Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Mini Book that doesn't require binding ➳ Tutorial

Looking for a great mini book tutorial using a technique that can be used time & time again?

When life is crazy, and your scrapbooking time is limited, do you ever wish you could just finish a project from start to finish?

Then I have just the thing for you to try.

Summer Mini Book by Kim Watson

Let's get started. You will need the following...

Fancy Pants Designs Supplies:

  • Brag Cards
  • Patterned papers
  • Alpha Stickers
  • Embellishments
  • Buttons

Other Supplies:

  • White cardstock
  • Serrated scissors
  • Adhesive
  • Sewing machine
  • x3 colored rubber bands
  • Regular scrapping tools

Mini Book Tutorial with Rubber Band Binding Technique by Kim Watson


1.) Take a variety of the patterned & plain letter sized paper & fold them in half.
2.) Stick the long open sides together of each page as close to the edge as possible.
3.) Once completed, clamp all pages tightly together in a pile.
4.) Mark off a little notch 3/8" from the 'spine'. The notch can be approx. 1/4" wide & 3/16" high. Cut out with sharp craft knife, making sure to cut through all pages, on the top of spine as well as the bottom. The little recess for the rubber bands to hook on to.
5.) Score every page at 11/16" (which should be at the inner most side of the notch). This will allow the pages to fold back easier.
6.) Stretch your rubber bands around the width of the mini book & place in notches. The pages will be completely secure now.

7.) Prepare your 3x4"cover 'card'. I stitched it, matted it onto white cardstock & added stickers for a great front cover. 

Your mini album is ready for filling.
For extra 'space' for journaling & photographs, I filled each page pocket with the extra brag cards Stapling little sticker tabs to the edges of the cards makes it easier to slide the cards in & out of the pockets.

I hope you have found this inspiring! Let me know if you use the technique...I'd LOVE to see your version.

ENJOY your Tuesday!!

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