I’ve been a member of a Facebook group that began years ago as a Flickr group…the Itty Bitty Book Club…and that’s exactly what we do. We make Itty Bitty Books! Our hostess, usually Mary Ann, posts an idea for a theme and invites us to create pages for a little book, usually about 3 inches by 3 and half inches. We send our pages, one for each person who is participating. Then the hostess collates and binds them. So if 14 people are participating, we each make 14 pages. One of the projects for this summer is a Mermaid book with shaped pages rather than our usual rectangles. Sixteen people joined the fun for the Mermaid book. When I was working on ideas, I remembered that I had a little box of iridescent shell-shaped “scales” from a mermaid’s tail!
She had become entangled in a fisherman’s net and as she made her escape, these scales from her sparkly tail were left behind… I used them to tell her tale. As I said, the pages are shaped…Mary Ann sent us each a die cut shell template and we cut our pages…
For each page I added a piece of the net, a few sea shells, and shiny beads and the beautiful mermaid. These are some of the most embellished pages I have done. Each of the 16 pages for this swap is about the same with only slight differences..
They were packaged up and sent to be bound with the creations of the 15 other Mermaid Book makers.
Mary Ann will create Covers and a Table of Contents to include as she binds the pages together. And in a couple of weeks, a fat little book will arrive in the mail. I usually wait until after supper to open mine. My friend Nancy of My Crafty little Page fame is often a fellow IBB participant. When the books arrive, I pour myself a glass of wine and then I call her and we go through the book oooh-ing and aaah-ing over each page and looking at techniques and unusual embellishments. It’s a fun way to connect and visit as we enjoy the talents of our creative group.