Brand New Graphic 45 Goodies!

Hello Happy Crafters!

I have my “Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador” hat on today and am here to share with you their fabulous, brand new collection AND fun news about the latest Deluxe Collector’s Edition release!

First up is the gorgeous, brand new Lost in Paradise collection! Lush colors, tropical birds, and beautiful floral prints, what more do you need? Perfect for photos from poolside to the beach, that Florida vacay, or trips to exotic ports-of-call (even if that is just your backyard pool party!)

This collection will be available late May/early June and you can count on seeing a kit & tutorial project as soon as I get my hands on it!

To see the full collection and enter for a chance to win it, head on over to the Graphic 45 blog HERE. 

If that isn’t enough fun for you, G45 is FINALLY re-releasing one of my all time favorite collections, Magic of Oz!! 

I couldn’t be more excited to see this collection returning. We will absolutely be playing with later this summer.

You can see the whole collection and enter for a chance to win on G45’s Oz blog post HERE. 

This collection will also be on sale late May/early June!

If you don’t have a nearby scrapbook store, you can purchase your G45 favorites direct from their website here: GRAPHIC 45 SHOP 

We are in for a FUN SUMMER!!!

National Scrapbook Day Inspiration & SALE!!

Hello Happy Crafters!

It’s that time of year again! National Scrapbook Day arrives the first Saturday in May each year, so I thought we’d make a long weekend out of it! I’m celebrating by sharing some fun inspiration AND a big digital tutorial sale in my MiniBooksRMe Etsy shop! 

First up, some inspiration!

I love seeing what crafters are doing with my tutorials. It’s wonderful to see how the projects look with different papers and your own personal touches. One of my very favorite things is opening mail to find a bunch of happy, crafty photos. (Yes, please send me yours, too!)

I want to send a  big thanks to happy crafter Gloria Paar for sending along these amazing photos of her version of my Wee Things Photo Journal. You may remember my version above!

Read on to see how fabulous it looks with Graphic 45’s new Bloom collection AND a fun, fab tip that Gloria passed along as well.

Absolutely stunning!!

Helpful Tip! 

Gloria discovered that those little photos taken with your phone and printed with little units like the Canon Ivy are the perfect fit for this project! (There are other “selfie” printers as well.) The pictures are 2″ x 3″ (business card size.) You can also trim down the square 4×4 photos to fit, too!

They’re perfectly WEE!!

Thank you again, Gloria for sharing this stunning version of the Wee Things Photo Journal and that awesome tip! You’ve inspired us all to try new things!

Wee Things Photo Journal Tutorial: HERE. 

Video Walkthrough: (of my finished sample) HERE. 

Now for some FUN SALE NEWS!! 

What fun is National Scrapbooking day without indulging in a little crafty retail therapy?

From Right Now through Monday, May 6th ALL tutorials in my MiniBooksRMe Etsy Shop are 10% off! I know!!

No coupon needed. The prices have already been reduced for you.

Happy shopping and HAPPY NATIONAL SCRAPBOOK DAY!!

Have a happy, crafty weekend!

 

 

2019-2020 Graphic 45 Brand Ambassadors Announced!

And guess what? I MADE IT!

Oh my!

I couldn’t be more thrilled and humbled. THANK YOU for all of your support, love, and encouragement. YOU are my inspiration!

And WOW, y’all should see who is on this team! I can’t believe I get to work with these amazing artists I’ve admired for so long.

Scroll on to meet the 2019-202 Graphic 45 Ambassadors!!! 

And me!!

I can’t WAIT to dive in to all the fun and goodness that is going to happen over the next year. I hope you’ll join me on this amazing Graphic 45 adventure!!

For links to each artist’s audition, check out the Graphic 45 Announcement page HERE. 

And if you missed my audition (which includes a free tutorial on how to make my project!) you can find my post HERE:

Happy (G45) crafting!!!

“Series 2: File Folder Folio #1: Garden” Tutorial Now Available!

Hello Happy Crafters!

So happy to be announcing the first project in this 2019 Limited Edition series! This is File Folder Folio #1 using Stamperia’s beautiful Garden collection! I love playing with every single paper Stamperia makes and this collection was no different. The detail is both charming and beautifully drawn!

The digital tutorial for this project is now available in my Etsy Shop. 

S2: File Folder Mini #1: Stamperia Garden

Read on for more about this project, and a full video walk-through! (You can find the walkthrough on my YouTube Channel as well HERE.) 

