Thursday, January 10, 2019

Murderous (and other) Mini Scrapbooks with Tutorial

I love projects that are made just because. Just because I'm enthralled with something and want to explore and celebrate whatever is clunking around in my head and tickling my fancy.

Today I'm showing off one of those projects AND I have a tutorial so you can embrace your own weirdness.

I've been making miniature scrapbook albums of the crazy variety.

Serial killer miniature scrapbook - Nichola Battilana

I've gone absolutely coo-coo for true crime podcasts over the past few months. I've become well versed in all things serial killer. I am overflowing with terrible information that is probably inappropriate table conversation (which in no way prevents me from talking about it endlessly at dinner.) This led to UFO's and Bigfoot and... and... and...

Bigfoot miniature scrapbook - Nichola Battilana

I really like these books. They lay flat, open easily, there's space to add pictures and snippets without too much bulk and they are fairly fuss free to make. They aren't made to a particular scale, and I'm fine with that. (If scale IS important to you, you could adjust the measurements.) They're big enough to be handled and I think they'll be fun for those who are interested in mini things, without getting too complicated.

UFO miniature scrapbook - Nichola Battilana

While I love, love, love all this murder and mystery, I have not forgotten my sweet and squishy side.

"Vintage" miniature scrapbook - Nichola Battilana

I also made mini albums with tea stained pages and vintage mini goodness... 

And a fairy believer's album too!

"Fairy Sightings" miniature scrapbook - Nichola Battilana

So how you make these precious little books? The video tutorial can be found at the bottom of this blog post (or jump directly to my channel HERE).

Here is some of the other information you'll need.

Cardboard (i.e. serial box)
Card stock for the inside pages (heavy/cover paper/scrapbook paper)
Scrapbook paper for the cover
Glue stick

Optional but recommended tools:
Roller/brayer (Honestly, it makes everything stick so much better.)
Paper cutter

Card stock: Cut into 2.5" strips, score at .25" from edge, then cut into 1.75" pieces
Cover cardboard: 2.25" x 1.75"
Scrapbook paper: 3.5" x 3" (this gives a large fold)

How many pages you add is up to you. Decide on a number then add 2 to account for the pages that attach to the cover. I'd recommend starting out with 8 to 10 pages. It can be surprisingly difficult to fill those small pages! 

The filling!
Looking for bits to fill these wee books? I've got you covered.

Want to resize your own snaps? Skip over here for a quick how-to.

Ok, so now that you're all ready, here's the tute. Have fun!


  1. These are so gorgeous! I love all the themes, it would be fun to have them all lying out on the coffee table when the neighbors visit to really keep them guessing. Very fun! xoxo

  2. I am MAD for your murderous scrap book - I am so totally going to make several as ... VALENTINES!
    A heads up only for you LOL if you want some more DELICIOUS headlines and stories for yet ANOTHER murderous collage sheet, check out the fab, Fab FAB book called Wisconsin Death Trip. It's a true winner! All about late Victorian murders and bizarre deaths in a small county in a short period of time. Enjoy! LOL

  3. Really Impressive paper projects and a Great little youtube tutorial too!

  4. you have always some fabulous ideas !

  5. I love the creepy ones and the fairy ones as well!