Mini and a Movie

I am so behind on all of my TV shows (thank goodness for DVR) and on watching the latest movies. One of the best things I have started doing is working on projects while watching TV, within the confines of the time limit set by the show. Last night as DH and I watched a movie, I created an 18 page 4×4 mini book! 

I have had an 8×8 pad of October Afternoon travel themed paper and stickers in my crop bag for well over a month. I knew it would be perfect for a fun travel themed mini! According to a poll, in which DH was the only participant, 4×4 is a great, “cute” size for a mini book. I laugh at how much my hubby knows about crafting. He could totally teach a class after listening to all of my blather all these years!

So, back to the project at hand.

First step was to cut a 12×12 Chipboard to 4×4 pieces — you'll get nine. If you don't get nine, then something went wrong….but that's okay, just use whatever you have on hand.

After that, cut your patterned paper to 4×4 — you'll need 18 pieces, 2 per chipboard.

Next randomly glue the 4×4 papers to each side of the chipboard pages. I usually put the same paper on front and back and the leave the middle to a random mish mash of patterns. Not too much thought is involved here–if you think about it too much, you can't watch the movie at the same time!

Punch all of the pages in the Bind It All. 4×4 is also a great size because you can set the BIA to “C”, punch each page once, and it goes super quick. Ignore that my Bind It All is missing the knob–my son stole it!!! It still works just fine though :)

After all of the pages are punched, apply paint to a foam brush. 

Squirt out just a little paint onto the brush and use the top of the paint bottle to work the paint into the brush. You don't want to apply a blob of paint to the brush and then put that on your book–it will look like a blob! Lightly brush the edges of the pages with the paint to cover the brown chipboard.

Bind all of the pages together. Even though this book is small, I used 1.25″ O-Wire because the book is thick and I wanted room for bulky embellishments.

I used a combination of chipboard stickers, twine, and embellishments I made using my Epiphany Crafts Shape Studios! 

I had lots of paper leftover on the pad I used so I used the Epiphany Crafts Shape Studios for Square, Scallop Circle, and Star (all new) to make embellies for the pages. 

I made two Square Charms and adhered them to an Epiphany Crafts Charm Setting and hung it from the O-Wire with jump rings. This Charm Setting is double-sided which I LOVE!!! 

And here is the back of the charm:

EC Scallop Circle, Square, and Star Bubble Caps and Studios
EC Square Charm Settings
Chipboard, O-Wire – Zutter
Paper, Stickers – October Afternoon
Jump Rings – Blue Moon Beads
Paint – Delta
Twine – The Twinery
Ribbon- Unknown

So for all of you who say you don't have time or space to craft, it can happen! Just sit down with a TV tray. a few supplies, and a movie :)

Happy Crafting!

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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5 thoughts on “Mini and a Movie

  1. I love it! I am wild about mini albums and travel is one of my favorite things to do!! Awesome album.

    Posted on September 12, 2011 at 6:14 pm
  2. Wow this is gorgeous~well done!!

    Posted on September 13, 2011 at 8:02 pm
  3. Love it Love it Love it! You are the “mini” Queen!!!!

    Posted on September 14, 2011 at 3:45 pm
  4. Wow, this is gorgeous. I’m a mini book fan for sure. I’m visiting from Eileen’s blog hop linky party!

    Posted on September 21, 2011 at 1:53 am
  5. Wonderful tutorial..just got some supplies to try one of these Mini’s for a gift. This will help me a lot. Love yours. Thanks for sharing
    Got here from Pinerest

    Posted on October 27, 2011 at 1:29 pm