Article Courtesy Scrapjazz.com: by Maegan Hall

When my little girl came into the world, she had a brother and sister waiting for her. When they came to meet her in the hospital, all that they had to say about her was precious. Wanting a way to remember those precious hospital moments, I came up with a quick and easy format for an album filled with quotes and photos from their first encounter.

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What you need:

There are many ways to make a mini book, but here's what you need to exactly re-create my 6" x 8" book pictured:

  • 8 ½" x 11" cardstock (this will be the background paper for your mini book)
  • a printer
  • string/ribbon or elastic for binding the book (I used 7gypsies elastic)
  • scrapbooking basics (trimmer, scissors, pencil, pen, etc.)
  • a computer with Microsoft Word
  • photos (optional)

What to do:

  1. Open up a new document in Microsoft Word and type your quote. Now is the time to play with your font and sizing.

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  2. Print your quote on the cardstock you will be using inside your mini book. Repeat this process until you have one 8 ½" x 11" paper for each quote. I made sure that my quote filled up most of the top half of the document because the paper would be folded in half to make a two-page layout of sorts. The top part is for the quotes; the bottom part is where the 4" x 6" photos will fit (if you have them). 

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  3. Using a paper trimmer's scoring blade (or a bone folder) fold your papers in half, one by one. If your quote gets cut off while folding, you will have to print it again, using a smaller font. Trim the sides of your pages a little so that it will fit nicely inside the cover. Don't trim the top and bottom, just the sides.

  4. Take a piece of unused cardstock and fold it to make a cover for your book. You can fold it in half exactly, or you can do as I did and fold it with two side-by-side creases (about 1/8" apart)  to allow room for the pages and the book to close flat.

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  5. Punch a hole at each end of your cover. This will be where your binding for the book will go. Using your cover as a template, place a pencil in your holes and mark where you need to punch holes in the creases of your quote pages. Be careful not to punch any holes in your quote. Punch your holes.

  6. Using your ribbon or elastic, lace together your pages and tie the ends together on the top of your cover. Bring all your pages of the book together. You'll notice that they're probably uneven. I fixed this by putting them in a strong guillotine trimmer and trimming them all at once. If you don't have a lot of pages in your book, they might be even already.

  7. Next, open your book and decorate the bottom half of your cardstock layouts using coordinating photos that match the quote. I used a picture of my son and the new baby along with the quote from my son. You will be creating a title page too, with no quote. I just placed a piece of patterned paper where the quote would go on the other pages.

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  8. Decorate your cover and you're done!

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The book is really easy to make because all you have to do is type up your quote, print, bind and add photos. You could even print your book now (before you forget those precious quotes) and scrapbook the empty pages later. I can't wait to see your variations on this concept.

 

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