Mini Dress Blank Books

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Perfect for family craft night, these personalized mini books can be created by each family member using a variety of blanks. Let the fun begin!!!


  • Spellbinders Media Mixáge by Susan Lenart Kazmer Dresses One Blanks (MB6-002), two
  • Cardstock: cream, black
  • Natural twine
  • Split ring
  • Small metal embellishment
  • Photographs


  • Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Machine (MMM-001)
  • Spellbinders Media Mixáge Dresses One Dies (MD2-002)
  • Spellbinders Media Mixáge Crackle Texture Plates (MT1-004)
  • Sentiment stamp of choice
  • Brown ink pad
  • Paint pens: black, silver
  • White gel pen
  • Crystal ultra-fine glitter
  • Label maker
  • Hole punch, 1/16″
  • Clear-drying craft glue

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, small paintbrush




Mini Dress Blank Book

(Note: Instructions are for black book shown at bottom left. To create other books, substitute colored cardstock and coordinating paint markers.)

1. Using Artisan X-plorer machine, die cut/emboss four Dresses One #4 shapes from black cardstock and two from photographs.

2. Add desired journaling to black dress die cuts with white gel pen; let dry.

3. Punch hole in center top of each die-cut dress shape. Arrange die cuts as desired; thread twine through holes to create inside of book.

4. To create book covers, follow manufacturer’s instructions to texture two Dresses One #4 blanks using Crackle Texture Plates and Artisan X-plorer machine.

5. Using paint pens, free-hand random marks on textured blanks; see Photo 1. Let dry. Adhere metal embellishment to front cover as shown; let dry.

Photo 1

6. Use paintbrush to apply thin layer of glue to metal embellishment and outside of each book cover. Lightly sprinkle surfaces with glitter; shake off excess and let dry completely.

7. Stamp brown sentiment onto cream cardstock. Trim into banner shape as shown; adhere to front cover.

8. Using label maker, print sentiment; trim to size and adhere to front cover.

9. Thread twine ends through embellished blanks to create finished book. Tie split ring to book, tying twine in bow to secure.

by Richard Garay for Spellbinders (

4 thoughts on “Mini Dress Blank Books

  1. This little home decor piece is so adorable. I love the Spellbinders Media Mixáge Dresses One Dies. I can think of so many cute ways to use that die, but just love this cute little key holder case with the little books.

  2. I got to see this fabulous project in person at the Original Rubber Stamp Convention in Carson, CA and it is FANTASTIC! Richard, always super creative and talented, has made a keep her here! I’m dying to try it myself. Just fantastic. It would also be darling as an advent calendar, Who is Home, Who is Out box (home on top, out on bottom) as the kids get older, or just so much more. It’s DARLING!!

  3. I’m disappointed. I wish there was a better photo of what we would be making. Not too interested without knowing what I’m going to be making.

    • Hi Mary. Thank you for your comment on this project. We are going to be uploading a close-up image of the black book in a little while so that all of our readers can see that one a little better. Enjoy your day! Dawn at Crafts ‘n things

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