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!

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!

New Tutorial Available AND….did someone say SALE?

It’s Cyber Week at Etsy and MiniBooksRMe has joined in the fun with my biggest sale yet!

From now through midnight, Monday, November 26th, ALL tutorials in my shop are 15% off! No coupons or codes required. The items are already marked down for ya!

And yes, the sale does include the following brand new File Folder Mini tutorial. Read on for all the details!

I’m happy to announce that the tutorial for File Folder Mini #7 is now available! (And yes, it’s on sale, too!)

This is File Folder Mini uses Authentique’s beautiful, fall inspired, “Pleasant” collection. If you’re new to MiniBooksRMe, this project is part of the ongoing File Folder Mini Series. There are tutorials & walk-through videos available for all of the previous FFM’s, too. Yay! Here are links to my Etsy shop and YouTube channel. 

These File Folder Minis are made from standard manila file folders, then decorated with your favorite paper collections. Each FFM is 6” x 8” with a 1.5” spine and each one comes with a completely unique interior design.

This month the mini features a single page inside, but what a page design this is! The front has multiple fold outs, the page itself is a big pocket-page, and the back is a duplicate of the front, with the same multiple fold outs, spacious pockets, and more. The inside front and back cover add additional photo “real estate” as well. It’s a fun way to learn that you don’t necessarily need a lot of individual pages to create a packed-full minibook!

We’ll also use décor items and cut apart cards to create additional pocket space on the page elements, too!

Big, full-size pull-outs are included in these oversized pockets. It’s like getting multiple folios inside your file folder mini! I love the lush, colorful designs on these cut apart cards!

So many flaps and pockets, all with plenty of room for additional tags if you want to add even more photos or journaling cards.

The page itself is a big, side-loading pocket with room for a pull out folder!

The back of the page features the same over-sized pocket flap, more pull-out folios, and spacious pockets.

All of the pull-outs are mini folios!

So much space to include tons of photos and journaling. The color-blocked pages are easily customizable to fit your photos. Organize, replace, or trim down any element to fit the size photos you want to include.

Check out the full, finished project walk-through!

Thanks so much for watching. You can find the tutorial for this project HERE.

Don’t forget to check out the full Etsy shop HERE to take advantage of the Cyber Week Sale, going on now through Monday November 26th!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and 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!