Artistic printables for Project Life

I often think I should assign days to the different things I enjoy – Like Sunday is Printables day, Monday is AJ day, Tuesday is Fabric and Yarn day…but I know myself well enough to know that I am easily sidetracked and when I get an idea, and an all-consuming desire to see it thru, then it is really a lost cause to try to force myself to work on something else.  And just cause I am blogging about ONE thing doesn’t mean I’m not working on three other things in the background, but I simply don’t have the willpower to put off sharing whatever is my current obsession of the moment, or whatever I am madly excited about.  I can’t say on a Tuesday Well Tuesday is fabric and Yarn so I’ll just wait till Sunday to share this really cool printable I made.  Just not going to happen.

So while I was working on making the little tabs for my journal that I am converting into A Documented Life.Art Journal hybrid, I had the idea that I might use the same principles, i.e using little clippings from my own art journal pages to create digital products, to make Project Life printables.  It’s a bit of an experiment, and in the end might work out to be of little interest to anyone, but I rather like this set so I’ll share it on the off chance that someone else likes it too.

I simply grabbed bits of photos of my Art Journal pages – and with the Mac-only programs I use this was as easy as:

  • opening a .JPG in Preview
  • selecting a section with the SELECT tool
  • copying it
  • pasting it directly into Intaglio
  • resizing or creating a clipping mask as needed

I used part of one Picasso quote (Every  child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist when we grow up) and a lyric from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (I look handsome, I look smart. I am a walking work of art) for the text and mixed it up, colour-wise and orientation, as much as my limit of 5 cards to a page allows. The PDF is here.

I think they printed beautifully and while some of the detail is a little lost within the letters I hope you can clearly see the  two “match”


Here they are printed.


And a bit of a close up so you can see the detail:


I hope you can make use of them – or take the idea and bring your OWN art journal art into your Project Life books.

And now I made my PL wine-carrier card holder, I have someplace to store them. woo hoo!