I created this not-so-mini 6x12 book about our road trip to Arizona last summer -- I plan to give it to my sister once I am finished using it as a sample ;) Those of you who have taken a class with me know that I don't like minis. It's only because of storage and the fact that I don't really know how to reconcile having a scrapbook page AND a mini of the same event. However, for gifts, they are perfect! And I do enjoying making minis, its the keeping of them I don't like I suppose ;)
This mini can be made in just about an hour. Here's the steps:
Create A Base:
I like to use 5-6 pieces of 6x12 chipboard. For each piece of 6x12, you'll need one sheet of 12x12 patterned paper to cover. You can also cut the chipboard down to other sizes like 4x6, 6x6, 6x8, and 6x9.
For this book I used:
- 3 pieces of 6x12 chipboard
- 3 pieces of 12x12 patterned paper
- 6x9 chipboard
- 6x6 acrylic pages x 2 -- from Zutter
- 2/3 sheet of patterned paper (to cover both sides of the 6x9 chipboard)
- 3 pieces of 4x6 chipboard
- scrap paper to decorate 4x6 chipboard
- 1 sheet of Donna Salazar's ARTISTIC PAPER
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
Decorate The Base:
Inking, painting, and misting are all things you want to do before you bind the book--doing them afterwards can result in pages getting stuck together or the wet medium getting on things where you didn't want it. I painted all the edges of my chipboard with a beige paint to bring in the colors from my photos and then I misted it all with a couple colors of spray ink. After the pages are dry, you're ready to bind.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Bind with the Bind It All:
I love the Bind It All! No, they do not pay me to say that ;) I could use binder rings but I always seem to reach for my Bind It All when making books.
So, what makes the Bind It All more attractive to me over other binding options?
- Compact--the Bind It All stores easily and it has a small footprint. I can leaveit out on my table while I am crafting and it won't be in my way. Also, since it is compact, I can store it within easy reach of my scrap table.
- Versatile -- You can choose the size of your book, you can easily mix pages of different materials and sizes, and you can choose how much o-wire to use to make your book stable. With Binder Rings you'd need about 6 - 8 of them to bind this same book. And then you'd have to figure out how to line up the holes--yikes!
- Economical -- I can use as much or as little binding wire as I want--I decide how many loops to use. And I can really get alot of bang for my buck--just one length of o-wire costs about $1 retail (for the large sizes, small sizes are under $1 each) and I can easily 3-4 books out of one wire. For this book I am using one length of o-wire but that is for stability since I am using a variety of page sizes.
Punch the top and the bottom of each 6x12 page on C. Then use the peg on the black stop guide tab to insert into the holes you've punched (for proper spacing) so you can fill in the middle with binding holes.
Inner pages that are various sizes (like mine) are a little tricky but here are some tips!
For the top 4x6 page, insert it into the Bind It All so the top of the page butts up against the stop guide tab (on C Setting).
For the bottom 4x6 page in it into the Bind It All so the bottom of the page butts up against the stop guide tab (on C Setting).
For the middle 4x6 page punch on C setting then punch on extra hole on the top and one extra hole on the bottom using the peg on the black stop guide tab to insert into the holes you've punched (for proper spacing).
For the 6x9 and 6x6 pages, punch them the same was as the middle 4x6 page.
Stack your pages in the following order:
- Back Cover (inside facing up)
- Front Cover (outside facing up)
- 6x6 page
- 6x9 page
- 6x6 page
- 6x12 page
- 4x6 pages
Prep time: 15 minutes
Add journaling, photos, ribbons, and embellishments to your pages as desired. To easily mat my photos, I cut the Donna Salazar Artistic Paper into the 4x6 journaling cards that are printed on the paper, following the outline of the cards. If you have a Dreamkuts machine you can run the paper through there to get a perfect cut. Ink the edges of the journaling cards and apply them to the page perpendicular to your photo orientation. For example, if my photo is landscape (horizontal) then I placed the journaling card in a portrait orientation (vertically) on the page. This way a piece of the journaling card peeks out from behind the photo for an instant journaling spot.
An easy way to decorate your O-Wires is to tie ribbons, tulle, and trims to just 2-3 of the wires at the top of the book.
Cut titles with a diecutting machine. Use the same font throughout the book for a unified look. If you used an electronic diecutting machine to cut your titles, use the same font in a Word processing program to create extra journaling or subtitles. I used Honey Script (free at dafont.com) for the titles and subtitles in this mini book.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Here are some of the inner pages of my book, ready for my sister to add journaling:
Hope this inspires you to make some minis. Really you can create this whole book in about an hour -- you don't need to spend days on a project and whoever you give it to will appreciate the love you put into it, even if it did only take an hour ;)