Saturday, 16 April 2011

Three Mini Books

Hi everybody, the week has flown by again and it's Saturday already. The birds have been singing outside for hours, tried to ignore them, as I wanted to sleep in a bit, but they just didn't care. Lately a magpie has been visiting my balcony every day, which is strange, as they are usually very shy, but she hops about there every day and seems to be enjoying it. I think she has a good view of the birds in the trees while sitting there....
Yesterday I finished the fourth mini book for Lenna's swap, so next week they can be posted - poor me, another trip to that post office!



Here I have bound the pages using my BIA. I used paper from the Basic Grey *Capella* collection. Some of the pages have been stamped with flourishes, some of which I have embellished with liquid pearls. The covers have been covered with some gold satin.




This time I have made I maze book from one sheet of 12x12 paper. The lovely paper is *herne* from 7 Gypsies. If you want to make a maze book, just google it, and you will find plenty videos and explanations. Maze books always have lots of pockets, where you can put tags or photos. I have put a mini tag into each pocket, and decorated with butterflies, flowers, feathers, buttons etc.




This little album has also been made from one sheet of 12x12 paper, this time a lovely 2 sided paper from Kaisercraft. I cut in in half, and then each half into three pieces measuring 6x4. These pieces were then folded to form the pages. I arranged the pages so that two with the same pattern always faced each other, scored them in the middle, punched three small holes along the centre line and sewed them together with string, very quick and easy. I decorated the book with flowers and butterflies again. I have left the darker pages emty, so that the recipient will have space to pop in some photos or whatever, and tried to decorate the flourishes on the cream coloured sides.

It was great fun making all the little books, now I am going to start on one for another swap, but a bit larger this time.
Have a great weekend, and thanks a lot for stopping by. Look after yourselves!

23 comments:

  1. Lovely little books Val, I still have the one you made me all those years ago! Have a nice weekend, Hugs, Sarah

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  2. Beautiful work Val - those mini books are gorgeous.
    Hugs xx

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  3. What adorable little books Val, very creative! TFS! hugs Alyson x

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  4. OK! That's it! I'm coming over. I definitely want to see your stash. I have to say, I miss mine terribly. Never mind ... Your books are spendifilous, Valerie. I can't even pick a favorite - maybe numero uno. I'm working on my third. It's supposed to be cooler today - so perhaps I will get it finished. Make yourself a wonderful day. Hugs from Mexico, Donna

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  5. Thanks Ladies! It was so much fun making them and trying out new things. Donna, tell me before you come so I can lock my stash away in the dungeons of Hogwarts!

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  6. Your books are all gorgeous, mini works of art.

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  7. What gorgeous little books! Love them all! Enjoy your weekend, hugs. T

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  8. A beautiful album and I love every thing about it!

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  9. Catherine your books are breathtaking and so interesting...love the collage of Paper Piecing and stamping..
    I must start doing mini books...
    Any good sites for how to bind them...???
    connie paxman

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  10. I just love your creativity! Wonderful :-)

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  11. WOW! These are so beautiful!! All the details! Beautiful books!!
    hugs,
    Jen

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  12. These mini books are absolutely gorgeous! Love all the stunning layers and details! Beautiful creations!

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  13. Lovely little books, Val, love 'em all! Hugs, Barb

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  14. I simply love the cover with the butterfly and the dragonfly..... so nice... what kind of Die cutter do you use?...

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  15. These are absolutely stunning Valerie. I just love the colours you used on them all and am amazed that 2 were made out of one sheet of 12 x 12.
    Hope you have a fabulous weekend.
    Fliss xx

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  16. I have a big shot, which I love and use a lot! My crafty things get used more often than the cleaning equipment, that's for sure!

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  17. Fabulous books love them all!

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  18. OMG! The photo in the glass on the front looks awesome! Absolutely gorgeous.

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  19. Well done, you've created 4 books already! You've put such a lot of thought and work into them all and the results are superb.

    Thank you for sharing the stitching idea - it looks great.

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  20. your books are great. I love that one with the b/w flower on front. Wonderful swap!

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  21. How long did it take to put those beautiful books together! I love the spiral spine. You must have a spiral book binder of some type?
    You Inspired me! Hugs Tee

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  22. Not one not two but three mini books and they are stunning , gorgeous colours, textures everything, you really are an inspiration.

    Marie

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  23. Your books are all so lovely. I hope I get one ;-)

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