I've started a new minibook using Eileen Hull's Sizzix Journal XL die. For this project I started with Sizzix's black mat board. You can see a step-out of the basis for the cover on the ScraPerfect blog here.
It first looked like this:
Which I liked. I liked how the leafing turned out, as well as the contrast of the blue title. But the more I looked at it, the more I wanted to add something. I toyed with adding more text underneath the title. I had a brand-new package of Tim Holtz's Idea-ology Paper Dolls and I thought adding a few around the title would be fun. What I really wanted was to have a few pictures layered beneath the title, which I couldn't do since it was really glued to the tag.
Next thing you know I was using an exacto knife to pry up the word, ripping the kraft tag. Which was fine, except I broke the word ... but there were several more to choose from in the Heidi Swapp package.
So I started again, this time laying down an old Maya Road transparency piece as the base. I grabbed my bottle of the Best Glue Ever and started layering: transparency, kraft tag, Paper Dolls, a Cosmo Cricket phrase (tell your story) that ended up getting mostly covered up, another Heidi Swapp wooden word, Tim Holtz memo pin, and a Maya Road star pin (love these!!). The stick pins go right into the wood and are set pretty snug.
For the time being I've loosely attached the covers with elastic, doubling it up so I have six elastic strands on the inside. Right now I'm working on the inside of the book and I want to leave myself enough room to (1) add and move pages around and (2) bind the book permanently when I'm done. The elastic will allow me to hold everything in place as I create this book - and when I'm done the signatures will be ready to bind. And, if this book ends up like many of my minibooks -- very thick -- I can easily make the spine wider before binding.