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September 12, 2007

Storing mini-books.


Cleaned up around here today and got all my minibooks into one basket in our dining room (read more on minibooks in a past AEzine issue here). I like having them out in the open and available for Simon or Chris or guests (or me) to pick up and touch and look though and give them a bit of love. I am pretty sure that basket came from Home Goods awhile back – the length works so well for all those books.

And I must admit, the holidays are on my mind. I am starting a nice little stash of holiday products and making a list of projects I want to create – many are home decoration stuff using scrapbook products. Look for most of those projects to be showcased in upcoming issues of the newsletter (coming back to life again soon).

The holiday excitement wasn't helped with the arrival of the Pottery Barn catalog today – which included lots of red stuff. I gotta get through Halloween + Thanksgiving…but the Christmas ideas are percolating and getting written down so I won't forget.

A couple of things in my stash right now include these (to make tree tags), the St. Nick line from Making Memories, and this stamp (654F). It's been fun adding things to the basket and planning ahead.


  • 1.
    Christina said…

    Love that long basket for your mini albums – It’s so hard to think about Christmas when it is 95 degrees and humid outside but I am ready…love the holidays :)

  • 2.
    Arlie said…

    Speaking of Christmas… have you seen the K&Company paper ornaments stack? I am so looking forward to late November/early December so I can make these with my little ones. I can hardly stand the wait!
    Thanks so much for your continual fresh voice and perspective – I love reading your blog.

  • 3.
    Angela said…

    Wow Ali….that is alot of mini books. Would you mind sharing the titles, themes of each one to help some of us idea challenged people to have a springboard to jump from? I realize that you probably don’t want to share the details of each mini book as they are personal, but boy oh boy would I love to hear your ideas of minibooks you’ve created. Thanks a bunch!

  • 4.
    k8scraps said…

    I have those Paper Source cards – I hoarded them thru last Christmas – maybe I will USE them this year….

  • 5.
    Susan Carter said…

    Great idea with that basket! I love it. What is the paint color on your walls in the picture? I have been looking for a good mocha-type color and that looks like it! Thanks for all the inspiration!

  • 6.
    Melissa said…

    Dude, I so just bought a basket for mini books today! Of course, I bought the basket at Target first and THEN decided it would be great for mini books.
    Looking forward to hearing about some of your holiday ideas. I’m so excited about Autumn, and I’m doing an art journal for the season, inspired by the one you wrote about doing right here in your blog. Thanks for the inspiration, Ali. You rock!

  • 7.
    Paola Norman said…

    Ali, wow, just looking at your mini-books , makes me want to scrapbook. I know you just organized them in that great basket but could you show them? The covers, is what I was thinking..maybe inside one or two that you haven’t shown in the past. Well, as much as I love Christmas, lets not forget fall. Personally, I get some great shots during that time and maybe we’ll get a mini-book going just for that. Any fall inspiration or project would be appreciated, maybe something not so typical. hhmmm? I’ll stay tuned. I just had a thought, I’m going to do a mini book on my gratitudes from yesterday..I think that would be great. Question, will there be opportunity at any time in the near future to get autographed copies of your new book? I would love that!
    Paola British Columbia Canada

  • 8.
    Nicole said…

    Your mini book collection is amazing Ali – I can only dream to have that many completed albums! :) That basket is a great storage solution too – looks great!
    Can’t wait for another inspiring aezine! In the meantime, I’ve been printing the archives and storing them here:

  • 9.
    Deb Wisker said…

    I too have my mini books in a basket! I can’t think of anywhere else to put them where they would be available for all to see!!

  • 10.
    Anilu Magloire said…

    I keep mine like that too! I love watching my girl go through them all the time :)

  • 11.
    Lori Hudson said…

    Ali- I just got home from Las Vegas and I thought of you while I was there. It had been six years since I was there, but I was blown away by the design in the higher end hotels – especially the restaurants. It’s like they try to outdo each other in hip and chic. If you have a chance, check out Red Square (restaurant), Mix (the restaurant part) and Aureole (restuarant). Even the Buffet at the Mirage was stylish! I came away with some many ideas and inspiration. It was like Domino magazine come to life.

