Shaped mini-books

It is funny how the most unlikely things will inspire you. While tidying up after unpacking after a trip back to the states last year, I was breaking down some boxes for recycling. DS had been very excited to find Rock Band 2 on sale, and knowing it wasn’t due to be available for the PS3 in the UK for quite a while, and being well under our ‘family allowance” for good to bring back, we re-jigged the suitcases and carried one home. A box is a box, but the internal support cardboard immediately grabbed my attention. I’ve been saving it ever since.

As DS is well into music, like most teens, and has taken up drumming as well as guitar, I could see a mini-book in the making. OK, not exactly a MINI-book, as the shape is about 15 inches tall, but you know what I mean!

I first traced the shape on to two pieces of 12 x 12 black cardstock, part on one, part on the other, and cut them out.

I scanned the two halves then stitched them together in Photoshop and resized them to about 11.5 x 11.5 with the idea that would allow me either a near 12×12 page OR to resize it smaller (which is probably what I will do in the end, possibly about 8×8, I think) and create the shaped book.

So it just goes to show you that the old saying about TRASH and TREASURE is definitely true where scrapbookers are concerned. I can already visualize the mini-book of music related photos for DS. Now, if I can JUST get him to stand still for the photos, it’s all good!

Here is my template – hopefully this will give you a .jpg to save. It’s only 72 dpi but as you will only use it to cut out the cover and shaped pages it hardly matters. I would do the cover shape then slightly reduce it in size so the pages are a tiny bit smaller. If you make one before I manage it, do comment with a link as I would love to see it!