Make a Photo Album Out of an Altoid Tin – Part 2

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Expert crafter Christina Crawford demonstrates how to decorate your Altoid tin photo album.

    Christina Crawford

    With over 12 years of stamping and craft experience, I've learned that one thing is for certain...there is always something new to create and share. As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I've been recognized as one of the top demonstrators of the year each of my 11 years with the company. This is attributed to my wonderful customers and exciting and talented stamping team. I also give thanks to the stamping industry's fresh art designs and products. Stamping is great for those with little time (you can create something beautiful in minutes!), for those with tight budgets (making cards saves money over buying cards), and for those of all ages. I've enjoyed demonstrating many stamping techniques to thousands of people in workshops, stamp camps, and at several conventions. It is always my desire to show something fun and new. I love to tell new stampers that I am a former tax accountant. Everyone has a level of creativity, some more than others. With stamps, anyone can create gorgeous and simple projects! I am a great model of "if I can do this, so can you." Enjoy and Have Fun!

    Christina Crawford: If you take a nice black inkpad, just open that up, you can take your cardstock and actually swipe right on top it, it gives you a really neat rustic look. I'll kind of sponge some of the ink on the side, just want to sit that down and let that dry a little bit.

    Now, I did mention that you needed some paper, and this is decorative paper, its from the Weathered Series, its from Stampin Up! and I went ahead and measured a little piece here, but I am actually going to tear it, just to give it a little bit more of a rustic rough look and I also take the corner rounder and just snip off the corners as well. And if you happen to not get that right, you could just put it right back in and it can fix and cut off that corner. Next, you need some tape, and this is the snail tape runner I love it because its so easy to use, you dont have to pick off little pieces and when I start assembling my lid, the decorative piece for my lid, and what I did in advance, was take a little piece of paper, again just to embellish it a little bit and I know that its going to fit right on top. I am not going to corner around this. I am going to leave those corners nice and sharp, and then I am going to tape that right on top too. So, you can see that, a lot of that weathered paper is already covered up a little bit, again its just to give it a little bit of an embellishment and a little bit of layering.

    You can see also that, I've taken the word Friend and I stamped it on a piece of white cardstock and I cut that out, and just put that, so its hanging off on the side like a little tab. With this particular tin, I am going to use the letter F for friend, and this is going to be a friendship tin, but in the past, I've done B for baby, I did F for father on Fathers day last year. You can do L for love, and there are so many things that you can do. So, you are not just tied down for F for friend. So, what I've done is I've taken an alphabet stamp this is the letter press alphabet from Stampin Up! and I've already taken the letter F out of it and to go ahead and take a larger piece of white paper, you are going to ink up your stamp, make sure that its nice and inked up, take a look at that, because this is a solid stamp and I am stamping it on a larger piece and where did it go, its right here, a magic trick, but the F is right here and since you had so much space you do need your paper-cutter to cut around it.

    When you are using the paper-cutter, its really a good idea to take that paper and bring it all the way up to the top of the ledge because then its not going to move anywhere, as opposed to putting it some place in the centre, where there is really nothing to lean on. Slide that all the way to the top and put that down and just take your paper-cutter, which is the orange blade here and trim out the letter F. You can trim it out as much as you want to, you definitely want to make it smaller, so its going to layer nicely on top of your cardstock that you already have.

    Now, just like I did the black, I went ahead and I took the red ink and I swiped it, so the letter F has all this rustic red ink around it. I went ahead and swiped that right on the inkpad. The next step is to take your adhesive and just put a little bit right there on the back and tape it right to the front. You want to make sure that theres an even border going all the way around and so it doesnt look like its a little low or too high. Just make sure that you eyeball it first and then tape it down. Now, your lid is almost decorated.

    The next step is to take some more of the tape, you are going to give it about three lines and one down, you are going to use a little bit extra than you need, because its going to be the top of the tin and you lay it right down. You can also use sticky strip if you want for that. This particular Altoids tin has a little bit of gold underneath and I think it looks really pretty when you see the gold underneath. And so, thats your lid all ready to go.