Wednesday, December 19, 2012

What's Up Wednesday: Little Box Full of Possibilities

Hello there!

It's Shay here today.  Have seen the awe-inspiring altered box by Norma?  She's amazing!

I have something that bridges the gap between Christmas and the coming new year.  Do you have a friend who is crafty or you wish to introduce to stamping and/or memory keeping?  Journaling cards are very popular right now for use in scrapbook layouts, Project Life, minibooks and cards.  They are easy to make and with stamps a breeze to customize.  Why not create a coordinating set as a gift?  It also won't take too much time as we are all going down to the wire with Christmas less than a week away.

I picked out some patterned paper in a color scheme that I liked and cut out a few 3x4 inch rectangles from the papers.  I then cut out some 3x4 inch rectangles from cream cardstock.  I grabbed some stamps and took my ink color cues from the papers.  I also made a little box to hold the cards from patterned paper which I decorated with a tag from Holiday Tags set that I stamped "to: from:" stamp in the same set.  So cute!   And for an extra special gift add a gift card or gift certificate to your favorite stamp company (wink wink) to the gift to encourage them to create their own journaling cards.

I made some super simple journaling cards, but there are so many options out there.  The fun of this project is that you can decorate your 3x4 canvas with any stamps you want.  An alphabet can become a fun monogram (try Whimsical Pattern Alphabet or Funky Alphabet) to stand for a friend's child's name, stamp out words or names with Funky Lower Case or Perfect Alphabet or numbers from Perfect Number stand for a month (imagine doing numbers to mark the month's of life of a newborn).  The Paris or London sets are perfect for travel themes.  If your friend loves angels, for instance, then the Angels cling stamp set would be lovely stamped in a soft ink color that can be written on later.  Go for pretty and elaborate or clean and simple to suit your recipient's tastes.  Round the corners, use different punches on the cards, die cut shapes out of the card or add shapes to the cards.  Change up the colors for their favorites.  There are really so many possibilities!

Journaling Cards can be used to make a minibook or tags by punching a hole, a beginning to a card in addition to being used on scrapbook layouts and Project Life.  They can be as embellished or not as embellished as desired.  They are pretty versatile and awesome!

I hope you ink up some Paper Wings Productions stamps and create some journaling cards!  We would love to see what you make with Paper Wings Productions stamps.  Add your projects to our flickr group, to Pinterest, comment with a link on this post or even email pictures to us!

AND don't forget to enter to the pin it to win it contest to get free Paper Wing Production stamp goodness!

Happiest of holidays to you all!


Stamps: Perfect Number, Holiday Tags, Graph Journaling Lines, Holiday, Perfect Alphabet, Remember, School Paper Journaling Lines, Tabs and Banners, Celebrate, Happy (set like Holiday, Remember, Celebrate, Merry and Thankful)
Ink: Jenni Bowlin for Ranger in spice tin, lemon drop, speckled egg, stick candy and seed packet; Memento by Tsukineko in tuxedo black
Cardstock: Neenah Paper
Patterned Paper: October Afternoon, My Mind's Eye
Other: Copic markers; American Crafts glitter tape; washi tape (to close box)


  1. Brilliant idea! I love your color palette! Thanks for the inspiration Shay. =)

  2. Fantastic idea! I especially loved the colored in grid and the numbers for a pattern background. You are too good!

  3. These are great! I really like the yellow numbered one too. Love the fun fresh colors!!

  4. Love this idea! Love that they can be used as journaling cards or tags! Thanks for sharing!


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