Sunday, 24 June 2012

Little books

This weekend I have been busy making some mini-books again. The ladies at  *Out of a Hat* creations want to see mini books measuring no more than 3x3". My first one is 2 3/4 x 1'3/4". I cut three small pieces of chipboard from an old drawing block, and glued them onto some leather-look paper to make the front and back covers and the spine.

The pages inside have been made from handmade paper, torn to size to keep the edges rough, and then inked along the outer edges. I fastened each double page with fine twine to a small piece of card, which I then glued into the spine.

I then added some end-papers (7 Gypsies) to give the whole construction more stability.

The second mini-book is 1 1/2x 1 1/2". I made a maze book from asheet of 6x6" double sided paper, added chipboard covers covered with scraps of designer paper, and some paper roses formed into a little bouquet with silicone glue. Inside I folded some of the corners to form pockets, and trimmed them with some mini-pieces of lace.

The last book is one I made last week, and is small, but not mini - it's 4x3". The covers were made with chipboard from the same drawing block, covered on both sides with blended paper, which has been varnished and distressed before adding the rose and a final coat of varnish.

The pages inside have been distressed and each stamped with a quote.

The book has been bound together with string and thin ribbon.

Hope you all have a great Sunday. Take care, and thanks for dropping in!


  1. These are all lovely, Val, one more beautiful than the other! Hugs, Sarah

  2. You are very talented.... your mini books are amazing.

    I love the quote :)


  3. All amazing little creations and it is wonderful that you made them to share with us at Out of a Hat Creations. So much work in such small spaces and thank you also for telling us how you made them Valerie

    Love Chrissie xx

  4. WOW!!!! Val
    Your books are fabulous,
    Thanks for joining us at Out of a Hat
    Janet x

  5. Those mini books are the bees knees!!! I LOVE them, seriously superb. Can you tell i LOVE them! hehe x

  6. Valerie these are amazing, how you manage to get so much detail into such a small space is wonderful! Have a fab Sunday x

  7. Fantastic little books Valerie, so much work in them. I love them, so beautiful.
    Thanks for joining in with us at Out of A Hat Creations. Hugs Sandra XXX

    PS It is so nice that you have shared the "how to" with each. XXX

  8. These are fab Valerie, I love 'little' things. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday. xx

  9. All just gorgeous Valerie and very inspirational so I might have to make some too.
    Loved your postcard and paint party post too, very enjoyable to read and see your gorgeous creations.
    Have a great day.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  10. Wow, you have been very busy. Great little books. :-) Monika x

  11. My goodness Val, What a thrill to see such tiny pieces of art. Everyone of them is a little treasure. I never thought I could make anything so small, but I managed. Thank-You for sharing your art. Hugs from Scotland. Rita xxx

  12. what precious mini books, especially love the one with roses!

  13. Valerie these are amazing although they look dead fiddly to make and you have been able to give them such detail. Especially love number 3 with that gorgeous rose and aged look. Marvelous creations.


  14. Gorgeous Valerie :)

  15. Hi Valerie. These are incredible. Amazing projects. Love how you fixed the pages in the first one. Thats a great tip. Wow! Lovely photos. Thank you for sharing with the Hatters again this week.
    Take care,
    Hugs, Florence xx

  16. All three are wonderful Valerie but the one with the rose is stunning!
    Hugs xx

  17. Your mini albums look awesome. I just love how tiny they are..

    Hope you are having a happy Sunday.

  18. Fantastic mini books ,love the textured covers.
    Yvonne x

  19. Such beautiful little books. There is a science book called 'Small Is Beautiful': how very apt for your gorgeous creations!

  20. To work on such a small scale takes patience. These are beautiful.

  21. Love your little books!! The mini album you gave me is getting filled with pictures my daughter took in Africa.

  22. Love them all, however the last one stole my heart! You are so good at this, Valerie - especially because some of them are so small. I would probably glue my thumb to something on a permanent basis. hugs, Donna

  23. My Val, you have been quite a busy bee. Love your mini books. You take such great care with details. Each one is very unique.
    Love your cherub blowing a kiss, cute.
    Thanks for dropping by, Lesley♥

  24. These are all so beautiful each in their own distinctive way! I must say I could not pick a bestie from these, they are really all to beautiful!

  25. These are wonderful, Valerie! Great handiwork.


  26. What darling little books and there so small. precious as can be
    hugs Lynn

  27. These are gorgeous, Valerie, I love them!

    Lucy x


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