Series 1 & Series 2: Currently, there are tutorials available for four of my previous File Folder Folios in my Etsy shop. I started teaching these full-size folder folios several years ago at a local shop. When I launched MiniBooksRMe, I took four of them and re-wrote the instructions to work as digital tutorials. This year, I will be introducing four brand new File Folder Folios!

To keep things from getting confusing, I went back and “re-branded” the first four as “Series 1: File Folder Folios.” The four I’m introducing this year, will be the “Series 2” group. So, in “shorthand” this is the S2: File Folder Folio #1: Garden project. YAY!

These File Folder Folios are made from standard letter size manila folders. They remain full size, with a rescored skinny 3/4″ spine.

The colors and attention to detail in this collection are so pretty! Each interior side of the folder has a unique, interactive layout. (There are no pages attached to the spine. It’s a true folio.) On the inside left of this File Folder Folio, you have a “belted” magnet closure, keeping the unit closed, with a pocket designed into the closure.

Open the closure, then open the top flap to reveal a full length pocket and two more pocket flaps.

This collection came with a sheet of calendar cards (all marked the same, no specific year) with note paper on the back. I cut them apart and made tags from them. So cute!

Then open the Pocket Flaps to reveal a nice big space below for big photos, with a fun little “tuck spot” there at the bottom.

And don’t forget that big pocket! There’s another Three-Panel Folio tucked inside!

So much fun to be found in this cheerful collection! Great for any kind of happy photos!

I matched the ten double-sided papers that come in this collection with a variety of coordinating cardstock colors. Stamperia’s patterning is collage-style with a LOT of detail, so the solid cardstock really helps to set apart the pattern mats, so you can truly appreciate all the little goodies on every mat. I see new elements every time I look at it!

So much goodness already and we still have the whole right side of the folio to explore!

Open up the top flap, and that reveals a side panel with a slant pocket on the back side. That pocket contains yet another large format folder!

Fun space to add a little “garden” pocket!

Even a cute hidden pocket on the back!

There is another panel that opens on the right, with a fun triangle tuck spot. A perfect place to tuck these trimmed down 6×6 cards! The back of both cards have a fun journaling design.

But wait! There’s more! (You knew there would be, right?)

The right side of the Folio is actually a large, full-format pocket.

Slide out the Pull Out Folder and get another big area for full size photos. Add in a few adorable gardening charms to the tabbed flap and you have a fun little folio all by itself.

For more details on this project, plus some helpful tips and materials sourcing, check out the full walk-through of this project here:

 

Want to make this project using a different collection? 

You’re in luck! The digital tutorial for this project comes with a full Cutting Guide the gives you the measurements for all the file folder mats to make the foundation AND for all the pattern paper and cardstock mats used to decorate the project. Simply substitute the paper collection of your choice. All the mat sizes are there. You’re good to go!

You can pick up the digital tutorial for tis project (and all my other projects) in my Etsy Shop. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy crafting!

Graphic 45 2019 Brand Ambassador Audition

Hello Happy Crafters!

It’s an exciting day for me and I’m so happy to share it with you. I’ve always wanted to audition to be a Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador and I’m finally DOING IT!

The project I’m sharing with you today is the Graphic 45 “Blooming Tags” File Folder Notebook using Eileen Hull’s Journal die, three file folders, Graphic 45’s  ivory tags, and their gorgeous new Bloom collection!

Check out my video audition below!

I’ll take you on a walk-through of the project then you’ll get a bonus tutorial (I know!) I’ll teach you how to assemble the cover, including stringing the notebook and attaching the pockets. Then you’ll learn how to make one complete “tag folio” foundation.

All the mat sizes are mentioned in the video, but they are also listed below.

SUPPLIES: 

2 sheets Sizzix “Little Sizzles” 6″ x 13″ White Matboard

3 Letter Size Manila File Folders (1 top, 1 middle, 1 bottom tab)

65″ 2mm cream cord (1mm is fine, but may stretch out quickly)

1 package Graphic 45 ATC tags (ivory)

1 package Graphic 45 Large tags (Ivory)

DIES:

Eileen Hull Journal Die (Sizzix)

Graphic 45’s Tall Tag/ATC Tag die set

To Decorate like sample: 

1 8×8 Graphic 45 Bloom collection pad

1 set Graphic 45 Bloom Chipboard set

1 12×12 sheet burgundy cardstock (you can also use Bloom Patterns & Solids)

1 12×12 sheet light blue cardstock (you can also use Bloom Patterns & Solids)

Assorted Charms & Jump Rings

CUTTING/SCORING GUIDE:

