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Playing the Accordion

...or at least, playing around with the idea of accordion-folded minibooks. The Ink Pad had the very great pleasure to participate in the Collins Virtual Show last week, and we were blown away by all the classes, teachers, ideas and new products! We'll have lots of the latter coming soon to the store, so stay tuned for sneak peeks! In the meantime, many of the ideas we saw inspired us to use our existing inventory in new and interesting ways. For example, Pinkfresh Studios hosted a class in which we made adorable mini albums just by scoring and folding a page of journaling cards! Genius, right? Well, what if we translated that idea and used hand-stamped and collaged paper, to make a project that's more than a card, but less than an album? 
I trimmed a piece of 8.5 x 11" paper lengthwise to measure 4 x 11". Then I scored it into four equal sections. (I scored at the 2.75" point, at 5.5" and 8.25"); which gave me four panels of 2.75 x 4" that fold zigzag style into a tiny book. (This looks similar to an ATC, but with just a little extra room so I can slide a gift card in there!) Then I inked up the entire plate of Tim Holtz's Field Notes Cling Stamps from Stampers Anonymous  with Crackling Campfire Distress Oxide and carrrrrrrefully stamped all over the front and back of my oversized panel. Then I added torn bits of sheet music, with neatly trimmed lengths of White Lace White Flower Tape on top.
The Ink Pad's own Butterfly Sticker Assortment pairs beautifully with this set, so I scattered them across the length of the booklet and added an appropriate wordfetti-style sticker to each to create a little narrative. 
Finally I added one more Butterfly and sentiment to a Vintage Slide Mount with a piece of bakery twine secured behind it as a closure.
This is a super-flexible idea, because you could easily create a similar booklet in ANY size; you could even attach additional strips of scored cardstock to give it lots more pages. Fill with stamps, stickers, photos, collaged images, notes, poetry, drawings or even a giftcard... whatever you'd like to share with a friend or keep as a memento!
never gets tired of 
making tiny books!

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  • Jane S GAbin on

    This is SO cute! I actually do play the accordion! And I have the same instrument I got in NYC when I was 12. I am going to try and make this – but different, according to my own obsessions. Will share!

  • becca cruger on

    If this is an accordion, and I no longer think my weird uncle is super lame. Play on! Seriously this “card”? mini book? Is so lovely and inspired.

  • Stephanie Severin on

    What a fun idea for a bit more than a card … love it.

  • Sue on

    Love this little booklet. Kind of like ATC’s size, love it. I am plenty of paper to give it a go, oh little tiny Christmas cards with different scenes. Thanks Lauren for your wonderful talent, so full of inspiration.

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