  • 12.
    Elizabeth said…

    All in favour of a close up, say I!! LOL
    That is way cool. Thanks for the constant inspiration girl.
    I just want to dig into that basket myself and look and then create :)

  • 13.

    speaking of holidays & minibooks — you have my mind working now! Maybe I can do mini books on each family member for christmas ornaments on the tree. Okay, new project!!!

  • 14.
    Lee said…

    What a great storage idea for your mini-books! I’ve struggled with how to display mine…little stacks throughout the house seemed messy, yet they were getting lost on my bookshelves. A basket makes them accessible yet contained…will definitely have to give this a try.
    Thanks for yet another great idea! =)

  • 15.
    Jen M. said…

    Ah — I love Christmas. My absolute favourite time of year. Thanks for those links — now my brain’s percolating too. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  • 16.
    Brittany said…

    What type of book did you use for the mini book in the first picture of the aezine mentioned in this post? Thanks so much for offering bunches of ideas and inspiration. Almost everytime I visit your blog, I am inspired to create, do and be better.

  • 17.
    Melysa said…

    Oh, that looks nice. Where did you get that long basket?? Such a nice idea to display them out. I have some mini stuff but could never figure out how to display without it looking like clutter!

  • 18.
    Relly said…

    That really inspires me to get on and finish some minibooks. I always wonder what the hell I’m going to do with them once I’ve made them, now I know!

  • 19.
    Linda said…

    What a great idea! I love it!

  • 20.
    Kristine said…

    Abosolutely love this idea–need to find a basket for mine. So cool.

  • 21.
    Cathy D said…

    I love that you have your mini books in a basket. If I had enough space to do that I completely would. Those stamps are great as well. I might have to pick some up soon. Can’t wait to see what you have percalating as far as Christmas projects.

  • 22.
    Sue said…

    I love the basket of mini albums. I’ve got a stash of albums and didn’t know what to do with them. Now I do!
    I wish I had time to do a lot of projects but working two jobs doesn’t leave me a lot but you give me great ideas for ‘someday’ and that helps a lot!
    Looking forward to your newsletters again. I’ve missed them terribly!

  • 23.
    Jennifer said…

    What a great idea! I saw a similar basket at Target yesterday but passed on it. I’m going to have to go back and get…I have the perfect spot for this.
    I love that picture you have behind the basket…it looks like a female genie. Very cool. Where did you find that? It looks so awesome there.

  • 24.
    Denise said…

    I’m loving the Everlasting kit from CTMH for everything Christmasy..and I can’t believe I’m already thinking Christmas!

  • 25.
    Kim said…

    I absolutely love the basket and having the mini-books out for everyone to enjoy.

  • 26.
    Michelle W said…

    Our weather has broken here in the south and it is starting to have that fall feeling. Once that happens each year I get in the holiday mode. I also have had the to make ideal journal out and many entries are being made. I am ready for the fall and winter weather so that I have the time to create.

  • 27.
    jennifer davis said…

    Love the basket, a great idea – thanks for sharing. I’m definitely getting in the holiday mood as well…got out our cranberry wreaths yesterday and changed things around in the house, adding some pumpkin spice candles here and there, love the change of seasons. Definitely a time for new growth and opportunity!
    Have a wonderful day Ali!

  • 28.
    Jeanette said…

    Your idea of displaying mini-books in a basket is a brilliant one. I just need a console or buffet to accommodate one. I see an opportunity to shop for furniture. Never thought I’d try to match up a piece of furniture to a basket!
    LOVE IT!
    Jeanette :)

  • 29.
    Erin said…

    Such a great idea for the mini books! I have that Catslife Chrsitmas stamp and I love it!

  • 30.
    Laura Reaux said…

    Really love the basket for keeping your minibooks around. The holidays are really on my mind, too. I am going to pull the fall decorations out today… I’m in the mood to see reds, oranges, & greens!

