Sunday, September 16, 2012

Mini Album #7 : So Thankful Altered Altoid Tin


Hello paper crafters.   I realized I had not posted since Aug 31st!  Boy does time fly.  Did I mention I started a new job??  I'm working more hours than I had been and it's really interferring with my creative mojo.  So after a long week, I decided I needed some shopping therapy.    I made the long drive to my not so local scrapbook store on Saturday - Archivers.  I hadn't been to one in greater than 6 months because they are all 50 min away.  So most my shopping has been online or at my local craft stores (Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and Joann's).  I was like a kid in a candy store!!  It was a little overwhelming though because I was trying to select things for so many different things, since I don't go that often.  I'm trying to do more scrapbooking, and I wanted to pick up some supplies to create a few Pink Persimmon projects.  As well as some things to use for future pub calls.  I was in there for hours!  



So tonight I wanted to share this little altered altoid tin I have had forever ... but never posted.  The supplies are so old, I'm not even going to list them.  But hopefully you can still get some inspiration from it.  In the photo above, you can see to strips of ribbon coming out of the tin.  these are adhered across the back of the last page and can be tied together in a bow.  I use them to lift the album out of the tin.


I'm also going to post a step by step tutorial on "how to alter an altoid tin".  So this will be a long one!



So basically, I cut lots of little mini pages with rounded corners.  I used strips of cardstock to "hold or bind" the pages together.  



After adhering the strips to the back side of the front of the pages you can see in the photo's, I covered the backs of each page and the binding strips with another page.  


Then I embellished each page with little pockets and pages that flip up exposing more photo's. 


I used decorative scissors, stamps, and flower punches to embellish my little album.



















You can view all of my Altered Projects HERE
You can view all of my Mini - Albums HERE.
You can view all of my Fall Projects HERE.

Thanks for letting me share!
Have a great week!
Melisa


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Altering an Altoid Tin

In the past I have altered quite a few altoid tins.  I just thought they made the cutest little mini-albums and the tin protected the mini-album so well.  I actually created a template for the top of the lid, so I can quickly trace and cut those round corners.  After I made one out of paper, I converted it to chipboard.  I have another altered tin tutorial that shows you how to stamp on tissue paper.  It's actually a little bigger.  It's one of the gift tins from Michaels.  You can check out the step by step tutorial for that one HERE.



For this particular project I sanded down the edges of the tin.  



I rubbed black Staz-on ink around the edges.  


Trimmed out pattered paper for the top and bottom by sitting it on the back of the patterned paper, tracing around the edges with a pencil and then trimming a little inside that pencil line.  I also cut strips of paper to cover the sides by wrapping it around the tin.  I inked all the edges then used Mod Podge to adhere all the paper to the tin.  Easy!!  



2 comments:

MaxineD said...

I had missed you Melisa - this is beautiful and I love the way you altered the tin to hold that beautiful wee album.
I must try and find some tins..... this could be the start of a new addiction!!
Blessings
Maxine

StampDancer said...

What?! New job - where? when?

I love the tutorial by the way! I want to get together soon and have you show me in person. I just threw a bunch of tins away as I'd never altered them so now I have to go buy some altoids again - lol!
Deb Matovich

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