Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Minibook Tutorial

Ok, here it is, just like i promised!!
Here is the project we will be making... it uses the Aug Sussies kit!!

chipboard (cardboard, boxes, anything sturdy will do. Even cardstock if it's all you have!
1 binder ring
hole punch (cropodile works fab!)
sanding block
Sussies August kit... or a bunch of scrappin goodies!

Step one.
Cut chipboard into (2 or) 3 inch wide strips.
Start with the first one being (2 or)3x5.
And continue on, making each page 1/2 inch longer than the one before it! You can make as many pages as you like! Even make the first page smaller if you like!
Once you have all the pages you want, continue to step 2.

Step 2.
stack pages in order as they will be as your minibook.
Begin by covering each page with patterned paper. I glue the chipboard and stick the paper to it. I then cut it out using a craft knife and a self healing mat.

For the front page, I used a piece of the Fancy Pants paper... in light yellow, to give a subtle cover.
Each page inside matches the opposite page. So when the book is open, the 2 pages are the same paper.
Once all pages are covered, use a sanding block to soften the edges.

Step 3.
Decide where you want your ring to go and punch the hole in the front page. Using it as a guide, punch all the pages and put them on the binder ring.

Step 4.
Punch out the chipboard shapes in the Cosmo Cricket chipboard. Keep the backing on them!!
Decide where you want them in your book. I used them on the outer edges to give a fun overhang on each and every page!
Once you have this decided, peel off only the part of the backing where it will stick to your page and adhere it! Continue with all the shapes you want to use!

Step 5.
Choose some other random shapes and embellies to add to the ring on the front. Punch a hole in them if necessary and add them! Ribbon also works great!

Step 6.
Design your cover however you like! Here's what I did...

i used a Cosmo Cricket rub-on for the water and whale on the bottom. Added a chipboard fish to the left as well as a chipboard water spray.
I layered the letters over and under the others to create a dimensional look.

The rest is up to you!!! Add photo's, journaling and all that stuff!!

Hope this was a help and would love to see what you create!!

Post here if you make your own minibook and you just might be surprised!!! I just might have a RAK to send your way!!

Feel free to post any questions!
Happy Scrapping!


  1. FABULOUS tutorial! Love your mini!! :)

  2. Great tutorial.....I just may give this a go!

  3. Hey, I posted my mini book in the makin' on my blog....did it have to follow yours exactly? I used a paper bag album style instead. Where did you want it posted?

  4. Lilscrappers...I'm off to check it out!! If it's in the gallery, you're good! And no, you did not have to make it the same! I can't wait to see it!!! :)