Ah, the mini book. Don’t underestimate it’s power. A small album made from, well, pretty much anything you like is fast becoming my favorite way to scrapbook and create.
I’m an instant gratification kinda gal, so being able to start and finish a project in a small amount of time makes me pretty darn happy! With a crazy busy life and oodles of photos – a mini book seems very do-able, especially when you gather a few friends and have a big fat creating session one night.
You don’t need a reason or excuse to make a mini book. Something you want to say, something you want to record. Lots of photos from one event (like a birthday for example), that would be more fun to create a little masterpiece with rather than layout after layout in the big old scrapbook. I took loads and loads of photos of my daughter’s 3rd birthday party. Instead of hoarding them away for a day when I might have some time to create layouts about the event, I grabbed a blank spiral bound mini book, just slightly bigger than the photos themselves, and spent an afternoon creating an album while the day was still fresh in my mind. I went through and stuck photos on almost every page, then went back and embellished with strips of funky patterned paper, birthday themed quote stickers, a bit of paint and lots of journaling. My daughter pulls it down off the shelf frequently and lays on her belly on the floor looking at it for hours – what could be more gratifying than that?!!
Mini books also make fab gifts – in fact, my mother gets all hoity toity if I dare to BUY her a gift these days as opposed to making one! To keep family & friends updated on your cute little kiddies, buy or create a small album – jazz up the cover, make a few pages to start it off and give as a gift. You can continue to create and send pages to add to the album as special events happen or favorite photos want to be shared (and *shhh*, I won’t tell if you make identical albums for both sets of grandparents! It’s a smart way to go!).
Creating your own mini albums is a cinch with funky cardstock and all kinds of creative binding tricks. Browse the office supply store for rolodex cards, little blank notebooks, anything that could be turned into a classy-cool album. Punch holes and bind closed with zip-ties, metal book rings, ribbon, jump rings, wire and beads, leather strips – anything you can lay your hands on!
With school being out, this is a great time to involve the kidlets! Use your cardstock rejects or offcuts for them to create small books as journals, albums or stickerbooks. You might even learn an thing or two from their uninhibited creative spirits!
Once you have a nice little collection of mini books or albums made, look for creative ways to display them in your home to be enjoyed by family and friends. Stacked up creatively in shelves – with all the juicy ribbons and bits and pieces poking out (yum!), piled into funky baskets, sitting on the coffee table, or dangling from a windowsill. It’s a great way to get a little peek into your unique way of life, and cherish those memories forever! Good things come in small packages, remember? ;)
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This mini album was so much fun to make, and was inspired by a pack of oversized playing cards I found in target. Using the cards as a base, I covered each one in cardstock – trimming the edges and sanding for a distressed look. I decorated the cards with favorite family photos, cute little buttons and sequins and flowers – and then punched a hole through the top corner of each card to hang them all on a metal ring. I sewed a flower onto some felt and stitched up a little pocket for the book to be held in.
Supplies needed to create project:
1. oversized playing cards ($5 for pack from target)
2. selection of solid colored cardstock and patterned paper/cardstock.
3. assorted buttons, flowers, sequins, ribbon, etc.
4. metal bookring (from office max)
5. sandpaper, scissors, adhesive.
6. felt, embroidery thread.