Mini Books are My Favorite

I love creating mini scrapbooks. They are topic specific thus easy to organize. If you have all your materials and pictures gathered, you can assemble the books within 2 hours. You can utilize your paper scraps which is wonderful.
Mini scrapbooks can also make wonderful gifts(Think baby books for new moms, anniversary party books, birthday party , etc.).

Below is a scrapbook I made about Pittsburgh. When we were moving, I wanted my daughter to have a keepsake of all our favorite Pittsburgh activities.

For the scrapbook itself, I used Cosmo Cricket’s Blackboard mini book. I added a few extra pages with black cardstock. The title of the scrapbook I put right on the photo using Photoshop elements. You can now use almost any photo editing software to add titles to pages. In later blog entries, I will show you how.

The best thing about mini books is that you can use your scraps. I had left over sweetheart paper scraps from the Making Memories line and just an inch of ribbon.

For the journaling tags, I wanted a vintage-aged look. I accomplished this by taking a piece of white 12×12 cardstock and soaked it in very black tea. Regular old black tea does wonders if you want an aged look. It
also does wonders if you are trying to age fabric too. Once dried, I used an old typewriter font and printed out all my journaling tags on the aged sheet. I also put a border around each journaling block which can be
done using Microsoft Word.

For embellishments, I used old buttons, cut-outs from cardstock as well as mementos. Above I used the ticket stub from the exhibit.

As you can see mini scrapbooks are easy. You can let your imagination run wild on a small canvas and never feel overwhelmed by the project. Now go and try it. Let me know how it turns out.

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