Make a Photo Album Out of an Altoid Tin – Part 6

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Expert crafter Christina Crawford demonstrates how to put the finishing touches on 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: Before I open that up, I will show you that you take another piece of the grosgrain ribbon and just tie it around the top of the tin and this way you just cover some of the black words that tell you, best to use before and the date and the little lot, you just dont really want that showing because its not pretty and you will take the mini glue-dots again and here they are and you are going to put a cup along the back, right over those words, it will stick on the tin and you want to put one in the front as well.

    Then you are going to take your piece of grosgrain ribbon and I think that this is about the same size as the panel, but if its too much you can trim it and that ribbon will cover those words, wrap around to the front, you tie it into a knot, like you are wrapping a little present, it is a present, tie that into a knot and then trim off the rest and that is your little embellishment. I guess, if you put a couple of glue-dots on the side too, that will keep it from sliding off and you just push that right down and you take some sharp scissors if you were using these scissors to cut the sticky strip, they get a little gooey and you really dont want to cut the ribbon with those until they are clean. So, you do need some good, clean scissors, and trim off the excess grosgrain. You want to hold on to this piece because we are going to make a tab next and then you have a little ribbon wrapped around your tin.

    The very last panel is also going to get a piece of ribbon and so, when you have a little piece left over like this, you dont want to toss it out, because you can take it, just fold it in half, put it right there on the very last panel, put that onto your mouse-pad or your spongy-pad, punch a hole, its going to go right there in between the ribbon and the card stock again and the ribbon on the back and take another one of those brads and just push it right through, lift it up and separate it in the back.

    Make sure that you hammer this one down as well. And what thats going to do is be the little pull for the end. So, let's see what the finished project looks like. You got your Altoid tin with the decorative front, you open that up and heres your little tab that's going to pull and it will put out all of your frame and there is the greeting right on the inside.

    So, this is your Altoid tin and again remember the keep the even panel and to have fun using your photographs too. You can print those out; you want to make sure that they are about the same size as the panel, little bit smaller if you like to crop it and so then the picture fits right on top.