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« on: July 01, 2009 04:57:58 PM »

I've always wanted to make a really tiny book, so when I stumbled upon a tutorial for it (that seemed incredibly easy) I thought - why not?


I know it's not perfect, there are actually so many things that are wrong with it - I should have used better paper for the outside, my headband is sloppy and the cardboard I used was too thin. I still like it though and I plan on making more (and getting better at it).

Here are the links to the tutorial, in case anyone's interested:


Thanks for veiwing! Advice, thoughts and opinions are welcome.  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2009 05:28:27 PM »

Wow! that looks so fantastic. I looked at both tutorials, that looks really complicated.  Tongue Yours turned out perfect. Your headband is sloppy? Huh? It looks great to me! but what's the jigger in the background? Huh  dontcha think these would make cute jewellery? a pendant, earrings etc?
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« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2009 07:04:14 PM »

So cute! I'm wisting. I looked at both of the tuts, and they both look to complicated  for me to do!
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« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2009 07:19:07 PM »

I'm wisting this too!  great job!  I love miniature books way more than I should.  Special thanks for sharing the tutes.
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« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2009 07:22:49 PM »

Wow! that looks so fantastic. I looked at both tutorials, that looks really complicated.  Tongue Yours turned out perfect. Your headband is sloppy? Huh? It looks great to me! but what's the jigger in the background? Huh  dontcha think these would make cute jewellery? a pendant, earrings etc?

Thank you, I'm glad you think so. The step-by-step with photos made it easier to attempt. The thing in the background contains are mechanical leads, I used it for size comparison. You can't really tell in the photo, but the headband actually moves Sad which it's not supposed to do.

They would make cute jewelry... if you could find a way to seal it/protect it. I would rather use it as a keychain. Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2009 09:32:19 PM »

Very cool. If I had a dollhouse, I would make a whole library full!
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« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2009 02:34:49 AM »

That's adorable! I'm going to have to try and make one!
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« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2009 05:52:38 AM »

It looks great!  I tried that tute, too, and it was really simple, but yours turned out much much better than mine.  The different papers look great together.  And the headbands give it a very professional quality.  I couldn't work up the courage to do my first attempt at a headband in miniature, but it really makes the book look fantastic.

I've made a couple, and have the textblocks and covers prepared for more, but am holding off assembling them until I can figure out how to make them into pendants.  Just putting a jump ring through the spine pushes the textblocks out a bit too far.  Jewelry is not my craft of choice, so I am rather befuddled about what to try next.

And just for kicks, my first three, sitting on a quarter:
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« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2009 12:45:31 PM »

... I've made a couple, and have the textblocks and covers prepared for more, but am holding off assembling them until I can figure out how to make them into pendants.  Just putting a jump ring through the spine pushes the textblocks out a bit too far.  Jewelry is not my craft of choice, so I am rather befuddled about what to try next.

And just for kicks, my first three, sitting on a quarter:
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Gosh those are amazing gaudiknight! So much neater than mine, I really like how the spine pops out and how you used different paper for signatures... that's actually a really cool idea. I'm going to try it like that next time... also with different art/collage paper for signatures for a more personalized look.

I wouldn't know how to convert them into pendants either. When I made my tiny book keychain, I punched a hole into the front cover and attached a jump ring (strengthening it with an eyelet would've been ideal)... but these books are so small as it is already and a hole won't be very pretty either.

I hope you do find a way to add jump rings... I would very much like it if you shared your solution if you do.
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« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2009 11:20:47 AM »

 Shocked That is one tiny book! I will have to give that a try this weekend. After I go see a band I love in the city that is. <3
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« Reply #10 on: July 27, 2009 12:16:32 AM »

I have never seen anything so cool! I do have an idea for attaching a jumpring. Could you try a jewelry pin- the kind with a flat end, and a ring on top: you see beads strung on them. (They come in various lengths, and can be cut-to fit). It could run the length of the spine and stay very flat, with the  flat end tucked in at the base under the
headband. you could actually hide it even, and have the looped end coming just above the top of the text box. then the jump-ring would be right at the edge of the cover, and free to move, with no hole in the book. I hope someone tries it... I've never made one of these before, but I will! K.
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« Reply #11 on: July 27, 2009 01:31:27 PM »

Ooh!  That's a great idea.  I'll have to give it a try.  Thanks!
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« Reply #12 on: July 27, 2009 04:10:48 PM »

I have never seen anything so cool! I do have an idea for attaching a jumpring. Could you try a jewelry pin- the kind with a flat end, and a ring on top: you see beads strung on them. (They come in various lengths, and can be cut-to fit). It could run the length of the spine and stay very flat, with the  flat end tucked in at the base under the
headband. you could actually hide it even, and have the looped end coming just above the top of the text box. then the jump-ring would be right at the edge of the cover, and free to move, with no hole in the book. I hope someone tries it... I've never made one of these before, but I will! K.

o_o That is actually a really good idea! It's brilliant, thank you! I can't wait to try it!
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« Reply #13 on: July 28, 2009 12:41:09 AM »

You know, come to think of it, why don't you just use the double -looped kind of jewelry pin, and take a stitch or two thru the lower end? It seems like it would lay better than the pin-ended one, and you can sew it in place... no slipping later! K
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« Reply #14 on: September 09, 2009 11:18:41 AM »

I finally got around to trying the eye-pin technique, and it works like a charm.  I just glued it into the spine with a dollop of modge podge and then attached the text block.  Worked wonderfully!
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« Reply #15 on: September 09, 2009 11:58:18 AM »

I finally got around to trying the eye-pin technique, and it works like a charm.  I just glued it into the spine with a dollop of modge podge and then attached the text block.  Worked wonderfully!
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=286288
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=286289

Gosh that worked out so well. I'd totally forgotten about it. I have some made without covers lying around from before... I must try this technique.

Your minibook is super cute, thank you for sharing! ♥
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