New Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador Free Tutorial: Fast & Easy Holiday Cards!

Hello Happy Crafters!

I’ve got my Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador craft apron on today, offering up my next free video tutorial! This time around we are making 12 “Fast & Fun Holiday Cards” using G45’s beautiful new Joy to the World collection.

G45 BLOG LINK: You can find my full post including the video tutorial over at G45’s blog HERE 

What I’ve included in this blog post that is NOT in the G45 post are individual photos of all 12 cards and envelopes, so you have that extra bit of info when making your own!  (See below!)

More about this project…

I created twelve cards using four basic supplies: bulk pack of card & envelopes (that I picked up at Michaels), Graphic 45’s Joy to the World 12×12 Patterns & Solids collection pad, one pack of Joy to the World Ephemera Cards, and one set of the Joy to the World chipboard pieces.

Add a second set of chipboard pieces to the supply list above, and you’ve got enough paper and ephemera cards left to get 24 cards done! Need more? Double the supply stash and bingo, 48 cards. (More? Grab one more set and you’ve got 96. I know!)

I created three A2 cards and three A7 cards, then created a duplicate set of the same six cards, substituting in the remaining cards and chipboard. I’ll show you how to plan ahead in the video!

YOUTUBE LINK: the free tutorial is also on my YouTube channel. Here’s a link so you can keep it handy: https://youtu.be/gWWMVR9KGzI

CUTTING GUIDE: 

(6) A2 Cards: 8” x 5 ½” (Score at 4”, fold in half) 

(6) A7 Cards: 10” x 6 ½” (Score at 5”, fold in half) 

From 12×12 Patterns & Solids: 

NOTE: Cut Base & Layered mats first. Cut Interior mats from remainders. See video for patterns/solids used on each card. 

(6) A2 Base mats: 3 ¾” x 5 ¼” (check card orientation before cutting) 

(6) A2 Layered mats: 3 ½” x 5” (check orientation) 

(6) A7 Base mats: 4 ¾” x 6 ¼” (check card orientation before cutting) 

(6) A7 Layered mats: 4 ½” x 6” 

(3) A2 Interior mats: 3 ¾” x 5 ¼” 

(3) A2 Interior mats: 3 ½” x 5” 

*(4) A7 Interior mats: 4 ¾” x 6 ¼” 

*(1) 7 Interior mats: 4 ½” x 6” 

(*If cutting from one set of the eight 12×12 Patterns & Solids sheets, one A7 card will not have an interior mat.) 

SUPPLIES: 

Graphic 45 Supply List: 

1 package Joy to the World 12×12 Patterns & Solids

1 package Joy to the World Ephemera Cards 

1 package Joy to the World Chipboard (for 24 cards, you will need 2 packages) 

Miscellaneous Supply List: (Items below purchased from Michaels)

(6) A2 Cards & Envelopes 

(6) A7 Cards & Envelopes 

1 package small gold brads 

Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink 

12 HOLIDAY CARDS: INDIVIDUAL PHOTOS

These are shown in pairs, numbered in the order they are shown in the video. In the tutorial, the first 6 cards have been assembled. Then we do the second set of six together. The second set is done in the same patterning/style as the first set, hence the pairs below. I’ve also listed below the photos what color mat was used inside, to help with cutting.

CARD #1 & #7 

Card 1: Interior mat is solid gold.

Ephemera Cards: Cut one 3×4 card to 3” x 3 ¼” as shown. 

Card 7: Interior mat is solid green.

CARD #2 & #8

Card 2: Interior mat is solid blue.

Card 8: Interior mat is solid green.

CARD #3 & #9 

Card 3: Interior mat is green. The strips are 5 1/4″ x 1″ and 5 1/4″ x 3/4″.

Ephemera Cards: Cut the 4×6 card to 4” x 3 ¼”.

Card 9: the interior mat is gold. The strip is 5 1/4″ x 3/8″.

Ephemera Cards: Cut the 4×6 card to 4” x 3 ¼”.

CARD #4 & #10

Card 4: Interior mat is red. Strip is 5 1/2″ x 3/8″.

Ephemera Cards: Trim 6×4 card to 5 ½” x 4”.

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Card 10: No interior mat for this card. The strip is 5 1/2″x 3/4″. (Mine is in two pieces, with the seam behind the chipboard. Combined they need to be the length listed above.)

Ephemera Cards: Trim 6×4 card to 5 ½” x 4”.

CARD #5 & #11

Card 5: The interior mat is red.

Card 11: The interior mat is blue.

CARD #6 & 12

Card 6: The interior mat is blue.

Ephemera Cards: Trim 4×6 card to 4” x 5 ¾”.

Card 12: The interior mat is red.

Ephemera Cards: Trim 4×6 card to 4” x 5 ¾”.

This tutorial will also come in handy for any type of cards. It’s not limited to holiday cards. You can recreate these same patterns and designs using any of Graphic 45’s fabulous collections.

Simply grab the same set of supplies — a pad of 12×12 Patterns & Solids, a pack of Ephemera Cards, and a set (or 2) of the Chipboard Elements –, which are available for all of their regular collections, and simply substitute them in place of the Joy to the World elements.

I show you how to pair up the cards and chipboard in advance so you’re all set to go. Simply cut out the base mats and layered matss and assemble!

If you have any questions, please email me at donna@minibooksrme.com and I’m always happy to help!

Until next time, happy crafting!

Graphic 45 Dreamland File Folder Mini ~ Tutorial Now Available!

Hello Happy Crafters!

I’m excited to announce that the tutorial for my 5″ x 5″ File Folder Mini, featuring Graphic 45’s new Dreamland collection is now available in my Etsy shop!

