Mini Album in a Tin – Cosmo Cricket Style!

Hi Everyone – another Cosmo Cricket Challenge this week and a chance to use the fabulous new 2WENTY-THR3E Collection showcased at CHA 2012.

I was lucky enough to have been given a set of papers from this Collection and the Challenge was to alter a tin – but I have chosen to use a re-use a tin in a slightly different way. I LOVE to make these little albums and give them in vintage tins.

I used the Postcards paper for the body of the book and then used some of the new Hello Washi Tape as a book binding. The “Smile” sentiment was cut from the Photo Booth paper and mounted with a small amount of dimensional tape.


I created some tiny tabs and added the initials of my children with some Tiny Type stickers.

A plain wooden button with a dab of brown ink, a couple more tiny type stickers and some ever popular twine for decoration and the book is complete ready to be put into the tin! I am going to fill the book with my favorite mini pics of the kids and
some of the fabulous embellishments from the collection when they become

It will be a great little album for me to keep in my bag – and the tin will keep it well protected from all the other junk that occupies the average mum’s bag (sticky stuff, pens with no lids, chocolate wrappers, half eaten apples etc!)

You can see a detailed tutorial showing
how to create the album here.
I have used these vintage tins a few times before as packaging – check out these posts here :-)Deployment / Patriotic Album

Fathers Day Mini-Album in a Tin!


Please leave a comment with any questions and don;t forget to check back for the tutorial!
Lowri :-)


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  • Reply Jo February 27, 2012 at 5:05 AM

    Love, Love, Love Lowri!! I have a 'thing' for tins so this is right up my ally!

  • Reply lutingobelin February 27, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    I love this mini, and the binding is really cool. I would love to make minis as this one, so I will get back this week ! lol Thank you so much for sharing it with us, and for your lovely photos !

  • Reply Ann February 27, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    This is simply adorable. Beautiful work.

  • Reply curlyqmosaics February 27, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    These tins you find are the coolest! Rather than altering the tins and covering up
    their naturally vintage beauty, you use them to
    protect your beautiful mini albums inside. Impeccable craftsmanship as always Lowri. TFS!

  • Reply heidig February 27, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    So cute! I can't wait for the tutorial.

  • Reply Jess February 27, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    I'm in love. I love scrapbooking and I am totally obsessing over mini albums now! I cannot wait for your tutorial. Where did you find those adorable tins??? So much character, I love them. Have a great week!
    Stay crafty x0x0

    • Reply Lowri February 27, 2012 at 8:13 PM

      Thanks Jess – I tend to pick them up at junk, thrift, antique stores.. Usually only a couple of dollars so less than a roll of wrapping paper!!

  • Reply Nathalie February 27, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    I love your mini albums and i'm so happy you will share the tutorial of the first one! Thanks!

  • Reply Thienly Azim February 28, 2012 at 3:38 AM

    Oooh, I LOVE this! LOVE everything about this! I saw this being featured on the Cosmo Cricket FB page – congrats! I was thinking that washi tape would be perfect for book binding – and you just confirmed that to be true! Gotta try it!

  • Reply Izzyb February 28, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    This is sooooo fabulous, Lowri. LOVE it. Very fun and creative.

  • Reply Q @ JAQS February 29, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    I love these. So creative and unique!

    Love for you to share it at my “Made by ME” Linky Party Wednesdays :)

  • Reply Swannie February 29, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    I absolutely love your tins! They're amazing and really stunning! I've thought about making one before but haven't yet…you may just be the inspiration I needed. Thanks for sharing,

  • Reply Sharon Field / Created By You March 2, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    What a really cool idea! Love your albums and tins, they're too cute!

  • Reply Lindsi B March 2, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Hi there! I'm visiting you from your link up on Tip Junkie. I'd like to invite you to link up with us for Fun Stuff Fridays linky party! This would be a nice addition to our list of Fabulous Fun Stuff!

  • Reply Laura March 3, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    great idea!

  • Reply Natasha Mairs March 4, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Would LOVE it if you could share this on my link party Serenity Saturday

    Natasha xx

  • Reply Chrissy March 8, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    I LOOOOOOOOVE those tins, Lowri, especially the Airman tin. I have a soft spot for the military. ;) Your little minis are too effing awesome! Love 'em!!!

  • Reply Sandy Ang March 9, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Totally love what you did with Twenty-Three !

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