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Making the Most of Phrase Card Booklets:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Becky Williams

Making the Most of Phrase Card Booklets:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Becky Williams

Journaling and/or sentiment cards and those of the Project Life variety have become increasingly popular in the scrapbooking world. It seems that more and more companies are producing items to make scrapbooking quicker and easier. I really like that manufacturers have created sheets of journal cards and booklets of cards with journal prompts and sentiments as well. I have built up a little collection of these quote card booklets and would like to share with you today how to make the most of them.

Many scrapbookers tend to have quite a large supply of product. I am not immune to hoarding papers and embellishments and sometimes spend more time searching through supplies than actually creating something. I think that it can be overwhelming to have so much and it is so much easier, at times, to create something with a limited amount of product. I challenged myself to do that on this layout that I share with you here today.

Making the Most of Phrase Card Booklets:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Becky Williams @ shimelle.com

Making the Most of Phrase Card Booklets:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Becky Williams @ shimelle.com

First off, I gathered the supplies that I would use on this scrapbook page: 2 wallet-sized photos, Quote Cards, patterned paper for base of page, scissors, journaling pen, paper punches, alpha stickers, tape runner, foam adhesive and miscellaneous other embellishments I would use for my layout.

The great thing about many of the journaling and sentiment cards/booklets on the market today is that they are double-sided. Oftentimes they have a phrase/journaling area on one side and a pattern on the reverse. I used the patterned papers on the back sides of the cards to build the background of my page instead of using patterned paper since the colors in the collection I used coordinated perfectly with the colors in my daughter’s uniform. You can use the patterns as-is or dress up the pieces by using border punches or a corner punch as I did. There were some quote cards that didn’t fit the theme of my page as well as others so I leaned toward those cards when choosing which papers I would use for the background.

Making the Most of Phrase Card Booklets:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Becky Williams @ shimelle.com

Making the Most of Phrase Card Booklets:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Becky Williams @ shimelle.com

The cards in this booklet were mainly quote cards, as suggested by the product name, so I used a large scalloped punch to create a journaling spot. I also used a piece of one of the lined quote cards to create an additional space for journaling at the top of my layout. I made a pen outline on the scalloped spot to add a handmade touch to the page.

Making the Most of Phrase Card Booklets:: A Scrapbooking Tutorial by Becky Williams @ shimelle.com

Making the Most of Phrase Card Booklets:: A Scrapbooking Tutorial by Becky Williams @ shimelle.com

Making the Most of Phrase Card Booklets:: A Scrapbooking Tutorial by Becky Williams @ shimelle.com

In addition to using the patterned backs of the quote cards for the page background I also used it for page embellishments. The stars were cut using various patterns and my star punch. The little heart on the right-hand picture was cut from one of the quote cards as well. I cut the orange polka dot strip from a quote card and trimmed the main embellishment ‘You make me happy’ from another card. Don’t be afraid to trim the cards to fit what you’d like to do on your page. This one was a little large for the space on my page so I simply trimmed it down. The scraps that you don’t use on this project can be used on something in the future.

Making the Most of Phrase Card Booklets:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Becky Williams @ shimelle.com

Making the Most of Phrase Card Booklets:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Becky Williams @ shimelle.com

Making the Most of Phrase Card Booklets:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Becky Williams @ shimelle.com

Dress up the cards with twine or stickers, tape, pen work, stitching or whatever might strike your fancy. This is a great way to add a personal touch to your project.

Making the Most of Phrase Card Booklets:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Becky Williams @ shimelle.com

This layout was created one sheet of patterned paper, the quote card booklet, alphas and a few miscellaneous embellishments. By making good use of punches and the reverse sides of the cards I was able to do a small amount of supplies.

Do you own any of these journaling/quote/sentiment cards? Pull them out and try to create a layout using only those and a few other supplies you have on hand. You’ll be surprised at the great projects you can create with only a small amount of supplies.





Becky Williams lives in west Texas with her husband of 12 years, her four cute daughters and basset hound, Bella. She began scrapbooking as an early teen and went on to work on her high school yearbook which further fueled her passion for design and scrapbooking. She has been blessed to be a part of various kit club and manufacturer teams and has been published in both print and online magazines. She currently designs for American Crafts, Bella Blvd and Lily Bee. You can see more of her work on her blog.

09 July 2013



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10 Comments for Making the Most of Phrase Card Booklets:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Becky Williams

  1. Kelli Says:

    Shimelle, do you plan on returning to your blog or will this continue to be a place of guest posters. It really is getting ridiculous. I find it annoying when you pop up on my blog reader and it is never you, but someone who -if I wanted to hear from them, I would read THEIR blog.

  2. Cathy L. Says:

    I enjoy the guest posts! I get very overwhelmed with all of the supplies and embellishments, it’s refreshing to see a great layout using fewer “things”.

  3. Sara H, Says:

    It’s wonderful to see how Becky made use of the less is more concept which is of great help to scrapbookers who would rather invest in quality tools than a quantity of embellishments.

    Kelli, I found your comment to be highly offensive and insulting to the guest poster. When someone does something for your benefit, free of charge, you should not complain. After all, beggars can’t be choosers. If you are unhappy remove the blog from your reader and find a different one. You come across as a spoiled child.

  4. Abster Says:

    Thank you for sharing Becky’s less is more layout. I really like this layout concept and will be trying it very soon. Thanks for the inspiration. I don’t have time to visit other blogs and really love all the designers featured here. Thanks Shimelle!

    P.S. Right on Sara!

  5. Mendi Yoshikawa Says:

    Becky, your layout turned out awesome and I love all your tips. It is great to see you over here on Shimelle’s blog! :)

  6. Lisa Says:

    I miss Shimelle here too, but I have enjoyed the variety of posts recently.

    Kelli – did you know Shimelle was teaching a 6 week course called Break it Down, for FREE over at “:http://www.ukscrappers.co.uk/boards/forumdisplay.php?f=481

    *ALSO, have you checked out Paperclipping Rountable! Today’s episode featured Shimelle and she even explained being a bit behind in posting to her blog but she is definitely out there! :)
    I hope this helps the Shimelle withdrawl!

  7. Emily Adams Says:

    Wow, these are some great ideas. I regularly add things to pre-made phrase cards, but hadn’t thought of cutting them or using border punches!

  8. Tiffany Says:

    I love your layout ideas, Becky. I’m always looking for new ways to use my stash of products. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Abster Says:

    Lisa- those were some great tips for everyone. How sweet of you to post them.

  10. Katie Scott Says:

    I love this idea Becky! So completely clever!

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