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!)

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!

 

 

 

File Folder Mini #4: Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe Tutorial Now Available!

Hello Happy Crafters! 

I’m happy to announce the digital tutorial for my File Folder Mini #4: Floral Shoppe project is now available in my MiniBooksRMe Etsy Shop! 

Love this gorgeous new collection from Graphic 45! This File Folder Mini showcases all of  the gorgeous floral prints and solid patterns found in this 8-pattern collection.

Plenty of room for photos of all sizes, with big roomy pockets to hold lots of tags & folders!

Lots of fun hidden pockets and flaps, too.

Yep, this entire minibook is made from standard, letter size file folders!

The tutorial for this and other projects are instant downloads upon purchase. Check them out in my MiniBooksRMe Etsy Shop.

Use the same paper collection, or choose one of your own. All the instructions are there.

Check out the complete project walk-through:

Such a fun, easy to make project! There are video walk-throughs of all of my projects on my YouTube Channel.

With this tutorial, you’ll get full color photo, step-by-step instructions (now all in one handy file!) AND a complete Cutting Guide for all the foundation pieces AND all the pattern paper mats. Use any paper collection you want!

To Purchase the Digital Tutorial: Click HERE

Need help?

If you have any questions about this or any of my projects, please don’t hesitate to contact me at donna@minibooksrme.com

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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!

File Folder Mini #3: Graphic 45’s Sun Kissed Tutorial (Finally) Available!

Hello Happy Crafters!

 
YAY! I finally got this all done and posted. The File Folder Mini #3: Graphic 45 Sun Kissed tutorial is LIVE over in my MiniBooksRMe Etsy Shop and YES, it’s part of my three-day National Scrapbooking Sale, so you can hop over and snag it for 20% off!

Here’s a peek at the walkthrough video, which you can also find on my YouTube channel:

 

Love love this collection and playing with file folders is always fun. (And those sea turtles! Sigh!)

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More goodies to come, more fun! Happy National Scrapbooking Day-Eve! 🙂