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Gather Your Supplies
Mini scrapbooks are quick little projects that you can finish in a day or a weekend. This mini scrapbook has pages that are 6 inches wide and 8 inches tall. Each one has a large pocket that can hold recipe cards, memorabilia, matted photos, or greeting cards. You can use it as an organizer or a creative scrapbook. To begin, you will need two sheets of chipboard that are cut to 8 ¼ x 6 ½ inches. To cover the chipboard you will need 4 sheets of patterned paper also cut to 8 ¼ x 6 ½ inches. For the... inside pages, you need 6 sheets of 12x12 inch double-sided patterned paper, cardstock weight will work best. I also used three key rings that snap open, a paper trimmer, hole punch and adhesives (a glue stick and photo tape). The paper shown here is all from the Charlotte collection from Scenic Route Paper Co.Continue to 2 of 8 below.
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Cover the Chipboard
Next, cover both sides of the chipboard with patterned paper. If your chipboard happens to be white on one side you could leave the white side as the inside of the covers of your book. Once you have covered the pieces with paper, you may choose to add further embellishments such as handmade flowers, buttons, ribbon, and a title. I prefer to use a glue stick when adhering paper to chipboard. You can get complete coverage of adhesive and the glue from the glue stick works well with the fibers of... the chipboard.Continue to 3 of 8 below.
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Measure and Mark Inside Pages
For each inside page, you start with a full size 12x12 inch sheet of patterned, cardstock weight, paper. Use a ruler to measure up each sheet 8 inches from the bottom and make a pencil mark on both the right and left-hand side of the paper as it is facing you.Continue to 4 of 8 below.
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Fold Pocket of Inside Pages
Using your pencil marks made in the last step as a guide fold up the bottom edge of the paper 8 inches. Bring the bottom edge up to the pencil marks and press firmly to fold. This will give you a 4 inch pocket along the bottom edge of the paper.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Fold the Pages in Half
Turn your paper over so that the new 4-inch pocket that you made in the last step is facing the table surface. The pocket should still be on the bottom edge of the paper with the non-folded top edge furthest from you. Take the right-hand side of the paper and fold it over to meet the left-hand side. Line up the edges precisely and press to fold. You will now have an inside page that is 6 inches wide by 8 inches tall and will have a pocket on the front and back. You can use a little photo tape on... the edges to hold the page together and also on the open sides of the pockets. The photo taped edges will make the pages sturdier in the finished book.Continue to 6 of 8 below.
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Punch Holes to Bind the Mini Scrapbook
Once you have created as many pages as you would like. You will place the pages between the chipboard covers and mark where you would like to punch holes to bind the book with the rings. If you are using a Crop-A-Dile hole punch tool, you may be able to punch the holes through all of the sheets at one time. If you are using a regular hole punch, you will want to punch the holes in the cover and then use a pencil to mark through those holes to show where to punch on each of the inside pages and... back cover. Instead of binding the book with rings, you can at this point take it to your local copy center and have it spiral bound. For the recipe book, I also asked them to add a clear plastic cover sheet to help protect the book through the years in the kitchen.Continue to 7 of 8 below.
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Add the Binding Rings
To bind the book, slip the rings through each of the sets of holes. You will need at least three rings as shown here.Continue to 8 of 8 below.
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Completed Book Ready for Embellishment
Now you have completed the construction of the book and you are ready to add further embellishment. You can turn this book into a scrapbook, card organizer, recipe book, travel album, or anything that your creativity dreams up. I especially like these books to document family trips because you can add photos to the pages and insert ticket stubs, receipts, or other travel memorabilia in the pockets as you go. Visit the Card Organizer and Recipe Book gallery to see how these books look when bound... at a copy center and also get ideas for decorating them.