The Big Debut… A Giant Mini Book

The Big Debut… A Giant Mini Book

Hello! I’m Jasmine. I’ve been scrapbooking for about four years, but I’ve been recording my memories since I could hold a pen (I seriously need to find my old diaries and burn them… so embarrassing). I have an awesome husband and a gorgeous daughter, and I love to make things! Today I’m sharing one of my favorite types of projects, a mini book. Or in this case… a giant mini book.

The Big Debut… A Giant Mini Book - A big mini about a girl's first year of ballet with loads of pink, florals, lace, and doilies

My daughter started ballet in the fall and had her first recital in December. It was something I have dreamed about since I was pregnant with her, and it was such an amazing experience that I knew I had to make a very special album dedicated to it. My memory keeping methods change from year to year, but with big events or super special occasions with lots of photos, I like to go the mini book route. My style tends to be very girly and textural, so I knew this album would feature lots of pink, florals, lace, and doilies because… ballet! I also love incorporating vintage elements so I included lots of retro ballerina images.

Sometimes I get overwhelmed when I want to work on a project that’s very special and close to my heart, and this album was no exception. I had squillions of photos and so many feelings, and I just didn’t know where to begin. So I broke it down into smaller tasks: choose photos, edit photos, decide on order, outline layouts, size photos, shop (the best part!), hunt down vintage images for printing, gather or write journaling (I keep notes in my phone and also use my captions from Instagram posts to help with this), print photos, and then dive in!

Actually making the album is the fun part. It’s all the prep work that really intimidates me so breaking that part down helps a lot. This was the first time I outlined my layouts, and it made things soooooo much more fun once I started making my mini. I was able to print my photos first and grab from a stack on my table as I made my pages.

About halfway through, I started running out of steam and ideas. When that happens, I typically scraplift myself (go back to the beginning of my album or other albums and use completed pages as sketches) or I get online and look for sketches. Most of the time I just google something like “scrapbook sketch 3 vertical photos.” This helps me so much! I love mixing it up by working from sketches because it takes the hard part out and I just get to choose papers and embellishments to fill in the blanks. Once I get over the hump, I usually feel reenergized and inspired to continue working away.

Before I start making an album, I always gather my products to keep right by me. I choose all my papers ahead of time and rarely go looking for something outside of my stack. I keep all my chosen embellishments and washi tapes in little dishes or baskets on my desk, and all my tools are close at hand too. For this album, I mostly used Pink Paislee’s C’est La Vie. It was perfect for a dance album, and I love how well it mixed with all my vintage pieces!

As you can see this mini wasn’t all that mini… it’s chunky!! I didn’t want to use massive binder rings to hold it together so I used a gorgeous piece of silk ribbon instead. I love how it looks, and it actually works quite well!

This album holds some very special memories, and I’m really pleased with how it turned out. When my daughter is a dance superstar, I hope she enjoys looking back on this album… ;)

Thank you for taking a look at my project! And thank you, Caylee, for sharing your beautiful space with me!

xo, Jasmine

Guest Post by Jasmine

Jasmine

Jasmine is a wife and mother living in California. She loves the color pink, going to Disneyland, eating cake, and making things!

Say hello on her blog, and Instagram (and tell her Caylee says hi!)

Mini Book : Tina + Lester

Mini Book : Tina + Lester

I happened to see Tina‘s beautiful engagement photos on Instagram. I contacted her, like a creep, and asked if I could turn them into a mini book. They were my favourite photos to make a mini book with to date, except for my own wedding photos (which I’ve made like four minis with now). Her peachy-pinky dress along with the colour of the sky, and the softness of the photos was exactly my kind of colour palette.

I made two books. This is the one, and the other will be on the Gossamer Blue blog at the end of the month.

I made a kraft cover with the brown card that comes with every GB kit. I did a simple saddle stitch to hold everything together.

Supplies: Gossamer Blue June Kits, Garn und Mehr light pink yarn, pink doily bits from Essie

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Berlin (Fe & C) Mini Album

Berlin (Fe & C) Mini Album

Berlin (Fe & C) Mini Book

A while back I shared the travelogue for when I went to Berlin with my lovely friend, Fe. It didn’t include one photo, and I love it. But there is always space in the world for more photo mini books, right? I was so in love with the letters from the SBW Maikit that I made approx. one million minis just to use them more. I couldn’t do every photo, but I chose a bunch of my favourites and added those, and wrote each memory from them. It was a really magical trip.

Berlin (Fe & C) Mini Book

Berlin (Fe & C) Mini Book

Products: Scrapbook Werkstatt Maikit

Hello Cupcake Mini Album

Hello Cupcake Mini Album

Hello Cupcake Mini Album

I ended up making two minis with Alicia’s photos because the cupcake ones were just too cute to add to the same album! I loved using the corrugated paper in the kit as a cover. And once again, I’m binding my own mini because I’m totally obsessed with that technique.

Products: Scrapbook Werkstatt Maikit

NYC Mini Book for Alicia

NYC Mini Book for Alicia

NYC Mini Book

The darling Alicia sent through photos of her trip to New York for me to turn into a mini book, and the Scrapbook Werkstatt Maikit was absolutely perfect for them. I adore Alicia’s photography style, and had so much fun with this.

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Products: Scrapbook Werkstatt Maikit

Stanford Altered Book

Stanford Altered Book

While we were in South Africa, my wonderful husband completely surprised me by taking a detour on our road trip. He had booked a night at the accommodation at our wedding venue. The place is called Beloftebos, which means Forest of Promises, and it has an obvious special meaning to me.

Stanford Altered Book

While we were there, we explored the small town right next to the forest. Back when we were married, we found a tiny vintage shop and bought some gold cake forks and salad servers. That cutlery is so very special to me, and we went back and found some rose spoons to add to my tiny collection. We also explored the vintage book section, where I found three lovely old books. I used one to document our little trip and remind me of my husband’s thoughtfulness and romance.

Stanford Altered Book

Products: Gossamer Blue April Kits

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