Handy Measurements Mini-Book

August 10, 2009 at 7:20 pm 2 comments

Here goes; bear with me and let me know if its even vaguely ‘work-outable’!

This is a mini tutorial to make a mini book for storing all those ‘sizes’ and measurements that you need to hand and if you’re like me- never have! It was born out of thinking what I could do with all the mini envelopes i had- the sort you get with kids Christmas cards and I have lots left over.

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 You’ll need- about 6-8 mini envelopes (any  size),   

Cardstock- I used two different colours. Try Stampin’Up Old Olive and Elegant Eggplant.  2 x A4  sheets will be plenty.

Scraps of paper- the biggest pieces I used were 10cm x 7cm . Whatever fits in with your colour scheme.

Ribbon- 1 piece measuring about 40cm.  Stampin’Up have some beautiful grosgrain ribbon in two different widths that matches the cardstock perfectly. I also used some twill tape that you can purchase from them too.

Stamps /embellishments. Any small alphabet will do. Stampin’Up are about to discontinue a really cute set’ Alphabits at £13.95 for 4 alphabets. 

2 x D-rings.

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Place your envelope on a scrap piece of card to create a template. Draw roughly a 1cm border around the envelope and trim to create a symmetrical rectangle (I say symmetrical as many of the envelopes I used weren’t truely rectangular).

Use template to cut out 4 rectangles. I used two of each colour.




tutorial1 004  Lay out the two rectangles that you’ll use as the front and back covers.  Cut the ribbon into two strips 20cm long each  and attach them to the covers on the inside (if you’re using double-sided cardstock- not what will end up as the actual ‘front’ and ‘back’ part of the mini book. Try to position them in the same place- i placed mine about 4cm down from the top. 

Now stick the other two pieces of card on top of these pieces so that you create a ‘sandwich’ with the ribbon in the middle.         



tutorial1 005  Using the patterned paper or scraps, cut pieces to fit the back of each envelope where the flap is. I cut pieces a few mm smaller (and remembering not to go past where the flap begins. 

I wanted to create a little notch to help pull out the measurements in each envelope so I positioned a circular punch half way onto the envelope (not flap side) so it cut half a circle and thereby a ‘notch’. 



Now to stamp the envelopes..

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  I thought about which measurements I’d need. Obviously my family’s vital statistics but also curtain sizings and other family members. Using individual letter stamps can be difficult when placing so its a good tip to stamp them slightly haphazardly as it looks better in the end.



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Now you need to create little cards to put all the details on. Again, I used leftover pieces, wrote out the details and added a few decorative bits!

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Now you just need to punch holes in the book covers and the envelopes. Remember to lay the book out with the ribbons at the right hand side, and the envelope flaps at the right hand side. I created a holepunch template (right). Punch holes in the left side of the book covers and the left side of the envelopes. Dont punch the holes in the envelopes with the little cards in or you risk punching through them by mistake!!

tutorial1 012tutorial1 013Insert your D-rings through the holes, fasten and then decorate and embellish with whatever you have to hand. 

And.. Voila- the finsihed book to tuck away in your bag for whenever you see that ‘bargain’ or are looking for a present!

Hope you enjoyed that.. comments and suggestions for improvements will be gladly accepted- I’m new to this- remember?!!

Papers- Anna Griffin and MME. Transparency- Hambly Studios


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. monica  |  August 10, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    You did a wonderful job for being your first tutorial. You know what that means……..you have to make a lot more of them now! 😉 Great job and very cute idea!


  • 2. Ickle Pickle  |  August 12, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Great tute Kezzie, thanks for sharing it with us 🙂 Very novel idea and such a cute book. Love the colours 🙂



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