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December Daily Dilemmas – Paperclipping 207

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

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It’s the fourth day of December. Are you four days into a holiday-themed minibook?

I’ve been finishing up my past December Daily and Merry Days mini-albums and, of course, ran into a few common dilemmas. You’ve probably run into them, too…

  • Making 2 side by side pages look decent next to each other
  • Accidentally missing an event and trying to fit it between the pages you’ve already got
  • Adding just the right details to make a boring page look interesting and complete
  • Making the items you have work with the size/type of page you’ve got in general design terms

Minibooks are the best scrapbooking schools for creativity. They pose unique challenges, which are wonderful opportunities to exercise these creative minds of ours!

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I created a video for anybody wanting help with these challenges, or for anyone just wanting a bit of mini-book inspiration. In this video I take you through my process for making pages in two separate December Daily mini-albums…

  • adding in an event to what I had thought was a complete book (resulting in 3 new pages)
  • changing a page that wasn’t working design-wise
  • sprucing up a page that had potential, but so far was boring and didn’t feel like Christmas

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36 Merry Days: Christmas Minibook Cover

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

36 Merry Days

I had so much fun making this cover. I was inspired by two things: the peppermint candy dominance in my Christmas tree decorations, and a homemade sign similar to this one at a locally grown exotic fruit tree lot down the street from me.

I have all kinds of ideas for these quirky old signs and I plan to share how to make them in one of the January member video tutorials (find out about that here).

I’ve been assembling an album about the fun stuff we do when we visit Grandma and Grandpa in Missouri, so I’ll be making a similar sign to this one for that album in my tutorial.

Here’s the inside of my cover:

36 Merry Days - inside cover

The glittered snow flake on the right was an ornament for our tree that broke last year. I love it against the gold and clear transparency. I added Glossy Accents to the snow flake and it seems to be nice and sturdy.

36 Merry Days - inside cover

I’ll be back as I have a few minutes to share each of my pages individually. Thanks for looking!