Thursday, 31 January 2013

2013 Mini Book Madness

I'm trying to be more organised this year.
I love keeping little momentos. Tickets, random notes and certain receipts.
So this year I've made a mini book to store all these bits in safely (rather than them just collate in a basket).

I've used my leftovers from my Cocoa Daisy January 'Pemberley' Kit. One of the addons had these fab papers and stickers from Echo Park 'Todays Story'.

I started off with 12 paper bags and a newspaper.

  The paper bags were quite long so I trimmed off the top and cut the newspaper down to roughly fit each side of the bag leaving a edge of the paper bag showing all the way around. I used mod podge to stick down the paper and brushed some over the top too.

I then got messy and covered the bags in mists, glimmer glaze and glam and sprinkled over some glitter too. Each bag is to be used for a pocket each month. They open out really nicely. I then decided that they would hold better as a book if they were stuck together back to back in pairs. So once dry I did this.

I then used the Echo Park papers and stickers to decorate each page. I also had some MME Washi tape from the kit and a piece of MME paper with numbers too (The Sweetest Thing collection) It all went together so well. Each bag represents one month. So they are decorated Jan through to Dec.

The book needs to be secure both sides so that none of the tickets and notes fall out.
I made a hole one side to thread the ribbon through (this also came with the kit)
Then before it gets tied accross, the pockets are all loose so I can add anything that I want to.

The ribbon then gets pulled accross and tied in a pretty bow so anthing inside won't fall out.
I shall keep this on my desk now and keep all my little bits and pieces safe this year : )

We have decided this year over at Cocoa Daisy that we are really going to showcase our Mini Books more. There are alot of us on the team that make these regular, so at the end of each month we will be doing a whole blog post dedicated to the mini books that have been made that month. This will include step by steps, tips and hints and theme ideas too. This month Jody has done the post and Mandy Kay and myself have made mini books too.
If you like Mini Books I think you will love this new feature and if you don't maybe pop along anyway and be inspired to maybe start one. They aren't as scary as some may think : ) 
This new blog post 'Mini Book Madness' can be viewed here.
Thanks for stopping by today xxx


Creative Sofie said...

That is a fabulous idea Lisa!!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

What an awesome idea Lisa!! I just loveeeeeeeeeeeeee this!!!! LOVING the colors!!

orange gearle said...

What a great idea! I really like the uh...ties it all together. LOL :-)

sandi said...

Love your book! Fabulous, and so colorful! Looks awesome!

Carin McDonough said...

Gorgeous album, love all the layering and what a fantastic idea to keep all the little bits from the year! :)

Fay aka Beautifullily said...

What a great idea! X

Ashley Calder said...

So fun! Love how vibrant and painterly those pages are, and how well the messy watercolour complements the scrapbooking products you used.

Bananastamper said...

Oooh, this is so fun!

Natalie Elphinstone said...

What an awesome idea! I'm so inspired. I really want to do this now!