I haven't made a journaling card post in a long, long time here on the blog. The truth is I sort of gave up on my Project Life albums. They are still in the back of my mind and I'd like to get back to them but (prepare your hearts) after we lost our dog Emmy it became really hard to look back on photos from when he was with us. I still really, really, really want to go through and do something to document the years - and maybe I'll try to start fresh this year - but I'm not 100% sure yet.
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First off hand lettering & calligraphy is all the rage right now. If you're like me and aren't able to create that beautiful brushed look, brush script fonts are the second best thing. Secondly, when using a program like PicMonkey you're unable to import vector images so a dingbat font is the second best thing to a vector image. Much like a vector, a font can be sized endlessly and still retain acceptable print quality. If you've ever pulled an image from the web and then resized it only to find it pixelated or blurry you'll know what I mean about stretching something and it not retaining the quality. Vector images are designed to do that - they can be stretched endlessly and never pixelate. Today I wanted to share with you a cute pairing of fonts to create a set of fun journaling cards.
If you want to learn more about font balance, check out this post.
To start, you'll want to download & install some fonts to your computer - these are the two I will be using found on DaFont.com:
Be sure to research installing fonts for Mac or installing fonts for Windows to be able to use the downloaded fonts successfully.
PicMonkey and from the design tab select 4x6. Crop the canvas to the size needed for the finished project - if you'd like to make a personal sized dashboard the iPhone 6s crop should work nicely, but today I'm going to crop to 3x4 (I like the smaller jounaling cards).
Next, from the side menu choose the text option. A great thing about PicMonkey is that it allows you to use the fonts already installed on your computer. Of course, if you'd like to use some of the brush style fonts PicMonkey offers, that is totally and option. In fact if you sign up for the Royale feature you'll get access to even more fonts, overlays, etc. Click here to enroll in the monthly plan for $4.99/mo or the yearly plan for $33/year. Such a great deal for such a fun design machine!
I like to open the DaFont.com page I downloaded the Dingbat font from to see all of the icons available in the font. From this page I know which letter to type to get the icon I want to use. In this case the letter o is a coffee cup in the Hipster Icons font. Add text, select Hipster Icons Font, and type the letter o so that the coffee cup displays on the screen.
It is now that playing with the scale will give you the overall aesthetic you're looking for. I chose to keep my designs near the middle of the canvas. Using this same set up - brush script phrase + dingbat icon - to create some more hilarious journaling card!
As always, if you don't want to create your own or if you're just really digging the journaling cards created in this post, you can download the set here. Remember these are for personal use so please don't distribute them, claim them as your own, or sell them. If you'd like to direct people to this awesome printable, please link back to the blog post. And thanks for downloading!
If you're looking for more free journaling cards, check them all out here. Plus read all of my other PicMonkey tutorials here.
it's hard to see in the picture but each card has a faint trim line around it to make trimming easier.
Have fun creating!