project life | how-to print on journaling cards

August 17, 2011 |  by  |  project life, tutorials

After I posted a project life update earlier this week, a couple of you asked for a quick tutorial on how-to print text on Becky Higgin’s Project Life journaling cards, so here it is.

1. START in photoshop by creating a rectangular shape in the size of the 3×4 journaling card (the actual dimensions in my photoshop file are 2.8 x 3.8 – now also includes the new 2012 size 2.9 x 4). You can download the psd file, available in both letter and A4 sizes, HERE.


2. PRINT out the box outline on a sheet of paper. You will use this as a guide later to mount the journaling card for printing.


3. ADD TEXT. Go back to photoshop and add your journaling. Make sure to keep text inside the outline.


4. PREP THE JOURNALING CARD FOR PRINT. Use double sided tape to mount the journaling card to the sheet of paper you printed out earlier, making sure to position the card within the box outline.



5. NOW YOU’RE READY TO PRINT. IMPORTANT: Turn off the visibility of the print guide layer before you send to print.  Unless of course you want the outline to print on the journaling card, then by all means, keep it visible. Ok, now you’re really ready to send to print.


6. CAREFULLY REMOVE THE JOURNALING CARD. It helps if you don’t press too hard when you initially adhered it. Save the paper template for future printing.

And in case you missed it in step one, the photoshop file shown in this tutorial is available as a free download in my shop.


note: I didn’t have time to get to the resizing tutorial today, but it’s next on my to do list, along with the RadLab post. Happy Wednesday friends!



  1. 1
    Susi says:

    Awesome! Thank you.

  2. 2
    Marty says:

    Thanks so much for this Liz!

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    Danielle says:

    Thanks, Liz! One more quick question- what font do you use?

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    Verity says:

    Great tutorial! You can also use repositionable adhesive to hold the journaling card in place. Apply the adhesive on the template instead of the card. After printing, the journaling card can be removed unblemished.

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    Laure says:

    Very clever!!! Thanks Liz!! I think hybrid scrap is a very good deal between digi and paper scrap!!

  6. 6

    this is fantastic!! thank you!

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    Jennifer says:

    Awesome, thanks!! Looking forward to your other posts.

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    Asali says:

    wow gorgeous thanks so much just one question – do you print your photos by yourself – I mean at home? love the sizes of the photos you use!!

    • 8.1
      Liz says:

      I usually get my photos printed at costco. Only once in a while will I actually print them from my home printer. For the diptychs and smaller photos, I usually arrange them on 4×6 boards before uploading them for print.

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    gracielou says:

    Thank you so much for doing this and sharing the free download. It’s exactly what I was looking for!

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    Ria Green says:

    You are the BESTEST OF THE BEST(my kids say it like that and it was the first thought that sprang to my mind when I saw this post on facebook ;-D)

    I actually thought about asking you, ’cause printing the journaling cards is my next step!

    Thank you thank you!

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    Christine N says:

    Awesome tutorial Liz! For me I’m a lazy person and try to avoid steps. If you have a printer with a rear paper tray that has an adjustable paper guide, you can just slip the 2.75×3.75 journal card right into the guide and print it out. I just make sure to set the paper size in the Print Setup dialogue box as 2.75×3.75 so the printer knows how big the paper is. It’s really easy!

    • 12.1
      Liz says:

      What will I do with all my time if I do things the easy way? LOL. No seriously, thanks for sharing that. I’ve been using this technique since I started scrapbooking in 2004, mostly because I like to have things printed off the edge and my old printer couldn’t do that if I just feed the document in. Are you able to print right up to the edge when you feed in 2.75×3.75 card?

      • Christine N says:

        Yes, you can print right up to the edge if your printer does borderless printing. I think any printer that can print borderless 4×6 photos can do this, it’s the same concept, right? There’s a “print borderless” box on my print setup box that I can check to do this. :) By the way, I have a Canon Pixma MP620.

      • Maureen says:

        I love both of these options, thank you. When I try to print directly on the card via the rear feeder my left edge is crooked. My paper must be moving in the printer. Any ideas? I have an Epson stylus photo 1400. I truly appreciate these tips. I’ve been dying to know how to print on the journaling cards!

    • 12.2
      Peppermint says:

      I do this, too. I have a Canon Pixma (Christine has a Pixma also) that does borderless prints and it’ll print right up to the edge on those little cards directly from the rear feed, too.

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    Maria says:

    I just print the journalingbox with my journaling on a transparency sheet, cut it out and slip it in to my page protector pocket, right over the journaling card, in my Project life album.

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    Susan Dingess says:

    Thank you!

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    Brenda says:

    This is so awesome Liz!!! Thank you for the download and the tips!

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    Lynne says:

    For a women who struggles with alot of this kind of thing. (well, struggles with pretty much all of these things :/)
    A huge Thank you, Liz :) for making it so easy to understand.

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    Wendy says:

    You are AWESOME for sharing this! I’ve been wanting to figure out how to print on them. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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    Vera says:

    Yay! thank you so much for this! :)

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    Kathleen says:

    LOVE this—thanks so much!

