Mini Book

the seven week project

While the hubs was away for 7 weeks I kept myself busy with a little photo project.  I tried to take a photo-a-day and then actually print it.  It’s funny how the vast majority of my photos never see paper.  But I decided this would be the occasion and since the ink in my pen has been running a bit dry, maybe a visual journal would be a little more intuitive.  I used a baseball card holder for the photos and each shot is 2 1/2 by 3 1/2.  I also included a date page and then a poem; it’s actually a seven stanza poem by Wendell Berry (The Country of Marriage).  (I thought it was appropriate for the project at hand.)  And although I have yet to fill those last three slots — I’m thinking I will actually type up my thoughts on the project and our time apart — I’m happy with the way it turned out.  I could see doing this for our next adventure — near or far.

a clean page

This weekend I took a break and quickly put together a new mini.  I was recently asked about my other mini… the daily 2009.  I stopped making pages in June.  It started to feel like more of an obligation rather than a joy.  I was also becoming busier and then when we put our house on the market, I couldn’t keep my crafts out in the open.  (I keep them in rubbermaid bins under the bed.)  I also started feeling weird about posting things that were so personal.  All of that combined… I decided to stop that book where it was.  I can’t say that I’ve done much with paper since.  My summer was so busy and dragging out the boxes wasn’t too appealing.

But alas, on Sunday, creativity came calling and I thought it would be worth the effort.  I think the whole idea of a “mini-book” will work for me if it’s already pre-made, or almost done… just add words, photos and a date stamp.  I am also too much of a type A personality to not love having more of a uniform look.  I like each page being the same size and a similar color scheme or theme.  (I know… all kinds of crazy!)

So I created this one on Sunday as a gift…but it will be hard to part with it.  Here are just a few pages:

mini book cover DSC_0728

pink paper blue paper

yellow and blue pink and gold

Excuse me, do I have something on my face?

I realized today as I was crafting away on my mini-book, that almost the entire month of February and most of March has been stamped with “2008”!  What the…?!  How did I not notice this HUGE editorial faux pas?!?!?  Boy, I’m totally reliving the day I walked into the fabric store with my skirt tucked into my stockings.

a new mini book

so i’ve been working on a new mini.  I have a hard time starting something in the middle of the month, day, etc., but I thought, if I don’t do it now, it won’t get done.  And who cares if I didn’t start it on Jan 1 or monday morning.  We’ll see where this little project takes me.  I’m trying to not put pressure on myself.  If I make a page a day, great; if not, that’s ok too.

cover 2009 mini

page 2

page 3 & 4

page 5

page 6

pages 7 & 8