Tuesday, July 6, 2010

A Slice of Summer in a Tin, Mini Book

Did everyone have a great Fourth of July? We were busy all of this weekend, and it was hot and humid, summer has arrived! I decided to treat myself to a little bit of a blogging break too. But now I'm back, and I've got a cute little project to share with you! It's a summer themed mini book that fits inside a gift card tin, fun huh? It's kind of an ode to our favorite summer activities, the ones we find ourselves doing year after year.

See how my tin started out? I really liked the bright colorful stripes and knew it would be perfect for something summery. It's about 3X5 in size and the colors worked perfectly with a sheet of embossed stickers I already had from We R Memory Keepers.

Embossed means that part of the design is raised so they give my project some dimension without a lot of thickness. They're great for a project that has to fit in a small space, like this tin. I even liked the big title sticker, "A Slice of Summer". It is perfect because it showcases just a few highlights of the season. The basic design of the book is a simple accordian fold and was created out of just one sheet of Bazzill Basics cardstock. Click on the pictures to get larger view of each one.
Because I have limited space to work with, I put the bulk of my journaling on the inside of the lid, using simple captions throughout the mini book. Each caption is inked to help it stand out and some have a summer themed brad by Making Memories. All the stickers are from that one sheet I already had, making it easy to keep things looking cohesive and from looking too busy. I kept things looking simple so the focus would be on the photos, these are from the past summers. I can't believe how much she's already changed!
Mini books like this are neat because they are like a little present; so fun to open, look at, and handle. I used Glue Dots to hold my pictures and the two pieces of cardstock accordion folded together, because I know they'll provide a strong bond. I also used them to stick one end of my book to the tin.
I won't have to worry about pieces falling off with repeated handling. I've used double sided tabed adhesive with mini books before; that's exactly what happened. Take it from me; just start with good strong Glue Dots so you won't be frustrated and have to fix things later!

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Disclaimer: The Glue Dots used in this project were provided to me for the TwitterMoms and Glue Dots blogging contest but is not my official Summer Bonding Project. While the Glue Dots used in this project were provided to me, I have and continue to use and purchase them myself.

12 Friends Said:

Nichol said...

This is just way too adorable. I really need to start doing some things like this for all my millions of photos.

Mozer said...

Love how yours turned out! I haven't made one of these for years. In fact, I used to have a big box of blank altoid tins just for this purpose! I gave them away, but I think I still have a couple left. I just might have to make a summer one once I find all my supplies....

Brimful Curiosities said...

That is a very cute craft. I'm lucky if I get my photos in an album!

Stacie said...

What a neat idea! I don't know if I'm patient enough to do it though!!

♥ Noelle ♥ said...

i've seen these tin albums before, super cute!!

twolittleseeds said...

Wow this is cute x

Mommyof2girlz said...

Stop it (no really keep going)..you are so awesome with these ideas!! Another gorgeous memory keeper!

Rebecca said...

Precious, precious, precious!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

I LOVE this!!! It turned out beautifully! :-)

twolittleseeds said...

Hi, thanks for popping over. Cling film from my supermarket. Do you call it shrink wrap? What you put on your bowls and stuff in the fridge. x

Anji* said...

This is so cute! I love little things in tins! What a lovely keepsake :)

Leslie said...

What a cute idea! I love you it turned out! I better start looking for some tin to make one of these out of! Thanks for linking up to Hoo's got talent!

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