Sunday, November 27, 2011

Un-Winter Mini-Book

We are in the midst of un-winter around here. The weather is warm and rainy, however DH went to get the snow tires put on today.  Nary a flake of snow in sight.  At least if /when we do get snow, we'll be ready!
I've had my own kind of sudden change, too.  I am suddenly making mini-books.  If I were a tv station, I'd be called "All Mini-Books All the Time".
Don't know where these sudden changes come from, but I'm just having fun following my creative journey.
Here's a mini I made using Graphic 45 Curtain Call papers. This was inspired by Susie McGuire's wonderful tutorials over at Creative Cafe.
I called my mini "Director's Cut".  Love the very retro feel of these Graphic 45 papers.
By using kraft cardstock throughout, there's lots of journalling space, which I love.
There are gorgeous tags tucked under flaps like this page:
I kept very close to Susie's tutorial.  
Below left you see an envelope with a private journalling tag inside. On the right are two photo flip books for recording special moments:
This is my favourite page because it's a single image which cleverly splits into two half-pages at the centre point:

There's even a tag holder made out of a coffee cup protector sleeve.You can see it below on the right -the top of it is outlined with black lace trim. See the slightly curved shape of the kissing couple image?
Final page has photo tags as well as some journalling tags:
Two photo tags tuck easily under the long black pocket:
And here's the back cover:

In theory, this was supposed to be bound with a Zutter Bind-It-All.  However, I used O-rings and a Crop-a-Dile for binding, and I was pleased with the result.
I love this mini so much that I've already started writing in it and adding photos.  I have more mini-albums underway, and they will make some nice Christmas gifts.
Do check out Creative Cafe, Susie has lots of unique and easy-to-follow tutorials.
Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. Hi Fran, WOW!!! That's all I can say! I absolutely love your mini album!! It turned out beautiful. I love seeing what others have created after following a tutorial. Thank you for the link. Susie :)

  2. Great mini-book. I'm really fascinated by them right now too. Love all the stuff Laura Dension does. I will have to check out the Creative Cafe!