Wednesday, July 2, 2014

a Teeny Tiny Mini in a Box

a Cut at Home Design Team Project
OK I admit it, I like to keep odd shaped boxes, envelopes, mail etc.  Something that I can take apart and remake with pretty paper and embellishments.  My project today is one like that.  A friend had gone to an Estate sale and bought a box of 'stuff'.  In it were these boxes that at one time housed metal tins of cigarrilos.  

I kept looking at this little box and loved the way the top flipped over and tucked in to close.  The other day I pulled it all apart and made a pattern. I had to add a couple of flaps here and there but otherwise it's pretty straight forward. You can do this with anything that catches your eye.  Don't forget those flippy/flappy ads that come in the mail or how about the neat heavy coasters they put under your drinks sometimes?  Small boxes are a treasure trove to repurpose.

I made the box and then made a tiny little mini to go inside. The box is small, only 3 1/4" square and 3 3/4" high so anything inside has to be miniature.  The mini measures 3" x 3 1/2" small but oh so cute.    It's fun working with a little mini this way and you'd be surprised how many tiny photos you could tuck in here and there.  I also thought it would make a wonderful book of inspirational, uplifting quotes.

Check out my video which will walk you through the pages of the mini.  I used Kaisercraft's Storyteller and Curiosity but any paper that calls to you would work just fine. I also had just gotten a new die from the store, Heartfelt Creations, Celebrate the Journey, Luggage and Tags, oh I love the tags they are so adorable and the perfect size for this mini.



Janie Printz said...

Beautiful project. Love all the embellishments you used.

Marie-Louise said...

Really cute album and lovely box Patti.

Margaret Mifsud said...

What a fabulous idea Patti!! You have me inspired. I have some AT Blocks that I can fill with one of these tiny beauties to make a really pretty gift. Thank you, and thank you also for becoming a follower on my blog. Have started following you too and am looking forward to seeing what you create for Meg's Garden. ox