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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Thursday's Tutorial: Scrap Stuff Mini Book

Happy Thursday!

I have been searching the Internet for the perfect tutorial for you today and to be honest, I wasn't finding what I was looking for. I wanted to find a tutorial on maybe Imagine or Gypsy tips, but nothing that I was finding was quite right.

I did not find anything featuring Cricut techniques or even a project using a particular Cricut cut, but what I did find is a very useful little book that can hold all of your Cricut and crafting information! I'm going to get started making one of these as soon as I can! I think this idea is just brilliant and I'm very excited to show it to you today! This awesome idea comes from Jamie Lane over at Bits of Paper. She has a great blog and I've visited many, many times. Be sure and swing by to check out her other amazing creations.

Now, this is not necessarily a "tutorial", but more of a good idea and pictures showing you what to include in your "Scrap Stuff" book. Obviously, the book can be completely personalized and you can use your Cricut to decorate and cut the pages if you would like. That's what I'll be doing because to me, a mini album wouldn't be complete with out some Cricut die cuts!

This is the front of her album. You can use your Cricut to cut out the cardstock front and back cover. For exact sizes, please refer to Jamie's site (link is above).

First off she created an index page. When I create one, I am going to make an index page and then I'm going to add tabs to easier sort through the album. I have some really cute chipboard tabs from Colorbok that I'm thinking of using, but you can use whatever you find. I assume you can cut these from chipboard on the Cricut too if you have the deep blade housing.

You can take regular notebook paper and round the corners as shown here, but to jazz it up a little bit, there are some awesome lists and note type frames on the Imagine More cartridge (if you own an Imagine) that I plan on using.

Here, Jamie took info from the Net and put it into document form (I assume) and printed it off her computer. I think this idea is brilliant! You can do this for all the punches you own. If you have trouble finding images of anything that you own and want to put in your book, Google Images is great for finding them. I use it all the time.

Again, computer generated list. Don't forget to number your pages!

This page and the next are my two favorite ideas. I just love this Copic print out. I am just starting my Copic collection, so I will definitely be putting one of these in my album. It's great to see which colors you own and which ones you need. I will be doing this with my other brands of markers as well.

I think this page and idea is completely amazing! My only concern is that I have probably a thousand stamps and I want to catalog them all, but that would make for a super thick book! Maybe I'll create separate volumes for the stamps. I think that will work better for me personally. I will be putting them in the book according to brand. One final thing I will be adding to the book is a wish list that way when I shop I can highlight what I get and incorporate it into the main part of the book when I have time.

Finally Jamie has wrapped a rubber band around the book to keep it closed in her purse. I will be using ribbon and two brads to wrap the ribbon around as a closure for mine because I just LOVE ribbon!

I hope you have enjoyed today's tutorial as much as I have. Please feel free to ask questions and leave comments. We love hearing from you!

XO ~ Amy Jo

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  1. Amy Jo...thanks for sharing this! What a great way to keep up with all my toys! I'm thinking my notebook will have to waaaay bigger, but I think I will work on one of these in my SPARE time...now where do I get some of that spare time......

  2. This is great idea! I have been looking for something like this. I recently started scrapbooking and I can't seem to remember which punch I already have. I have been searching for a video but can't find one.
    Please post your finished project as it will help me and many others

    Thank You

  3. Ooooh, my mind is spinning. I think I'll make one for Stickles, Liquid Pearls, Punches, and Ink pad colors. I have the Copic Wallet chart already and too many carts to take up space in a book LOL. What a great idea. Thank you!!!

  4. I love this idea!! Absolutely fabulous!


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