Monday, 6 May 2013

Cupcakes and Minibooks

There are many good parts to going to a EK crop.  First, the obvious.  Lovely ladies to chat with.  Second, equally obvious - cupcakes.  As this month's crop was on International Scrapbooking Day, Karen had made commemorative cupcakes.  Yummy with a capital Yum! 
 

oh dear, one's gone already!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thirdly, the opportunity to learn new things.  This month Sandie took the class and she had designed a little mini book for us.  When the requirement list was sent out it called for about 14 photos.  The last time I'd been out and taken a lot of photos was my birthday and I've already done a few layouts using those.  14 photos, hmmm what could I use?  Then I remembered the photos that the rest of the family took on their 3 Peaks challenge - what a perfect way to use those.  It turned out that they were an ideal theme for the book as Sandie had brought some totally appropriate stamps along with her with the theme of journeys.
I spent Sunday afternoon putting the finishing touches to the mini book and I'm really pleased with how it turned out, I think it's a great thing to have learnt and I will definitely have a go at making another one.  {Might need to get Sandie's phone number on speed dial in case I've forgotten something crucial!} 

The book has a boxy cover with a concertina of pages inside.  I really like it, although it's not that easy to show it off to it's full advantage!  I've done my best and hope you get the idea.  The thing that is clever about it is that there is plenty of scope for hidden journaling or adding more pictures under various flaps. 






 
Actually, my husband and 2 friends are going on a cycling holiday to Germany next month.  Maybe I'll use this technique to display any photos they take. They fly out to Frankfurt and follow the river, every day they stay in the next town/village along the route and the holiday company transport their luggage to the next destination.  Three middle aged men on bikes, cycling along the riverside in June - it just begs for the title 'Last of the Summer Rhein'! {This pun may not be obvious to anyone outside of UK tv}


12 comments:

Louise said...

what a wonderful keepsake deb. I love the book x

Sandie said...

Debs i am thrilled to see your finished book and the design fits so well with your photos and theme. I love the title and idea of your next book and I have a great sheet of paper covered in cycles, let me know if you want a piece for your book. I've also got 2 cycle stamps as well as my journey ones. Shame we don't live closer but you are welcome to use them next time we meet or to come and play one day 😊

Amy said...

That is a gorgeous booklet Deb - having that sense of community through scrapping is wonderful!

Denise said...

Brilliant title for the next one!Your book was looking lovely at the crop- great to see it finished.That cycle paper of Sandie's sounds just perfect :-)

Cheri said...

Obviously a well-spent iNSD!

alexa said...

Like your pun-ny conclusion! What a pretty project with lots of possibilities and you've shown us some great shots of how it is put together .... And cakes too! What a brilliant crop ...

Abi said...

The cakes look amazing and I really like the way that mini book works. Very neat and clever.

Karen said...

Glad you enjoyed the cakes :0)

Your book is looking lovely - have to wait for Jessops to deliver my photos before I can get on with mine. Love the prospective title for the next one.

Ifa said...

That title is priceless! I am looking forward to that layout.

Maria Ontiveros said...

Yum, yum, yum!
And what a great book.
Rinda

Sarah said...

That does look rather lovely. I shall have to search out a tutorial for one of those.

Ruth said...

That's a fab mini-book ~ was it easy to construct? You absolutely have to make a book for the guys and their bikes ~ the title is brilliant!!