Using Journaling Cards on Your Layouts

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This month the Simple Scrapper Team was challenged to use journaling cards and/or journal with a list format on their layouts created with templates from the Simple Scrapper Premium Membership.

Journaling cards provide a structured spot to put journaling on your page. With the popularity of Project Life by Becky Higgins, and other similar projects, there may never have been so many journaling cards, paper and digital, available in the marketplace.

Journaling with lists makes it easy to get your words onto the page without over-thinking the writing in a way that’s visually attractive and easily read. It’s a particularly effective device when you want to journal about a loved one.

Journaling lists can be:

  • numbered with a title or subtitle that names the number of things that you’re mentioning in the journaling;
  • created with bullet points (or graphic element of your choice), in which case you’re not locked in to a specific number of things;
  • started with the same word or phrase, such as “You.”

Celeste Smith used a numbered list to highlight five ways her son is amazing.


Using a whimsical and colorful mixture of hand-stamped letters and letter stickers on a journaling card, Krista Wells’s layout told a story from the perspective of her child.


Margrethe Aas Johnsen cleverly combined words and phrases printed on stickers with her handwritten journaling on her numbered list titled “6 thoughts.”


To tell a longer story, Ronnie Crowley documented an aspect of her son’s basketball season using a long, graphic, sports-themed journaling card.


Jennie McGarvey used journaling strips started with “you” to document her son’s personality “right now.”


Mandy Ross captured her daughter’s day with a combination of digital handwritten fonts and bullet points.


Amy Kingsford “pushed the envelope” on the journaling card concept by crafting a large journaling block with a combination of kit elements and several different fonts.


Aimee Maddern included six details in her numbered list created by composing the journaling in Microsoft Word and then running a journaling card through her computer printer.


I use repetition emphasizing the word “YOU” with capital letters and a different color than the rest of the journaling to document an outing with my husband.


Briana Marshall layered a variety of word strips on a colorful, circle journaling spot.


Michele Holcomb also used repetition in her journaling sentences printed on ledger paper.


Jess Forster used file folder labels for her handwritten journaling about her daughter. Punctuation pieces from dimensional lettering serve as bullet points.


Julie Kelley replaced a photo spot on the template with a hybrid journaling element to which she added her handwritten details.


I hope we’ve inspired you to use a journaling card and/or journal with lists on an upcoming layout.

Journaling Card Freebies

We’re providing two journaling card designs for our readers. Both are provided in .jpg and .png formats for digital or hybrid use. (Download)

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  1. libbywilko

    Thank you ! Really like the journaling cards you made.

  2. Shawna Rae

    Thank you for the free journaling cards… LOVE them!

  3. lemondedis

    j’aime vraiment beaucoup !… je recherche des freebies sur le Net et je partage mes liens, pour l’instant sur Pinterest (où j’ai déjà plus de 12000 liens vers des téléchargements gratuits), en attendant l’ouverture de mon propre site et je poste le lien immédiatement pour que tout le monde puisse télécharger et utiliser vos jolies créations !… merci pour le partage… Is (si vous voulez voir ce que je fais, c’est là : )



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