Hi there! Stephanie back with you today to share this month's mini album. This book is a really special book to me! I just celebrated my 37th birthday and decided to make my own birthday daybook to document where I am in my life right now, as well as list some of my goals and aspirations for this upcoming year. You could easily make this type of book for just about any occasion or event! They are so simple to make that I recommend making a few at a time to have on hand, or to share with others.
Let's get started!
1. Gather your supplies.
I am using a mix of the Market Street and Essentials collections. I'm also adding in a few neutrals, including a white doily, an office supply tag and a white piece of printer paper.
2. Trim and score your papers.
The cover of my book is 8x10 inches (before scoring and folding). I've trimmed my inside pages to various sizes to add a little variety in my book (all inside pages are smaller than my cover page). Feel free to get creative here! Once your papers are trimmed, score each page and your cover down the middle.
3. Organize your book.
After your papers are scored and folded, organize your papers how you want them to appear in the book. Remember that both the front and back of each paper will be visible. I like to make sure I don't have two bold papers next to each other. Mixing in the whites and neutrals keep the book bright and fun!
4. Clip your pages together and bind the book.
For my book, I decided to sew right along my scored lines. I like to use a large clip to hold my pages together when sewing. It keeps them from slipping and moving. If you have smaller pages in the middle of your book that aren't secured with the clip, be sure to hold those in place as you run them through your sewing machine.
If you don't have access to a sewing machine, you could always hand sew your pages together, or use a hole punch to punch two holes and tie your book together with a ribbon.
Here's a look at my book after sewing:
I cut out the number "37" with my Silhouette Cameo added it to the front of my cover to act as my title. It wraps around the front and back of the book and creates a nice contrast with the light wood paper from the Essentials collection.
Here is a look at my completed birthday daybook. I just love how it turned out! I used just a few photos, as well as some of the journaling cards from the Market Street collection to fill up my book. This book is so fun to make and even more fun to fill up! It would make the perfect birthday gift for yourself or someone else!