Happy Friday! Today I am checking in with another CHA project to share with you. This little mini book is one of my favorite projects that I made. It is about some of the fun little things Emma, David, and I did now that it was just the three of us at home.
This project is a little mini book made from the new Tim Holtz Big Ticket die. How I turned it into a book is a little complicated. I will explain it as best I can, but I do think a tutorial is on the agenda.
I made the cover from 2 grunge paper Big Ticket die cuts. I cut the center out of one to use it as a frame. I painted the grunge paper with Bundled Sage and Picket Fence Distress Paints. After drying the paint, I misted it with Mint Perfect Pearls. After blotting and drying the mist, I inked all the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I embellished the cover with a Trellis Frameworks die cut that I colored with Broken China, Peeled Paint, and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
I sanded the number and arrow from the new Framed Alpha Parts to create a rough finish. I painted each with Picket Fence Distress Paint. I allowed the paint to set for a few moments and then wiped it off. I love that it creates a slate chalkboard look.
I finished the cover with Industrious Chiseled Stickers, a phrase word band from the Framed Alpha Parts set, a die cut arrow from the new Artful Arrows die, a label from the new Index Labels set, a new Heart Charm, Crinkle Ribbon, and rub-ons from the new Botanical Remnant Rubs set. To create the finish on the Alpha Part “wonderful”, I sanded the piece and then painted it with Picket Fence Distress Paint. I let the piece dry completely and then sanded over it to knock some of the finish off. I then inked over it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
The inside pages are manila die cut with the Big Ticket die. I painted each with Picket Fence and Bundled Sage Distress Paints and inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I used tissue tape to join all the tickets into one long strip. I then sewed two long straight lines along the top and bottom over the tape to help keep the strip together (and because I love adding sewing!).
I then accordion folded the tickets to create pages. Each page has a piece of pattern paper cut to fit the center indentation of the ticket. On each page, I sewed along the side and bottom of the pieces of pattern paper. The sewing joined the two ticket “pages” creating a pocket in the top edge of each set of pages. I cut a manila journaling card to fit inside the pocket. I added a metal File Tab to the top of each journaling card to make it easier to remove it from the pocket. I didn’t snap a picture of one of the journal cards. I didn’t embellish them besides adding some inking to the edges because I wanted the journaling on them to be the focus. I am saving the journaling to do once the book gets back home from the show.
I added more Tissue Tape, die cut Artful Arrows, and assorted metal Idea-ology pieces to each page along with photos I took with my phone.
I added a bit of stamping using my beloved Printers Type and Playful Alphabet stamps.
I really tried to let the photos be the focus on each page and kept the embellishments to a minimum, sticking with only a few repeating elements through the book.
One thing I really love about making little books like this is that they can really tie little random moments together. Our family isn’t a family that does big adventures. We are all about routine and every day moments. We live in moments. I am trying to remember more and more to grab quick iPhone snaps of those moments to remember them. They aren’t big scrapbook page worthy moments, but they are perfect for a little book like this one.
For several of the photos, I used Photoshop to collage them and make multiple photos into single images. I didn’t want to use whole 4×6 photo paper pieces for the little singles. Collaging the images into multiples helped me make the most of my photo paper and helped me create some uniquely sized photos and shapes.
Our love of FroYo runs deserved two pages!
On this page, there really wasn’t much room left to add stamping so I added it right on one of the photos. I love the way it looks. It is a total space saver. Aren’t those arrows fun? They are such a great way to draw attention to something in your photo. Since these are die cut from manila, they let you add an element to the page without adding a bunch of bulk.
The last shot was our family Christmas photo. It broke from my theme of using iPhone photos, but I think it was just too fun not to use. It feels like a great conclusion to our little book too.
I made the back cover from grunge paper. I painted and inked it just like the front cover. It also is where I attached the Elastic Band closure. I love those bands! They are such a fun touch to a mini book and work great at keeping your book closed when not being enjoyed.
I don’t remember where I got the hand print stamp. I have had it for years ever since I adopted the black hand print as my blog logo. It usually sits on a shelf in my studio. I thought it would be fun though to use it like a signature on my book. I think I might do that more often! It is such a fun final touch.
I do think I will break down the construction of this book in downloadable class soon. So if you love it, keep an eye out for the class announcement in a few months. (I will wait until that die is shipping.)