No Sew Valentine’s Day Mini-Book

Happy Friday, friends! Last night, I finished up my no sew Valentine’s Day mini-book and boy, oh, boy, she sure turned into a chunky monkey.

After making the mini-book tutorial on YouTube, I decided to stuff this mini-book with a “selfies through the years” of me and my husband.

Watch the YouTube video now:

At first, I wanted to document 14 years of marriage via selfies, but we didn’t really take any selfies in the early years because we didn’t have phones with cameras. 😬

So I settled on picking 14 random selfies and noticed a theme emerging–my husband cannot take a selfie without making a funny face.

After I sized each picture, I printed them on matte photo paper and trimmed them with a paper trimmer. I also cut up the words and phrases (they come with my Valentine’s Day Digital Kit on Etsy that I used to make the book itself) to use on each square.

It quickly became clear that simplicity was key. First, I didn’t have much space on each 4 x 4 inch page. Second, the sewing around the perimeter provided a lot of texture and detail already. In the end, I backed each picture with some corrugated cardboard scraps, but I failed to think about how much extra space the cardboard would create between each page.

I glued all of the pictures on the cardboard and then onto the page, added my words, folded it up and…it didn’t close as designed. It was so thick that the little flap I created on YouTube was barely going to cover the opening.

No sweat, I thought, I’ll glue the flap down, so it looks like part of the last square. Plus it will add a little extra width to help the book close.

I pulled off the button, the heart wood veneer, and twine and chose to close it with some pom pom wire. Problem solved.

I actually think I like it better this way. It just goes to show you, not all mistakes put an immediate end to a project.

I wanted to add one embellishment to each page and as a very Type A person, I decided to add the same embellishment to each page that shared the same digital paper. (Browse the Valentine’s Day Digital Kit here.)

I used white heart ribbon on the dark gray paper, a pink lace heart sticker on the light gray paper, red trim with heart sequins on the heart paper, and a little paper flower on the rosette paper.

I decided to use the boy and girl ephemera from my Digital Valentine’s Day Kit on Etsy on the cover to represent us. I also added a little heart and a cut out word included in the kit.

I am so in love with it!

This is such a neat little book when stretched all of the way out. I mention in the YouTube tutorial that I always wanted to make one of these, but I couldn’t quite figure out how it was assembled. So I sat down and made a prototype with some notebook paper and tape early Saturday morning while drinking my morning coffee.

It turned out to be a very simple method with basic supplies — card stock, scissors, and tape. Jazz it up or down however you like as the possibilities are endless. ❤

Till next time,

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