Wee Things: Photo Journal Tutorial ~ Now Available!

Hello Happy Crafters!

I’m so excited to share some fun news! I’ve been asked to be part of Eileen Hull’s new Eileen Hull Educator’s team. How fun is that? Check out this amazing team of designers and educators. I’m thrilled to be part of this new endeavor.

I had this project already in the works, so the timing couldn’t be more perfect. Today I am happy to share with you the first in my new Wee Things series, the Wee Things Photo Journal using Graphic 45’s lovely Flutter collection and Eileen Hull’s fabulous Wrapped Journal Sizzix die. Read on to learn about the series, this project, and view the video walk-through of the finished project as well!

Wee Things #1: Graphic 45 Flutter “Photo Journal”

What are Wee Things projects? The four projects in this series will all be “wee” meaning small scale. (5” x 5” or under.) But don’t let that fool you! These projects might be small, but they each pack a BIG punch! I love little things and wee minibook projects are just the cutest things ever. Read on to learn all about the Wee Things Photo Journal!

I used Kraft-Tex and Eileen Hull’s Wrapped Journal Sizzix XL die to make the cover. SO many fun things you can do with this! The die cut cover is approximately 12.5” long x 5” tall and comes pre-scored w/ the spine/cord holes punched for you! The wrapped journal when done is approx. 4” x 5”. The spine is nice and w-i-d-e so you can tuck in a LOT. (And I PACKED this one right up. I mean, have you met me? Of course I did!!) I also used WRMK’s Mini Envelope Punch Board with the notebooks and pockets. So much wee goodness in one little project!

Eileen’s Wrapped Journal die can be used to make a small traveler’s notebook, but I decided to go in a different direction and turn this into a photo journal. Like a wee scrapbook, with lots of interaction and pages meant to store photos, along with space to add a little journaling about the photos as well.

I created four folio-style notebooks that slide under the elastic bands in the spine.

Then I added a cardstock journal folder to slide into the middle of each one. The pages measure 3 ½” x 4 ½” (slightly bigger for the notebooks) so room for decent size photos!

Then you just tuck them all into this fabulous wrapped cover and voila! Instant photo journal fun!

The great thing about this project is you can customize it to your needs. Want more journal pages? You can use text weight (like copier paper weight) paper for your journal folder (instead of the heavier cardstock I used) and add two folders to each notebook. Or…you can leave those folders out and just focus on stuffing the folio notebooks chock full! The tags provide space for journaling, too!

You can attach the journal folders to the notebooks (I will show you how in the video walk-through below) or simply slide them under the elastic band.

Each of the four notebooks has a pocket assembly on one side of the mini folio, and an interactive unit on the other (and the journal folder tucked in the middle.)

Each notebook is unique, with a different pocket & interactive unit in each one.

Each interactive unit includes a different kind of closure, too!

The closures are fun and versatile! You can easily adjust the sizes and add them to your own projects as well.

For an extra surprise, I also incorporated Tim Holtz’s “Stitched Slots” Sizzix die to add a little fun to the inside back cover of the journal. It’s a nice, slim-lined way to add more wee tag cuteness!

Some of the tags in this project are the stitched tag dies from My Creative Time. A fun way to add even more of the adorable!

Digital Tutorial: The Wee Things #1: Photo Journal project is now available as a digital tutorial. Yay! You can find it in my Etsy shop here.

Please Note: I do list the dies and tools I used in the digital tutorial so you can duplicate this exactly. You will also get all of the dimensions and scoring measurements so you can substitute your own mats, tags, and pockets and make this without using any dies. The result won’t be identical, but the options are plentiful!

Here is a walk-through of the finished project, followed by a informative section showing you all the items used to make this project, and other material you can use with Eileen’s amazing die!

 

Full Project Kits! I also make full product kits for all of my tutorials, available exclusively through my newsletter. (Only the digital tutorials are in the Etsy shop. Kits are only available via the newsletter. They sell out too quickly to make listing them worth the time and effort.)

Newsletter:  The kits for this project have sold out, but if you’re interested in future project kits, email me at donna@minibooksrme.com and put “Subscribe Me” in the subject line and I’ll be happy to add you to the list. Newsletter subscribers get to see everything first and find out what’s coming next! (There is no obligation to purchase kits.)

Thanks so much for stopping by! If you have any questions about this project, the tutorial, or any of my other projects, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line at donna@minibooksrme.com

Happy crafting!

St Louis Weekend of Workshops ~ Class Sample

I’m so excited to share a sneak peek of the class sample I’ll be teaching this fall at the Weekend of Workshops in St. Louis! 6×6 File Folder Mini w/ Pocket Folios & Drop Ins! 

