20.2.16

Cardboard Recycling into a Mini Book

Recycled Cardboard Mini Book
          Hi friends this year I am taking mini steps into mini album making and a mini book such as this one made from a 12 x 12 inch paper is the perfect beginner's project as it's quick and easy to complete without making you feel overwhelmed!
One Sheet Mini Book
        This little 3.5 x 3.5 inches mini has 16 pages and 7 pockets for tags and tickets. The best thing about this design is that it is perfect to showcase a single 12 x 12 inch pretty pattern paper you may be hoarding for ages!
        And the added bonus is you don't really need to use expensive chipboard to make the covers as its an ideal opportunity to recycle a sturdy cardboard box like the one below!
Recycled Cardboard Box  
Tutorial links
Pictorial version of the Mini Book Tutorial  - Show how to create mini book pages and the cover and add a strong fabric spine
Mixed Media Style Book Cover tutorial -Shows tips on how to embellish in mixed media style
Here is the video tutorial   

          Inked the heat embossed parchment flowers in 2 shades for a two toned effect to create my flower and added heat embossed golden leaves for a bit of glamour.
Heat Embossed Flower
            Metallic embellishments are so fun to add to mini books since unlike cards mini books can take on a bit of  the heavy weight stuff you have in your crafty stash!
Metallic Hearts and Arrow
           What is a romantic project without a dash of red and a bit of gold !! Hehe but I think I did go overboard with the red glitter goo!!What do you think....?
          The metallic corners [from Vishakha Mittal] had a bronze look originally and I gave it a rubbing with inka gold to change its color.
Glitter and Gold
The pattern paper I used had lovely floral hearts and it was fun to add a touch of pristine white with the heat embossed flowers and a dash of greenery with "over the edge" leaf stamping on the edges of the pages.
One Sheet Mini Book
The book gave me the ideal chance to use some lovely metallic antique brads Vishakha Mittal had sent me!
Metallic Accents
Love the subtle texture these metal knobs add to the inside pages and one's fingers immediately reach out to caress them!
 Metallic Brads
And the view below shows how the pages and the cute tags look!!
Recycled Cardboard Mini Book
 I hope you liked my little mini and here are links to 2 other mini books I had shared earlier

Mini Book
Supplies : Dies :  Heartfelt creations  Sun kissed fleur , Poppy Stamps Pinpoint Main Street Tags 
Stamps : Winnie and Walter In Bloom Elsa's Flora Clear Stamp Set , Heartfelt creations  Sun kissed fleur
Metallic Embellishments : Metal Corners, Metallic Brads all courtesy Vishakha Mittal
Papers : DCWV Mariposa , FMI

51 comments:

  1. It's a beautiful book. I've seen a lot of these mini books on pinterest and I've wanted to try one but I just never know how to decorate them.

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  2. Pretty embellsihing & papers. Would like to know how to make and will ck out your other mini books for directions. Have a BEE-utiful day!
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  3. Cked out the Mixed Media Mini Book link and will give this a try. I like the idea of using elegant paper for this. I'm figuring you used a circle punch to half cut the ends of the paper to be able to slip in the photos or tags. Have a BEE-utiful day!
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  4. So pretty! I love all those details you add to this small piece of art. Thank you for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge this week.

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  5. Such a pretty little book and I adore your shaded vellum flowers.
    Have a lovely weekend, Julie x

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  6. Ok I went to Jess' tutorial and am confused as to how the inner pages are arranged to open up correctly. I see you indicate there are 16 pages & 7 pockets. When I line up the pages and glue the end of the first & last to the covers and glue the 1st to the 2nd, 2nd to 3rd & 3rd to 4th count I do not come up with 16 pages and 7 pockets. Please let me know what I'm doing wrong. Have a BEE-utiful day.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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    1. Melissa dont glue down the papers completely but just the edges so that you have pockets. I found using thin double sided tape made the inner pockets more uniform in size and yes as to your earlier query I did use a circle punch to make the opening for easy removal and insertion of tags

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    2. And here is a video link : http://srm-stickers.blogspot.in/2011/03/meander-mini-album-video-tutorial.html

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    3. Ok. Using a piece of 12" x 12" white cardstock to practice on. I did not count the first piece since it is glued to the inside of the front cover & the last piece since it is glued to the inside of the back cover so have 14 pages. Will do edgegluing so that I'll have pockets. What is confusing me is the arrangement of the 4 folded parts. Jess's tutorial shows the 2nd folded part upwards (not sure if this explains it well(. I'll watch video link. Have a BEE-utiful day!
      Melissa
      "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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    4. Melissa the next time I make a mini book I will try and take photos for a pictorial.

