Thursday, March 24, 2011

Garden Log

We are starting to get a serious garden out there! Erik and I moved into a cookie cutter. It has a pretty big yard for our neighborhood (which we LOVE). Last year we started putting in some trees, because only an ugly little live oak came in our front yard. My GENEROUS parents had a landscape designer come out and make us plans (birthday presents!) for a "park-like" backyard. The trees were our first priority. Anyhow...I'll make another post with what we've got going. For now I wanted to show you my Garden Log! I got the idea from the ladies over at eighteen 25 when they made a Christmas Planner using the same technique.

You will need:
a composition book
2 12x12 sheets of scrapbook paper that match
2 coordinating 12x12 sheets of scrapbook paper
1 pretty piece of ribbon
modge podge
2 6x9 clasp envelopes

First things first: beautifying the compostion book. The ribbon was cut in two and modge podged onto the front and back of the composition book to tie it closed. I cut my two matching papers to the size of my composition book cover. Then I modge podged (I'm making that a verb) them onto the front and back as well. Using one of my coordinating papers (with trees...cuz I'm obsessed with them currently) I made a little strip for the left side of my notebook as well. Finally, I added a little circle with my pink paper with a tag that says "Our Garden."

For the inside I attached an envelope in the front and the back using my modge podge. One is for plant tags (these have the very important care directions) and the other is for receipts (many places have guarantees on the plants and keeping receipts is a must). I also added tabs for the first five years of planting to organize it by year.

Here is the final product:
It's so much more fun to be organized when it's pretty at the same time!


  1. That is so pretty. You did a great job. I am your latest follower. I would love for you to come and check out my blog and follow me back at Thanks so much.

  2. Super cute, Kathleen. Now show me your bookcase :)

  3. Love it! Going on our 7th year here at Boalder Lodge & Gardens and I wish I had kept up with my Garden Log, usually gung ho in the early spring but then get so busy keeping everything together, watered and weeded I forget. What I want to do it print out the photos I have taken of our trees and make a book, a chapter for each year. The garden borders change with new annuals, die back, invasive plants, but the trees just keep growing and growing! Thanks for pushing me along!
    Happy Gardening and feel free to contact me if you have any questions, I used to be a garden designer...well still am just don't charge anymore!

  4. cute, cute, cute! i'm a sucker for anything organizational! :)

  5. that is so cute and functional....I really need to keep those plant care tags and receipts. Every year I wish I had them.

  6. every year i plan on making one of these to keep track of all my seeds and types of plants purchased, maybe this year:) thanks!