Mini Books

Happiness is…

I know I said I’d be back with my word for 2012, but there’s been a change of plan. Today I’m going to show you a little mini-book I’ve made, as an example for the first S J Crafts blog challenge, which went live yesterday:

If you enter the challenge you’ll be in with a chance to win a £10 gift voucher for the S J Crafts online shop. The theme is ‘happy’ and the added extra is to ‘use a punch’. The closing date is the 15th of February. See all the details on the shop blog here, along with the rest of the DT’s examples.

I was inspired to make a very-mini mini-book, credit card sized, so that I can carry it around in my purse and look at it every time I want to be cheered up!

To make it I cut 3 rectangles from My Mind’s Eye ‘Rosy’ 6×6 papers, the rectangles measured the width x twice the height of a credit card (aprox 3⅜ x 4¼” – credit card was approx 2⅛” tall). I folded the rectangles in half, and whilst folded, I rounded the corners with a woodware corner rounder punch. 

I put glue-stick all over the back of my centre rectangle, and then stuck half of the other two rectangles to it, so they were overlapping, and formed a simple accordion-style book:

Then all I had to do was decorate it! Throughout I’ve used My Mind’s Eye ‘Rosy’ clear stamps (stamped with VersaMagic ‘Jumbo Java’ ink), ‘Ordinary’ Label Stickers, and butterflies punched from ‘Rosy’ papers using the Martha Stewart ‘Classic Butterfly’ punch; My Little Shoebox mini-alphas, and tiny photos!

I love it, it makes me smile whenever I open it, and it was so quick and easy to make. Also, because I now carry it around in my purse, it will come in handy next time I’m out and someone asks me what ‘scrapbooking’ is – I don’t think anyone really understands until you show them an example!

Don’t forget to check out the challenge and maybe have a go at entering. It doesn’t have to be a mini-book, it can be any kind of layout, card, or other papercraft project. What does the word ‘happy’ mean to you?

Bye for now! x

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