COVER:: Sizzix Matboard

(2) Cut two covers using Eileen Hull Journal die (Sizzix)

Scoring: they come pre-scored & punched  

INSIDE COVER POCKETS: (cut from File Folder leftovers)

(2) 5 3/8 x 4 1/2″ Score Landscape: 1/2″ in from each end. Then score Portrait at 1/2″

TAG FOLIOS::Cut from letter size manila file folders: 1 ea top/center/bottom tab

(3) 8 1/8″ x 8 1/4″ (size does NOT include the tabs)

Score Landscape from the non-tab end: 4″ and 4 1/8″

GRAPHIC 45 TAG ATTACHMENT STRIPS: (cut from File Folder scraps)

Lg Tags: (3) 1″ x 7 1/2″ Score Portrait 1/2″

ATC Tags: (6) 1″ x 2 1/2″ Score Portrait 1/2″

Have questions about this project? Please contact me at donna@minibooksrme.com and I’m happy to help!

Thanks so much for watching! Happy crafting!

Fun w Graphic 45: 6×6 Chunky Trifold Folio Tutorial ~ Now Available!

Hello Happy Crafters!

I am super-excited to share with you the next Fun with Graphic 45 project using Graphic 45’s Raining Cats & Dogs collection. I LOVE this collection and was so happy they re-released it so we could play with it again. This is a brand new foundation, too and I hope you love it as much as I do.  This is my Chunky 6×6 Trifold Folio!

Read on for all the details on the project, and where you can pick up the tutorial. The full video walk-through of the completed sample is below as well!

As you all know, I love folios of all kinds, but most of the chipboard ones I see are big, with narrow spines. I love them, too (see all of my File Folder Folios!) but I also wanted something chunkier that I could stuff more into it. At the same time, I wanted to keep it easy to hold and handle. From the outside, this looks like a regular 6×6 mini, but it’s actually a tri-fold folio! (And look at the width of that spine! I’ve packed a LOT of potential in this little folio!)

And I make full use of all four panels. Yes, four! Because when you open the cover, you are looking at the front of the closed third panel…so I made some extra room in that chunky spine so we could do something interactive on both sides of that panel.

Slide out the folder and tag from the pocket (and there is room more tags if you want!) Then there is a surprise behind them!

The whole unit opens up to provide more room for photos and journaling. No magnet needed for this interactive unit as tucking the folder and tag in the front pocket keeps it all closed up. A fun closure idea for any mini!

Then you open that panel and voila! Here is your tri-fold folio with interactive fun PACKED on all three panels.

   

The first panel on the left end is a nice, wide platform waterfall, with the flaps as wide as the panel itself. There are five waterfall flaps in this section. Plenty of room to tuck in lots of photos, add plenty of journaling if needed, then the whole unit is kept closed and neat and tidy with the cover flap and magnet card closure.

I just love the colors of this collection, too! Graphic 45 did a great job in giving plenty of dog and cat items to use. I designed this so it’s about 50/50 dog and cat, but there are leftover cut aparts and chipboard pieces, so you can easily adjust to your needs.

The center panel is an expandable three-pocket file filled with SO many tags and folders in a wide variety of styles and sizes.

Think of it as a little mini file cabinet filled with goodies!

These three pockets hold so much! And there are more tucked behind the ones still in the pocket! (Those are just from those three pockets!)

Lots of folders to go with the tags for this center section. More room for photos!

I added fun elements to the inside of all the folders in this project. These are just the ones for the expandable pockets!

The final panel (the back side of the one you see when you first open the folio) is a deep pocket with fun goodies tucked inside!

You have a cute little folder, then a brand-new Pocket Folio! (I couldn’t resist!) This is a fun tri-fold folio all by itself. Complete with a pocket inside that has – YES – another fun wee folder.

You’ve got Wee Things & a Pocket Folio all in one project. HA!

The album foundation is built so there is an equal space between the layers when the book is closed. PLENTY of room to add in all the goodies, plus all your photos.

Digital Tutorial: The Fun with Graphic 45: Chunky 6×6 Trifold Folio tutorial is an instant download available right now from my MiniBooksRMe Etsy Shop. 

To see the whole Trifold Folio front to back, and find out more about the tutorial, the materials used (and even a handy little How To Add Jump Rings tutorial at the end!) check out the walk-through:

Full Project Kits! I also make full product kits for all of my tutorials, available exclusively through my newsletter. (Only digital tutorials are in the Etsy shop. Kits are available exclusively via the newsletter. )

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.)

As always, thanks so much for your interest in my projects!

Happy crafting!

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!