Today’s post is brought to you by Megan of The Nerd Nest.
I’m pretty much the queen of making minis from scratch (I was even a guest on on Paperclipping Roundtable for their unique minibooks episode!), so I thought I’d just whip up my own! You can too. That’s all! Easy, huh?
Now all you have to do is fill it up with memories.
I knew I’d want a variety of sizes of papers for the book, so I made sure to look through my scrap stash too. I always pick out more than I’m going to use so I have options as I go.
I wanted my book to be 5 inches x 7 inches, so I cut the papers to 10 inches x 7 inches. Each paper is going to be folded in half, so you have to cut twice the width of your book. If you have papers that can’t cover the whole space, that’s fine. You’ll use those for size variety to add interest.
To make it interesting, add some papers that aren’t rectangles. I used a bowl to trace a circle for one of my papers. You can also add tags, envelopes, or scalloped paper!
Don’t have double-sided paper? Don’t worry! Just adhere two single-sided pieces back-to-back. I didn’t do this on the kraft patterned paper, because I wanted some not-so-busy papers for journaling later.
I saved the scrap papers from the papers I cut down and the papers I didn’t use and put them in a big ziplock bag. When I’m ready to scrap the book, I’ll have coordinating papers to use ready to go!
Next, start putting all of your cut papers in order. Think about what papers are going to be shown together when the book is finished. Try to make sure that the patters that will be “touching”, or on the same spread, when the book is put together coordinate well. I make sure to have a variety of pattern sizes next to each other so the papers won’t compete for attention.
Make sure that the “interest” papers are centered how you want them to be. You might not want the papers to be exactly centered, but you don’t want one to start right in the middle, where it will be attached.
Stack your papers in the order you want the book to be in, with the cover on top. Remember that this will be folded in half, so the last paper in the stack will be in the center of the book and will be the only page that shows the full 10×7.
Begin to fold each paper in the center. Use a bone folder to make the creases clean.
As you’re folding the pages, keep them in order. Start with the cover and slip each new folded page into the center of the previous folded page. When you’re done, the book will be in the same order as your folded stack, but now it will be folded in half.
Next, sew down the folded spine of all layers of paper to create the binding. I used an embroidery needle and embroidery floss. I had to poke the holes with a paper piercer first. If you poke an odd number of holes, you can sew down the spine and come back up again through each hole you’ve made. This reinforces the binding and looks pretty. Depending on the thickness of your book, you may also be able to do this with a sewing machine (but you’ll probably need a denim needle).
That’s all! Easy, huh? Now all you have to do is fill it up with memories.
Don’t know what to put in the mini? Check out Kam’s 365 Blog Post Ideas. You won’t be through a quarter of the twenty-six pages before your head is spinning with ideas to fill the mini with! UPDATE: See how Megan’s daughter filled up the daybook shown in this tutorial!
Megan blogs at the Nerd Nest along with her husband Jake, where they write about a kitchen sink of topics, including craft and tech tutorials, yummy recipes and their everyday life with their two adorable kiddos as a nerdy little family in the city. She reads oodles of books and is totally obsessed with Project Life. Follow Megan on Twitter so you won’t miss a thing!