Monday Inspiration by Beatrice: Journal Cards

September 19, 2016

It’s the beginning of a new week and I’m hoping to inspire you with some layouts using journal cards.  Karen has created a bundle with 20 sets of journal cards from her collections available for a special price only at SnickerdoodleDesigns: Journal Card Collection.


I’d like to start by saying journal cards are not just for pocket layouts, though they work well there.  They can be used to create mini books, as frames, to create custom tags, to highlight word art and so on.  Here are just a few layouts using journal cards in both traditional and unique ways.

I always enjoy it when a designer scraps, and this layout by Karen (SnickerdoodleDesigns) using My Heart Lives Here, is so delicate.  The soft colors of the collection match the photos perfectly.  I love how the torn paper title and the placement of the journal card in the center of the layout gives emphasis to her title and theme.  I really like the way she used the buttons as bullet points.


Joy by Joanna using Choose Joy  is another gorgeous pocket-style layout. I love the bold colors and her black and white photos contrast splendidly.  She placed her card in the center for emphasis and used it to serve as her title.  I like the large floral clusters and the way some of the embellishments are tucked into the torn paper pocket across the bottom.


Choose Joy  by Deanna, with the collection by the same name, uses the journal cards in a different way by creating a triptych to showcase the adorable photo in the center. She used a template by Created By Jill.  I love all the paint spatters and stitches as well as the gorgeous clusters comprised of both hand-drawn and realistic embellishments.


I love the monochromatic look of the next layout, Choose Joy  by Kay. She used a couple of journal cards as part of her stacking behind the photo.  I like the way she tucked in both the frame and hand-drawn flowers. The paper stacking imitates the stacking she used to support the photo, making for an eye-pleasing design.


Junior Artist by PamR, using Color Outside the Lines, is such a bright, happy layout.  The papers and paint with the newsprint border support the artsy theme.  I like the way the hand-drawn girl stands right beside the darling, framed photo. The cluster across the bottom is beautifully shadowed and the tucked journal card works perfectly as her title and journaling.  The quote she chose accented by the butterfly is included in the collection and finishes things off just right.


The scene created by Robyn in Garden Gate,  using the collection by the same name, is so serene.  The way she used the kit papers and embellishments extends the photo right into the page.  The elements are perfectly shadowed and create depth to the scene.  Placing the journal card toward the edge of the layout adds balance and replaces her title and journaling.


I love the masked photo in Step into the Garden by Renee using Garden Gate.  She also created a scene by adding papers and embellishments that coordinate perfectly with her photo.  I really like how the muted colors make the pinks and reds in the photo pop and her swirly title work is lovely. She used the same journal card to expand her journaling.

SD and Mel Designs Rustic Garden DSS double dip font: Many Weatz reg

I’ve come to the end of my post, so I hope you will dig out those journal cards you have in your stash or check out the collection I mentioned at the start of my post.  You can never have too many journal cards.  Thanks and have a great week!



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