Vintage Mini Notebook

Hello and welcome to you all on this first day of yet another month!

As usual my first post of the month is for our challenge over at Mini Album Makers where every month we hope that you will join us in making an album or book in any medium or theme. We just loVe making books!

I got a bit caught out a couple of weeks ago and realised that I had got totally muddled by the days and weeks of the month and suddenly realised it was my friend's birthday that day. So what to make really quickly? As luck would have it Eileen Hull's new Notebook die had arrived the day before so I dived in and made this little vintage book in next to no time!

I have used some fabulous 13Arts papers and vintage elements already in my stash.

Not much in the way of embellishment .......

.... but just enough to add a bit of interest!

I used Eileen's die to cut both the board and papers for the book. These 13Arts papers are only printed on one side, so no agonisingly long decisions about what side to use! I like to cut the papers in three rather than trying to glue them around the book.

I cut some already tea dyed papers using Eileen's Passport Die for the inside signatures and marked where the holes needed to be in my covers and punched them using my Crop-o-Dile (it has a good long reach).

I then stuck the papers down on the inside of the book covers, trimming the spine lightly so the covers fold easily.

I then re punched the holes through to the inside and added my two signatures using some hessian twine.  Voila! then just a few minutes more adding a few embellishments.

I am very pleased to say my friend loved the book and had no idea I had only made it that morning ..... (hope she doesn't read this !!!!).

I hope this gives you some inspiration to join us in our challenge this month. Sometimes we really feel like pushing the boat out and creating a masterpiece ..... sometimes it is nice to pull something together really quickly. However, you are feeling this month I hope you will join us. Do hop on over to see what the rest of our fabulous team have been getting up to by clicking the link HERE and to get all the details of the fabulous prize on offer from our sponsor this month : THE FUNKIE JUNKIE BOUTIQUE.

As always thank you for joining me today and happy crafting!

Jennie x


Brenda Brown said…
Such a beautiful and delightful little book and a gorgeous gift. Your wonderful vintage shabby style shines through, I’m sure this will be well used. Have a great month of May. Huge hugs xxx
Chris said…
How gorgeous is this! I love the delicate colours and the shabby look you've achieved.I think I need that paper!!! :) xx
Dorthe said…
Jennie , it is so beautiful,- I love the vintage feel to it, and the softest look of color tones .
Your receiver of this adorable book, ofcourse loved it , and it will bring joy everytime being looked at and used.
Dorthe xo
Redanne said…
Jennie, those 13@rts papers are beautiful in those soft vintage tones and you have used them so beautifully on this gorgeous mini album. The understated decoration really suits the papers too. I am not surprised that your friend loved this, she would never guess that this was a quick project! Hugs, Anne xx
This is so pretty, Jennie - a delicate, feminine, vintage vibe that is so you, and beautifully executed of course. Just lovely!
Alison x
Jennie this really is a delight to see, those gentle tones from the papers are beautiful. You've used just the right amount of embellishments as not to out shine them and what a bonus to know they are single sided (we all know the heart ache of cutting down our papers.) Fabulously showcase of Eileens new die this creation was just meant to be albeit a rush on the day it's understandable that your friend would adore it.. We all do. Hugs Tracey xx
sarascloset said…
Jennie, as always your work is so soft, feminine and beautifully put together! Those papers are dreamy and you've accented them perfectly with the delicate embellishments. Gorgeous make; fabulous post and inspiration! Your friend is very lucky indeed and I'm sure is very delighted with her birthday surprise! Sending hugs!
HMax said…
Jennie, this is so beautifully perfect in its simplicity! I love that you kept it spare (through design or necessity). I giggled at the thought of you outing yourself for only making it that morning. Of course she will read this! That doesn't negate the fact that you have the premium skill set to accomplish it though! Everyone else would take days to make this. :) Beautifully done!

~ Heather