Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Coin Envelope Mini Book

Happy hump day! We made it...another week half over already. To my bloggy friends and their families who have been sick, please know I'm thinking of you and saying prayers for your recovery. This has been such a nasty year of bugs, germs, and all the yuk that goes along with sick.We are still feeling ill affects and it has been a couple of months now for us as well. FEEL BETTER!!! :)

Ok, so for today's project I had planned to make a mini book. When I started, this is pretty much nothing like I expected I would end up with but I totally love this!!!! It was not easy to do the binding, I'll say that right out of the gate. I have never done this accordion fold thing before and after watching several videos and checking several tutorials, mine still didn't turn out like any of those I saw. LOL!!! But the book holds together and that's the important thing I guess. ;)

For the cover I used this fab paper, already printed this way, by My Minds Eye, Lost & Found 2, Sunshine collection. Almost all of the papers in this book are from the 6x6 paper pad from that collection, as well as most of the buttons and brads.

Here you can see the accordion fold binding. Doesn't look half bad here, but seriously, don't look too close.  And as much as I would love to share how I did it, there are so many steps I went through that were wrong I don't know that I could explain how I ended up with something that works anyway. My recommendation is to check you tube for 'accordion fold binding' - or something similar. If/when I get to where I can do this in a reasonable time frame I'll try to remember to share that on the blog at some point.

For the closure, I used a brad on the front and twine with a knot through an eyelet on the back.

The open end of the book. I love lumpy, clumpy and chunky!
 The open view.

Inside 'pages' are coin envelopes. The flaps are tucked inside but not glued down in case you want to use them. Each envelope/pocket contains a tag.

I pretty much fell for my hubs the first time I saw him. His sexy motorcycle did nothing to dissuade me from falling either. ;)

These are the tags that are tucked inside the pocket/envelope pages. They can be used for journaling, photos, love notes or whatever you wish.

I love embellishing and the tags add so much fun, and chunk!, to the book.

Thanks for checking out my 3D project today. I really love it and hope you are inspired to make one too. Mini books are so super fun for me, I need to remember that I don't have to have a reason to make one! LOL Go forth and create, my favorite peeps! ♥

Product List:
My Creative Time, Tags
My Creative Time, Stitched XL label die
My Creative Time, Doily
My Creative Time, Treat Slider Box
My Creative Time, Vintage label and banner
My Creative Time, Chocolate Greetings tag
My Creative Time, Stitched Tickets
My Creative Time, Chunky Jar Accessories
My Creative Time, Stitched Circle
My Creative Time, Stitched Buttons
My Creative Time, Stitched Layered Hearts
My Creative Time, Fly Away With Me, cloud die
My Creative Time, Flower Petal dies
My Creative Time, Curly label die
My Creative Time, More of My Favorite Sayings stamp set
Lifestyle Crafts, coin envelope die
Lifestyle Crafts, tag die
My Favorite Things, small rolled flower die
My Favorite Things, nesting hexagon dies
Martha Stewart branch punch
My Minds Eye, Lost & Found 2, Sunshine 6x6 paper pad, coordinating buttons and brads
Various pattern paper scraps, twine, ribbon, staples, Cuttlebug baby die (tiny hearts),


  1. Your book turned out great I always say there are no real mistakes in creating anything it's just an adventure of trial and error and fixes whether it's a card, a LO or a craft. You went thru a lot of decision making and your book turned out awesome it's different as you say but you did it and it turned out fantastic. Kudos and have never tried anything like this but would love to.

  2. Love little books. I have watched those accordion fold tutorials, good to know there could be trouble at first lol. That way I won't think it's just me, it takes skill.

  3. Super cute! I really need to and want to take the leap to make my 1st mini, but with so many styles out there I keep stopping myself to make one. Thanks for the inspiration, I really feel encouraged to take the leap and make a mini even if I doesnt come out as I invision it:)

    Take care my crafty friend, and once agian thank you for the inspiration!

    Peace, Love, & Cricut Hugs!
    Monica L.

  4. Wow Shar!!!! This turned out gorgeous!!! Every page is just beautiful. I think the binding looks great. I realty want to try this! Wonderful job! TFS!

  5. I love this! Love the colors, flowers and i love all those pockets for tags!
    Deb C

  6. Shar ~ Oh my word! I am speechless! This is seriously GORGEOUS, PERFECT and beyond FABULOUS! I love lumpy, clumpy and chunky too! Every single details is amazing!! LOVE it!!

  7. I really like this mini coin envelope album. Good job.

  8. Oh my goodness Shar this is stunning! It has so much detail and work it must have taken a long time! Beautiful! Love and Hugs, Cathryn :)

  9. Ha-ha! I love the knew you were trouble page with the cloud 9 :D Great job on your album and I like how you did your closure...looks like a good secure idea. So many wonderful pages and it!
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Thanks for stopping by the studio. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments or email me directly. :) ♥ ~Shar


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