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Now That I’ve Thrown Away Mini-Books…

Aug 2013 2

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…

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Changing Directions with Failed Minibooks – Paperclipping 222

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I threw away a few of my minibooks last month.

I don’t regret it.

Have you started time-consuming projects like minibooks, and later realized the project is not as meaningful and inspiring as you once thought?

  • Just because you were inspired to do something at one time, doesn’t mean it will stay inspiring.
  • Just because you started something, doesn’t mean you have to finish it.
  • Just because you finished something, doesn’t mean you are stuck with it.

Not everything is equally valuable and not everything is worth keeping always and forever.

But not every less-valuable minibook is utterly meaningless and should be thrown out, either.

What do you do with the projects that have lost their glow, both the finished and the unfinished?

Realizing I needed to free some space (and some peace of mind) I evaluated each one of my minibooks. Minibooks are bulky, hard to store, and more prone to damage, right?

In addition to the few mini’s I tossed away, I also found these:

  • unfinished minibooks that have meaningful parts, but are not meaningful as a whole and aren’t worth finishing
  • completed minibooks that have meaningful content but are not very sturdy in their current form

Do you have some like this?

It is okay to change directions.

I decided to change directions with these last two types and re-purpose them or reformat them into something different. I did this for 3 different minibooks in a video we released last night. In this video you’ll see 3 different options for what you can do if you have minibooks that are a nuisance in their current form, not as sturdy as you’d like, are not something you want to finish, or are only partially worth the space they’re taking.

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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,

Scrapbooking Outside the Page Protector – Paperclipping 187

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Do you ever get bummed when your beautiful dimensional page flattens inside the page protector?

Do you ever wish your standard scrapbook pages could have the yummy interaction and 3-dimensionality of a minibook?

Ready to think outside of the box to get the best of both worlds?

Here’s a tip!

You don’t have to choose just one. Try this:

Protect your photos, ephemera, and standard pages behind page protectors, but add some fun goodies to the outside of the plastic!

For Your Entertainment (intro page)

I’ve been doing this for a few years now. It works, it’s beautiful, and it’s really fun!

Need some ideas?

I shared a bunch in the newest Paperclipping Video tutorial this week! You’ll see many very different ways to scrapbook outside the page protectors for both standard layouts and for Project Life, too!

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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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Paperclipping 144 – How To Mix Styles

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Update 5-12-10: Some of the video feeds were not working yesterday but they should all be fixed now. Enjoy!
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Below are the projects I shared in today’s episode…

Electronic Love Letters

The journaled introduction to this book: In Nobember 2006, as some of us prepared to take a trip to K.C. for Christmas, there was a a sudden jump in emails between us — Buckland siblings and spouses and our parents. With most of us spread out across the country, many of thee sometimes funny and sometimes emotionally supportive emails became a fun way for us to reminisce, become re-acquainted, and to remain tied together as friends and siblings.

These are some of my favorite of the sillier and playful emails. Much love to my parents and siblings.
A note on the supplies: I assembled the main pages and embellishments on this album about two years ago I think. I only finally added the photos and emails (on white cardstock) last Saturday. I’m so sorry that most of these products are no longer available. I can tell you that the two aqua-green inserts at the very beginning and end of the book are product packaging from Prima and are current.

It’s All About The Details

12×12 layout
You can read the journaing for this layout in the article in which I originally posted it.


What are your favorite styles? I think mine are probably vintage (although I never do a pure version of vintage) and an “artsy” style (which can be broadly defined). I would love to hear which styles you would love to mix into one project and whether you’ve attempted before! Please share by leaving a comment.

Paperclipping 142 – Scrapbooking with Everyday Items

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It’s All About The Details

12×12 layout
Journaling reads: Trinity – You have great attention to details. You’re afraid of making mistakes. You’re a perfectionist. You’re also extremely independent, so it makes for some interesting situations when I find you trying to do something on your own but you have to come over to me again and again with detail-oriented questions. Today it happened with you making P.B.+J. sandwiches, which you’ve done a hundred times before…

Trinity: Mom! I want to make peanut butter and jelly but this says “jam!” I can’t find any jelly in the fridge.

Mom: That’s what we use because jelly has too much sugar. Sometimes what I buy says “spreadable fruit.” It’s all just used the same way as jelly.

Trinity (you ran out of jam and went to the closet for more but then came back to me, distraught): Mom! This has a totally different word on it that I can’t read and there are CHUNKS in it!

Mom: Yep, honey. This one is the same kind of thing. It’s called, “Preserves.” But it’s all the same. Now relax and go make your sandwich! :)


12×12 pocketed page protector

Journaling reads: It wasn’t until Blake told me how his friends act disgusted by the way we eat (last month) that I realized it could be hard on you kids socially. It’s been over two years now since I decided to eliminate animal-related foods from my diet and cooking and became vegan. Last Auguest Dad decided (on his own, without pressure from me) that he couldn’t eat animals and their by-products anymore, either, which meant your diets became even more vegan than they already were.

Since we don’t force you to be totally vegan and you like my cooking, it didn’t occur to me it could be hard until Blake’s friends acted that way, no matter how good it looked or how often they admit to loving it when they try it. I’m sorry if you get embarrassed and I appreciate that you give us few complaints. I hope you understand that I have to live with integrity. I make this choice for health and love, for the environment, the animals, and for peace.

My 2nd Office

MiniBook I made from coffee cup warmers
Here are most of the pages: