Friday, July 11, 2014

Forest Mini Book

Here's a rustic mini book I made as a thank you gift for one of the Dad's in my Cub Scout Den. We still have another year of the boys to be Webelos, but I just wanted to show my appreciation of how he helps me as a 'Un-official' assistant. He loves the outdoors so I thought he and his family might like this!

 The mini book was inspired by some coasters from a restaurant. I simply traced the coaster onto a sheet of chipboard and cut out. The book  measures 5"x 3 ½".

 I colored these lodge cutouts tags with watercolors and let dry, then punched holes at the top for the ribbon.
 
 For the ribbons, I cut pieces of muslin ½" x 5".
I wet my fingers and twisted the fabric. Then I used my fingernails to fray the edges.
 I started the pages off with the green cardstock,  then began placing the decorative papers, tags and stickers. I folded down the corners of the forest tree paper to show its elegant backside and give the impression of  photo corners.

 The compass papers were only glued at the bottom and sides so the top would open to create a pocket. The stamped images were colored in with watercolors and added with foam tape.
 
 The plaid design is one side and the stripes..the other side of the same paper.

 I distressed the edges of the book pages first with black ink, then with inka gold.
 There is plenty of room for wallet sized photos of their favorite day hike or camping trip.

I made the rings from double gold wire then covered the bumpy parts of the wire with the muslin ribbon.

 I added a little color to the ribbon with some watercolor.
For the cover, I added the forest clippies, birch tree straw, fabric, washi tape and dew drops.

Thanks for coming by, I hope you liked this mini-book! 

The Lodge Collection is on Sale this Month!
Supplies used:
Birch Tree Paper Straw
Forest Trees Specialty Paper
Lodge Cutouts
Compass Cardstock
Plain Linen Cardstock
Camping Sticker
Black Forest Mini-Dew Drops
Forest Clippies
Green cardstock
Great Outdoors SU stamp set
Watercolors
Gold floral wire
Muslin
Wood grain washi tape
Inka gold
Crop-a-dile
Stamped camping images
Adhesive and foam tape
Black ink.

~Michelle Frae Cummings 


12 comments:

Penny Lee said...

I like this....what a lovely gesture....

Tonya said...

Oh what a fun mini!!! I know your dad will surely treasure it. Great job!!!

The Robins Nest OCrowley said...

Such a nice gift!! It goes perfect for scouting! Great job Michelle!

Betsy Skagen said...

Once again I am in love with a project by a Robin's Nest designer. this is an amazing book!!

Barbara Rankin said...

What a great little mini album, and the papers are just perfect!!!

Lastochka said...

so fresh project! I feel cold air in the forest!

Joan said...

Wow, this is soooo cool!!! What a nice gift!

Daniella said...

What a thoughtful thing to do! I think an outdoors type guy would love this! But it is so pretty, I think anyone would love it!
xxDaniella

Bev said...

amazing mini album.. each page is fabulous

LolĂ´ Artesanato said...

This is so cute!
Love it!
xx
Leila

Danie May said...

Such a wonderful gift Michelle and a great use of the RN papers and elements.

Diane - dCipollo Designs said...

Great!! Well done!!

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