Ann Arbor Mini Book

Ann Arbor Mini Book | Nicole Reaves

At the end of April, I went on my second "creative field trip" (as I like to call it) of the year to Ann Arbor. It's a fun college town with an awesome downtown and it has been a favorite semi-local hot spot of ours for years. As with Detroit, I had never ventured off there on my own, but with my list of places to visit in hand and several hours to walk around, I was ready to roll.

Despite the weather, I had a great day and a lot of fun exploring on my own. And again, I could have gone so much further if time permitted. The "stuff" I had collected was a lot more than I anticipated, so of course, that calls for a mini book. As if I needed an excuse. I was inspired by Kelly's Portland mini and assembled my base pages using paper shopping bags, envelopes, maps, some patterned paper and vellum, and even my coffee cup. I can still smell a hint of the Brown Sugar Sea Salt Latte that was in it - mmm.

I printed and trimmed my photos to just under 3" square with a thin white border, and randomly adhered them to my base pages. There was no rhyme or reason and I wasn't worried about filling every single page since I didn't care to cover up some of the cool stuff I had collected. Once the photos were in, I added a little bit of journaling, some stamping and a few embellishments before slipping it into a Clearly Kelly Wallet Album. On the outside of the cover, I adhered one of the flair badges I designed for Scrapbook and More and used it to hook my twine loop to as an album closure. If you want more details on how I bound the pages together, as well as how I added the album closure, check out this 12-minute video below :

Not only does the wallet album protect the covers, but I love the little pockets on the inside to slip in extra loose memorabilia. I don't feel so badly now about saving so many paper goods from my day out.

Here is a look at some of my favorite pages from the completed mini. Click on any photo below to see the pages larger, and then use the side arrows to scroll through :