pieces of summer

Thursday, October 11, 2012

I just finished organizing all my pressed plants from over the summer. I press them in one book, then move them to another while I wait for them to gather before finally arranging them in this notebook. Taping them down with washi tape was such a great idea. I like that I'll be able to move them if I ever decide to make anything with them or organize them differently. But in the mean time I get to enjoy them displayed together. Here are some photos of my favorite pages...
I love that this notebook is just filled with pressed plants from the summer of 2012, it feels like a scrapbook of sorts. Perhaps next year I'll make it more formal and organize them by months of the summer and label it all pretty. But this year's is just a mishmash of everything and I really like that.

Do you press plants? I'd love to see photos of your collection!
xoxo

61 comments:

  1. These are stunning! The washi really adds something to it:)

    I haven't pressed flowers or plants in ages. I have a really cute flower fairies flower press though. And I should definitely give it another go!

    blueeyednightowl.blogspot.com/

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  2. i have a little notebook where i've stuck down clippings from the plants we grew this year. Less flowers and more leaves, i did it with washi tape too!


    chloe
    www.bythelock.com

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  3. Really beautiful, something I used to do with my granny in Scotland and something I should probably take up again after seeing all these pretty results.
    *swoonswoonswoon*

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  4. lovely pages, never done that before, but a "must do" for my next year resolution list :)

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  5. I will occasionally stick a flower or two in whatever book I am reading. I will place it back on my bookshelf and then the next time I go to re-read that book, I'll stumble across a page with a few flowers tucked in. I love that there are still flowers in my books that I haven't discovered yet--that I may never discover. There's something awfully romantic about that to me.

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  6. Especially the second pic looks so pretty!
    I started to gather and press red poppy a few years agoo in memory of my granddad. Actually i was not clever enough to fix them with tape so they are stuck in some of my notebooks - i still like them :)

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  7. i did this wehn i was a kid..mm..i think i'm going to look for my flower press !!

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  8. These are so beautiful! I love how clean and orderly the pages look, though they are filled with things that are, well, wild in nature. I really like the idea of organizing it by month, or even by outing next year! You could have polaroids and flowers picked and shot the same day, displayed together. Magical.
    I haven't pressed flowers since I was very young, largely because I haven't gone camping and scavenging and stuff since then! Not that these are off my to do list, I just haven't got the most outdoorsy of friends :p
    --Erin
    predictionspast.blogspot.ca

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    1. Ohh, I love the idea of mixing pictures and pressed flowers in a notebook. That would be so pretty!!

      No matter where you live, even if you don't go near the woods there is always something near by you could press! Those leaves in your most recent post would have been perrrrfect!!
      :D

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    2. You're so right. And, truly, the area I live in is beautiful and full of wooded areas. I've been thinking about doing a little geocaching, it would be the perfect opportunity to gather some nice specimens to press! I've got too many big heavy books perfect for pressing to avoid doing it any longer.

      Here's to creatively documenting special memories of even the so called mundane :)

      --Erin

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  9. This is really cute and would be a fun thing to do once my daughter gets a little older. Thanks for the great idea. :)

    ~Erica
    thepaintedtrailer.blogspot.com

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  10. Is there a specific method you use to do this? How to you keep the flowers from turning brown?

    It's very pretty and relaxing to watch.

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  11. This is gorgeous! I've been meaning to start a collection for a while and this has really inspired me :) I think maybe I'll see if there are any Autumn blooms hanging around...

    http://rrecommends.blogspot.co.uk/ xx

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  12. This is so pretty I could die! It is also a great idea for a notebook gift don't you think?
    I will surely do that!

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  13. What a great collection! I have never done before but I wish I had right now. Very cute idea.

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  14. I've been trying press flowers lately, I've been having trouble with them molding, do you let them dry out a bit in open air before pressing them in a book? Perhaps it's the tissue paper I am using trapping the moisture? I guess I should just try doing it in a book like you do, what kind of paper is in the book you use to press them the first time? Sorry to ask so many questions!

    xomando

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    1. Mandy, give me a week or so and I'll write up a blog post about it! Let me know if you have any other questions I should cover regarding flower pressing! :)

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    2. Wow, I would love if you did a post on it! I've been wondering about your process for ages! :D So exciting!!!

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    3. Oh fantastic! Just what kind of paper you think works best and amount of time before and during pressing. I can't wait to see your tips and tricks!

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  15. This is really cool, and it's something that I'm definitely going to have to try!

