Magic of Oz Mini + Drop Ins 4 Tutorial Now Available!

Hello Happy Crafters!

I’m super excited to announce that there is a brand new set of Drop Ins available! AND a fun new mini album that is the perfect place to display them!

I had so much fun getting to play with Graphic 45′s recently re-release Magic of Oz collection. The perfect collection to bring these Drop Ins to life!

The tutorial comes with two PDF files (instant downloads!) Use the Cutting Guide to prep your materials, then use the full color photo, step-by-step instruction file to assemble the project.

AND!! The Cutting Guide includes all of the foundation mats and sizes AND the sizes of all of the pattern/cardstock mats used to decorate this complete project. So you can substitute in any paper collection you like!

This digital tutorial comes in three versions:

Mini Album + Drop Ins 4 COMBO: The combo tutorial has it ALL! You will learn how to make this fun, chunky mini AND all five new Drop Ins. You can snag the tutorial here:  https://etsy.me/32eAyM5

Mini Album ONLY! Just want to make this fun, easy mini to showcase  your photos? No worries! You can get the ALBUM ONLY tutorial here: https://etsy.me/2MQfLIv

Or maybe you just want to make the new Drop Ins. I’ve got you covered!

DROP INS 4 ONLY This tutorial can be purchased here: https://etsy.me/2OJuyHp

Not familiar with Drop Ins?  These are fun, easy to make little units, created and decorated entirely separately from your mini book (or greeting card) project, then simply attached to a plain mini book page to add some easy, interactive fun!

They work great on the front of a greeting card, too! Add a few photos, a gift card, and it’s  like giving a little folio giftie to a friend or loved one.

This series comes with five new Drop Ins. Every drop in is a unique construction. They come in all shapes and sizes. You can mix, match, add them to whatever project you like!

Missed the earlier series? See my YouTube channel for Drop Ins 1, Drop Ins 2, and Drop Ins 3 walk-throughs! Tutorials available for all three in my Etsy shop as well.

The earlier series were featured in a bigger, 6″ x 8″ album. This time around, I designed a slightly smaller mini album to showcase the Drop Ins. (But don’t worry, it’s still super chunky!)

You may notice – this mini is styled after the Chunky Recipe Book mini album I designed earlier this year. This version is smaller, so you get more mileage out of your 12×12 papers when decorating, and the page folders have been slightly altered so the Drop Ins will fit.

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

 

I hope you give this mini and these fun little interactive units a try!

Have questions? I’m always happy to help. You can reach me at donna@minibooksrme.com

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!

New Tutorial Available & Etsy’s 13th Birthday SALE!

Hello Happy Crafters!

I’m so happy to share Project #5 in my on-going Fun with Graphic 45 Series!

This is the “Drop Ins #1” Tutorial shown using Graphic 45’s Rectangle Tag & Pocket Album and their fun ABC Primer Deluxe Collector’s Edition collection.

BUT! You don’t need this particular album or paper collection to learn all about my fun new Drop Ins. The great thing about Drop Ins is that they can go in ANY project using ANY paper!

Read on for all the info and watch the full walk-through video!

To showcase this project, I chose G45’s Rectangle Tag & Pocket Album. 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. This makes an 18 page/36 sides minibook. Wow!

Each Pocket Page comes with one of Graphic 45’s regular tags tucked in the front pocket, an the pages themselves also form a large side pocket. Lots of room for plenty of photos!

How “Drop Ins” Were Born…

Graphic 45 redesigned their albums a year or so ago so they now have nice 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.

And I’ve never met a gusset I didn’t need to fill…

SO….I got to thinking…hmm…how can I add fun and interest to a pre-made book to spruce up this “basic page-pocket page-basic page” format?

For that matter, what about versatile elements I can make and drop into ANY project?

OR!

How about adding interactive fun to the front of handmade greeting cards?  Hmmm…..

The wheels started turning and, boom! My brand new Drop Ins sprang to life!

I LOVE these fun, super versatile little elements. For this foundation, I designed a “Drop In” interactive element that can be attached to the front of each of the six folder/pocket page units. BUT these elements can be attached to ANY minibook page.

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. The sizes vary, so there are Drop Ins to fit any size minibook or greeting card.

   

What Do I mean By “Drop In Element?”

These interactive units are made completely separate from your project, then simply attached to a minibook page (or greeting card!) In this case, using the Graphic 45 Tag & Pocket Album, I attached one Drop In to the front of each of the six folder/pocket page units in the album.

    

You can add these elements in any order. You can add just a few if you want to preserve the gusset space to use other embellishments like chipboard pieces or add more photos to the pocket pages. You can make one style of Drop In and use it repeatedly throughout. Make them again and again to add interest to ANY project. SO many options!

The Digital Tutorial comes with a Cutting Guide that gives you all the measurements for each of the seven different Drop Ins—including the sizes of all the décor mats.

Make any basic minibook or pick up one of these G45 Rectangle Tag & Pocket albums (they come in ivory, too!) use any paper collection you wish to decorate, then add in as many of these fun Drop In interactive elements as you’d like!

Check out the full walk-through of the project to see the full “Drop Ins #1” set! 

BONUS!!

If you want to make this full project, exactly as shown, you’re in luck!!

The Digital Tutorial also comes with a full Cutting Guide and Step-by-Step Photo Instructions so you can decorate this Graphic 45 Rectangle Tag & Pocket Album just like the sample shown. OR follow the Cutting Guide and substitute any paper collection you wish!

Hop on over to my MiniBooksRMe Etsy Shop and pick up your Fun with Graphic 45: Drop Ins #1 Digital Tutorial today!

!!!SALE!!! 

Have you been checking out the tutorials, trying to decide which one to get? Well, maybe I can help out with that!

Etsy turns 13 this coming week and I’m celebrating by giving YOU the presents!

From June 18th through June 22nd ALL of the digital tutorials in my MiniBooksRMe Etsy Shop will be on sale for 10% off!

No coupon code needed.

The tutorials will be automatically marked down on those days. So browse, shop, buy and you’re all set! Even better, the tutorials are all instant downloads. I love instant gratification!

NEWSLETTER!!

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I’ll be announcing a new project this coming week!

Questions? Need Help?

I’m always happy to assist. No question is too small. Drop me a line at donna@minibooksrme.com and I’ll respond as quickly as I’m able. I want you to have as much making these projects as i do.

I’ll be back soon with more crafty fun!