Doctored Note Cards and Journal {Feeling Crafty}


For many years, pretty stationary was my addiction. I always had the greatest intentions to write notes to friends and family. But even with such great intentions, I have to admit, not very many were actually ever sent out. As such, I have a huge box of unused note cards, journals and notepads.

So what’s a crafty girl to do? Reimagine them of course!

2012-09-05_1964I had these pretty square, pink cards beckoning me to do something with them. So I pulled out my “Big Ticket” stamp set from Hero Arts. Using VersaMark waterstamp, and two embossing powders (black and pink), I created the ticket on plain white cardstock. I used black embossing powder on the outer portion of the ticket and pink for the sentiment in the middle. Using my go-to blending tool and Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Shabby Shutters, I added a little color to the ticket as well. I popped on some foam squares and set it right in the middle of the white border on the card.

It still needed a little more oomph, so I used a scalloped heart punch on the bottom right corner, added some doodling, little heart stamp, and hand-written sentiment. Voila, custom card created!


Here’s a super cute journal I had on hand and decided to doctor it up for a birthday present for a dear friend. The journal was from Michael’s dollar bins, and although it had a cute screen printed flower detail, I wanted to customize the journal for an upcoming trip my friend was planning.


Out came my Tim Holtz Visual Artistry “French Market” stamp set. I love the blue print of the Eiffel Tower. Using a vintagy/newspaper print paper scrap I had left over from the crafts we made for my sister’s wedding, I stamped the design, again using VersaMark, and this time I used a copper embossing powder. I used a fun little corner punch to give it a little more oomph. Looking at it now, I should’ve distressed the edges to make those pop, but that’s what’s so great about this craft, right? Learning, learning, learning!


I used my Fiskars scalloped punches in Large and X-Large to create the little button on the bottom right. And using typewriter font stamps to create my title, I layered the pieces and added a little bling to finish the project.

What kind of “doctoring” have you done to take pre-made note cards all your own? I’d love to see!

Thanks for stopping by and have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!

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