Double Scrapbook Layout

Garden Double Scrapbook Layout

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If you’ve caught up with me online, either on Facebook or on this blog, during the last few weeks you may have seen me mention that I had an infection in my jaw that necesitated two weeks of antibiotics and an extraction of a tooth.  This, as I’m sure you can imagine, made me feel pretty rotten, and not able to do much crafting or gardening.  Which of course means that, other than fruit bushes and trees, everything is far behind in the garden.

So today I’m going to combine both hobbies and show you a scrapbook double layout of how my garden looks now in the last week of May.  You can jump to the end if you just want to see the scrapbook layouts,

How I Made It

First I went out the garden and took lots of photos – I’m no great photographer, but this is a way to keep my ailing mother in touch with what is happening outside.  And these are some of what I got in the end.

Assortment of herbs in stacking planters.

Raised bed with one loan courgette plant and a home made cloche made from a 5l water bottle. This plant I bought to have a head start.  I have courgette, pumpkin and outdoor cucumber seeds sewn in pots at the moment h opeing for enough plants to fill this raised bed.

Raised bed with cut and come again lettice and nasturtiums.

There are some small, green, blackcurrents developing.

The gooseberries look more advanced.

And there are a huge amount of flowers on my thornless blackberries.

There are also a lot of flowers on my strawberries growing in my strawberry barrel.

With quite a few already set.

This is a little fig tree.  No figs yet.  I bought it as a small cutting a couple of years ago and I recon it needs at least one more year before it fruits.

This is a planter with trellis I bought this year and got one of my nephews to put together for me.  I have sewn some sweat pea seeds towards the back and night sented stock towards the front.

I have a hanging basket tree that four baskets hang from.  Three are planted up with Tubling Tom tomato plants in red and yellow, and one with a red begonia. The weather is still too rough for them to be hung out yet, so they are set in a sheltered location for another couple of weeks.

I am seriously behind with my potatoes.  My health/disability issues mean I can’t do digging and planting in the ground, so I grow an assortment of potatoes in sacks.  I go to my local friendly garden centre (Bronsbury Garden Centre) and ask for half a dozen each of a variety of seed potatoes, in a variety of colours, shapes, first earlies, main crop.  No point growing the standard types that can be bought cheaply in any supermarket, I like trying out different types, though by the time I got there this year the choice wasn’t as great as I usually find, but got several types I haven’t tried before, so it will be interesting to see how they do.  The plants that are already up are Jerusalem Artichokes.

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I resized, printed, cut out, and matted these onto white cardstock to frame the pictures.

I then took two 12″ square sheets of pale cream cardstock and created a background by stamping a fern all the way around using two shades of green ink.  I also inked on two creatures through a stencil.  I also put some re-inker ink into a spritzer bottle and sprayed through a leaf stencil to fill in a background to the two sheets of cardstock.

I then stamped out some floral stamps and coloured them in.

What I Used
What I Made

This is the two pages side by side.

And a look at the first page on its own.

And the second page.

And here we have a few closeups of some areas.

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Food From The Garden Scrapbook Layout

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Anybody who visits my blog regularly may well have realised by now that, as well as crafting, I like gardening.  But my health/disability problems means I can not do what I’d like or as much as I’d like.  So these days a lot of my gardening is done in raised beds, hanging baskets, barrels, etc.  There are fruit trees and bushes in the garden, but I can pick from them while sitting in one of the numerous chairs I have dotted all around the garden.  the only two crops that are sewn directly into the ground are peas and runner beans, and I had help to sew them, and again picked them by having strategically placed garden chairs.

Some things have been a bit of a disapointment, crop wise, this year, but mostly I’ve got a fair assortment of things from the garden that have given myself and my mother a nice variety in our food, as well as giving some away to friends and family.

So I thought I’d show you some of what I’ve grown by creating a digital scrapbook layout of what I brought in one day. (I must admit to not going out and picking every day but try to pick something three or four times a week even if I don’t make it all the way around.)

So, I took a bag out on the morning of the 10-9-2018 and picked, and then tripped the whole lot out onto the kitchen table, and this is what I’d got.

After a bit of a sort out they looked like this –

 

  • A bowl full of cherry tomatoes, both yellow and red tumblers grown in two hanging baskets.
  • The seeds from Nasturtiums soaking in salted water in a cup to make poor man’s capers.
  • Runner Beans – ready for my mother to string and cut up.
  • Assorted cut and come again mixed letyuce leaves with nasturtium flowers ready to add a few things to make a smoothie.
  • Eating apples and pears.
  • Yelliw and green courgettes that have grown well in my “jungle raised bed”.

And this is the digital scrapbook layout I made using these photos. I used the Citrus Celebrations Digital Mini Kit from Dragons Lair Designs. I worked on the layout in My Craft Studio Elite software.

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