Friday, 10 May 2013


After sharing my frustrations in my previous post about not being able to download my first video - suddenly it worked!!

Yay!!  Happy dancing here!!

If you have already visited my previous post you will have seen
photos of my new Mini Maxi Book. 

And if you would like to see the video version,
 here it is! 


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!  
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