Sunday, 8 January 2012

Mini Book - a Little Cutie!

   I spent most of this evening  looking through my own craft supplies - surveying my little kingdom as it were. I got quite excited by some of my finds, especially the remainders of some old Basic Grey and K&Co pads... the crafting industry is as fashion led as the fashion industry itself and it is always tempting to desire the newest items, leaving some of us with lots of unused goodies that we loved once but have squirrelled away and now neglect.

Maybe, just  maybe... in these austere times, one of the craft companies should consider offering a paper pack  (in addition to their normal ranges) with less duplicate sheets and more designs?  Imagine for example... A best of Basic Grey pad? 6x6, 36 different pages, I'd bite their hands of for one! They could trawl through their own back catalogues and produce different volumes - colour coordinating ones, mmm... what a nice thought!

I used a Sizzix page and  cut 20 pages from photocopy paper as well as a front and back cover. I'd sanded the coredinations card for quite a while before I realised it WASN'T coredinations at all but in fact had a white core, but I liked the effect so I kept going. I would have realised sooner, but was so engrossed watching Moulin Rouge (I love everything about that film) that I wasn't really concentrating! Yay, slacker! I die cut some Quickutz presents and punched some tiny hearts out of scraps of glitter card and dotty paper and then messed about with them till I liked the layout. I used long ended brads to fasten it all together and covered the ends with and extra strip of white glitter card, it made it look very neat on the back.

I am going to make more of these for a charity project I support at my work - it cost pennies, but I like it.


Laura said...

Anna, your mini booklet is so sweet! What a great way to use up some of the papers we accumulate!!! And great idea for Basic Grey and K & Co. to produce a "best of" pad of our fav papers!

anna christensen crafts said...

Thank you Laura for your lovely comment - maybe I should write to them? :)

Dr Sonia S V said...

Anna love the way the background looks on this one and red and white are so gorgeous

Sue said...

I love white core paper! And I LOVE your idea of making such cute books with leftover papers. I may be stealing that one! Also love the "best of" idea.

Yvonne said...

Fabulous little book, Anna!

iReneM said...

Hi Anna
I love this mini book - practical as well as pretty, ideal for your charity project - it should be a really popular item :-)
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment on my blog for Lucy's card :-)

TonyR said...

catching up on my blogs! i love this ... the distressing is fab!!
i am very into 'recycling' stuff too!
we MUST arrange to meet up someday!!
tony x

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

I am having problems getting feed from my subscribed blogs...I had no idea you had all these posts. Very wonderful mini book, and fantastic that you used old stuff...we should all do that. I so agree on companies producing the big sellers and less copies, then maybe we would use it all.

Maria said...

A little cutie indeed!! Wonderful mini book, Anna! :)

Virginia Nebel said...

Wonderful! and making this for charity is a beautiful gesture!

Lisa Minckler said...

Your mini book is FANTASTIC!!! I love that you multi-task while you craft. :) I've centered my desk between 2 rooms, just incase I can't decide which show to watch, I can watch both! :)
The outcome of this book is fantastic and I love the sanded outcome. Amazing how "oops" can turn into "ah ha!"
Hope you're having a great week.

pooky said...

What a super idea!!!