Jennifer Edwardson shares great ways to use 3×4 cards!

Jennifer Edwardson shares great ways to use 3×4 cards!

Hey everyone …I’m excited to be back on the SCT blog sharing another fun project with you all today! 3 x 4” journal cards have been around for a while now but they seem to be popping up as part of almost every new collection.  Whether in a package on their own or as part of 12 x 12” patterned paper, they’re so fun and can be used on just about anything you create or slipped into pocket pages too!

A favorite way for me to use them is to cut them up.  It is super rare to find them on my layouts or cards in their original 3 x 4” format.  I love to trim, punch, cut and shape them as much as possible to make them look great with whatever I’m working on.

I fell in love with the ‘Hello Sunshine’ collection from Pink Paislee and the journal cards are so seriously cute …


For this 12 x 12” layout, I chose (4) cards and trimmed them each at a different  points, splitting them between the words and graphics.  The corners were already rounded so I just gently sanded the edges to show the white inner core of the paper.


Supplies: Journal Cards, Patterned Paper, Stickers, Die Cuts, Chi Shapes (Pink Paislee ‘Hello Sunshine’); Buttons (Bella Blvd. and American Crafts); Alphabet Stickers (Jillibean Soup); Twine (Hemptique)

All my photos were trimmed to 3 x 3” and adhere flat across my patterned paper base. I cut (2) 12” borders from the grey pattern, border punched along the top and bottom and then gently sanded the edges of these pieces too. To adhere them, I put a piece of narrow double sided tape along the straight edge and then slightly overlapped the edges of my photos.  Remember not to adhere the borders down completely as you will need to be able to tuck your journal cards under the edge to hide your ‘seams’ 🙂


When I started tucking the journal card pieces under, I made sure to mismatch them so their tops and bottoms don’t go together.  I liked the look of this separation rather than having them too matchy matchy or straight across.


Once I had all my journal cards in place I went back and added chip shapes, stickers, my title and some typewriter journaling onto a piece of patterned paper the same as my base.


Journal cards are the PERFECT addition (or start!) to any card too. They absolutely can be used as they come with some embellies added to them but again I like to cut them up!


 This journal card came with the cloud graphic just underneath the phrase ‘be the rainbow in someone elses cloud’ and I decided I wanted it on the top of the card.  I trimmed it off the bottom and adhered it flat at the top edge with the phrase below.



There was a space in between these 2 pieces, so I cut up another journal card that had multi colored stripes and used the blue/grey bit at the top as my ‘sky’ and then added a puffy rainbow sticker and a button with twine to finish it off!


This card was super quick and cute.  The original journal card was black and white and came with the phrase ‘don’t worry be happy’ so I cut ‘love and’ from another card and added it to make up my own phrase.  A few coordinating heart die cuts and buttons and ta da! Perfect for those moments when you need a card and are leaving for the party in 5 minutes ( …and yes, this happens to everyone!)


 Thanks so much for joining me on the SCT blog! I hope you are all having a wonderful Spring wherever you are and that you are making time to create as often as you can. 

See you next time 🙂

~ Jennifer Edwardson



  1. Jenny Kozar May 14, 2014 at 11:37 am

    These are great examples to use these cards — thanks for sharing.

  2. Val May 14, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Very nice….

  3. MIchelle K May 14, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Thanks for the great ideas. I have a bunch just sitting around.

  4. Judi Church May 14, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Such a simple idea,,,,and I never thought of it! I love the idea of cutting them up. Thanks for this great post.

  5. jean marmo May 14, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    LOVE that layout!

  6. Kathy P. May 14, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Darling, DARLING page, and I love your cards! I have amassed quite a few (thousand) of these journaling cards, so I really appreciate all your cute tips for using them!

  7. TracyM #6773 May 15, 2014 at 1:26 am

    GREAT way to use journal cards – THANK YOU for the INSPIRATION Jennifer!!!
    I REALLY like how you have split them on your layout and used them on your cards too 🙂

  8. michelle t May 15, 2014 at 8:14 am

    That’s a great layout! Thanks for the inspiration. Michelle t

  9. DebbieC. May 15, 2014 at 8:20 am

    What a great idea for another use of journal cards. Love your layout.

  10. Dorina D May 15, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Love the idea of cutting up journaling cards. Great idea for both layouts and cards. Thanks for sharing.

  11. jennifer May 15, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    I’m happy you like this fun journal card idea ….. Hope it makes you look at them in a whole new light :)) xo

  12. Maye M.L. May 21, 2014 at 5:12 am

    Awesome idea! As a card maker, I love these journaling cards only from afar. I am always intimidated to add the in my cards. Now, I have a great starting point. Thanks!

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