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    Audrey says:

    Thank you for sharing :) I was wondering what fonts you use… I always like how you add text to your books. I also wanted to ask if you have the just the frame for sale or do I have to buy the whole snapshot no 3?


    PS I so rarely see my name, let alone in print ;)

    • 20.1
      Audrey says:

      I see you answered that question about the font already… sorry!

    • 20.2
      Liz says:

      Hi Audrey :)

      Right now the only way to get the frames is by purchasing the entire album, but I think it’s a good idea to offer a 4×6 version as a separate kit. Will try to get that in the shop within the next week or two.

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    Audrey says:

    That sounds wonderful. I love your simplicity and neutral palette for Project life and of course I just love those frames with it…. they really change the visual effect of the “pages”

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    lynne says:

    This is super, thanks so much!

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    KSW says:

    Thank you very much for teaching us this new technique. I really appreciate learning new ways to approach this — and your artistry is divine, particularly refined. I love the clean lines to your approach.

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    Danielle G. says:

    Hi, thanks for the tutorial. You made this so easy! I noticed you answered a question about the font you use. It doesn’t look like “Places” is using american typewriter. What font is used for that word? Thanks again for the tutorial.

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    Jessica says:

    I am so glad I stumbled onto this guide! Thank you so much for putting it together…it made the process so smooth!

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    tammy b says:


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    Wilda says:

    Thank you for sharing this tutorial!
    I know you answered the question about the font, but Ids the title “PLACES” the same font? It doesn’t seem like it. Do you mind telling which one is that font too?


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    Jamie Walker says:

    Oh my gosh…THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! :)

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    Deirdre says:

    Wow—thanks so much for the download. Much easier than starting from scratch!

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    Diane says:

    Thanks for sharing. I’m a newbie with PSE and need help with Step 3. Where it says to “add your journaling,” how might one go about doing that? Which icon do you click to add text inside the box?

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    Sarah F in VA says:

    I used to print my journaling cards like this (actually 4 per page) but my printer kept jamming, so instead I created a custom page size (3×4) and typed them up in Word and ran the cards through the printer using this custom size. Works like a charm. :)

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    Mindy says:

    first, thanks for so much for the tutorial & download. i tried it a few times, but everytime i go to print, the words print above the card. i can’t figure out what i might doing wrong. any advice?

  37. 37
    Nadine says:

    OMG you are a life & sanity saver! Thank you sooooo much for this!

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    Is there any alternate for the person without PSE?

  39. 39
    Jeanann says:

    Thanks so much. This little template is so handy! I would love one for the larger horizontal cards. How would I create one myself? Thanks again, Jeanann

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    Alison Handlin says:

    Hi Liz!

    Quick question – is there an easy way to print this in a horizontal orientation? I am mounting a piece of art work that my daughter made on a 12×12 sheet and the journaling card has to be horizontal in order to fit on that page and not overlap onto the artwork. Just wondering if you’ve tried doing it that way and how you do it if so. Thanks!!

    • 41.1
      Liz says:

      Alison, you can print horizontally by flipping the journaling card guide and text box 90 degress. To do that in photoshop select the layers you want to rotate, click command + T, then right click to bring up options window, scroll down to rotate 90 degrees, click ok.

      • Alison Handlin says:

        Thank you so much!!! I got it!! Yippee!!

      • Celine Schulz says:

        Hi Liz,
        I was trying to print on horizontal cards. I’m working on my first page of project life on a Design D page. Is this possible? I tried to flip and rotate but it doesn’t look right
        I’d like to send you a screen shot but I can’t add it to this.

        Please advise,


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    Jenny says:

    Thank you for this useful tip! I adapted the method to Word, using text boxes, to print onto 4×6 postcards (less cutting than a whole sheet of card)!

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    tess n says:

    Thank you very much! I am new at PL and was wondering how to do this. :-)

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    Melissa says:

    Hi There, I just found this site but the link to download the file doesn’t work.
    Any ideas??

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    Kristen says:

    Do you have something like this for 4×6 journaling cards? Thanks for this!!

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    Linda H. says:

    Wow! Thanks so much for this tutorial. I have photoshop but never used it for journaling on cards. This worked perfectly and I didn’t even know what I was doing, but followed the tutorial, and it worked.
    Thanks so much. I will be using this all the time now!!!!!

  53. 53
    Sara says:

    I came across this a few days ago on Pinterest and I just wanted to say thank you! I have terrible handwriting, haha, so this is perfect. Your instructions were clear and very easy to follow. I just started using GIMP2, a free program similar to Photoshop, and my first card came out exactly like I wanted. I’m so excited to have a new tool to use for my Project life journaling cards.

  54. 54

    Hi there! I have a question for you. I downloaded your free printable and have it up in photoshop, only I do not know how to remove the words you have on the template “your text here”. I know I am missing something but I can’t seem to remove that! Thanks!

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    Dayinthelife says:

    Hi all,

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    IslandV says:

    HI! Thanks for this tutorial! I would love to try it! But I don’t have photoshop! :-( Can this same thing be done with Microsoft Word?

    Please let me know. thanks, V

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    Kim M. says:

    Thank you so much! Looking forward to using the templates soon.

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