Cards and Folios: Using Layout Scraps

After creating her design team layout for the month, Barbara used her left-over paper and embellishments to create some gorgeous cards and folios.


Journaling cards can be used as a simple but elegant feature piece on the front of the card, and adding a patterned mat gives the whole card a polished look. When you are making simple cards, the little details can make a big difference. Just rounding the corners on the card base, mat, and journaling card gives the whole card that finishing touch of character (the foiled paper doesn’t hurt it either!).


While Barbara has made the one below as a ‘card’, you could also do make this and use it as an insert in a page pocket. Then when you pull it out you can open it up to reveal a photo or journaling section. A good thing to remember is that you don’t have to use the whole journaling card. You can always cut it down, die cut around it, or even use it as a mat for another piece. The possibilities are endless!


You can also use your extra pieces to make up a cute little folio. Folio’s are a great little gift that goes beyond a card but won’t take a year and half to make! I often make little folios as gifts for friends if they are going on a trip or have an event, because then they can add a couple photos and journal themselves.



Folios like this that you can fold down to card size are also great because then you can send them in the mail and surprise everyone expecting a normal card!

So instead of throwing out your scraps after making your next layout (or stuffing them in the bottomless scrap bin like I do), throw together a couple cards or a folio that you can set aside for a rainy day (by which I mean finding out you need a card the day of the event!).

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