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!!

Want to be In The Know for all upcoming projects and also get the chance to purchase full kits for these projects? Drop me an email to donna@minibooksrme.com and put “Subscribe Me” in the subject line and you’re all set!  (This simply subscribes you to the newsletter, no purchases required.)

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!

 

 

 

Fun with Graphic 45 Project #4: Botanical Tea Stationary Organizer Tutorial

Hello Happy Crafters! 

I’m excited to share the next in my Fun with Graphic 45 series!

This is Project #4: Botanical Tea Stationary Organizer. 

With this project, I used Graphic 45’s 5” x 7” Ivory Book Box, a set of their Antique Brass Claw Feet, along with papers & chipboard from their lovely Botanical Tea collection to make this desktop organizer AND twelve beautiful cards with coordinating envelopes. I know! It’s a lot of fun and the organizer is surprisingly easy to make!

   

I was inspired by some of the fun techniques I learned last fall when I was fortunateenough to take classes from three of Graphic 45’s Brand Ambassadors: Maggi Harding, Annette Green, & Ginger Ropp. I’ve been working on this project idea forsome time now and am thrilled to finally be able to share it with you.

The organizer is a compact size, with plenty of room for both A2 and A7 cards (stored as shown.) There are 12 decorated cards and envelopes with lots of dimensional items tucked into the organizer above, with room for plenty more!

       

More storage fun!

G45’s Ivory Book Box comes with three tags. I decorated one of the cards with one tag, then turned the other two into little stamps & address label holders, which tuck right into their own handy compartment. The other compartment easily holds a whole collection of pens. (I tucked 9 in the pen holder compartment easily w/ room to spare.)

        

And then there’s all those cards! This tutorial comes with all the instructions on how to build the organizer from one of G45’s Ivory Book Boxes, along with detailed info on how to make the two tag folder holders, as well as assembly information for all six A2 cards and coordinating envelopes, and all six A7 cards and envelopes. All mat sizes and decor element sizes are included, so you can recreate these cards using the Botanical Tea collection, or use the layout designs and substitute your own papers.

I started decorating my envelopes several years ago with the papers leftover from making my cards. I use a glue stick for solid coverage, to 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.

Yep, I put these right into the mail! How fun to get a pretty handmade card inside a pretty decorated envelope! Check out the video walkthrough below for more info on how to seal those decor items directly to the envelopes.

Interested in making this project? The tutorial is now available in my MiniBooksRMe Etsy shop right HERE!  This is a digital tutorial. The files are available for immediate download. (Instant gratification!)

For a more thorough look-see, check out the YouTube Walk-Through below!

Questions? I can always be reached directly at donna@minibooksrme.com

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Happy crafting!

Fun w Graphic 45: Project #3……… File Folder Travelers Notebook…….. Digital Tutorial Now Available!

Hello Happy Crafters!

I’m excited to announce that the digital tutorial for Project #3 in my Fun with Graphic 45 Series is now available in my Etsy shop!

This is the File Folder Travelers Notebook using Graphic 45’s lovely Fairie Dust collection.

Here’s the walk-through video on my YouTube channel. Then read on for more info on the project.

More info on this Travelers 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 instructions on how to make and/or decorate four Inserts! You will learn how to make one Double-Pocket Insert, one plain paper Notebook Insert, and one grid paper Notebook Insert.

The final insert is a pre-made calendar insert. These “Standard” size Calendar Notebook Inserts are available from many vendors. The Calendar Notebook Insert used in the sample is the Michael’s Recollections 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!

Prefer to use your own stash? Not a problem. The tutorial gives you all the sizes of both the foundation mats used to assemble the notebook, and the sizes of all the decor mats used to decorate. Simply substitute your own paper and use the mat sizes in the Cutting Guide to create your own look.

The digital tutorial for this project IS available now in my Etsy Shop! 

If you have any questions, you can reach me directly at donna@minibooksrme.com.

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See you back here soon with more new project news! Happy crafting!

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!

KIT INFO:

Contents:  

  • 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.

