File Folder Mini #8: Graphic 45 Christmas Magic Tutorial ~ Now Available!

Hello Happy Crafters!

I’m still in Arizona at the amazing Creativation convention, buying up SO MUCH FUN STUFF that we’ll all get to play with this coming year. I am so excited to share it with you! I promise another fun-filled convention post tomorrow as things wrap up here.

But rightthisverysecond, I’m excited to tell you that the next (and last!) File Folder Mini tutorial is available in my MiniBooksRMe Etsy Shop.

Check out the walk-through right here!


Here’s a little more about the project…

As I mentioned above, this is the final project in the File Folder Mini series – but no worries! It’s not the end of using file folders to make unique minis! I have fun projects already planned, with new formats, but this completes the series of this style and size.  I loved using G45’s brand new Christmas collection. Bright, cheerful colors and cute designs. So much fun!

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.  (You can find tutorials for FFM’s #1 through #7 at my MiniBoioksRMe Etsy Shop.

There are walkthroughs of all eight of the FFM’s on my YouTube Channel.

This month the mini features interactive units on the inside of the front and back covers, along with two full sized pocket pages attached to the spine, with interactive fun on the front and back of each page. Lots (and LOTS) of pull out folders and tags.


I’ve also taken one of the recent Drop Ins 3 units and will show you how to expand it to make it a full page interactive piece. (In two different orientations!) I just love how bright and happy this collection is! (Drop Ins 3 will be in the shop by end of January!)

Big, full-size pull-outs are included in these oversized page pockets. It’s like getting bonus folios inside your file folder mini! Each Page has a completely different Pull Out.


Page 1: Pull Out Folder

You will also learn fun closure techniques and how to add “hidden” flaps and pockets!

So many fun folders and tags. Plenty of room to tuck additional tags into these pockets if you want to add even more photos or journaling cards.

You will lift up surprise flaps to find even more hidden goodies inside…and even that goodie turns out to be a hidden flap! (So many places to tuck more photos.) And that’s just the first page!

The front of the second page shows another orientation of that re-imagined Drop In 3!


Page 2 is a top-loading pocket page, so you’ll learn how to make both page-style orientations. Love the fun pocket pull out!

The back side of Page 2 has some fun hidden surprises as well!


The top flap lifts up to reveal a surprise half flap. Then a bigger surprise, the whole unit slides out of a page pocket, giving you yet another bonus folio!

Then, the inside back cover reveals some hidden secrets of its own!

The pull out folder is a nice size for large photos. But wait…there’s more! Once the folder is out of the pocket, you can open the hidden flaps behind it! Yep, not one, but two! I just love hidden surprises (can you tell?)

So many goodies in this little mini! Change it up with different paper collections, too! All the info is included in the Cutting Guide, so you can decorate to your style or theme.

You can find the tutorial HERE.

Whew! I’ll be back tomorrow afternoon with a big convention post and some fun news about upcoming projects. Also, I AM working on the Drop Ins 3 tutorial. (No, really. I swear!) I had hoped to have that tutorial up first, but my travel schedule has been more hectic than anticipated. This one was more easily do-able, so I wanted to get it out to you so you could make something fun to store all of your Christmas & New Years photos. 🙂

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I’ll be back soon. Until then, happy crafting!


2 thoughts on “File Folder Mini #8: Graphic 45 Christmas Magic Tutorial ~ Now Available!

  1. I am afraid that I missed getting the instruction for the File Folder Mini #8. I purchased the kit but can’t find the instructions anywhere. I hope that you will be able to help me.

    Hopefully you are enjoying your time in Sedona, it isn’t it just beautiful? Our daughter was married there, the background for the pictures are just gorgeous. I live in Mesa, just East of Phoenix, if you need any help as you travel through on your return, please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Thank you again for assistance, Judy Johnson

    On Sun, Jan 20, 2019 at 11:55 PM wrote:

    > Donna Kauffman posted: “Hello Happy Crafters! I’m still in Arizona at the > amazing Creativation convention, buying up SO MUCH FUN STUFF that we’ll all > get to play with this coming year. I am so excited to share it with you! I > promise another fun-filled convention post tomorrow” >


    • Hi Judy! Thanks for letting me know. Files went out last week, but I’ve been in some pretty remote places on my travels, so who knows where they went. 🙂 I’ve emailed them to you now, so you’re all set. Sorry for the delay – thanks so much for letting me know! 🙂 Have fun with the mini!


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