Hello, crafty friends! Marie Nicole here to share my nature inspired journal that I created with the HERBS AND SPICES PAPER COLLECTION from Canvas Corp.
Nature inspires me. Much of my art and papercraft has some sort of natural element to it. When I am stressed or restless, I find that going for a walk or spending time in the sunshine helps to calm me. So, I decided to use these beautiful papers from Canvas Corp to help me create a nature journal.
What is a nature journal? Much like a personal diary or journal, you can use a nature journal to record and reflect on your observations of the beauty in nature. Find some pretty flowers or plants to dry and press, and then add them to your book. Create sketches and drawings of animals and wildlife. Use notecards and tags to record your thoughts and actions.
Really, your nature journal can be whatever you choose it to be! This is the beauty of customizing your own books and journals. You can fit them to what you need.
I started by taking several ivory #10 envelopes that I had and fit the flaps together to create the pages. This is a great way to quickly build a book and it even leaves you with many pockets that you can store your findings and ephemera in. You can adhere these envelopes together in several ways; I chose to sew them together with my sewing machine.
Another fun thing that I added was a shaker page, which I filled with some greenery that I dried from a flower bouquet I received. These little twigs and green leaves float freely in the plastic sleeve that I fused together using my FUSE TOOL. You could add more of these pages throughout your book if you wanted to preserve and display more plants that you have found.
Like I mentioned earlier, there are many pockets in this book that you can add notes, tags, papers, and ephemera to. I love building journals with envelopes for just this reason. Many of the tags here I die cut using some of the HERBS AND SPICES PAPERS, or some HANDMADE PAPERS from Canvas Corp. I give you a close up look at the handmade papers in my video, and I absolutely am in love with the texture and feel of these papers.
Canvas Corp also offers several styles of TISSUE PAPER that is perfect for papercrafting! This tissue is easily tearable, but will also take sprays and other mediums fairly well. You just have to remember that it is a tissue paper, so its thinner than a regular cardstock. I tore pieces of this paper and added it here and there throughout my journal.
I also die cut some wild flowers with some Tim Holtz dies that I have. I used KRAFT CARDSTOCK for these dies, and then adhered them into my journal randomly.
For adding more natural elements to my book, I used some thin wooden tags that I colored with Canvas Corp’s COLOR WASH PAINTS. These paints are a crafter’s solution to staining wood pieces to use in their crafting and DIY projects. They are safe to use and give off no fumes, so you can easily use them at your studio table or craft desk. They also come in a variety of fun colors! I chose several shades of natural browns for this tag.
After your book is complete, you can add little accents of ribbons, threads, washi tapes, and any other bits and pieces that you would like to embellish and save. Add photos and make it an album, as well!
I hope this inspires you to get creative and try your own journal. It doesn’t have to be complicated; it just needs to be your style.
Until next time,