New goodies to play with! I get a crafty high from looking at stash pictures so these two might be my favourites ever. I got lots of 6×6 paper pads since I make so many mini albums, a Daily Grind alpha sheet which had lots of alphabet choices and cute phrases, some tiny wooden pegs (squee!) and my very first washi tape and very first wood veneer (Studio Calico cameras). Also a few Dear Lizzy and Amy Tangerine products, doilies and Printshop adhesive badges.
Today I would like to share a mini book I recently made for a friend I wanted to give her something to tell her how thankful I was for her, and I decided it would be the best depicted in a mini book! Plus I love making them, so, you know.. I had so much fun doing this and really made a dent in my stash, which means that I have broken through the barrier of ‘Oh, it’s so pretty, I can’t use it yet!’ So, without further ado, lets have Thankful for You, the mini book.
I started off with a 4 x 12-ish inch piece of Amy Tangerine’s Commit paper. I folded it in half to create the cover and added a brad to the bottom right corner. I had originally planned on that being part of the tie mechanism but then I had to change things and I couldn’t take the brad away because that would leave an unsightly hole and I couldn’t shorten the book length and hide the hole because the other bits inside the book that I had planned on using wouldn’t fit then.
On the top I layered the b-side of some more Amy Tan paper – that grey one, which I absolutely adore!! Have you SEEN the airmail tear strip!? SO CUTE. I also added some Dear Lizzy flair and a heart strip from October Afternoon Travel Girl Passport paper. The book ties shut with some pink ombre string. For the title I used my typewriter.
Inside the book, I wanted to give a dreamy look so I used a sheet of vellum (the thicker one, that you use for parchment work and paper piercing and embossing and stuff) and folded that in half to make two pages. The other two pages are made from normal water colour paper. On the first page I cut a banner from some brown card stock and wrote on it with my neon pink pen. Then I added a heart and a button and stapled some strips of paper to the top.
I kept the next page simple by just cutting out a tab note shape and writing on that. You can see those neon pink hearts again! I love this pen.
For this page, I made some tags from patterned paper. I glued the last one to the page and tied the others to it using pink string. The camera came from a doll’s set and I had always liked it so I saved it up for some crafty use for the future – and now here it is! The top tag is actually a tag from my clothes and that’s why it says ‘collection’ so I simply covered up the name of the collection with some music paper from Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm and added my own title using my typewriter.
Some Simple Stories stickers …
and some Amy Tan Remarks …
I created a pocket out of vellum and some patterned paper and slipped in a journalling card. On top I added some Amy Tan and Simple Stories stickers.
Again a bit of layering…
I covered the entire page with my favourite Dear Lizzy paper and an Amy Tan sticker and paper strips completed the page.
On the last page is another Amy Tan sticker and some typewritten sentiment. I added a handmade envelope to the inside back cover and slipped a letter inside!
Well, there you are. A little mini book about being thankful for the little things. I hope you found some inspiration in this project, and it inspired you to make your own mini books and albums because they’re the best-est thing on earth! 🙂
Love and hugs,
I recently found some old writing paper. It was a very good quality white paper but it was not ruled! So I thought I would make a mini book out of it. My approach to this was minimalistic, I based the entire book around some journalling cards from Echo Park. And with a few other bits and pieces, of course, the book was complete. The binding is simply a piece of book tape (double sided tape and a page from a book!) to join each pair of pages together. I closed it with a bit of twine knotted across the front. Don’t you just adore that glitter heart?!
I made a bit of a mistake on the second page! I miscalculated where the binding was going to be and placed my elements very near it! Oh well.
But don’t you just love the confetti pocket!
Lots of distressing and layering on that page!
Don’t you just love the cut heart?
Thanks for looking! Hope you liked it! 🙂