Valentine's Day is the perfect time to make a mini scrapbook about your loved ones. Fill this charming heart-shaped mini book with photos of your children, pets, or extended family members. Make a book for yourself and then make another to give as a gift. Grandparents would love one of these mini scrapbooks to show-off their grandchildren to friends. These step by step directions will show you just how easy it is to create this book in an afternoon.
1. Completed Heart-Shaped Scrapbook
The completed heart-shaped mini scrapbook for Valentine's Day measures 6" tall by 6" wide. The cover and back of the book are made from scraps of mat board that have been covered in patterned scrapbook cardstock. Supplies Needed for Construction:
Two 6x6 inch pieces of matboard or chipboard, two 2" loose leaf rings, enough pieces of scrapbook cardstock to make as many pages in the book as desired (4 pages can be made per 12x12 inch sheet of cardstock if you cut very carefully), two sheets of patterned cardstock to cover the front and back of the front cover and back cover of the book, and embellishments to complete the decoration of the book such as ribbon, chipboard embellishments, stickers, rub-on's, etc. Supplies Used to Embellishing the Sample Book:
Supplies used: Cardstock—The Paper Studio; Pattern Paper—Basic Grey Kissing Booth; Die Cut Shapes—Basic Grey; Chipboard Letters—Target Dollar section; Ribbons—Target Dollar section; and Epson Label Maker.
For additional ideas for embellishing a shaped mini book, read Halloween Chipboard Scrapbook Album with Free Pumpkin Pattern.
2. Free Heart Pattern for Scrapbooking
This heart pattern has been designed to give you the maximum amount of space for photos, journaling, and embellishments. The heart shape is more rounded and less pointed to allow for that extra space. To get started creating the heart shaped scrapbook, you will want to save this free heart pattern for scrapbooking to your computer. Simply click on the image shown here to see it full size. Then, right click on the full size pattern and select "save as" to save it to your computer. For more free patterns for scrapbooking be sure to visit, Free Scrapbook Page Embellishment Patterns.
3. Create the Cover
To make the cover for your book, paste the free heart pattern into a word processing document and then click on the image to drag one corner to resize the pattern as needed. Print out a pattern that is just under 6 inches wide and tall. If you print the heart pattern on a sheet of cardstock, it will have the stability to be used again and again as a traceable pattern. Trace the pattern on matboard or chipboard
and use large, sharp scissors to cut out a heart for the front cover and one for the back cover. Trace additional heart shapes on patterned paper or patterned cardstock (as shown here) to cover the front and back cover pieces. Cover both the front and back of each piece. Use a Crop-A-Dile
or other very strong hole punch to punch two holes in the top of the heart. Here you can see that Jennifer punched small circles from cardstock to embellish the spots where the holes will be punched. You will want to add the cardstock circles on the interior pages for strength, but on the cover they are simply decorative.
4. Make the Inside Pages
Use the same heart pattern to trace as many inside pages as you would like your book to have. Trace the heart on a nice heavy cardstock weight scrapbook paper. If you line the pattern up carefully, you should be able to get four 6 inch hearts from a 12x12 inch sheet of patterned or solid scrapbook cardstock. Add a small (approximately 1/2 inch) punched circle to the spots on the hearts where you will be punching holes for the rings to pass through. This extra circle of cardstock will give strength to the paper and keep it from tearing easily. Use the completed front cover to mark with a pencil where to punch the holes.
5. Complete the Parts for the Heart Shaped Book
Once all of the pages have been cut, the cover pieces are cut and covered with patterned paper, and all of the holes have been lined up and punched, you will have all of the parts that you need for your heart-shaped mini scrapbook.
6. Add Ribbons and Closures to the Cover of the Book
Insert the loose leaf ring closures through the holes in the pages and covers to hold the book together. To begin embellishing the book, select several styles of ribbon and tie them to the loose leaf rings. Leave approximately a two inch tail after you tie a double knot with the ribbons. Mix and match the patterns and styles of ribbon for a fun and playful look. Read 20 Ideas for Using Ribbon in Scrapbooking
for great ways to use your ribbon scraps to create beautiful designs.
7. Finish the Inside Pages with Photos, Journaling, and Embellishments
To complete your heart-shaped scrapbook, you can now make a mini scrapbook page on each heart-shaped interior page. The pages do not have to be fancy or complicated. The pages that Jennifer created each have one 3x4 inch photo, a name, and some quick patterned paper pieces and embellishments. For more mini scrapbook ideas, read DIY Mini Scrapbooks – How to Make Mini Scrapbooks.