Botanicals Blog Hop

Welcome to the Club Scrap Botanicals Blog Hop! If you've reached my blog from Ink Stains with Roni then you're in the right spot! If you'd like to start from the beginning head on over to Club Scrap.


I just adore April's Botanicals kit!  The soft pastel colors and fun floral designs are a great way to welcome warmer weather. The wooden embellishments can be painted, stamped, inked or left just as is. This kit really got me thinking about my backyard.  It's so peaceful and filled with beautiful colors this time of year.

Photo by Jeff Wells

I had actually already planned what I wanted to create with this kit before receiving it.  I needed a garden journal.  Although,  I didn't want a full size notebook which got me thinking about a project that Karen did for the Cinema Blog Hop.  I have several graph composition notebooks from Retreat 2013.  I love the grid notebook vs the horizontal lined ones.  You can actually sketch with reasonably accurate sizing.

I started out by cutting the notebook in half. A strong hold and sharp industrial craft knife are a must! You have to make several passes front and back to get through all the pages.

I then covered the front and back with a print and the insides with a solid cardstock.


The next step was to decorate the front.  I just had to use the bird from the kit.  I wanted to give it a little dimension so I stamped an image from Equestrian in a light shade. I then stumbled upon the wooden sticks from Down to Earth. This was coming together better than I thought! What's a garden journal without flowers and feathers?!





You can't have is a garden journal without seed packets.   These beauties can be used to store seeds or gift extra seeds. I was able to whip these little dudes out fairly quickly with my handy dandy Envelope Punch Board by  We R Memory Keepers. Punching and scoring a 6 3/4 x 6 3/4 piece of patterned paper at 3.


I folded the sides a little different and trimmed one of the long sides to make a vertical envelope.


I then stamped the fronts and cutout tags included in the kit. 


Well now what?!  I have another half that needs some attention.  A girl can't have enough wine journals, right?! I usually remove the labels off a good bottle (or even a terrible one), adhere it to a page and then journal about who, what and where of that wine.

Products used: Doily (Hydrangeas), wineglass and title (Uncorked), ring stamp (Mocha Java). Unknown cork tag.

Thank you for stopping by. Please hop on over to Life Paper Soul to see what wonderful masterpiece Wendy has created!

Comments

  1. Awesome. Love the idea of cutting the composition book in half.

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  2. fun fun! Your garden is beautiful :) Love the mini journal idea! I have several - I am going to have a go at cutting mine down now.

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  3. By cutting the book in half it made a adorable little album. Super cute

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  4. Oh my goodness, Lisa, first of all, your backyard is amazing!! Next what a fun idea to make these journals. I love all the decorations especially the doily that has the "wine" stain on it, super idea and so clever. :)

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  5. oooh, i want your backyard! :) gorgeous - and the little journals are clever, too!

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  6. I adore both of these ideas!!! Fabulous job. Just fabulous!!!

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  7. Your backyard is so pretty. I love the garden journal. I just got mine in last week and I'm stalking it daily. I love the little seed pocket idea for holding the little label thingy that comes with your plant so you can keep track of what you planted!

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  8. love the artwork - both the paper art and the beautiful landscape design.

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  9. love both your art journals and thankyou for the how to!

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  10. Love the idea of a wine journal, I love to go to wine tastings and this would be a great book to keep track of places and the wines I've tasted.

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  11. Love these journals! I love the title of your wine journal! >snort<

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  12. I love little books and these are absolutely fun and great gifts
    (allthough I might keep themfor myself ;-)

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  13. Lisa, you have a beautiful backyard! Both little books that you made will be so useful.
    Arlene

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  14. What a terrific idea and so pretty and practical!

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  15. The wine book is my fave! What a cool idea, cut the notebook in half...SMH...

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  16. What a gorgeous yard you have! I love your wine journal idea! I believe I CASEd your card from the Pinterest Board. Thanks so much for the idea! Have a great day!

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  17. Love the books! I especially love the garden journal. I love how you pulled in older kits... were those stamps from Farmer's Market? And your backyard is gorgeous.

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    1. Thank you! Two stamps are from Farmer's Market, one is from Dream in Color and I'm not sure which kit the "beautiful" stamp is from.

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    2. "BEAUTIFUL" is from Color in Black & White, I believe. :0)

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  18. Lisa, I'm in awe of your cutting the composition book in half!!! That's totally amazing by itself! PLUS you've share how to decorate the front of the journals--love garden stuff, love the seed packets you made with the envie maker and really love the wine theme for the 2nd journal! I may have to give this a try!! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

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  19. Omigosh! I just love both journals. The covers turned out perfect on each one. The seed packet "envies" were very clever and weren't those stamps from Farmer's Market perfect on them. Hmmm...I just might have to make a few more journals myself!

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  20. Wonderful projects and love your backyard too, thanks for sharing!

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  21. Your backyard is beautiful and so is this kit, perfect together. I love the gutsy move of cutting the notebook in half. How great are the seed packets. I do collect seeds to use in planting for the next year. Great idea, paper envelopes are much better that a plastic bag.

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  22. Great idea! Both journals are beautiful!

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