Hi everyone, today Renae is on the blog sharing her gorgeous projects using the Larkindesign Sweet Chicks Digital Collection! Be sure to check out her About Me Page, where you can connect with her on all your favorite social media.

 

 Cover of my Easter minibook featuring the Sweet Chicks collection, and a Studio Calico stamp.

Hi Everyone! The last few months I have shared Project Life layouts, so this month I thought I would shake things up a bit, step out of that comfort zone, and share this Easter minibook I made with the Sweet Chicks collection. My son has been making these at school and I think the way they fold up is quite nifty. I hope this inspires you to have a go at making your own minibook.

 Inside of the book. Ive used Sweet Chicks papers printed at 4x4 inches, then trimmed. The trimmings will give you a strip you can use down the centre of each spread and on the spine.

What you’ll need:

  • 8×12 inch piece of cardstock
  • ruler and pencil
  • cutter/scoring tool
  • sewing machine, or needle and thread
  • the Sweet Chicks collection (more on sizing later!)
  • cardstock to make tags
  • ribbon, string, or ricrac
  • a hole punch
  • adhesives
  • photos (read on for sizing)
  • embellishments

The first step is to make your mini album base. I decided I wanted mine to 3×4 inches, so they’re the measurements we are working with for the base album. It’s a bit tricky to explain how to make it, so I’ve also included a diagram at the end of the post.

  1. Take your ruler and mark the long edges of your cardstock at 3, 6, and 9 inches, then mark the short edges at 4 inches.
  2.  Using a scoring tool score fold lines along the 3, 6, 9, and 4 inch marks.
  3.  Then using your cutter or blade you want to cut along the horizontal fold like between the 3 and 9 inch fold lines (see diagram).
  4. Now it’s time to fold you paper; firstly fold the long edge with the cut in the centre so you have a long rectangle piece. Next fold the two edges into the centre (3 and 9 inch mark folds). Then fold the centre outwards on both sides. When you hold it all together you’ll have a plus shape when viewed from above. (see diagram).
  5. Decorating time! I printed out the papers from the sweet chicks collection on thin paper at 4×4 inches in size, and printed the cards at 2.5 x 3.5 inches. Tip-  I print from Lightroom as it’s really easy to set up a template to print everything to size, but you can easily open the images in a word processing program and size them in there for printing. If you use them on a device I recommend the app Print to Size which allows you to layout multiple images on a specified size paper, then you can print from there, or save the file to print elsewhere.
  6. Once to have your papers, it’s time to trim then to size and stick them down. I cut tags from from cardstock (2×5 x 3.5 inches) and adhered the papers and cards to those so they are sturdier.
  7. Now you need to sew it together. Make sure all the opening are at the top as these will form your tag pockets. I sewed through the middle, then down the side and bottom of every ‘page’. You could sew the top and base on two and leave a side open instead if you wish.
  8. Next I punched holes in the tags and added a piece of ric-rac to each one.
  9. Select your photos and print those at 2×3 inches. Tip – if you have the Project Life app, you can do this really quickly in the collage section by selecting the portrait 6×4 that’s divided into 4.
  10. Adhere your photos to your pages and tags, then add any desired embellishments. I used some from the Sweet Chicks collection, in addition to some Studio Calico stamps, and various wooden veneer.
  11. Stand back and admire your handiwork!

I hope this tutorial has been useful! I’d love to hear how you go if you follow it.

 I used cards from the collection for the tags and embellished them with some of the printable elements, and some stamps.

 Here's a diagram to accompany the instructions.

Thanks for following along today!

~Renae

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