At the weekend I got to spend a lovely day demoing at the treasure trove of papercrafts that is Crafts U Love. What a lovely shop hidden away in Surrey about 5 miles from Gatwick Airport.
It was the shop’s 9th birthday event and it was full of demoers sharing lots of inspiration and tips throughout the day, as well as holding an auction and raffle to raise money for a local hospice. We got to meet lots of people, play with new products and, of course, eat cake!
This means that I have lots of sample cards from the demo to share here on my blog over the coming weeks. Just so that you know, some of the links in this post are affiliated links and you can find out all about how I use them on my disclaimers and disclosures page.
What was I demoing?
Well one of my *THINGS* at the moment is using Project Life and journaling cards for more than memory keeping and pocket pages. You might have noticed that I *LOVE* journaling cards – they keep cropping up here on a regular basis; I’ve even made some of my own with the Cricut Explore and then there are the watercolour gem journaling cards that I shared how to make back in January.
If you are predominantly a cardmaker, you may be forgiven for walking past Project Life and journaling cards, thinking they are not for you. For starters, they aren’t marketed at you and have been positioned for the memory keepers amongst us.
But we crafters are nothing if not a resourceful bunch and many of us do a multitude of different crafts – I do anything I can get my hands on as you might have guessed by now!
So why not use journaling cards for projects other than memory keeping and pocket page scrapbooking?
Here Are Some Projects To Try:
I’ve been using them for various different projects –
- If you get Simply Cards And Papercrafts you might have spotted journaling cards being used as backgrounds and embellishments in my article on cardmaking using printing on vellum for Issue 137.
- Then there’s the planner pocket page (yep, obsessed with planners too!) for a tutorial on Blitsy recently.
- But also they are a fantastic way to mass-produce Christmas cards quickly like I did for the Blitsy Blog last year.
- They are also great for adding a quick background for an interesting embellishment that you want to stand out like this jean upcycle card.
Or What About this Cute Card?
You can safely say I’m trying to get the most out of my journaling card kits and I was sharing some more ideas on how to do this on Saturday at Crafts U Love.
One of the great things about the packets of journaling cards is you pretty much have a whole kit ready for making into a lot of cards – add a couple of stamps and you are good to go.
Take the super-quick, super-easy and super-cute hot air balloon card pictured above. It is made using the Becky Higgins Project Life Peace, Love and Sunshine pack with a bit of stamping using the Penny Black Stamps Live It Up! Set.
I hope that has given you a fresh look at getting the most from your journaling cards!
More Demo Cards To Come!
Stay tuned for some more to come. I also demoed some inkiness at the weekend with some of the new Tim Holtz distress ink colours, so there will be some samples using these coming your way too.
In the meantime, what else have you been doing with your journaling cards? Let’s see how far we can make them work for us, shall we? I bet they would make great party décor items and maybe even home décor items.
Time to get to work and re-think those journaling cards.
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