The Gardenista’s Almanac

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The Gardenista’s Almanac is the culmination of my love of earthy colors, rustic embellishments and all things Tim Holtz and Wendy Vecchi. The project has been in the formulation stages for nearly two years just waiting for the right inspiration to come along -along came 7 Gpysies’ Conservatory line.

I dabble in gardening – and I do mean dabble. My beds look nice in the Spring when everything is fresh and green and young and by mid-summer I’m on to something else and the beds are full of weeds or very dull and lacking in color because of my loss of interest in them.

Each year I tell myself that next year will be different, be better. I’ll add some color and really put some time and effort into the garden. I honestly don’t know if that will change but that’s where the concept for my latest project, The Gardenista’s Almanac, has come from. I wanted to create a garden journal where I could include photos of dull, lifeless garden areas and add notes to myself to remind me to buy annuals in early June (honestly, I went to four different nurseries in early July and everything was pretty much gone!). I wanted to include the photos I take of plant or color combinations, garden accessories and more. I also needed room to jot down quick notes to remind myself just why I took that photo.

The Gardenista’s Almanac is a two-day workshop October 23-24 at Scrap Tales that will walk students through techniques for aging and distressing papers, metals and grungeboard. This project will allow the student to experiment with a variety of inks, paints, Distress Stickles, Idealogy metals, stamping, foils and rustic embellishments while creating this nature-style journal. The Almanac is a great home for your garden notes, nature or inspirational quotes.

Tags: 7 Gypsies, Altered, Class, crackle paint, Distress Stickles, fragments, glossy accents, Grungeboard, Memory Capsules, Perfect Pearls, Ranger, Tim Holtz, Wendy Vecchi