Project Life Journal Cards Tutorial

March 1, 2015

I still sometimes am challenged by the journaling aspect of scrapbooking. I know that it’s important to include journaling cards in my own handwriting, as that is part of “me” and I want to record that. But visually, I love the look of journaling cards using the many great fonts that are out there. When I first began with Project Life, I wasn’t quite sure how to print on the journaling cards. This is the way that I figured out works best for me. There are many ways to do this, so feel free to use whatever method is easiest for you!

Here is a layout that is almost complete – just needs some journaling on those cards.

How to Print Project Life Journal Cards Tutorial

I start with taking the blank card and determining about how wide I want my journal text to go. I’m using my paper trimmer as a ruler here, since I had it handy. Just eyeballing it, I figure I want my text to go about 4.5 inches wide on this 6 inch wide journal card.

How to Print Project Life Journal Cards Tutorial

I open up Word and choose the font I want, and change the tabs so I get my text about 4.5 inches wide, and I center my text. I place the text towards the middle of the page, as it will make positioning the card easier in the next step.

How to Print Project Life Journal Cards Tutorial

I then print the text out on a normal sheet of printer paper.

How to Print Project Life Journal Cards Tutorial

Next, I take my journaling card and adhere a bit of double sided sticky tape to the back of it, making sure both sides of the tape are sticky. I love this kind of tape because it’s pretty easily removable when I’m done with this process.

How to Print Project Life Journal Cards Tutorial

Then, I hold the journaling card on top of the printer paper, in front of a window because that way it allows me to see through the journaling card and position the journaling card over the printer paper, right where I want the text to go on the card. I press down firmly so that the journaling card adheres to the printer paper with that double sided tape.

How to Print Project Life Journal Cards Tutorial

Now that the card is adhered to the printer paper, I run the piece of paper through my printer. It’s SUPER important that you load it in the correct direction, with the correct side up or down. I use the actual letter tray but I’m sure you could use the feed tray as well, depending on your printer and preference.

How to Print Project Life Journal Cards Tutorial

Then I just re-print that page from Word. And this is my result! All that’s left is removing the tape from the card/the piece of printer paper.

How to Print Project Life Journal Cards Tutorial

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Let me know if you find this useful and how it works for you!

15 thoughts on “Project Life Journal Cards Tutorial

  1. Wendie

    Great idea and tutorial. I started doing this years ago with my “traditional” scrapbooking. You can get a lot more journaling on a card when you print it this way. TFS!

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  2. Norine Mueller

    thanks for sharing this just had a question do you need to put lots of tape on the back of your journal card so it doesnt get stuck in you printer? love this idea just afraid to mess up my printer

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    1. Elizabeth Post author

      Hi Norine – great question! I only put a single strip in the middle of the back of the card; about 1 inch long. However, I’m sure each printer could behave a bit differently so if you’re wanting to be cautious, test it out with a couple pieces of tape just to be sure.

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    1. Elizabeth Post author

      Thanks Ronda! And don’t let the computer versus craft room stop you. My laptop computer is usually on the kitchen counter, the printer is in a totally different room, and my craft supplies…well they are pretty much scattered everywhere!

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  3. Janis Lewis

    You are freakin’ amazing! I LOVE THIS! I have GOT to get some of that tape. I’m going to post to my Bimini Moose blog a link to your tutorial here. This is fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing.
    Scheduled to post 3-4-15 @ 5:30 am Eastern time with this link
    http://biminimoose.blogspot.com/2015/03/printing-on-filler-cards-tutorial-link.html

    🙂 Janis
    PauseDreamEnjoy.blogspot.com (personal crafting blog)
    BiminiMoose.blogspot.com (scrapbook challenges and blog posts)

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    1. Elizabeth Post author

      Thanks so much, Janis! The tape is easy to find at many stores, even Target. Just make sure it says “double sided removable” on it – they make a very similar package of tape that isn’t sticky on both sides. It really is one of my favorite scrapbooking items because it’s so easy to remove it if you need to.

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