This album was inspired by a chocolates box.
This is truly one of those trash to treasure stories.
The original project was found on Pinterest, (via Laura) by Merdrey Chew. Caroline made up her own version of a camera album.
First thing to do was strengthen the two shorter ends of the box on the inside and the front and back of the box on the outside, with chipboard, leaving the elastic closure intact.
The camera is horizontal and I wanted it to be open along the top edge, so I snipped and folded this edge down to the inside for extra strength too. Then cover the blank chipboard front and back with patterned paper.
The bellows at the front of the old fashioned camera were made from some tiny money envelopes, adhered with double sided tape strips to form a concertina album.
I cut cards for each envelope and tucked the flap inside each one, so the card slid in and out easily. This tiny mini album closes with a brad and loop of cord.
To decorate the box to & make it look more like a camera, simply add a few embellishments.
Two chipboard discs sprayed with a bronze Maya mist, and a very large brad, inverted, with the stem broken off. A chipboard cog, sprayed bronze and two chipboard frames inked with Shabby Tote chalk ink. I also used a metal strip embellishment and a photo turn.
I trapped the photo turn between the two chipboard discs using silicone glue and then added the inverted brad on the top. Small pieces of patterned paper were placed behind the chipboard frames and then they were glued down. The viewfinder chipboard frame and the large brad for the lens were both filled with Glossy accents to make them look like glass. I added a few more sticker here and there for realism!!
The strap was made from ribbon, threaded through holes in each side, punched with a Cropadile. I made some camera charms using Studio Calico stamps on shrink plastic.
The photographs were all matted using Bazzil card stock in three colours to tone with the sepia photographs.
Tabs were punched using a Jenni Bowlin tab punch.
I stamped some journaling blocks using some SC journaling stamps, for the back of some cards and did some photo’s back to back. The photos are all loose leaf in tabbed sections.
My hope is to inspire you to be fearless when it comes to your creativity, to try new tings and most important to have fun!
Thanks for visiting & have a great day.
- Various Colors Cardstock (Bazzill $0.65)
- Click Click Stamp Set (Similar) (KI Memories KI10022 $9.99)
- Antique Bronze Metallic Mist (May Road MST1616 $6.00)
Product Used (Not Shown):
- Misc Journaling Stamps
- Tiny Money Envelopes
- Metal Strip Embellishment, Photo Turn
- Shrink plastic
- Silicone Glue, Double-Sided Tape, Glossy Accents