Hi everyone my name is Patricia Kumfer, most know me by ScrapbookPatty. I have been immersed in the scrapbooking hobby for about 8 years. Between taking care of my family, college, and other responsibilities, I constantly am thinking about what project I’m going to create next. I currently design for Paper Posies and My Cute Stamps and have been published in Scrapbook Trends & Cards Magazine quite a few times. So you may have seen me around.
I was so excited to get an email from Andrea asking me to come on here and discuss the “The Secrets of a Mini”. Besides scrapbooking layouts, I love to make mini books, Chipboard books in particular. I know at first Mini books can be kind of intimidating, but they actually are really easy and a lot of fun.
Here are a couple steps to how I get brainstorming and started on a mini book.
-I start with my canvas (main body of the book). I have been lucky to find most of chipboard books for $1 at Michaels craft store. But one of my favorite companies is Maya Road. They have wonderful altered books in a variety of shapes.
Supplies: Tape Runner, Scissors, Pencil, glue dots, extacto knife.
-I know you're thinking .... THAT’S IT??? That’s really all you need. I have tried it all (modge podge, glue sticks) its way to messy. You also don’t want to wait months for it to dry.
-Once I get a book I like to browse on a theme. I love to use kits. It’s a big help and it doesn’t have you searching for a bunch of “KINDA” matching supplies.
So you have your supplies and photos …. WHAT NOW????
-START SCRAPPING. Think of it like a mini scrapbook page. I normally start with tape running glue all over each side of the chipboard base and cutting it out. It works best for me. I know some who sand the edges down to get it smooth but it just depends on your taste.
-Once you get all your base paper down let your creativity flow. I normally piece things before I glue them down and sometimes I add more paper depending on what I feel it needs. My motto the more dimension the better. I love miini books that have a lot going on from start to finish.
Here is one of my favorite mini chipboard books I made for a friend.
Thank you for giving me the time to share one of my favorite projects and my hobby with you. Stay Creative and Be inspired.
Thanks so much Patty!! You can check out Patty's blog here. If you would like to be featured.. or have a featured suggestion... please let me know :)