Friday, February 27, 2015

summer minibook 2013

The Eastern US is still consumed in a polar vortex, so let's take our minds off the endless winter with a summery project, shall we? In addition to daily cards and now art journal pages, I also occasionally make minibooks. My foray into minibook-making, as with many of my other projects, was 100% inspired by Elise's amazing archive. I bought this book from her two summers ago to document my first summer of gardening and finished filling it up last February. This is my paper-crafting magnum opus and for sure one of my favorite things I've ever made.

Other than the Elise Joy minibook and a bunch of stamps and labels, there aren't many pre-made embellishments in this book. (I'm happy to share supplies info if anyone is interested).

Instead, I had a great time collecting stuff throughout the summer to include in the book. In addition to more pictures of my garden than anyone wants to see, it includes seed packets, plastic garden markers, my sketch of the garden layout, a companion planting guide, and brochures from farmers' markets and gardening programs around the District. I cut up a free planting calendar and used those to mark off the months, along with a few lines of context about what was happening in the garden each month. I love the garden-y, organic (ha!) effect. Super fun to put together and fun to look through now. Now I just need spring to roll around again so I can get back into the gardening and crafting game.


  1. Love this! Your minibook looks so great! I have a big box of things that need to be scrapbooked and many are years old. This definitely inspired me to get caught up on my books!

    1. Thanks so much, Laura! And I'm the same way... I feel like the stuff that makes it into my books is only the tip of the iceberg of the stuff I collect. :)

    2. I love the summer mini-book 2013. Daddy OX

    3. Although not as much as I love you. Daddy OX