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!

Fun with Graphic 45: Lost in Paradise Upscaled Travelers Notebook

Hello Happy Crafters!! I’m so excited to share this brand new take on a Travelers Notebook using the stunningly vibrant Lost in Paradise collection from Graphic 45.

Lush doesn’t even begin to describe the beauty of this tropics-inspired paper collection. As vibrant as it is cheerful, filled with flamingos and palm trees, tropical birds and butterflies, I knew I couldn’t wait.  I had to play with it the moment it arrived. This is the Fun with Graphic 45: Lost in Paradise Travelers Notebook!  

This project uses Graphic 45’s fun new Travelers Notebook as the foundation. (Yes, that part is already made for you. YAY!) It comes with three booklet inserts: one plain, one lined, and one grid. And the good news is that G45 sells those inserts separately so if you want to use this as a notebook/planner, you can, and simply replace the booklets with new ones as you use them up.

However, in this case, it can also be used as a photo-journal, where you can include photos, stories, art, and memorabilia. SO much fun!

Now, you all know me. You know I can’t just leave a project in its basic form. Oh no, I had to upscale this notebook and BOY did I! It’s packed with so much extra. You’ll get interactive add-ons inside the front and back cover AND the covers of all three booklets have been upscaled as well.

Example: The cover of the first booklet has a deep pocket that stores a handy mini-booklet! I included this little 16-page booklet to go with your booklet! (I don’t know about you, but I always need a little notepad to go with my regular notepad. If you’re like me, well, here you go!)

I had so much fun with this, it was hard to put on the brakes. So, I didn’t. HA! You like a chunky book? Well, I’ve got just the project for you! These papers are just so glorious.

I also took all the leftovers from the paper collection and added lots of whimsical little goodies to the insides of the booklets as well.

You’ll learn an array of fun little tips and techniques, like how to add a magnet bookmark, little clipboard accessories, paper clip page & note holders…the list goes on. I told you this was extra!

I had a hard time just narrowing it down to these bazillion photos. 

I could have added so many more.

 

Charm dangles on the spine, and one of graphic 45’s vintage keys on the elastic strap? Yes, I used it alllllll.

This project uses the Lost In Paradise 8×8 collection pad and the Patterns and Solids 12×12 coordinating pad for this collection.  So many hidden goodies. I even beaded the strings for the button-tie closures. I love the little details that make it fun!

The inside-back cover has been upscaled to include a fold-out that introduces a ton more space to add even more goodies!

These are just the tags and folder that fit into the notebook cover!

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

 

Is there a Digital Tutorial so you can dive right in and make this for yourself? YES! 

Available right now for immediate download  in my MiniBooksRMe Etsy Shop HERE!

I hope you give this project a try! (I’d love to see photos if you do!)

Questions? You can always reach me at donna@minibooksrme.com

Thanks so much for stopping by. 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!

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!

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

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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!

 

 

 

 

New Digital Tutorial!

Hello Happy Crafters!

I’m excited to share with you my own take on the “Midori-style” Traveler’s Notebook. You all know I can’t just do something plain and basic. I want more function, more practicality, and definitely more fun. So, I’m officially announcing my Chunky Traveler’s Notebook!

In this digital tutorial you’ll learn how to make the notebook cover using Kraft-Tex and cardstock, which allows you to have a decorated cover (rather than simply plain leather or vinyl.) This style cover also allows you to add more to the inside cover as well!

The front and back covers have magnet closure fold-outs, with multiple pockets for storing notes, receipts, mail, plenty of room to store lots of goodies.

You’ll learn how to weave elastic cord into the spine to hold four booklets. In this project, you’ll create two plain-paper booklets by hand, and learn how to take pre- made, lined paper booklets into something a little more special and functional.

The great thing about the elastic-strap holders is you can easily slide these booklets in and out, which makes them easier to use and more functional, but also easy to replace once the booklets are used up. (I told you this was handy!)

In addition to the four booklets, you’ll also learn how to make a “slide through” folder with dedicated pockets on the front and back. You could add additional pockets to that slide through as well. (And to all the booklets, if you want to make your notebook super-super chunky!) The soft spine and the elastic band that holds the entire notebook closed makes it easy to stuff this notebook with as many goodies and notes as you’d like. You can also easily remove notebooks to create a more streamlined notebook.

There’s even a cute charm woven into the spine, and a barrel charm dangle added to the elastic closure band!

AND I include a full pattern paper cutting guide as well, so you can mat and decorate your Chunky Traveler’s Notebook with Tim Holtz’s Wallflower paper, exactly like mine, or use any paper collection you wish!

Here’s the video walk-through. (Have you subscribed to my YouTube Channel yet?)

 

To purchase the Chunky Travelers Notebook Digital Tutorial, visit my Etsy Shop!

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Thanks so much for stopping by and happy crafting!