Monday, 5 September 2011

LSNED 2011 Minibook development.

I have been working on my minibook for this years Learn Something New Everyday class with Shimelle Laine. I have done the class for the last 4 years I think and love the fun things I can look back on.

So I began chopping up paper 4 x 6 at crop on Saturday and making the front pages which are just over 5 x 6.5 inches. I have used chipboard album pages from Papermania which I discovered on a recent major tidying up session. I covered the pages back and front with patterned papers and then distressed them and finally inked using a lavender distress ink by Ranger.
In my stash I found a random frame which I thought might look quite good and added this on 3d foam. Beneath this I have a journalling spot and a phrase card which says ''Live your dreams''. I then added the title for the album in different letter stickers and some stamps too. I found found some banners to string across as well as some twine for the rope. I added some crumpled book paper to the edge which I made into a ruffle and painted glimmer glam on to make it glittery and more hardwearing. I then added a rose by Prima, an owl button and finally some punch butterflies using Martha Stewart's punch. The final piece came as I was completing my date tags when I was throwing paint everywhere. I decided to throw some at my cover and now it feels finished.
so here is one cover........................................

For the date tags, I used the smaller but not mini tags you can get from the stationers. I removed the thread and inked each with soot distress ink by Ranger. I then cut a strip from patterned paper using the threading water punch which I attached halfway down each tag, above this I added washi tape which has the days of the week on it. I then added a small banner on 3d foam and then a small scalloped circle and small round circle all edged in the distress ink. To these I added the numbers using some American crafts stickers and then randomly applied the butterflies so each tag looks different. I then splattered paint over the tags to link them with the cover and each other. I mixed Salmon paint by Adirondac with Peppermint Stick glimmer mist, a trick I learnt from Shimelle. Finally I chose a red stripey baker's twine as the threads and I think they look quite lovely myself.

several pretty tags...........................

and some closeups of said tags............................


  1. Love your cover,Jo...the flower finishes it beautifully.

  2. This is looking good! The cover is so pretty and I love those tags. Can't wait to see the pages inside now!

  3. Looks great - my covers are done but that is as far as it has got. I think I am going to blog my lesson learnt and then do my page afterwards - so hoping my blog will help me remember what I learnt each day. Thats the theory anyway.........

  4. looks really good, look forward to seeing more


  5. I love your cover and your date tags are really cute too.

  6. Oh your cover looks great!


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