Carta Bella Country Kitchen Recipe Book!

Hello everyone!

So excited to share this new project with you!  I had so much fun using Carta Bella’s adorable Country Kitchen collection to create this wonderfully functional recipe album.

But before we dive in, I have BIG KIT NEWS!

FULL PROJECT KITS: YESSS!!! By the time I post here, the full project kits are always gone. With Christmas around the corner and folks looking for fun projects to make as gifts (even if the recipient is YOU) I made some extra full project kits. I know! 

Interested in a full project kit? Email me at donna@minibooksrme.com and I’ll send you all the info on pricing and how to get one shipped right to your door!  ALERT: Once these kits are gone, they are gone!

DIGITAL TUTORIAL: Want to supply your own materials? The digital tutorial is also available in my Etsy shop here. 

Read on to learn about this fun project and watch the video walk-through.

I’ve made a number of recipe books over the years, but this is, hands-down, the most cheerful paper I’ve ever gotten to play with. Carta Bella did such a great job with this bright, colorful, and cute collection, I wanted to put it to really good use.

I spent some time designing this 8” x 10” x 2” to keep the FUN in functional! The inside front cover has a deep pocket, great to hold those oversized recipes you tear out of magazines and swear you’re going to copy onto cards, but never get around to it. Just me?

Then, if you’re like me and you have a LOT of those recipes you tear out of things, that inside front cover pocket folds out and gives you two more big pockets. I know! Super functional, tons of extra space, AND there are roosters! (And wee baby chicks!)

The album itself has 3 big pocket pages. Each pocket page has an additional page attached to the back. This makes 6 pages/12 sides. Each of those 12 sides has five recipe card pockets attached The pockets are wide enough to fit a wide variety of recipe card sizes. Each pocket sleeve does have a stop at the bottom, so every pocket is the same size. (Meaning the top pocket is not open to the bottom of the page.)

Then, because you can never have too much storage room, each pocket page comes with a Pocket Page Pull Out. I know! It’s the recipe album that keeps on giving.

 Pocket Page Pull Outs

Each one of the Pocket Page Pull Outs features a spacious slant-edge pocket, then we attach another pocket on front just in case you have smaller cards or notes that would get lost in the bigger pocket.

This adorable collection also comes with a full 12×12 sheet of cardstock stickers and a full pack of coordinating die cuts. I had so much fun tucking them into the pockets, so you have little peeks of cuteness on each page. There were plenty of leftovers, so you can mix, match, add more, or use whichever little pieces speak to you.

Spacious but streamlined, these six pages hold a minimum of 60 standard 3” x “5 or 4” x 6” recipe cards. Bigger cards will fit, too! Have more recipes? The pockets are spacious enough to fit more than one card. Above, I tucked in the two cards that come with the collection, then added eight more space holders so you could see all 10 pockets more clearly. (The plain cardstock mats shown in these photos do not come with the kit, they are or demonstration purposes.) Of course, if your splitting-at-the-seams recipe box looks like mine, you already have plenty of cards ready for those pockets!

But wait! There’s more!A big spacious pocket on the inside back cover holds a recipe easel stand. How perfect is that? Pull out a recipe, pull out the stand, and you have it up off the counter and easy to read (and keep clean!)

The Recipe Stand comes with two functional sides. The front has a little tray that you can tuck your card into. But if you have something bigger (like those magazine tear outs we talked about earlier) simply use the back of the easel and the clip (that does come with the kit!) and clip your recipe to the stand. Double the function, double the cute!

  

This project kit comes pre-cut! Yes, this kit comes with your chipboard and cardstock mats for building the foundation AND all the mats to decorate the album all pre-cut for you and stacked in the order of use.

The kit also comes with full color photo, step-by-step instructions.I will have a video walk-through of the finished project as well.

Cutting Guide: As a bonus, your kit also comes with a full Cutting Guide that includes all the sizing for the foundation mats AND all the décor mats as well. This way you can easily re-create this Recipe Album and decorate it with whatever paper collection you choose. Change up the theme completely to suit your needs!

