Fun with Graphic 45 Project #3: File Folder Fairie Dust Traveler’s Notebook (ALSO! Special GIVEAWAY!)

Hello Happy Crafters!

I’m excited to share Project #3 in my Fun with Graphic 45 Series.

This is the File Folder & Canvas Fairie Dust Traveler’s Notebook.

Last fall I introduced my 5.5” x 7.5” Chunky Traveler’s Notebook, featuring fold out cardstock covers and a Kraft-Tex spine. It was a big hit and the tutorial is still available in my Etsy shop. Since then, I’ve been getting tons of requests to design a Standard 4.5” x 8.75” Midori-sized Traveler’s Notebook, that would hold “Standard” size booklets & inserts.

I wanted to keep the same, functional, multi-use fold out covers, and the four-strap spine. But as my tutorials gained more and more global fans, finding the Kraft-tex I used for the spine in the first TN has been an issue for some crafters.

I played with a number of different products and was delighted with how easy it was to work with backed canvas. It does make the spine a bit stiffer, giving it almost a notebook feel, but it’s still fully flexible and will soften with use.

There are numerous types that you can use (and numerous vendors who sell it), and those will be discussed in the tutorial and walk-through video, which will be available early next month.

Kraft-Tex or Canvas: And yes, you can use the canvas for the spine with the first Chunky Traveler’s Notebook tutorial as well – simply swap out the Kraft-Tex for the canvas used in this project. And vice versa- you can use Kraft-Tex with this project if you prefer it!

Even more fun, as I’ve been playing with the file folders in my File Folder Mini monthly series, I’ve really been enjoying the durability and strength they lend to a project, and by using the lightweight folders, they don’t add unnecessary bulk. I had a brainstorm to pair the folders with the canvas, and voila! My version of a “Standard” size Midori-style traveler’s notebook was born.

Almost! I don’t know about you, but I love to stuff my planners and notebooks full of goodies. That’s why I made my first version of the Traveler’s Notebook a Chunky Style. Well, I’m happy to announce that this version is a Chunky Style, too! (And if you don’t want chunky, simple! You just trim down the canvas spine to the size you want. (Just make sure it’s wide enough to handle the four-cord style weave.)

The covers are sized slightly wider than the 4.25″ Standard Midori Notebook so you can add tabs to your Inserts. The tutorial & kit instructions show you how to make them! And the tabs won’t get all bent up with the elastic strap.

For this project, you have a fold- out front and back cover, that feature a slant pocket on the front of the fold-out, a triple-decker pocket on the inside of the flap, and a long pocket on the inside front and back covers to hold even more of your notes, receipts, a checkbook, whatever you need! The front and back cover, and the pockets, are all constructed from file folders.

But wait! There’s more!

This project also comes with four Inserts! You will learn how to make one Double-Pocket Insert, one plain paper Notebook Insert, and one grid paper Notebook Insert. The kits for this project also come with a “Standard,” Midori-style Calendar Notebook Insert. (Undated.)

For those doing the digital tutorial, these “Standard” size Calendar Notebook Inserts are available from many vendors. The Calendar Notebook Insert included in the kit is the Michael’s brand. You can also simply make another of any of the first three Inserts from the tutorial as your 4th Insert.

You can also purchase any of the other style Inserts as well, but I wanted you to learn to make your own, so you’ll always have a refill replacements handy!

Alternate Papers for Inserts! You can use a variety of papers to make your own Notebook Inserts. Do you like to art journal? Make a Notebook Insert following the instructions and simply use any mixed media paper that suits your style. So many possibilities!

FULL PROJECT KITS: There are a limited number of kits available for this project. Read on to see what is included!



  • Pre-cut file folders, canvas, and cardstock mats to make the cover, the Double Pocket Insert, and two Notebook Inserts.
  • Undated Calendar Notebook Insert
  • Pre-cut/Pre-stacked (in order of use) Graphic 45 Fairie Dust papers to decorate the complete cover & fold out panels, plus all four Inserts.
  • Full Color Photo Step-by-Step Instructions for the cover and the inserts.
  • Full Cutting Guide for future Traveler’s Notebook and/or Insert making, including pattern mat sizes. Use any paper collection you wish!
  • All embellishments and charms shown.
  • YouTube Video Walk-through (links included in the instructions.


Full Project Kits are available exclusively via my newsletter.  

How to get on the newsletter list: It’s easy! Email me at with “Subscribe Me” in the subject line. I’ll send you the issue with all the pricing and ordering information for this project.


