My favorite hobby is miniatures. When I make something that turns out great or have the pleasure of buying them, I get giddy. But miniatures can be expensive. I often make them myself, but doing them DIY takes time. Making them in general takes time. Because of this for a long time I resisted adding scrapbooking as a hobby.
Scrapbooking isn’t a cheap hobby, either. First, is printing the pictures. I take lots of photos – even more now that I have gone digital. Raising two children on a budget left little room for printing but I did print the film ones over the years. When it came to albums I didn’t have the extra money for those either, so I was storing them in boxes. They were all organized so nicely in order.
One day, my children wanted to look at them. I let them. Pictures are made to be shared. But I didn’t watch them very well with them not thinking they would not be so ocd about keeping them in order like I would. So yes, they were all mixed up. That’s the day I decided I had to do something. I had to do something to share them in a way that I was comfortable with. That was the day I decided I couldn’t resist the scrapbook hobby anymore.
This scrapbook dome is my tribute to my other hobby. A in process project…
This dome just screamed buy me at a thrift store. This is what it looked like before.
What I didn’t realize was that the opening was smaller than the overall dome. I had to figure out a way to use it. My solution was a floor that folds.
With the floor flat inside
Other things I have done so far:
I made the table using foam core for the top, fabric to cover, and wood dowels for legs.
I even made the braces out of paper and a dress pin head.
I cut paper strips for the brace, drilled a hole in the dowel leg and added the pin for the joint.
I had purchased a cat from at a show and this I repainted it to look like my Juni.
Next time I finished was this pen case.
Do you see it? In the middle, of the real thing….
Well here’s a close up of it.
To make this miniature I used black cardboard for the backing. Then I scanned the color sheets and printed on photo paper (wanted them to be shiny). Used 4 mm silk black ribbon around the outside, plus some fringe cording around that. The markers are made from price tag stems. I painted after adding them to the sides. The pen loops were made using the same silk ribbon, but I added a line of glue down the middle of the ribbon, then cut it in half to make a 2mm wide pen loop. The scissors are from a hook and eye that I cut apart and the blue craft knife (with black end) in the flap was sanded wood. The one in the middle is from the price tag loops.
To make these I used the photos these to print and then glue on to cardboard layers.
Further, I took photos of my own scrapbooks and then reduced them to make miniature copies.
Here it is in the dome. Nothing is glued down as I am still wanting to make a few other items.