Monday Mini Book: 3+1=4


It's been awhile since I last put a minibook together. I figured with the addition of Anna to our family it was about time to make a little 3+1=4 book to celebrate our family of 4.

Most supplies for this minibook came from Cocoa Daisy's kits (the main kit + the add-ons) this month that included many of my favorite number and alphabet products. Additional supplies include Claudine Hellmuth's Studio Paint in Sable Brown and Hambly's Little Circles Metallic Silver Overlay

Here's a look into my process:

After letting the brown paint dry on the inside and outside of the Maya Road mini album I attached the K&Company fabric number brads to the cover and rubbed-on the ruler lines from Maya Road.

This Maya Road mini album used here comes with four tabbed chipboard pages and four envelope pages. 


I covered the four chipboard pages with a patterned paper on one side and photos on the other.


I looked for photos that had at least three or all four of us together. It ended up working out just right to have two with all of us and one each of me and Chris with the kids. For covering these pages with pattern paper and photos I use a glue stick and a xacto knife to cut off the excess around the chipboard.


For a little something different I cut each of the envelopes and stuck
a piece of Hambly transparency inside to create a new page.


In addition to the transparency I slipped one of the journaling cards that came with the kit into the pocket.


On the back I cut a domino from the Graphic 45 pattern paper (each one had 4 dots) and adhered it to the seam.

As a finishing touch, before adding a quote by hand on the back, I did a zig zag stitch with my machine in red across the seam. For more simple stitching ideas check out my article with ten layout examples in the October issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine.


I did the same thing for the vertical envelopes using the journaling cards and dominoes. After getting all those base pages set up I was ready to add some more 4's to the album as accents.

To each of the patterned paper chipboard pages I added a circle and a number 4.


Here's a look at the completed book with hand-written quotes about life and family:


Each of the tabbed pages ended up with a word on the tab: Mother, Father, child, and baby.







I also added a bit of paint around each of the chipboard pages to finish them off. 

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