Graphic 45 2019 Brand Ambassador Audition

Hello Happy Crafters!

It’s an exciting day for me and I’m so happy to share it with you. I’ve always wanted to audition to be a Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador and I’m finally DOING IT!

The project I’m sharing with you today is the Graphic 45 “Blooming Tags” File Folder Notebook using Eileen Hull’s Journal die, three file folders, Graphic 45’s  ivory tags, and their gorgeous new Bloom collection!

Check out my video audition below!

I’ll take you on a walk-through of the project then you’ll get a bonus tutorial (I know!) I’ll teach you how to assemble the cover, including stringing the notebook and attaching the pockets. Then you’ll learn how to make one complete “tag folio” foundation.

All the mat sizes are mentioned in the video, but they are also listed below.

SUPPLIES: 

2 sheets Sizzix “Little Sizzles” 6″ x 13″ White Matboard

3 Letter Size Manila File Folders (1 top, 1 middle, 1 bottom tab)

65″ 2mm cream cord (1mm is fine, but may stretch out quickly)

1 package Graphic 45 ATC tags (ivory)

1 package Graphic 45 Large tags (Ivory)

DIES:

Eileen Hull Journal Die (Sizzix)

Graphic 45’s Tall Tag/ATC Tag die set

To Decorate like sample: 

1 8×8 Graphic 45 Bloom collection pad

1 set Graphic 45 Bloom Chipboard set

1 12×12 sheet burgundy cardstock (you can also use Bloom Patterns & Solids)

1 12×12 sheet light blue cardstock (you can also use Bloom Patterns & Solids)

Assorted Charms & Jump Rings

CUTTING/SCORING GUIDE:

COVER:: Sizzix Matboard

(2) Cut two covers using Eileen Hull Journal die (Sizzix)

Scoring: they come pre-scored & punched  

INSIDE COVER POCKETS: (cut from File Folder leftovers)

(2) 5 3/8 x 4 1/2″ Score Landscape: 1/2″ in from each end. Then score Portrait at 1/2″

TAG FOLIOS::Cut from letter size manila file folders: 1 ea top/center/bottom tab

(3) 8 1/8″ x 8 1/4″ (size does NOT include the tabs)

Score Landscape from the non-tab end: 4″ and 4 1/8″

GRAPHIC 45 TAG ATTACHMENT STRIPS: (cut from File Folder scraps)

Lg Tags: (3) 1″ x 7 1/2″ Score Portrait 1/2″

ATC Tags: (6) 1″ x 2 1/2″ Score Portrait 1/2″

Have questions about this project? Please contact me at donna@minibooksrme.com and I’m happy to help!

Thanks so much for watching! Happy crafting!

Fun w Graphic 45: 6×6 Chunky Trifold Folio Tutorial ~ Now Available!

Hello Happy Crafters!

I am super-excited to share with you the next Fun with Graphic 45 project using Graphic 45’s Raining Cats & Dogs collection. I LOVE this collection and was so happy they re-released it so we could play with it again. This is a brand new foundation, too and I hope you love it as much as I do.  This is my Chunky 6×6 Trifold Folio!

Read on for all the details on the project, and where you can pick up the tutorial. The full video walk-through of the completed sample is below as well!

As you all know, I love folios of all kinds, but most of the chipboard ones I see are big, with narrow spines. I love them, too (see all of my File Folder Folios!) but I also wanted something chunkier that I could stuff more into it. At the same time, I wanted to keep it easy to hold and handle. From the outside, this looks like a regular 6×6 mini, but it’s actually a tri-fold folio! (And look at the width of that spine! I’ve packed a LOT of potential in this little folio!)

And I make full use of all four panels. Yes, four! Because when you open the cover, you are looking at the front of the closed third panel…so I made some extra room in that chunky spine so we could do something interactive on both sides of that panel.

Slide out the folder and tag from the pocket (and there is room more tags if you want!) Then there is a surprise behind them!

The whole unit opens up to provide more room for photos and journaling. No magnet needed for this interactive unit as tucking the folder and tag in the front pocket keeps it all closed up. A fun closure idea for any mini!

Then you open that panel and voila! Here is your tri-fold folio with interactive fun PACKED on all three panels.

   

The first panel on the left end is a nice, wide platform waterfall, with the flaps as wide as the panel itself. There are five waterfall flaps in this section. Plenty of room to tuck in lots of photos, add plenty of journaling if needed, then the whole unit is kept closed and neat and tidy with the cover flap and magnet card closure.

I just love the colors of this collection, too! Graphic 45 did a great job in giving plenty of dog and cat items to use. I designed this so it’s about 50/50 dog and cat, but there are leftover cut aparts and chipboard pieces, so you can easily adjust to your needs.

The center panel is an expandable three-pocket file filled with SO many tags and folders in a wide variety of styles and sizes.