Tutorial Link: https://etsy.me/36ctMJj

Check out the full walk-through video to see all the goodies inside!

 

Full Project Kits: Interested in getting a fully pre-cut, full product kit for this project? I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve partnered with Kate Alison of Katie’s World Scrapbook store. She is taking pre-orders for this kit at her Etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/733329372/pre-order-dreamland-graphic-45-wee-mini?ref=listing_published_alert

You can also sign up for a class for this project at her Stockton CA store!

CLASS: Katie’s World Scrapbook Store, Stockton CA

Friday November 22, 2019

6pm-10pm

Class Fee: $65

TO REGISTER: (209) 271-2999

If you have any questions about this project, please contact me at donna@minibookrsme.com and I’ll be happy to help!

Happy crafting!

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!

Joy to the World: ATC Book-in-a-Box Tutorial Now Available!

Hello Happy Crafters!

I’m happy to announce that the digital tutorial for the Joy to the World ATC Book in a Box project is now available in my Etsy shop!

Pick up the digital tutorial HERE! 

Ever since Graphic 45 featured this project on their blog and social media, your comments and enthusiasm have been so gratifying and inspiring!

I had such fun putting this version together and hope you enjoy giving it a try as well.

(NOTE: There is an alternate version also available in my Etsy shop using Kaisercraft’s Anthology collection. You can find that tutorial HERE.)

The digital tutorial comes with two PDF files.

  • The first is a complete Cutting Guide, which gives you all the info you need to cut all the Joy to the World mats to decorate this project as shown, but also includes a generic list of mat sizes, so you an substitute in any paper collection you wish!
  • The second file is the Photo/Instruction file teaching you how to decorate and complete the project.

PLEASE NOTE: this project uses Graphic 45’s Matchbook Box and their ATC Pocket & Tag Album – so you will need those foundation pieces to make this project.

Check out the walk-through of the project to see the entire finished project and all of the products used to create it.

 

I hope you give this fun book-in-a-box project a try! A great gift with the holiday season approaching!

Happy crafting!

Same Project, Completely Different Look!

Hello Happy Crafters!

Have I mentioned how much I LOVE it when you send or share photos of my projects, especially when you switch up and use a different paper collection? I love seeing how it changes the whole vibe of the project.

I recently got a bunch of photos for two different projects of mine and thought I’d share them with you for some inspiration!

First up is my latest Brand Ambassador project that comes with a free video tutorial. This is the Drop In Card.

Okay, so here are just a few photos of my version, using Graphic 45’s lovely Fairie Dust collection.

Now, check out how it looks using Graphic 45’s Master Detective (and a few Hallowe’en in  Wonderland) papers, Looks like a whole new project!

Isn’t that great? I love it!! Thank you Vera Collier for sharing your amazing results! I’m so glad you had fun with this.

Link: Free Drop In Card Video Tutorial: https://youtu.be/r7aK1az3uIY

Then I was thrilled to see Anne Schilling sharing her version of my recent Graphic 45 Traveler’s Notebook project. I used the bright and cheerful Lost in Paradise collection.

Anne went a completely different direction with hers, using Stamperia’s steampunk themed Voyages Fantastiques collection. Check it out!!

Stunning, isn’t it? Thank you so much, Anne, for allowing me to share your fabulous results. I have this collection and now I’m itching to play with it!

Tutorial: Fun with Graphic 45 Upscaled Travelers Notebook

Walkthrough: And the walk-through of the finished project on my YouTube channel here:

I hope this has given you some inspiration to look at my projects in a whole new way!

And if it has, PLEASE share your photos! You can email them to me at donna@minibooksrme.com or share them on Instagram @minibooksrme or @donnakauffman  (I won’t share here without your permission!)

I can’t wait to see what you come up with!!

Happy crafting!

Graphic 45 By the Sea File Folder Mini Tutorial ~ Now Available!

Hello Happy Crafters!

As many of you know, back in June, my very first project as a Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador was a fun file folder mini video tutorial where I taught you how to make a 6.5″ x 6.5″ mini book using file folders!

That project was decorated using Graphic 45’s By the Sea collection, and I got an avalanche of requests asking if there would be a written tutorial for the project and a full cutting guide with all the mats sizes included (folders and pattern papers.) I LOVE your enthusiasm, and I’m happy to announce the answer is YES!

Get the tutorial here: File Folder Mini By the Sea Tutorial

The tutorial includes a full Cutting Guide PDF with all the info needed to cut the file folder base and the pattern papers. All the mat sizes are included, so you can use any pattern paper you wish. It also includes a full photo/instruction file teaching you how to make the foundation and how to decorate it.

The step-by-step video tutorial teaching you how to make the foundation is still available for free! In fact, you can check it out right here:

 

Full Product Kits: (edited to add: these have now sold out!) Katie Alison of Katie’s World scrapbook store in Stockton CA has put together pre-cut, full product kits for this project! There are a few left as I write this. If you’re interested you can pick one up in her Etsy shop HERE. 

I hope you have a blast with this project! I’d love to see photos! Send them to me at donna@minibooksrme.com

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Thanks for all your enthusiasm for my projects. Happy crafting!

Whoops! Here’s the FULL Walk-through!

Whoops! Something happened between the uploading and the publishing of my Graphic 45 Sneak Peek Unboxing & Walkthrough video and half of it was cut off. Yikes!  SO, we’ve reloaded and I’m happy to report you can now watch the whole walk-through and BOTH of the projects I made with the new Graphic 45 collections. Yay!!

Here you go:

Thanks again and happy crafting!