A Clever Little Project:

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

For this past Christmas, I knew I wanted to make something for my family that would give them some pictures of their new grandson/nephew Noah. So I piggybacked off of an idea a friend told me about several years ago, and finally tried something like it for myself:

* The Altered Altoid Tin*

The idea was that they could have a portable little brag book they could carry with them. I included moments from his day of birth as well as several other special or significant moments from his first month. I also tried to include a photo of Noah with the person receiving the tin, to make it more personal.
It looks a bit complicated, but it was actually not too tricky. The biggest challenge? Making 14 of them!!! (Yikes!)
And to keep this from simply being a braggin' post, I'm going to provide a few links that might inspire you to try one of your own one day. I'm happy to share any tips/techniques, etc!!


* Buy tins for CHEAP here (Explore the site--they don't have to just be altoid tins!!):

* Use Modge Podge to glue paper onto the metal: or go to Michaels Crafts, etc.

* And if you don't feel like doing the basic work, I found this artist on Etsy, who will sell you the basic foundation... Just add pictures, text, embellishments, ribbon, whatever you want to make it personal:
Waisze Designs @ Etsy
(Explore her site for other fun things like handmade cards, tags, etc.)

And as I have been exploring the web, it turns out that Altoid tins are pretty inspiring to lots of folks. Check it out!

* Other Ideas to Inspire You*
Sculpey-Covered Tins
Altoids Tin Wallet
Candy Addict>>Things to Do With an Altoid Tin
Altered Altoid Tins


  1. I love it!!!! You are so creative my friend :)

  2. Oh my goodness! You are just so artistic and creative! I LOVE it! You could seriously sell those! They turned out so great! Thanks for sharing all the great links!

  3. seriously emily. this is awesome. i've actually thought of doing something like this (but not near as creative and cute) for our family as we live so far away from all of them. again, you really need to move close to me so that i can come over and hope that some of that creativity will soak into me.

  4. We shared this with nearly EVERYONE we met in Korea when we came home after Christmas! Dad Joe's sits on his dashboard in the car.... Thank you Emily again

  5. Holy chit. What don't you do?

    This is incredible as are you.

  6. WOW! You are AMAZING! These are great!!

    I love and miss you very much, my dear friend...Thanks for sharing all that you make it feel like your not sooooo far awaaaaayyyy....

    I love you EM!

  7. Anonymous7:00 AM

    I had to get a "back-up auxiliary" tin for all the extra pictures I've printed off :-) But the original is still the best.

    Thanks again,

    Love you-


  8. That is such a great idea, I have never seen a little memory tin before. Thanks for sharing and I think I'll make one myself!

  9. WOW! That turned out great!


  10. I think this may be one of the best ideas I've ever seen. I am SO going to make one. I can't wait!

  11. Cherron1:13 AM

    This is so wonderful! This would be a great little thing for family. Maybe I should do something like this!

  12. You are awesome! How did you make those with a brand new baby? I remember trying to make a few baby announcements a few weeks after Abbey was born and going crazy because it took me a week to do what I could have done in one day before. Oh well. Very cute, I'll be stealing this idea for sure.

  13. Well done. It's totally great.

  14. Good luck with your return to work - you truly are an inspiration!

  15. you really are so creative and talented. WOW! you blow my mind. how lucky noah is to have you for a mom. he will treasure this and all the many things you will do for him.

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