Hello, today I’m sharing a trio of small garden notebooks and nature journals. I love the idea of recording annual garden inspiration, plans, expenses, and plant information in a small pocket notebook. I also love the idea of documenting, with small sketches and written descriptions, seasonal observations about nature. These mini-journals are the perfect size for quickly recording ideas and experiences for future reference.
To create each garden notebook, I started by trimming six sheets of plain copy paper to 8″ x 5 1/4″, scoring each sheet at four inches and layering the scored paper into an aligned stack. Next, I trimmed a piece of kraft layering paper to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and scored it at the center. Then, I simply stapled the kraft cover to the paper stack in two places along the scored line, folding in half to create a small notebook.
I knew immediately that I wanted to use the Garden Bold Prints background stamp to create monochromatic, nature-inspired journal covers. I love how this beautiful pattern contains small flowers, leaves and dragonflies. I stamped the background with Pale Tomato, Field Greens, and Passion Flower inks onto carnation, grass, and lilac layering papers. Then, I used the Love Bug by Lia set to stamp a collection of insects onto a strip of white layering paper with Intense Black ink. I added color to the stamped insects by quickly watercoloring over each image.
To create the look of a traditional journal, I created custom title text with my computer, printed it on white layering paper, and then stamped a label from Kelly's Labels Stamp & Cut set around the printed text. I fussy cut the label and then adhered it to the notebook with foam tape. To finish, I added a narrow strip of contrasting paper along the left edge and then tied some colored cording around the binding.
I hope you are inspired to make a few mini notebooks for yourself or some friends. How cute would it be to pair a few of these with a pretty pen and maybe some new garden gloves? Thanks for stopping by today! Have a happy, crafty weekend!