Friday, November 18, 2011

Inchie Books and Giveaway Results

 You already know that I love creating inchies with kids but did you know you can turn them into a little book.

Kids love miniatures and inchies make perfect little miniature books.

Here is a mouse one.

and here is a Thank-you one.  A Thanksgiving inchie book would be a great project for all of my US readers this weekend!

- inchie squares, mine are twinchies (2"x2")
- jump rings
- little hole punch or awl
- scrap of cardboard
- paint, pencil crayons, whatever you have on hand
- any little embellishments, googly eyes, fancy papers, sequins, etc.
- tacky glue

You can make your inchie squares out of any paper.  I tend to use wc paper as I like the heavier weight.

Cardstock or posterboard works well as does manila tag.

I cut a whole bunch and put them in a ziploc bag so I always have squares ready for when the mood strikes me.  At school the teachers have a folder pocket filled with hundreds of inchies I cut (using the paper cutter) ready to go.
 Take a cereal or cracker box and cut an inchie for the base of your book.

You can then paint it or cover it with  paper  glued to it.

Now you probably want to write the text to your book first.  This  helps you figure out how many pages you need and what the illustrations will be.

Because the inchies are so small you might want to type it out on the computer first.  Font size 10 - 8 works great.

You then can cut the sentences or words out and glue on your pages as you go.

Illustrate your book using all kinds of different techniques.  Check out my past inchie posts for ideas: Valentine inchies, Fall inchies, Halloween inchies part 1, part 2

Once your inchies are completed you need to punch 2 holes on either the top or the side for your binding.

I have a little press punch but you could also use an awl.  I punch the title page first and then use it as a guide.  I'll put the next page under it and put a pencil mark thru the holes so I know where to punch on the next page.
Those of you who make jewellery will know what a jump ring is.  For the rest of you jump rings are wire rings that are split in the middle.  You can easily pull them apart and then close them together again.

I found a value pack at Michaels for about $3.50 that gave me 250 jump rings.  You want a large size.  These are 10mm.  Walmart recently had some really large jump rings, 20mm, which work really well on larger book projects.

Open up the ring and starting with the back cover put on the pages.  I find it works best if you do all of one side and then the other.

Close up the ring and there you have it.  A cute little book any child would be thrilled to make!

 This is just a few of the pages from the mouse book. .

Well onto the giveaway.

I had 82 entries for Noah Scalin's new book "Unstuck".

The winner by random draw was:

#21 in the comment section, Cindy McDannel,  who said:

I love your blog... keeps us fresh with new ideas! Thanks for the chance to win this book! It looks really great! ~Youthful Expressions Studio (Cindy)

Congratulations Cindy!  It's a wonderful book.

Thanks everyone for entering.  I can't believe all the gracious guys are spoiling me:)

Hope everyone in the US has a great Thanksgiving and I'll see you next week with more art project ideas.


  1. Really enjoy the inchies and seeing what you do with them.

  2. You r sooo full of ideas...This morning I decided 2 make some storybooks @ home...& am soo glad 2 find 2 beautiful posts by u..Thank u Gail.