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2 Art Projects with Accordion Books and New Miniatures

Filed under Bella Ayers, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Mini Conservatory Kit, Miniatures, Sale

Oh… so many pretty things to fit in today, I’ll jump right to it: we have artwork from TWO talented artists, plus new miniatures, and a new FREE gift!

Starting with this Secret Garden by Design Team Coordinator Miz Bella (Kimberly Ayers)! Bella used this month’s kit as the base and obviously had fun decorating. Beside the cover and a couple of the inside pages directly below, there’s a close-up of a fop farther below… hiding in the greenery? Caught in the greenery? I’m not sure but he’s great!

You might not be able to tell from the photos, but this is a small book (that Mini Conservatory Accordion Book is just under 4″ tall).

The images throughout are from the Mini French Ballet Costumes Collage Sheet, which might help with scale.

See more photos in Bella’s blog post. And see all the supplies used.

Moving on to another accordion booklet, this one housed inside a hinged set of Altoids Tins, by Design Team Member Laura Carson! Laura has made a series of these hinged-tin projects:
Birdie Darling (which led to today’s new free gift kit… and a close-up from that tin is below), and
– an Alice in Wonderland Book using leftover lids from Altoids Tins as the covers (a little preview of it is below).

Note: There are more photos and links to her earlier hinged tins on her blog post (including more than just the 2 I mentoned). AND a video tutorial on making altered tins.

But back to today’s fabulous altered tin: Remnants of the Past Altered Altoids Tin uses TWO new collage sheets by Laura created just for this project! See the big, wide photo grid below!

I hope I captured enough images to show how it works: the top right shows the body of 2 tins hinged together (that’s the side view, showing the clasp side, not the hinges on the hidden side). On the left of that is the inside of the tin when you first open it (the accordion booklet is still folded up and held in place by the piece of lace).

Then the wide photo under those 2 shows the booklet after you untie the lace bow and stretch it out… so pretty, and creative!

Laura used papers from the Architextures 2 8×8 Paper Pack as a starting point, then lots of images from her 2 new collage sheets.

See all the supplies Laura used. PLUS check the Giveaway below for another photo AND a chance to win EVERYTHING in the supply list from Laura’s project!


NEW Bronze Embellishments FREE Gift Kit!

I was inspired by all those loverly hinged tins that Laura made and picked out FIVE bronze metal bits that would fun to use on a similar project (photographed in half a tin so you can see the size):
Bronze Swallow Charm (this one was used in Laura’s Birdie Darling tin, too — see the close-up at right. AND it’s on clearance sale!)
– 20mm Leaf Sprigs (part of the related sale… see below)
Wide Brass Filigree Header
– Large Openwork Bronze Fan Charm
– 16mm Bronze Crown Charm

ALL ORDERS now through Monday, July 2nd (2018) will get one of the new Bronze Embellishments for an Altoids Tin Gift Kits FREE!


Hooray for the Hinged Tins Giveaway!

Ah… a close-up of the accordion booklet, as it is escaping (?) the tin…

Yep, I said it: EVERYTHING in Laura’s supply list is in today’s Giveaway! (10 items!)

It’s deceptively simple (this supply list): such a rich, nostalgic project from just 10 items!

A couple highlights:
– I’m including TWO Altoids Tins, so you can replicate the hinged-tin project.
– The Architextures 2 8×8 Paper Pack includes 12 designs. The prints include travel, cooking, seaside and photography themes: 24 double-sided sheets. That black tiny print on the sides of the tins is from this paper set.
– The accordion-book pages need to stay flat so they can fold up inside the tin, so the 3D embellishments in the list are on the outside of the tin (you’ll need to visit Laura’s blog to see them), but the white and peach tiny paper roses included are from the covers.

Yes, all those things in Laura’s supply list are in today’s Giveaway!

BONUS: I’m including one of the Bronze Embellishments for an Altoids Tin Gift Kits.

To enter the Hinged Tins Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Friday Night, June 29, 2018).

AND tell me: Will you make a vintage-themed accordion book in a hinged tin? Or try another hinged-tin project from one of Laura’s earlier projects?

Don’t forget to leave your (hello!) correct email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via

Hey, who won the Halloween Row Houses Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Karen Crawford! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, June 28th, 2018

56 responses to “2 Art Projects with Accordion Books and New Miniatures”

  1. Pauline says:

    I will make a vintage scene with mine. I love Victorian things.

  2. Laura Nelson says:

    I adore this tin! I am going to make it and put in a couple of the antique penny dolls my mom left me. I have been looking for inspiration to make something to put them in… this one is it! I can add photos of my mom and grandma. Its perfect. The accordion book gives the space to add them.

  3. Hi! 😮 oh boy! Love love the accordion books and storage containers. I’ve been thinking about a project that would allow me to utilize multi-generational photos and create keepsake family history! What great gifts and perfect for my family members into our family genealogy.
    Thanks for the excellent resources for all that I need in one site!

  4. Kathlene Ford-Walters says:

    The vintage tins are absolutely gorgeous. I don’t know how the tin closes with all the ephemera added but it looks divine. I would definitely make one.

  5. Ann F. says:

    I’ve been wanting to try my hand at altered tins. I also love Victorian and would love to make something with a Victorian theme. Reminds me of my Mom!!

  6. Kim R says:

    The hinged tin looks like a fun project! I would love to try that!

