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Weekend Creative : Love MiniBook/Card

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[ Jenni Bowlin Circle 4 inch Minibook; Creative Cafe Clear Sheet Dots; Little Yellow Bicycle Flocked Grey with White Floral Paper; Ali Edwards Love Circles; Ribbon: Narratives, random other pieces ]

Part card, part minibook this little circle creation is a great way to celebrate someone you love this Valentine's Day (or any day of course). This project uses my new Love Circle embellishments from Designer Digitals that you simply download and print (or use on digital projects). I showed a simple card idea with them last week here.

Here's a look at the interior:

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A short note opens the card/minibook with the following pages cut (using a Creative Memories circle template) from a thick transparency from Creative Cafe. Each transparent page has a photo on one side and one of my printed Love Circles from Designer Digitals on the other side.

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The great little "handmade book" stamp is from Cats Life Press. Ink is from StazOn.

Howto

66496mid • Cover the Jenni Bowlin 4 inch circle chipboard minibook with Little Yellow Bicycle textured patterned paper on the front cover and the back cover and painted the interior chipboard covers with cream paint. I love the flocked texture paper for the covers of little books like this - gives it a nice soft feel (fabric would also be a great cover). I ended up not using the interior circle lined-pages for the minibook itself but will hang on to them to use them in a future project.

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• Cut out 5 circles (or as many interior pages as you want for your book) from the Creative Cafe white dot transparency (I used this Creative Memories circle cutter). This is a very thick transparency which works great for interior pages of a minibook. I also love to use Hambly overlays for projects that really need a thicker sheet.

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• Choose, scan, and print your photos. I scanned in some of my favorite photo booth pictures (I have used these in projects in the past) and organized them to print on one 8.5x11 sheet of photo paper. The photos were scanned (and enlarged) to be about 2.5 inches wide.

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• Punch the photos using the Marvy Giga Scallop Circle Punch and a McGill circle punch. I wanted both regular and scalloped circles to work back to back with the Love Circles (available here):

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• After punching out my photos and the Love Circles I simply adhered them back to back on each of the interior pages. I chose to do photo on the front, Love Circle on the back. Very simple and quick to put together. I am planning to give this to Simon on Valentine's morning at breakfast with a couple other little goodies.

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To finish off the book I added one circle to the cover and a gathering of ribbons on the metal ring that holds it all together.

Enjoy your weekend!

Dottedline

[ Past weekend creative projects can be found here. ]

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93 thoughts

  1. molly says…
    01/30/2009

    totally fun!
    I'm making little portable books for my kids as well.
    Happy weekend.

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  2. Caryl Hope says…
    01/30/2009

    Love this! Thanks for sharing....

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  3. Anne L says…
    01/30/2009

    Many thanks, Ali for sharing a creative mini album. It's very nice & truly inspiring.
    A wonderful weekend to you & your family.

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  4. dawn says…
    01/30/2009

    SO FUN!! Wonderful little treasure for my kiddos!
    Thank you !
    Hope you are feeling well!

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  5. Cherie says…
    01/30/2009

    So cute!! Thanks for all the great ideas!

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  6. Ophelia says…
    01/30/2009

    Hi Ali,
    this is a really cool and sweet project.
    I'll have a creative week end for sur... Thanks for sharing and inspiration.
    Ophélia

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  7. noell says…
    01/30/2009

    Cute. I love the transparent pages in-between.

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  8. Vanessa says…
    01/30/2009

    Gorgeous!!!

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  9. Jennifer says…
    01/30/2009

    so very adorable....enjoy your weekend! i'm sure you are expecting baby "A" any time now. yipeee...best of luck to you.

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  10. Erie says…
    01/30/2009

    Wow! Thats such an awesome idea. :)Thanks for sharing. :)

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  11. homedotmade says…
    01/30/2009

    Smart idea to do it now considering you might have a little lady around by then!
    :-)
    Cute idea, I'm loving the mini books more and more. Planning on working on one this weekend myself.

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  12. Bonnie says…
    01/30/2009

    Wow! I love your mini album! It's super cute. I just ordered two albums to do, I can't wait to get started.
    Thank You once again for your great ideas!
    Enjoy your weekend, maybe it will be filled with lots of excitement!

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  13. ady abreu says…
    01/30/2009

    great idea... definitely playing with that on Saturday with my scrappy friends at our Valentine's scrap...

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  14. ady abreu says…
    01/30/2009

    great idea... definitely playing with that on Saturday with my scrappy friends at our Valentine's scrap...

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  15. poopsicle says…
    01/30/2009

    Hello Ali,
    Thank U 4...being so creative, sharing and the BEST.
    :-) weekend 2 U & your family.
    p.s all your projects are cool and awesome.

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  16. Sarah says…
    01/30/2009

    Lovely....I love your ideas...

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  17. Mel says…
    01/30/2009

    Ali--I love it. How did you take the photos---a photo booth, or did you use a camera on a timer? The idea is so creative!

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  18. annie samuels says…
    01/30/2009

    i know this is a really basic question but how do you organize random photos to all print on one page?

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  19. Lori Johnstone says…
    01/30/2009

    So sweet! I have to get that Marvy Uchida punch and your digital designs, Ali! That is a SWEET SWEET project. LOVE IT!

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  20. Kerry says…
    01/30/2009

    Great book Ali! I think I'll make little ones for my kids and stick in their Valentine mailboxes. Have a great weekend!

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  21. Linn says…
    01/30/2009

    That is so cute! I love your new circle/scallop circle designs!

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  22. Sarah Mullanix says…
    01/30/2009

    This is sooo cute and wouldn't take much time at all...instant gratification!!
    -Sarah

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  23. Michelle says…
    01/30/2009

    So pretty, Ali! One silly question.... Are those pics from "real" photobooth or using the photobooth feature on your mac? Just curious as I haven't done much with the photobooth feature on mac yet and wonder what the quality of the pics are. thanks!

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  24. Evia says…
    01/30/2009

    Love the mini-book and such a great idea to give to Simon on V-day morning. He will be so thrilled. I will have to use this when my kids get a little bigger.
    Good luck with Baby A - sending healthy labor vibes your way!

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  25. Dana Nichols says…
    01/30/2009

    LOVE it!! So,so sweet.

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