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!

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!