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Reading Material


Drink Me

Down the Rabbit Hole
It was all very well to say ‘Drink me,’ but the wise little Alice was not going to do that in a hurry. ‘No, I’ll look first,’ she said, ‘and see whether it’s marked “poison” or not’; for she had read several nice little histories about children who had got burnt, and eaten up by wild beasts and other unpleasant things, all because they would not remember the simple rules their friends had taught them: such as, that a red-hot poker will burn you if you hold it too long; and that if you cut your finger very deeply with a knife, it usually bleeds; and she had never forgotten that, if you drink much from a bottle marked ‘poison,’ it is almost certain to disagree with you, sooner or later.

However, this bottle was not marked ‘poison,’ so Alice ventured to taste it, and finding it very nice, (it had, in fact, a sort of mixed flavour of cherry-tart, custard, pine-apple, roast turkey, toffee, and hot buttered toast,) she very soon finished it off.

‘What a curious feeling!’ said Alice; ‘I must be shutting up like a telescope.’

And so it was indeed: she was now only ten inches high, and her face brightened up at the thought that she was now the right size for going through the little door into that lovely garden. First, however, she waited for a few minutes to see if she was going to shrink any further: she felt a little nervous about this; ‘for it might end, you know,’ said Alice to herself, ‘in my going out altogether, like a candle. I wonder what I should be like then?’ And she tried to fancy what the flame of a candle is like after the candle is blown out, for she could not remember ever having seen such a thing.
-Lewis Carroll

Class Supplies
If you have a kit, you should have a blank minibook, a strip of three transparent overlays, a strip of journaling words, a strip of three printed boxes, tulle netting in two shades of pink, some bright green dyed fabric, a length of ribbon, some buttons and a tiny glass bottle.

If you don’t have a kit, you can make a similar project using a few sheets of cardstock, some patterned paper from your stash, some buttons and ribbon.

From your tools, you will need scissors, trimmer, strong adhesive or needle & thread for the buttons, glue stick or other clear adhesive for the overlays, a black ink pad and a black pen.
You will also need 8 to 15 photos of things you like, printed or croppable to no more than 2.5” square. I found my photos didn’t lend themselves to square cropping, so I kept the standard ratio. I used iPhoto to print 9-up on a 5×7 and this size worked well.

Let’s get all the trimming done straight away. Trim the excess from the three overlays to leave you with the frame. Trim on the black lines on the boxes printed on white cardstock. Trim the journaling words to a rectangle for each phrase. Trim your photos to size while you’re at it.

Use a black ink pad to ink the edges of the words and the cardstock boxes, and leave them to dry while you go on.

Next, we’ll make the cover. You need one photo to go in the space, so try a few until you get one you like. Stick it in place by putting adhesive inside the cover, so you don’t have to put it straight onto the front of your photo and risk getting glue in the wrong place. Then thread the ribbon through so your front cover is closed. Choose a word to put on the cover, and cut some netting as a mat for the word (don’t stress about getting the netting straight…you might be there all night) and add it to the bottom right corner. Add a button or two, then use a fine tipped pen to date your book or doodle.

Once you’re ready to start your pages, you’ll fly right through this. Put all your pictures in front of you so you can pick as you go through—the overlays may look better on some pictures depending on where the light and dark happens to match up with the text, for example. Here are some options for your page designs, layered from the page up to the top:

*Photo + caption + button

 *Photo + overlay

*Netting + photo + caption

*Box + photo + caption (play with tearing photos, cutting with edges, stapling, etc)

*Netting + photo + caption + button

*Box + handwritten journaling

*Box + handwritten journaling + caption + button

*Netting + box + photo

*Netting + box + handwritten journaling

*Fabric + photo + caption + button

*Handwritten journaling + netting + photo

*Box + photo + handwritten journaling

So it’s definitely a game of mix and match! Here are the pages from my book:

To finish, find a way to customise your tiny bottle. I found a few little silver beads in my stash, so added a few of those plus a tiny strip of cardstock where I had handwritten ‘smile’.

You might sign your name, cut a strip from a photo or two or have another idea completely. I also liked how it looked with cake sprinkles inside! Tie this to the ribbon closure or the centre. Be careful, as the tiny corks are pretty fragile, and the hook will fall out if pulled too much. You can always glue your cork if it needs a bit more stability.

To add your length of ribbon, pull the ribbon at the centre binding just enough to pull your ribbon through and knot it. Then you can knot the other end and have a way to tie it to something so you can see your book and smile often! You could even tie it to a handbag so when you fall down the rabbit hole, you won’t be quite as worried as Alice.

