Thursday, February 25, 2010

Great Big Power, Itty Bitty Living Space

You might remember that the mighty Genie in the movie Alladin lived in a teeny little space. This phrase seemed to fit the subject today. Mini Books. Have you noticed that people will pick these up and look at them more readily than they will pick up your larger photo album? I have also found it fun to have a small album of a specific event or trip even though I might have it recorded in a larger album too.

Some folks just whip out a mini book in no time. Others struggle with making one. Thought I'd share a couple of ideas we used in a book and maybe they will be of use for your next book!

This is the Maya Road album that is approximately 4 x 4 inches overall, the pages are about 3 x 3 in size. I think that a tendency in these smaller books is to only use small prints. There is certainly nothing wrong in that, but thought this might give you a variation. Here we have used the 4 x 6 and 3.5 x 5 inch size prints for the book.

As you can see in the photo above. the entire page is covered with a print. This focuses on the subject, who happens to be large and center in the photo. Since not all of your photos have the subject so perfectly placed, there are a couple of other ideas within the book.

The photo on the right sided page has been torn to give some interest to the page. The tearing worked well for the beach shot-fitting in with the waves and sandy look of the original photo. We could also add a stamp which could have been journaling just as easily.

Again, in this view, one page is the full photo. The other page (left side) is just paper. A stamp was used for the quote and the sea shells, picking up on the mood of the day and the photo used on the right sided page.

On this last example, neither of the photos are kept in their full size. Cropping the photos with your scissors allows you to get the larger photos in the book while keeping the focus of the picture. These two pages just give other examples of using the paper with the photos for interest.

Hope this sparked a new thought for you. Would love to see some of the books you do. If you are interested in more on this book, it is at the store on display. Thanks.

1 comment:

Alison Gibbs said...

Such a great idea - looks fabulous