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!

Graphic 45 By the Sea File Folder Mini Tutorial ~ Now Available!

Hello Happy Crafters!

As many of you know, back in June, my very first project as a Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador was a fun file folder mini video tutorial where I taught you how to make a 6.5″ x 6.5″ mini book using file folders!

That project was decorated using Graphic 45’s By the Sea collection, and I got an avalanche of requests asking if there would be a written tutorial for the project and a full cutting guide with all the mats sizes included (folders and pattern papers.) I LOVE your enthusiasm, and I’m happy to announce the answer is YES!

Get the tutorial here: File Folder Mini By the Sea Tutorial

The tutorial includes a full Cutting Guide PDF with all the info needed to cut the file folder base and the pattern papers. All the mat sizes are included, so you can use any pattern paper you wish. It also includes a full photo/instruction file teaching you how to make the foundation and how to decorate it.

The step-by-step video tutorial teaching you how to make the foundation is still available for free! In fact, you can check it out right here:

 

Full Product Kits: (edited to add: these have now sold out!) Katie Alison of Katie’s World scrapbook store in Stockton CA has put together pre-cut, full product kits for this project! There are a few left as I write this. If you’re interested you can pick one up in her Etsy shop HERE. 

I hope you have a blast with this project! I’d love to see photos! Send them to me at donna@minibooksrme.com

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Thanks for all your enthusiasm for my projects. Happy crafting!

File Folder Folio #2: Sound of Spring Tutorial Now Available!

Hello Happy Crafters!

So happy to share my latest File Folder Folio project with you all today using Ciao Bella’s stunning The Sound of Spring collection. So much eye candy in this collection!

It was such fun to work with this Italian company for the first time. It definitely won’t be the last! (More on that below!)

I had fun trying some new things with this one, including making my own dangles from scrap chipboard. Fun!

The richness of the design makes working with this collection so easy! It does all the pretty for you!

Inside, I worked with as many large format foundations as I could in order to showcase thees designs. On the left side, are two big pockets, each with a folder-size pull out, and a fun double pocket with smaller folder tags.

No matter where you look, beautiful art and inspiring sentiments.

The pull out tabbed folders are full size, just cropped for width. Plenty of space for large format photos.

With fun flaps and tuck spots inside for smaller goodies!

And that’s just the left side!

On the right are three pocket flaps. Each one flips down, giving you even more space for photos and journaling.

And each pocket has a gatefold folder tucked inside! Like mini-folios themselves, three times over.

Check out the full walk-through of the project below (including a sneak peek at the end of the next Ciao Bella collection I’ll be working with!)

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I hope you give this fun and easy file folder folio a try!

You can pick up your copy of the digital tutorial in my MiniBooksRMe Etsy Shop.  It’s an instant download, so you can dive right in!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Happy crafting!

Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador: Drop In Card Tutorial!

Hello Happy Crafters!

My Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador free video tutorial for July has been officially announced! This is my Graphic 45 Technique: Drop In Card! 

To get the full blog post, including the full video tutorial on how to make this fun Drop In foundation, hop on over to the blog post on the Graphic 45 site!

There is a full supply list along with a list of the mats & supplies needed to make this Drop In foundation. I hope you’ll give it a try!

The video is also live on my YouTube Channel! 

Yes, I’m everywhere! You can’t miss me!

Don’t forget to subscribe here and over on my YouTube Channel so you don’t miss out on future projects!

Happy crafting!

New Recipe Book Tutorial Now Available!

Hello Happy Crafters!

Fun news! I’ve got a brand new 7×7 Chunky Recipe Book tutorial in my Etsy shop using Kaisercraft’s Bon Appetit collection.

This fun mini has five pages, with nice 1/2″ gussets between them, so you can really load it up!

There are policy-style deep pockets on the inside front and back cover. Tons of room for recipe cards, magazine tear outs  and internet recipe print outs.

Each page has a pocket-front fold out…

…that slides out as its own separate folder! Lots of landscape in this mini!

The back of each page also has a wide pocket…this mini will hold SO MANY recipes!

The 7×7 size, with the chunky 3″ spine also makes this a great photo/scrapbook album! The 1/2″ space between pages allows for textured decor on the pages as well!

The digital tutorial  includes all the info to make the foundation, as well as the mat sizes for all of the pattern papers, so you can use any collection you wish!

Check out the video walk-through!

I hope you give this fun recipe mini a try!

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!

 

 

 

Graphic 45 Down by the Sea File Folder Mini: Brand Ambassador Project #1!

Hello Happy Crafters!

It’s an exciting day! My very first project as a Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador has been officially announced! This is my Down by the Sea File Folder Mini! 

To get the full introduction, learn a little bit about me, AND get the full video tutorial on how to make this foundation, hop on over to my intro blog post on the Graphic 45 site! 

There is a full supply list along with a list of the folder mats needed to make this foundation. I hope you’ll give it a try!

The video is also live on my YouTube channel .

So, basically, I’m everywhere!

Don’t forget to subscribe here and over on my YouTube  Channel so you don’t miss out on future projects!

Happy crafting!