Carta Bella Country Kitchen Recipe Book!

Hello everyone!

So excited to share this new project with you!  I had so much fun using Carta Bella’s adorable Country Kitchen collection to create this wonderfully functional recipe album.

But before we dive in, I have BIG KIT NEWS!

FULL PROJECT KITS: YESSS!!! By the time I post here, the full project kits are always gone. With Christmas around the corner and folks looking for fun projects to make as gifts (even if the recipient is YOU) I made some extra full project kits. I know! 

Interested in a full project kit? Email me at donna@minibooksrme.com and I’ll send you all the info on pricing and how to get one shipped right to your door!  ALERT: Once these kits are gone, they are gone!

DIGITAL TUTORIAL: Want to supply your own materials? The digital tutorial is also available in my Etsy shop here. 

Read on to learn about this fun project and watch the video walk-through.

I’ve made a number of recipe books over the years, but this is, hands-down, the most cheerful paper I’ve ever gotten to play with. Carta Bella did such a great job with this bright, colorful, and cute collection, I wanted to put it to really good use.

I spent some time designing this 8” x 10” x 2” to keep the FUN in functional! The inside front cover has a deep pocket, great to hold those oversized recipes you tear out of magazines and swear you’re going to copy onto cards, but never get around to it. Just me?

Then, if you’re like me and you have a LOT of those recipes you tear out of things, that inside front cover pocket folds out and gives you two more big pockets. I know! Super functional, tons of extra space, AND there are roosters! (And wee baby chicks!)

The album itself has 3 big pocket pages. Each pocket page has an additional page attached to the back. This makes 6 pages/12 sides. Each of those 12 sides has five recipe card pockets attached The pockets are wide enough to fit a wide variety of recipe card sizes. Each pocket sleeve does have a stop at the bottom, so every pocket is the same size. (Meaning the top pocket is not open to the bottom of the page.)

Then, because you can never have too much storage room, each pocket page comes with a Pocket Page Pull Out. I know! It’s the recipe album that keeps on giving.

 Pocket Page Pull Outs

Each one of the Pocket Page Pull Outs features a spacious slant-edge pocket, then we attach another pocket on front just in case you have smaller cards or notes that would get lost in the bigger pocket.

This adorable collection also comes with a full 12×12 sheet of cardstock stickers and a full pack of coordinating die cuts. I had so much fun tucking them into the pockets, so you have little peeks of cuteness on each page. There were plenty of leftovers, so you can mix, match, add more, or use whichever little pieces speak to you.

Spacious but streamlined, these six pages hold a minimum of 60 standard 3” x “5 or 4” x 6” recipe cards. Bigger cards will fit, too! Have more recipes? The pockets are spacious enough to fit more than one card. Above, I tucked in the two cards that come with the collection, then added eight more space holders so you could see all 10 pockets more clearly. (The plain cardstock mats shown in these photos do not come with the kit, they are or demonstration purposes.) Of course, if your splitting-at-the-seams recipe box looks like mine, you already have plenty of cards ready for those pockets!

But wait! There’s more!A big spacious pocket on the inside back cover holds a recipe easel stand. How perfect is that? Pull out a recipe, pull out the stand, and you have it up off the counter and easy to read (and keep clean!)

The Recipe Stand comes with two functional sides. The front has a little tray that you can tuck your card into. But if you have something bigger (like those magazine tear outs we talked about earlier) simply use the back of the easel and the clip (that does come with the kit!) and clip your recipe to the stand. Double the function, double the cute!

  

This project kit comes pre-cut! Yes, this kit comes with your chipboard and cardstock mats for building the foundation AND all the mats to decorate the album all pre-cut for you and stacked in the order of use.

The kit also comes with full color photo, step-by-step instructions.I will have a video walk-through of the finished project as well.

Cutting Guide: As a bonus, your kit also comes with a full Cutting Guide that includes all the sizing for the foundation mats AND all the décor mats as well. This way you can easily re-create this Recipe Album and decorate it with whatever paper collection you choose. Change up the theme completely to suit your needs!

Digital Tutorial: Want to use your own stash from the start? You can find the tutorial for this project HERE.

Want to see the recipe album “LIVE?”  Check out my walk-through of the final project!

As always, if you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to ask! I can always be reached at donna@minibooksrme.com

Until next time, happy crafting!

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! 🙂

File Folder Mini #2: Welcome Home!

Hello Happy Crafters!

I’m so excited to share with you the next in my monthly File Folder Mini Series! 

Introducing the File Folder Mini #2: Welcome Home project, using Carta Bellas pretty Welcome Home collection! I mentioned last time that each FFM will be unique and this month we are going in a completely different direction. (I love it and hope you do, too!) This File Folder Mini has the exact same cover dimensions as before – that part will remain the same every month – but wait till you see what’s inside!

FILE FOLDER MINI #2: WELCOME HOME

This month we’re using black file folders and the lush Carta Bella paper (so thick, and I love the textured finish!) There weren’t any real solid patterns in this collection and the project needed a punch of solid color, so we’re also using Graphic 45’s Seasons Patterns & Solids. They were the perfect match!