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  16. I've never really pressed plants before, but it looks so neat, I think I'll have to try it!

    http://bethsquidly.blogspot.com/

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  17. i used to do this kinda of notebooks when i was in school and totally loved it. and i'm 100% sure that my mum keeps them safe somewhere...

    your are so beautiful :) but i think it will look better labeled, or making those pages more 'themed' (mushroom, yellow flower, autumn leaves)

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  18. your presed flowers and leaves are always so pretty.

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  19. I love this so much! You could even frame them and use them as art on a wall. So pretty.

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    1. I've been planning on it. I just want to build up a really big collection first so I have a lot to work with.
      :)

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  20. Ever so lovely! Such a beautiful hobby!

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  21. I remembered pressing flowers when I was a kid, they look so beautiful in your book that I think you've inspired me to start again!

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  22. I have never pressed plants or leaves before, but looking at this I think i should start! So beautiful.

    - tianna :)

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  23. I do press plants and I had emailed you about a little information. Thanks for answering now my pressing is so much better. When I have enough pages I'll share it on my blog, but I like to use glue because I don't have any cute tapes yet x.x

    chamomiledealer.blogspot.com

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  24. I LOVE pressing plants! So pretty, but I usually end up just leaving them in the book instead of doing something super cool with them. :)
    Trish

    www.jellybonesblog.blogspot.com

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  25. ZOMG!!! These are tooo beautiful, really love it. I collect the odd little pretty piece now and then, I will start doing it properly.

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  26. Such a beautiful display, I like how you arranged them. And I agree about the washi tape! PS - Thank you for the postcard you sent me thanking me for the key chain. It was very sweet that you took the time to do that. <3

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  27. These are so gorgeous! I definitely want to start pressing plants, I've just never done it!
    xo Heather
    http://ahopelessnotebook.blogspot.com/

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  28. Oh that looks so great!! I have studied landscaping so we made a lot of albums of pressed plants! But it never looked so great like yours ;) I think next summer I will make one again, becouse the old one I had to leave at the college...

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  29. This is such a wonderful idea. I love that they look just like drawings!
    I've always wanted to do it and I think you're just motivated me, thanks.

    the making of things

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    1. Yay! I'm so happy to give you the push to start! :)

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  30. Beautiful! I do have some pressed plants, and perhaps I will do a post with them soon. However, lately I've been collecting leaf skeletons like crazy :)

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  31. This is so neat! I might do this too, it looks beautiful. I think it would even better if you would frame it! :) Thanks for sharing xo

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  32. I love plants and herbs. I've done so much studying of herbs; harvesting them, drying them and using them but I've never pressed them before. I have no idea why. You're book is so lovely! Maybe I'll do it next year too!

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  33. What a very pretty collection!

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  34. I do the same thing! Probably because I need to for my plantscaping class. However, yours is definitely much neater! and prettier! Boston ferns are so uncool, they fall apart! Haha. <3

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  35. I love your pressed plants collection!! I feel so inspired to make one of my own now!

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  36. It looks amazing, great idea ^^

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  37. Oh I love this! And the brown notebook pages are so perfect! Where did you get your notebook? Does it matter what type of notebook you use to keep the flowers in? I hope you do a blog post on how to soon! -Cindy

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  38. I love this! I pressed and framed some plants this summer :)
    http://zerudaswonderland.blogspot.se/2012/08/pressed-flowers.html

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  39. They especially look good on the cardboard colored notebook, rather than plain white! Where did you find a notebook like that? I have a project in mind and I think that would look so much better than a graph paper notebook that I was thinking about using.

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  40. I would LOVE if you did a "how-to" regarding pressing plants! I remember pressing flowers and leaves when I was a kid, but I remember being disappointed when they dried out. I would LOVE to press some fall leaves now, and put them in a frame between 2 pieces of glass.
    Anyway, if it interests you, a step-by-step would be greatly appreciated!
    Carissafaye@sbcglobal.net

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  41. You really have an eye for these things. so so beautiful.

    <3 Melissa
    wildflwrchild.blogspot.com

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  42. What a cool idea! I pressed a flower from our front yard and framed it in our frame collage :) I'd love to pick more and frame them in a big frame. Such a cool idea!

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  43. I have a beautiful John Lennon coffee table book just packed to the tits with leaves I have pressed and no where to put. Definitely going to adopt your journal and washi tape method--aesthetically pleasing, organized and super clever!

    ps-Thought of you when I saw this :)She is AMAZE.
    http://honestlywtf.com/art/anne-ten-donkelaar/

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