How you can Craft a Garden Scrapbook

garden scrapbookA garden scrapbook can evoke an all natural feeling when the audience is reading your handmade storybook.

Flowers are among some of the most popular natural-based elements that many people cherish.

You can store flowers inside a scrapbook to craft a garden style memory book, or even a record journal of your garden's progress each season.  To start though, first you will need dried flowers and other garden material such as leaves.

Compress the flower placing it into your scrapbook pocket, in the shape that you ultimately want the memorabilia to look. Once the flower is completely dried you will be ready for the next step. This can take weeks in some climates.  It should be fully dry before moving on.

Next, apply glue, tape, or other fixative to the flower so that it sticks on the page securely. You might have seen flowers preserved in bibles. The process for scrapbooking is similar, only you will want to stick the items on to the page so they do not drop out.

How you can craft flowers for adding into your scrapbook:

You can use corsages, bouquets, or even the colored part of the flower to craft your garden scrapbook. The compressed and dried flowers ought to be in a straight line, added to your scrapbook page, and smoothly seated near your photographs.  However, choose a layout unique to your project for best results.

Your dry  and compressed flowers should be laminated. Use Xyron, or any acid-free product to laminate your flowers.

During the peak bloom for each plant and flower is the best time to pluck materials to create up a garden scrapbook. While you make up your garden scrapbook consider title page, captions, journal, lettering, photos, plant species, headings and more.  Create embellishments to enhance your pages.  A die cut machine is a real time saver for this task.  If you don't already have one, check out the sizzix sidekick machine review here.  It is a great little entry level machine.

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If you are adding fall leaves for your scrapbook, you might want to use a photocopy instead of the actual leaf.  If you don't have a photo printer at home, check out a nearby copy shop. You should place the leaves in a sealed container when transporting them to the store. The advantage to using a photocopy rather than the actual leaves is that the colors won't fade.  Real leaves become very fragile and lose some color over time.  Of course, for many, this only adds to the beauty of the garden scrapbook.  Either way you choose, using leaves is a great idea to enhance your book.

If you're creating a scrapbook as a record of your garden, snap several pictures to make up a blueprint. The blueprint should include each and every detail of your garden. Using your blueprint, you can include a journal to let your family and friends know how you created and cultivated your garden.  This project can be a single year, or a compilation of how your garden grows through the years.

When to take photos:

Each and every season - spring, summer, winter, and fall  - is the best time for you to take photos of the garden. Each season has a different crop of plants and flowers and provides you with a variety of colors, shades, textures and blooms.  The same objects look very different depending on the season.  This makes for interesting contrast. Once you snap the shots be sure to  add them into the pages of your garden scrapbook.

If you want to get creative you can cut, paste, and add extras to your scrapbook.  For example, you could cut magazine clippings depending on your garden theme and add them to your scrapbook. Also, you can include tips beside your pictures to help your friends and relatives learn about scrapbooking nature.

Throughout the seasons, you want to document the changing activity in your garden as well as your own life.  This creates a genealogy, and history of your garden in scrapbook form.  Journaling details will give your readers a sense of your efforts.  After all, a garden really is in a small way a reflection of ourselves.

Throughout the summer record everything that blooms so that when winter comes you are able to look back on your success.  During the long cold winter days inside you can look at your scrapbook and plan garden activities for the coming seasons.

When the blooms start to grow, you might want to take a few photos so that you can increase the content of your scrapbook and document the progress. Consider organizing your scrapbook in a chronological order so that your book tells the story of the growth cycle of each plant.  Or, you could organize the book by location in your yard.  These are only two examples of how to organize your garden scrapbook.  There are many more ways; choose one that is right for you.  How is your book organized?  We would love to hear from you!  Just leave a comment below.

Some people add special rocks to their scrapbook. If you choose to add rocks as embellishments, try to look for the small, flat kind. The thicker, bulkier rocks will not lay well within the pages of your scrapbook.

Flowers are beautiful when placed inside scrapbooks. Some popular flowers found in garden scrapbooks are roses of all colors, daffodils, tulips, crocuses, as well as many local and regional favorites.  It is a good idea to use flowers that complement your theme.  For example, if you are crafting a summer page, then use colorful flowers with complementary background papers. If you are using a fall theme,make sure the flowers are correct for that season.  The addition of colorful fall leaves enhances that overall theme.

When you use your own flowers, plants, images, and ideas,you can craft a garden scrapbook that is a one of a kind item to cherish for years to come.

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