Mini Books

A Concentrated Space – The Pocketbook Scrapbook

(This post is part of my Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the list of all the posts HERE!)

Another way to focus your crafting is by combining two crafts on one project! I’ve stitched on paper plenty of times, but for this project I wanted to combine sewing on fabric with my usual paper crafting, for a unique pocketbook scrapbook:

The Pocket Book Scrapbook - Stitched Mini Book at Jennifer Grace Creates

It also helps to have a concentrated space to work on – you can only fit a few pages into this book and barely any embellishment or it gets to bulky. So you have to choose your photos and decorations very carefully!

Here’s how to make your own pocketbook scrapbook:

Step 1: Cut a piece of greyboard (the cardboard that comes at the back of a paper pad) to measure 9 x 27 cm. Draw vertical lines at 9cm and 18cm and score along them, so your greyboard has three sections:

The Pocket Book Scrapbook - Stitched Mini Book at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Cut two pieces of craft felt to 11 x 29 cm – I used blue for the outside of the book and white for the inside. Also cut a length of ribbon to 45cm long:

The Pocket Book Scrapbook - Stitched Mini Book at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Pin the two sheets of felt together and sew a border around the two long edges and one short edge:

The Pocket Book Scrapbook - Stitched Mini Book at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Slide in the greyboard:

The Pocket Book Scrapbook - Stitched Mini Book at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Pin the ribbon so approx 2cm of it is in between the felt at the unstitched edge:

The Pocket Book Scrapbook - Stitched Mini Book at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Sew the edge closed, and seal the edge of the exposed end of the ribbon with PVA glue so it won’t fray:

The Pocket Book Scrapbook - Stitched Mini Book at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Cut three pieces of patterned paper to 8 x 16cm and score the center so they fold as square pages:

The Pocket Book Scrapbook - Stitched Mini Book at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Use a sharp tool like a paper piercer to make three holes down the centre of the pages and through the felt & greyboard cover:

The Pocket Book Scrapbook - Stitched Mini Book at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Hand-stitch the pages onto the covers using strong thread:

The Pocket Book Scrapbook - Stitched Mini Book at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 10: Print some small photos – I used the Picframe App on my iPhone to put two square photos onto a 3:2 ratio photo, and printed them at 4×6″ on my Canon Selphy:

The Pocket Book Scrapbook - Stitched Mini Book at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 11: Decorate your pages with the photos (I cut mine down to 7cm square), plus some stickers and journaling:

The Pocket Book Scrapbook - Stitched Mini Book at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 12: If you want you can sew a couple of buttons onto the cover for decoration too:

The Pocket Book Scrapbook - Stitched Mini Book at Jennifer Grace Creates

Stick it in your pocket or handbag, to show it off when someone asks what scrapbooking is!

Be Inspired:

Combine two crafts in one project, like a mini book with a fabric cover

Wrap a stripey ribbon around your next project

Use some square photos in a frame, on a layout, or something else

What photos would you fill your pocketbook scrapbook with?

I’ll see you again at 6pm!

Jennifer x

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Baby Girl Mini Book – using Glitz Design Finnley

Hello! Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers across the pond!

Today I’ve got a baby girl mini book to show you. I desperately needed a break from Christmas crafts after all the Frosty Festivities projects!

I’ve had these photos waiting to go in a book for a while. I made a mini using almost the same photos for my Mum, when my daughter was about 6 months old (to thank my Mum for coming to help for the week after baby girl was born), and always intended to make a mini for myself too. My daughter is now 5 years and 8 months old, so it’s taken me a few years! I think I was just waiting for the perfect Glitz Design Finnley collection to come along.

Great Things Come In Small Packages:

Baby Girl Mini Book by Jennifer Grace

How perfect is this Bits & Pieces card for the front cover? The phrase applies to my little baby girl, and to the book itself because it’s mini! Most of the pages measure about 4×6″, but there’s one page which is 5×5″, and some of them have bits that jut out too.

To assemble the mini book I chose all my pages first – using a mix of Finnley Bits and Pieces and What-Nots as well as some papers from the same collection. I put photos on the pages so I knew which order I’d want them to go in, and to make sure I had enough pages (making sure not to put any photos too close to the spine). I scored each piece about ¼” in from the left edge, and pierced 5 holes vertically between the score line and the left edge:

Baby Girl Mini Book by Jennifer Grace

Then I held all the pages together with paperclips, and sewed through the holes to secure the spine – you can see the method I used HERE (photo step-by-step at Design Sponge) or HERE (video tutorial by Elvie Studio). I just stitched at the edge instead of down the middle of some pages.

