Monday, April 23, 2012

Project Life | Assembly Line Process

On Friday I got ready to complete two weeks (week 15 and 16) of Project Life by making journal cards.  This was the first time I mass-produced a bunch of journal cards in a stamping, cutting, and sewing frenzy.  I think I really like doing this all at once, rather than just making the journal cards that I need that particular week for Project Life.  Because when I create them one-off, I’m already spending time getting my stamps, ink pads, ink mists, etc. out.  So by making a whole bunch at once, I’m saving time for the next few weeks of Project Life, when I can just get a decorated journal card out and use it!

I used some of the stamps I hand-carved myself to stamp onto journal cards.
I used a Studio Calico Ampersand mask on a 3x4 Project Life grid journal card and sprayed with some Studio Calico Mr. Huey mists.

After spraying, I removed the mask and this was what the journal card looked like.

I sprayed more, using different colors and base cardstock.

Then I took a whole bunch of stamps out onto my craft table and started a stamp-fest. 

After a while I had a whole BUNCH of 3x4 journal cards to use in my Project Life album!  A bunch of these stamps were found in the $1 bin at Michaels!

Next, I used Cutting Files: Edged Borders SVG cutting files by Amy Martin, resized them to 6 inches in Silhouette Designer Studio, and cut the borders out with different papers.  20120421-IMG_0640_600

This way I have a whole bunch of borders to use on 4x6 journal cards, like this!

And I even whipped out the sewing machine and stitched some of the borders onto 4x6 cardstock, like this one.

And this one.

And this one, on my Week 16 title slot.  (I’ll be blogging PL Week 15 & 16 later this week.)

I also used the sketch function on my Silhouette to draw out some digital items.  I bought the Chomas pen holder and marker holder for the Silhouette a couple of weeks ago.  With these holders, I’m able to use almost any pen and any marker in my arsenal!  The digital items I used were from The Lilypad.

My newest discovery is I love to use Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust glitter pens to sketch with my Silhouette!  It works awesome and I LOVE how it looks!



And here are my sketched journal cards all cut and ready for use.
Hope you enjoyed a look into my Project Life journal card mass-production process.  I’ll be back later this week with Week 15 and Week 16 posts.  :)


  1. Super cute cards!! I just bought that Ampersand this weekend.

  2. Becky [Higgins] should make you part of her CT ... your Project Life work is AMAZING!!!

  3. Totally amazing!!!! Love the process and creativity. I have been debating the Chomas holder, may need to revisit that. THanks for the inspiration.

  4. Great ideas and products! Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Thanks for inspiring me to create my own journaling cards in batches. Such a great idea! Guess what I'll be doing tonight while sitting in front of the TV.

  6. You are such an enabler! :) I love it!!!
    I might need to look into these pens now that my marker & pen holders for my Cameo are on their way. Yay!

  7. You make the cutest things.

  8. U r very creative! Very inspiring:-) now...I need to get a silhouette!

  9. Very nice! Great idea to be efficient and do a lot at once. Making one make just as much mess and then you have to clean up multiple times:)


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