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Crafts U Love Demo – Get The Most From Your Journaling Cards (Continued)

3…2…1…BOOOOMMMMM!

Monday is Go! 

I don’t know why but the intro music to Thunderbirds just popped into my head then. Did it pop into yours too?

Ok, so you may not have noticed but it is Monday, I know, it was a surprise to me too! I have an explosive card to share with you today to help you get Monday off with a bang!

It is one of my Crafts U Love demo cards (I told you I had a few to share) and it is another from my ‘Get The Most From Your Journaling Cards’ series and I’ve used the Becky Higgins Boys Rule Project life card kit.

I might have told you guys this before but I’m a massive space and Sci Fi geek so this one rings all of my bells plus it is interactive, I’ve put the rocket on a spring so that it wobbles – too cool for school!

I *LOVE* cards with moving elements! Sorry I get a bit excited about space-y things and interactive things. Don’t mind me!

Ok you guys! You GO get your Monday, it ain’t rocket science! (Well, it might be for some of you, I mean I have no idea what you do in your job, you maybe a rocket scientist for all I know! In which case it IS rocket science!).

Right, I’m out of here, perhaps I shouldn’t drink so much coffee before I write my blog posts?

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Crafts U Love Demo – Get The Most From Your Journaling Cards (Continued)

After the canvas on Monday and the Face for Show Your Face on Friday I was thinking I would shake things up again with a card. What do you think? I still have some Craft U Love demo cards that I haven’t shared yet so let’s do this!

A greeting card with stars for a 5 year old

This is another card in my ‘Get The Most From Your Journaling Cards’ series and I’ve used the Becky Higgins Boys Rule Project life card kit with Tim Holtz Abandoned Coral and Fossilised Amber Distress inks.

How To Make:
It is another simple design, I used a craft knife to remove a star from a journaling card and then I used the card with the star removed as a stencil to sponge the inks through on the card blank. The cut-out star was then stuck on top using 3D-foam with a circle and the date tab, both of which were also cut from journaling cards.

If you like this make then you might want to check out these ones too if you haven’t seen them already:

Hot Air Balloons card
Awesome Bicycle card made from journaling cards

Hope you have a great creative Wednesday.

Kim

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Crafts U Love Demo – Get The Most From Your Journaling Cards (Continued)

Last week I shared with you one of my cards from the demo I did at Crafts U Love and I promised you some more, so today I have another share for you. I was working around two themes for my demo, (1) making the most from your journaling cards and (2) using the new Tim Holtz distress ink colour for this year.

Here is another card idea using the Boys Rule Project Life cards, this pack has a very retro-style and is perfect for making this card for a bicycle-lover.

retro bike card made using project life cards

Awesome! and really quick to do too. I’ve layered it up with 3D-foam but each piece is either part of or a whole journaling card.

Close up of the bicycle on the greeting card

Check out last week’s Demo share blog post if you want some more ideas for using journaling cards and Project Life cards.

More cards to come over the next few weeks, so stay tuned!
Have a super creative Monday.

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Crafts U Love Demo – Getting The Most From Your Journaling Cards

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.

DIY Journaling cards with the Cricut Explore tutorial
DIY Watercolour gem journaling cards tutorial

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:

Simply Cards And Papercrafts magazine 137
Planner pocket page made using journaling cards
Mass produce Christmas Cards easily with journaling cards
Jean upcycle Christmas Card tutorial

I’ve been using them for various different projects –

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.

A Hot air balloon card using journaling cards

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.

Making a hot air balloon card

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.

Thanks for popping by.
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DIY Journaling Cards Tutorial With The Cricut Explore

I have been putting the Cricut Explore through its paces this week and what a fun week it has been. The more I do the more I want to do! Yep, definitely loving this machine. So do you want to see what I have been up to? I’m going to share a few Cricut Explore DIY project tutorials with you this month starting with this…

 DIY Journaling Cards with the Cricut Explore

[There are some affiliate links in this blog post, so if you buy through them I do get a small amount of money at no extra cost to yourself. Thanks for your support!]

