New Tutorial Available & Etsy’s 13th Birthday SALE!

Hello Happy Crafters!

I’m so happy to share Project #5 in my on-going Fun with Graphic 45 Series!

This is the “Drop Ins #1” Tutorial shown using Graphic 45’s Rectangle Tag & Pocket Album and their fun ABC Primer Deluxe Collector’s Edition collection.

BUT! You don’t need this particular album or paper collection to learn all about my fun new Drop Ins. The great thing about Drop Ins is that they can go in ANY project using ANY paper!

Read on for all the info and watch the full walk-through video!

To showcase this project, I chose G45’s Rectangle Tag & Pocket Album. It is 6”x 8” w/ a 3” spine and comes LOADED with pockets and pages. There are six folder “units” in this album, each with a pocket page tucked in the middle of the folder. This makes an 18 page/36 sides minibook. Wow!

Each Pocket Page comes with one of Graphic 45’s regular tags tucked in the front pocket, an the pages themselves also form a large side pocket. Lots of room for plenty of photos!

How “Drop Ins” Were Born…

Graphic 45 redesigned their albums a year or so ago so they now have nice big gussets (spaces) between the each of the six folder/pocket page units, allowing for a lot more fun to be packed in this mini.

And I’ve never met a gusset I didn’t need to fill…

SO….I got to thinking…hmm…how can I add fun and interest to a pre-made book to spruce up this “basic page-pocket page-basic page” format?

For that matter, what about versatile elements I can make and drop into ANY project?


How about adding interactive fun to the front of handmade greeting cards?  Hmmm…..

The wheels started turning and, boom! My brand new Drop Ins sprang to life!

I LOVE these fun, super versatile little elements. For this foundation, I designed a “Drop In” interactive element that can be attached to the front of each of the six folder/pocket page units. BUT these elements can be attached to ANY minibook page.

Each element is different and adds both texture and dimension to the album, as well as the opportunity to add in a bunch more photos in a fun, interactive way. The sizes vary, so there are Drop Ins to fit any size minibook or greeting card.


What Do I mean By “Drop In Element?”

These interactive units are made completely separate from your project, then simply attached to a minibook page (or greeting card!) In this case, using the Graphic 45 Tag & Pocket Album, I attached one Drop In to the front of each of the six folder/pocket page units in the album.


You can add these elements in any order. You can add just a few if you want to preserve the gusset space to use other embellishments like chipboard pieces or add more photos to the pocket pages. You can make one style of Drop In and use it repeatedly throughout. Make them again and again to add interest to ANY project. SO many options!

The Digital Tutorial comes with a Cutting Guide that gives you all the measurements for each of the seven different Drop Ins—including the sizes of all the décor mats.

Make any basic minibook or pick up one of these G45 Rectangle Tag & Pocket albums (they come in ivory, too!) use any paper collection you wish to decorate, then add in as many of these fun Drop In interactive elements as you’d like!

Check out the full walk-through of the project to see the full “Drop Ins #1” set! 


If you want to make this full project, exactly as shown, you’re in luck!!

The Digital Tutorial also comes with a full Cutting Guide and Step-by-Step Photo Instructions so you can decorate this Graphic 45 Rectangle Tag & Pocket Album just like the sample shown. OR follow the Cutting Guide and substitute any paper collection you wish!

Hop on over to my MiniBooksRMe Etsy Shop and pick up your Fun with Graphic 45: Drop Ins #1 Digital Tutorial today!


Have you been checking out the tutorials, trying to decide which one to get? Well, maybe I can help out with that!

Etsy turns 13 this coming week and I’m celebrating by giving YOU the presents!

From June 18th through June 22nd ALL of the digital tutorials in my MiniBooksRMe Etsy Shop will be on sale for 10% off!

No coupon code needed.

The tutorials will be automatically marked down on those days. So browse, shop, buy and you’re all set! Even better, the tutorials are all instant downloads. I love instant gratification!


Want to be In The Know for all upcoming projects and also get the chance to purchase full kits for these projects? Drop me an email to and put “Subscribe Me” in the subject line and you’re all set!  (This simply subscribes you to the newsletter, no purchases required.)

I’ll be announcing a new project this coming week!

Questions? Need Help?

I’m always happy to assist. No question is too small. Drop me a line at and I’ll respond as quickly as I’m able. I want you to have as much making these projects as i do.

I’ll be back soon with more crafty fun!




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