I have a small vegetable garden and a fairly large perennial garden both of which bring me a lot of pleasure each year. From year to year I have good intentions of writing down the date I planted my tomatoes, when the roses were cut back, when I began my annual fight with big iridescent green tomato worms (YUCK) and a myriad of other important garden details. Do I actually keep track – NO! This year I have been seeing these cute garden planners and journals in some of the specialty shops. Great idea but better yet I can make a personal one using my Scrap Girls digital scrapbooking supplies and some traditional supplies.
I already had a lot of photos I had taken of local flowering roadside weeds and blooming cactus. When I saw Syndee Nuckles’ – Editable Calendar Planner – http://store.scrapgirls.com/scrapsimple-paper-templates-editable-calendar-planner-p29781.php – I knew I had a great template base for my Garden Journal. Using the templates allowed me to complete my journal quickly.
Scissors, paper cutter
Paper – Cre8it Magic Matte if using an ink jet printer (Ink does not smear when gel medium is applied.) or heavy weight cardstock if you are using a laser printer or if you will not use gel medium, 150 lb hot pressed water color paper.
Adhesive – Claudine Helmuth Gel Medium (matte), E6000 glue
Mixed Media Products – Light Modeling Paste, Dimensional Glitter Paint, Mica Chips, Acrylic Paint, Dillusions Spray Ink, various distress inks, glass glitter, metal findings, embossing powder
Tools – Stencils, rubber stamps, tab punch, heat gun, various paint brushes and texture making mats (you can also use things like bubble wrap, screen, sponges)
Step 1 – Open various Scrap Girls Editable Calendar Templates in your digital editing software. Remember to rename your documents. Create digital scrapbooking layouts for each month of the year. Create a front and back cover layout. TIP – There are multiple journal binding methods. Ensure you have chosen a binding method in advance as you will need to adjust your margins, text placement, etc accordingly for optimal printing and binding. I found that adding some additional placement guides in my digital editing software on each layout template helped with this task (PSE 11 – View, New Guide).
Step 2 – Print the 12 monthly layouts and covers on paper of your choice. Cut in half so you have two 5.5” x 8.5” inch pages for each layout. Pages should be assembled so that you can see the both sides of the calendar month when the planner is open. Tip: Lay out everything in Planner order before you began assembling your pages to ensure they are in the correct order.
Step 3 – Using gel medium attach calendar pages back to back to pre-cut hot pressed water color paper. Once layouts are attached and dry, cover the tops of each page with gel medium. Tip: Using a good quality gel medium is essential to creating a useable, writable, non-sticky planner.
Step 4 – Grunge and alter the covers and each page with a variety of traditional supplies. Tip: Leave the area where you will write your notes and plans free of dimensional products that will interfere with a pen. Tip: Pages will buckle some but can be “mostly” flattened when you are done with a book or other item.
Step 5 – At this point you can bind your planner if desired. I want to add some photo pages, some envelopes for seeds, and additional room for notes to my planner. Since I am uncertain of how many additional pages I will need and how thick my journal will become I decided to store it unbound in a box for now. When I am done this year I will bind it all up. Watch for how I plan to alter this old, beat up box in next month’s tutorial.
Step 6 – If you don’t want your hands and your work space to look like mine or don’t have a lot of traditional supplies, print on heavy cardstock, SKIP steps 3 & 4 and assemble with 2-sided tape. Tip: You may want to adhere the layout pages onto cardboard (e.g., from a cereal box), or chipboard to increase stability. Tip: You can take it to an office supply store for binding.
This year when I want to collect seeds or make a planting schedule I finally have an artful planner to store that information. Next year when someone asks me a gardening detail from 2014 I won’t have to respond with my typical “I don’t remember.” I probably need a few more of these planners for the rest of my life – lol. We would love to see how you use your digital scrapbooking supplies to create your own Calendar Planners. Post them in the Scrap Girls Hybrid Gallery.
Live each day creatively,
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Tutorial written by Karen Webb