Sunday, May 13, 2012

Baby Boy Mini Book

My daughter asked me to create a mini album for her friend that just had a baby. My first thought was to use the Little Darlings collection from Graphic 45 that I've had for awhile and am just chomping at the bit to make a project with. After I showed it to her she thought her friend would like something that wasn't quite so vintage. I have to keep reminding myself that not everyone likes vintage as much as I do!

Since I didn't have enough paper from one paper line for a book, I picked up a baby boy collection from Paper Studio when I visited Hobby Lobby while in KY.

Before I show you the book, here's what I used for my covers and pages:

I picked up some children's books at the Dollar Store. The weight of the chipboard is perfect.

I just cut the book apart and trimmed up the raw edges so that all the pages were even. It saved me from having to cut up my chipboard and round all the corners. It made the process go a little faster. The book measures approximately 6-3/4 - inches wide by 7 - inches tall and there are 10 pages.

I added the new baby's name on the cover along with some buttons and a chipboard diecut from K & Company.

I took some Bazzill chips that I had in my stash and made some charms to hang on the rings.

I used my scalloped nestabilities to cut two circles per chip and then added a sticker on each side. I cut a hole with my Crop-a-Dile, threaded ribbon through it and tied a knot.

This photo shows the first two pages. I added a journaling spot that you can pull out behind each circle mat.

Pages three and four I've left open so that either a few small photos or a larger photo can be added.

I've left page five open and added a mat on page six. Another mat pulls out from behind for either another photo or journaling.

Pages seven and eight have been left open also so that either smaller or larger photos can be added.

While page nine has been left open, on page ten I added a little pull out for multiple photos.

There's two spots for photos on one side,

and two on the other side.

This was a very easy book to complete. I am by no means fast when it comes to creating. I don't like to rush. I prefer to take my time. I just got back from vacation this past Tuesday evening and I started working on this book on Wednesday and completed it on Friday. Aside from finishing a project in a class I might take, I set a new record for myself! My daughter will be seeing her friend that this book was made for this Sunday so I wanted to have it finished so that she could take it with her. Otherwise I would have had to mail it and my daughter wouldn't get the chance to see it. While it's not "over the top" I'm please with how fast it came together and how it turned out. I'm also happy that on the rare occasion that I have a deadline I can get a project done on time!

Thanks for stopping by!

This post is linked here: Sew Darn Crafty, Sunday Blog Love, Think Pink Sundays


Terry said...

I think your mini is adorable and using a children's book for the chipboard is such a grat idea! I'm so glad you shared this at Sunday Blog Love. I just ordered the Little Darlings paper too with no real plan of action other than its so cute. Can't wait to see how you use the paperline! This is one of my favorite links from last week so I hope you'll be back again this weekend. Take care!

Susie McGuire said...

Patty, your little book came out so cute! The paper is so nice for baby. I knew you would enjoy Hobby Lobby. I have done a few minis using the little chipboard books. I usually pick some up at yard sales for .10 or .25 cents that are nearly new, but I may have to go to the dollar store and just get new ones for a dollar. I don't know why I never thought of that.

norina castellini said...

I've struggled in your Baby mini book and I said " beautiful it is!"
You mentioned that the paper you used is from Paper Craft...but do you remember which collection?

Patty Albertson said...

Norina the baby boy paper was from a collection from a company called Paper Studio. I bought it at Hobby Lobby in KY. I'm not sure if the collection is still available for purchase. You could try going to a Hobby Lobby if you have one close to you or try their online site. I'm so glad you like the book!

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