FAST + FABULOUS FRIDAY NO. 32
SAVING TIME WITH MINI BOOKS - THE #LITTLESUMMERJOY PROJECT
Alright! It's happening! The #LittleSummerJOY project is finally here and I'm going to be taking part with a little mini book. If you don't know what the #LittleSummerJOY project is, it's a FREE (yes free!) class run by Little Paper Projects (Jen Lake and Julie Gagen) and a bunch of awesome contributors to help you get out there and document your summer joy with new prompts and inspiration every week! Be sure to check it out here to read more and sign up for yourself! Today I'm sharing a couple of my first pages in my mini album including the theme of this first week - creating a seasonal manifesto! Because summer is super busy, I want this album to be fast + fabulous - just like Fridays are! I'll share some time saving tips throughout this post, along with the pages I've completed thus far so keep reading for all the info! I'll be sharing a more in depth scope on the products I'm going to be using for this mini book next week (I have a fun video planned) so be sure to stop by for that! To get your mini book started (I customized my star covered mini seen above!) be sure to see my tutorial for custom fabric printed notebooks here!
TIME SAVING TIP NO. 1
WRITE IT OUT
My intro page for #LittleSummerJOY is a piece of vellum that I simply wrote the word 'joy' in an all over manner in a micron pen. I know it can be a struggle to love your handwriting and I feel the same way sometimes, but a quick cursive all over can be a super cute way to create your own typographic pattern, and it's much faster than trying to pull something together, print it out etc. etc. So for this mini album, I'm definitely going to be shedding a very personal touch and including a lot of my own handwriting - it's just faster that way! (See below on the page where I used a gold sharpie to pen my own little letter as well.)
TIME SAVING TIP NO. 2
QUICK INSERTS WITH WASHI TAPE
As I've mentioned a million times (sorry if I'm a broken record!) transparency and vellum are great ways to add interest and finish two pages in one - but if you're not using traditional page protectors or a binder, what's the quickest way to get them into your album? Well I'm here to tell you- it's washi tape! I grabbed the black and white polka dots (which I'll carry throughout the album for unification!) and simply bound the vellum into the album with it. Set your vellum down flat where you want it to sit, apply washi down the spine on the front side, trim, flip - apply washi down the back side and you have a perfect way to add extra pages, various mixed media - even vellum into your little staple bound journals!
TIME SAVING TIP NO. 3
LET SOMEONE ELSE DO THE WORK - FIND FREEBIES
It can be tedious to customize everything, and tedious isn't what I want this project to be! So when I saw Mandy from Turquoise Avenue share her summer manifesto and it was a free download from Ruth Clark - I knew I had to have it to be my summer manifesto too! Ruth also has a great list of what you want to do this summer which I might incorporate later on (stay tuned to see what happens!). Freebies are a great way to add tons of fun and a special look (like this watercolor script) when you just don't have the time or energy to do it yourself. Also, I have a lot of free downloads for various things as well if you head on over to my freebies category!
TIME SAVING TIP NO. 4
STAMP IT UP
If you're not confident doodling or drawing things yourself, stamping can be the next quickest way to get some fun additions to your pages! I stamped these cute little icons in some gold ink and think they make the perfect addition to my summer manifesto page! You'll definitely see stamping be a staple throughout this little mini book. You can see below I used a 'Summer Is In The Air' stamp from Kellie Stamps to create my own pattern (like Tracey suggested in Lesson One!)
TIME SAVING TIP NO. 5
STAPLE + COVER UP
Because of the nature of my album, if I staple it will show through the other side of my pages, so my solution will be to just staple away - it's fast and I love the visual appeal. Then I will incorporate covering the staples into the design of my next page. Here on my 'Summer is in The Air' page, I've covered staples using my selfie image, my wood veneer star, and the cork geotag. It Adds a fun little interest to my creative process anyways - and I love saving time by just busting out the stapler! Staple now, worry about the repercussions later - a little backwards but it's what I'm going with this summer!
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I'm so glad you stopped by this week! I really hope you'll stop by Little Paper Projects and get involved with this #LittleSummerJoy project, I think it's going to be a blast and the community couldn't be better! Be sure to check back soon for more updates on this and other crafty adventures, or stop by Instagram for daily happenings.