  7. vicki Simpson says:

    I’d love to try making the accordian book!

  8. Rhonda S says:

    I love the accordian book! I would not change a thing.

  9. Nancy E says:

    I love this vintage scene.

  10. Jen R says:

    I love the idea of making a hinged book in a tin!

  11. Nadine says:

    I have several projects that different items would contribute to!

  12. Traci says:

    Love the book tin.

  13. Laural says:

    I love both but I would like to make Miz bella’s idea into a hinged tin like Laura

  14. Jean Marmo says:

    THis is simply delightful! Love all the fabulous details!

  15. I love making tins I would do a vintage scene with it

  16. Andrea Pretlow says:

    A vintage style tin!

  17. Pauline p. says:

    HI love the idea of two boxes together.
    Would be fun to win.

  18. Arminta says:

    I, too, am a fan of the booklet in the hinged tin. How nice to use a grandparent’s pic in the booklet!

  19. Jan K says:

    I would make a hinged tin with a halloween theme! Love tins!

  20. Darlene A McFadden says:

    This is such a beautiful project. I’ve only made one altered tin before and I’d love to try this one.

  21. Lindsey H. says:

    Love this project!Its the kind I would buy and make even if I don’t win it. Yes, I’d definitely make it. Love the sense of nostalgia from vintage projects.

  22. Michelle says:

    I love this booklet in a hinged tin, I would make a vintage scene with it.

  23. Nancy says:

    I have quite a lot of vintages photos that I’d like to use in an accordion book and would love to win this giveaway!

  24. Angie M says:

    These are great projects! Can’t wait to do a hinged tin for a new mother and her baby girl

  25. Nancy O says:

    The hinged tin lends itself to so many applications; nursery rhymes and the alphabet in pictures comes to mind.

  26. Celia says:

    I checked out the blog. Will definitely watch tutorial..thank you. I would do something along the line of Birdie Darling…but maybe. Kitty Darling…

  27. Diane Calhoun-French says:

    I’m collecting all these wonderful ideas and supplies, so I can get started crafting right away when I retire!

  28. Carol Feiner says:

    Tins are my all time faves, and hinging two bottoms together is genius! Love the vintage look.

  29. DeniseHumenik says:

    This is beautiful! I love making accordian books and altering altoid tins…this would bring bliss! 🙂

  30. Catharine McCammon says:

    Perfect for the little traveling companion book I want to make for my grandbaby! We’re hitting the road this summer!

  31. Janet Vandenabeele says:

    I haven’t done vintage in a while, so I would certainly love to start out making a vintage-themed tin.

  32. Amanda Morris says:

    Oh my goodness I love this project so much! I simply adore how the Victorians sought beauty in all things. The aesthetics of the past definitely have my heart. 🙂 I would be thrilled to win this.

  33. Marykay Chisum says:

    Love this project just the way it is!

  34. Sandie says:

    I love making the tins. I love the colors and the design. Another great giveaway.

  35. Karen Mallory says:

    I love the Alice one she made. I would love to make that one!!

  36. Emily Dale says:

    I for sure would make an accordion book!

  37. Angela C says:

    Yes, I would make a vintage themed hinged tin! Love vintage look in my crafts.

  38. Barb Faulkner-Davis says:

    I am busy working on a project, but I won’t be able to wait long to begin this project! I just love how this tin turned out, and I already have my own ideas to add to it, for a gift for my younger sister- she’ll love it!

  39. Barb A says:

    Would definitely do vintage, so awesome!

  40. Vera Collier says:

    I would love to do a vintage accordion book in the tin. Love the old fashioned charm of it. Lots of things to look at in a small space!

  41. Leah Fein says:

    I would use the little perfume bottles to decorate a Dickens-themed hat and pin for a Christmas faire.

  42. Verna says:

    What a great post! I love the two tins hinged together. I would start with this idea and tweek as I go along. The vintage theme is lovely. Thanks for the inspiration and giveaway.

  43. Kat Cashwell says:

    I would do the hinges tins in retro Halloween !🎃

  44. Judy Goodwin says:

    I love the vintage tin and I think I might miniaturize some early 1900’s family photos and make a family album. Maybe two since I just emptied an Altoids tin.

  45. Marilyn says:

    Love the hinged tins. I would make one very similar to this. Great project!

  46. Laura callies says:

    For the hinged tin, i would make a punch and judy circus themed story.

  47. Megan Warren says:

    I would make a vintage themed tin. It’s a beautiful project.

  48. Lorin S. says:

    The vintage hinged tin has everything I love especially the dolls.

  49. Jackie says:

    I’ve never seen the hinged tin before; I will definitely try that.

  50. Mary Mac says:

    I would love to try a Steam Trunk theme tin.

  51. Kim Lucak says:

    I love the accordion books!!

  52. Kathy Toews says:

    Beautiful! How about a creepy doll theme?

  53. Diana bittaker says:

    I would definitely make a hinged accordion book with vintage photos of my own and call it, “these are a few of my favorite things!”

  54. Jennie Ingram says:

    I think I’d try the hinged accordion book.

  55. Debra Young says:

    Both of these projects are inspiring. Like the idea of doing smaller projects occasionally.

  56. Congrats to Karen! Both are nice. Love the hinged accordion book and the idea of vintage family photos. Thanks for a chance to win.