Craft it Forward: Secret Garden in the Round

This month’s  Craft it Forward creation will soon be flying over the pond to The Pyjama Gardener.  PJ’s always witty and entertaining blog features ‘simple organic gardening and seasonal living.’  No need to take my word for it.  You can go have a look here.  According to PJ:

A Pyjama Gardener is anyone who is too impatient to get dressed before venturing outside to check the plants… it was only meant to be a quick look (honestly)… but before you know it an hour or more has passed and you’re still wearing your pyjamas!

What a thrill it was to find this beautiful paper on the shelf of Scrapbook Island!  Graphic 45 has an entire line of Secret Garden paper, featuring a PJ-clad girl on the cover!  Kismet.

This tiny ‘album’ pops open to reveal several panels. I’ve added photo mats and stickers inside, with bits of ribbon here and there.  The circular book is now ready for small photos and memorabilia.

mini scrapbook

Cover (and view of closed album)

Clam Shell Folds

Clam Shell Folds

top view

Album, top view

Inside Pages

Inside pages featuring Secret Garden

Panel View 1 of 4

Panel View 1 of 4

Panel View 2 of 4

Panel View 2 of 4

I made a similar version of this album in early March. It has a Valentine’s Day theme, so I plan to feature it in a give-away closer to the time.

I hope PJ loves this little pop-up book as much as I loved making it.

Circle Explosion Album

Craft it Forward:

Here’s how it works. The first five people to comment on the original post receive a handmade item with the gardening nirvana touch. In return, they agree to pay it forward, crafting their own unique item for the first five people on their list. Craft it Forward encourages community, creative spirit and camaraderie. It also encourages flexibility, so I expanded my list from five to seven based on interest in the project. Isn’t it fun making your own rules?

craft it forward button

Grab the button for your own Craft it Forward

Further, in the era of the internet, who doesn’t like ‘real’ mail? If you haven’t started your own Craft it Forward, today is a good day to get one going.

9 thoughts on “Craft it Forward: Secret Garden in the Round

  1. Absolutely beautiful! What a gorgeous Craft It Forward! I love The Pyjama Gardener’s blog, too, and she is super lucky to be receiving such a lovely gift. Words can’t describe The Secret Garden paper – and so cleverly made into a pop-up book. You are very talented. x


  2. WOW, just stunning Alys. You’ve managed to make just the perfect thing for PJ. When I’ve seen pictures of her decor, it seems so soft. This will fit right in. I know she will be absolutely thrilled. I did look at the link and thought it looked tricky, maybe it’s the lack of sleep, I’ll have to check back on a crafty day. That paper is one of my favourite recent collections too. And I recognize that ribbon 🙂 I started a scrap page a week ago and now I feel inspired to get back to it. Big hugs xoK


    • Big hugs to you, too, Boomdee and thanks for stopping by. I hope you do get back to your scrap page. Creative is a good salve.

      I’ve not heard from PJ and hope all is well. I will send her a private email.

      I made a template for this using a kit, then found the tutorial after the fact. It’s really just a big circle with four quarters. The 4th quarter is trimmed down to a notched piece to create a place to attach the three sides together.

      Big hugs to you, too. xox


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