Monday, February 8, 2010

Altered Mini-Books

I bought a package of four mini-notebooks at the dollar store just because I thought they were cute and figured I could do something with them. 
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After making my candle project, I thought it would be nice to make a matching mini-book for one of the candles.
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Then I made a second . . .
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And a third . . .
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And, yes, a fourth!
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Three of them have images that I got from Karen over at The Graphics Fairy.  I love this one and have been saving it for quite awhile hoping I’d be able to use it somehow.  Isn’t that precious!  It reminds me of my daughter when she was little.
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I printed them on HP Matte Photo Paper in “wallet size”.  I just used regular craft glue to attach everything.  You just need to let each paper dry before moving onto the next.  In between, I would put the books under something with some weight so they wouldn’t curl while drying.
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Using wallet size allowed me to do a pretty scrapbook paper and then layer these graphics on top.
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You can see it a bit more clearly on the Keep Calm mini-book that I also took an additional strip of paper {or a different one that worked with the main paper} to make a binding.
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I think these are just too cute!  What a simple project to do with kids, too.



Linking up to Brag Monday at The Graphics Fairy.


39 comments:

One Cheap B*tch said...

Very sweet and that little girl does look like N! Oh my gosh, the likeness is freaky! =)

Melissa Miller said...

Kathy these are really gorgeous! I adore the colors and styles. What a terrific idea! :)

Tammy@ A Doctor in the House said...

Love them! These would make cute teacher's gifts for V-day. Thanks for sharing!

Kathy-Catnip Studio said...

Really cute!

Heather@PixieDust said...

so cute, i love them all!

Shelia said...

Hi Kathy! Oh, these are so cute! I love those free graphics that are offered.
Congratulations on your grand to be! Exciting times are ahead for us.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

tammikins said...

They are all so wonderful!!

Jennifer said...

Fantastic idea! I have a TON of those little notebooks sitting around collecting dust.

Becca said...

How FUN are these ?! I love them and am definitely adding this wonderful project to my list of creative things I'd like to do. Thanks for the inspiration !! Becca

Jane said...

These are fabulous! You know I haven't yet visited the Graphics Fairy yet! You've just inpspired me for a new project! Thanks so much...

Becca said...

Me again ... thanks so much for your sweet note about my jungle mud room. I'm really starting to lean towards keeping the wallpaper for now. Thanks again, Becca

P@nmyfreetime.blogspot.com said...

I love your books so much ~ I have to look into graphics fairy!!

I have been making mini books for a long time and never tire of all the things you could do with them ~ the themes are endless!


Have a blast!
Patricia

Roxanne McCleary said...

So pretty!

Karen- The Graphics Fairy said...

These are so pretty Kathy!! What great little gifts these would make! Thanks so much for linking another one up to "Brag Monday".

Prior said...

These look so great and they also look fun to do...especially love the bird and song sheet. Thanks for showing us. I like your crown from previous post, too! Lezlee

2amscrapper said...

I have this saying on my blog as my new year's resolution. I love the mini book covers. Great idea!

Rebecca said...

These are really great and look like they were a lot of fun'
Thanks so much for stopping by
Blessings

Richella said...

Kathy, this is a great idea! Thanks for the tip about printing in "wallet" size--I never would have thought about changing the size of an image.

My son needs a new assignment book for school. Maybe if we made one with something he likes on the cover, he'd be more likely to keep up with it!

DesignTies said...

Your little notebooks are so sweet :-) Sometimes once you get started on a fun project, you just can't stop!! :-)

We're having a Valentine's Day giveaway over at DesignTies -- come check it out :-) And feel free to spread the word!!

Kelly

Jennifer Juniper said...

I think they are darling and what a good last minute gift idea?

DesignTies said...

Thanks for adding our giveaway to your sidebar :-) An extra entry for you!! :-)

Kelly

Angie said...

Very cute! I just scrolled down and saw some great projects so I am off to catch up on what you've been doing!

DesignTies said...

My turn to thank you for linking to our giveaway! ;-)

These little notebooks are fantastic, Kathy! You've definitely got me thinking about the ways I can embelish a notebook I'm using right now. I LOVED the idea of one commenter that a notebook would make a great Valentine's gift for a teacher... made me wish I had school aged kids!!

Victoria

Angela said...

Oh my gosh - you made those covers?! Those are awesome. You did a great job!

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Those turned out really cute! Your projects below are great too! I really like the way the crown turned out - that was such a good idea!

Manuela

sissie said...

Hi Kathy,
The only thing missing is a fleur-de-lis rub on!! LOL

You are so sweet and made me smile when you commented on my use of those thingees.

I love your little books, they are so sweet and pretty. You are so creative and I love coming here to visit.

hugs
Sissie

Karena said...

Kathy, what a great project! I especially love the 1st two.
Karena

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

These are SO cute! They would make a lovely party favor.

Its So Very Cheri said...

Would you be interested in doing a Thursday Tutorial on how to navigate the Fairy gals site (for those who have never done a project) and then show off a project TUTORIAL. I am starting (this Thursday--first one) a weekly Thursday Tutorial--I TUTED at Its So Very Cheri. I am already booked through March 18 but would you be interested in March 25. I want to have different things each week and I don't have anything like this scheduled so far.

Let me know.

As far as Oil Rubbed Bronze goes--go to my End Tables turned into Game Coffee Table post. I show 2 different Oil Rubbed Bronze paints-one you don't get the effect the other is AMAZING.
Cheri

Bonnie @ House of Grace said...

great idea, i love the dollar store!

Grace @ Ruby Moon Designs said...

What sweet little books! I especially love the last one! Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

Blessings, Grace

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

I love the bird on the sheet music. Looks lovely!

Donna said...

I just love your mini books! My very favorite one is the sweet bird and music image. And of course the cute little girl is adorable, too! Thanks for sharing such a fun project! Saw you over at Cindy's :)

Linda said...

Hi~ stopping by from the Creative Spirit party~ I love your projects! Very cute and would make fun little gifts, too~ thanks for sharing!

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh Kathy,
I am so excited you showed us your Creative Spirit!!! These are darling! And you won't believe it--I just finished 2 pieces (one last night) with this little girl image--she is simply precious, isn't she? I had made something months ago that is digital that I have prints of with her in it too...can't get enough of that picture and I LOVE it on your cover!

Have a wonderful day!!!!
Love and hugs,
Cindy
P.S. I hope you're enjoying the new grandbaby!!!

agypsyangel said...

Very cute. I love the art of altered mini items. Happy Sunday:)

Cheryl said...

this is one beautiful book,so love the images,you have used,to create such beauty love cheryl xxxx

Terry said...

These are all gorgeous! The music sheet is stunning! Love it!

stampdiva said...

What wonderful gifts. Love to alter notebooks myself :) TFS - love these. Lynne M

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