Hello everyone,

This week’s challenge at For Fun Challenges blog is to make a mini book. The mini book can represent anything, from a small photo album or a feel better card. At first I thought I will not be able to do this but then remembered the inspirational quote of Theodore Roosevelt “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” With this in mind, I started right away; carefully following the instructions, made sure the measurements were correct and let the creative energy flows to decorate the pages. (Thanks, Helen for the tutorial to put the mini book together. The instructions are here) As the mini book is only 5 cm high and the width 8 cm, careful planning was necessary to fit everything in. As I was inspired by a quote I decided that the theme for the booklet must be filled with inspirational quotes from various people – this was computer generated in different types of fonts. I chose my favourite autumn colours for the leaves and other embellishments. So here is the little fella:

The mini book is closed with two tiny tassels and I also made a small envelobox.

Some of the pages


I used the following:

  • Brown cardstock
  • Great Impressions (South Africa) stamp B588 “Leaf”
  • Si Designs by Amanda (South Africa) stamp Si949 “Corner  Stamp”
  • PS stamp o83 “Inspire”
  • Twinkling H2O (Spiced pumpkin, Orange peel, Chestnut brown) for colouring the leaves
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink “Vintage photo”
  • VersaMagic Archival Multi-surface chalk ink pad “Jumbo Java”
  • SAG Gold embossing powder
  • Red and orange thread
  • Ultimate Crafters Companion Pro for the envelobox

This is really a fun project with lots of scope for creativity. Hope to see your mini book at For Fun Challenges this week. Thanks for visiting and enjoy the rest of the week.

Greetings from South Africa,



6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. helen dooley
    Jul 28, 2010 @ 04:40:55

    This book is amazing! I think you do some really beautiful work!!!



  2. Mary Ski
    Jul 08, 2010 @ 02:06:46

    Awesome little book. I love the vintage look.



  3. Pauline
    Jul 08, 2010 @ 01:15:39

    Wow Amelia… this is breathtaking! What a piece of art! It is gorgeous…. and what a delightful gift it would make!



  4. Lisa
    Jul 08, 2010 @ 00:43:25

    Great idea to make an envelope to match! I really love your color choices and I always love the inspirational quotes! Great job, Amelia!!



  5. Tracey
    Jul 07, 2010 @ 18:55:46

    Hi Amelia, this little book is beautiful & I love the little envelope 🙂




  6. Carol
    Jul 07, 2010 @ 16:40:51

    Oh Amelia, this is just too gorgeous for words. Your choice of colors, design, and details are awesome. I love the envelope to match the book. It’s just beautiful!!!
    “Hugs” Carol



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