All that was left was to add some pretty embellishments and journaling!

Page 1: 

Baby Girl Mini Book by Jennifer Grace

This is the first photo we took of baby girl, though she was actually 12 hours old by then! I backed the ‘Hello World’ card with some black paper to make the words stand out.

The photo was a little bit small for the hole in the ‘First Time’ card, so I stuck it onto the back of the ‘Itty Bitty One’ card (you’ll see that on the next page) and added a bit of washi tape above the photo – which I also like because it adds a bit of baby-girl pink:

Baby Girl Mini Book by Jennifer Grace

Page 2:

Baby Girl Mini Book by Jennifer Grace

I love how teeny-tiny my baby girl looks on her Daddy’s lap. He looks a bit scared! He says it was the moment when it all became REAL – so the ‘Remember This Moment’ Whatnot was perfect to add to the top of this page!  The ‘Love This’ journal spot is from Chic Tags.

Page 3:

Baby Girl Mini Book by Jennifer Grace

My Mum took this photo as we were leaving the hospital. You can’t tell very well in the photo, but baby has a frilly shawl draped on her which my husband had wrapped around him as a baby. I echoed the frills with the doily behind the photo, and with the super cute dress from the Whatnots.

I had saved this dress just for this project, and to make it extra special I coated it with glossy accents and sprinkled glitter at the bottom while it was still wet:

Baby Girl Mini Book by Jennifer Grace

At this point I set the dress aside to dry. I put it up at my eye-height, well out of reach of children. Then when it was nearly dry, my friend came round. I should have known she’d reach for something pretty – she put her thumb right in the middle when she tried to pick it up!

I could have cried. It was totally ruined. But then I remembered you can buy digital items by Glitz, so I went and bought the Finnley Elements Pack #2, printed the dress out, and repeated the process. I’m so glad I went to that effort as I love it:

Baby Girl Mini Book by Jennifer Grace

Page 4:

Baby Girl Mini Book by Jennifer Grace

I had to include a photo of my Mum with baby girl, and this was the first time little miss ever smiled – I know it was probably not a real smile but I’m going to pretend it is!

Page 5:

Baby Girl Mini Book by Jennifer Grace

I think this page is just dreamy. I used the Feather Roller Doodle with white embossing powder below the photo on the left, and lots of words from the Alphabets and Words Sticker Sheet on the right. They had just the right words to set the scene:

Baby Girl Mini Book by Jennifer Grace

Page 6:

Baby Girl Mini Book by Jennifer Grace

Aw, look at us all gazing adoringly at each other! The ‘Journal Here’ card is from the Color Me Happy collection, plus I added a bit of ‘Choose Happiness’ Tape from the Uncharted Waters collection.

I love how Glitz make so many items that say exactly what my heart is feeling – this ‘The Best Part of Me’ sticker is from the Titles & Accents Sticker Sheet:

Baby Girl Mini Book by Jennifer Grace

After decorating all the pages I embellished the front cover with pretty details, including a couple of Giant Rhinestones of course:

Baby Girl Mini Book by Jennifer Grace

I’m so happy to have a baby girl mini book to display at last! I had scrapped a few of these photos in my 12×12 albums, but I like having mini books too, for visitors to flick though – I can display them on my side table a lot easier!

I’m going to admit that another reason I made this album now is because I’m including it in my application for the Glitz Design Creative Team call. Wish me luck okay?

Jennifer x

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PaperHAUS Summer Release and Blog Hop (Includes Giveaway!)

Welcome to the PaperHaus Magazine Summer Delight Blog Hop! You should have arrived here via the PaperHAUS blog, and I’ll send you onwards at the end of my post!

This hop is celebrating the release of the Summer Issue of PaperHaus Magazine. There are so many techniques, projects, and exclusive artist interviews inside! We hope you enjoy flipping through the pages as much as we enjoyed putting it together for you. I have 6 projects in this issue, see if you can spot them all!

HERE is the link to the summer issue, or simply click on the cover to go there now. But come back, as I have a summery mixed-media mini-book to show you, and a giveaway for you!