 I was thrilled to get invited to be a part of this fun craft-class event. I’ve attended another event put on by the Weekend of Workshops coordinator Nancy Wethington as a crafter and had such a great time. So it is doubly exciting to attend now as a guest instructor!

I miss getting to teach classes in person, so for this class project i wanted to create something really special. I decided straight off that I needed a really fun, cheerful, beautiful collection. One of the other instructors will be teaching a Graphic 45 collection project, so I immediately turned to Stamperia and their absolutely adorable Patchwork collection.

Then it was time to sit down and sketch out the project. My File Folder Minis and File Folder Folios have been so popular, I decided to do a fresh take on that with a brand new size. I love this little 6×6 File Folder Mini with a super chunky spine! 

But why stop there? The most popular thing I’ve created since launching MiniBooksRMe 16 months ago, has been my series of Drop Ins. I love these fun little elements, created entirely as separate little units, then simply attached to any album page to add interactive fun.  So, I designed two brand new Drop Ins for this mini!

And of course, there are other fun tags and folders tucked inside, too!

But wait! There’s more! (I know! But this paper collection was so darn cute, i couldn’t help myself!) This year I’ve launched a new, limited edition series of Pocket Folios projects and the response to the first release has been AH-mazing! So hey, why not include two brand new Pocket Folios, too? (I told you, this little mini is JAM-packed!)

The basic album design is also a fun, flexible, super functional little mini. In addition to the fun, 1/4″ deep pockets inside the front and back cover, there are two triple-pocket pages included as well.

So many fun little closures and other techniques!

The class kit for this project will be pre-cut for you. We will have a day long seminar together (with a break for lunch) to build this entire foundation.

      

Drop Ins 1 & 2

All of the pattern and cardstock mats needed to decorate this entire mini, along with all the embellishments, charms, and hardware will also be included. The pattern/cardstock mats will also be pre-cut and stacked/packaged in order of use, so decorating will be a breeze.

My Class Kit will also come with detailed, color photo, step-by-step instructions on how to build the foundation and decorate the mini. So you’ll be all set whether you are a fast-paced maker or a slower-paced, more methodical one. There is cropping time scheduled into the weekend as well, so you’ll have time to fully decorate the mini while you are there. I’ll be there the entire weekend also, and the class sample will be on hand, too.

Every student also receives a full Cutting Guide, just like with my regular tutorials, so you can make this project again (and again!) using your own materials and paper selections. All matting sizes are included, both foundation and decor.

Here is a full video walk-through of the finished project:

MEET OUR OTHER WEEKEND OF WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS! 

   

Also teaching that weekend are Laura Doss (left) and Marsha Bichler. Laura is part owner of The Button Farm, and makes the most adorable mini book projects! Click HERE to see more of her work.  She will be teaching TWO projects at this event!

Marsha owns DelMar Designs, and is known for her fabulous minis and cards, often using Graphic 45 collections. She’ll be using Hallowe’en in Wonderland on her class project (perfect timing this fall!) Click HERE check out some of her work.

I’ll share photos of their class samples when I get them!

So, come Meet Me In St. Louis this September for a weekend of crafty fun!

EVENT INFO & REGISTRATION: 

CONTACT:  Event coordinator, Nancy Wethington at: nancyland1949@outlook.com 

or ME at donna@minibooksrme.com 

and we’ll be happy to answer questions and send the event info and registration form.

Would love to see you there!

 

 

 

 

Announcing the Pocket Folios Series!

YAY, I finally get to announce the first of three new, limited edition project series’ for 2019. Over the course of 2019 I will be doing four projects in each of the new series formats. I’m so excited to share the first project in the first series with you!

Pocket Folio Series #1 + Upright Display Box

This is the Pocket Folios series! Each set of Pocket Folios will come with five brand new pocket folios and a unique storage or display foundation. For this first set, you will also make the Upright Storage Box shown above. The five Pocket Folios and the Storage Box are all included in the digital tutorial, for Pocket Folios 1, now available in my MinibooksRMe Etsy Shop.

What are Pocket Folios?

These are small, “pocket-size” folios, each with a unique design. Fun as an individual gift, featuring a few photos, gift cards, or whatever you want to include. Give them away, or tuck all five into their storage unit and create a unique, folio-style mini album!

The Series #1 Pocket Folios are all 4 ¼” x 6 ¼”. A nice size with room for big photos, but still small enough for easy gifting or mailing. (Small padded mailer recommended.)

