Here’s what I love and hate about minibooks…
Hate: They’re bulky, hard to store, take up too much room, are sometimes flimsy and easily bent, and sometimes do not stand up.
Love: They’re three-dimensional and interactive and are a great outlet for more creativity.
So yes, I threw some away that weren’t meaningful to me. I adapted some of my problematic and flimsy minibooks into other forms, such as scrapbook pages.
I’m keeping my favorite mini-books the way they are, but I doubt I’ll be making many more.
So if you’re like me and have a love-hate relationship with minibooks, you may not want to give them up completely. Here’s how to keep the parts you love and get rid of the parts you hate in your future mini projects…
1. Make Mini Albums
You don’t have to use page protectors. You can still use dimension and make things interactive.
Here are a few albums currently available that I’ve been looking at:
Do you know of another one you like?
2. Make Memory Files
Heidi Swapp’s Memory File system has you putting your “file pages” in a memory file box, which is easy to store.
While I only see the File Box available at Scrapbook.com, I did find the Heidi Swapp file folders at Michael’s recently.
Of course, you can also alter standard manila files and put them in Heidi’s box.
3. Make Altered Books
Altered books are extremely fun and creative, and can be interactive and 3-dimensional. But they’re also sturdy, can stand up, and as long as you remove some of the book’s original pages, will fit just fine on a shelf.
I’m almost finished with a book I started altering based on the journal jar concept of Dedra Long’s altered book, which she demonstrated in our joint Altered Books Tutorial.
I hope to have it ready to show you soon!
What about you? Are you still into making mini-books, or have you been feeling the weight of them, too? Do you ever make any of the three alternatives I listed here?
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