How does my garden grow – Garden Journal by Asia King

BlogStar Asia King has popped by today to share her Garden with us! We can’t wait to see how her journal evolves over the course of the year…maybe we’ll see some pressed flowers?? Here’s a terrific tutorial for making your own Garden Journal to celebrate the blooms in your yard.


Hello again, Asia here. Those who know me personally would certify that my garden has always been a kind of a project that gets put off forever… But not this year! We’ve finally got our new patio sorted and we’re now ready to plan & plant the borders. Yay! It only took us 6 years to gear up for it lol :).

No surprises then that I wanted to seize the opportunity to ‘document” how our garden grows. That’s why I started my very own garden journal, where I can clip plant labels, photos and play with creative journaling at the same time.

In keeping with the ‘nature friendly theme’ I’ve decided to upcycle an old diary for that purpose. To kick start my creative gardening adventure I decorated the cover using my old time fave technique – decoupaging with napkins. This technique was perfect for this project as my cover was quite squishy and leather like, so covering it with paper would not be as successful.

Let’s get started – shall we? You will need: an old diary, gesso, decorative napkins, decoupage medium and your fabulous Stampendous floral stamps.

1. Apply 2 quick coats of gesso to your cover and let it dry.

2. Choose the napkin you want to decorate with (or if you’re like me, decide, change your mind and… change your mind again lol) and separate the top printed ply.

3. Using an old paint brush add layers of Beacon’s Fast Finish and adhere the napkins. You only need small amount of the medium. Gently smooth out the creases with your fingers, this will also help the napkin adhere to the surface. Allow to dry.

4. Next, dry brush a couple of coats of gesso to tone down the pattern and to blend in the areas where the napkins meet/overlap.

5. Stamp the Jumbo Cling Peruvian Lily onto the front cover with clear embossing ink. Heat emboss with Detail Gold Embossing Powder.

6. Stamp the corner swirls from the Peruvian Lily set in corners and heat emboss with gold detail powder.

7. Carefully colour the flowers with Inktense or water colour pencils. Try to avoid adding too much water as this may tear the napkins.

8. Seal the cover with Fast Finish and allow to dry.

9. Stamp the flowers again, this time onto white card, heat emboss with Black Detail Powder, colour in and cut them out.

10. Start layering your embellishments and lace. Add the fussy cut flowers layered onto dimensional foam pads.

11. Add fabric and wooden embellishments, altered with Shabby Blue and Shabby Pink embossing enamels. Simply swipe the Boss Gloss over, sprinkle the powders, tap off the excess and heat with the heat gun. Adhere with Beacon’s 3in1 Advanced Craft Glue.

12. I also added one of my shabby enamelled flowers.

13. Decorate the flower centres with gems, Champagne and Fuchsia crushed glass glitter, sprinkled over Beacon’s 3in1 adhesive.

14. Stamp in black the word ‘garden’ onto white vellum with Big Top Type clear stamps. Cut the letters out into bunting flags and layer them onto lace scraps. Adhere to the page using 3in1 Adhesive. Next, stamp the word ‘journal’ directly onto the journal cover with Vintage Lowercase clear stamps.

15. Finish off by embossing the edges with Shabby Blue embossing enamel.

Phew, after all that crafting I think I need a jolly good rest… after I’ve done some planting first!

I hope you enjoyed this installment from your Foreign Correspondent and if you’d like to see more of the close up photos of this project, be sure to pop over to my blog. And I would be delighted it if you left some love on my blog to let me know you’ve been :).

Over to you now, tell us how your garden grows. And we’ve got the perfect way for you to share your embossed projects – make sure join our June Encrusted Jewel Technique challenge!

Big hugs


11 thoughts on “How does my garden grow – Garden Journal by Asia King

  1. Asia this is absolutely amazing! I can never find such gorgeous napkins like those so I’m not so much a napkin girl. You know, I bet your garden is just as much or even more amazing than this journal! Hope you had a great time planting. 🙂


  2. Thanks Janelle. I finally finished my planting (for now) last night :). I must say, my severe hayfever somehow took the joy out of it a bit… But I hope the results will be worth the suffering lol and that I will have lots of ideas for filling in my journal pages 🙂


  3. OMG! This is absolutely gorgeous! Haven’t planted my flowers yet this year because everything is torn up from building our house! Not sure they will get transplanted this year since I am having my surgery soon and will be laid up for the rest of the summer! 😦 Thanks for sharing your beautiful project with me!


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