Cut out a frame the size of the Mini-Crankie window (2″ x 2 3/4″) to help you visualize your story. Create shadow puppets and hot glue them to sticks. (shish-kebob skewers work)
Light up your screen using a small LED flashlight in a paper tube. Cut a tab and fold under, to tilt the light up. Use colors from a lighting supply color gel sample swatch book. (usually free if you pick it up at the store; online prices around $10 with shipping; also check with your local theater)
Put a piece of tape over the ends of your paper rolls. This will protect the paper when you remove it from the crankie rollers.
Add a fancy design to the front of the Mini-Crankie. Can be classical, formal, or simply colorful. This can be a cut-out picture or a 3D construction.