Tips for using your own stash
The pages inside this book are 2.5×5 inches. Cut as many of those as you would like, then score in the centre so they fold in half. Cut one slightly larger for the cover and bind with ribbon, stitches or a stapler. Then follow the basic idea using your own stash.

If you upload your book online and post a link in the comments to this post, you will be entered in the draw for a bonus prize. Good luck! Drawing will take place on this Sunday evening, London time. You do not have to be in the UK to win.


28 April 2007

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101 Comments for Drink Me

  1. cathk Says:

    Great kit and fabulous class :) thanks Shimelle

    Here’s mine

  2. shimelle.~* Says:

    anso’s book is here

  3. Amanda Says:

    Loved the Drink me class. Thanks Shimelle, mine is here

  4. Stephanie Says:

    thanks shimelle, my book is here:


  5. Sarah Says:

    Great class, thank you – my little book is here:

  6. Hilary Says:

    Greatly enjoyed making my book – thanks!

  7. Denise B Says:

    Loved doing your class. My book is here

  8. Paula Says:

    Loved the class – thanks

  9. Lis Lambertsen Says:

    Great class as always! Love this littel book…

    Here’s mine on Photobucket:

  10. Tracey Dean Says:

    Loved the class, would have loved the kit. 1 because it would have been a lot quicker and easier and 2 because it looks really nice. Here’s mine anyway

  11. Jennie Says:

    Super class Shimelle – loved the kit and will make one of my own after.
    Mine is here

  12. StarGazer Says:

    Lovely class thanks shimelle mine’s here

  13. savvyowl Says:

    Fabulous class. Here is my attempt:

  14. judi Says:

    Thanks Shim, I’ve wanted a wee book to carry with me for ages and now i have one.

  15. Kelly (USA2UK) Says:

    I did the Box of Sweets class, which I loved :D Can’t find it on your site to leave my comments there, tho… Sorry if this is in the wrong place :(

  16. Natalie Says:

    Lovely class, thanks shimelle.
    Natalie x
    P.S. Mine is here:

  17. Kel Says:

    Thanks Shimelle for another great class. I didn’t manage to get my hands on a kit, but I love my book – it’s here.

  18. Carole c Says:

    Loved this class. Here is mine

  19. Yvonne Fay Says:

    Thanks for another great class. Mine is here

  20. Sarah Slaughter Says:

    Many thanks for a FAB Class :)
    My Link

  21. Pauline Says:

    Hi, loved the class, mine is here

  22. Julie Says:

    Another great class Shimelle…thank-you!

    Here is a link

  23. Natty Says:

    Fab class Shim! :oD

    I’ve uploaded to UKS and also here to my blog:

  24. Netleigh Says:

    Really enjoyed this one.
    Here’s the link to mine.

  25. Kate Says:

    Here is my effort. Thanks for such a cool teeny tiny class and lovely kit.

  26. Lynn Donnelly Says:

    Thanks for another brill class – I just love books especially little ones and I love the little bottle.
    Here’s my book

  27. Azimuth Says:

    great class, as always. Mine’s here

  28. lemon Says:

    fab kit shimelle and another fab class. mine is going to hang from the handles of my cabinet. you can see it here

  29. Suzie B Says:

    Lovely mini-book, here’s mine:

  30. emma treloar Says:

    here is my attempt :)

    thanks for a fab class :)

  31. Emma Whyley Says:

    Luuurrrvved this class – thanks Shimelle!!

  32. Em G (MockChocCroc) Says:

    Hi Shimelle – what a fun little class! I loved it – and thanks for the kit! the little bottle made it just perfect! Here’s my attempt

  33. Charlene Lee Says:

    Loved this, would have loved one of the kits but i did what i could with the stash that i had handy!! Cheers Shimelle, fab class. off to have a go at the box of sweets now!

  34. Jenni Fairley Says:

    Here is my attempt at this fabby wee class. Unfortunately RM smashed my wee bottle but loved the rest of the kit, it was a lot of fun making it

  35. squishychickfi Says:

    Really enjoyed this,very very teansey weansey! Here’s mine

  36. Cassie Campbell Says:

    loved this box of sweets class my entry can be seen here

    thanks again for a fabby class

  37. Jennie Says:

    Really enjoyed this class, I love my little book and have already planned to make more! Thank you for a really great kit that was real VFM. :)
    Here’s mine

  38. kerry (xxkerryxx) Says:

    I must admit i wasnt sure at first with this but now i have doen it i love the results thank you for a fab class and my book is here –

  39. Jenny Says:

    Loved this class, thanks Shimelle.
    My book can be found here.
    Thanks again :-D

  40. Happysnappy Paula Says:

    Oh, the perfect setting for all those cousins´ hanging out pics that didn´t go into the main kids albums. :)

    Thanks! :)

  41. Jane Says:

    thanks for this class, had to delete first picture so here is my new one

  42. Carly Says:

    Great class Shimelle my book is here

  43. Sara Says:

    Thanks for the great class Shimelle, mine can be found here

  44. Jen Hall Says:

    Made my own version, really enjoyed it! Thanks for the class.
    Mine is here:

  45. Claire Says:

    Thanks Shimelle – fun class!

