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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Altered Index Cards

Happy New Year's Eve! The year is almost over, and I'm looking forward to a better year in 2014. :) I've come up with some Altered Index Cards that I made, after I saw a vague reference to some on Pinterest. I've always liked the look of journaling cards on pages that look like lined school paper, but never could figure out how to make that happen. Then, thanks to Pinterest, I figured it out! I COULD spend money to buy a set of 6 cards thru Etsy that have been printed and such, OR, me being the DIY-er in an effort to make it myself and save the money - I'll make them myself! So I started with some 4x6 lined index cards. I found a big pack of them at the Dollar Tree - 100 in a pack for $1! Can't beat that value! :D



I trimmed them down to 3x4 - standard size for Project Life cards, BTW ;). Although these are not a true 4x6, they're more like 3.75 x6, but that still works - the extra can be matted on a solid CS and made to fit a 3x4. Anywho.... On some of them I punched holes along the side to make it look like a true piece of school paper. All you have to do next is add embellishments. Scraps of paper are nice, but washi is even better! :D You can also use mini alpha stickers or stamps to add to to the top and get to journaling from there. AND, if you don't want the lines on the front, flip them over for a plain white space on the back - still a great journaling spot and the possibilities are endless! The ones shown here are all going in my December Daily album.



I also love altering and embellishing journaling cards/cutaparts that come from 12x12 or Project Life cards. Here I have a 4x6 from the Simple Stories' Handmade Holiday 12x12 piece. I trimmed it down to about a 4x5, and added some enamel dots where the holly berries are, plus a banner from a scrap of paper that coordinates with the rest of my December Daily album. I added some twine wrapped around the top with a button and tied in a bow, then added a Christmas tree (with a washi tape trunk!). Then I added some journaling about this December Daily book, and it is an extra page insert between pages in the book, at the beginning.



and here is a completed page for my December Daily using my journaling card/tag that I made. I'm submitting this for a challenge over at The Studio Challenges. I rounded the edges, inked the sides, added a Christmas tree with trunk, extra washi decoration, and a "Ho ho ho" I cut out of a piece of PP. Then I added some twine thru the holes I punched on the left and tied with a bow.



Thanks for looking!

14 comments:

  1. What an awesome way to make your own journaling spots! TFS! :)

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    1. Thank you! And Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  4. These are great - I'm always amazed at how perfectly "scrappy" office supplies can become with a corner rounder and some imagination. Thanks for visiting my blog today and your lovely comments. Happy Scrappy New Year!

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    1. Thank you so much! Can't wait to see more of your work. : )

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  5. I'm all for the DIY journaling cards. Look great and with bits of washi/embellies can be created for any type of page.

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    1. I was thinking the same thing! Perfect for back to school pages too, or ANY page where you want a cute journaling tag. Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  6. Such an awesome take on the challenge Carolyn - thanks for playing along! :)

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  7. What a great idea, and way to be frugal with your scrapping money! Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Studio!

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  8. Lovely ♥ Thanks for playing at The Studio Challenges ♥ Petra

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  9. That's a great idea. Thanks for sharing!!!

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  10. That's a great idea, thank you for sharing!!

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