Two posts about this crazy little mini book in two days! I know. It feels a little absurd. But this is what I’m excited about, so it’s what I want to share on the blog. If only my motivation for writing was always that simple and random.
I realized I didn’t say anything about the cover yesterday. I decided to paint a piece of chipboard to be a little more festive. I spelled out summer 2014 in big letter stickers from Staples, and then experimented with orange and white paint.
I struggle with leaving things “messy” sometimes, since I’m such a perfectionist. But just like so many other things, this turned out best when I just went for it and didn’t try to “fix” anything. The big dabs of color that I ended with were by far the best.
I’m sort of obsessed with it. I want to make covers for everything I do that match this.
And now on to some more pages.
I met my college roommate near our school one random afternoon early this summer. We sat at our old Starbucks for hours catching up after lunch, and I made a spread from a random Starbucks bag I’d acquired recently. Added a little square photo of our cups and the inspiration quote from the cardboard ring.
The next photo was the only acceptable one of me on my birthday this year. Eating french onion soup. What, onion soup doesn’t scream birthday to you? Ah well, the birthday cake had been a week earlier. I added some macaroon patterned paper from a Paper Source catalog to make up for it.
P. and I went to Atlantic City for a night in late June. We got massages, and had a fancy dinner, and went to our favorite ever lunch place: the indoor Mexican food truck. RIP Revel Casino. Your two years were short lived and poorly managed, but you had the most delicious food.
I used photos from that trip a few times throughout the book, but I’m just sharing this spread for now. This was a horizontal 4×6 photo that I adhered to some kraft cardstock and chopped in the right place. Added some lines for journaling and then wrote some simple details about the trip.
I wanted to include my monthly goals from the blog into the minibook, but I didn’t really know how to do it. They were an odd size. So I just reduced them to 6″ across and glued them in. I’m rethinking the design so I can use them better in the future.
I love the next simple spread. That black star paper is my favorite, and it makes the beach look even more incredible. And both photos are such favorites.
Then there’s this girl. My niece. Who, over the summer, developed quite a hilarious little personality. This photo makes me crack up every single time I see it. No joke. This is from my mama singing The Wheels on the Bus. She literally screams and cheers for her to continue when she gets to “all through the town.” It’s awesome.
And that’s it for now.
Even though it’s turning into fall right now, I’m still having a good time looking through all my photos from the last few months to add a little more to this book. We’ll see if that’s still the case in a week when I’m ready to move on to the next fun project.