Graphic 45 Down by the Sea File Folder Mini: Brand Ambassador Project #1!

Hello Happy Crafters!

It’s an exciting day! My very first project as a Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador has been officially announced! This is my Down by the Sea File Folder Mini! 

To get the full introduction, learn a little bit about me, AND get the full video tutorial on how to make this foundation, hop on over to my intro blog post on the Graphic 45 site! 

There is a full supply list along with a list of the folder mats needed to make this foundation. I hope you’ll give it a try!

The video is also live on my YouTube channel .

So, basically, I’m everywhere!

Don’t forget to subscribe here and over on my YouTube  Channel so you don’t miss out on future projects!

Happy crafting!

Wee Things 2: ATC Book in a Box Tutorial – Now Available!

Hello Happy Crafters!

Excited to share the latest MiniBooksRMe project with you!  This is the second in my Wee Things Series. This is the Wee Things 2: ATC Book-in-a-Box project featuring the new ATC Matchbook Box and ATC Album from Graphic 45 and decorated with Kaisercraft’s amazing Anthology collection!

I’ve had this collection for a while now, waiting for the perfect project. When Graphic 45 announced their new ATC-sized mini album and matchbook box earlier this year, I knew I’d found the perfect combo! Scroll on to see the goodies inside!

One of Graphic 45’s Brand Ambassadors did a project recently where they turned one of the G45’s large matchbook boxes upright to make a unique pull out drawer. I thought that would be adorable with the brand new, ATC-size version, so I adapted it using Graphic 45’s antique drawer pull, and their gorgeous claw feet, and voila!

I never met a botanical-themed paper collection I didn’t love, but Kaisercraft’s Anthology collection is really special. It ticks off all of my favorite botanical boxes! Gorgeous colors, vintage feel, birds, butterflies, and antique drawers.

I had so much fun repurposing this matchbook box. The box size is 4.75” x 5.5” and is 2.75” deep. A perfect wee size for this series of small-scale projects.

What’s more fun than a wee box? A wee box with a wee book tucked inside! This is Graphic 45’s brand-new ATC Rectangle Tag & Pocket album and measures an adorable 4” x 5”. But don’t let the wee size fool you! This little baby is packed!

There are 4 pocket pages, and each one is tucked inside a folder, so plenty of pages and spots for photos and journaling in this pocket-sized mini. Each pocket page has a pocket front & back, and the page is a pocket, too! (Yes, I make max use of them ALL!)

The Anthology collection also comes with a packet of fun die cuts called “Noteables” that were also used in this project. You can sub in any die cuts, cut parts, or embellishments you like, with this collection or any you might be using.

I love all the rich colors. Plenty of fun tuck spots and belly bands have been added so even more tags could be included. (Because, have you met me?) 🙂

I also love that Kaisercraft puts phrases and words on the back sides of their bar code strips. We use a lot of them in this project, too!

Wee Things ATC Book in a Box Digital Tutorial: The tutorial for this is largely decorative and therefore priced accordingly. The tutorial includes the following:

Photo/Instruction File teaching you how to decorate and assemble this project as designed.

Cutting Guide: this gives you both a generic list of all the mats sizes used in this project, so you can substitute any collection you like AND shows you how the Kaisercraft Anthology collection was cut for this project as well.

NOTE: You MUST HAVE the Graphic 45 Matchbook Box & ATC Album to complete the project as shown, but beyond that, you can use any paper collection you wish.

ALSO: I’ve also included the sizes of every part of the foundation as well, for those extra-crafty folks who want to try and make similar foundations on their own. (There are NO instructions included for that, just the

dimensions.)

To Purchase: You can pick up a copy of the tutorial in my MiniBooksRMe Etsy shopl HERE. 

Take a peek at the quick walk-through of the finished project:

I hope you’ll give this fun project a try!

Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador Announcement!!! 

In other fun news, my first Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador project will be announced this week, and it includes a full, FREE mini book tutorial video (I KNOW!) so if you don’t want to miss a thing, subscribe to this blog and you’ll get an email when a new post goes up (with the post right there in the email – no need to go anywhere!)

To subscribe: click that Follow button and enter your email address. Simple! (I do not share my email lists with anyone for any reason ever.)

Also check out Graphic 45’s blog and give that a follow, too, so you’ll get a notice about ALL of the new Brand Ambassador projects!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

 

 

 

 

 

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!!!

Stamperia Winter Botanic Card & Box Set Tutorial ~ Now Available!

Hello Happy Crafters!

I’m so happy to share with you this fun project using Stamperia’s gorgeous Winter Botanic collection. 

