I simply enjoy making mini books to showcase events and to give as gifts. Most recently, I made a mini book for my step-dad out of brown lunch sacks. This technique is so much fun, and you can alter the direction and size to create multiple unique books.
To create this book, the openings of the lunch sacks were rotated to create a unique layout. The tops of the lunch sacks were attached using a crop-a-dile and eyelets. I then tied ribbon through the eyelets to give it a pretty and soft look.
I already mentioned this book was a gift for my step-dad. What I didn’t mention was that it was a gift to him, for Father’s Day, from his dog – Gracie. The openings of the lunch sacks make a great place to hide journaling or additional pictures, and Gracie’s book was all about her story and how she came to live with my mom and step-dad. When you open the book, the first thing you see is the original adoption post and license from when Gracie was originally adopted by Joe. The hidden journaling talks about how Gracie and her sister were living in a shelter and desperately wanting a home when her day finally came, and she was adopted! Another hidden journaling block pulls out from the right side and talks about Gracie’s life with her new family and her sister Elphaba.
Now the book starts getting really fun! Instead of opening right to left, it opens from the top to reveal a picture of Joe with Gracie and a picture of Gracie and her sister Elphaba. Notice the “Troublemaker” embellishment? I’ll leave it to the readers to decide if that’s talking about Joe or Gracie!
The book then opens up to reveal additional pictures with another hidden journal block coming out of the right side. This journal block explains how Gracie met Philip and Amy who eventually took her to meet her new parents. My step-dad is a true dog lover and had been wanting a furry, four legged companion for years. As Joe’s work took him away from home more and more, Joe knew Gracie would be happier with my step-dad. It was the perfect answer for the needs of both families.
The story continues with Gracie talking about her new home where she has her own chair that she can sit in, look out the big windows, and bark at anything that comes into her yard. I left a large photo mat empty for a picture of my step-dad with his new best friend.
The final flap opens to reveal more pictures of Gracie in her chair and sleeping on her pillow. There’s even a 4th journaling block that comes out of the right pocket.
Needless to say, the book was a hit. My step-dad loved it but not as much as he loves Gracie!