So, photo heavy post ahead, but I am so insanely proud of how this came out, so I have absolutely no apologies
I have had to wait what feels like forever to post this! It was made for @Edel in the 12 days of Christmas swap, originally posted to her on 30th November. Due to the postal service, the parcel then sat somewhere for about a month, before being returned to me in early January. And I had labelled this as Day 12, so was the very last present to unwrap.
First up, the whole thing, and actually the only photo I took of the mini ivy plant apparently.
The book was a charity shop find. I specifically looked for a mass produced version of a book, so I didn’t feel too guilty cutting into it.
Cutting into it, and gluing the pages, took so much longer than I had anticipated! Luckily I could take regular breaks to make the contents of the shelves The shelves themselves were created from a thick cardboard and the “photo frame” surround was made from coffee stirrers, stained to a give a darker colour.
Mini books - I absolutely loved making these and had to actually make myself stop - I could have added so many more! All of the books open and have content, although some only contain images, and where there is writing, it is not readable. A number of the books are just random finds from Pinterest, so I am not able to credit all the creators sadly. Some of them were printable downloads purchased on Etsy and some I did create myself in photoshop.
All of these are from My Porch Prints
These I created in photoshop
These are all random Pinterest finds
The Tiny Book of Flowers is a book in a box, with 12 pop up pages, one flower for each month of the year. I have just added a couple of my favourite months.
This little book almost ended up in the bin a few times - printed in paper, it was impossible to cut and fold, printed in card, you couldn’t close the book! Even the final version (printed in a combination of both) ended up in time out more than once
The full set of Harry Potter books - the covers I found as a printable on Pinterest years ago and the insides were created in Photoshop. The box was created in photoshop using an image of the castle found online.
Moving on from the books, I decided that any good bookshelf needed some other bits and pieces to accompany the books…
There is a little basket, into which I added the journaling bits and pieces (although what I love is that there is no right or wrong way to fill the shelves). The journal was a printable from My Porch Prints and printed full size would be just under A5 size - I actually don’t remember what size I printed this out though, maybe 1/8th.The little basket was a cardboard basket tutorial for a dolls house, which I found on Pinterest. I had to add the rest of the journaling elements separately, as they wouldn’t fit inside the journal
A pack of cards - a printable image found online and printed out oh so very tiny.
An astrology set, including book, scrolls and cards (in their own box).
And last, but by no means least, a Harry Potter Monopoly set. This is available as a printable set, sized to adapt a normal monopoly set, but I resized everything in photoshop to a 1/12th scale. Cutting this out was somewhat fun!
(For those monopoly lovers amongst us, you may notice this set is sadly missing the silver playing pieces and the dice. I tried so hard, but in the end I had to give up after attempt number four went in the bin. I just could not get them small enough to fit in the box! )
The mini ivy and tiny book of flowers are printables from the Canon Creative Park, printed out at a reduced size
Many of the mini books are from My Porch Prints on Etsy
Pop up house is a freebie, originally found on Pinterest
Astrology set from Ever After Miniatures on Etsy
Harry Potter Monopoly printable set is a freebie I found via Pinterest, but there are loads of versions out there