Welcome to 12 days of minis! Mini albums that is! I know, you were thinking mini skirts and though that might be comparable to the looks of the guy in the pink tutu, well, I do crafts and not modeling for a good good reason ;)

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Each day now through Christmas I will share a mini book – a mini scrapbook – with you that I have created! This book is meant to serve as inspiration and along the way, I will share tips, tricks, techniques, and tutorials as well as the story behind the book. My hope is that these projects inspire you! Whether you're creating a gift for someone special or looking for ideas to use in your December Daily album, this series of posts can serve as a resource for ideas for years to come.

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Today, let's kick it off with a simple 6×8 book that I created using one of my favorite colors – green. As soon as I saw these felt bird cutouts at Micahel's (or it could have been Target or Joann's — one of those dollar spots!) I had to have them. And I had the phrase from Portlandia playing over and over in my head – “Put a bird on it!”.

To create this book, I adhered paper that was blue + green + brown to 6×8 chipboard pages. Then I dry brushed the edges with white acrylic paint – this helps disguise any boo-boos or places where the paper doesn't meet the edge of the chipboard AND it helps tie the look together, especially when using papers of all different brands,m styles, and years. Next, I bound the book with the Bind-it-All and tie on assorted lace and trims to the binding. Then I embellished the pages using a fun and funky mix of stickers, buttons, and purchased embellishments, like the felt flower on the cover.

Here's the rest of the pages:

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Just because papers or embellishments and stickers weren't from the same paper line or even released the same year doesn't mean they can't work together. Go through your stash and only keep colors in mind. Maybe you have a stack of pink + orange + black scraps —– gather embellishments and stickers that also have those colors and make a project with them. Focus on the color – not the brands or themes – and you can create an eclectic, fun book and use up your stash at the same time.

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Tomorrow, I'll be sharing another mini and more tips!! Let's get crafty together ;)

Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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