Make Your Own Journaling Cards – Nov 2003

If you’re a crafter or scrapbooker, you won’t have missed that pocket style scrapbooking such as Project Life that has been everywhere lately! It’s definitely one of my new obsessions, so I thought I would have a go at mixing it with one of my other obsessions; Derwent Inktense blocks!

Most journaling cards come in either 3″ x 4″ or 4″ x 6″ sizes, so I started by cutting some watercolour paper to those sizes as my base. Then I collected together some brushes, sponges, stencils and stamps, along with my Inktense Blocks and got to work!



Firstly I made the base colour, using the blocks on sponge or brushes and through stencils to make a variety of effects – plain bold colours, gradients and stencils to make chevron and hexagon patterns – you really can experiment and make whatever colour or theme you like with these and they end up really bold and vivid too, I love the finished effect!



This yellow one I made with a hexagon mask, dabbing over colour with a brush, you can see it blurred a bit under the stencil in the middle but I quite like the softer effect there as it gives a less bold area for journaling. The stencil wasn’t quite as wide as the card so it left a border each side, I emphasised this with some doodled stitching and added a stamped sentiment to the bottom.



This one, I used a scrap of the leftover watercolour paper and stamped a Doodle Doll image, which I also coloured in with Inktense blocks; once dry I added some glitter to her dress. I added a doodled border to the card and a stamped sentiment (one of my favourite sayings!) before sticking the doll to one side – I think this one ended up being my favourite!



For these little ones I simply added some stamped and doodled images to finish, and here is my complete set of cards ready for a future Project Life spread…



I hope you’ll give Inktense Blocks a try to make your Project Life / Journaling Cards! If you’d like to share your projects over on the Derwent Facebook page we’d love to see them! I’ll be back soon with another project.
Sarah x