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I chose Simple Stories absolutely adorable Kissing Booth collection. HOWEVER! This collection works for SO many other things besides the holiday. (In fact, I skipped the cards and stickers that said Valentine’s Day when designing, but you could easily swap them in.) It also makes a wonderful wedding or engagement gift (I’m making this for my newly engaged son and his fabulous fiancée!) An adorable baby, birthday, or anniversary gift OR a fun surprise for any loved one. There are a LOT of leftovers from this versatile collection pack, so swap out stickers and cards for the ones that suit your needs when decorating.

Use ANY paper collection! 

My tutorials all come with the mat sizes to build the foundation AND the mat sizes to decorate the entire project, as well! So you can easily change up the theme to suit any occasion by choosing any paper collection you wish.

      

Series 1: Pocket Folio #1

Each folio is the same overall 4 ¼” x 6 ¼” size, but that is where the similarity ends! They each have a unique construction and you’ll learn different closure techniques with each one. Folio #1 has a fun flap closure, where the flap itself is also a multi-page little booklet!

The flap opens to reveal a booklet behind the booklet!

Pockets inside with cute tags (and space for more!)

And pages inside this booklet as well.

 

Series 1: Pocket Folio #2

The second Folio has a cute front-to-back beaded string tie closure, with more fun goodies inside.

Not just one, but two pocket pages!

   

Series 1: Pocket Folio #3

Folio #3 features a fun booklet closure. Slide that out to reveal hidden flaps behind!

And more hidden goodies behind that pocket front as well!

 

Cute tabs at the top of each page add to the fun. I used stickers, but tab punches would work equally well.

 

And don’t forget that little closure booklet! It has a few pages inside as well.

Series 1: Pocket Folio #4

In this folio, you get TWO pocket pages, each with a double pocket featuring fun tabbed tags. You’ll learn how to make those tabbed tags from regular cardstock using an Envelope Punch Board.

(If you don’t have an Envelope Punch Board yet, run to your nearest Michael’s, coupon in hand, and snag one up! I use it in almost of my projects!)

  

Series 1: Pocket Folio #5

The final Pocket Folio for this set has a fun fold out pocket, which reveals yet another fun fold out!

There are two folders in this folio…one of which is a mini-folio all by itself!

    

Pocket Folio #5: Mini Folio

Slide out that top folder and discover another mini folio! Inside you’ll find fun little flaps for more photos and journaling. Use the cards shown on the flap fronts, or add your own photos there with journaling or more photos on the back.

I love wee flaps, don’t you?

Pocket Folio Series #1: Upright Display Box

When you’re done making your Pocket Folios, then it’s time to assemble this Upright Display Box. Perfect size to hold all of your Pocket Folios. Giving your Folios away? This makes a great letter/mail holder as well or even tuck a little minibook inside! (I know I want to!) At 5” x 3” x 3”, it’s big enough to hold a lot, and little enough to tuck on a shelf, counter, or desk without taking up too much space.

Can Pocket Folios Double as Drop Ins?

YES! Simply leave the pattern mat off the back cover, add scor-tape instead, and attach directly to any album page. Just like a Drop In, it’s a great way to add interactive fun and these have a ton.

HOWEVER! Keep in mind, these are big units, not designed like the more slender Drop Ins, so they will only work in larger size minibooks. They will fit in the Graphic 45 Pocket & Tag Album AND they will work in my Pocket & Flap Album as well, but you might not want to use them all in one book, especially the G45 album. These are chunky little Pocket Folios, so a ½” gusset space between pages is strongly recommended.

Future Pocket Folio Series News!

I will be releasing a new Pocket Folio set every quarter this year. (The next one will be out in April.) Each series will have a unique display unit that comes with it. The next one WILL feature an album to put them in, so that is coming!

  • NOTE: the size of all 5 Folios will be the same in each set, but the sizes may vary from set to set. This set is 4 ¼” x 6 ¼” but the next will be a different size.

Check out the walk through of the finished project:

 

Digital Tutorial: 

The tutorial for this project is available in my MiniBooksRMe Etsy shop HERE. 

I hope you love this new series as much as I do. So much fun to design and play with! I can’t wait to share the next set!

Questions?

Please email me at donna@minibooksrme.com with any questions about my projects and tutorials. I’m always happy to help!

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Thanks for stopping by! Happy Crafting!

Fun with Graphic 45: Drop Ins 3 Tutorial ~ Now Available!!

I’m SO excited to tell you that the tutorial for Drop Ins 3 is FINALLY HERE! Whew!! I know a lot of you have been waiting for this and I appreciate your patience while I’ve been (and still am) traveling this month.

