When I saw that Michelle was hosting this swap I thought it might be just the thing to start with. She was so encouraging and complimentary that any feelings of incompetence I had were dissolved. (Thanks, Michelle!)
Creating the little book involved making one original eight-page book, laid out on an 8-1/2" x 11" piece of paper, which was then copied at half size. The copies - 26 in all - were cut, folded, and decorated with a few embellishments. I chose a mermaid theme and had everything I needed to make the pages on hand. It was so much fun to use various papers and images, trim and other embellishments. Here's my book in its original format with a half-size copy to the right.
I was so excited to receive my bundle of books. They came in a sweet little package and each one is so wonderful. I had planned to look at them gradually over several days, but after a few hours I just had to pull them all out and at least take a peek. I'm still oohing and ahhing over them on a regular basis!
UPDATE: Now that I have a new camera, I'm posting photos of my little book pages.