Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Summer Minibook part 1.

 Yesterday I told you I was working on another project which I have finished the bare bones of. It is the Elle's Studio's Summer Minibook. I saw the kit for this advertised several weeks ago and bought it as I thought it would be fun to do something a bit different just focusing on key events over the summer months. The kit contents include all of this which I received on the weekend.

It all arrived looking very lovely and Elle's Studio sent a pdf tutorial to complete the book via email. Now I am all for tutorials but wanted to mess around as well so my book does look a little different to their version, but hey that's the beauty of scrapbooking isn't it?

So I will walk you through my process,

 I normally start at the beginning with the front cover. I already pre-cut the papers provided to 5 x 7 inches and had punched the holes in them using my crop-o-diel to save time. I then put those papers together using the book rings and place them separately. For the cover I used a paper provided and suggested by the tutorial. I added the papers and labels suggested but then made my own flower embellishments from TimHoltz paper tape and some ribbon and buttons. As the paper rose is on the cover I have painted it with Glimmer Glam by Tattered Angel for strength and glitteriness. I also used a Tim Holtz butterfly sticker.
 I then work through the book usually doing the front/back page and then the back pages before completing the internal pages. The inside cover was covered with patterned paper and then a mask was made and sprayed through using the shimmer spray supplied. The lil banner for the year is from the supplies and the bird is cut from the patterned paper. The baker's twine is my own. On the right hand page I used an idea taught by Heidi Swapp in a class from Jessica Sprague. It involves pleating vintage paper/music onto glue and then painting with Glimmer glam for strenghth and glitteriness.
 For the back page I used the same paper as the front cover. The cute label tag is from the packaging for the kit to which I added some ribbon and stickers.

Then I work on the internal pages..........
 I dont always have a plan for the order necessarily but I will try and link the pages with the trims and embellishments. Tabs for each month were provided so this helped focus the pages a little. I used some extra stash I had to mix and match the products provided.

I also used some punches on the pages and some tags.................
 For the above page I used little pieces of paper scraps and fabric. The literary pieces are from the roll of gaffer tape. I cut the tape in half length ways so it went further.
 I also added in an envelope for memorabilia. I may use another one as I work on the book during the summer months.

 The little house is the card used to wrap the trims around. I have actually stuck it to card so it opens like a small book to make more space for pictures and journalling.

 So those are the internal pages completed. I will probably play with the order as the book gets filled and add extra bits depending upon how many pages I need. I have been left with some spare papers and trims so I found some plain tags and made some pretty journalling or embellishment tags to use. I will also stick some photos back to back as pages once printed at 6 x 4.

I have a couple of fun events this month involving family so I will start showing how the book gets completed as a series.

Also there will be a new blog event coming on Friday with Shimelle and our Beyond Blogging for Scrapbookers alumni.


  1. This looks great fun,Jo....I've decided to make a Smash book of the summer.

  2. That looks lovely, hope you get to fill it with lots of fun memories!

  3. I love putting together projects like this. What a great collection you got in the kit! I'll be looking to see what goes in it over the summer.

  4. It's looking good, Jo! Can't wait to see it fill up :) I have a travel journal all set up for my trip to LA, I must remember to share it xx

  5. Oh Jo, this is going to be soooo lovely! It's already quite gorgeous and that's before you have even begun to put your photos and memories inside.
    I like the idea of a Summer album. Maybe I should "Counterfeit" that kit too and make myself something similar!

  6. This looks great and really inspirational - I willhave to have a go in the summer hols :0)

  7. This is fantastic! I especially love the sprayed flower inside, the house and that birdie paper!
    Thanks for sharing,

  8. It is all just quite glorious! I love those papers and the colours, it is going to be a lot of fun filling it with all your stories!

  9. This is totally lovely, you're personal touches are brilliant!

    Plus I have kit jealousy...

  10. I have kit jealousy too! I saw that kit and was very very tempted. It's gorgeous.


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