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!

St Louis Weekend of Workshops ~ Class Sample

I’m so excited to share a sneak peek of the class sample I’ll be teaching this fall at the Weekend of Workshops in St. Louis! 6×6 File Folder Mini w/ Pocket Folios & Drop Ins! 

 I was thrilled to get invited to be a part of this fun craft-class event. I’ve attended another event put on by the Weekend of Workshops coordinator Nancy Wethington as a crafter and had such a great time. So it is doubly exciting to attend now as a guest instructor!

I miss getting to teach classes in person, so for this class project i wanted to create something really special. I decided straight off that I needed a really fun, cheerful, beautiful collection. One of the other instructors will be teaching a Graphic 45 collection project, so I immediately turned to Stamperia and their absolutely adorable Patchwork collection.

Then it was time to sit down and sketch out the project. My File Folder Minis and File Folder Folios have been so popular, I decided to do a fresh take on that with a brand new size. I love this little 6×6 File Folder Mini with a super chunky spine! 

But why stop there? The most popular thing I’ve created since launching MiniBooksRMe 16 months ago, has been my series of Drop Ins. I love these fun little elements, created entirely as separate little units, then simply attached to any album page to add interactive fun.  So, I designed two brand new Drop Ins for this mini!

And of course, there are other fun tags and folders tucked inside, too!

But wait! There’s more! (I know! But this paper collection was so darn cute, i couldn’t help myself!) This year I’ve launched a new, limited edition series of Pocket Folios projects and the response to the first release has been AH-mazing! So hey, why not include two brand new Pocket Folios, too? (I told you, this little mini is JAM-packed!)

The basic album design is also a fun, flexible, super functional little mini. In addition to the fun, 1/4″ deep pockets inside the front and back cover, there are two triple-pocket pages included as well.

So many fun little closures and other techniques!

The class kit for this project will be pre-cut for you. We will have a day long seminar together (with a break for lunch) to build this entire foundation.

      

Drop Ins 1 & 2

All of the pattern and cardstock mats needed to decorate this entire mini, along with all the embellishments, charms, and hardware will also be included. The pattern/cardstock mats will also be pre-cut and stacked/packaged in order of use, so decorating will be a breeze.

My Class Kit will also come with detailed, color photo, step-by-step instructions on how to build the foundation and decorate the mini. So you’ll be all set whether you are a fast-paced maker or a slower-paced, more methodical one. There is cropping time scheduled into the weekend as well, so you’ll have time to fully decorate the mini while you are there. I’ll be there the entire weekend also, and the class sample will be on hand, too.

Every student also receives a full Cutting Guide, just like with my regular tutorials, so you can make this project again (and again!) using your own materials and paper selections. All matting sizes are included, both foundation and decor.

Here is a full video walk-through of the finished project:

MEET OUR OTHER WEEKEND OF WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS! 

   

Also teaching that weekend are Laura Doss (left) and Marsha Bichler. Laura is part owner of The Button Farm, and makes the most adorable mini book projects! Click HERE to see more of her work.  She will be teaching TWO projects at this event!

Marsha owns DelMar Designs, and is known for her fabulous minis and cards, often using Graphic 45 collections. She’ll be using Hallowe’en in Wonderland on her class project (perfect timing this fall!) Click HERE check out some of her work.

I’ll share photos of their class samples when I get them!

So, come Meet Me In St. Louis this September for a weekend of crafty fun!

EVENT INFO & REGISTRATION: 

CONTACT:  Event coordinator, Nancy Wethington at: nancyland1949@outlook.com 

or ME at donna@minibooksrme.com 

and we’ll be happy to answer questions and send the event info and registration form.

Would love to see you there!

 

 

 

 

Stamperia Winter Botanic Card & Box Set Tutorial ~ Now Available!

Hello Happy Crafters!

I’m so happy to share with you this fun project using Stamperia’s gorgeous Winter Botanic collection. 

Check out the walk-through of the completed project here:

  In this project, you will learn how to assemble your own 7.75” x 6.25” x 3.75” storage box. Constructed out of chipboard and decorated with the lovely Winter Botanic papers, with pretty little brass feet and a magnet-closure on the flap. Works wonderfully for A7 & A5 size cards, and would also make a fun container for a chunky little minibook! In this project, however, we’re all about the cards. (And boy, are there cards!)

The tutorial for this project also includes full instructions (including the sizes of all mats used) to decorate 24–yes, twenty-four–cards AND decorate an envelope to go with each one. There are fourteen of the A7 size cards and ten of the A5. Half of each size are done with Kraft cards and envelopes and the other half with cream.

Stamperia paper is so richly designed, that not much is required to turn them into beautiful cards. This collection comes with pre-designed cut-apart cards that do most of the work for you. I also used Stamperia’s coordinating pad of 24 Scrapbook Cards (I love that they make these!) Makes card-making a breeze!

The cut-aparts and note cards are mostly double-sided (and I wanted to use ALL sides, they’re all so pretty!) Fortunately, there were so many cut-aparts included in this collection, even with making two dozen cards, over half of them will have a fun note card included inside, as shown above. Want MORE cards? You can skip adding the cut-aparts to the inside of the card of the backs of the envelopes and make even more cards with them!

All of the envelopes have décor on the front and an envelope seal on the back. The note cards on the envelopes are big enough to include a full address if needed.

  I send decorated envelopes through the mail all the time! Just 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. This is where a glue stick is the perfect adhesive!

I like a nice, clean card layout, and with these lush designs, they don’t need much in the way of embellishments. All of these cards are very, very simple construction with a minimum of embellishments required, so assembly is fast and easy.

And yes, as mentioned above, in addition to the instructions on how to build the stationary box, this tutorial does come with full, color photo instructions for every card and every envelope.

In this collection, there are a few happy-holidays-themed cards as well as numerous cards that can be used for a variety of occasions. You can swap out (or cover) sentiments with your own stamped sentiments as well.

Digital Tutorial: You can find the tutorial for this project in my MiniBooksRMe Etsy Shop HERE. You’ll be able to instantly download the tutorial directly from Etsy upon purchase.

Full Project Kits: I also sell full project kits for all of the projects I post here exclusively via my newsletter. (My Etsy shop carries the digital tutorials only.) The kit for this project has sold out (sorry!) but to see all upcoming kits, drop me an email to donna@minibooksrme.com with Subscribe Me in the subject line, and I’ll be happy to add you.

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As always, I welcome any questions you maybe have. You can reach me directly at that same email: donna@minibooksrme.com

I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season with friends and family…and sneaking in a little crafty time for yourself as well. Happy holidays and happy crafting!