Saturday, 27 December 2008

Mini stationery set

Hello. Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and you aren't too full of mince pies.

Before today's project, I'd like to offer my condolences to the ladies of Craft Central at Derby Garden Centre. The entire chain is closing down, as I discovered when I visited on Christmas Eve. I'm not sure if any of the staff visit my blog but, if you are reading, I am so sorry that you all have lost your jobs - and just before Christmas, too.

Now, on to today's project, which is my new favourite thing to make.

I started out with an Altoid Tin - this was a plain white one but you can use a mint tin, I think they sell them in M&S.

To save going into great detail again, here's my tutorial on covering an Altoid tin - click here.

So with tin decorated, I added a coat of Mod Podge matt finish to seal it all. If you can't find it you could use ordinary PVA glue (although that will give you a gloss finish) or a clear wood varnish. Or just not bother!

For the inside, I drew around the bottom part of the tin on to Tempting Turquoise cardstock, then cut it out. I had to trim it slightly to get it to fit. I then cut two slits in the cardstock so I could thread the ribbon through - this makes a nifty little holder for paper clips

Funnily enough, one of the hardest bits of this project was finding things to fit and then fitting them! I found these sticky notes in Wilko, the mini mechanical pencils, paper clips and mini bulldog clips in Staples. Can't remember where the highlighters came from - but it was either WIlko or Staples. I am still on the lookout for tiny pens - can't find those anywhere. I did buy a tiny calculator from Staples but that wouldn't fit due to the highlighter pen. If you could find a slimmer highlighter, you could get a calculator in, too. Oh, the elastic bands? Found those in my son's elastic band stash!

Stamps: Polka Dots & Paisley
Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
Paper: Petals & Paisleys
Ink: Tempting Turquoise
Accessories: 1/4" grosgrain ribbon - Tempting Turquoise, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, scallop circle punch

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  1. This came out really cute! You did a great job....tfs!!!

  2. Excellent. Love the strip of ribbon for the paper clips - very clever! CC

  3. What a cute little tin and so handy for storing office clips.

  4. this little set is adorable! *~*

  5. Very cute idea! Very nicely done!!

  6. How creative are you? This is pure genius!

  7. Hi Helen,
    Yes I do like to read your blog I love to read about your projects and see the pictures I want some tins now.

  8. How cute is this?! Fabulous! Miss you Helen!!! :)


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