DIY Journaling cards, project life cards, journal cards, or whatever you like to call them, are super simple with the Cricut Explore and once you have started you ain’t gonna want to stop!

You will need:

Patterned paper

Cardstock

Cricut Explore

Cricut Design Space 

Pen to fit the Cricut Explore

Cricut Explore mat 
Cricut Explore basic tools

Cricut Design Space Software Insert image page

1. Open up the Cricut Design Space and login, if you aren’t logged in already. Start a new project and insert a square (I used #M46C02) and then make both layers visible and resize the shape to 3 inch by 4 inch. Ungroup the shape and resize the nested journal card shape to approx 2.45 inch by 3.45 inch. 

If you have used a square that doesn’t already have a layer then just copy and paste it, then resize the copy to fit inside the first.

Cricut Design Space Software workspace page

2. Once you are happy with your journaling card sizes, select both shapes by clicking outside the shape and holding the left-hand mouse button down to drag the select box over both shapes, or by clicking on the shapes in the ‘Layers’ window and holding the CTRL button as you select both shapes (sorry Mac users, I don’t know if this is the same for you guys).

With both shapes selected, either right button click and select ‘Weld’ from the drop-down menu or use the ‘Weld’ option in the ‘Layers’ window.

Ta-da! You have a border / frame!

Cricut Design Space Software Insert image page

3. You can now put in it all sorts of things! Go on have a go! I was looking for words for my journal / Project Life cards. You can of course write them yourself with the ‘Add Text’ option; remember, you can now use all the typefaces you already have on your computer – Score! 

But for mine I thought I would use some of the word art already in the Cricut Library, so after clicking the ‘Insert Image’ button, I searched for ‘hello’ and spotted #M3049A. 

Welding images in the Cricut Design Space Software

4. Move and resize the word to fit the journal card frame, then select all the shapes and weld them together.

OK, so that is pretty cool. But this next bit is way cooler! Copy and paste your new card and click on the little ‘Cut icon’ circle on the copied hello journal card layer in the ‘Layers’ window. A little side window pops up with a colour palette and three little icon circles at the top in the ‘Line Type’ option. Click on the middle icon that looks like a pen nib. 

It’s magic! You have just converted your die-cut journaling card into a written journaling card!

Making journaling cards in the Cricut Design Space Software

5. To make it into a complete journal card that cuts out, just make another journaling card blank, just as before, size it to 3 inch by 4 inch and resize the written design inside, then select both the blank card and the nested written design and either right button click and select ‘Attach’ or use the ‘Attach’ option in the ‘Layers’ window.

There you go – it’s a written journal card ready to cut and write.

MASSIVE TIP: Whatever you do, make sure that you save regularly whilst working on your projects in Cricut Design Space! Yeah, I found this out to my cost when they did some maintenance work on the website but had only let folks know through Facebook *sigh* #notahappybunny. Really hope they start using in-program warnings for those who aren’t looking at their Facebook page at the right time!

But all is forgiven ‘coz look at all these…

all the journaling cards in the Cricut Design Space Software

Oh yes, I might have gotten a bit carried away!


Using the Cricut Explore pen to draw


Oh and another super tip…something looking familiar about the pens below?

Pens you can use with the Cricut explore

You get a silver medium nib Cricut pen with your machine, and I’ve been really lucky and got sent some more of the metallic pens which I am super grateful for, but I really needed a black thin nib pen – I know, so ungrateful! Then I realised that something looked really familiar about the pen that came with the Cricut Explore, it is the same design as some of the American Crafts pens. So if you have some Slick writers or Galaxy markers, they will work beautifully! YAY! 

Having said that, I have so got my eye on the Cricut Antiquity Colour Pen Set, love those colours!

Journaling cards made with the Cricut Explore

I’ll be back next Friday with another Cricut Explore DIY tutorial so do drop on by and in the meantime let me know what you want to do with your machine. What will be the first thing you will make?

Catch you later.

Kim

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