If you're like us, you love scrapbooking photos of your garden - the one you work so hard to plant and grow!
Scrapbooking the gardens you create at home, and process layouts of how you landscaped are a snap with the Mosaic Moments® system. The natural beauty of a garden is enhanced when your page is perfectly aligned and looks professional - as if designed by a graphic artist. The gorgeous blooms of flowers, ripe tasty vegetables, and all the steps of the growing and harvesting processes make great garden pages. Even the spreading of mulch and laying down beds can make a great layout!
Here's 12 ideas to get you started scrapbooking your garden journeys and toils in your own gardens with Mosaic Moments®.
1. Take Photos at the Plant Nursery
There's a lot of opportunities for garden layouts at your local nursery.
You don't have to travel far for great garden pages. Plus, documenting the whole experience of building your garden will be so rewarding when you look back at your scrapbooks. Lauren created this layout with the one of the dies from the Corner Cut-Out Series - the Fat -T Die.
This die was a great choice to 'frame' her focal photo, and it gave extra room for the four 1x1 inch Stitched Leaves die cuts to add that extra bit of something special.
2. Document Your Patio Garden
All of your hard work gardening around your home needs documentation too.
Take photos of your patio garden. Take them at different times of day and all the seasons of the year as well! Here, Paije created a layout of her patio garden on a warm summer day. She made sure to get a close up of all of her favorite blooms. She was even able to make a 1x1 inch mosaic of the purple pansies at the bottom of her page.
She made this whole layout with only the Basic Die Bundle.
3. Show the Work In Progress
Your garden doesn't have to be complete to make a great scrapbooking page.
Document the nitty gritty of your landscaping renovation. All that dirt will be a pleasant memory once the project is complete. Paije used the Windsor die to fill in the viewer on this big job for her home. She made sure to add all the steps and before and after shots.
This Layout Features: 12x12 Sunlight Grid Paper from the Lazy Days Collection, the Windsor 5x5 Die and Windsor Pieces Die Set, and the Basic Die Bundle. Pattern Paper from Jen Hadfield™.
4. Document the Planting Process
You can even take photos to document a smaller garden job - planting your flowers.
Capture one small moment on a scrapbook page. Get shots at different angles. Don't forget to take a pic of the tools. Get close ups of the flowers you are planting and be sure to get a nice smile shot. You'll be able to enjoy your garden and your garden layout.
5. Capture the First Harvest
There's nothing more rewarding and exciting than finally having ripe vegetables to pick after all the time, tears, and sweat you put in to making your vegetable garden.
Your first harvest deserves its own garden layout. Capture the fruits of your labor and the faces of your helpers. Danielle balanced her page with a worker (her son) in each corner of her layout and the close up photos of each vegetable in between.
This Layout Features: 12x12 Twine Grid Paper from the Nantucket Collection, the Layering Die Bundle, and the Basic Die Bundle. Pattern Paper from Echo Park™.
6. Take Photos of the Picking Process
Farm to table is not just a good idea for restaurants - it's a great idea for your scrapbook!
Make a layout that includes, growing, picking, and finally chopping it up in the kitchen. Lauren even created a 1x1 mosaic across her garden layout of her vegetable farm. The Tickets Dies, Alphabet 5, and Numbers 5 are the perfect touch to complete this garden process page.
This Layout Features: 12x12 Sunlight Grid Paper from the Lazy Days Collection, the Ticket Die Set, the Alphabet 5, Numbers 5, Stitched Hearts Die, the Layering Die Bundle, and the Basic Die Bundle. Pattern Paper from Carta Bella™.
7. Capture the Simple Moments in The Garden
Garden layouts can be a place of serenity in your scrapbooks.
Take an early morning like this, where father and son are watering the garden. It's a breath of fresh air to see this simple moment. Tami added 1x1 inch mosaics of the flowers and matted her three favorite shots. She left room on one of her yellow mats to add journaling. A quick handwritten name and date adds all the extra bit of interest this layout needs.
8. Create a Page of Your Favorite Spot in the Garden
You might have a favorite corner in your garden.
If you do, make a layout like Candy did, above. She included her fairy garden and her favorite flowers. She used the Charmed Dies to add interest to her layout and filled them with her garden's best blooms and a very busy bee.
This Layout Features: 12x12 Fields Grid Paper from the Lazy Days Collection, the Charmed 4x6 Die, Charmed 2x4 Die, the Layering Die Bundle, and the Basic Die Bundle. Pattern Paper from Asuka Studio™ and Ciao Bella™.
9. Mix Close Up & Distance Shots
Lauren's garden layout is a great example of taking different distance shots to add variety on a Mosaic Moments® garden scrapbook page.
The center of her layout has three close up shots of a bee pollinating a flower, a growing Goldendew Melon, and a second bee pollinating a different yellow flower. Framing these photos is a 1x1 inch mosaic of the melon vines which is a medium distance shot. On the bottom of her page, you can see the long distance shots of the farm.
Taking different distance shots and mixing them on one layout adds variety and helps tell the full story.
This Layout Features: 12x12 Bleached Wood Grid Paper from the Dockside Collection, the Numbers 2 Die Set, and the Basic Die Bundle. Pattern Paper from Simple Stories™.
10. Make A List
Make a list on your garden layout.
A list is visually pleasing and helps tell the story of your garden page. You get an example of your handwriting and have a record of the things you were doing. Gardening takes a lot of work (a labor of love) and should be documented. How else are you and your family going to remember what it took to get those gorgeous blooms?
This Layout Features: 12x12 Raspberry Grid Paper (discontinued), and the Basic Die Bundle.
11. Get Close Ups of the Flowers
In your own garden or on a trip in a public garden, you can make the flowers the stars of your layout by taking close up shots of them.
Being able to see each individual petal, leaf, and berry is incredible. You can take amazing shots and bonus: your subject remains relatively still, so your photography skill level doesn't need to be high! If you take your time and focus your camera or phone, you can take good close up pictures of your favorite flowers.
12. Show The Before & After
This layout from Paije focuses on the before and after of her gardening journey around her home.
The Windsor die is a great way to break up your photos in a pleasing way. The Windsor die looks like a leaded stained glass window. When you use it for garden layouts, it'll feel like your are looking out the window of a cottage in to the garden. There are lots of design spots with this die. Paije put similar floral photos in the top right and bottom left of each die. Then she put an individual photo in each 'pane' of the die.
Before and after gardening layouts are a simple and easy way to show the results of your labor of love, both for gardening AND for scrapbooking!
This Layout Features: 12x12 Rain Grid Paper from the Lazy Days Collection, the Windsor 5x5 and Windsor Pieces Die Set, the Layering Die Bundle, and the Basic Die Bundle. Pattern Paper from Jen Hadfield™.