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Welcome back! We hope you were inspired, and here is some more inspiration too…

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Our Summer Delight event is all about fun summer days filled with scrapbooking and crafting! We want to share with you what we have made! Every day on the PaperHaus Blog (www.thepaperhaus.com) there will be amazing inspiration and tutorials so be sure to stop on by everyday in June! For the first 7 days of June there’s a blog hop every day, with lots of prizes up for grabs, so don’t miss out.

Before I tell you about my giveaway, I want to show you this summery mini-book, about my favourite place in the world – St. Ives, Corwall. I was born there but moved across the country when I was 3, but we kept going back on family holidays as my parents missed it so much. It’s still my favourite place to go on holiday – it’s the home of my soul!

The photos in this mini-book are from our last trip there a few years ago – I’m sure it’s time to go back!

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St. Ives Mini-Book by Jennifer Grace

St. Ives Mini-Book by Jennifer Grace

St. Ives Mini-Book by Jennifer Grace St. Ives Mini-Book by Jennifer Grace

St. Ives Mini-Book by Jennifer Grace

I used gesso and acrylic paint to colour the pages, which I could then write on with black pen. All the page details like photos, alphabet stickers, beads, buttons and glitter are all adhered with glossy accents.

Supplies: Maya Road Linen Art Book (5×7), Simple Stories Typeset Alphas (Sn@P), American Crafts Thickers (Burlap Memo), Studio Calico Wood Veneers (My Type and Tiny Stars), Paper Bakery Flair (Flash Photography), American Crafts Dear Lizzy Stamp (Lucky Charm – Balloon), Daler Rowney Gesso (White), Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Satin Paint (Beach Glass, Chamomile, Lake Fog), Tando Creative Mask (Sequin Waste), American Grafts Wow Glitter (Aqua, Fountain, Gold), Ranger Glossy Accents, a Selection of beads, buttons, and shells, a black journaling pen.

And now for a giveaway! One lucky person will win this Epiphany Crafts Flower 25 Tool and pack of bubble caps, perfect for making some summery flowers for your projects:
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To enter you just need to leave a comment, telling me where’s your favourite place to go on summer vacation – then click on the rafflecopter widget below to enter (you won’t be entered without clicking on Rafflecopter). There’s more ways to gain entries too!

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The giveaway is open internationally, and will close at 12.00am on Thursday the 13th of June GMT (so get your entries in by Wednesday night). You may notice one way to get extra entries is to check out the details for my first ever online class ‘Projects that WOW!’, which starts on Monday the 10th of June – soon! I’m so excited about it – June is going to be a fun month – my birthday is on the 24th of June too. I’m in my element right now!
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Now you need to hop on to Katarzyna’s Beautiful Blog HERE!
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Here’s the full hop list in case you get lost!
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PaperHaus Magazine www.thepaperhaus.com
**YOU ARE HERE** Jennifer Grace RAK www.jennifergracecreates.com **YOU ARE HERE**
Katarzyna Krzymińska – RAK – http://czekoczyna.blogspot.com
Stacey Young RAK  www.staceyeyoung.blogspot.com
Sharm Nidyanandan http://craftyliciousme.blogspot.com
SPLASH OF COLOR http://creativeimaginations.typepad.com/luminarte_paints/
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Have fun and don’t forget to check out the magazine! x
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Family Goals – A Flat Mini Book!

(This post is part of my Onwards and Upwards Blog Event)

So yesterday I shared some of my personal goals, and my kids goals. Now it’s time for my husband’s, and our family’s, goals!

Me and husband Alex don’t talk enough really. We watch too much telly, and I do too much blogging! So it’s good that he has now joined the Positive Planning group, that I have been doing with my friends Rosie and Ali for 17 months. I talked about Positive Planning during my Organisation Celebration event last June – you can see it HERE. Basically we meet once a month and talk about our short term and long term goals, and then set tasks to help us complete them. A couple of months ago Alex and Rosie’s husband David joined the group so they could start making plans too!

It’s been interesting to hear my husband’s goals, and to talk more to him about my own – I have told him about some things before but perhaps not got them across quite so well  as I do when my friends are there to help the discussion! Here’s some of Alex’s goals:

– Sorting out the office at work

– Having a Lads night out

– Clearing out the garage

– Making money by fixing stuff and selling it on Ebay (he’s good at this, he’s fixed Wiis, Playstations and TV’s, and he’s working on some Sat Navs now.)

Sharing goals with family members or friends is a great way to help you achieve them. Me and Ali helped Alex sort the garage a bit a couple of weeks ago, and we’re working on the other things too!

