Thursday, 9 February 2012

Altered Mini Album Tin

This mini scrapbook-in-a-tin is yet another thing I've had for aaages and not known what to do with!
I’ve decided to do a bit of a step-by-step on this project rather than just snap the finished piece so folk can see what i did. I used the following:
*Book pages (I used some pages from a 1950s science publication – I collect old science textbooks and journals – they were already coloured with age and I like the added provenance they give, even though only I know they are there. You can use a page-effect paper, or age pages using inks).
*Woodware scrapbook in a tin (pages are ~12x12cm). 
*Stamps- Kaisercraft clear alpha stamps –“Grunge” font; Pink Paislee “daily junque” clear stamp sheet. *Black VersaColor inkpad. *Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante 8x8 paper pad. *Tim Holtz idea-ology fragments charms. *Making Memories jewel charms. *Ranger alcohol ink “Stream” 
*Inkssentials Glossy Accents.*Brown & gold ribbon, buttons. I love buttons!

1. Rip up your book pages. I found using genuine old pages meant they ripped nicely, absorbed glue well and folded nicely over edges/corners. Glue to the lid of your tin to cover it. If your paper is new and won’t get round awkward edges, try Tim Holtz tissue tape on the sides. Leave to dry.
2. Ink with the teal alcohol ink as much or as little as you like.  Stamp directly onto tin with daily junque stamps and spell out “time flies” with alpha stamps.
3. Stamp the clock with wings onto a separate sheet, ink the clock and add glossy accents.
4.  Add the brown ribbon, buttons and cut-out lady from the Steampunk Debutante papers.
5.  When the glossy accents is dry, add clock to layout. I used thinned-down clear glue, which reduces wrinkling and I also applied it over the clock to help it blend to the page. Because its thinned-down, it won’t leave a shine.
6.  Cut around a metre of gold ribbon (check length by wrapping it round as many times as you would like). Make 2 mini tags by gluing images from the Steampunk papers to the Tim Holtz fragment charms. Leave to dry and cut around the charm. Poke a hole through and thread onto ribbon. Finish the ends of the ribbon by knotting a jewel charm onto each end. Tie around your tin.

Done :) I haven't decorated the album pages yet, but when they are done they will be here too.

I have submitted this piece for a challenge here: Simon Says Stamp & Show
this blog is a great place for lovers of altered art and grungy crafts!


  1. Do I mind you following?? Of course not! Thank you very much for your lovely comment :-) I love that balloon stamp too, and was cutting that exact same picture from the Graphic45 papers just yesterday for a project I'm working on! Spooky huh? I have also collected a lot of old Science books over the years. I was a scientist in a previous life, I mean that literally - I don't really believe in regression hypnosis to previous lives or anything... LOL I sound like a right nutter now :-)) Fab project, Maddy x

  2. Gorgeous project, looking forward to seeing some of the inside pages too :D

  3. Beautiful album in a tin Hannah. Great tutorial and thank you for sharing. I love those Graphic45 papers. ~Glen~

  4. Hello! I love your mini scrapbook in a tin! It's really a cool design. I love the colors, the stamping, the ribbons, buttons, etc. Very cool! Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  5. I love this idea! Really sweet design, and reckon it would go brilliantly in a time capsule too.

  6. Very cool!! I love the ripped pieces of the background!!

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  7. thanks for all your lovely comments- i had so much fun making this its been a long time since i got covered in glue and bits of paper stuck to me and inky fingers! I'm definitely getting the bug for this- everything in my house will be altered before long!! haha! x

  8. It's a gorgeous creation, nice details and lovely colors!

    greetings, Alie :-)

  9. Hey there thank you so much for joining into the fun at the SSS and S challenge Blog with your fabulous Tin. I love the colors and the ripped pieces of paper Hugs Terry xxxx

  10. Gorgeous project, just love it!
    Greetings from Slovenia!

  11. Wow! I'm so glad you joined me as a follower because now I've found your gorgeous site! I love everything about this project - it is so gorgeous xx

  12. this is gorgeous, I love it :-)