Graphic 45 Down by the Sea File Folder Mini: Brand Ambassador Project #1!

Hello Happy Crafters!

It’s an exciting day! My very first project as a Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador has been officially announced! This is my Down by the Sea File Folder Mini! 

To get the full introduction, learn a little bit about me, AND get the full video tutorial on how to make this foundation, hop on over to my intro blog post on the Graphic 45 site! 

There is a full supply list along with a list of the folder mats needed to make this foundation. I hope you’ll give it a try!

The video is also live on my YouTube channel .

So, basically, I’m everywhere!

Don’t forget to subscribe here and over on my YouTube  Channel so you don’t miss out on future projects!

Happy crafting!

Wee Things 2: ATC Book in a Box Tutorial – Now Available!

Hello Happy Crafters!

Excited to share the latest MiniBooksRMe project with you!  This is the second in my Wee Things Series. This is the Wee Things 2: ATC Book-in-a-Box project featuring the new ATC Matchbook Box and ATC Album from Graphic 45 and decorated with Kaisercraft’s amazing Anthology collection!

I’ve had this collection for a while now, waiting for the perfect project. When Graphic 45 announced their new ATC-sized mini album and matchbook box earlier this year, I knew I’d found the perfect combo! Scroll on to see the goodies inside!

One of Graphic 45’s Brand Ambassadors did a project recently where they turned one of the G45’s large matchbook boxes upright to make a unique pull out drawer. I thought that would be adorable with the brand new, ATC-size version, so I adapted it using Graphic 45’s antique drawer pull, and their gorgeous claw feet, and voila!

I never met a botanical-themed paper collection I didn’t love, but Kaisercraft’s Anthology collection is really special. It ticks off all of my favorite botanical boxes! Gorgeous colors, vintage feel, birds, butterflies, and antique drawers.

I had so much fun repurposing this matchbook box. The box size is 4.75” x 5.5” and is 2.75” deep. A perfect wee size for this series of small-scale projects.

What’s more fun than a wee box? A wee box with a wee book tucked inside! This is Graphic 45’s brand-new ATC Rectangle Tag & Pocket album and measures an adorable 4” x 5”. But don’t let the wee size fool you! This little baby is packed!

There are 4 pocket pages, and each one is tucked inside a folder, so plenty of pages and spots for photos and journaling in this pocket-sized mini. Each pocket page has a pocket front & back, and the page is a pocket, too! (Yes, I make max use of them ALL!)

The Anthology collection also comes with a packet of fun die cuts called “Noteables” that were also used in this project. You can sub in any die cuts, cut parts, or embellishments you like, with this collection or any you might be using.

I love all the rich colors. Plenty of fun tuck spots and belly bands have been added so even more tags could be included. (Because, have you met me?) 🙂

I also love that Kaisercraft puts phrases and words on the back sides of their bar code strips. We use a lot of them in this project, too!

Wee Things ATC Book in a Box Digital Tutorial: The tutorial for this is largely decorative and therefore priced accordingly. The tutorial includes the following:

Photo/Instruction File teaching you how to decorate and assemble this project as designed.

Cutting Guide: this gives you both a generic list of all the mats sizes used in this project, so you can substitute any collection you like AND shows you how the Kaisercraft Anthology collection was cut for this project as well.

NOTE: You MUST HAVE the Graphic 45 Matchbook Box & ATC Album to complete the project as shown, but beyond that, you can use any paper collection you wish.

ALSO: I’ve also included the sizes of every part of the foundation as well, for those extra-crafty folks who want to try and make similar foundations on their own. (There are NO instructions included for that, just the

dimensions.)

To Purchase: You can pick up a copy of the tutorial in my MiniBooksRMe Etsy shopl HERE. 

Take a peek at the quick walk-through of the finished project:

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

Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador Announcement!!! 

In other fun news, my first Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador project will be announced this week, and it includes a full, FREE mini book tutorial video (I KNOW!) so if you don’t want to miss a thing, subscribe to this blog and you’ll get an email when a new post goes up (with the post right there in the email – no need to go anywhere!)

To subscribe: click that Follow button and enter your email address. Simple! (I do not share my email lists with anyone for any reason ever.)

Also check out Graphic 45’s blog and give that a follow, too, so you’ll get a notice about ALL of the new Brand Ambassador projects!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

 

 

 

 

 

Brand New Graphic 45 Goodies!

Hello Happy Crafters!

I have my “Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador” hat on today and am here to share with you their fabulous, brand new collection AND fun news about the latest Deluxe Collector’s Edition release!

First up is the gorgeous, brand new Lost in Paradise collection! Lush colors, tropical birds, and beautiful floral prints, what more do you need? Perfect for photos from poolside to the beach, that Florida vacay, or trips to exotic ports-of-call (even if that is just your backyard pool party!)

This collection will be available late May/early June and you can count on seeing a kit & tutorial project as soon as I get my hands on it!

To see the full collection and enter for a chance to win it, head on over to the Graphic 45 blog HERE. 

If that isn’t enough fun for you, G45 is FINALLY re-releasing one of my all time favorite collections, Magic of Oz!! 

I couldn’t be more excited to see this collection returning. We will absolutely be playing with later this summer.

You can see the whole collection and enter for a chance to win on G45’s Oz blog post HERE. 

This collection will also be on sale late May/early June!

If you don’t have a nearby scrapbook store, you can purchase your G45 favorites direct from their website here: GRAPHIC 45 SHOP 

We are in for a FUN SUMMER!!!

2019-2020 Graphic 45 Brand Ambassadors Announced!

And guess what? I MADE IT!

Oh my!

I couldn’t be more thrilled and humbled. THANK YOU for all of your support, love, and encouragement. YOU are my inspiration!

And WOW, y’all should see who is on this team! I can’t believe I get to work with these amazing artists I’ve admired for so long.

Scroll on to meet the 2019-202 Graphic 45 Ambassadors!!! 

And me!!

I can’t WAIT to dive in to all the fun and goodness that is going to happen over the next year. I hope you’ll join me on this amazing Graphic 45 adventure!!

For links to each artist’s audition, check out the Graphic 45 Announcement page HERE. 

And if you missed my audition (which includes a free tutorial on how to make my project!) you can find my post HERE:

Happy (G45) crafting!!!

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!