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Friday, November 16, 2012

Mini in Minutes with Kesi'art

<Mini in Minutes Tutorial

I know, I know, summer is over. But I can't dive into my December Daily project without first putting my thoughts down about our wonderful summer in France. Since time is a factor for me so I chose to go simple. I thought I'd share how I put together this simple mini book in a few easy steps. (Ce tuto est dispo en français sur le blog Kesiart.)

Mini in Minutes Tutorial 

1 CHOOSE A FORMAT
I used the Kesi'art Mini Classeur in kraft. I decided on the spot that some pages would be whole photos and others would have paper.
2 PRINT PHOTOS
This is probably the most time consuming step. My first selection turned out 80 photos! That was too many so I narrowed my selection down to eight. I could have added more photos, but looking at my final selection I knew the themes I wanted to write about were represented. Also, some summer photos have already been documented in layouts. Before printing, I added a title in Photoshop to the one above (no. 2).
3 CHOOSE & CUT PAPERS
This step is pretty straightforward. I wanted rainbow and bright (it's a thing with me lately). So I picked a few patterned papers and trimmed them down to 17 cm x 12.5 cm.
4 STAMP & PRINT CAPTIONS ON STICKIES
For the design, I was inspired by this Pugly Pixel post with the label in the center. I stamped some Stickies (label stickers) with phrases from the the 12-in-1 stamps and printed the others using this technique from Catherine at Design Editor.
5 PRINT TITLES ONTO PAPER
I created a 17 cm x 12.5 cm document on my laptop and added my page titles. Next, I ran the trimmed paper through my printer. Et voila.
6 ASSEMBLE THE INNER PAGES
Make sure to check and double-check the direction before gluing it down!

Mini in Minutes Tutorial

7 TAPE STRIPES ONTO COVER
Now it's time to work on the structure. I used washi tape to make a striped pattern on the cover.
8 PAINT COVER
And a foam brush to paint the cover white.
9 REMOVE TAPE & FIX EDGES
Love the nautical look of the white stripes! I used a straight brush to fix a few jagged edges.
10 COVER THE INSIDE
The packaging from the album is sublime with the perfect chevron pattern and nice turquoise color. I liked it so much, I used it to cover the inside of the album. The bonus? The width fits just right.
11 ASSEMBLE EVERYTHING
12 ADD ALBUM TITLE
13 STICK STAMPED & PRINTED LABELS ON PHOTOS
These are the finishing touches. I aimed for full center positioning.
14 ADD YOUR THOUGHTS
This is what this project was about for me. I had memories and thoughts about our summer that I didn't want to forget. Having a place to store these was important to me. It is very simple, but it is done. And that's what counts. Right?
Here is a look at the inner pages :

Mini in Minutes Tutorial

Have a great weekend! Now that this is done, I'm ready for my December project. How about you?

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I ADORE this project! thanks for sharing and putting your memories down is indeed the most important!

comme d habitude simple et beau!!!
il me tarde de voir ton december daily
je t embrasse bien fort


Merci Sandrine! 

Wow Denise! So easy, so quick and so absolutely lovely! Thanks for sharing, I just love it!


Thank you , Annika!

Hola Denise! cuánto tiempo sin pasarme por aquí! no hablo inglés y ya capté que te habias mudado pero me acabo de enterar que estás en EEUU!! tu vida sí que es un viaje!
Me encanta tu mini del verano, la portada es muy elegante; y la paleta de colores super alegre! espero ansiosa tu diario de diciembre!
Un abrazo y un beso desde el Pais Vasco,
Helena

Mil gracias Helena! Que gusto saber de ti! Pues, si, nos mudamos a los estados unidos - un cambio muy grande para la familia. Estamos felices! 
Di un paso por tu blog - me encanta que eres una escrapeadora 100 por ciento! Bises, Denise

Nice project quick and easy. I think i will give it a try very soon...

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