Prefer to use your own stash? The digital tutorial for this project will be available in my Etsy shop in early April. Digital tutorials for all of my projects are available HERE.  I

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Cue the marching band, drop the balloons from the ceiling, the Mini Books R Me YouTube channel has officially blown right past the 1000 Subscribers mark. You guys ROCK!!  I can’t believe how fast we got there. I’m thrilled to have you all hanging out with me! Pass the chips! Put on some music!

I’m so thrilled, I’d like to do a little GIVEAWAY to show my appreciation!


  • Drop an email to with “ENTER ME” in the subject line.
  • OR leave a comment on this blog post.. That’s it! It’s that easy!
  • NOTE: Only one entry will be counted, so no need to post multiple times/places.

WHAT DO YOU WIN? Your choice of ANY ONE of my Etsy shop tutorials.

HOW MANY WINNERS? 10 winners will be announced from the combined entries.

  • This giveaway is being announced here, to my newsletter subscribers, and will also be announced on my YouTube channel (next week.)

WINNERS ANNOUNCED: Contest ends March 30th. Winners will be announced in the next newsletter, coming March 31st

  • All winners names will also be posted on my blog, and on the YouTube channel.

Whew!!!  That is all for now!

As always, if you have ANY questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.


Happy Crafting!





File Folder Mini #2: Welcome Home!

Hello Happy Crafters!

I’m so excited to share with you the next in my monthly File Folder Mini Series! 

Introducing the File Folder Mini #2: Welcome Home project, using Carta Bellas pretty Welcome Home collection! I mentioned last time that each FFM will be unique and this month we are going in a completely different direction. (I love it and hope you do, too!) This File Folder Mini has the exact same cover dimensions as before – that part will remain the same every month – but wait till you see what’s inside!


This month we’re using black file folders and the lush Carta Bella paper (so thick, and I love the textured finish!) There weren’t any real solid patterns in this collection and the project needed a punch of solid color, so we’re also using Graphic 45’s Seasons Patterns & Solids. They were the perfect match!

Each side is a separate unit, with secret goodies behind their closed doors. (My favorite kind!) I designed this to be a “memory keeper” for holding all sorts of photos, journaling, and memorabilia.

Open the “policy envelope flaps” (with the cute beaded string-tie!) on the left side of this File Folder Mini and reveal a set of accordion pockets that expand out like a pretty little set of file folders. Each pocket can hold any number of tags and folders. As you can see, I took full advantage of that! (And they will hold even more!)


But wait, there’s more!

The compartment on the right has a cute photo folder on top…but it’s what’s underneath that makes it really fun!

Twin Mini Drawers!

You will learn how to make the entire drawer unit and the fun photo-fold-outs tucked inside each one. Each drawer has a little charm drawer pull, too! If you want to tuck other goodies in the drawers, the photo-fold-outs will fit into the accordion pockets on the left side.

Versatile and fun, this File Folder Mini has great ideas you can “scrap-lift” to use in other projects!

File Folder Mini #2: Welcome Home Digital Tutorial: Yes! This File Folder Mini project will also be available as a digital tutorial in my MiniBooksRMe Etsy shop.

  • The digital download will be available starting on March 15th.
  • If you’re following my blog at or if you’ve favorited my shop at you’ll get an email letting you know it’s been listed.


I do offer a limited quantity of full project kits. These will not be in my Etsy shop due to the limited availability.  My Etsy shop only carries the digital tutorials. Project kits are available exclusively via my newsletter.

What comes with a Full Project Kit? Below is a sample.  The contents listed show what comes with the File Folder Mini #2 kit.



  • All the file folders needed to create this project, pre-cut and layered in order of use.
  • All the Carta Bella Welcome Home & G45 Seasons Patterns & Solids papers, all pre-cut and layered in order of use.
  • All ribbons, hardware, (including magnets) and charms used on the sample (key charms may vary in style.)
  • Detailed step-by-step assembly instructions in a PDF file.
  • Detailed step-by-step photos in a PDF file.
  • Walk-through video of the entire project on my YouTube channel (link to the walk-through included in your instruction files.)
  • Full Cutting Guide so you can make this project again, including sizes of all décor matting.


Interested in getting future Full Project Kit announcements? It’s easy! Drop me an email to with “Subscribe Me” in the subject line and I’ll send you a copy of the most recent issue so you can catch up on all the latest. 


In case you missed it, the digital tutorial for my Fun with Graphic 45 Project #2: “1 Folio/2 Ways” Tutorial is now available in my Etsy shop!

You can check out the YouTube Walk-Through for the “1 Folio/2 Ways” project here:

As always, please let me know if you have any questions about any of the above.  I am always happy to help. No question is too small or too silly. (Psst! There are no silly questions! 🙂  )

Happy crafting!

~ Donna