Each side is a separate unit, with secret goodies behind their closed doors. (My favorite kind!) I designed this to be a “memory keeper” for holding all sorts of photos, journaling, and memorabilia.

Open the “policy envelope flaps” (with the cute beaded string-tie!) on the left side of this File Folder Mini and reveal a set of accordion pockets that expand out like a pretty little set of file folders. Each pocket can hold any number of tags and folders. As you can see, I took full advantage of that! (And they will hold even more!)

     

But wait, there’s more!

The compartment on the right has a cute photo folder on top…but it’s what’s underneath that makes it really fun!

Twin Mini Drawers!

You will learn how to make the entire drawer unit and the fun photo-fold-outs tucked inside each one. Each drawer has a little charm drawer pull, too! If you want to tuck other goodies in the drawers, the photo-fold-outs will fit into the accordion pockets on the left side.

Versatile and fun, this File Folder Mini has great ideas you can “scrap-lift” to use in other projects!

File Folder Mini #2: Welcome Home Digital Tutorial: Yes! This File Folder Mini project will also be available as a digital tutorial in my MiniBooksRMe Etsy shop.

  • The digital download will be available starting on March 15th.
  • If you’re following my blog at minibooksrme.com or if you’ve favorited my shop at www.etsy.com/shop/MiniBooksRMe you’ll get an email letting you know it’s been listed.

FULL PROJECT KITS: 

I do offer a limited quantity of full project kits. These will not be in my Etsy shop due to the limited availability.  My Etsy shop only carries the digital tutorials. Project kits are available exclusively via my newsletter.

What comes with a Full Project Kit? Below is a sample.  The contents listed show what comes with the File Folder Mini #2 kit.

 

FILE FOLDER MINI #2 KIT CONTENTS:

  • All the file folders needed to create this project, pre-cut and layered in order of use.
  • All the Carta Bella Welcome Home & G45 Seasons Patterns & Solids papers, all pre-cut and layered in order of use.
  • All ribbons, hardware, (including magnets) and charms used on the sample (key charms may vary in style.)
  • Detailed step-by-step assembly instructions in a PDF file.
  • Detailed step-by-step photos in a PDF file.
  • Walk-through video of the entire project on my YouTube channel (link to the walk-through included in your instruction files.)
  • Full Cutting Guide so you can make this project again, including sizes of all décor matting.

 

Interested in getting future Full Project Kit announcements? It’s easy! Drop me an email to donna@minibooksrome.com with “Subscribe Me” in the subject line and I’ll send you a copy of the most recent issue so you can catch up on all the latest. 

MORE NEWS!

In case you missed it, the digital tutorial for my Fun with Graphic 45 Project #2: “1 Folio/2 Ways” Tutorial is now available in my Etsy shop! www.etsy.com/MiniBooksRMe.com

You can check out the YouTube Walk-Through for the “1 Folio/2 Ways” project here: https://youtu.be/vLO7HI0kocQ

As always, please let me know if you have any questions about any of the above.  I am always happy to help. No question is too small or too silly. (Psst! There are no silly questions! 🙂  )

Happy crafting!

~ Donna

Fun with Graphic 45 Series: Project #2: “1 Folio/2 Ways” Tutorial Available!

So happy to announce that the tutorial for the second project in my monthly Fun with Graphic 45 series is now available in my Etsy Shop. Yay!  (Walk-through video below!)

This is the “1 Folio/2 Ways” Project, using Graphic 45’s lovely Cafe Parisian Collection.

The tutorial includes the complete instructions to make BOTH projects!

You’ll learn how to make this nifty Notekeeper!

AND you’ll also learn how to take the same foundation and make it into a Photo Folio. I know!

You get a Cutting Guide with instructions on how to cut the mats needed to make both foundations as well as how to cut all the pattern papers for both.

You’ll also receive Step-by-Step, full color photo Instruction & Photo Guides that will guide you through making both projects as well.

Check out the walk-through of the project here: 

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

Happy crafting!

File Folder Minis #1: Graphic 45 Fairie Dust

I’m thrilled to finally be sharing the first in my new File Folder Minis Series featuring Graphic 45’s stunning Fairie Dust collection.

The patterns, the rich jewel tones, and the pretty fairies quickly made this one of my all-time favorites from Graphic 45.

NEW MONTHLY SERIES! 

This new monthly series features 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. Of course I had to launch with one of my favorite paper designers!

There are limited numbers of full project kits available each month (no series commitment.)

FULL PROJECT KITS! 

Yes, I do offer full project kits for these File Folder Minis!

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! 

The digital tutorial for this project is now available in my MiniBooksRMe Etsy Shop 

Follow this blog (or favorite my Etsy shop) and you’ll get a notification when it is listed for purchase.

YOUTUBE WALK-THROUGH

There will be a full YouTube walk-through of the project posted on February 8, 2018 as well – both on my YouTube channel and here.

QUESTIONS? 

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

Thanks for stopping by! Happy crafting!