Digital Tutorial: Want to use your own stash from the start? You can find the tutorial for this project HERE.

Want to see the recipe album “LIVE?”  Check out my walk-through of the final project!

As always, if you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to ask! I can always be reached at donna@minibooksrme.com

Until next time, happy crafting!

New Tutorial Available AND….did someone say SALE?

It’s Cyber Week at Etsy and MiniBooksRMe has joined in the fun with my biggest sale yet!

From now through midnight, Monday, November 26th, ALL tutorials in my shop are 15% off! No coupons or codes required. The items are already marked down for ya!

And yes, the sale does include the following brand new File Folder Mini tutorial. Read on for all the details!

I’m happy to announce that the tutorial for File Folder Mini #7 is now available! (And yes, it’s on sale, too!)

This is File Folder Mini uses Authentique’s beautiful, fall inspired, “Pleasant” collection. If you’re new to MiniBooksRMe, this project is part of the ongoing File Folder Mini Series. There are tutorials & walk-through videos available for all of the previous FFM’s, too. Yay! Here are links to my Etsy shop and YouTube channel. 

These File Folder Minis are made from standard manila file folders, then decorated with your favorite paper collections. Each FFM is 6” x 8” with a 1.5” spine and each one comes with a completely unique interior design.

This month the mini features a single page inside, but what a page design this is! The front has multiple fold outs, the page itself is a big pocket-page, and the back is a duplicate of the front, with the same multiple fold outs, spacious pockets, and more. The inside front and back cover add additional photo “real estate” as well. It’s a fun way to learn that you don’t necessarily need a lot of individual pages to create a packed-full minibook!

We’ll also use décor items and cut apart cards to create additional pocket space on the page elements, too!

Big, full-size pull-outs are included in these oversized pockets. It’s like getting multiple folios inside your file folder mini! I love the lush, colorful designs on these cut apart cards!

So many flaps and pockets, all with plenty of room for additional tags if you want to add even more photos or journaling cards.

The page itself is a big, side-loading pocket with room for a pull out folder!

The back of the page features the same over-sized pocket flap, more pull-out folios, and spacious pockets.

All of the pull-outs are mini folios!

So much space to include tons of photos and journaling. The color-blocked pages are easily customizable to fit your photos. Organize, replace, or trim down any element to fit the size photos you want to include.

Check out the full, finished project walk-through!

Thanks so much for watching. You can find the tutorial for this project HERE.

Don’t forget to check out the full Etsy shop HERE to take advantage of the Cyber Week Sale, going on now through Monday November 26th!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and happy crafting!

New Fun with Graphic 45 Tutorial Available!

(And yes! This tutorial is part of my Anniversary Sale! Check out my Etsy Shop HERE to see all of my tutorials. The sale is shop-wide through midnight ET Sunday, October 21st!)

I’m SO very excited to finally get to share with you a project I’ve been wanting to make (or re-make) for a year. I made a little mini last year using one of Graphic 45’s albums and this wonderful Hallowe’en in Wonderland collection. One of my all time faves! (I’ve been collection All Things Alice for many years.)

Graphic 45 liked the end result so much they even used it in one of their ad campaigns. (I know! What?)  That project was a one time class I taught at a local store, but after that ad went online, I had a LOT of folks asking me for a tutorial. I planned to make one right after I launched my MiniBooksRMe shop a year ago, but by then the paper was mostly sold out, so (sad face!) I ifigured I’d missed my shot.

Fast Forward to Fall of 2018 and G45 made my whole year when they decided to bring it out again for one last show. I snapped up product so fast I think I made their head spin. I know mine was! And I immediately re-created the project.

This time I made my own mini, with all the gusset space I needed to add in chipboard, plenty of tags, and all the fun I wanted.

