(THIS POST WAS IMPORTED FROM MY PREVIOUS BLOG - SHELLIEGLASS.COMIT WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED ON APRIL 30, 2014)
My first mini turned out so great. Clearly this is just my biased opinion but I loved it so much that I had a hard time packing it up and sending it off. But I made it as part of a Christmas present that was already 2 months late so I packed it up and shipped it. I took a lot of pictures first!! The book was for my friend Dyanna who lives in Fort Lauderdale. We've known each other for a really long time now and now that I'm back in Pensacola, don't get to see each other often at all and that makes me sad. The book covered many of the fun weekends we've had together over the years plus the cruise we took for my 30th birthday. I bought the shaped chipboard pages wth rings included at Hobby Lobby months ago. I think I may have used more than one pack, I'm not sure but thee were 9 chipboard pages included. I covered them all in patterned paper (all from the same pack and also from Hobby Lobby). I went with a wood look for the cover and back.
Most of my embellishments were by Heidi Swapp and I bought them at Michael's. There were a few other embellishments I used but not too many and they were from Michael's as well. I pulled some Recollections glitter letters but I think I only used one color - hot pink. I also used my Cameo Silhouette to cut out some pieces for some of the pages. I have taken a few workshops on Mini books online. My favorite was by Celine Navarro on the Two Peas in a Bucket web site (no longer exists). I love to listen to her talk and I like the way she put her mini together. It made something that I'd imagined to be daunting seem less like a big deal and way more doable. Before that class I would have focused on each page one at a time and I would have never made it through. Instead, I printed out all my pictures and begin placing them and my embellishments right away. I love love love how it came out. It made me miss my friend and reminded me how great our friendship has been over the years. I'm hoping to get started on my next mini book ASAP! Love this unique way to showcase images and embellishments. Below are quite a few pictures from the finished book as well as a few shots of the items I used in the project.