Friday, June 7, 2013

Crafty Secrets Garden Notes Booklet with Tutorial

Hello my friends and welcome back!

Earlier this week in my post for the Crafty Secrets June Linky Party - DT Challenge, (which you still have until 12 PM PST to enter), I shared a Garden themed wall art canvas with the promise of another project that would include a step-by-step tutorial and I'm here to keep that promise!  
(That is before I forget to post it ... I tell ya the mind is a terrible thing to loose!  LOL!)
So let's get started!
WARNING!  This post is PHOTO HEAVY since I don't own a video camera for tutorials!

  • Print a variety of design papers from the CD#2 Illustrations CD at 8 ½ x 11 size.
  • Cut papers 6” x 8 ½” for your main panels and keep the smaller cut portion (5 x 8 ½) to be used as an inside booklet/pockets.

  •  Arrange your larger panels back to back to create your pages ... adhering together is a strong adhesive such as Scor-tape or I've used my Scotch Tape Gun.
  • Do the same with the smaller ‘matching’ panels then score in half (4 ¼”) to create your inner booklet

Now that you have all your paper panels adhered together and booklet panels scored and folded, you will want to lay out your pages in the order you wish to have them in. 

For this project I chose to hole punch and use book rings.  I actually have a regular 3-hole punch which hubby keeps in the office for his paper work . . . so I borrowed it for a moment and it make quick business of the hole punching. 

Here's a photo of the booklet's front cover once it was all put together, but prior to embellishing.

Here's the entire booklet once put together ... note the smaller book panels in between each page.  You can use either panel for photos (as in scrapbooking) or gardening notes.


I have used several of the images, etc. available on CD#2 but the brand new GARDENING line of images/papers would be PERFECT for this type of project ... please be sure to check out all the new gardening related products available now at the new Crafty Vintage Girl store.

And, remember ... you still have time to participate in this month's Linky Party and have to win a $50.00 Crafty Secrets Gift Certificate.  
Everyone who enters also wins a $6.00 Gift Certificate.

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial and if so, please take the time to leave me a comment ... I would certainly love to hear what you have to say!!  Hope to see you at the Party and as always . . .


Desire Fourie said...

Oh wow this an awesome little project. Thanks for sharing the great tutorial.
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Miranda Slagboom-de Groot said...

Oh that looks great.
Hugs Miranda

Jeri PZgirl said...

Very lovely. You make it look so simple. I'll have to give it a try. Thank you

Jeri PZgirl said...

Your project is very lovely. You make it look so easy. I'll give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful creation!

fairyrocks said...

OH, a mini book, and about one of my favorite subjects, gardening. So smart to have the smaller book inside the bigger one, very clever. How lovely. Thanks for popping by my blog and leaving kind comments. Keep smiling and creating

Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Co. said...

Hi Darlene, your garden album tutorial is beautiful and inspiring! I love the way you combined the papers and images. I was away for the weekend with my daughters and just got home and saw your pretty album. I love it and will add it to our Pintrest Tutorial board and share on my post tomorrow. Thanks so much for sharing!

cjgusloff57 said...

So very pretty and something I would like to try and make too. You sure make it sound easy! Thanks for inspiring me.

Patricia St Martin said...

Darlene, I love your album and thank you for sharing the tutorial with us. Love all the layers and each page is so different. Fantastic job.
Hugs, Patricia