I have a plan – sort of

Dear Fellow Journalers,

     As you know already, I am a researcher. I see an idea for a post or a craft item and I check resources – videos, magazines, Pinterest etc. So when I started thinking about an Art Journal, I naturally researched and planned – sort of. Let me explain:

     I had read “somewhere” that there were rules you had to follow, plans you had to have in place BEFORE you created an Art Journal. That made sense to me, ‘cause every journey begins with the first step, right? Some of the rules were:

1.       I have to have a plan, and I have to follow it to the letter.

2.       I have to have an end project in mind BEFORE I begin.

3.       I have to finish everything I begin.

4.       I have to have all the right supplies before I can start.

5.       I have to have a purpose for the art pages.

6.       I have to have a whole day to create.

7.       My crafting space has to be free of clutter so that I can be open to the possibilities of  ____


Gee Whiz! My so-called art journal sounds more like work, doesn’t it?

     After some thought I decided to change-up the plan. My new rules are:

1.       Who needs a plan anyway? This isn’t brain surgery. I’m using paper and paint.

2.       I can envision what I want the end project to look like, but that doesn’t mean its going to end up that way.

3.       I can start and stop as necessary. No one is telling me what the end times are.

4.       I can use what I already have for supplies – ok, I might need Gesso and ModPodge, but other than that…..

5.       I don’t have to have a purpose for this project – after all it’s my journal.

6.       I can start over if I don’t like it.

7.       My crafting space is just fine, thank you very much!

‘Til next time,


What to put in a Garden Journal

Dear Fellow Journalers,

In the beginning of your journal you should create a diagram or map of what you intend to plant and where. As you plant perennials,  you might mark them on a base mark and copy it each year creating new plans for annuals.

A future wish list will help if your garden changes due to weather conditions such as floods, etc.

Plant information – seed catalogs, garden books, websites – these are useful.

Date seeds started because you can track performance.

Germination dates- the date you first see the plants emerge from the soil will help you understand your garden.

Weather information- you will want to make notes on the high and low temperatures for the day as well as precipitation and winds.

All of these things and much more are important things to put in your garden journal.

‘Til next time,


Garden Journal types and blogs

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Planning ahead with a garden journal can save you time and money. The journal will serve as a reference later, on what worked well and didn’t in your garden. You can record information such as where and when you planted seeds, pruning and fertilizing schedules, garden supply resources and web sites.

There are many journal options:

a. Homemade – decorate a plain composition book and add document envelopes to hold loose pages.

b. Shoebox – organize seed packets.

c. Homemade binder with printable pages.

d. Hand-covered store bought.

e. Software

f. On-line garden planners.


What can you journal?

There are so many topics here, that I probably missed one or two! Weather, locations of plantings, seed packet information, seed starting dates, photos, garden quotes, perennial dates, magazine clippings, websites, wish lists, chore lists to name a few.

Here are some different types of journals that I found:

Catalog your seed collection: Get your shoebox of seeds organized so you know what you have available to plant this year and when you should plant it.

Create a list of plants and seeds you’d like to grow – A Garden Planner

Record Keeping Journal: Includes current gardening information and planning tools such as garden layouts, visual references such as pictures (magazine clippings) bloom types and colors.

Garden Organizer: Grouped by plant type or location by color or season.

Photo Album: This form of garden journal lets you store garden picture details of plants and activities. A popular use of this type is to take digital photos of your plants through each stage of their growth. You can review what weeds look like so that you don’t actually cut the flowers by mistake.

Here are some blogs I found:








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