|For Always photo tin|
I recently came across this small tin box in my craft supplies. It is only one half inch deep, but it is large enough in dimension to hold photographs. As I was thinking about how to use the tin, I thought about a box of black and white photos that I inherited from my grandmother. These photos are in various sizes from the time period of the mid 1900's. Many of the photos are of people that I don't recognize and unfortunately, they are not organized in anyway.
This box of black and white mystery people are one of the reasons that I decided to become a scrapbooker. I believe that photographs are of historical and emotional significance and that they should be preserved for generations to come. I just can't bring myself to throw away these photos of unknown people. This smiling bride and groom; a young man in front of a new car; a grandmother holding her grandchild. These are people with stories to tell, but no one to tell them. This is why I scrapbook. I have a responsibility to tell my story.
The black and white photographs inspired me to use CTMH's For Always paper packet. It is a collection of black and white background and texture patterned paper with cardstock in Lagoon, Honey, Slate and Ruby to add a colorful accent to your project. Because I wanted a softer look, I decided to add floral accents to my tin.
I cut a 12" x 3" strip of Slate cardstock and added the coordinated zip strip from one of the patterned papers as a center "ribbon". I adhered it together snug enough to stay in place around the tin, but also so it could slide on and off for access to the photographs inside. I used my Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge to cut out flower shapes of various sizes that also coordinated with one of my favorite stamp sets called Hooray Bouquet. I used the stamps to do some tone on tone stamping of the flowers and stamped the Lagoon cardstock flowers with Lagoon ink and the Honey flower with the Honey ink. I also cut out a tag shape from the Cricut cartridge and threaded it with a piece of Lagoon Satin Ribbon. Then I placed the flowers in a cluster, layering them as I glued them on. I also accented with a few clear buttons as flower centers.
A very easy and pretty project that can be a keepsake for yourself or given as a gift to a loved one. Photographs don't have to be in an album, but they should be preserved and organized in some way. This project is a simple solution to stacks of loose photos.