Saturday 2 May 2015

Stampin’ on Saturday ~ DIY Project Life Cards

Happy National Scrapbooking Day!

As you may know, I’ve moved away from traditional scrapbook layouts over the past couple of years and into the Project Life style of memory keeping. I still have piles of 12 x 12 paper (who doesn't?!) and it seems a shame to let it gather dust.


Instead, I've been chopping it up and making my own cards to fit the pocket pages. The set below were made from a matching paper collection and a few index cards. I realise the latter is unlikely to be acid free, but that sort of thing doesn't really worry me. If you’re only writing on them and they are in separate pockets, away from your photos, I don’t think it’s much of an issue anyway. That’s a personal choice.


My index cards were 6 x 4”. I cut them in half and added a strip of paper. Washi tape would work well too. That’s all you need, if you have a lot to say. Lighter coloured papers with small patterns also work well for journalling. This is about as simple as it gets. I tend to have a stack of these cut, ready to add photos and embellish further, when I’m putting the pages together.


With the busier patterns and darker colours, I had to get a little more creative. By adding strips and circles punched from the index cards, I’ve made them suitable for journalling. They work as photo mats without. I punched banners and fussy cut the hexagon pattern to add a bit of interest to the plain 3 x 4 cards.


Of course, you don't need to cut up whole sheets of paper, like I have, scraps work perfectly for this. You can stamp on them and add embellishments to your heart’s content. They would come in handy as journalling spots on full size pages, if you are not into pocket page scrapping. Why not have a go?

I set this as a challenge for NSD on For the Love of Pretty Paper, which is a UK based paper crafting group on Facebook. Pop over, if you fancy joining in.

Have a lovely weekend, whatever you are doing.


Unknown said...

A great idea using index cards - very pretty Project Life cards now.

scrappyjacky said...

Such a good idea....and a lovely result.

Jo said...

They look great. Sometimes in the evenings I grab my scrap basket and sit and cut Project Life cards x

KraftyKaren said...

These are really lovely - probably won't get time to do these in the timescale for the challenge but they are a great idea for the PL pages I have planned to finish off my Dutch album - I certainly have plenty of scraps left to make sure that they co-ordinate with the rest of the layouts

S J CRAFTS said...

This is such a great way to use up scraps. Ido this occasionally but not as mych as I should. Thanks so much for all your help with our Nsd challenge day on facebook xx

alexa said...

Very pretty! and a great use of paper/card. I like the little banner one especially.

Sian said...

They're fantastic. You could even use them as a base for the front of a traditional card.

Lou said...

these look good. And now i know what i'm going to make with the index cards that are left over from No1 son's revision :) x

JD/ Jill said...

This really looks neat and is a great idea!

Sandra said...

When I very first started doing my take on project life a few years ago, I did something similar and cut up lots of my papers ... I think I need to re do this again