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!

 

 

 

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!)

To get the first peek at upcoming projects and the chance to purchase full project kits, click the Subscribe button or email me at donna@donnakauffman.com and put “Subscribe Me” in the subject line – that will get you on my newsletter mailing list. Wahoo!

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

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!

Digital Tutorial for File Folder Mini #2: Welcome Home Now Available!

Hello Happy Crafters!

The digital tutorial for my File Folder Mini #2: Welcome Home project using the beautiful Carta Bella Welcome Home collection, along with Graphic 45’s Seasons Patterns & Solids papers, is now available in my MiniBooksRMe Etsy Shop.

Check out the walk-through below:

 

NEW MONTHLY SERIES! 

This is the second project in a new monthly series featuring 6″ x 8″ minis made entirely from regular office file folders. The overall size will stay the same each month, with all new interior designs, featuring the latest paper collections from our most favorite paper companies.

FULL PROJECT KITS! 

There will be a limited numbers of full project kits available each month (no series commitment.) Kits for this first two File Folder Minis are sold out, but if you’d like to get a notice for the upcoming kits, read on!

Kits are one available via my newsletter. Click tab above to subscribe, or email me at donna@minibooksrme.com with “Subscribe Me” in the subject line, and I’ll be happy to add you to the list and send you the most recent newsletter with info on this project.

DIGITAL TUTORIALS! 

Digital tutorials will also be available for the full series in my MiniBooksRMe Etsy Shop . A new tutorial will be loaded each month! Follow this blog to get a notice when each one is loaded. See the Follow button above.

Thanks so much for stopping by and 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!