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Set Yourself Up for Unique Mini-Books – Paperclipping 198

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Every mini-book is an opportunity for creative play.

When I want to be at my most creative in scrapbooking, I work on a mini-book. I love flipping through my mini’s and finding unexpected forms of pages. They still surprise me, even though I was the one who made them.

How do you come up with ideas for ultra creative and original books?

You need to expand the way you think about what items are. We limit ourselves when we only regard things with their most obvious purposes or with the purpose for which they were originally intended.

Don’t worry if you feel you’re not good at seeing new purposes for things. The more you do it, the more possibilities you’ll see. Once you get going it doesn’t stop and then it becomes a matter of finding the time to try all your ideas!


By the way, if you want some help I have lots of video tutorials on this subject, including one I just released this week. In this week’s episode I share some specific things you can do to set yourself up for making creative unique mini-books. I share…

  • A different word to use that will help you to free your mind from the overly rigid way of thinking about pages and covers.
  • The kinds of everyday life items I keep for future minibook pages and covers that will be totally unique, including all of the items that I have in my stash right now.
  • Some of the characteristics I look for in an item that suggests to me it will be a good possibility as a page or cover.
  • How I store all these random items that will eventually become parts of my minibooks.
  • How to turn your store-bought mini-books into something entirely original.
  • Two actual examples of turning an every day item into a mini-book page. You’ll see how I transform two non-scrapbooking items into pages for my family’s Hawaii mini album.

Does this sound like a tutorial that could ignite your mini-book adventures?

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Shine On,

Interactive and Dimensional Mini-Book Techniques – Paperclipping 183

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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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Easier Intricate Mini-Books – Paperclipping 174

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My favorite mini-books are the most intricate interactive three-dimensional ones! The ones that really wow you!

But I have a few different tricks up my sleeve that allow me to finish these in just a handful of hours or two to three sittings!

Do I dare share them?

Well, maybe just with the Paperclipping Members. ;)

We’ve just released the newest episode of Paperclipping on mini-books that are intricate and stunning, or at least that create the illusion that they are intricate — though the “stunning” part is no illusion!

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To benefit, you have to be able to apply principles, as opposed to exact instructions of what goes where.

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mini-book snea peek

A note for those Members who have already watched the tutorial (it’s in the Member’s Area and your membership iTunes feed), these pages go in the dancer album and I used the same tactic for them that I did for the bird mini-book pages. Basically it’s that third “trick” I talked about, plus my task-batching method from Paperclipping 150.


The supplies for this book are top-notch. I’ll share as much as I can…



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Scrapbook Albums – Two Mini-Books


Small Bits of Time

Mini-booking has never been the same ever since I conceived my method of task-batching them. I can do it in small bits of time without having piles of products all over my table — no stacks of patterned papers, adhesives, embellishments, ribbons, photos, etc.

I finished step one of the task-batching process knowing it would be a few days before I would have time to come back to work on this mini-book. No worries — my table is clean thanks to my task-batching method!

1.5 Hour Chunk

And then there was this mini-book where I had the opposite situation —
I had an hour and a half to scrapbook and I was able to move fast to do everything but the actual adhering (since I’ll adhere it in an upcoming Paperclipping Video Tutorial for the Members). Most of that hour and a half was concentrated on journaling, which let’s you know how fast the design itself came together. This one has a lot of journaling.

By the time I adhere it all, it will have taken a total of two hours at the most! That’s it! I never would have imagined I could complete an entire mini-album in two hours! That has always been how long I’ve spent on single layouts!

I’m excited to share these mini-books with you in upcoming video tutorials. If you’re a Paperclipping Member who loves mini-books — or if you’ve found them overwhelming in the past — be sure to watch Episode 150 – Task-Batch Minibooking if you haven’t seen it already. This method is a game-changer.

I would love to know which of our members have tried this yet!

Then keep your eyes open for a future episode to come soon with even more tips for faster mini-books without compromising your style!

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Ready for an Idea Burst?

Did you know that by jumping on an idea, you feed your mind’s ability to generate even more ideas?

Progressively better ideas!

And if you continue to act immediately, your ideas will multiply to such a beautifully overwhelming amount, you’ll have a plethora of projects to choose from at any given time! More projects than you can complete (which is why I’ll have an article in November that shares how I deal with incomplete projects. Go ahead and free yourself!)

