Friday, June 14, 2013

My First Commission - Mini Word Book

I have been making mini books and giving them away for quite some time.  Whenever my employees were expecting, I would find out the sex of the baby and what theme they were planning.  I would then make them a mini.  Well, one of the recipients of two of my books has commissioned me to make a mini for a relative.  She told me the name was Kellen and the theme of the baby's room was sports using primary colors.  I went to Etsy to download the sports paper and couldn't find exactly what I was looking for.  So I decided I would use primary colors and decorate with sports cutouts using my Cricut. I changed my mind very quickly as I didn't like how it was coming together.  I searched Etsy again and found what I was looking for.  After printing the card stock to the desired sizes, the following mini is what came of them.  I hope you like it.

Each page is two pieces of chipboard cut using CCR and Mickey Font then glued together.  I covered the entire page with solid cardstock.  The letter is the Mickey Font cut out of chipboard, covered with card stock and glued onto the page.

I used some ribbon and some charms on the spine (We R Memory Keepers spiral binding).

On the back of the baseball (K) page, I used CCR and Baseball.  I glossy accented the "Rookie" and dry glittered it.

We live in Phoenix so I decided to use the Phoenix Suns colors.  I used CCR and Basketball.

The first (L) page was golf.  I used CCR and Everyday Paper Dolls to cut out the flag pole.  I cut it three times to get each layer (flag, pole, hole in the ground).  The flag is card stock, the pole is cherry veneer, and the hole is that paper that has fibers running through it (I can't remember the name of it).

The back of the golf page has golf balls from CCR and Everyday Paper Dolls.  

The second (L) page is soccer.  Using CCR and Soccer, I created the soccer ball card.  I then glued the cards together to create an accordion photo holder.

The back of the second L is a photo mat with some embellishments around it.

The (E) page is tennis.  I used a Tim Holtz die through my Cuttlebug and created a pocket.  I then covered three tags with the tennis card stock, tied some rat tail ribbon through the top, and edged them with ink.

The back of the E page is two photo mats with "game, set, match" cut out using CCR and I believe Cricut Fonts.

This is my favorite page.  I cut out my football player using CCR and Everyday Paper Dolls.  I used Arizona Cardinals colors and tried to give it depth using the directions from the message board.


  1. Fran,
    This is the first time I've seen your blog. Great blog and I LOVE what you have done with the mini book. You are very talented.

  2. Fran your book is awesome. I love the papers you used and I for one know how long it takes to make one of these books. I tried once and by the time I got the chipboard cut out I was too tired of it to finish. Love yours though.

  3. Very cute mini book. They will love it!

  4. Thank you ladies for the love. I appreciate it. And yes they did love it. They wanted to know if they could refer people to me. I said absolutely! Made my day.

  5. Wow Fran, that is fantastic!!! Love it!