I follow a few art blogs. This week one of them had a post on making journal cards and art journalling. I, suddenly, had this inspiration – I could make journal cards out of some of the larger paper scraps I have.
I managed to whittle down my collection of paper scraps but I still have a ton. Some I just don’t know how I am going to use them up.
I pulled out what I thought was the last of my scraps (turns out I had 3 bags of scraps) and some index cards.
Here’s the thought – glue index cards to the paper and instant journal cards.
Truth is, I’m really not sure what one does with journal cards but there is a whole movement out there. I thought these might be fun for a number of things – creating prompt cards for art or writing. Recipe cards. Notes for card inserts. The uses are limitless.
Here is a sample of ones I made. I went with some single card cards. Then I attached 3 cards to a piece of scrap paper with the idea of cutting them into individual cards. Guess what, I loved the option of having the extra writing space. I can always cut them down when I actually use the cards. The paper in the back was a background experiment that I really had no idea what to do with. Makes a beautiful journal card.
See the card in the front – the space was rather large so I thought I’d get out some larger index cards. I dug in the supply closet. Couldn’t find the larger index cards but I found labels. The labels were so much fun. They were easy to attach. I could cut them into smaller sizes or add several to make a larger surface.
The labels, then, made me think of envelopes. I have a bag of random envelopes (and probably more stashed in my paper supplies.
These made me think of the book projects I have been picking at so be prepared for an update on those soon because I am completely inspired to work on them again.
I was getting bored towards the end there but I still had some things I wanted to use up – like the half used pages of labels.
I have what I call the God Jar – it’s a lovely little jar that sits on my desk and I use it to write notes to God. I try to remember to give the jar my worries and my gratitude.
The problem is – I’m running out of strips of paper.
It was so much easier when I had a surplus of papers so I used the scraps and some labels to help fill up my envelope for my God jar.
I’m thinking I have enough to challenge myself to write more.
Now since I still had labels, I found a stack of scrap paper from another project. All the cards are the same size so I turned them into fun little writing cards. Who knows what I will write on them but what matters most is that I am back to playing and I am inspired.
Hope this inspires you.