize” option, but uncheck “keep dimensions” otherwise the aspect ratio will remain.
Design the Background
Now is when the fun begins….choose your background! I like to start with a background color first…..but you can also make it a gradient or give it an ombre look by selecting “Gradients” from the “Effects” toolkit area on the left.
But if you like, you can also just make the background transparent; just tick off Transparent under “Background color” and the checkerboard will be showing.
Write Your Card Quote
Use the Text tool to create the quote or saying that will be the focal point of the card. Your quote of choice can be anything from inspiring to heart-warming. I’m a big fan of the wisdom and wit of the famous author Mark Twain and this one about eating a frog is one of my favorite quotes 🐸
I think it has something to do with procrastination, or getting the “hard stuff” on your to-do list out of the way without excuses…either way, I love it. Very fitting!
Quotes chosen should always be positive and uplifting, and affirm something meaningful to you, very much like this project here.
Having trouble finding a good quote that fits your journal theme? No problem – you can usually get inspired by Google-ing quotes + a focus word like “inspiring” “funny” “motivational” or as it relates to love, friendship, etc.
Or you can check out my FREE quotes list printable – see bottom of this post to get access 🙂
Picmonkey has lots of cool graphics that you could use for your card! And as of recently (8/28/19) they have added a new feature – included stock photos! At the time I couldn’t find a frog image so I checked with one of the stock/royalty free sites for this one – I also applied a little transparency to him too.
The fonts I used here are Special Elite for the quote and Homemade Apple Pie for “Mark Twain”. You can adjust the text spacing by adjusting the “Letter” and “Line” options in the palette -by default, it says “0.00”; you can bump it in increments of 5.
Using a Photo Background
You can also use a photograph as a background, too – here’s how I did mine. I love sunsets and took some snapshots one evening and saved them on my hard drive to use later. Go into your program and follow the earlier steps in this post to create a new image.
Upload the photo of your choice as a background layer and center it as needed. Now write your quote – be sure to move your quote layer to the top. You can give the photo layer a transparent look to make the quote on top show up better by choosing the “Fade” option in the layer palette to the right and move the slider until you get the desired level.
Save your changes….. If you used a photograph save it as a .jpeg. If you used mainly vector/clipart and shape tools, best to save your design as a .png file. to keep the file size smaller.
My first card image with the frog, I saved as a .png because the frog picture I uploaded is also a vector image. The sunset picture above is an actual photo so I will save the whole design as a .jpeg.
Print ‘Em Out!
Print out your journal cards on the best quality setting after you’ve done the part of arranging in the layout, like tiling them in a row, you can probably get at least 4 cards on an A4 letter size sheet of cardstock.
Don’t forget, you can get access to the Card Quotes printable by filling out the form below:
Now you’ve got another awesome tool in your scrapbooking arsenal to use…Enjoy!