Category Archives: Mini's

Recently in the Shop –

A smattering of new minibook kits have been slowly added to the shop the past few weeks!

{click link to browse each mini in the shop}

Some bright, cheery, and girly folded/sewn minibook kits…

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I have made a couple folded minibooks — mostly to house verses or peptalks about a particular area or issue going on in my life — and they have become some of my favorite to fill in! They can get chunky, depending on what you add, and I just love it, like a real little book that ties with twine or ribbon. : )

Also new in the shop — more masculine-themed minibooks. Man I love woodgrain. Blue + green + woodgrain feature prominently in these. They’d be great for Father’s Day, to a brand new dad or your dad/fatherly figure, with your thoughts & those favorite snapshots.

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And lastly, probably some of the most cheerful minibooks I’ve made. Ha!

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Tomorrow — another free printable!!

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Parties Minibook

IMG_5186 For almost every party, I make some sort of paper banner… it’s a (usually) quick, simple, and inexpensive way to add some merriment to a celebration. I also hate wasting paper, too — especially the pretty patterned paper that I used to make a million pennants for Cate’s first birthday party, two years ago. So can you guess what I did with all those triangles?? : ) parties1 feature1

Yep. A party-themed pennant minibook. I thought it’d be fun to chronicle our family parties we’ve had over the years! My birthday is at the end of October, and growing up my mom gave me many Halloween-themed parties–I LOVE looking back at the stuff she did, made, and created! I’m glad she took photos of the party but also the decorations, food, and games. It is really fun. I wanted something like that, just all in one place, for my girls. (I am not counting on my boys caring?!)parties2 parties3 feature2

In our yearly family photo album (I make them through My Publisher), I heavily chronicle the people at the parties, so for this mini I mostly stuck to the theme/decor and included just a few of the people at the party. parties4 parties5 feature3 parties6 feature4I made so many pennants for the party that, even after I jam-packed this mini with paper, I had some leftover! There’s only one available pennant minibook kit in the shop! {Click for more details!} pennant1

Nicknames Minibook

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I tend to make minibooks in groups, working with the same paper or shape back-to-back. I made this nickname minibook right along with my Learning from Anna minibook I shared last week. It even used the same paper!

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We are a nickname family. I know — that’s annoying to some people, but those silly nicknames just keep coming with each tiny human we add to our family. : ) This was a fun, simple, and quick mini to make: I just used alphabet stickers to spell out each of our nicknames, each person got two photos, and the paper is cut 4×8.

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I made this a year ago… that is why the boys are not present in this mini. : ) They have plenty of nicknames already, though! The girls have joined me in a mutual love for affectionate, goofy monikers.

 

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Shop Fun Lately

With five little ones at home, my “free time” to work on shop & blog stuff is even more limited now — so blogging, even with my best intentions, falls to the wayside more often than I plan. : ) However, I am more and more regaining my energy & motivation for the “extras” now that the buddies, finally, at 9 months old, began sleeping through the night! (Getting them allergy-tested, then cutting out their allergens–eggs! tree nuts! peanuts!–from my diet got them sleeping through the night within 5 days of their appointment!!) More energy & motivation = more fun ideas for the shop!

I’ve had fun packaging recent orders & sending out surprise mini-mini’s with orders…

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I rarely take custom orders — time really is limited! — but I was SO happy to work with a customer who wanted to make eight minibooks for her friends… what lucky friends! I loved working on these because they used one of my favorite paper lines, We R Memory Keepers Chalkboard collection! I have several ideas for minibooks of my own using this collection, and piecing these together made me excited to completing some of my own with this line!

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I also sorted through craft supplies, which almost always leads to new ideas for minibooks! Here are some peeks of what will be coming to the shop in the next few months…

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Learning from Anna Minibook

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Writing the post about Rust’s coffee party (and how my six-year-old helps me grow as a person) reminded me of a minibook I had made exactly a year ago recording five ways Anna has taught me to be a better person. learn-a-1

I did an unusual size — 4×8 — but I loved the look of these pictures! It was a fun change from my standard 4×6 mini’s. I printed the pictures from my favorite online print shop, Persnickety Prints. Almost all the pictures I use in minibooks I have printed by them. When I get impatient and print pictures through Wal-Mart or Wal-greens, I am almost always disappointed. I have never been disappointed with Persnickety. : )

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I definitely made this minibook with the future in mind: so that Anna, when she is much older, will be able to know how much she impacted me just by being herself, who God made her to be. I marvel at the personalities He gives us — He is so creative! I know a day will come when she will doubt herself — doubt who she is, wonder if she is enough, or be tempted to cover up parts of herself. I don’t want her to be afraid to live out her personality: her people-loving, hopeful, experience-hunting, daydreaming, story-loving, easily excitable, super enthusiastic self! I want her to know: we love you for you. 

