Simply Spring Mini Travelers

Whether you need an Easter basket stuffer or a fun craft for kids, 
these Simply Spring Mini Travelers are a breeze to put together! 

For this duo, you will need: an 8X8 sheet protector (full sheet w/out pockets),
 round elastic cording, scrapbook papers and embellishments.  As far as "tools
", I've used a sewing machine, but this is optional if you don't have one.

To get started, I trimmed away the edge of the page protector 
where the holes are located.  Next, I cut a sheet of patterned
 paper to 8X8 and inserted into the protector. 

I cut the protector and paper (horizontally) and loaded the paper
into each sleeve with the opening at the top.  One edge of the protector 
will be left unattached, so I solved this by adding
an eyelet to hold the side closed:

Next, I scored a 1/2" spine into the paper/protector 
(scored at 3.75" and 4.25") and then folded several times to create nice creases.

I used my sewing machine to create a zig-zag stitching 
down the center of the spine.  This just helps to secure the 
protector, so you could hand-stitch, staple or use brads/eyelets
 if you don't have a machine.  
You will also see (above) that I hole punched an 1/8" hole 
the top and bottom of the spine and also at the center of the spine.  
tied through a piece of round elastic through the spine and knotted inside.
  For the closure, I knotted a small piece of elastic and slipped
 through the middle hole (with the knot on the inside).

Now onto the pages!  I cut six strips of double-sided paper 
to 6.75" X 3.5", layered them all together (one on top of the other)
 and inserted them through the elastic:

For the embellishing, I simply used a 2.5"square die to cut
 mats and then added them with foam tape. 

 I also included some of the small stickers and sprinkles!

This recipe is for one of the mini travelers, so just repeat the process for other mini.  

I added a ball chain through the eyelet at the back and loaded
 it with a cute tag, shaped clips and then tied on a bow! 
So perfect for an Easter basket stuffer or add photos
 and give as a brag book to grandma!


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