If you get an idea for digital scrapbooking but you’re missing the supplies, you can purchase them online and start right away! Not so if you’re missing essential supplies for paper scrapbooking. But don’t let that stop you! I start projects a lot before I have all of the essential parts.
You might remember this mini-book page from Paperclipping 150 – Task Batch Minibooking. You saw all of the pages of that mini. Did you ever notice that I never showed you the cover? That’s because I didn’t have a cover. I used the leftover pages of another mini-book, and I figured I would eventually be able to find some chipboard for the cover. At the very least, I could cut some chipboard down to the size I needed.
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And that is exactly what I did. I found two large pieces of chipboard and I cut them to fit two different books (because I immediately started a second cover-less mini after I completed the pages you see here). Now I just need to find the o-wire in the size I need so I can bind it!

Problems From Lack of Planning

Of course, you sometimes run into problems when you don’t plan ahead of time. But then you exercise and increase your creativity even more by figuring out how to make your hodge-podge of pieces come together. For example, when I was making the pages of this mini-book, sans cover, it didn’t occur to me that the front side of the first page and the back side of the last page would be bare.

I had jumped on my idea and made four 2-page spreads with no thought for the morrow. And when the morrow came, I had to decide what to do with the first and last blank pages. I didn’t really feel like making an intro page. So this was my solution . . .
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I stuck the left page onto the inside cover and added the pink patterned paper to the remaining length of bare chipboard, since the chipboard was so much longer than my pages. I did the same thing with the back.

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Of course, this was a pretty simple problem, relatively speaking. It wasn’t as difficult to solve as my attempt to turn a Mexican punched tin mirror into a mini-book cover . . .

Making Room for Complicated Problem-Solving

Mexico Mini from Punched Tin Frame
I bought the mirror without any idea how I would actually pull it off. There were a few days when I almost hated that mirror. It was hard to figure out how to make it work! And it’s a little weird, maybe. But I did it! And I’m glad I did. I’m positive I’m more creative now than I was before I made that thing.


Plus I love looking at the pages. Here are a few, but you can see them in my Mexican Minibook Flickr set.
Mexico Mini 2
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So here’s where I encourage you to act on your ideas as soon as you can, even if you only have a few minutes or you don’t know how it will come together. Even if it means you’ll only assemble the part that is already in your head and you’ll leave the rest to figure out later.

I’ve actually been revamping my scrap room to better facilitate idea bursts and project-beginnings. I’ll share the results with you in November! Maybe you’ll have a pile of unfinished projects by then and will need the tips!

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Paperclipping 150 – Task Batch Minibooking

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What a relief to actually be able to finish mini-books more easily! In this week’s episode, the Paperclipping Members will find out what my new Task Batch method is, and they’ll see it in action for two different mini-books: a traditional one, and a mostly digital one.

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Below are photos of most of the pages in the two mini-books from today’s episode. . .

Queen Of Organized

5×7 mini pages
Supplies: Tim Holtz Metal Clock Faces with Adirondack Juniper Paint Dabber rubbed on, then partially rubbed off.

The orange patterned paper is from Basic Grey’s Ambrosia Collection. You can get the collection as a 12×12 pack or a 6×6 pad.

The pink polka dot paper is from Basic Grey’s June Bug Collection. The orange flower is one of six in the Prima Peach Harmony Collection.


This is another orange flower from the Prima Peach Harmony collection. The metal piece on the page below is a Tim Holtz Muse Token.

To see more pictures of this book, see my set on Flickr and click on the individual thumbnails to see them all.

Everyday Summer

6×6 mini pages
The metal piece is a Tim Holtz Philosophy Tag. While the yellow Today papers were from an Ali Edwards kit that is no longer available, the journal/photo overlay for my journaling is for sale at Designer Digitals.
This overlay is from a different Ali Edwards pack. Ali also designed the Alpha Tab on the left page below.
I used these Tim Holtz Muse Tokens quite a bit in these two mini-books, adding my own colored brads.
These Metal Numbers are really great, too.
Ali Edwards Word Frames were perfect for this photo.
More great Word Art from Ali Edwards grounds the flowers in the photo above.

There are a few more pictures to this mini-album. You can see them all here.

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