Think of it as a little mini file cabinet filled with goodies!

These three pockets hold so much! And there are more tucked behind the ones still in the pocket! (Those are just from those three pockets!)

Lots of folders to go with the tags for this center section. More room for photos!

I added fun elements to the inside of all the folders in this project. These are just the ones for the expandable pockets!

The final panel (the back side of the one you see when you first open the folio) is a deep pocket with fun goodies tucked inside!

You have a cute little folder, then a brand-new Pocket Folio! (I couldn’t resist!) This is a fun tri-fold folio all by itself. Complete with a pocket inside that has – YES – another fun wee folder.

You’ve got Wee Things & a Pocket Folio all in one project. HA!

The album foundation is built so there is an equal space between the layers when the book is closed. PLENTY of room to add in all the goodies, plus all your photos.

Digital Tutorial: The Fun with Graphic 45: Chunky 6×6 Trifold Folio tutorial is an instant download available right now from my MiniBooksRMe Etsy Shop. 

To see the whole Trifold Folio front to back, and find out more about the tutorial, the materials used (and even a handy little How To Add Jump Rings tutorial at the end!) check out the walk-through:

Full Project Kits! I also make full product kits for all of my tutorials, available exclusively through my newsletter. (Only digital tutorials are in the Etsy shop. Kits are available exclusively via the newsletter. )

Newsletter:  The kits for this project have sold out, but if you’re interested in future project kits, email me at donna@minibooksrme.com and put “Subscribe Me” in the subject line and I’ll be happy to add you to the list. Newsletter subscribers get to see everything first and find out what’s coming next! (There is no obligation to purchase kits.)

As always, thanks so much for your interest in my projects!

Happy crafting!

Wee Things: Photo Journal Tutorial ~ Now Available!

Hello Happy Crafters!

I’m so excited to share some fun news! I’ve been asked to be part of Eileen Hull’s new Eileen Hull Educator’s team. How fun is that? Check out this amazing team of designers and educators. I’m thrilled to be part of this new endeavor.

I had this project already in the works, so the timing couldn’t be more perfect. Today I am happy to share with you the first in my new Wee Things series, the Wee Things Photo Journal using Graphic 45’s lovely Flutter collection and Eileen Hull’s fabulous Wrapped Journal Sizzix die. Read on to learn about the series, this project, and view the video walk-through of the finished project as well!

Wee Things #1: Graphic 45 Flutter “Photo Journal”

What are Wee Things projects? The four projects in this series will all be “wee” meaning small scale. (5” x 5” or under.) But don’t let that fool you! These projects might be small, but they each pack a BIG punch! I love little things and wee minibook projects are just the cutest things ever. Read on to learn all about the Wee Things Photo Journal!

I used Kraft-Tex and Eileen Hull’s Wrapped Journal Sizzix XL die to make the cover. SO many fun things you can do with this! The die cut cover is approximately 12.5” long x 5” tall and comes pre-scored w/ the spine/cord holes punched for you! The wrapped journal when done is approx. 4” x 5”. The spine is nice and w-i-d-e so you can tuck in a LOT. (And I PACKED this one right up. I mean, have you met me? Of course I did!!) I also used WRMK’s Mini Envelope Punch Board with the notebooks and pockets. So much wee goodness in one little project!

Eileen’s Wrapped Journal die can be used to make a small traveler’s notebook, but I decided to go in a different direction and turn this into a photo journal. Like a wee scrapbook, with lots of interaction and pages meant to store photos, along with space to add a little journaling about the photos as well.

I created four folio-style notebooks that slide under the elastic bands in the spine.

Then I added a cardstock journal folder to slide into the middle of each one. The pages measure 3 ½” x 4 ½” (slightly bigger for the notebooks) so room for decent size photos!

Then you just tuck them all into this fabulous wrapped cover and voila! Instant photo journal fun!

The great thing about this project is you can customize it to your needs. Want more journal pages? You can use text weight (like copier paper weight) paper for your journal folder (instead of the heavier cardstock I used) and add two folders to each notebook. Or…you can leave those folders out and just focus on stuffing the folio notebooks chock full! The tags provide space for journaling, too!

You can attach the journal folders to the notebooks (I will show you how in the video walk-through below) or simply slide them under the elastic band.

Each of the four notebooks has a pocket assembly on one side of the mini folio, and an interactive unit on the other (and the journal folder tucked in the middle.)

Each notebook is unique, with a different pocket & interactive unit in each one.

Each interactive unit includes a different kind of closure, too!

The closures are fun and versatile! You can easily adjust the sizes and add them to your own projects as well.

For an extra surprise, I also incorporated Tim Holtz’s “Stitched Slots” Sizzix die to add a little fun to the inside back cover of the journal. It’s a nice, slim-lined way to add more wee tag cuteness!

Some of the tags in this project are the stitched tag dies from My Creative Time. A fun way to add even more of the adorable!

