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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Mini French Library on: December 02, 2014 12:14:26 PM
Hi, I thought I'd show you my altered Altoid tin French library - La Petite Bibliotheque. I was inspired by this post
by The Mistress T. I had been making tiny books, and I got hold of an old French encyclopedia, so away I went!

I made a bunch of little books using the old leather cover and pages from inside the encyclopedia, and added stamps to some of them. I also made other books using a picture book, maps, and little endpapers from an origami sheet.

I used various cutout pieces for the tin itself, and put washi tape around the edges on the exterior. Inside I added shelves and a little Christmas lightbulb-bead.

I really loved making the little French books, and I loved Mistress T's inspiration!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Fairy House Altoid Tin on: September 03, 2014 09:03:40 AM
Hi, everyone,

Since there's a spotlight on dioramas in the Articles today, I thought this was the perfect time for me to do my first post!

I'm hooked on Altoid tins. I do not eat all those Altoids - ouch - I buy blank tins. They're just the right size, and I sort of love the constraints of making things fit in that little space. I've done about eight different dioramas, and this is the one I just finished.

First I stained the tin with alcohol ink, then I used paper bark off a downed birch tree to cover the exterior. I made the door from craft sticks, made little hinges from jewelry wire, and added the lock, house number, and ladybug, which were all charms.

The interior has scraps of Cavallini paper, plus newspaper and other bits, like a fairy might scavenge. There are dishes made of acorn caps, a hanging lamp made from an acorn, and pictures of fairy grandparents.

The little chair is made from a cork and a button, and the table holds a teacup and a little copy of American Bungalow magazine (all the best fairies are reading it).

There's a feather broom in the corner.

The key (fairies have very big keys and locks - I guess they don't trust each other) hangs from a hook by the lamp.

If you find a fairy house, be sure to run your finger over it so you get a little fairy dust. What you do with it is your prerogative.
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