Art by Frances Taylor

Art to Create Mini Book


I'm making available some kits for making some mini-books. They measure 3 1/2" x 5". The kit includes the covers, cut from archival matboard, an interior spine (also made from mat board), a leather spine and three sets of 4 signatures -- i.e., each signature set contains 8 blank pages which provides 16 pages to decorate or write on, for a total of 48 pages. The pages are cut from good quality cardstock. I also provide the cotton yarn for binding the book, as well as a set of instructions. 

You can use the kit as is, or you can alter the covers -- they can be painted or decorated in other ways (stamped, embossed, covered with hand-made or hand-painted papers, covered with pieces of fabric or lace, etc.). The colour of the covers will likely be different from this example. 

These little books are lovely - they can be used to write original poetry, to record a special trip or event (e.g., a honeymoon, or special anniversary), best wishes (e.g., for a person's retirement, condolences or recuperation), favourite recipes, favourite quotes - the list is literally endless. 

Some examples of completed books that I have made are also available for sale here as well as on my website at 

You will need some glue to create the reinforced spine and attach the spine tabs to the covers. I use Aleene's Tacky Glue, but any strong craft glue would be fine, so long as it will adhere leather to the mat board covers (i.e., the glue will adhere leather to paper).

Available for distanced porch pick up from my home in central Stittsville. Made in a smoke-free, pet-free, COVID-free home. I don't charge HST. 

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