Slimline Mini Book

by Ana Reese

Create a mini book in your own style with this popular size.


  • Cardstock (Neenah 80# & 110# Classic Crest Solar White Cover used here)
  • Designer cardstock (Kraft Resist, Abandoned, Collage Paper Stash by Tim Holtz used here)
  • Paper trimmer
  • Inks (Nuvo Hybrid Black, Distress Inks in Vintage Photo, Brushed Corduroy & Black Soot used here)
  • Mini Ink Blending Tool
  • Heat tool
  • Stamps (Tim Holtz Distress Damask, Craze & Planks, Tiny Text, Curiosities, Haberdashery, Stitches used here)
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (used here: foam squares, Art Glitter Glue)


  1. Step 1

    Using 8.5” x 11” cardstock sheets create 6 slimline cards. Cards for the sample measure 7" x 8.5" and are scored at 3.5" on the short side. Four (80# weight card) will be used for the pages of the mini book and two (110# weight) for the front and back cover of the mini book.

  2. Step 2

    Using designer cardstock cut 2 pieces measuring 8.5” x 3.5”. These will be used for the front and back covers. Also cut 8 pieces measuring 8” x 3.25” for the inside pages.

  3. Step 3

    Ink edges of all cardstock layers.

  4. Step 4

    Ink edges of one side only of the cards you created in step 1. (Note that only the front of the cards needs to be inked since the back of the card will be used to adhere to other cards to form the book. Also ink the 2 cards used for the front and back covers. These just need one side of the card to be inked since the rest will not show.

  5. Step 5

    Adhere the cards together to form the book. Fold each card over with the inked sides facing up and add glue to one of the back blank side. This back side will be glued to the next back side of one side of the next card. Repeat this process until all 4 cards have been glued together. Then get the two cards you made for the covers, add glue inside each card to shut it close and then add glue to the back of the card and adhere each card to the front and back of the book.

  6. Step 6

    Adhere the pieces you cut in step 2 to each page and the front and back covers.

  7. Step 7

    Embellish your book with stamps, ephemera and any other embellishments you wish to use.

  8. Step 8

    Wrap black twine around book to provide a closure for the book.

  9. Step 9

    Your Slimline Mini Book is now complete!


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Slimline Mini Book. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

What a wonderful creation! I love how you incorporated all the different layers on each page and how you used the scraps as well.
Experimental  |  Wed Aug 5, 2020 at 3:29 AM
Thank you showing your entire creative process. Your slimline book is fabulous!
RJP111  |  Wed Aug 5, 2020 at 4:14 AM
Great project! I, too, love TH Paper Dolls! I'm inspired to use some of my hoarded supplies and get busy!
Queenpea  |  Wed Aug 5, 2020 at 4:48 AM
please supply me with your blog name, I would love to see the MOM book you made and the snarky comments thank you for your creativity
nanie  |  Wed Aug 5, 2020 at 5:38 AM
So glad you guys like it!
Nanie here is my youtube channel, if I made a video it will be here:

thank you!
anareese  |  Wed Aug 5, 2020 at 7:24 AM
Wow! Stunning! I love how you added torn pieces of decorative paper to “ground” some of the paper dolls. So much interest on each page. I’ll definitely be giving this a try. Thanks!
sunstamper  |  Wed Aug 5, 2020 at 7:55 AM
Really enjoyed the tutorial and appreciate that you had so much description : ) take good care, Teresa
aztk  |  Wed Aug 5, 2020 at 9:19 AM
I am impressed with the book you made! I love it!! It is a doable project for the craft challenged and I would have never thought that the theme would turn out so gorgeous. Love how you made your embellishments too smile Thank you for showing as much detail as you did!
hicksie  |  Wed Aug 5, 2020 at 2:23 PM
Love the dramatic effect of your little booklet as well as the consistency of paper, inks and ephemera. Thanks for sharing.
crazypatch  |  Mon Aug 10, 2020 at 9:40 PM
Thank you all so much for your kind comments!
anareese  |  Tue Aug 11, 2020 at 10:58 AM

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