What better reason to make a mini book than to showcase a new puppy (I’m still waiting for a grandchild!). I like this one as it makes a great alternative to a handmade card and it stands up to display the inside. Allow me to introduce you to Rupert, our 8 week old Norfolk Terrier.
The basic book requires one sheet of paper and the covers require another one. I then used extra co ordinating pieces and stickers as layers.
I cut my 12” x 12” paper to 12” x 9” as I wanted my photo blocks to be 3” square but you could resize it to 10” x 7 1/2” for 2 1/2” blocks or 8” x 6” for 2” blocks, for example. I used my favourite cutting and scoring tool the We R Memory Keepers Trim & Score Board to cut it to size and then score it at 3”, 6” and 9” one way, and 3” and 6” the other way. You can see how I have cut along two of the score lines and then folded to create mountain and valley folds. On the two outer blocks in the middle line I had no middle scores but just created my own.
I used some thick cardboard or you could use chipboard to create two covers; mine measured 3 1/2” x 9 1/2” each to allow a 1/4” margin on each side. So I cut my paper to 4 1/2” x 10 1/2” to allow for the wraparound. I used Stix 2 Red Ultra Clear High Tack Double-sided 6mm tape to glue my edges over.
I cut numerous squares 2 3/4” x 2 3/4”, inked the edges with a charcoal ink and glued them down with Collall All Purpose Glue to allow me some ‘wiggle’ time.
I attached ribbon at the back on both outside edges and then attached my front and back covers again using the red liner tape.
I added some stickers and other cut out pieces and raised some using foam pads. I ‘destickied’ the back of some of the stickers with talc so that I could raise them with the pads.
I decorated the front of my mini book and did some doodling. I love the finished article and it is a lovely reminder of how tiny Rupert was when we first got him.
This is do-able in an evening which makes it a nice compact project (it actually took me 4 hours as I was home alone with the very demanding and mischievous subject of my book). Have fun!
I thought it high time I had a ‘giveaway’ and am excited to be sending someone one of my complete mini book kits worth £20. It has full instructions and photos. All you have to do is to ‘Like’/Follow or already have liked/followed my blog, and comment with one word describing your crafting style. The winner will be chosen at random on Sunday 22nd April at 9pm and announced on the blog on Monday 23rd. This is for UK only I am afraid.
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Phew! If you got through all that you deserve a medal. Have a great weekend – I’ll be back in a few days with the Giveaway results and some more inspiration.