I can’t tell you how thrilled I am that you all are loving these Drop Ins. Here’s a bit about the new set, followed by the walk-through video! (If you can’t wait and you need it NOW, here’s the link to the tutorial in my Etsy shop. Click HERE. 

As I did with with the Drop Ins 1 series, I chose the G45 Rectangle Tag & Pocket Album to showcase this set. This time around I went with the ivory album, which is perfect set up for their recently released 12 Days of Christmas Deluxe Collector’s Edition. 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. The pocket page has a pocket on the front & back (the front pocket comes with one of G45’s regular tags!) and the page itself is a pocket page, with the side of the page opening up to make room for a nice, oversized tag.

Doing all the math, that means there are 18 pages/36 sides in this chunky baby!

Graphic 45 designed this album with 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. Making this the perfect pre-made album for Drop Ins!

For those of you who are new to the Drop In concept, this is the third series of “Drop In” interactive elements that can be attached to the front of each of any minibook or scrapbook album page. In this case, we’ll be adding one to the front of each of the six folder/pocket page units.

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.

            Drop In #1

As with past sets, there is a theme. The theme for Drop Ins 3, is Pages!

Each “Drop In” is made completely separately from the minibook, then simply attached to the first page in each of the six units. You can add these elements in any order, you can add just a few if you want to preserve the gusset space to use more of the decorative chipboard pieces or add more photos to the pocket pages.

AND you can make these same Drop Ins again and again to add fun interactive elements to ANY minibook you want!

Drop In #2

This tutorial comes with a Cutting Guide that gives you all the measurements for each of the six different Drop Ins—including the sizes of all the décor mats used! Make any basic minibook or pick up another one of these G45 Rectangle Tag & Pocket albums (they come in black, too!)

Use any paper collection you wish to decorate, then add in as many of these fun interactive elements as you’d like! Add six of the same style, alternate between two or three different styles, or make one each of all six as you will in this project.

Along with these elements you’ll learn a number of different closure techniques, in addition to the standard magnet closure. These Drop Ins would also be a fabulous way to add some interactive fun to the front or inside of any handmade greeting card!

    

Drop In #3

ALL of the Drop Ins for this series will work with the hand-made Pocket & Flap Album tutorial that came out with Drop Ins 2. You can see the video walkthrough for that project HERE. 

ALL of the Drop Ins series are interchangeable. Meaning they will ALL work in this Graphic 45 pre-made album (the black version was used with Drop Ins 1) and they will ALL work in the Pocket & Flap Album. So versatile! See the Drop Ins 1 set HERE.

Drop In 4

Use the tutorial for the Drop Ins by themselves, attaching them to anything you want…or pick up a G45 Rectangle Pocket & Tag album and use the Bonus Guide that comes with this tutorial to decorate the whole mini AND make & attach the Drop Ins to it.

You can use the same 12 Days of Christmas collection, or any paper collection you wish. All the mat sizes are included. The other two albums I used to display Drop Ins 1 and Drop Ins 2 were also decorated with one of Graphic 45’s Deluxe Collector’s Edition sets. ANY one of them would make a fabulous album, but you can use any collection. Small collection? No worries! Supplement with as much coordinating cardstock as you need to fill the album.

 

When using the G45 album with this tutorial, you’ll decorate the cover, then each of the 18 pages, front and back, (36 sides) making the pocket tags and the page pocket tags as you go. This works well with 12 Days as each pocket page represents two days, so you get Day 1 through Day 12 represented as you flip through the album.

You’ll also make and decorate each of the six Drop Ins and simply attach them to the pages of your finished mini! You can attach them in the same order I did, or in whatever order best suits your needs, depending on how many photos you want to include in each section.

There is an additional little folder unit inside the front cover and a nice big pocket added to the inside back cover, for additional space to store those leftover photos (make them into tags and tuck them right in that pocket!) The Instructions teach you how to make both.

All told, this is everything you will make with this tutorial, a G45 album, Deluxe Collector’s Edition pack, and some cream cardstock.  I know!

Check out the walk-through of the final project, and see how I attached each Drop In to the album pages.

Then hop over to my Etsy shop and pick up the tutorial and dive in! Your new set of Drop Ins awaits!

Thank you again for your wonderful comments and excitement about these super flexible little bits of interactive fun. I can’t wait to see what you do with them!

Inspiration in Phoenix at Creativation!

What a whirlwind several days were had here in Phoenix, Arizona at the Creativation convention. This is a trade show for shop owners and designers to see (and order!) all of the new, upcoming product being released this spring from our favorite vendors and manufacturers.