HOW TO ORDER:

Full Project Kits are available exclusively via my newsletter.  

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

DIGITAL TUTORIAL:

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

To get an alert when new items are listed in my Etsy Shop: follow this blog (and/or my Etsy shop) and you’ll get an email when new items are posted! The follow button is right at the top of this page.

And now for a VERY SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT! 

WE DID IT!!!

1000 SUBSCRIBERS GIVEAWAY!! 

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!

HOW TO ENTER: Easy!

  • Drop an email to donna@minibooksrme.com 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!

 

 

 

 

Fun with Graphic 45 Series: Project #2: “1 Folio/2 Ways” Tutorial Available!

So happy to announce that the tutorial for the second project in my monthly Fun with Graphic 45 series is now available in my Etsy Shop. Yay!  (Walk-through video below!)

This is the “1 Folio/2 Ways” Project, using Graphic 45’s lovely Cafe Parisian Collection.

The tutorial includes the complete instructions to make BOTH projects!

You’ll learn how to make this nifty Notekeeper!

AND you’ll also learn how to take the same foundation and make it into a Photo Folio. I know!

You get a Cutting Guide with instructions on how to cut the mats needed to make both foundations as well as how to cut all the pattern papers for both.

You’ll also receive Step-by-Step, full color photo Instruction & Photo Guides that will guide you through making both projects as well.

Check out the walk-through of the project here: 

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

Happy crafting!

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Minibook ~ Digital Tutorial Available!

Thanks so much for your enthusiastic response to my brand new monthly Fun with Graphic 45 Series! 

I’m happy to announce the first project in the series, the Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe  “1 PAGE STYLE: 5 WAYS MINIBOOK” is now available in my Etsy shop as a digital tutorial.

Here’s the detailed walk-through of the project, followed by a page assembly overview, (also available on my YouTube Channel )

This is a 7×5 mini with 5 pages. The foundation for each page is made from the same two cardstock mat, all scored exactly the same way. (An easy, 3 score lines each!) You’ll learn how to take that basic page style and design in five different ways. Easy, versatile, and fun!

Don’t miss out on the other fun projects coming soon. Click the follow button up there in the right hand column and get an email notification when a new post goes live.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy crafting!

New 2018 Monthly Series Announced! Fun With Graphic 45!

I’m so excited to share the first of TWO brand-new monthly project series I’ll be doing for 2018.

FUN WITH GRAPHIC 45! 

The Fun with Graphic 45 Series will feature a new, completely unique, project each month ranging from rminibooks, to cards, to home decor, and so much more, all designed exclusively by me.

Today I’m officially announcing the launch project featuring G45’s fab Olde Curiosity Shoppe Deluxe Collector’s Edition collection.

FUN WITH GRAPHIC 45 PROJECT #1: “1 PAGE STYLE: 5 WAYS MINIBOOK”

This is a 7×5 mini with 5 pages. The foundation for each page is made from the same two cardstock mat, all scored exactly the same way. (An easy, 3 score lines each!) You’ll learn how to take that basic page style and design in five different ways. Easy, versatile, and fun!

 

A limited number of full project kits are available!!! YES, it’s true! I do offer a very limited number of full project kits, with all the foundation and decor mats pre-cut and packaged in order of use. These kits are only available via my newsletter and will NOT be in my Etsy shop.

Have you subscribed yet? The newsletter announcing this project went out today!

To subscribe, click the tab above, or drop me an email to donna@minibooksrme.com with Subscribe Me in the subject line, and the email you want to use in the body of the email. I’ll send you the newsletter right away. These kits go fast, so HURRY! 

I’m also happy to announce that a full digital tutorial will be available for this project in my MiniBooksRMe Etsy Shop and there will be a full video walk-through on my YouTube channel later this month.  Follow this blog (the button is up there to the right!) so you’ll get an email letting you know the moment the tutorial and walk-through video go live.

As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! You can leave a comment below, or reach me directly at donna@minibooksrme.com  

Happy crafting!