One of my favorite things about mini-books is that they’re the perfect platform for dimension and interactive elements.
Right now many of us are making mini-books: minibooks to document the holidays, and mini-books as gifts (I know there are some of you holed up trying to finish last minute gifts!).
This week I’m sharing a video tutorial that shows six different dimensional and interactive techniques that you can use, not only for the holiday season but for any other subject, as well. Actually, you can use these on your standard scrapbook pages, too.
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I’m keeping my December Daily album very simple this year. For most days I am using the Ali Edwards 12×12 31 Days Overlay, scaling it down to fit an 8×8 page.
If I have multiple photos to fit on a second page, I make my own collage.
I’m adding patterned paper to any empty spots, and sometimes a number. I was planning to order a set of circled number pieces but decided to keep it simple and use whatever thickers or chipboard numbers I already have in my stash.
Journaling reads: In typical Hyman fashion, after strung the lights, Blake went to his room to his computer while Trinity and Aiden helped me decorate the tree. Israel noted how happy Christmas trees make me. Per Aiden’s request, we bucked the tradition of saving the star topper for last and did it early on instead, despite Trinity’s objections. But before long, Trinity was dancing for the tree.
As you saw on Day 4, which I posted last week, if I only have a single photo to add to my second page, I either print it up at 4×6 or scale it to 8 inches wide. Then I mount it on patterned paper. Most of the time I’m putting my journaling directly onto the photos (which you saw in Days 1 + 2), or in the overlays. That didn’t work for Day 4, so I typed it up separately and placed a scalloped scrap between the photo and journaling.
“Twenty-five Merry Days,” is what I’m calling my December Daily albums — the project Ali Edwards has been doing and leading for the past few years. I’ll be back soon to share some of my process — how I’m keeping it VERY simple this year. For now, I’ll just share the first two days (apologies for the poor-quality photos of my pages) . . .
Day One Journaling:
Last night Frosty and Santa made their 2010 debut. We put out the first of the decorations and I surprised myself by feeling a need for change. Both characters are in a new location this year. The wreath and stockings also went up in their usual spots on the cabinet.
But I’ve surprised myself this year…I’m not feeling the usual love for our Christmas decorations. Once we get the tree up I’ll see how it all feels. Maybe I’ll make even more changes than this Frosty and Santa relocation.
Day Two Journaling:
Dec. 2, 2010; 6:50am; Thursday — I sat on the opposite side of the breakfast table today. I had no idea this is what I’ve been missing. Or may this is just what December looks like at 6:50 in the morning.
I plan to attach these to brown paper wine gift bags.
They’re three of the four tags I’ve finished so far from Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags Of Christmas challenge. I have one more nearly finished and there are a few more I still want to try.
One of the things I’m most proud of is my little birdie nest. I thought I would use one of the rosettes off of Tim’s ribbons for a nest. I pulled the tape off the ribbon of my brand new package and was at first sad to see the tape shred about four of my rosettes. But then I realized the shredded rosettes make even better nests!