Weekend Creative : Mixed-Up Mini



Do you have bits and pieces left over from other projects that you don't know what to do with?

My guess is that you probably do.

This weekend the goal is to use stuff you may already have on hand: bits and pieces of minibook pages and other good stuff. It's a great opportunity to use up some of those supplies that have been waiting for a creative home.

Here's a look at all the stuff before putting it all inside the album:


When I am telling stories with minibooks I don't always use all the pages that come in the package. I use as many as I need to tell my story: sometimes there are too many pages + sometimes not enough. I began to notice a collection of mis-matched minibook pages and larger chipboard pieces piling up (and you know how I feel about my piles) and started thinking of ways I could use them.

Sometimes I use the leftover pieces on layouts such as this (featured in Life Artist):


[ chipboard tabbed pieces from Fancy Pants, white pen from Sharpie ]

But most of the time they just sit in a pile or in a basket. And that's not very creative.

Today we are celebrating mixed-up stuff and layers of pages.

The concept is simple: grab a bunch of pieces from minibooks or other scraps from your collection of stuff and bring them all together in one album. It's a super simple process of punching holes (and/or trimming off current holes + punching new ones to fit the current album) and trimming certain pages to fit within the covers.

My front and back covers are thick acrylic file folders from D Reeves Design House.

Take a peek inside:


I am thinking my album may be a book about purpose.


Remember that frame from Tuesday's Three Things post?


[ sheet of Grungeboard from Tim Holtz ]


[ circle page designed by my friend Loni + printed on a Silhouette ]


[ white grid page from Scenic Route minibook ]



[ Scenic Route chipboard people ]


File folders that were stitched together. I trimmed one page all the way down to less than an inch to create a space for the holes to be punched.


Don't forget about pieces from transparent albums [ Clear Scraps scallop album page ].


[ Fancy Pants large chipboard tab page ]


[ black tabbed piece from Scenic Route ]



[ the back of a 7gypsies chipboard album ]




[ Cosmo Cricket black scallop album ]


And you can always cut pieces of transparency or thick patterned paper to fit as well [ patterned transparency from Hambly ].


I will probably paint the chipboard pieces once I figure out a specific concept for this album. Maybe I will paint them all white? Most likely it will be something neutral...or maybe not. Maybe it is time to get a bit riskier and move away from white, cream, and brown?

What story will you tell in this mini? What is one you have been waiting for?

I am thinking this concept would make a cool foundation for a travel album/journal for documenting a trip, or it could definitely work as a start for a December Daily if you are thinking about doing one of those for the holidays this year. 

Have fun and use up some of those things you already have on hand. The perfect time is now.

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