Check out the walk-through of the completed project here:

  In this project, you will learn how to assemble your own 7.75” x 6.25” x 3.75” storage box. Constructed out of chipboard and decorated with the lovely Winter Botanic papers, with pretty little brass feet and a magnet-closure on the flap. Works wonderfully for A7 & A5 size cards, and would also make a fun container for a chunky little minibook! In this project, however, we’re all about the cards. (And boy, are there cards!)

The tutorial for this project also includes full instructions (including the sizes of all mats used) to decorate 24–yes, twenty-four–cards AND decorate an envelope to go with each one. There are fourteen of the A7 size cards and ten of the A5. Half of each size are done with Kraft cards and envelopes and the other half with cream.

Stamperia paper is so richly designed, that not much is required to turn them into beautiful cards. This collection comes with pre-designed cut-apart cards that do most of the work for you. I also used Stamperia’s coordinating pad of 24 Scrapbook Cards (I love that they make these!) Makes card-making a breeze!

The cut-aparts and note cards are mostly double-sided (and I wanted to use ALL sides, they’re all so pretty!) Fortunately, there were so many cut-aparts included in this collection, even with making two dozen cards, over half of them will have a fun note card included inside, as shown above. Want MORE cards? You can skip adding the cut-aparts to the inside of the card of the backs of the envelopes and make even more cards with them!

All of the envelopes have décor on the front and an envelope seal on the back. The note cards on the envelopes are big enough to include a full address if needed.

  I send decorated envelopes through the mail all the time! Just make sure the décor pieces are fully sealed to the envelope and steer clear of anything with bulk or too much texture that might catch and get torn off. This is where a glue stick is the perfect adhesive!

I like a nice, clean card layout, and with these lush designs, they don’t need much in the way of embellishments. All of these cards are very, very simple construction with a minimum of embellishments required, so assembly is fast and easy.

And yes, as mentioned above, in addition to the instructions on how to build the stationary box, this tutorial does come with full, color photo instructions for every card and every envelope.

In this collection, there are a few happy-holidays-themed cards as well as numerous cards that can be used for a variety of occasions. You can swap out (or cover) sentiments with your own stamped sentiments as well.

Digital Tutorial: You can find the tutorial for this project in my MiniBooksRMe Etsy Shop HERE. You’ll be able to instantly download the tutorial directly from Etsy upon purchase.

Full Project Kits: I also sell full project kits for all of the projects I post here exclusively via my newsletter. (My Etsy shop carries the digital tutorials only.) The kit for this project has sold out (sorry!) but to see all upcoming kits, drop me an email to donna@minibooksrme.com with Subscribe Me in the subject line, and I’ll be happy to add you.

While you’re here, follow this blog by clicking the subscribe button up there so you don’t miss any blog posts, either!

As always, I welcome any questions you maybe have. You can reach me directly at that same email: donna@minibooksrme.com

I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season with friends and family…and sneaking in a little crafty time for yourself as well. Happy holidays and happy crafting!

Carta Bella Country Kitchen Recipe Book!

Hello everyone!

So excited to share this new project with you!  I had so much fun using Carta Bella’s adorable Country Kitchen collection to create this wonderfully functional recipe album.

But before we dive in, I have BIG KIT NEWS!

FULL PROJECT KITS: YESSS!!! By the time I post here, the full project kits are always gone. With Christmas around the corner and folks looking for fun projects to make as gifts (even if the recipient is YOU) I made some extra full project kits. I know! 

Interested in a full project kit? Email me at donna@minibooksrme.com and I’ll send you all the info on pricing and how to get one shipped right to your door!  ALERT: Once these kits are gone, they are gone!

DIGITAL TUTORIAL: Want to supply your own materials? The digital tutorial is also available in my Etsy shop here. 

Read on to learn about this fun project and watch the video walk-through.

I’ve made a number of recipe books over the years, but this is, hands-down, the most cheerful paper I’ve ever gotten to play with. Carta Bella did such a great job with this bright, colorful, and cute collection, I wanted to put it to really good use.

I spent some time designing this 8” x 10” x 2” to keep the FUN in functional! The inside front cover has a deep pocket, great to hold those oversized recipes you tear out of magazines and swear you’re going to copy onto cards, but never get around to it. Just me?

Then, if you’re like me and you have a LOT of those recipes you tear out of things, that inside front cover pocket folds out and gives you two more big pockets. I know! Super functional, tons of extra space, AND there are roosters! (And wee baby chicks!)

The album itself has 3 big pocket pages. Each pocket page has an additional page attached to the back. This makes 6 pages/12 sides. Each of those 12 sides has five recipe card pockets attached The pockets are wide enough to fit a wide variety of recipe card sizes. Each pocket sleeve does have a stop at the bottom, so every pocket is the same size. (Meaning the top pocket is not open to the bottom of the page.)

