Here at the Nerd Nest we’re teaming up with Allie from Alexandra Rae Designs to bring you 12 Days of Christmas (Projects)! It’s our goal to create 12 projects each for Christmas decor, gifts, and memory keeping by the 25th. That means you’ll get 24 DIY tutorials this month! Wohoo!
HEY MOM, DON’T LOOK!
Today’s project is an awesome gift for grandparents – a super quick brag book.
Q: What’s so cool about this mini scrapbook?
A: It lets you scrap 29 photos in an hour!
I love making brag books for the kids’ grandparents. They’re always asking us for photos, but I’m bad about printing them off. So they can get the highlight photos of the year in one take! You know your mom would love to have this on her desk so she can show off the grandbabies at the office.
Don’t have kids? Use someone’s Facebook photos to make them a little book with pictures of their family and friends. Or skip the photos, make the base, and gift it to a scrapbooker. Or, you know, sneak it into your own stocking. We won’t judge.
Supplies: Cardboard box, wet adhesive, paper trimmer/ scissors, 4.75×6.75 mat pad (here’s a large selection from K & Company), 29 4×6 photos, embellishments (optional), Zutter Bind-It-All, Zutter Owire (1 inch red)
*If you don’t have a Zutter or other means to bind your mini book with spiral binding, you can just punch holes through the book and bind it using jump rings.
*You can totally do the same thing with a 6×6 paper pad; you’ll just have strips of patterned paper on the top and bottom of the photo instead of a boarder all of the way around. This will be a better option for you if it drives you crazy when you have to turn a mini book to look at vertical orientation photos. If you use a 6×6 paper pad, glue in the photos before punching the holes.
I don’t have any chipboard in 4.75×6.75, so I used the next best thing: a cardboard shipping box. Cut the wings of a box to size.
Trim your paper, if needed (I had to cut a white strip off of mine).
Glue your favorite paper onto the cover. Make sure to glue paper to the inside of the cover as well. If your patterned paper isn’t double sided (mine is), now is the time to start gluing each sheet back to back.
Punch holes in your covers and inner papers. Make sure that all of the holes will match up.
Thread the owire (or jump rings, if you’re using those) through the holes.
Squeeze the wire closed.
Glue your photos into the book: one photo centered on each page.
Decorate your cover.
Embellish the inside of the book. Bonus points for using embellishments that match the mat paper so you don’t have to spend the time digging through your stash.
You can go a step further by adding titles and journaling spots to the pages, but I kept mine super simple.
All filled up!
If you want your mini to lie completely flat, make sure to use flat embellishments (or use bigger owire). I used some dimension.
Here’s a mini I made for a workshop I taught in 2009 using the same method:
I can’t wait to wrap this up and put it under our (still not decorated) tree!
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