in my garden

Mini albums, mini books, mini journals...whatever you might call them, they're cute, they're fun and they don't take a lot of time to create. From start to finish, the part that takes me the longest is waiting for my photos to print, but since I print at home I work on my mini pages while my printer hums away in the background.

I've been wanting to document the seasons IN MY GARDEN for quite a while and am finally able to mark that project off my list. To embellish the front of this hinged metal tin, I used my paper piercer to punch two holes in the plastic lid and fed the yellow seam binding ribbon from the three color pack through hole and tied a knot. The flower was created by wrapping baker's twine from The Twinery around my scallop-punched shape and adding a button threaded with more baker's twine and embellished with a rhinestone-studded pearl.
I used the same scallop shape on the back of the flower, without baker's twine, to hide the pop dots I used to adhere it to the front of the tin. Each of the mini's is bound with more seam binding but in four different positions along the left side, as you'll see in another photo, so that the mini books will fit nicely into the tin.

I was able to fit four mini albums, one for each season, inside. I am using this stamp as a place to hand write my title, these border stickers, this set of letter stickers and a butterfly stamp using the Cough Syrup and Lemon Drop dye inks. Each mini has 6 kraft paper pages for me to add my photos to as each season arrives.

The left hand page is laid out exactly the same on all the pages. Using the dye ink color Seed Packet, I randomly inked this Guest Check stamp to give an even more vintage feel to the kraft paper background. VersaMark was used to stamp the butterfly image and then Cough Syrup on this Bracket stamp.
The colors and selection of papers in the Front Porch Mini Papers pack are bright, cheerful and a joy to play with. The cheerful mixture of 24 4x4 papers were the only patterned papers I used to make ALL the mini albums this week and I have several sheets remaining! Let me share this page with you so that you can see how each 2-page spread is designed.

NOTE: This mini album was first prestented at Write.Click.Scrapbook. when I hosted the blog {MINI ALBUM WEEK with Jenni Bowlin Studio} and wanted to share this project here on my own blog.


  1. Your mini-album is so beautiful! J'adore tes créations, tu es très inspirante;) Bravo

  2. Darn you, Monica! I've been trying to resist the butterfly and bracket. I'm a goner now.

    Absolutely gorgeous garden mini.

  3. Love the size of your photos and journaling pages, Monica!

    What is the last photo of? I couldn't quite make out if you wrote trillium? It's an absolute beautiful speciman! What's your ZONE for plantings? Ours is typically 4. Depends on the sun, closeness to the house, etc...

    I've been thinking of you since summer's begun and Zach's inability to come home.


    PS... hadn't forgotten to reply... it's just hectic with the end of school year schedule, NJHS Volunteer program and prepping for 3 classes for a children's library program for July/August.

  4. What a fun project. Must get some of those metal tins. Great gift idea too. :)

  5. So happy to see this delightful mini here ;-)
    Love the free feel here ;-)
    You're so good at that!


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