Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Botanical journal

When I saw the beautiful papers in the Botanical Gazette collection, I just knew I’d have to cover another journal. The only question was: which sheet to use?

Eventually, after much wrangling, I settled on this one – and decided to let the paper do most of the talking. All I added was a couple of strips of torn cardstock, some extravagantly ruffled ribbon and a flower embellishment.

To create this flower, I die-cut it from Cherry Cobbler and then punched a hole in the centre using a 1” circle punch. I then snipped towards the centre between two of the petals. I soaked the flower with water and then scrunched it up, opening it out and kind of pleating it to make it look more natural. It sounds like a lot of work but it wasn’t, honest.

Top tip: I may have said this before but it bears repeating... if you have the spiral punch, punch it through a scrap of cardstock and carry it around with you in your purse. When you see cheap notebooks on sale, you can then hold the cardstock up to the spiral binding to see if it matches. Many of them do.

Stamps: Sense of Time, Tiny Tags
Cardstock: Early Espresso, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla
Paper: Botanical Gazette
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: 1 ¾” circle punch, 1” circle punch, spiral punch, Fun Flowers die, Big Shot, basic rhinestones, wide striped Grosgrain Ribbon – Old Olive, taffeta ribbon – Old Olive, art journal

All products by Stampin’ Up!®


  1. Great Top Tip - I do that too!! Fabulous book!!!!

  2. Love the paper you chose - those papers have to been seen in real life to be truly appreciated!

  3. Very pretty! Love that ribbon treatment. Thank you for sharing that great tip about the Spiral Punch, too. I just punched a scrap to keep with me in my purse. Such a great idea! :)

  4. This is lovely, the torn cardstock and ribbon are prefect for this journal. Love the tip about the spiral punch, running off to do that now, or I forget.

  5. Oh dear - another beautiful project Helen, so I'll have to add notebooks to my wish list now!

  6. Hi Helen, Finally got a google account so can now leave you comments. This is lovely and again the tip about the spiral punch is great. Hope to see you soon. Ann


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