Use Your Stash | 3×4 Journaling Cards

It’s time for another installment of Use Your Stash. This month’s layout is inspired by a sketch I found on Lilybee’s blog a few weeks ago:

I don’t think any of the examples on the blog post included premade journaling cards, but that is exactly what I saw in my head when I pinned this sketch. In fact, I really wanted to dig into my Project Life kits and use some of those journaling cards on a layout.

For my use your stash posts, I like to go in search of other layouts and inspiration to show additional examples. I have to admit that I had a hard time finding good examples that used journaling cards as part of the layout design, not just as a journaling block. But I did find some fun examples, even if a few of them aren’t quite what I had in mind.

1. Project Life Journaling cards

While I purchased Becky Higgin’s Clementine Project Life Core Kit, I frequently use my own stash in my Project Life album. I won’t be using all of these journaling and placement cards this year in that album, so I thought it would be fun to create a 12×12 layout and include them in the design. One of the journaling cards was the perfect place to add my longer title.

2. Make the journaling cards prominent in the design

In this layout from Margrethe in the Two Peas gallery, the cards are clearly used for journaling but I love that there is more attention being drawn to the journaling cards than to the photos. The journaling cards placed in the center of the layout draw your attention and the photos around the borders act to support them in this clever design.

3. Create a fun mini album

I love this project from Garden Girl Lexi Bridges. If you have a large stash of journaling cards and really want to make a dent, you could create a fun album. I love that the cards are attached by a ring and it’s small enough to tuck in to your purse or handbag.

4. A page full of cards

This is a great example of using cards to design a layout (from yellowpeep in the Two Peas gallery). While this is a digital layout, the idea can easily translate over to paper journaling cards. Many of the Simple Stories and Echo Park designs are not just for journaling but for decoration. This is the perfect way to add both to a fun layout. And you could always replace a card or two with a photo in the same size.

5. No photo necessary

Speaking of a page with no photos, I adore this layout from Garden Girl Wendy Sue Anderson. It’s another great example of the journaling cards as the focal point and a great way to get several of them on your page.

All of these ideas will work for any type of 3×4 journaling cards you might have in your stash. Simple Stories, Bo Bunny and Echo Park frequently include 12×12 sheets of 3×4 cards you can cut out. My Mind’s Eye collections also include journaling and title cards that would be perfect too.

So if you have a big collection of journaling cards in your stash, I hope that these ideas will inspire you to get them out of your stash and into a project.

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. This is a great post!

  2. I have a layout idea I’ve been pondering lately & I think this just might be the answer – several journal cards on a layout. Now my creative juices are flowing & I only have a little while before I need to head to Bible study!

  3. What a great idea! I have a ton of printable journaling cards pinned…some would be perfect for this!

  4. I just have to start off by saying I pinned the sketch and your Disney layout on Pinterest.
    I love your take on the sketch!!!
    That Wendy Sue Anderson layout is also great. I think I had already pinned that one πŸ™‚
    Great topic because I have so many journaling cards by October Afternoon!

  5. Your take on the sketch is perfect! Thank you for sharing all of the inspiring ways to use up my stash of journaling cards. πŸ™‚

  6. I really love your layout!! Great job! And great examples from others too. πŸ™‚

  7. All great layouts, but I like the page full of cards best as I’d never think to do that! x

  8. Oh my gosh, I love that Disney layout so much!!!! I don’t think I’ll be using all my PL cards either, but just in case I think I’ll wait until I’m done with the year πŸ™‚

  9. Great ideas! I am not a Project Lifer, but I did get the Simple Stories fall line, so I appreciate the inspiration for using some of those journaling cards.

  10. I just received my first set of PL cards and I am so glad to see your post. I don’t do PL and want to incorporate them into my layouts. Thnx

  11. Great ideas on using journal cards.
    Great layouts as well.



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