Wandering the massive convention hall was like a veritable Disneyland of crafting eye candy, with many craft industries being represented. (Scrapbooking, knitting/quilting, stitching, jewelry making, card making, and SO much more.)  It was ALL inspiration for the creative soul.

I discovered some new-to-me paper crafting companies, like 49th and Market, whose gorgeous papers you will see in upcoming projects. I also purchased new upcoming collections from vendors like Simple Stories and (YAY!) Stamperia! That is part of their eye candy booth above..and a few more of their new Alice collection below. (DROOL!!)

You’ll see brand new foundations from some of our favorites, like Graphic 45 and Carpe Diem. (Below.)

    

SO much fun!!

 

Lots of inspiration from the Graphic 45 booth!

It was fun meeting Graphic 45 owner and designer Diane Schultz and the rest of the G45 fam.

Lots of fabulous booths, like this inspiration wall from Jillbean Soup.

But my favorite booth of all was Sizzix. They had me at the flower box window! 

I loved their cute house set up.

Inviting, with so many little creative touches, everywhere you looked.

And check out this fabulous potting shed style set up they had to display all of their Tim Holtz products.

Everywhere you looked in that potting shed was more eye candy! 

I could have moved right in! 

Amazing, right? 

SO much to inspire…

Speaking of Tim, he manned his own trade show booth and was as adorable as ever.  

You could spend all day in his attic stash of a booth and still find new things…

I will have boxes (and crates and cartons) showing up on my doorstep for months. I can’t wait to dive in!

I am packed up this morning and heading back to the mountains of Sedona, where I get to be a writer for the next few days of peace and quiet, before heading back east to my home in the Blue Ridge Mountains. (For more Sedona eye candy, you can check out my “author me” website for more of my adventures there. I’m also on FB and Instagram (@donnakauffman) where I share both writing and crafting fun.

Stay tuned this week as the Drop Ins 3 tutorial will FINALLY make its way to my Etsy shop! Follow this blog or my YouTube channel to get an email when it goes live. Thanks for your patience during this travel-crazy month!

New projects also coming SOON!! (So.Many.Projects!) I am already designing with the new foundation and paper collections I’ve ordered here. I can’t WAIT to start sharing them with YOU! Thanks for coming along on this creative adventure with me. 🙂

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!

 

Creativation Convention ~ Phoenix, Arizona!

Hello Happy Crafters!

I am presently in craft heaven in Phoenix, Arizona. Each year, AFCI (Association for Creative Industries – formerly CHA) has a huge convention for shop owners, designers, and other industry professionals to flock to the desert and see all the goodies our favorite vendors will be releasing over the next 3 to 6 months.

  The vendors also offer education classes where you get to play with new product and learn new crafting goodness. I was fortunate enough to get in to Graphic 45′s class, taught by G45 owner Diane Schultz’s daughter, Charee Filimoehala.We got to play with the brand new (not yet released!) traveler’s notebook, and their recent Princess release.

The project was designed by the fabulous Annette Green. (Sorry for the hotel lighting!) 

Some of the project was done according to directions, then I kind of went rogue and added other touches.

A wonderful time was had by all! (And YES, you will be seeing their traveler’s notebook as an upcoming project kit. Paper collection still undecided.)

The other class I was fortunate enough to attend was with the amazing Wendy Vecchi. I have taken her classes before and taught many (many) classes using her wonderful products. Alas, as this is mixed media, it doesn’t lend itself well to kits, but when I teach in person, she is my go-to designer for mixed media classes.

Look at all the amazing product we got from Ranger! (Who produces some of her product.) Stamps, stencils, inks and more! She has designed a new stamping station that I can’t wait to get my hands on. (Not shown here.)

It was SO much fun making these cards. I’ve one yet to complete, but look forward to some good inky fun when I can spare some Me Time to play.

Today the convention show floor opens and I am heading that way now! I will be checking out Graphic 45’s amazing booth, meeting the designers from Stamperia, checking out the latest from Kaiser, Sizzix, Taylored Expressions, and SO.MANY.MORE.

Yes, it’s Disneyland for creatives. I’ve wanted to attend this convention for years and I cannot wait to see what the day has in store.

Follow this blog to keep up with all the fun! (See button in upper right corner of the page) Blog followers get a handy email when new posts go up. The post is right there in the email, so no need to wander back here to see it.

You can also follow me on Instagram (@donnakauffman) and FB – these are my “author me” accounts, but I share crafting goodness there, too. (While you’re there, you can catch up with the fun adventures I’ve been having with my youngest son this past week, prior to the convention starting.)

Stay tuned!