Monday, May 18, 2015

Moments Inked: Garden Journal

Hello friends! It's been a while since I shared ideas for Papertrey's Moments Inked Planner, so I'm excited today to show you a garden journal that I created for my planner. I don't need an elaborate system, just a place to record some basic garden notes.

I started by creating a double pocket section divider out of two prints from the Harvest Gold Pattern Pack. At the top, I've used the Moments Inked: Divided stamps and Moments Inked: Divided dies to create a garden tab.

The divider page has pockets on both the front and back that I created using the Moments Inked: Pocket Page die. The front side side holds my gardening to-do list and a gardening shopping list. 

For the lists, I cut down some Fresh Snow Linen Cardstock and stamped the lines and titles using stamps from the Moments Inked: Listed set. I almost stamped the first list with the "Chores" title, but that makes it all sound too much like work! This pocket also will be a good place to stick garden center receipts and other bits and pieces.

Of course I decorated the pocket area. I love the Audrey Hepburn quote from Garden Grace  and even though I'll be using this journal section for my vegetable gardens, I couldn't resist the beautiful florals that are also part of the Garden Grace stamp set. 

The back pocket holds some grid paper, which I'll use to map out my raised bed plantings (when I actually plant something!). That will be happening this week -- I'm in a May 15 planting zone, so it's well past time!

Next, I created some simple monthly pages where I can record notes about plantings, weather, watering schedule, pests, date of first harvest, and anything else I think might be useful.

I started by printing my own notebook paper onto white card stock, then die-cutting three pages using the full-size page die found in the Moments Inked: Divided die set. (I cut the pages out of card stock so that I could stamp on them without bleed-through.) Each page features a stamped garden image (all from Garden Variety), a stamped month (from the Monthly Moments: Year-Round Mini stamp set), and the word "NOTES" from Moments Inked: Listed.

I love that if I run out of room, I can easily add in smaller Basic Pages as inserts between the months, and I can also easily create additional pages for more detailed tracking and recording. I'm pretty confident this will meet my limited needs, though!

Before I go, just a quick visual on the double pocket page. I started by scoring a piece of Harvest Gold Polka Dot patterned paper at 5 1/2" and folding in half:

I placed the folded patterned paper onto the full-page die so that the folded edge was just inside the cutting line of the die. That way my fold stayed intact, I didn't have to worry about lining up two different die-cuts, and I have pattern on both sides.

After running that through my die-cutting machine, all I had to do was run some adhesive around the perimeter and seal it up. I die-cut the pockets out of a different Harvest Gold pattern and adhered them to the full-size page on the left, right, and bottom using red line tape. Remember to die-cut the back pocket with your paper pattern-side down so that the spiral edge ends up on the correct side.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


DottyA Cards & Things said...

This is such a Good idea!!! I love it... I don't have the page die or the pocket die but went to look at them but they did not have the sizes.. could you tell me the size of your book?

Ruth G said...

I love this! I love the pocket, the yellow, how you created the journal pages with the stamped images! Just so wonderful! Makes me want to create something like this myself! Thanks so much for sharing!

Tracy said...

Amy - so beautiful and elegant! i love the use of the pattern pack paper - i don't have Harvest Gold yet and now i think it must go on my wish list :-) And as i'm about to head outside to do some planting (before it gets too hot) - have fun with yours- i wanna hear all about what veggies youre planting :-).

Amy Sheffer said...

Hi Dotty, the full-size page die fits matches the planner pages perfectly. It measures 5 1/4" x 7" -- the spiral binding edge is about 1/4". The pocket die is 5 1/4" x 5 3/4". The measurements are included in the Description section of each individual product, just under the "Add to Cart" button. Hope this helps!

June Houck said...

So fresh and pretty! Love love love! Terrific picture tutorial too.