I love minibooks. They are my favorite thing to make.
It's funny... I remember when I started scrapping I thought that minis were not really appealing and that I would never make one. Boy was I wrong. In the last two years I think I have made about 30 minibooks. That mosaic above is a nice collection of some of the minis I have completed.
Due to various deadlines and bouts of Craft ADD, I also have about seven more books that are unfinished/unphotographed and still in progress. I also keep a running list of minibooks that I would make...and right now the list is running about two pages long... with no signs of stopping anytime soon. (Some of them are ideas for classes. Some for kits I would like to make/sell. But of course, I would need to make a sample project or two..)
I think that time management is key when working on a project like a mini-book. Especially for me. Most of my "mini" books are more like full albums with 10-20 pages per book. You must have a plan. Also, you should have all of your photos printed in advance. I think editing and picking my photos is the most difficult part of making a mini for me. And it is so very easy to get distracted from that process.. as it doesn't really feel like I am crafting until I have glue and paper in hand.
I am most inspired by other artists when it comes to minibooks. Thanks to google reader, Here are links to some of my very favorite projects out on the web (in no particular order).
Daily December in July
January Cocoa Daisy
A personal mini-album
Actually, all of her minis are pretty rockin
Inspiration Tuesday #3
Inspiration Tuesday #2
Inspiration Tuesday #1
Elise Blaha (via Ali's blog)
Small Blank books tutorial
Lots of little books
Janet Hopkins (via Ali's blog)
Click (Studio Calico)
5 Year Secret Keeper book
Sadly, most of Kristina Contes' stuff is gone from the web now.. but she had a ton of minis that were just fantastic. Like this one.
Oh, and here are some links from my favorites at 2 Peas in a Bucket:
Summer vacation album class
Repurposed book tutorial
Full of It
And some from Flickr:
Vee Jennings' Mini set
And I always love what Kim and Jenn come up with. And Kara's minis are always super cute.
And I loved this book that Melissa did.
I am sure I have forgotten some of them.. but we can always just do another post! Hope you're inspired to make a mini-today. I'll be working on one tonight. :)
If you have any good links to share, or want to send me a link to one of your mini's I'd be happy to go check it out.