Friday, 10 May 2013


This week I ran a class at my monthly Crop, Eclectic Keepsakes. I chose an accordion design within a box cover which keeps the pages nicely together. I played around with scrap card until I was happy with the construction and called it a Mini Maxi because it measures 6 inches by 6inches but it is thick and quite substantial.  There are lots of pockets and places for journaling or adding extra photos and the book is easily adaptable for different themes.  Photos can up to 6x4 inches or 4x6 inches with a combination of smaller ones. And for those who like using photos the pages can easily accommodate
up to 20.  This is no lightweigh mini book and now you know how it got its name!

As this post is photo heavy I tried to do a slide show.  But I continue to struggle with doing this.  I used to make slideshows regularly so can only think I forgot to load some software when I recently changed my computer. And despite some good instructions when I asked for them, I still can't crack it! I will keep trying...


I thought I'd try making a video..... 

Now I've never made a video before to show my work, but I thought this would be another good way of showing the album. So I experimented and after a couple of attempts I made a video I was happy with. BUT then I had trouble uploading it!  Argh!!

I really do need to become more techno savvy!!  I waste SO much time fumbling and failing.  Yes. Really. (sigh)

I started this post 5 days ago but I will waste no more time...  this is the photo heavy version and if you can't see all the detail or work out how things are constructed I am planning a tutorial of how I made this book. I'll be posting this soon. Meanwhile if you click into the first photo it does enlarge the view and offer a slide show of the rest. I accidentally discovered this after trying to add the photo to my Pinterest album. But that is another story (can you hear me sighing again?).... 
Anyway, let's start:

Untie and fold out the cover page to reveal accordian pages ....

some pages are just layered....

other pages have tags hidden under the photo...

This tie opens to reveal space for journaling.
If you prefer, this could be used for more photos or page decoration 

This photo has a tab that lifts....
space for more photos on the back and under.

Another tab to lift......

 An envelope covered with patterned paper makes a good size pocket.
Inside, a folded card giving 4 more pages for photos or journalling

 Another photo pocket - such a useful space!

 Finally, a birds eye view of the album.
  I hope you can see how it all comes together. 
I mentioned at the outset that I taught this mini maxi book at a class.  I was hugely excited a few days after to see Deb's had completed her book and posted it on her blog.  And what an inspiration - it made me smile all day. 
Thank you for visiting.
ps. If you have any tips with uploading videos or making slide shows please share!
pps. I spotted a mistake in my journaling after adding these photos.  Did anyone else notice?
ppps!!  After publishing this post the video DID finally upload.  If you would like to see, here it is!  


  1. Anything with plenty of pockets and envelopes does it for me, so I would have really enjoyed your class.

    I wouldn't know where to start with making a video lol so you are streets ahead of me already

  2. I love the look of this mini-book ~ would be interested in a tutorial.

  3. Oh this looks like it would be such fun to put together. Very cool. I wish you luck with your techno-challenges - I know all too well how that goes.

  4. It was such a beautiful project Sandie - my photos arrived today! Only one week late but it means I can work on my book at Ann's crop tomorrow. xxx

  5. how clever...I love how you have made your book and see you've got the video working. I will have to go watch it now! I always make spelling mistakes on my layouts and usually its the boys that point it out to me! x

  6. Fabulous mini-book! I love the photos tucked behind photos! Well done for getting the video to work eventually. I spend a lot of time getting frustrated trying to work things like that out too... but it's usually worth it in the end! Your video looks great! x

  7. I loved your class Sandie, your mini album was gorgeous and has really inspired me to do more (as you know I am usually a 12x12 kinda girl). Hope to see some more of your classes at crop soon xx


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