Thursday, March 10, 2011

Embrace Imperfection - The Mini Book

The Embrace Imperfection online class I was taking included homework. I haven't done homework since leaving school and Uni and even then I'm not sure I was good at actually doing it. The homework was optional, we were given a PDF of several quotes about perfection/imperfection. At first I thought: "I am not wasting my precious crafting time/energy on creating something because I am supposed to. And do I really need a mini book to remind me to let go of perfection?". But, the idea grew on me. Some of the ladies on the online chat encouraged me to scrap book in 10mins sessions so I decided to give it a go. I made the book slowly over the last two weeks - 10 mins here, half an hour there.

The mini book started out life as a child's story book that I bought from an op shop for 20cents. It is only about 3" and had 10 pages so that reduced my workload. I had a theme of yellow and grey and stamped journal ling spots on blue cardstock. I didn't really have a theme after that and ended up not liking the grey ink either. I basically took each double page as a layout and they match but the pages themselves don't necessarily match each other. Can you guess which page I really don't like?

The front cover is much more my style and I really like it. I chose a random piece of patterned paper near my desk and used that on each page. I cut one for each page, inked it and glued it down (the glue stick I used didn't really work but I decided not to worry about that - it's not like my ancestors are going to be terribly interested in this wee creation!). I decided to leave the front page blank, thank goodness as now that it is done I wished I'd used the crumbled yellow paper I used on the spine for the back page too - never mind, too late now.

Every time I made a 'mistake' I laughed at myself and had to let it be - the book title is "Embrace Imperfection" after all.

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