I joined my first ever mini book swap! It was fun making a book for someone else, but it makes me a wreck not knowing if they'll like it. We were able to say which paper lines we liked and other miscellaneous info. We could also choose to create the book in the style that we normally use or in the way they like. I think my book reflects what I usually gravitate to. I've also noticed that having a deadline makes me so nervous! My crafting style is to just fly by the seat of my pants. I'm very happy to report that I finished way ahead of schedule. I also joined a tag and card swap. I'll post more about them later. I mailed my tags ahead of time and am working on the cards now.
Serena, the recipient of my book said she likes Graphic 45. I was so happy because this manufacturer is one of my favorites! I chose to use their "Olde Curiosity Shoppe" collection. The covers of the book are 6 -inches by 6 -inches. Before I go any further, I'm going to warn you that this post is very photo heavy.
On the cover I wanted to add some dimension. I made the two flowers using a Tim Holtz die. For the butterflies I used a Martha Stewart punch. I added Glossy Accents to give them a little more stability.
I used grungepaper behind one of the sentiments that I cut from one of the pieces of cardstock. That made it easier to bend so that I could have it stand out more. On the spine I added some ribbon from American Crafts.
The back of the cover has an image cut from one of the cardstock sheets.
Including the inside front and back cover there are 22 pages. There are also some pages that have pockets and some flaps that fold up or out. The pocket pages hold seven mats that pull out to use for more photos or journaling.
Inside front cover and first page. The chipboard element on the left will hold a photo that is approximately 2 -1/8 inches by 3 -1/4 inches. I used a Tim Holtz two-ring binder for the binding of this book.
Second and third pages.
Fourth and fifth pages. I'm counting the tag as a page.
Sixth and seventh page. On the manila tags I used Tim Holtz distress inks.
This page holds a flip out and also has a pocket.
Eighth and ninth pages.
Pages 10 and 11.
One page opens up and has a velcro closure. The other one has ribbon across it and holds four tags that can be used for journaling or photos.
Pages 12 and 13.
Page 13 has a foldout that will hold photos on both sides.
Pages 14 and 15.
Pages 16 and 17.
Pages 18 and 19.
Page 20 and the inside back cover.
I did make a second copy of this book. The only things that are different are some of the chipboard pieces. You can see a video of this book here.
I can't wait to share the book that I receive from my partner Kim!
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