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One of my most treasured memories as a child is of my mother, at night, tucking me in, whispering to me: “Thank you for being you.” She said this to me over and over and over, through the nights of my childhood. I felt loved and delighted in! My parents let my sister and I be our weirdo, eccentric, funny selves, and I am a better person for it! I want the same for our kids, too. : )

A Longing for God Minibook

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This minibook is very dear to my heart. I completed this minibook over a year ago, and it is still one of my favorites. I love using minibooks to not only record special times in my life, special  days, or seasons, but also as a “house” for  verses & spiritual encouragement.

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This idea for this minibook was prompted by two quotes from my favorite book on homeschooling, Educating the WholeHearted Child by Clay & Sally Clarkson. These quotes stirred my heart as a mother who spends all day with her children…

“…your first responsibility as a parent is to lead your children to the life-giving presence and reality of Christ in your heart and home. Your desire should be to implant a longing in their spirits for God that can be satisfied only with the water and bread of life in Christ. No matter how good your church may be, a few hours each week cannot create the longing for Christ that God has uniquely designed you to impart to your children. You are to be the primary life-giving presence of Christ to your children, through his Spirit living and working in your life as a Christian parent and through his Word, just as Christ imparted life to those who came into contact with him: ‘The words I have spoken to your are spirit and are life.’”

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“Your children are asking you to give them a taste of real spiritual life-the same life of the Spirit that they see at work in your own heart. They want to learn from you not just how to live for Christ, but also how they can have the life of Christ they see in you in your own lives.”

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What could I pray over my children that would help “implant a longing in their spirits for God” as the book said? I spent months pondering that question & collecting my favorite verses that have, in my own spiritual path, breathed Life into my spirit & helped me hunger for the presence of God. These verses are beautiful, powerful, comforting, & challenging to me.

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I combined it with my favorite pictures I had taken over the course of the girls’ lives. (When I finished this, I had not yet discovered I was expecting our twin boys!–but I sure want to make them a minibook like this, too!)

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Cherished photos & cherished verses… my favorite combination.

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The mint + gold + gray color combination is also one of my favorites!

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Documenting Your Love Story with Minibooks

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Two years ago I shared four ways to document your love story with minibooks. Looking through these again reminded me a) it’s probably time to do a Love Letters Vol. II and b) I love Rust-&-me-centered minibooks! We’re so covered up with kids now we hardly get any pictures of just us! ; )

Here are the posts if you want inspiration on documenting your own love story!

Let Me Count the Ways Minibook

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Love Letters

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30 Reasons I Love You

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5 Years Anniversary Mini

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Three Valentine’s Minibooks

Valentine’s Day is drawing closer! I remembered I had these three little mini’s that I made up during the summer: they are perfect for a little gift to your loved one!

These are different from any other minibooks I’ve offered in that most pages in the kits already come with simple embellishments: all you need to add are your photos (3×3 or 2×2 Instagram photos would be perfect!) + words + anything else to ‘finish’ the pages!

You & Me Mini $10.00

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Love Notes Mini $10.00

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The Story Mini $10.00

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Anna’s 2nd Year Mini

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Another quick minibook project with minimal embellishments, so the pictures do the talkin’! These feature the 4×4 black & white photos I displayed at Anna’s second birthday party. I LOVE black & white photos! I wanted the emphasis to be on them, so I chose a black & white color line, Dusk/Dawn — another old collection from My Mind’s Eye.

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Again, you may notice my style: really simple! Extra paper + labels + photos + words. This mini is 6×6-inches with 4×4-inch photos. Somewhere between Anna’s party and when I did this minibook (four years later), her 14th & 15th month photos went missing. Oh well!

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Anna’s First Year Minibook

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I love these! At each of the girls’ first (and second) birthdays, I loved displaying their photos month-by-month. But what to do after the party with these special photos? I turned them into simple minibooks. Here are Noelle’s & Cate’s.

And here’s little Annalou’s… all that was needed was a little extra paper + labels + some stickers thrown in.  It’s a nice, simple overview of her first year with minimal journaling.

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Something like this is very simple to put together and very satisfying because it is quick to complete!

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