  • 31.
    suetreiber said…

    the first holiday catalog of the season always gets me too. I love your little basket oif books. so Ali!

  • 32.
    Liz Ness said…

    Fun — just love Autumn, too: The anticipation of the holidays to come, fun projects/crafts, and time with family. Your post has me itching to start some of these crafts (Heh-heh)!

  • 33.
    Tricia said…

    Ali, I love this shot. Your home seems so very inviting! Would you mind sharing the paint color that is on the wall and where oh where did you find such a darling little globe?? I LOVE that!!

  • 34.
    Kim said…

    Oooh! Tree tags! Thanks for sharing those stamps too. They just might work for something I’m working on. (-:

  • 35.
    christa said…

    saw this and it reminded me of you.

  • 36.
    jamie said…

    great look you have going. just happened to put the few mini’s in my possession in a basket yesterday.
    so eager to see what home projects you come up with for christmas. really hope you have the time to share as much as you can. have been in christmas mode for a month now. we home educate, so preparing for christmas takes me all fall. so any of your inspiration is eagerly welcomed.
    thanks so much, ali!
    on another little note, thanks for the link to jennie bowlin…now i am betwixt…do i order the ck kotm (travel-it looks really cool), or a jb kit…you’ve caused me a dilemma…

  • 37.

    Love the long basket! (i’m gonna look for it here in the Netherlands (got a lot of minialbums too!))
    Can’t wait to find your new newsletter in my mailbox!

  • 38.
    Rhonda Steed said…

    OH man those stamps ROCK!!!! And i love that basket for your mini albums. I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled for one for my own house!

  • 39.
    crazydarla said…

    Love that idea for the minibooks! I also have a basket that mine all sit in, even some of my bigger 5×5 up to 7×7 size ones, but I like how you have these out on display! Gives me a new idea now! Thanks!!!

  • 40.
    Kelli Johnson said…

    love the basket…so awesome. I have mine set up all over my house. :)

  • 41.
    Jennifer said…

    I can so relate to what you’re saying. I’ve got the Halloween itch right now but I’ve been thinking about Christmas in the last couple of weeks. I can’t wait. Christmas is my favorite holiday. I’m already thinking about some things I can make for gifts. I should get started now so that I’m not rushed in the end which invaribly always happens. I can’t seem to avoid it.

  • 42.
    Jessica said…

    Holy minibooks!I love how you displayed them.
    I like the stamps, especially the peace definition:) Jess

  • 43.

    I love the idea with the basket!
    And yes, I am also already thinking about christmas. This year it got me pretty early!

  • 44.
    Carrie said…

    Looks awesome. Loved seeing the Kauai coffee print there — good memories.

  • 45.
    Jennifer said…

    Cute basket with books…about those expressions from Paper Source! I love them! I bought them two Christmases ago and decorated a small Christmas tree that I have with the expressions. I strung a cute little garland and just rested the words on the branches. I liked it so much, that it did it again last year. It’s really different and cute. Those expressions are SOOOO great and can be used for a number of fun things. :)

  • 46.
    Janet said…

    Wow Ali. Your work is truly inspiring. Love how you displayed them.

  • 47.
    Linda said…

    Love the mini books in a basket.
    Love that they are out to be seen and touched and enjoyed.
    Must do that.

  • 48.
    Roni Hunt said…

    You are not going to believe this, but I’ve done just about the same with my mini-books. I’ve got them in the Longaberger bread basket and I’ve been searching around the house for a bigger basket to place them in! Perfect idea. And I’m really feeling the MM St. Nick also! Been stashing stuff in my Christmas drawer(s) in the studio!!! Haven’t received my PB yet though! ;)

  • 49.

    What a nice idea to showcase those minis! I, too, am hoping for a closeup of those!
    Thanks for sharing!

  • 50.
    Kirsty Wiseman said…

    i cant wait for my house to be re-hauled JUST so I can display my mini books and wall art.
    Just love that extra wide basket……. thanks you for inspiring me.
    My idea book just got a little bigger xx

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