“Documenting your garden, no matter how big or small, will let you look back year after year to see how your garden has grown. In this class you will learn how to assemble a Traveler’s Journal with a fabric cover and three inserts that will be perfect for documenting your gardening experiences.”


  1. Assemble the Traveler’s Journal: Passport cover using 2 layers of fabric (attached wrong sides together with fusible web and stitched around the outside edge) and the instructions in THIS VIDEOTHIS VIDEO
  2. Assemble 3 booklets using the Traveler’s Journal: Passport Page Blanks using the instructions in THIS VIDEO.
  3. Add garden photos and journaling to the booklets and embellish using the Traveler’s Journal Garden Notes stamp set & dies and Seed Packet II die.


  • STAMPS: Traveler’s Journal: Garden Notes (SAF 2018 Kit)
  • INK: True Black, Fresh Snow, Prairie Grass
  • PAPER: Stamper’s Select White, kraft, Traveler’s Journal: Passport Page Blanks
  • DIES: Traveler’s Journal: Garden Notes (SAF 2018 Kit), Traveler’s Journal: Passport Cover, Seed Packet II (SAF 2018 Kit)
  • OTHER: colored pencils, fabric, fusible web, eyelets, Traveler’s Journal: white elastic cord, Rustic Jute button twine, sewing machine (optional), white address labels, typewriter

CLICK HERE to visit Heather’s blog

CLICK HERE to view our live broadcast from Cincinnati!

  • Now it’s your turn!  Create a journal project.  You can choose to re-create the exact project from Heather above or design your own using the same concepts. Your project must also incorporate at least one Papertrey product.
  • Post your project on your blog, in your gallery, Instagram or on any other photo-hosting site (such as photobucket or flickr).
  • Add your project to the InLinkz list below.
  • You will have until 7am ET, Thursday, August 30th, to add your link to the list to be eligible to win. One project per person please.

  • One randomly selected winners will be chosen from all of the InLinkz entries on this post on Thursday, August 30th. The winner will be posted on our Stamp-A-Faire 2018 Winners Page after 9pm ET on Thursday night .  The randomly selected winner will get a $20 PTI gift certificate to spend however they like!
  • One randomly selected winner will be chosen from the comments of this post on Thursday as well. You will have until 7am ET, Thursday, August 3oth to add your comment and be eligible to win. The randomly selected winner will get a $10 PTI gift certificate.

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Join the discussion 60 Comments

  • 1
    Victoria h says:

    I really like the idea of a garden journal. Capturing the beauty throughout the year and remembering the names.

  • 2
    Nancy M says:

    Heather had people using tools they’d never used before – eyelet setters, sewing machines and even irons. She opened up a whole new world for people!

  • 3
    Kim Heggins says:

    So sweet…love this idea to use for my hubby’s garden!

  • 4
    Rema DeLeeuw says:

    I love this idea! Will have to try.

  • 5
    Sharon D says:

    I thought this would be more complicated and difficult, but it is very doable!

  • 6
    Becky Green says:

    This is BEAUTIFUL, Heather! What a NICE journal you’ve created! I LOVE that you used material, it will wear better throughout the year!!!! 😉

  • 7
    Linda Craig says:

    I enjoyed seeing you put the journal together. I am not a gardener but I can think of other journaling ideas that could be used.

  • 8
    Kathy Mc says:

    After seeing this, Heather, I just might tackle making five travel journals for my September trip with my Boston Buddies. Thanks for all the tips and details!

  • 9
    Greta H says:

    Beautiful journal!

  • 10
    Teresa C says:

    Heather’s Traveler’s Journal dies have long been favorites of mine!!

  • 11
    Donna Gourley says:

    I hadn’t made one of these journals before today, so thanks for the inspiration Heather. I’m not really sure what I’ll “journal” but it’s given me something think about. I might even make one of these for my granddaughter.

  • 12
    Carmela Douglas Hubler says:

    Love the journal and it could be used for so many things!!

  • 13

    Didn’t think I wanted to make one but when you said I could make a paper one…it was fun!

  • 14
    Nancy Penir says:

    What a beautiful way to remember and journal a year’s worth of gardening. Lovely, Heather! Can’t wait to give this a try.

  • 15
    Isabel Z says:

    What a beautiful keepsake.

  • 16
    Jill A says:

    What a neat way to capture your garden or even a special trip or event.

  • 17
    Helen F. says:

    This is such a fun way to keep track of your flower and vegetable garden plantings. I have three dear friends who are Master Gardeners ~ I plan to make a Garden Notes Journal as a gift for each of them!
    Thanks for the great idea, Heather 🙂

  • 18
    Pat Ackley says:

    I kept a Garden journal years ago. It was just a plain, old notebook, but I wrote in it every day. How I would have loved a pretty Journal like this!

  • 19
    Noelle says:

    My garden journal would be sad, I’m not a good gardener. But I love seeing your sweet journals!

  • 20
    JuneW says:

    Such a great way to share a memory, can’t wait to finish my journal! Really enjoyed Stamp-a-faire! Thanks to everyone.

  • 21
    Terri Trotter Earley says:

    It will feel great to get another scrapbook page done

  • 22
    Susan W. says:

    Cute idea! I am a former scrapbooker, so I am used to making smaller albums for special events/occasions. BUT I have not made one in a very long time. >.<

  • 23
    LR says:

    Great job, Heather! I love your journal. I want to try making some of these! They can be used for so many things! Thanks for the instructions and inspiration!

