by Debbie Hodge

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, ““All my hurts my garden spade can heal.” Are you a backyard warrior? Love it? Hate it? Struggle with it? Read on for ideas for srapbooking your backyard endeavors, and see what prompted Doris Sander to muse, “Scrapbooking is a wonderful way to relive a favorite moment again and again.”

Adryane Driscoll says, “This is a celebration of the weeds, bugs, and concrete that make up much of our backyard. Despite the rugged nature of some of our yard, I like it. There are lots of greens, reds, and neutrals in the landscape, so I used those colors to guide the page.  Since it’s a silly page, I included lots of insects and tried to have half of the elements blend with the photos. The rusty shovel was a bonus! The journaling bits around the page support the main story.”

my garden by Adryane Driscoll | Supplies: Anna Aspnes I FotoInspired Template Pack No.2A, Easy Curled Edges No.1, Boxed ArtStrokes No.1, ArtPlay Palette Hummingbird, LoopdaLoop Flutterbys, ArtPlay Palette Jardinier, Autumn LineArt No.1, Burlap Scraps No.1, FotoInspired Plastic Pockets No.1, and Light Textured Neutrals No.1; Holliewood Studios I Art Journaling No.3

Leah Farquharson says, “I grew up gardening and love it so much. I’ve recently been working hard to learn how to container garden and all of that work is finally paying off! After a bit of trial and error, I’ve got tomato sets and a working herb garden that I use regularly! I love the Soho Garden line from American Crafts! I’m using up the last bits of it and thought it was perfect for the layout about my little gardening ventures… I also cut a few leaves from my silhouette to add a bit more of a garden feel!”

Balcony Garden by Leah Farquharson | Supplies: Background patterned paper: Fancy Pants Designs. All other patterned papers: American Crafts. Chipboard, journaling spot, 3D embellishments, sitckers, fabric tabs, foam letters, diecuts, green cardstock: American Crafts. Page rhinestones, ink: Studio Calico. Leaf diecut from the default silhouette shape library.

Terry Billman says, “Every spring my husband and son clear the brush in the field and along the fence line so I have a clear view of the horses grazing. I think of a western/country setting when I think of horses. Katie Pertiet’s Wild Horses kit gave the layout a western motif. Since brush in the field is not really colorful, I converted the background photo to sepia, applied a sketch technique, and spot colored my son’s clothing.”

Clearing Brush by Terry Billman | Supplies: Katie Pertiet: Alandia Rancheros Solids, Wild Horses, Vintage Frames No. 27, In the Post

Rosann Santos-Elliott says, “This layout is about my son planting strawberries in our small backyard garden. Gardening supplies often take on a feminine motif, but I was able to make it a gender neutral about by using the background paper of wooden panels.”

Stawberry Fields by Rosann Santos-Elliott | Supplies: Simple Stories Vintage Bliss – Gray Wood/Butterfly stitches, Bingo Cards/Diagonal Stripes; Decorative Brads; MME – The Sweetest Thing Tangerine (6×6 paper pad); Project LIfe – Cobalt edition journal card quote.

Tara McKernin says, “This is a layout pairing photos of my garden this past year with years previous and journaling talking about why we didn’t do much to it this year.  I love simply pairing beautiful photos with words.  For me, gardening is simple, it’s clean (minus the bugs and dirt of course), and that’s how I create my layouts.”

How does my garden grow | Tara McKernin | Supplies: Template, Ali Edwards; Font, Avenir book

Adriana Puckett says, “Our 20-acre farm requires a LOT of mulching in the spring and fall, and it’s definitely a family affair to apply it. I went with one large image showing a playful moment with the mulch pile and chose pretty traditional papers and color scheme to go with the gardening theme. I borrowed the title from a backyard/home blog post, I Mulch, You Mulch, We All Mulch.

I Mulch, You Mulch, We All Mulch by Adriana Puckett | Supplies: Patterned paper: Crate Paper, Studio Calico; Transparency: Hambly; chipboard embellishments: American Craft; Font in title is Langdon.

Barb Brookbank says, “I’ve been playing around with ‘from above’ photography, and this is a scene I set up with a pot of spring bulbs, clay pots, garden twine, small scissors and florets from the hyacinth.I clipped the photo to a small transfer I found in the kit.”

The Garden by Barb Brookbank | Supplies: Art Play Palette Jardinier by Anna Aspnes; Font: Texture Road

Doris Sander says, “This layout illustrates two aspects of scrapbooking that I enjoy: the merging of photos to tell a story and the merging of prints and patterns to illustrate that story.”

“On this page, I’ve taken a photo of my lawnmower, a photo of my cat, and a photo of some of the flowers (or weeds depending on perspective) on my lawn.  The photos might not normally go together, but here they tell the story of just how much I love being outside, taking in every detail of spring in the country, and how the humble lawnmower is the tool that allows me to spend so much time there.  The charming green latticework, yellow dots, and multi-colored floral papers delightfully enhance this story.  Scrapbooking is a wonderful way to relive a favorite moment again and again.”

Hello Love by Doris Sander | Supplies: patterned paper – Basic Grey, My Mind’s Eye, word stickers – Jillibean Soup, metal leaves – Freckled Fawn, cardstock flowers – Pebbles Inc., tag – American Paper Company, other – embroidery floss, staples

Leah Farquharson says, “We’ve been working hard on our little bit of a garden! On this day we were reusing the bottom of milk containers to start our herb garden! A few weeks later, and we have parsley, and basil to join our cucumber and zucchini plants.” An “accordian-folded” strip of washi tape is the first thing Leah put down, creating  a shelf for her photos and rich cluster of floral embellishments. 

Plant Something Beautiful by Leah Farquharson Supplies: patterned paper, diecuts, buttons, brads, journaling spots, stickers, letter stickers, flair, washi tape: October Afternoon. Twine: The Twinery. Chipboard letters: American Crafts. Large flowers: Maya Road.


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