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    5. Watched the video link you provided and will give it a try. The problem I had with Jess's tutorial was putting the 4 parts together. Sasha in her video cuts the paper (calling it pants) and then shows how she folds it and glues it so I'll get me another 12" x 12" piece of white cardstock and give it a try. Have a BEE-utiful day!
      Melissa
      "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  7. I wanted to try out this book the first time I saw your post and eventually forgot. This post is a reminder for me to dig out the tutorial and try it

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    1. Divya its a fun thing to make and little girls seem to love it!!

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  8. Great recycling Sonia and of course the lovely summer colours and flowers which I think you love as much as I do, I always enjoy my visit here.

    B x

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  9. Beautiful mini book...Vellum flower is so pretty...

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    1. Thank you so much Sindhu ...heat embossing on parchment is one of my favorite ways to make flowers
      Cheers
      Dr Sonia

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  10. Its beautifully embellished !!

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  11. Very lovely Sonia... love all the details and pretty papers on it...I'm working on my first album too, but it will be awhile before I get it completed.... You'll know when I get it posted up, LOL!

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  12. WOW!! Love the gorgeous details! Stunning!
    Have a blessed day,
    Migdalia
    Crafting With Creative M

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  13. So gorgeous Sonia..great re cycling using the cardboard box [my favourite stuff to re cycle]..love the flowers and beautiful papers..fabulous mini album.

    luv CHRISSYxx

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  14. Sonia, this is spectacular! You are so creative and I always look forward to seeing what you've been up to. Love this recycling project. All of the details and tidbits are beautiful... this is truly a treasure. :o) Gorgeous work, my dear friend!

    Hugs and blessings,
    Karen

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  15. This is jaw-dropping gorgeous, Sonia!! Wow!! I absolutely love how you decorated it!! You definitely didn't use too much of the red glitter glue...it looks fabulous!! Stunning my friend!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  16. WOW Doc you really have outdone yourself. The embossed flowers and all the lovely charms are so pretty. I really like the corner pieces as well. Thank you so much for joining our 220th challenge at Word Art Wednesday. Your creation is inspiring and very beautiful. Blessings, Carole

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  17. Sooooooo gorgeous! LOVING the colors and the metal bits!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  18. Your flowers are so lovely. I started out making mini albums and now am scrambling to find time just to make cards. I could just about paper craft 24/7 LOL. I'm sure your pretty album will be the perfect home for some special memories. Hugs!

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  19. This is Stunning Sonia.. So much work for this beautiful project..Loz

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  20. I Loved the Parchment flower and the Heart with wings charm .. Superb Sonia !

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  21. Its so beautiful...have to try my hands on it and that heart and arrow metal embellishment is awesome.

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  22. Gorgeous Sonia!! I just love the combination of all the soft warm pink flowers and papers with the shiny cold bronze metal accents. Just brilliant recycle bit too! Stunning album! hugs :)

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  23. Wow sooo pretty & beautiful ma'm :)

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  24. Beautiful! Love the pastels. They look fabulous with the metal pieces. A gorgeous mini.

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  25. Awesome mini book! I love the embossing on the vellum and those antique brads look amazing! The paper you used is gorgeous!

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  26. Superb doc....lovely colours n eye catchy. Way to go lady.

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  27. Beautiful mini book! I love the parchment paper flower in two shades, it's very pretty!

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  28. Elegance at it's best. Love the attention to details. Love it.
    Have a creative day.
    Hugs Nana
    ♥ My Crafting Channel ♥
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  29. STUNNING and very beautiful.

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  30. Gorgeous mini book you have created Sonia.
    Thanks for joining us over on Poppystamp blog.
    Pam x

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  31. Beautiful work Sonia!! So pretty and cheerful!! Love how you've embellished it!
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

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  32. I always enjoy seeing your beautiful 3d creations! Thanks so much for joining Poppystamps challenge!

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  33. I realy love youre miny book and that flower!!
    ♥Hugs Valentina♥

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  34. Gorgeous work ! love and arrows are visible too, thanks for joining us at Lulupu Challenge.

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  35. Beautiful mini book and love your fabulous embellishments. TFS

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  36. You are sure on a roll with these mini books, Sonia! In addition to all things over the edge, I also love your 3D embellishments on the pages. What a wonderful book to flip through! Thanks again for joining the Winnie & Walter birthday celebration challenges!

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  37. Amazing project, with so much detail! Love that you recycled cardboard for it! Thanks for joining us at Poppystamps!

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  38. Oh wow! This mini album/book is so pretty! I also loved the embossed flowers and embellishments! Thank you so much for playing with us at Lulupu!
    Suchi - Lulupu DT xx

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  39. This is fantastic. Love the idea. You have embellished it do beautifuly. Thanks for joining us at Lulupu.

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  40. I'm never disappointed here - this is stunning as always. I'd love to see the world through your eyes, a delight around every corner (or flip of the page) :)

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  41. Lovely minialbum with great textures and interesting embellishments. Thanks for joining LLC for our "Love is in the Air" challenge and sorry for my late visit.

    Hugz, Sandy
    Owner & Operator @Live & Love Crafts

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