Thursday, April 22, 2010

A Hybrid Garden Journal!

Happy Earth Day everyone!!

I'm here today to share with you my latest hybrid creation - a garden journal! We bought a house last year, late spring and I left everything alone while I waited to see what plants were already here. This year I'm planting tons of new flowers, making a small veggy garden, starting a herb garden.... lots of new things that I want to record my progress with. So I made a journal with everything I wanted it to have in it. Here's what my finished Garden Journal looks like:

So the first thing I did was figure out what I wanted in my journal (garden layouts, plant info and project ideas), how many pages for each category (just a few for some, and lots for others!), and what I would use as my album base. I chose to use old file folders as my base. I then had to figure out the sizes of the individual pages once I cut the folders in half. Then I was able to design the pages in PSP (my program of choice) and print the pages out on my home printer. Once printed I was ready to assemble!

I gathered supplies and tools:

  • Printed pages, covers and labels
  • 3 file folders
  • ribbon, glue, scissors, paper cutter, hole punch, corner punch, packing tape (for "laminating covers) I also added some stickers that my DD bought me a year ago but I hadn't used yet!

Then I started cutting out the pages (I printed 2 per sheet) and cut the file folders in half. Each file folder piece gave me 4 pages in my journal. Here's everything cut out and ready to assemble:

(sorry for the poor quality photos, the sun was my nemesis all morning!)

I glued on the labels and started glueing the pages onto the file folder "pages". The sun was so hot at my kitchen table this morning, the glue was drying before I could get it onto the pages... lol (I was using a glue stick). But eventually I got all the pages glued on.

Next I glued the covers to some cardboard sheets I had saved from some packaging (I always save the flat, sturdy ones just for this kind of thing). I also used the packing tape at this time to protect the covers, at this rate I think I really need to invest in a laminator - I use packing tape for this so much that I store it with my crafting supplies.... LOL!

Then I used my Crop-a-dile (though you can use any hole punch) and punched holes in the covers and folders so that I could thread a piece of ribbon to bind it all. I kept the ribbon a bit loose when I tied it so that the pages of the journal can lay flat when open.

Here are the different page types I have in my Garden Journal:

And that is it! I bet you are wondering what KCB kit I used - well.... here it is:

It is called... My Happy Garden and is hidding in the Penny Candy section of the Sweet Shoppe - that means you can get it at 30% off!

So that is it for me today! Next time you are wanting to make an album or journal - see what materials you might already have on hand... it will keep the costs down, and use up some stuff you probably have just lying around... lol.

Have a happy scrappy day KCB fans!

1 comment:

  1. bonjour je suis julie française et designeuse je suis fan de votre travail et je souhaiterais savoir si vous auriez une petite place dans votre ct?

    je vous laisse mon blog et ma galerie: