Monday, 3 August 2009

Alter Something- Matthew's Photo Tin.

Stampin' For the weekend have 'Alter Something' as their challenge for this week. I have been intending to do something with these cigar tins for ages. My husband gave up smoking over seven years ago, just after our son was born, but just before he did he got into these tiny cigars and I have a stack of tins in the cellar. I even bought a can of spray paint for them over a year ago!

So here's what I did. I have never scrapbooked but thought I might try one of these hangings. To display some of my favourite photos of my son.
The pictures are all matted onto various papers printed from Summertime Designs free download 'Fathers and Fedoras'. I was able to size the papers before printing to scale down the designs for these 8cm by 7cm panels. Everything in sight has had the corners rounded off! The stars and hearts decorating the inside of the lid and base have been cut from the same papers with a Sizzlits die.
I wanted a little embellishment on most of the pictures so I have used either some silver shaped brads or some tiny white brads.
The back of each panel is decorated with a letter cut from the design papers and a few tiny peel off stars to add silver detail but not bulk. I don't have large alphabet dies or a Cricut so I printed out the papers, then used an old program I have to take a font from my computer and just give it a very fine outline, then put the papers back through my printer to give me the letters which I then cut out.


crafty amy said...

Oh wow what a brilliant idea I love how his name is down the back as well :D
Thank you for joining us at stampin' for the weekend and good luck.

X Amy X

Nancy said...

What a wonderful box, Alison:O) Love the colours. The little album inside is gorgeous, a great gift! You have done a lot of work making this project, but it is worth it! Amazing!
Thank you for joining us at SFTW this week, good luck!

Littlebear said...

Wow Alison. This project is awesome! You have given me loads of ideas and inspiration. Thank you!
Clare x

Violets Corner said...

Oh that´s o lovely idea with his name on the back of the cards! Oh I have to test this too :) Your papers are lovely and all those darling photos.

Have a great day!


Juls said...

this project is just stunning!

Zoechaos said...

Wonderful beautifully transformed.

Penni said...

What a fabulous photo tin, I love it.


Donna said...

Oh Alison what a great idea, love the hanging with the pics of your son, you've definitely given me a good idea, love this. great use for the tin too to keep it in or even to give as a gift to someone.
Thank you for participating in the "Stampin' for the Weekend" challenge again this week.. Good luck and we hope you'll continue to join in on the challenges on a weekly basis. Have a great day.
Donna xx

CraftyC said...

This is a beautiful photo tin, a great keepsake. Thanks for taking part in this weeks SFTW

Kimmi said...

Fabulous idea Alison. Great keepsake for your son when he is older esp when he has babies of his own to show what he was like as a young one himself. Love the colours and spelling out his name on the back is a brilliant addition!

Thank you for playing along with Stampin' for the Weekend. We hope you had fun making your project and that you come and join us again in the future. Good Luck


Vanja said...

This is just beautiful! What an amazing project and so much work, too.
Thank you for joining us at SFTW and good luck! :)


Sheila said...

Hi Alison.
Wow what a great keepsake for Matthew, such a faulous idea too thanks for the Inspiration.
Thanks for joining us again this week on SFTW.
Sheila xx

Vicki said...

This is absolutely fabulous Alison. I love the pictures and how you've personalised lil Matthew's name on the back, a wonderful keepsake. Thank you for taking part with our alterations challenge over at SFTW, good luck xx vicki xx

Caroljenks said...

Wow this is amazing!

Fantastic alteration :)

Carol x

Cherry said...

Congratulations on your win. Your photo collage is amazing. XXX

debby4000 said...

Oh this is gorgeous what a wonderful keepsake.