Monday, March 10, 2014

The Garden Journal

Hello everyone!  It's so nice to have you stop by.  It's been quiet around here lately but I've been busy still organizing my work space (glad to say that's almost finished!) and this weekend I got out into the garden to start the spring clean up!  It's so nice to be seeing the garden starting to awaken.  And, that thought ties in with the project I'm going to share with you today. 

For a few years I've wanted to make an early spring themed garden journal.  I love pansies and all the early spring flowers.  There is nothing that makes me happier than seeing the first yellow crocuses blooming out my front door.  Well, I finally decided that this was going to be the second of my long unfinished projects to be completed.  It had been sitting around for so long that my ideas for it changed quite a bit.  But, I kept the theme of  pansies and violas.
I decided to use an envelope book from Graphic45.  That gave me pockets for journaling cards.  The back cover has a flap that comes around to the front for the closure.  I used papers to cover each envelope, back, front and flaps.  The fun part was embellishing each page.  I used stamps, stencils, paint, embossing and die cuts along with pansy themed embellishments of all kinds, including some handmade ribbon pansies and fabric scraps of vintage pansy themed images.  The best way to illustrate what I did is to show you some pictures.  So, here goes.


These pictures give you the idea of how I covered the envelopes.  The remaining pages are similar.   I covered each flap with a different patterned paper while using solid colored papers in different shades of lavender for the main part of the envelope.  Using the lavender paper was a challenge for me because I don't use that color very often.  But, I was pleased with how it worked out. 
The front cover was stamped with a collage of different stamps.  I used a stamp with a meadow of wild flowers and pansies on a piece of torn water color paper which I colored with Distress Markers.  A die cut from the new TH foliage strip die and a stamped label finished the cover.   The flap was covered with more of the lavender paper and a "cap" of green die cut paper.  For a closure I used a beautiful china button painted with pansies that my dear friend Christen sent me several years ago.  I used a variety of  ribbons with paper beads and a Lucite flower and a leaf on the ends.  Here are some details.


I decided to keep the journaling cards simple.  I embossed three of them and stamped the other three.  That gives me plenty of room to attach a seed packet and make notes. 
So there you have it.  My long planned early spring gardening journal. It changed from when I first gathered supplies to start it.  I was thinking more dimensional, with more embellishments, but my style is evolving and I wanted a journal that was more functional but still artistic and decorative.  I'm looking forward to putting it to use this year. 
Thank you for joining me today.  I really appreciate your visits and your comments.  I hope you have a great day and a wonderful week.




  1. Oh Maryanne ~ this whole journal is so beautifully Spring! Every detail is really lovely. I am particularly drawn to the details on the Anais Nin page and to those journaling cards. They have that quiet beauty I love :-)
    Enjoy the prep for your garden...we still have 18" of hard, icy snow on the ground! I long to get dirty in my garden!

  2. WOW Maryanne! Your journal is absolutely beautiful! I feel like spring just reading through and looking at your post! The colors and so gorgeous. I love the little details you put into it and the journaling cards look amazing. I can't wait to see more - when you add the seed packets and your notes. We are looking forward to spring and getting our garden ready, too! Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us!!!!!

  3. Hi Maryanne,
    That is a beautiful Spring Garden journal, and those cards are just a beautiful. I hope that your days continue to get warmer and the flowers continue to bloom bright.

  4. Oh, how very beautiful - I love pansies and violets, and your gardening journal is truly delightful. I'm sure you'll get great pleasure from using it.

  5. lovely work, and the colors are so warm an spring-like! spring could not come sooner this year. I do really love those journaling cards - those are spectacular

  6. Hi Maryanne.......this is a fabulous Journal.......adore the colours and of course you know I love all things Tim and you have used the dies beautifully..... Thank You too for your regular visits, sometimes I get caught up with work and I am unable to comment as often as I would like but I always try to catch up. Have a wonderful weekend

    Huge Hugs

    Annie x


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