When I was thinking about what I wanted to document this year, mini books were at the top of my list. I’ve experienced an ebb and flow with Project Life and scrapbook pages, but my love of mini books still remains. So, why not make more?
- I love the size. They are compact and easy to look through (for adults and kids alike).
- I love that they are easy to store. I just stack my most recent books and all-time favorites in baskets.
- I love that you can make a mini book for practically any topic – travel, holidays, relationships, food, pets, everyday life, special occasions and milestones...
- I love assembling a little kit of product inspired by the content.
- I love that they have a nice balance of photos and words.
Studio Calico’s Mini Book Library opened for enrollment this month and not only am I looking forward to participating, but I’m excited to be teaching my own workshop this fall. I had my first opportunity to teach back in 2014 and loved it so much. I learned a lot and can't wait to pack some new, inspiring, and easy-to-digest content into a new class. You will be able to sign up for the classes individually as they are released throughout the year for $10 each, or you can grab the entire library now for just $30 for 4 classes.
And check out the teacher lineup :
- March – Jen Chapin / travel/adventure mini
- June – Marcy Penner / everyday notebook
- September – Nicole Reaves / 4x4 Instagram mini
- November – Tina Aszmus / Details mini
This type of workshop series is for anyone! Whether you are new to mini books or make several a year, there is so much to be learned from four different instructors who each have fresh ideas and new techniques to share.
If you like to follow the teacher's lead, or find inspiration in a new collection of product, there will also be a small kit available (for purchase separately) to go with each of the four classes. The kit Jen used has a fun and bold travel theme and I'll be creating a mini book based on our adventures around Michigan this year. I love the aqua, navy and yellow!
Another thing I enjoy about making a mini in a class environment is not only gaining inspiration + encouragement from the teacher, but also from the other students and what they share in the gallery and on the message board. Whether you are stumped with a particular step or want to share your successes, having a group of like-minded crafters to talk to about your project is really motivating.
Late this summer I’ll be able to share more about my class, including sneaks of the kit. But for now I can tell you that we will be documenting...
Favorite meal, favorite outfit, favorite book, favorite social media app - just to name a few. I'm calling it 'faves' for short. I’ve wanted to make this mini for at least two years, so I'm thrilled to be doing it with you! The theme is quite universal and once it’s finished, it’ll give you a fun peek at life right now. You could make a mini for yourself, your children, your significant other, anyone! I think it would be a fun crop or group project too - if you’d like to create a mini along with your favorite people. My daughter, Morgan, has already told me that she wants to play along and make her own. I'm all over that.
Jen's class content is available now and ready to inspire you to make your own travel mini. Enrollment ends on April 15th and will reopen again in May before Marcy's class begins.
If you’d like to get a glimpse of my own mini book style, check out my most recent projects in my gallery here and on Instagram under the hashtag #nicolemakesamini. Next week I'll be sharing my plans to celebrate turning 39 and create a Details mini during the month of April. In the coming weeks I'll also be posting my completed Chicago mini album from a family trip we took last August. I love how it turned out!
Here's to making more minis in 2017! If you are a mini maker (or you want to be!), let me know in the comments what your biggest mini book struggles are. Hope to see you in class.