Friday, September 28, 2007

Mini Book Challenge

Today we are challenging you to make a mini book. It could be in any style for any occasion, it just needs to be some sort of book.
I don't know about you, but sometimes I am put off from making a mini book as I 'think' it will be very time and labour intensive. But of course it doesn't have to be.
A few of the girls at IACW have been playing and have come up with a few ideas for mini books that are relatively quick and simple.
The first is Andrea's book - a gift for her friend. It was made to keep a record of her little girls' birthdays, from her 1st to her 18th so each page has a numbered tab with the age on and in 18 years when Ela is all grown up and beginning life as an adult Donna can look back at a lifetime of birthday memories.
Andrea's book started out life as a 'little pink pig' wire bound journal. She removed the wires, covered the front and back with the candy striped paper, covered the front and back inside covers with a plain pink paper, cut a strip of pink paper and attached to the front and added a chipboard flower and letter.

Andrea made the tabs by cutting small rectangles of patterned paper from the offcuts used to cover the book, folding in half and attaching to the pages with an office stapler, she used number stamps to label each tab. Andrea used different patterns of pink ribbons and teeny tiny paper tags to decorate the wire binding and her book was finished in a couple of hours.

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Caz also took up the mini book challenge and she has made a fantastic birthday book to record all the important birthdays in her family month by month. Just like Andrea, Caz has used patterned paper to cover the front and back of her book and used die cut letters to spell out the title.

Caz added tabs to the top and side of each page to distinguish each of the months so she can easily keep up to date with upcoming birthdays.

To decorate and disguise the wire binding Caz used a variety of different ribbons and tied small charms that dangle down the spine.

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Trish was inspired by the arrival of Snuggles, a new family pet and made a mini book to record it's arrival. She used Basic Grey papers and various tags, rub ons and embellishments to create this sweet little book.

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We hope that you've been inspired by our mini-books and we want to see your creations so please leave a link back to your gallery in the message box and remember to check back on Saturday for details of our exciting prize draw.

3 comments:

joy said...

lovely books! like the idea of using tabs :0)

Karen said...

Lovely books and Snuggle is gorgeous!!

Annette said...

Love these books they're lovely. This is one I did recently after being inspired by an article in CK http://muckyfingers.typepad.com/my_weblog/2007/09/something-i-mad.html