Making and binding tiny mini books, is one of our favourite things to do. :) Many a time, when I get too stressed out, or have too many thoughts in my head, I do this. Sometimes by myself, sometimes with my 11-year-old daughter. I always emerge an hour and a couple of mini-books later, with a much calmer mind, a smile on my face and gloriously grubby hands from which Fevicol can be removed layer by layer - so oddly satisfying!
First we take out our stash of mini books - stored in one of our Sky Goodies book-shaped-boxes. We'll ogle at the mini books and discuss the best kind to make for this round. We sweep aside our always-too-cluttered table, bring out the trusty Olfa cutter and cutting mat, and ransack the kitchen for a serrated kitchen knife. Then the best part - opening up folders of printed coloured paper, collected and hoarded fanatically over the years in files bursting at the seams. These papers are the ingredients to fashion tiny book covers and end-papers, which finally give the mini book its own character. For the inside pages of our mini books, we get our hands on simple sunshine paper or tear out a few pages from the currently abused sketchbook. You need only a few sheets. Look for some binder clips and glue, and we're all set.
In case any of you want to try it, I've put a video below to show you guys the process from start to finish, with captions explaining the steps. This one is to make a mini book with plain pages. We've used material that is available at home or can be found easily. I'm also adding brief descriptions of each step below.
Cut pages of size 4 x 5 cm. I have used 32 cut sheets for each mini book.
Cut 4 pieces of the thick card for the covers of each book, each piece 4.2 cm by 5.4 cm. You can use a thick visiting card. Our a wedding card. Or some old packaging.
Apply glue on the spine of the bound pages, which should have dried reasonably well by now, provided you spent (not wasted!) enough time choosing the right paper for the cover. Attach the glued spine to the cover.
And we're done! Now to use them... they make the most adorable hand-made gifts to friends! And nobody's gonna throw them out because they ran out of space and their spouse was suffering from an overload of books in the house. A mini book will make a sweet gratitude journal for beginners- the practice of writing down one thing that you are most thankful for at the end of every day, is a powerful practice! It forces you to go over all the nice things that happened, and choose one. Then fit it into the tiny page of your mini book. Or here's an idea- give a mini book to a friend or loved one, telling them in one word one every page, why you love them.
Now that you're done, go ahead and spend some time turning over the little baby books in your hands, passing them around and generally feeling awesome!