Friday, February 5, 2010

pdx/sea mini book



elizabeth turned me on to mini books and elise blaha's wonderful blog. so, when i saw that elise & her friend were hosting a week long craft challenge, i was all in and asked elizabeth to join me.

monday's word prompt was "wander." that got me thinking how i'd like to make a mini book of our portland/seattle trip last august. (turned out that it took me four evenings to make this book, so i didn't exactly get around to the other prompt words. oh, well!) i started a mini book for my 33 things list, but it's only partially done, since i have to actually complete all the items before they can go in the book. so, it was really nice to be able to start and finish this project in such a short time.



i made the cover out of a pressboard classification folder and cut up some file "out" guides to mark the start of each day of the trip with the date and a little list of things that we did. i also raided my old stash of scrapbook papers & stickers and used a few of them throughout the book, but not too much.



there are a few maps, postcards, tickets and other bits thrown in to the mix, but a lot of the pages are just photos or notes. i also printed out menus from some of the restaurants we went to.









one awesome thing that i discovered while trying to narrow down my photos, is that picasa has a really great collage feature. i set the collage size to 4"x6" and threw a few photos in to it. then, when i had the images printed, i had these great little mini collage pages. no cutting or pasting required! (although i did cut up a few of them.)

i think this one of images from pike place market turned out really nicely.



overall, this project was tons of fun! i'm already thinking up ideas for my next books.

3 comments:

throwingwaffles said...

it turned out so great! oh I just love it. The out folder with the lines is such a great way to add the descriptions of what you did each day, and I love the way the tabs divide it. And also the envelopes for ticket stubs, etc- such a cool idea! awesome awesome awesome. Now we totally have to get together a photo meetup and then a minibook making day. I can just picture a bunch of us sitting at a big table with gluesticks and scissors. :)

-elizabeth

jodi said...

i think it would be a blast! let's make it happen for sure. (but maybe when it is just a touch warmer outside!)

peata said...

very cool mini book.
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