home grown journal

general crafts, paper arts

seed-book-and-package

A few years ago I took a bookbinding class and just couldn’t stop. I kept looking at pieces of paper and fabric thinking, “That would be a good book cover…” Among my favorites were the seed packet books. We’re a family of gardeners so we always have seed packets lying around. Sometimes I like the retro ones like the marigold packet above but there are also a number of seed companies that have started using beautifully illustrated and designed seed packaging. The Seed Saver Exchange offer both high-quality seeds and beautiful packaging. This is the best time of year to find seed packets because most retailers are just getting their gardening supplies in.

book-top-view

This is not an archival book, it’s rather a fun, quick journal to give to friends. If you’re not a book making fan you could always laminate or decoupage a seed packet onto a plain journal.

book-back

If you have some bookmaking experience and want to make one yourself, here are some measurements that will save you a bit of time. Many seed packets are 4 ½” x 3 ¼” so I cut the board at 4” x 3 ½” . This gives enough room to use bookbinding fabric on the binding without covering up the seed packet on the front and back. A signature of 7” x 3 ¾” will work well and the end papers measure 3 7/8” x 3 ½”.

One thought on “home grown journal

  1. Bookbinding was my profession a few years back, so I definitely understand your love of the medium! This book is totally adorable. I’m so glad you shared it. Very spring-time as well!

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