5000 Subscribers SALE-A-BRATION!!

Thanks to so many of you, we hit the 5000 mark today on my YouTube channel and I couldn’t be more stunned or more grateful!

To celebrate, I’m having HUGE SALE  in my Etsy shop on ALL of my tutorials!

Right now, through midnight ET Sunday, June 2nd all digital tutorials are 20% off! No coupon needed, the prices have been automatically reduced.

All of my tutorials are instant downloads, directly from Etsy. (I love instant gratification, don’t you?)

Just my small way of sending a BIG THANK YOU for all your support!

Here’s a peak at the video I just posted to say thank you and announce the sale-a-bration!

If you have any questions, please contact me at donna@minibooksrme.com

Thanks again, everyone! YOU ROCK!

What’s In the Box!? (My 1st Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador Box!!)

Join me as I dive into my first Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador box of amazing goodies!

(Ack, my title screen reverted in the video. Oh well, you know what it’s about. HA! Sorry about that.)

Here is a link to Annette Green’s Travel Journal tutorial that I mention in the video!

Interested in picking up G45 products for yourself? Check out your local scrapbook store, or head on over to the G45 site. They sell direct to crafters, too!

I hope you’ll subscribe to my YouTube channel (if you haven’t already!) so you don’t miss the projects coming from all these fabulous supplies. (PS – I’m just a few subscribers shy of 5000!!  As promised, if I get there, I’ll do something fun to celebrate!! Think sales, giveaways, yay!)

For my digital tutorials, wander over to my MiniBooksRMe Etsy shop.

Thanks for stopping by! I’m off to my craft studio to start creating!


Pocket Folios 2 + 6×6 Mini Album Tutorial Now Available!

I’m excited to announce the Pocket Folios 2 + 6×6 Album project featuring not one, but two beautiful 49 & Market collections!

49 & Market: Pocket Folios 2 + 6×6 Album

49 & Market

These two collections from 49 & Market are stunning! This project uses the 8×8 Bold & Beautiful collection AND the 6×6 Sweet Reflections collection. All 49 & Market papers (and the die cuts) are from heavyweight cardstock (similar to 110# weight.) Both collections also come with several pages each of 49 & Market’s signature laser die cut images, each meticulously set as delicate punch outs.

You can see from the side view above the texture they bring. In the following photos, some of the imagery is part of the paper pattern and some are the die cuts. So much fun to play with! You will have plenty left over, too. You can add more to this album, or to cards, whatever you wish. Once you start playing with them it’s hard to stop!

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!Each set of Pocket Folios will be a new size, and each set will be stored in a unique foundation. In Pocket Folios 1, we created an upright storage box. This time around, the “storage unit” is a 6×6 mini album created specifically to house these brand-new pocket folios.

Pocket Folios 2: Style 1

Pocket Folio Style 1&are 5 ½” x 5 ½” and are designed to slide into top-loading pockets built into the inside front & back covers. The great thing about this album is that the design, along with the ¾” gussets between each page, allow the folios to be layered & chunky and still fit perfectly into the album.

All five folios have a back page that slides into a pocket, then attaches to the folio with magnets that remain part of the folio even when removed. Pull the folio out and when turned over, the back is designed to be just as pretty as the front. This way they still work beautifully as separate folios or gifts, and not as part of the album.

Pocket Folios 2: Style 2

Pocket Folio Styles 2, 3 & 4 are slightly smaller at 5 ¼” x 5 ¼” and designed so the back flap slides into the side-loading page-pocketsso the folio itself magnet-closes on the front of the album page. The back of each album page left as is, so you can decorate and add photos or journaling. In this case, the back of each page has been designed with a fun die cut pocket & tag.

Just slide the Pocket Folio out of the page pocket and the inserted flap will magnet close to the back of the folio. Turn it over, and it still looks lovely. Beautiful front and back!

Page 1: Back                      Pocket Folio 2: Style 3

Each Pocket Folio is a different design and features a different style closure, from mounted swing tabs to single and double string-tie buttons, ribbon closures, and more.

Lots of fun hidden flaps and pockets, with plenty of room for photos, journaling, or gift cards if being used separately.

I love the versatility of this “storage unit” – it makes a unique and beautiful mini-album when used together with the folios. Or create the folios and use them separately. You can also slide any folio into any page, so they can go in any order. You can even make three of the same kind of folio for all the pages, anything goes!

There is so much packed in this project it would take several posts to show you all the hidden nooks and crannies!

You can see the entire project in my YouTube walkthrough here:

See below on how to pick up your digital tutorial!

Digital Tutorial: is available as an instant download in my MiniBooksRMe Etsy shop here:  https://etsy.me/2WkFJu9

The digital tutorial comes with two PDF files, available as an instant download from Etsy upon purchase.

—You will receive a Cutting Guide PDF listing the sizes of all foundation mats needed to construct the Pocket Folios and the 6×6 Mini Album. The Guide also lists all the sizes of the mats used to decorate all items as well.

—The second file is the Photo/Instruction PDF, which contains detailed, step-by-step instructions teaching you how to assemble and decorate the Folios and the Box. Photos are included for each step.

Thanks so much for stopping by! If you have any questions, please contact me at donna@donnakauffman.com and I’ll be happy to help!

Happy crafting!

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.


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!