Sunday, January 27, 2013

Tea Lovers Gift/ Mini Album

Are there any tea lovers out there?  Then, I hope you will enjoy this mini- album and holder I have to share with you.

I started out with a Tea Pot Party Favor from Kaisercraft. It's such a cute little box, but was begging for a mini album to sit inside of it.  So I thought it would be really fun to create a little album to hold tea bags from around the world.  Wouldn't this make a great gift for any tea lover?

I started off by painting the wood teapot, and then covering it with patterned paper.  Since I was going to highlight teas around the world, I thought the addition of map paper would be a great choice.

I die cut my large letters andI ran them through the Xyron 900 Creative Station to apply my adhesive.  All of the Xyron machines are great for adding adhesive to intricate die cuts. You can arrange as many cuts as you wish (right side up), and run them through at the same time.

You just crank the handle, add your cuts come out on the other side.  Rub your finger over the film to make sure the adhesive is secured, and pull the film away.  The letter is ready to be applied to the project. Super easy!

I also added a narrow strip of trim - using CLD Celtic Band. Since this is narrow, it worked very easily with my Xyron Create a Sticker 150.  I always keep this on my work desk, because it's so handy for attaching little small bits and bobs. 
This works on the same principle, except there is no handle to turn.  You simply start feeding your paper through the top of the machine, and then pull the adhesive sheet out on the other side.

It comes out like this - and again, you just rub and peel.

To finish decorating my box front, I used an old silver plated tea spoon, and hammered it flat, and added my title with alpha stickers.  (It looks almost like paper here - but it's really not!)  I tied a big bow using May Arts Twill Stripes 382-34-14 Ribbon.

Now it was time to make the album.  I decided to create a paper roll album, so each page would have a pocket to tuck a tea bag in. After I flattened the tubes, I covered each one with a different coordinating paper. I also made the outer cover by using left over cardboard, and covering it with cardstock.  So, this project is a perfect way to use those recyclables.

Then the fun began - embellishing the book! Why don't you take a look?

Did you notice the tea bags peeking out? This project not only is fun to look at- but it smells great too! Thanks for sharing a cup of tea with me today.

 Kaisercraft: Tea Pot Party Favor; Mini Alpha stickers, Pearls
Farmhouse Paper Company: Fair Skies -Patterned Paper, Chipboard
Create a Sticker 150
Xyron 900 Creative Station
Xyron Mega Runner
May Arts Ribbon: 
JBS - Button


Sparkly Engineer said...

I am totally entranced by this wonderful mini album. I am a tea lover and cannot wait to get time to create this for some tea lovers I know. It will make a perfect birthday gift.

joolaa said...

it's wonderful album!