#12. This mini book project marks art card number 12 in the Just Another Button Lover’s Club 2. When I signed on to design a monthly art card for my friends at Just Another Button Company I never dreamed how much fun I would have doing it and how fast the year would go by. It is a little bittersweet to see this series come to an end. But with the close of each chapter a new one begins and I am so thrilled to continue creating with JABC’s new monthly clubs. (You’ll see the first project with the Words with Buttons series soon!)
I want to apologize to all the button club members for this project being so late. Normally I would post this project in mid May when the box shipped. If you follow me on social media you probably saw me mention that my oldest daughter was getting married in June. I made all of her flowers and some of the other decorations. I ended up crazy busy trying to finish it all in May and let the due date of this project slide by.
This month I wanted to create something with the art card that could would be perfect for summer… a photo album/journal for recording summer fun memories. If you think making a mini book sounds intimidating, it is not! This book is so crazy easy to make!
Mini Book Tutorial:
Begin with a 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of cardstock. Cut it in half so that you have two strips that are 4 1/4″” x 11″.
Cut a 6″ wide piece from the two strips. These are the two parts of the mini book covers. They should measure 4 1/4″ x 6″.
Make a fold line 1/2″ from the edge.
Place the two cover pieces so that the two ends with the folds are next to each other. Place adhesive in the fold section on the cover on the left side.
Overlap the two ends with the folds. Make sure the top and bottom edges line up.
The overlapped section joins the two cover pieces and makes the book cover.
Optional: Lightly brush the edge of the assembled cover and art card with ink.
You can cut the inner pages from plain copy or printer paper. I used three sheets but you can add more.
Cut two strips from each piece that is 4″ wide by 10 3/4″ long. Fold each strip in half.
Stack the pages so that the center folds all line up. Machine stitch through the pages in the fold. When machine sewing through paper, use a long stitch link. If you use a small stitch length it will make the paper tear apart.
Lay the assembled pages on the inside of the cover. Line up the center of the pages with the center of the cover. Lay two small buttons on the center fold and equal distance from the top and bottom edges. Use a piercing tool to poke through the button holes through all the layers. Set the buttons aside.
Cut two 4″- 6″ pieces of heavy thread (embroidery floss, thin cord, book binding thread). Take one of the thread pieces and feed each end of the thread through one set of the button holes.
Pull the ends through to the outside.
Feed a button onto the threads.
Tie the threads off in a tight knot.
Repeat the same process for the other button.
The fun part is always choosing what buttons to use on the art card. Take a few minutes to try them all out and move them around. Once you decide, add a tiny drop of glue to the back of the buttons you are using and place them on the card. When the glue is dry, stitch the buttons to the card.
Adhere the completed art card to the front cover using adhesive tape.
Add photos and journaling to the inside pages. You can add extra buttons to the pages as embellishments.
Isn’t that fun and so easy? The best part will be making the memories to record inside!
PS. A little fun fact… the letters in the tiny text on this art card is a tiny miniature version of my Button Block Alphabet. I thought using it on this art card would be a fun little transition from Button Lover’s Club 2 to the new Words with Buttons club which features my Button Block Alphabet pattern.