    The front cover is on UKS here

    And the rest of the pages can be viewed here.


  46. Alison Says:

    Done it! Thanks for the fab class, Shim.

  47. Tammy Gore Says:

    Hi Shimelle, my book is here—>

    Thanks for the class

  48. tori Says:

    Thanks for a great class! Mines here——> {drink me}

  49. Joanne26b Says:

    Fab kit. had loads of fun and managed it quite quickly.

    Mine is

  50. Rebecca Says:

    Here’s my Drink Me book-I filled it with puppy pictures of Hazel has a babe!! Fab class, love the book:

  51. Sallyjh Says:

    What a fabby class! Thanks :) Mine’s here:

  52. CarolC Says:

    I loved this class. I made a visit to Geoff Hamilton’s Barnsdale Gardens last Summer. He was my gardening inspiration. My book is

  53. Chris Granelli Says:

    Hi Smimelle ~ brilliant little class ~ unable to load on UKS due to busy server but here is my effort ~ pics not great though I’m afraid :(

  54. Leanne(Twinmom) Says:

    Really loved this kit and class. Here is my version. I hope you like it.

  55. Julie Says:

    Here’s my wee book

  56. Chloe H Says:

    Hi Shimelle,
    Fantastic class – loved it to bits! My layout is here
    thanks again Chloexxx

  57. M_A_A_B Says:

    Thanks for this kit and class :)

    I made my book about my dog, Milo cos he’s so cute :)

    it’s in my UKS gallery:

  58. Cal Says:

    Thanks Shimelle – here’s the link to mine ….

  59. bumpybecky Says:

    well I didn’t get a kit, but they looks fabby! thanks for the class :) my version is here…

  60. jen Says:

    You are in fact making a scrap booker out of me yet. I can’t believe how much fun I had with this.
    Here is my little book.

    Thank you :)

  61. jane (dragonfly) Says:

    reallly loved the ‘Drink Me’ class in the uks cyber crop. I am getting addicted to making mini books but have never done one this small before, it def. won’t be my last. I fill it with photos of things that make me smile, useing most of the page for the photo with just tiny journaling round the edges. This is mine
    Thank you for the class Shimelle

  62. Liana Says:

    Such a great idea. Love my mini book of happiness! Here’s a link.

  63. Kirsty (mmmbisto) Says:

    Loved it! Here’s my book:

  64. mary evans Says:


    Here’s mine….fab class again Shim.

  65. Sarah W Says:

    Thank you for a brilliant class and a lovely kit. My book is here

  66. Sue Bradley Says:

    A lovely project to do-so satisfying to finish something at one sitting.

  67. Latharia Says:

    Purely adorable!

  68. Taniwha Says:

    Great class thanks Shimelle, I finally got a project done that I’ve wanted to do for ages! Cheers for that :)
    Here’s the cover of my little book

  69. Gill Says:

    I loved this class and making a precious little book I can’t wait to show it off here

  70. CraftyCaz Says:


    Loved them both….will hang this little book on my laptop bag.


  71. Hilary Blumer Says:

    Thanks for a lovely kit and great class. My first ever kit and I found it really easy to use. Here’s mine

  72. jayne Says:

    this was fab. At first thought looking at kit well urrrrm but when i got going it was grat seeing it come together with not much ease and i love finished product.

  73. Tracey Says:

    This was a fantatsic class, Thank you Shimelle. Here is my teeny weeny book

  74. Freedom Says:

    Thanks for the class.I didn’t have the kit but I managed with my own stash!
    Here’s the link

  75. Angela Says:

    Really loved the class Shim.

  76. Anso Says:

    Thanks for a fantastic class – loved this one!!

    Here’s my minibook:


  77. Barbie Pink Says:

    My mini book is here.
    It is a tribute to all my friends that made my 40th Birthday bash such good fun!!

  78. Gill Says:

    Gilly_mc here

    I see my last message didn’t gte on – loved the class – more like this please here is mine

  79. PJ Says:

    Hi Shimelle,

    Lovely project… so much fun making such a small minibook… it reminds me of the lucky girl album I made:


  80. Jacelyn Says:

    What I can say? You’re ingenious! I so love all your paperwork. This mini book is really cute and makes a great gift. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

    Just a question though, how did you secure the pages to the cover? Staple?

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