Graphic Journal Card

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Graphic Journal Card
by Jenifer Juris

Learn how to create a graphic style journal card that can be used for numerous projects.

Step One: Open a Journaling Card

Step Two: Create Type

  • Get the Horizontal Type tool.
  • In the Tool Options, choose a chunky font. Set the Size to 125 pts and click on the Center Alignment icon. My font is Impact.
  • Click on the Foreground Color Chip to open the Color Picker.
  • In the dialog box, enter Hex #959595. Click OK.
  • On the document, click once and type XO.
  • Click the checkmark to commit the changes.

  • Press Ctrl J (Mac: Cmd J) to duplicate the type layer.
  • Get the Move tool.
  • On the document, click and drag the XO down until it’s below the first. See the screenshot below. 

  • Get the Horizontal Type tool.
  • On the document, click once within the second line of type and change the letters to OX.
  • Click the checkmark to commit the change.

Step Three: Align the Type

  • Get the Move tool.
  • In the Layers panel, while holding down the Shift key, click on the first type layer so that both type layers are active.
  • In the Tool Options, under Align click on Middle to align the horizontal centers.
  • In the Menu Bar, choose Layer > Merge Layers.

Step Four: Add a Graphic Shadow

  • In the Layers panel, click on the XOOX layer to activate it all by itself.
  • Press Ctrl J (Mac: Cmd J) to duplicate the layer.
  • In the Layers panel, click on the original XOOX layer to activate it.
  • Click on the Foreground Color Chip to open the Color Picker.
  • In the dialog box, enter Hex #252525. Click OK.
  • Press Shift Alt Backspace (Mac: Shift Opt Delete) to fill the layer with the foreground color. You will not see any change to your document.
  • Press Ctrl J (Mac: Cmd J) 50 times to duplicate the shape 50 times. Yes, 50 times!
  • In the Layers panel, click on the very bottom XOOX layer to activate it.
  • Get the Move tool. In the Tool Options, uncheck Auto Select.
  • On the document, click and drag the XOOX layer down and to the right. Use the screenshot as a guide.

  • In the Layers panel, while holding down the Shift key, click on the top most black XOOX layer so that all of the black XOOX layers are activated.
  • In the Tool Options, under Distribute click on the Left icon to distribute the left edges. Don’t panic, it’s going to look funny for just a moment. See the screenshot below.

  • In the Tool Options, under Distribute click on the Bottom icon to distribute along the bottom edges. There, that’s better.

  • In the Layers panel, click once on the top most (gray) XOOX layer.
  • While holding down the Shift key, click on the bottom most (black) XOOX layer to activate all of the XOOX layers.
  • Press Ctrl E (Mac: Cmd E) to merge the layers together.

Step Five: Center the Word Art

  • In the Layers panel, holding down the Shift key, click on the Background layer. Now both layers should be active.
  • Get the Move tool.
  • In the Tool Options, under Align click on Middle to align the horizontal centers.
  • Click on Center to align the vertical centers.

Step Six: Add Finishing Touches

  • Save the journaling card (File > Save As) as a JPG file with a unique name.
  • Close the working document without saving.

Here’s my journaling card after adding a heart stamp.

And here’s how I used the journaling card on a scrapbook page.

Credits:
Page & Photo: Jenifer Juris
Tutorial: Graphic Journal Card by Jenifer Juris
Kit: Totally Smitten by Kristin Cronin-Barrow and Shawna Clingerman
Fonts: Hello Sunshine, Becca

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6 Responses

  1. Jessie
    | Reply

    Okay, Jenifer, I did the journaling card and tried scraplifting your example. Here’s the result:

    https://digitalscrapperclasses.com/forums/gallery/data/500/My-Valentine-Sweetie—for-web_.jpg

    Didn’t know where to post the link (under the website or the comment section).

    • Jenifer Juris
      | Reply

      The comment section is the right place. 🙂 You did a great job on this! 🙂

  2. dorisedgar
    | Reply

    Thanks for the text info and the card download

    • Jenifer Juris
      | Reply

      You’re welcome! 🙂

  3. Jessie
    | Reply

    Thanks, Jenifer! That was a good exercise using alignment too. I needed a refresher. Also, found a good font (MyValentinesLove) to use as a stamp!

    • Jenifer Juris
      | Reply

      You’re very welcome!! 🙂

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