The sun is out and shining brightly! Of course it is still cold here. I hope that you are having beautiful (if not warm) weather where you are. Either way, it is another great day for crafting. How would you like to see something different today?
Instead of a card, I have a mini-book to show you. I love mini-books for a number of reasons. Most importantly for me, they are quick and easy to put together, and they are the perfect size to carry around to show your friends and family. This book is one that I made a couple of years ago after our annual trip with our riding group to The 4 -J Big Piney Horse Camp in Missouri. We always have a good time, and I like to finish my book up as soon as possible after we get home.
I made this book out of a few 5 x 8 tabbed index cards that I stained with strong coffee to make them look old. I love the vintage look, and it goes well with our riding photos. To make the stain I dissolve 1/4 cup of instant coffee crystals in 1 cup of hot water, and add about 1 tsp of vanilla for the scent. It doesn't take long to just dip the index cards and shipping tags into the stain and lay them out to dry. I usually do up a bunch at a time so that they are ready to use when an idea pops into my head. The papers were all from the Hopscotch line from K & Co.
That's all for today! See you tomorrow,