Digital Tutorial: The Wee Things #1: Photo Journal project is now available as a digital tutorial. Yay! You can find it in my Etsy shop here.

Please Note: I do list the dies and tools I used in the digital tutorial so you can duplicate this exactly. You will also get all of the dimensions and scoring measurements so you can substitute your own mats, tags, and pockets and make this without using any dies. The result won’t be identical, but the options are plentiful!

Here is a walk-through of the finished project, followed by a informative section showing you all the items used to make this project, and other material you can use with Eileen’s amazing die!

 

Full Project Kits! I also make full product kits for all of my tutorials, available exclusively through my newsletter. (Only the digital tutorials are in the Etsy shop. Kits are only available via the newsletter. They sell out too quickly to make listing them worth the time and effort.)

Newsletter:  The kits for this project have sold out, but if you’re interested in future project kits, email me at donna@minibooksrme.com and put “Subscribe Me” in the subject line and I’ll be happy to add you to the list. Newsletter subscribers get to see everything first and find out what’s coming next! (There is no obligation to purchase kits.)

Thanks so much for stopping by! If you have any questions about this project, the tutorial, or any of my other projects, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line 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 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!

File Folder Mini #6 Tutorial ~ Now Available!

I’m happy to announce that the digital tutorial for my File Folder Mini #6 using the  Graphic 45 Imagine collection is now in my Etsy shop! 

For new visitors, this project is part of the ongoing File Folder Mini Series. (There are tutorials & YouTube walk-throughs for all of them. Yay! Links to shop and channel are over there in the right hand column of this page.)

These File Folder Minis are made from standard manila file folders, then decorated with your favorite paper collections. Each FFM is 6” x 8” with a 1.5” spine and each one comes with a completely unique interior design.

In this jam-packed mini you’ll make a fun satchel-style, deep pocket on the inside front cover that holds a thick, full-sized folio!

Then Page 1 is designed from one file folder piece, including top tab, making a top-loading pocket page that comes with a big folder-tabbed pull out tag. Plus a fun fold-out slant pocket, which holds another folder.

So much room for photos, large and small!

And the fun doesn’t stop there! The back of Page 1 features a fold out double pocket AND an add-on page, giving you tons of photo “real estate.” I love hidden goodies, don’t you?

Then it’s on to Page 2, which is an overlapping split pocket page. With more hidden goodies! Photos on the next page.

Those front pocket flaps are actually pull out folders!

But that’s not all. On the back of these pocket flaps there’s space for another cute folder (because, of course there is! Have you met me?)

Then the inside the back cover has, yes, even more room for small to overlarge tags so you can squeeze in as many photos as possible.

One of the things I loved about this collection is it lends itself well to just about any kind of photos. The theme being to imagine, dream big, keep trying…and the colorful palette strikes just the right tone. Striking, but not overwhelming, so your photos will be the highlight.

Walk-Through Video! 

Want to see more? Check out my walk-through video over on my YouTube Channel HERE.

Instant Download Digital Tutorial! 

Interested in making one of your own? You can purchase the instant-download tutorial for this project, which come complete with a full Cutting Guide in addition to the Step by Step Photo Instruction file. The Cutting Guide gives you all the sizes of the foundation mats to create this File Folder Mini AND all the mat sizes for the cardstock and pattern decor mats. So you can use any paper collection you want!

You can find the tutorial right here: File Folder Mini #6 Tutorial. 

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Etsy Shop Sale & Inspiration!

Have you heard? I’m having a SALE!!

Etsy is celebrating their 13th birthday this week and I’m giving YOU the birthday presents! ALL tutorials in my MiniBooksRMe Etsy shop are 10% off through midnight ET, June 22nd. No coupon needed!

Need a little inspiration? 

I love, love, love getting photos from crafters showing how they’ve used my tutorials with their own choice of paper collection.

Here is a recent File Folder Mini of mine — File Folder Mini #3 — using Graphic 45’s Sun Kissed collection:

   

Now, check out how awesome this very same File Folder Mini looks using Graphic 45’s Little Women collection!

I love it!!  Isn’t it amazing how different the very same foundation can look depending on how you dress it up?  Thank you, Paula Perry, for sending me those photos.

ALL of my tutorials come with a fully detailed Cutting Guide file that not only gives you the sizes of all mats needed to make the foundation, but they also include ALL of the measurements for every decor mat used. So swapping in the paper collection of your choice is super easy!

The File Folder Mini #3 tutorial, along with ALL of my other tutorials in my MiniBooksRMe Etsy Shop, are 10% off through June 22nd!

Want to see more of this project (and all of my other projects as well?) Check out my YouTube channel for detailed walk-throughs of all of my tutorial projects. (Subscribe to this blog AND the channel so you don’t miss out on future projects!)

Happy crafting (and happy shopping!)