Then, because you can never have too much storage room, each pocket page comes with a Pocket Page Pull Out. I know! It’s the recipe album that keeps on giving.

 Pocket Page Pull Outs

Each one of the Pocket Page Pull Outs features a spacious slant-edge pocket, then we attach another pocket on front just in case you have smaller cards or notes that would get lost in the bigger pocket.

This adorable collection also comes with a full 12×12 sheet of cardstock stickers and a full pack of coordinating die cuts. I had so much fun tucking them into the pockets, so you have little peeks of cuteness on each page. There were plenty of leftovers, so you can mix, match, add more, or use whichever little pieces speak to you.

Spacious but streamlined, these six pages hold a minimum of 60 standard 3” x “5 or 4” x 6” recipe cards. Bigger cards will fit, too! Have more recipes? The pockets are spacious enough to fit more than one card. Above, I tucked in the two cards that come with the collection, then added eight more space holders so you could see all 10 pockets more clearly. (The plain cardstock mats shown in these photos do not come with the kit, they are or demonstration purposes.) Of course, if your splitting-at-the-seams recipe box looks like mine, you already have plenty of cards ready for those pockets!

But wait! There’s more!A big spacious pocket on the inside back cover holds a recipe easel stand. How perfect is that? Pull out a recipe, pull out the stand, and you have it up off the counter and easy to read (and keep clean!)

The Recipe Stand comes with two functional sides. The front has a little tray that you can tuck your card into. But if you have something bigger (like those magazine tear outs we talked about earlier) simply use the back of the easel and the clip (that does come with the kit!) and clip your recipe to the stand. Double the function, double the cute!

  

This project kit comes pre-cut! Yes, this kit comes with your chipboard and cardstock mats for building the foundation AND all the mats to decorate the album all pre-cut for you and stacked in the order of use.

The kit also comes with full color photo, step-by-step instructions.I will have a video walk-through of the finished project as well.

Cutting Guide: As a bonus, your kit also comes with a full Cutting Guide that includes all the sizing for the foundation mats AND all the décor mats as well. This way you can easily re-create this Recipe Album and decorate it with whatever paper collection you choose. Change up the theme completely to suit your needs!

Digital Tutorial: Want to use your own stash from the start? You can find the tutorial for this project HERE.

Want to see the recipe album “LIVE?”  Check out my walk-through of the final project!

As always, if you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to ask! I can always be reached at donna@minibooksrme.com

Until next time, happy crafting!

New Fun with Graphic 45 Tutorial Available!

(And yes! This tutorial is part of my Anniversary Sale! Check out my Etsy Shop HERE to see all of my tutorials. The sale is shop-wide through midnight ET Sunday, October 21st!)

I’m SO very excited to finally get to share with you a project I’ve been wanting to make (or re-make) for a year. I made a little mini last year using one of Graphic 45’s albums and this wonderful Hallowe’en in Wonderland collection. One of my all time faves! (I’ve been collection All Things Alice for many years.)

Graphic 45 liked the end result so much they even used it in one of their ad campaigns. (I know! What?)  That project was a one time class I taught at a local store, but after that ad went online, I had a LOT of folks asking me for a tutorial. I planned to make one right after I launched my MiniBooksRMe shop a year ago, but by then the paper was mostly sold out, so (sad face!) I ifigured I’d missed my shot.

Fast Forward to Fall of 2018 and G45 made my whole year when they decided to bring it out again for one last show. I snapped up product so fast I think I made their head spin. I know mine was! And I immediately re-created the project.

This time I made my own mini, with all the gusset space I needed to add in chipboard, plenty of tags, and all the fun I wanted.

The mini by itself is super versatile. It’s 6×6 with a chunky 3 1/4″ spine and has 6 pocket-and-flap style pages. (Yes, all the same for once!) I wanted to give you a versatile, easy to make mini suitable for all occasions.

To that end, the tutorial not only comes with a very detailed color photo, step by step instruction file, you also get a Cutting Guide that gives you all the sizes for the foundation mats to build the mini book, but it ALSO gives you the sizes of all the pattern papers and decor mats I used to decorate the mini and make all the tags and folders.

That way you can make this mini again and again, using any paper collection you wish.

Check out the video walk-through of the full project:

 

Then pop on over to my MiniBooksRMe Etsy shop and pick up the tutorial and PLAY! (Make sure to stop by before midnight Sunday, October 21st to take advantage of my first Anniversary Sale! Everything in the shop is 10% off. No coupon code needed. Prices are automatically reduced.) Happy Shopping!

And until next time…happy crafting!