Saturday, December 13, 2008

Gina Johnson - December Guest Design Team Member!!

We are so pleased to have Gina Johnson as one of our special guest designers at AllyScraps for the month of December! And, even more excited to post her really cool altoid tin mini album tutorial for you all to see! Thanks Gina, this is SO cute! Here's Gina project....

Altered Altoid Mini Album
I love making these for gifts for so many different reasons! They’re small and don’t take long, they’re easy to personalize for whoever you’re making it for and they can stand a lot of beating. That last fact is really important if you’re making it for a grandma or someone who is going to throw it in their purse and take it everywhere!
OK, to start off you’re going to need a piece of cardstock 10 5/8" x 3 ½", a Altoid tin, scraps of patterned paper, Modge Podge, and acrylic paint and embellishments (if desired.)
To start off I painted the top of my tin with white acrylic paint. If you don’t want to do this you can also just wrap a ribbon around the exposed edge after you're done with everything else. It’s ok if the top is streaky because you’re going to cover it anyway, I was mainly painting it to get the edge covered since it didn’t match my patterned paper.

To decorate the top of the tin I cut a piece of Imaginisce Fairest of Them All paper to 3 3/4" x 2 3/8" and glued it down. Don’t be too worried about gluing it well as we’re going to be sealing it with Modge Podge.

Next I inked the edges and then adhered the RollerRink Glitter Thickers. I ended up overlapping them because the name I wanted to use was too long otherwise. Because I overlapped the letters I knew I wanted a VERY thick coat of Modge Podge so that the letters would be secure no matter how roughly this was treated.

Now that your tin is done set it aside to dry and we can get started on the album. Once you have your cardstock cut, you’re going to score it at 2 1/8", 4 ¼", 6 3/8", and 8 ½".

After you’ve got it all scored, accordion fold it and use your bone folder or fingernail to make sure the creases are all crisp.

Your next step is to round the corners (that’s one Patti will love! ;)) I find it easiest to hold two pages together and round the corners that way.

That’s it! You’re ready to decorate your album as desired. I used more of the Imaginisce Fairest of Them All line for this little mini. I also used some Fancy Pants stamps from the Daily Grind line. Also, a little tip, to make this easier to remove from the tin, add a little ribbon to the bottom page and always tuck it up so its sticking out on the top when you put it in the tin, then you can just pull on it and the whole album comes out. And here’s my finished album. I made this for the mom of the little girl I babysit occasionally.

Thanks for looking! Gina


Karlyn said...

parrsuper cute gina!

Karlyn said...

that was supposed to say super cute!

peata said...

love these little altoid tin creations.

Missy said...

That is adorable!!!

Jess said...

totally adorable!

Kalyn said...

SOOOOOOO cute- I'm making it now!!!!