Scrapbooking on the Cheap: Making your own Journaling Cards

I love embellishment heavy layouts, for both pocket scrapbooking and my big 12×12’s. I love to look at them, I love to make them, and I love showing them off. What I don’t love is how much gorgeous cardstock die cuts cost. Here, I’ve put together two quick videos showing a very simple technique to make your own gorgeous journal cards (or embellishments for a 12×12 layout).

For each video, I’ll walk you through a few simple steps:

  1. Die cut your shapes, using either an electronic cutting machine, such as a Silhouette, or metal dies and a manual cutting machine, such as a Big Shot.
  2. Distress your die cuts (this is the fun part).  Pick a couple of dye-based inks and go to town.
  3. Put it all together on a journaling card.

Suggested supplies:

  • 6”x4” cuts of white card stock
  • More white card stock for die cutting
  • Dye based inks and a blending tool
  • A way to spritz or flick water
  • Adhesive


  • Stamps and ink
  • Ribbons and other scraps

Making Your Own Journaling Cards (Snowflakes)

Making Your Own Journaling Cards (Christmas)

What are your favorite techniques for making your own embellishments?

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