Category Archives: mini-books & journals

SOC: Blog Hop!!!

Try to make this mini-book using the instructions below, or leave a comment and you could WIN it!!!

Welcome to the Scraps of Color Creative Blog Hop! Join us for a weekend of fun, creativity and prizes! All weekend long you’ll have the chance to create fun projects, be inspired and win! Get your crafty mojo flowing…just follow the 1st SOC Creative Team Blog Hop

If you are here and following the blog hop then you are in the right place. However if you have just happened upon my blog and would like to join in the hop please start at the beginning of the hop here and work your way through each blog. Please leave blog love (comments) along the way and become a follower of the blogs you like so that you can be notified of their new creations and updates!

My project for the hop is “Family&Friends Mini Book” The purpose of the book is to store the mailing address of a few loved ones. It is the perfect size to fit in a bag or keep in the glove compartment as a reminder to send out that birthday or anniversary card! I’ve included the directions above just in case you would like to try the project. You can download the digi-kit over on the Scraps of Color Magazine website, just download the premiere issue (the kit is on page 20).

Also click the image below to download the cover page of the mini-book.

Leave a comment and you could win the Mini-Book featured in the project above!!
Remember that some of SOC Creative Team Members are offering blog candy and you never know where you’ll find it. So be sure to visit each participating blog. I’ve made it easy for you to follow, just click the appropriate link below. Thank you for joining us for the 1st SOC Creative Team Blog Hop!

Scraps of Color –
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Rani Shah –
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Qadirah Gomez –
Kenyatta Thomas –
Lorie Moses –
Samara Joseph –
Camille –
Aysha Livingston – (YOU ARE HERE!!!)
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Swiss Miss Journal

Swiss Miss Journal

Some days are just made to cuddle up with some hot chocolate and a good book. But, for those of us who are watching calories (what with the New Year and all), hot chocolate may not be the best idea. Here is a journal that I created from a Swiss Miss box that combines both the chocolate and the book, minus all of the calories. This journal could be used to record chocolate dessert recipes, or yummy secrets.

I think upcyled projects like this will be added into my regular rotation, they are fun and easy to make. Plus they are GREEN friendly.

Creativity Swatch Book

Creativity Swatch Book

I am in a constant state of wanting to be inspired, while getting organized, while being more frugal and less wasteful. Here is a project that combines all of these things. It is a mini swatch book that I created using paper scraps (that would have otherwise been thrown away) from a previous project. It is a neat and tidy little book that I can use to sketch, write out and organize ideas for projects.

This booklet came together rather quickly…maybe I’ll make some more to share.

Fabulous @ 40 Mini Journal

Fabulous at Forty Mini Journal

This little journal is a gift I made for a friend. It was in celebration of her fabulous 40th birthday. I really enjoyed making this book as I got a chance to use one of my favorite tools, the Bind-It-All. I also used the companion tool the Dreamkuts (which allows you to cut many pages to the same size with ease). The flip style cover is always fun and this was my first time positioning the spirals towards the back of the cover. Not sure if I explained that well. But, if you look at the book from the front you don’t see the spirals, so it has a cleaner appearance.

I included 40 hand-stamped numbered pages so that she could journal/document her top 40 reasons why being 40 years old is fabulous!!! (I am so proud of myself…actually putting my stamps to work.)

Thanks for looking.

Upcycled Mini Address Book

Recycled Address Mini-Book

Lately, I’ve really been into recycling and going green and whatnot. So, here is one of my recent recycled creations (actually I believe the new term is upcycled). It is a mini-address book and the inserts are from those subscription inserts that come in magazines. I just started collecting them from magazines (and it added up quickly) then I cut each one into a circle. This came together rather easily so I will definitely make another one of these.

Actually, if anyone out there is interested in one, I will be willing to make one for you, the catch is you must supply the inserts (since I don’t really subscribe to many magazines). Leave a comment and let me know.

Mini Boo Books

Boo Book (mini-book)

O.K. so I think that Halloween will finally be out of my system after this post. These are mini-notebooks that I created. They are about the size of candy bars. So in the notebook world I guess they would be considered “fun-size.” Because of the length of the book I had to come up with a closure to keep it from fanning out. I choose to use some elastic string with a ribbon attached to it for decoration. I think that is my favorite thing about these little books.

Last night the BF and I turned off all of the lights and watched Halloween. As old as that movie is, it is still effective. By the way, what is the deal with Michael Myers; why does he have to stalk people all day before all hell breaks loose?! That’s the thing that makes him scary.

On a different note, election day is just three days away and I am soooo excited. This is truly an amazing time in our country’s history. We are all blessed to be able to be here and participate. By the grace of God.

Halloween Spider Journal

Halloween Spider Journal

Here is yet another one of my Halloween projects. My SOC Sistahs would be proud to know that I used my stash to make these journals. The front acrylic covers are made from left over product packaging, and the Halloween paper from DCWV was left over from other projects and the little spiders were purchased over 3 years ago for Halloween favors. I’ve have been trying to use these things in almost every Halloween project since. I refuse to throw them away.

Thanks for looking!