January 24, 2011

Manic Minibook Monday

Good Evening! This is my favorite time to write on the blog I am finding. A nice way to relax and wind down for the day. This was indeed a relaxing day, but isn't any day you DON'T work awesome! I also saw Julie & Julia tonight. What a great movie (I know I am totally behind the times, but I don't get to the movies much!) I didn't really know much about Julia Childs before I saw this movie, but man do I admire her determination. Anyhoo...


One of my favorite paper projects is creating minibooks. They always get me out of a creative funk because I use three rules. I know it seems like rules are counter intuitive to breaking out of a creative funk, but the limitations actually help me. It pushes my creativity to think out of the box. I usually gather all my materials together and then develop the plan for the mini book shape and size.

My mini book rules are:
  1. Use a unique binding technique.
  2. Choose one embellishment and use it through-out (rub-ons, stickers, gems, buttons, etc)
  3. Use my own handwriting someplace.






A couple of tips...I love, love, love PVC glue. You can order it from Paper Source. I also keep all my cardboard cereal & oatmeal boxes. I use these to create my front & back covers. They are quite sturdy and allow you to create a mini any size. I keep my mini books in a basket in the living room and love when guest dig through and have a look. What projects help you get out of a creative funk?


  1. LOVE this so much. I may have to start a basket of mini books!

  2. This is so cool! I would love to make these for kids- like a baby scrap book for their first few years