Tri-Fold Mini Book and a Layout | Vicki Boutin Storyteller | Giselle Homer

Hello again everyone,

I have a mini book and a layout for you this month, using the very versatile Storyteller collection from Vicki Boutin.

The mini book is a tri-fold that you can make from just one sheet of 12×12 cardstock plus some off-cuts of patterned paper. I was inspired from an idea I saw on the Pinkfresh Studio’s blog.

You can make this in just a couple of hours and they make perfect gifts or are a lovely way to remember a special outing or event. Because of the pandemic, we met up with some of our family to have a pop-up Christmas at a National Trust Park before lockdown number 3! It was freezing but we had a really fun day.
Here’s my finished book, folded and tied with ribbon.
Tri-Fold Mini Book
Gather your cardstock, some coordinating papers, embellishments and a selection of small photos, approximately 3″ x 3″. (Or larger photos that you can trim down to size.)
1. Trim a 12″x 12″ piece of white cardstock to measure 12″ wide x 8″ deep.
2. Score and fold vertically at 4”, 5” and 9” to make 3 panels and a spine, as shown in the photo.
3. Cover these inside panels with your choice of patterned paper.
4. For the middle panel, cut 3 pieces of paper to measure 3″ wide x 3.25″ deep. Score along the top edge to make 3″ x 3” squares.
5. Glue the scored edge of each square to the middle panel, to look like a waterfall card.
6. Trim three photos to fit the undersides of the waterfall squares and glue them into place. Embellish the top halves of the two side panels.
7. Punch an eyelet at the top and bottom of this panel to hold the the squares down with cord or thread. Embellish the uppermost side of the waterfall cards.
8. To make the pocket on the left panel, cut a piece of paper to measure 4.25″ deep x 3.5” wide. Trim the top edge at an angle & glue the pocket into place.
9. Repeat for the right panel making the pocket 4.25” deep x 2.5” wide.
10. Embellish your mini book with coordinating ephemera, such as die cuts, chipboard & enamel dots.
11. Trim some of your photos to put into the two pockets.
I included a card for journalling to go in the left pocket as well.
I grouped 3 photos and tied them together to go in the right pocket.
12. Cover the back of the book with 4 panels of paper cut to the same sizes as the inside cover pieces. Add a title on the ‘spine’ of the book and hold the book closed with some pretty ribbon.
And that’s it done! I think I’ll make a few more of these and keep them safe to use as presents. I hope you try this idea and share your mini books on our Facebook page, so that we can all see them.
OMG! Layout
When I saw this collection from Vicki Boutin, I just knew this crazy photo was a perfect match!
I used a simple patterned paper for the base and a cutfile which I back filled with deeper colours. I used white cardstock to back the centre of the cutfile so that there was a plain area for balance and to display the photo.
The oak leaves were back filled with different papers and I liked the way the floral pattern worked with the acorns.
I chose some ephemera, off-cuts of patterned paper and chipboard pieces to embellish my photo. And added a puffy phrase at the top right, as it helped to pick out the black in the patterned paper. The little puffy hearts are so cute too! I cut out two tags, which I threaded with thin cord and stapled them onto the base to use for my journalling.
Using the chipboard alphabet from this collection I added a fun title below the photo!
So, as you can see, this versatile collection would work with so many events that you might like to record.  I might be tempted to buy some more!
Until next month, happy scrapping.
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