  • 24
    Janet Goshorn says:

    Beautiful project. Thanks for the links on your blog on how to do the twine and elastic portions.

  • 25
    Melissa S. says:

    Nice way to journal your garden and how it grew this year, what to try next year, and maybe how to do it better in the future.

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    Super Stick Chick says:

    Wonderfully inspiring! Love to garden, so this is prefect! Can’t wait to try it!

  • 28
    Lori B says:

    I love the idea of a garden journal! The fabric cover is beautiful, but since I don’t sew, mine will have to be paper.

  • 29
    rachel says:

    I have only had time to watch partial clips of the videos. I have been skimming through them. But even just seeing a small portion has been inspirational.

  • 30
    Aunt Min says:

    I loved this! I created 2 of my own little Kraft insert journals along with the Live Demo.

  • 31
    CathyL says:

    This journal is a great way to remember your garden from year to year.

  • 32
    Paula e says:

    Lovely journal! I’m not a gardener, but could easily adapt this for another use. Thanks, Heather!

  • 33
    Luanne Ford says:

    Thank you Heather for teaching how to do these! I’m ready to print and add pictures from this weekend!

  • 34
    storymusicgirl says:

    I have lots of garden pics that I should probably put into a little album/journal like this at some point!

  • 35
    Annette Gordon says:

    I just love the journal. I am so going to miss living on a farm with acrs of garden!

  • 36
    Christine Lawlor says:

    Beautiful journal Heather! I look forward to trying this concept with the Field Notes set!

  • 37
    Keri H says:

    I overstuffed my first booklet. Hoping to get it right on my second try. Can’t wait to get creative with this challenge. Might even use some of my handmade paper! 🙂

  • 38
    Shelly S says:

    Prior to my kiddos being born…my flowers were the stars of my life. I used to do something similar to this journal but not in such a decorative way. I love all the little embellishments Heather adds to her journals.

  • 39
    Becky K says:

    Heather, thanks for the fun project – I LOVE your style!!

  • 40
    Jeni says:

    You always make the cutest journals. I’m thinking about doing something like this for our trip to Ireland in a year & a half. Maybe if I start now, I can have the actual journal part ready to go 🙂

  • 41
    Elena Chen says:

    I’ve been wanting to create a garden journal with my kids. Thank you for the ideas!

  • 42
    Helen F says:

    A truly inspiring project, Heather! A journal is a wonderful way to keep track of your garden – real and wish lists! Thanks so much for sharing your ideas!

  • 43
    Tracey says:

    I just ordered some of the journal inserts so I’ll be excited to get them and create some fun little journals. The small size seems so manageable for little events that don’t require a ton of photos and journaling.

  • 44
    Marilyn G says:

    This was so fun to make. I really didn’t expect to be sewing, but had a great time doing all the different pieces. Can’t wait to fill it up with all my photos from the weekend’s event.

  • 45
    Catherine Milne says:

    I love the use of the stamp set to enhance the pictures. I really should document my adventures better and these journals are edging me closer to making memory journals of some sort.

  • 46
    Cynthia C. says:

    I have to admit that I didn’t get the journal thing, but having made one, it’s a really nice minibook. Can’t wait to fill mine up!

  • 47
    Josiane says:

    I have taken bookbinding classes before, but I was still surprised at how easy it was to make Heather’s journal. I can’t wait to make more.

  • 48
    karen b says:

    I love this idea, I will be making several of these this week!

  • 49
    Sandy Dayhoff says:

    Didn’t have a chance to make one of these yet, but I’m seeing some really cute ideas!

  • 50
    Betty Neville says:

    Wonderful project! Thank you for the ideas!

  • 51
    Erin says:

    Sooooo many possibilities, thanks for the ideas.

  • 52
    DIANA L. says:

    I always love seeing your journal projects Heather

  • 53
    lainey says:

    What a cute idea!

  • 54

    I just love this garden journal, Heather! Thank you for the inspiration and for leading this class at Stamp-A-Faire. Early this Spring I planned to make a large size garden journal of my flowers this year, and it never happened. So I was so excited to see this mini journal as a Stamp-a-Faire project! Perfect way to finish out the summer! I finished my journal last night and now I have a little keepsake of my garden this year. So fun!

  • 55
    Tammy W says:

    Such a great idea for a garden journal, perhaps next year. Love seeing everyone’s projects! They all look awesome!

  • 56
    Marilyn in Michigan says:

    What a great project, Heather!

  • 57
    Dawn Y. says:

    Oh, Heather! This was such a fun project! Thank you so much for the wonderful inspiration and tutorial. I watched your livestream for a second time while I created my very first Traveler’s Journal. My journal is called ‘Grown with Love’ and is all about my Herb and Tea Garden. There are pages for lists of Herbs for Tea and Culinary Herbs and so much more. What a perfect way to finish up Stamp-A-Faire 2018. Heartfelt thanks for all the ways that you inspire me, Heather! 💗

  • 58
    AOK says:

    I loved this project Heather. Your video tutorials were super easy to follow. Thank you for sharing your wonderful inspiration and creativity at SAF 2018.

  • 59
    Carrie P says:

    Absolutely love this project! Now, I just need to get my hands on those passport dies!

  • 60
    Karen Briguglio says:

    I am so attracted to these sweet little notebooks. I love them!

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