I thought it would be good to make a mini-book with some of our family goals, things that will affect me, Alex, and the kids. I created a flat mini-book so it can be hooked up on the wall or tacked to the fridge!

Family Goals Mini-Book:

Family Goals Mini-Book by Jennifer Grace

The pages inside pull out, and look like this (click the photo to see it larger):

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I used mainly my Onwards and Upwards Counterfeit Kit (including the stamps which I used as tabs for the top!), plus some extra journaling cards, stickers, and ephemera. The pages are about living tidier, moving house, maybe fostering one day, family time, big holidays we want to go on, and encouraging each other.

Here’s how to make a mini-book like this for yourself:

Step 1: Cut a sturdy piece of patterned paper down to 6×12″. Cut six 4″ wide by ¼” tall slits evenly spaced on your patterned paper – my first slit is 4″ from the base of the paper, and there is ¾” of patterned paper between each slit. You also need to make ‘pockets’ that are 4½ wide by 4″ tall, that have an opening just along the top edge. I made mine cutting down some envelopes and taping up any edges that shouldn’t be open:

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Step 2: Put extra-strong double sided tape on the back of the paper, along the bottom of each slit:

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Step 3: Stick the pockets onto this tape, one at a time starting with the bottom one first, making sure the opening of the pocket lines up with the slit:

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Step 4: Lift up the envelopes one at a time and put some adhesive along the top edge at the back of the pockets, so they stick together:

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Step 5: Put adhesive along the top edge of the top pocket, and then along the bottom of all the other pockets, and around the edges of the patterned paper:

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Step 6: Put a piece of cardstock 5¾” x 11½” on top to hold it all together:

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Then you just decorate the pages (my pages are 3½” wide by 4½” tall) and the front of your mini-book, and punch a hole at the top if you want one:

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And put it somewhere in your home to keep you focused on your goals!

Be Inspired:

Make a flat mini-book

Add some tabbed cards to your next project

Use some pockets to hide something!

What do you think? Do you have someone to discuss your goals with?

Remember that commenting on this post, and any other over this weekend, will count as an entry into the Grand Giveaway, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!

See you again at in an hour! x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter, Mini Books, Scrapbook Layouts

Where else I’ve been Wintering

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities Blog Event)
I have been preparing lots for this weekend (as you’ve probably guessed), but I’ve had a few other winter projects to complete for elsewhere too, and this hour I thought I’d share them with you!
I’m sorry to those who are regular readers and might have seen some of these before, but I shall start with something you’re unlikely to have seen (I haven’t told you about it, but you may have heard of it elsewhere!)…
Snowed In Magazine:
Ashley Pahl’s free online Snowed In Magazine is full of extremely lovely seasonal delights, including crafts and recipes. It also features a pendant by me! It’s completely different to the other pendants I’ve shown this weekend, you’ll have to go and check out the magazine if you want to see it!
Speaking of magazines, I was also in the Christmas special of the Popular Crafts magazine (sadly the last ever issue of Popular Crafts) with this mini-album:
It documents our Christmas decorations. Sorry you can’t see this magazine online, it’s only available in UK stores I believe, but I did blog about our Christmas decorations as my 10 things on the 10th post last December – you can see it here. 

Finally, in case you missed them, I featured in two wintry posts on the SJ Crafts Blog this week. One was all about me, and how I’m Inspired by Winter, which is here, and the other was the latest SJ Crafts challenge, on the theme of Christmas, which is here and features this layout by me:
Please check all them out if you haven’t seen them already!
Be Inspired:
  • Create a mini book which could be used as a decoration, to document your winter or Christmas
  • Put a giant gold bow onto a project
  • Find something in a magazine to use as inspiration for a winter-related activity
Don’t forget that a comment on this post, or on any of my posts from this weekend, will count as an entry into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED} – but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that here!
I’ll be back at 5pm! (I hope!) x
Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter, Mini Books

December Daily / JYC

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities Blog Event)

Last year I tried out a December album for the first time. I joined Shimelle’s ‘Journal Your Christmas’ class, and prepared my album, even stitching lots of 8×8 page protectors to make them 4×8, and cutting all the papers to size, and making all my ‘dates’. I only completed it up to day 4!

I blame the fact that my baby was still quite young (5 months old) at the time, we were away for Christmas, and I was using old supplies that didn’t really excite me to create.

So I’m giving it another go this year – now baby is a bit older (and sleeping through the night – yay!), we’re at home this year, and I’ve got lovely new stash to play with!

