Friday, 8 April 2011

Retreat Beer Mat Mini Book

I honestly don't know why I bother with Mini Books. I can never seem to make them look as they do in my head. Perhaps it's because I haven't the knack to use tiny embellishments well or creatively. Anything under an 8x8 seems to go a bit squiffy.

But I have all these beer mats to use and I do enjoy covering them, even if filling them up is a little beyond me. So, I used the Counterfeit Kit to make it, hoping that the manufacturer mixing might help me. I don't think it did and I'm pretty sure I could do better than this, but I'm not sure I really know where I'm going wrong.

Perhaps I could do with a gadget that punches holes in chipboard so I don't have to poke holes with a compass! Occasionally I think about getting eyelet setters, Big Bites and things like that, but so far I've avoided the serious tools.

Ugh. I'm moaning. I blame the bad night of no sleep thanks to the baby kicking!


Maria in the Deli, Susi setting us up for the Caught in Crystal class and a page of journalling.

Everyone off to the Craft Shop for some serious stash shopping, outside the house getting ready for our Group photo session.

Maria, Sue and my Bump - with very fetching pink PJ bottoms!

One of the handmade flowers from a Quirky Kit that I've been stroking for ages. I put it in my Counterfeit in an attempt to use it up, and I have. :) There's still another one left for stroking!

13 comments:

Maria said...

gosh its LOVELY Laura, what on earth is not to like, I think its super and a lovely memory.

susibee said...

Yep, another fab mini book.
Roll on retreat no.3!

scrappymo! said...

Love it...what a great way to use of those mats.

Geri said...

Great mini!

Jimjams said...

Well it looks like you had a lot of fun at the retreat even if you didn't enjoy making the mini-book.
How about using a hole punch on each of those beer mats rather than a compass?

Kim Strother said...

I love that you are getting so much don with your kit!

Margie said...

Awesome mini album!! I love that flower too-so pretty!

Tricia said...

What a fun mini album! I highly recommend the Big Bite - so much easier than punching with a compass.

A Creative Operation said...

I love love LOVE your mini albums!!! Excellent job with these!

Crystal aka Caitlynsmommy said...

I think you did a great job. I understand your frustration though, I am the same way! I love the flower!!!

S said...

This is fun! I'm not much of a mini-album person myself, but you are fab at it!

redmom said...

You mini is fabulous! Great way to recycle too!

Sherri Thompson said...

Laura, great mini book! I just did my first mini for the Counterfeit challenge, too! Mine was a bit bigger (6x6) but I still struggled with it a little. Out of my comfort zone! Yours looks great, and congrats on your pregnancy-I didn't realize you had a little one on the way! :)