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Aug 14, 2012

My Favorite Things Mini Book

Welcome to the My Favorite Things Design Team Creative Challenge.  This month, we were challenged to make mini books.  My kids love flipping through these things, they're fun to have just a mini scrap book to celebrate a special trip or event.

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The base of the book is made from one 12x12 sheet of cardstock.  I cut it into 4 x12 strips and then scored each strip at 4 inches.  I secured the strips back together with scor-tape leaving me 7 panels to cover.  (If I was feeling particularly ambitious, I could have finished off the back panels as well.)  Quick note: I've used a TON of products in this post today, rather than link them all throughout the post, you'll find links to everything at the bottom of the post. Thanks!

I'm using the sentiments from the Behind the Camera Stamp Set and Die-namics, though I'm not using the actual camera die itself today.  I added these fun divider tabs with the Traditional Tags STAX Die-namics - the small sentiments are a simply perfect fit.

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The front cover has been embellished with the First Class Friend registration mark and the small "signed sealed delivered" element.   I used a few of the petals from the new Layered Rose and finished off with a painted wooden button.  The Rolled Flower was cut from Felt and then I cut two Royal Leaves from corrugated cardboard, painted with White Crackle Paint.  Once the leaves were dried, I gave them a generous coating of distress ink too.  Do you see this fun lace trim, oh my word, it is Lace Washi Tape, fully self adhesive lace.  Love it!

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I used the die that is usually the lens of the camera die for a fun tab across the top of the page.  I love how it peeks out across the top of the book so you can just see "capture this" when the book is closed.


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Here's a look at the book on the inside. All these photos were taken on a beach walk after dinner. It was the perfect chance to play with my camera and get some good photos of each of my guys.  Up first is my husband and his mini-me, my younger son. I've got a Mini Tabs Foursome Die-namics poking out underneath the photo, I'm going to add a bit of journaling, but I'll spare you my hen scratches.



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Up next is the photo of my older son.  He's been fantastic at letting me use him for my photography experiments this summer.  (I use my younger son for action shots because he never sits still!)

I used the Mini Wavy Pennants and the pole from the Mini Pennant Die-namics to add a little flag element inspired by this card from Lisa Johnson.  "ACK" is the airport code for Nantucket Island, just to note the place where all the photos were taken.  I've got another Mini Foursome Tab here for some journaling later.

The right hand panel uses one of the larger sentiments as a focal piece.  I've stamped to the top half of a Circle STAX Die-namics and then added two small Fishtail Flags STAX finished off with a button and the anchor from the Sea Charms Die-namics.


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I'm usually the one behind the camera, so it's rare that I'm actually *in* a photo.  I got all the settings in place and then handed my camera off to my husband to take the picture.  I wish I'd planned ahead with the tripod so we could have a family beach photo. Oh well, there's always next year....

As you can see, my hair went crazy curly at the beach no matter how much hairspray I'd coated it in.  I added one of the Photo Corners and then attached a small heart (from the Notched Tag Die-namics) cut from MFT Felt. 

My sister snapped this one of my hubby and I watching the boys playing in the surf.  Floppy hats are a great way to protect myself from burning my part (I seriously do it all the time! OUCH!) and taming those crazy fly-aways. I added the sentiment "Together is the Best Place to Be" from the My Favorite Sentiments Stamp Set.


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Phew, that was FUN but in the process, I've made a compete disaster area. Off to watch some DVR'd television and clean that mess!



Be sure to click over to the MFT Blog for links to all the MFT Designers with Mini Books to share with you today!

Here are the links to products used in today's post:



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Karen Giron said...

You are the queen of mini books! I love each and every one you create and this one is just over the top adorable!! Love it!! I will have to copy it :)

StampOwl said...

fabulous Joanne, such a fun accordion album

Melody said...

This is just darling! Love the colors and how you used all the dies. The sentiments are perfect. Just so fun!

Lisa H. said...

wow! I love this. It's short and sweet and absolutly perfect! soooo diggin' your color choices and that card-PERFECT!

Heather Jensen said...

This is fabulous! I love each page and the sentiments are perfect. :)

JAVAGIRL said...

Love the colors

Barbara said...

And this album is pretty amazing! This is a stunner, Joanne! And I don't blame you--I couldn't give it away, either!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

So pretty Joanne! I love your eye for detail! Now I know I NEED the little Sea Charms! Thanks for the inspiration and for the enabling!

scrappingnana said...

This is so pretty. Love the colors and they way you used the different dies on the pages. TFS

Sherrie said...

LOOOOVE it Joanne! I love all those tabs that stick out beyond the album...great photos too!

Karen said...

I love this! I was trying to see if you put a backing over the back of the page or if the back of your tabs just stick out...I couldn't see. Really, Really cute!

Queen Mary said...

Fun, fun, fun!

Christy said...

Man, this just blew me away!!!!!

Kim said...

That is simply GORGEOUS Jo!

Inge said...

Awesome mini book and card Joanne, gorgeous colors and fab details. I also LOVE your photograph skills, so clean and crisp...WOW!

Patti J said...

Wow, Joanne, you've done it again! What an amazing mini book! Each page is so much fun - thank you for being such an inspiration!

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

this is so beautiful, love the colors and design, fabulous.

Amber Milone said...

The book and card are absolutely beautiful! I love the papers and the candid photos!

TaraG said...

STUNNING photography, Joanne! WOW! you have mastered your new camera, that is for sure! I love the sepia tone of your photos too. You book is just gorgeous and I just love your chic/modern style and you always use the Die-namics and stamps in such new creative ways that really make the pics the focal and enhance their beauty...SO inspiring!
Hugs,t

Gabby said...

GREAT mini-book and I LOVE your card! Lucious mix of papers, pattersn, die-cuts, and combined design elements! :)

Julie said...

Absolutely stunning Joanne! Love the patterned papers and the colors. Your pictures are simply GORGEOUS!

 
 

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