The mini by itself is super versatile. It’s 6×6 with a chunky 3 1/4″ spine and has 6 pocket-and-flap style pages. (Yes, all the same for once!) I wanted to give you a versatile, easy to make mini suitable for all occasions.

To that end, the tutorial not only comes with a very detailed color photo, step by step instruction file, you also get a Cutting Guide that gives you all the sizes for the foundation mats to build the mini book, but it ALSO gives you the sizes of all the pattern papers and decor mats I used to decorate the mini and make all the tags and folders.

That way you can make this mini again and again, using any paper collection you wish.

Check out the video walk-through of the full project:

 

Then pop on over to my MiniBooksRMe Etsy shop and pick up the tutorial and PLAY! (Make sure to stop by before midnight Sunday, October 21st to take advantage of my first Anniversary Sale! Everything in the shop is 10% off. No coupon code needed. Prices are automatically reduced.) Happy Shopping!

And until next time…happy crafting!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY SALE!

Drop the balloons and toss the confetti!! MiniBooksRMe is officially One Year Old this week!  To celebrate this happy milestone, ALL tutorials in my Etsy shop are on sale for 10% off now through Sunday, October 21st.

No code needed, the tutorials are automatically discounted for you. Woo hoo!!

Fun with Graphic 45: Hallowe’en in Wonderland 6×6 Mini!

The digital tutorial for the Fun with Graphic 45: Hallowe’en in Wonderland project shown above will be in the MiniBooksRMe Etsy shop by this Friday, and will also be part of the sale. Yay! Click the follow button up at the top of the right hand column to follow this blog and you’ll get an email notice when that tutorial is available.

To hop over and take advantage of the Anniversary Sale, click HERE! 

Happy crafting!

 

2500 YouTube Subscribers Giveaway ~ WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

Hello Happy Crafters!

First, I want to thank ALL of you for your overwhelming enthusiasm for my YouTube channels videos and for my craft projects. I couldn’t do what I do without your interest, excitement, and inspiration.  I appreciate every one of you for entering my 2500 YouTube Subscribers Giveaway. (We’re already over 3200 subscribers now. Wow!)

In fact, I had SO MANY entrees, I upped the Tutorial Winner list from 15 to 20 winners. ALL winners have just been notified via email about their prize and how to claim it.

The list of winners is also below. Note: If you see your name and missed the announcement email, please email me at donna@minibooksrme.com for information on how to claim your prize.

TUTORIAL WINNERS:

20 Lucky Crafters have won the digital tutorial of their choice from my MiniBooksRMe Etsy shop.

Winners names are listed below in alphabetical order:

Traci Adiego

Joya Bohman

Angie Bolingbroke

Vielka Bondy

Tammy Carlston

Catrina Coonc

Shristi Das

Therese Hoffman

Magdalena Lawedziak

Lynne Mundi

Kim Persinger

Geraldine Proctor

Barbara Ramey

Jennifer Richards

Judi Schomer

Tandara Smith

Rosemary Sokolowski

Heather Upton

Carmen Wylie

Carol Waldack

WHAT THEY HAVE WON:A digital tutorial for any project in my Etsy shop. You will receive all files related to the project you choose directly from me via email!

GRAND PRIZE WINNERS:

2 Very Lucky Crafters have won the Grand Prize: a full project kit! Your names are listed below:

Dianne Hart

Bobbi Shiers

WHAT THEY HAVE WON:  A full project kit from me on any future project.

  • Prize includes: all materials needed to make the project kit you’ve chosen (you supply the tools and adhesives.)  The detailed list of items included for each kit are always listed in the newsletters as well.

Congratulations everyone!!!!

If we’re lucky enough to reach 5000 subscribers at some point, expect a brand new giveaway blowout!  Woo hoo!

In the meantime, you can check out my YouTube channel HERE.

And to browse my digital tutorials in my MiniBooksRMe Etsy Shop, click HERE.

Follow this blog while you’re here, so you’re sure to get a note with each new announcement. (See Follow link at the top of the column to the right.)