I’ve decorated the front of my album:

I’m using Pink Paislee’s Portfolio album. I’ve misted the cover, first with two layers of Letter Jacket Mr Huey Mist, then one layer of Heidi Swapp Gold Lame Spritz, and a few droplets of White Calico Mr Huey’s.
The rest is a variety of Pink Paislee City Sidewalks, Artisan, and Portfolio items, plus Studio Calico Hey Day numbers, and some gems (of course!). I took the album out of it’s protective cover to decorate and photograph it, but it’s back inside it now – I love that it has a clear protective cover so my gems and ephemera won’t get knocked off:
I haven’t done much of the inside yet, but when I’ve had off-cuts of paper from other projects I’ve begun cutting them down to slip into the page protectors. 
Most of the dividers will work well with the colour scheme, but I took out the bright yellow one and made a replacement from a sheet of Crate Paper ‘Rudolph’ paper, which I love love love:
And I know that I’m going to use the Crate Paper Sleigh Ride vellum numbers for my dates, except for the 25th, which I’m using a piece of City Sidewalks ephemera for. I’ve also put by a few other embellishments that I really want to use in the album (I want to keep them for myself rather than using them on cards!):
Otherwise I shall just be using bits and pieces from my new and old Christmas stash boxes. I shall keep cutting down bits of paper in preparation, and maybe die-cut some shapes and words. I think I’ll be ready by the 1st of December to give the project a good try!
Be Inspired:
  • Do some misting or painting to turn something bright red/gold
  • Add some white ribbon or embellishments to your next wintry project
  • Start cutting your paper scraps down to squares or rectangles ready to go on something

Don’t forget that a comment on this post, or on any of my posts from this weekend, will count as an entry into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED} – but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that here!

Are you doing an album this December? I know some of you are! Leave a link in the comments if you’ve already blogged about your preparations! See you again soon. x
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My LSNED 2012 Album – Template and Tutorial Included!

The 1st of September is creeping up very quickly, but I’ve managed to prep my Learn Something New Everyday Album just in time! If you don’t know what LSNED is all about, it’s an annual class by Shimelle Laine, and you can see more details on her blog here.
I’ve taken part in the class for the last two years, and I love both my albums, for the little details of life that are recorded in them. You can see my art-journal album from 2010 here, and my smash-style album from 2011 here. This year I decided to take inspiration from a previous project of my own – my Mini File-Folders Album from my Organisation Celebration weekend. I like the size and fun of it, and I’m hoping it will work well to record this month’s lessons! 
This time I didn’t have an empty soup box ready though, so instead I decided to make a box out of a sheet of cardstock. And just in case you’d like to make an album this style for yourself, I have a template and tutorial for you!

I’m using the Echo Park Every Day Eclectic Collection Pack, with a few other bits and pieces thrown in! 
To start making a similar album of your own, you’ll need a bit of 12×12 cardstock, the sturdier the better. I’ve used a piece of Bazzill Basics textured cardstock in an aqua colour.
You can download the template here – it needs to be printed onto an A3 piece of paper. Sorry if you don’t have access to an A3 printer, but I have included the measurements on the template, so you could draw it onto your cardstock by hand.
Cut the template out, and draw around the outline – I used a ruler to help me keep the paper still, and make sure the lines were straight:
Fold along the dashed lines, and draw them onto the carstock too – make sure you draw them dashed so you remember not to cut along them:
Cut out your box, then score and fold along the dashed lines:
Flip the box over, and apply ultra-strong double sided tape to the tabs which will stick the box together:
Peel off the tape backing and carefully stick your box together:
Decorate the front of your box with papers, letters, stickers, and jewels! I used Foam tape and dots to help some of the details stand out more:
To make the pages, cut a selection of papers down to 4″ x 5½”. Decide on the order you want the pages to appear, and then cut tabs along the top, by measuring half inch square tabs, and cutting off the excess at the top of the paper:

You can leave the tabs like this, or decorate them if you wish. For my previous file-folder album I used a variety of chipboards and other bits for the tabs, but as this is an album with daily entries, I used some Maya Road Numbers to ‘date’ the pages:
I love how they look peeping out of the top of the album – I’ve used kraft in some way or another on each LSNED album so far, a tradition I hope to continue!:
There we go, all ready to fill throughout September. I hope to share some pages from the album every few days. Are you joining in? If so, I hope to see you on the forum! 
I should be back tomorrow with my Month in Numbers! x