Natures Field Guide
By Sue Smyth
Nothing inspires me more than nature, so the awesome
Butterflies and Natures Wonders Stamp collection
available on Megs Garden website was an instant
spark for me.
I have combined the stamps with the Butterflies
and Natures Wonders paper kit to make this
Field guide to Natures Wonders.
And this time I really wanted to do a hand stitched binding
so be sure to look below for a mini tutorial on
how to bind a book.
The gorgeous butterflies have been glued to white cardstock
then fussy cut, spray with spray glitter and adhere
by the centres only so the wings
can be curved upwards in flight.
I have stamped the title onto white cardstock and overlayed
it onto a fancy metallic frame.
Add lots of paper flowers from Meg's Garden to
create a focal point at the top of the cover.
Dry brush the centres of paper flowers
with a darker pink ink for a
more realistic look.
You just need a small stiff brush
I have used old twigs covered in lichen
from the garden to
create a frame.
My new favorite tool is a mini
I have cut a panel from the paper kit
to insert inside with 3 D foam tape.
And adhered the lot onto a panel
of cardstock with a hand stitched edges.
Add trinket bee's and metal corners, some fibres
and there you have a cover.
It can be used as an journal or mini album
I have left the inside pages rather
plain so that photo's or ephemera
can be placed over top.
Here are some of my pages, I have simply
used the papers as a collage and
incorporated stamps when ever I wanted.
First cut chipboard to 11 x 14 cms to form covers and cover with
Butterfly garden papers.
Cut as many pages as you like, mine measure 14 x 22 cm
and I have 8 panels.
Perforate the centre with a metal piercing tool.
Stamp and ink randomly around the sides with sepia
ink and a script stamp.
Now sew centres with brown floss and a sturdy needle.
This takes some time but is worth it!
Stitch all sides with a back stitch so it show on the spine
and the middle of the folded page.
Hold together with a bull dog clip so they
are placed neatly and will not move.
Now over sew at 7 points on the spine with floss, making
sure to catch every folded edge.
When you are happy with the stitching,over stitch with green for
a contrast and adhere covers to first and last page.
Add stained seam binding under covers or as
I have over them and cover with decoration.
Happy Crafting all