A big thank you again to all of you again.  I truly (truly!) appreciate your support.

Happy crafting!

File Folder Mini #6 Tutorial ~ Now Available!

I’m happy to announce that the digital tutorial for my File Folder Mini #6 using the  Graphic 45 Imagine collection is now in my Etsy shop! 

For new visitors, this project is part of the ongoing File Folder Mini Series. (There are tutorials & YouTube walk-throughs for all of them. Yay! Links to shop and channel are over there in the right hand column of this page.)

These File Folder Minis are made from standard manila file folders, then decorated with your favorite paper collections. Each FFM is 6” x 8” with a 1.5” spine and each one comes with a completely unique interior design.

In this jam-packed mini you’ll make a fun satchel-style, deep pocket on the inside front cover that holds a thick, full-sized folio!

Then Page 1 is designed from one file folder piece, including top tab, making a top-loading pocket page that comes with a big folder-tabbed pull out tag. Plus a fun fold-out slant pocket, which holds another folder.

So much room for photos, large and small!

And the fun doesn’t stop there! The back of Page 1 features a fold out double pocket AND an add-on page, giving you tons of photo “real estate.” I love hidden goodies, don’t you?

Then it’s on to Page 2, which is an overlapping split pocket page. With more hidden goodies! Photos on the next page.

Those front pocket flaps are actually pull out folders!

But that’s not all. On the back of these pocket flaps there’s space for another cute folder (because, of course there is! Have you met me?)

Then the inside the back cover has, yes, even more room for small to overlarge tags so you can squeeze in as many photos as possible.

One of the things I loved about this collection is it lends itself well to just about any kind of photos. The theme being to imagine, dream big, keep trying…and the colorful palette strikes just the right tone. Striking, but not overwhelming, so your photos will be the highlight.

Walk-Through Video! 

Want to see more? Check out my walk-through video over on my YouTube Channel HERE.

Instant Download Digital Tutorial! 

Interested in making one of your own? You can purchase the instant-download tutorial for this project, which come complete with a full Cutting Guide in addition to the Step by Step Photo Instruction file. The Cutting Guide gives you all the sizes of the foundation mats to create this File Folder Mini AND all the mat sizes for the cardstock and pattern decor mats. So you can use any paper collection you want!

You can find the tutorial right here: File Folder Mini #6 Tutorial. 

Before you go video-Etsy shop hopping, click on that subscribe link up there and you’ll get a little email in your inbox when I post new project info here!

 

 

Fun with Graphic 45: Pocket & Flap Album and Drop Ins 2!

Brand new tutorial is available in my Etsy shop! Yay!

I was so excited by the positive response to Drop Ins 1, I couldn’t wait to share this new project with you. This is the Pocket & Flap Album with Drop Ins 2!

In this project, you learn how to make the album AND the Drop Ins!

The album is 6″ x 8″ x 3″ and features the fabulous Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue collection. However, the tutorial comes with all the mat sizes not only to make the foundation, but also all the decor (pattern paper) mat sizes as well, so you can use any paper you wish!

Then you’ll also learn how to make six brand new Drop Ins!

What are Drop Ins?

These interactive elements are made completely separate from your project, then are simply attached to a minibook page (or greeting card!) In this case, my brand new Pocket & Flap Album, adding instant interactive fun!

Make them again and again to add interest to ANY project. SO many options!

Here’s the YouTube walk-through video detailing the whole project:

This tutorial is available in three different formats.

Click here for the Pocket & Flap Album AND Drop Ins 2.

Click here for the Pocket & Flap Album ONLY

Click here for the Drop Ins 2 ONLY.

And if you missed Drop Ins 1, that tutorial is available in my Etsy shop here. To see the video walkthrough of that project click here.

And don’t forget to take advantage of my Labor Day Sale! ALL tutorials in my MiniBooksRMe Etsy shop, including this brand new one, are 10% through September 3rd! Happy shopping!

And Happy Crafting!