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!

National Scrapbook Day Inspiration & SALE!!

Hello Happy Crafters!

It’s that time of year again! National Scrapbook Day arrives the first Saturday in May each year, so I thought we’d make a long weekend out of it! I’m celebrating by sharing some fun inspiration AND a big digital tutorial sale in my MiniBooksRMe Etsy shop! 

First up, some inspiration!

I love seeing what crafters are doing with my tutorials. It’s wonderful to see how the projects look with different papers and your own personal touches. One of my very favorite things is opening mail to find a bunch of happy, crafty photos. (Yes, please send me yours, too!)

I want to send a  big thanks to happy crafter Gloria Paar for sending along these amazing photos of her version of my Wee Things Photo Journal. You may remember my version above!

Read on to see how fabulous it looks with Graphic 45’s new Bloom collection AND a fun, fab tip that Gloria passed along as well.

Absolutely stunning!!

Helpful Tip! 

Gloria discovered that those little photos taken with your phone and printed with little units like the Canon Ivy are the perfect fit for this project! (There are other “selfie” printers as well.) The pictures are 2″ x 3″ (business card size.) You can also trim down the square 4×4 photos to fit, too!

They’re perfectly WEE!!

Thank you again, Gloria for sharing this stunning version of the Wee Things Photo Journal and that awesome tip! You’ve inspired us all to try new things!

Wee Things Photo Journal Tutorial: HERE. 

Video Walkthrough: (of my finished sample) HERE. 

Now for some FUN SALE NEWS!! 

What fun is National Scrapbooking day without indulging in a little crafty retail therapy?

From Right Now through Monday, May 6th ALL tutorials in my MiniBooksRMe Etsy Shop are 10% off! I know!!

No coupon needed. The prices have already been reduced for you.

Happy shopping and HAPPY NATIONAL SCRAPBOOK DAY!!

Have a happy, crafty weekend!

 

 

Fun w Graphic 45: 6×6 Chunky Trifold Folio Tutorial ~ Now Available!

Hello Happy Crafters!

I am super-excited to share with you the next Fun with Graphic 45 project using Graphic 45’s Raining Cats & Dogs collection. I LOVE this collection and was so happy they re-released it so we could play with it again. This is a brand new foundation, too and I hope you love it as much as I do.  This is my Chunky 6×6 Trifold Folio!

Read on for all the details on the project, and where you can pick up the tutorial. The full video walk-through of the completed sample is below as well!

As you all know, I love folios of all kinds, but most of the chipboard ones I see are big, with narrow spines. I love them, too (see all of my File Folder Folios!) but I also wanted something chunkier that I could stuff more into it. At the same time, I wanted to keep it easy to hold and handle. From the outside, this looks like a regular 6×6 mini, but it’s actually a tri-fold folio! (And look at the width of that spine! I’ve packed a LOT of potential in this little folio!)

And I make full use of all four panels. Yes, four! Because when you open the cover, you are looking at the front of the closed third panel…so I made some extra room in that chunky spine so we could do something interactive on both sides of that panel.

Slide out the folder and tag from the pocket (and there is room more tags if you want!) Then there is a surprise behind them!

The whole unit opens up to provide more room for photos and journaling. No magnet needed for this interactive unit as tucking the folder and tag in the front pocket keeps it all closed up. A fun closure idea for any mini!

Then you open that panel and voila! Here is your tri-fold folio with interactive fun PACKED on all three panels.

   

The first panel on the left end is a nice, wide platform waterfall, with the flaps as wide as the panel itself. There are five waterfall flaps in this section. Plenty of room to tuck in lots of photos, add plenty of journaling if needed, then the whole unit is kept closed and neat and tidy with the cover flap and magnet card closure.

I just love the colors of this collection, too! Graphic 45 did a great job in giving plenty of dog and cat items to use. I designed this so it’s about 50/50 dog and cat, but there are leftover cut aparts and chipboard pieces, so you can easily adjust to your needs.

The center panel is an expandable three-pocket file filled with SO many tags and folders in a wide variety of styles and sizes.

Think of it as a little mini file cabinet filled with goodies!

These three pockets hold so much! And there are more tucked behind the ones still in the pocket! (Those are just from those three pockets!)

Lots of folders to go with the tags for this center section. More room for photos!

I added fun elements to the inside of all the folders in this project. These are just the ones for the expandable pockets!

The final panel (the back side of the one you see when you first open the folio) is a deep pocket with fun goodies tucked inside!

You have a cute little folder, then a brand-new Pocket Folio! (I couldn’t resist!) This is a fun tri-fold folio all by itself. Complete with a pocket inside that has – YES – another fun wee folder.

You’ve got Wee Things & a Pocket Folio all in one project. HA!

The album foundation is built so there is an equal space between the layers when the book is closed. PLENTY of room to add in all the goodies, plus all your photos.

Digital Tutorial: The Fun with Graphic 45: Chunky 6×6 Trifold Folio tutorial is an instant download available right now from my MiniBooksRMe Etsy Shop. 

To see the whole Trifold Folio front to back, and find out more about the tutorial, the materials used (and even a handy little How To Add Jump Rings tutorial at the end!) check out the walk-through:

Full Project Kits! I also make full product kits for all of my tutorials, available exclusively through my newsletter. (Only digital tutorials are in the Etsy shop. Kits are available exclusively via the newsletter. )

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.)

As always, thanks so much for your interest in my projects!

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!

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!