Secret Message Mini Book - Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Handmade Secret Message Mini Book with Pink Cover and Silver Heart Charm for Valentine's Day

Hi! I'm sharing a fun tutorial for a secret message mini book that I created for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L today. The signature of this book is made from a single sheet of 8.5x11 inch paper. This simple variation on an accordion fold creates a small book that unfolds to reveal a secret message, making this project perfect to give to your special someone for Valentine's Day!

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Pink and Red E-Z Runner Button Heart Image

Write or print a message onto one side of an 8.5x11 inch piece of printer paper. Thin paper works best.  I added a sweet message to this image created by my Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L teammate Tracy McLennon. (Thank you Tracy!)

How to fold and crease a piece of printer paper to create a mini book signature

Fold the paper in half, in both directions, until the desired size of the finished book is reached. Use a bone folder to create sharp creases. The smaller the paper is folded, the more pages the finished book will have. I folded my paper four times in each direction resulting in a paper with 64 squares.

How to Spiral Cut a Piece of Print Paper to Create a Mini Book Signature

Unfold the paper so that the non-message side is facing up. Cut the paper along the folds in a spiral starting at the top-right corner of the paper. Gather the pages together in an accordion style.

Purple and Pink Clearsnap DyeStress Inkpads and Brush with Colored Specialty Paper

Cut a 2.5 x 1.5 inch piece of specialty paper to create a cover for the mini book. Apply pink and purple dye ink onto the cover.
Mini Book Cover and Signature with Extreme Double-Sided Tape

Cut a piece of Extreme Double-Sided Tape and apply it to the back cover of the book. Do not attach the pages to the front cover!

Mini Book Cover and Signature with Pink Twine

Add a twine or ribbon closure to the book. Peel the red liner from the tape and press the twine onto the double-sided tape. Next, cover the tape with the signature and press to seal.

How to Attach a Silver Metal Heart Embellishment to a Mini Book Cover with Small 3D Foam Circles

The strong permanent bond of Small 3D Foam Circles make them perfect for use with all types of embellishments. The circle shapes fit perfectly inside the curves of my metal heart embellishment. The added height from the foam provided a space for the string closure to wrap around the mini book.

Accordion Fold Mini Book Signature

If assembled correctly, the pages of the book unfold to lay flat and reveal the secret message.

Unfolded Valentine's Day Secret Message Mini Book Signature

This simple craft is a fun way to let your Valentine know they are special. These mini books are more affordable than handmade cards, so I'm looking forward to passing these out to my friends and loved ones this month.

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Supplies:
3D Foam Circles White Mix

HomeHobby by 3L Supplies:
Extreme Double-Sided Tape 1/2 in

Other Supplies: Specialty Paper; White Printer Paper; Silver Heart Charm (Simple Stories); Pink Twine (American Crafts); Archival Dye Ink (Clearsnap)

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Handmade Secret Message Mini Book with Pink Cover and Silver Heart Charm for Valentine's Day


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