Tuesday, July 27, 2010

DTGD: Phase Six

Finally! I started this altoid tin on Saturday for one of the DTGD challenges and it just keep being interrupted and/or growing. But now I'm ready to call it "done!" I was completely inspired by this adorable altoid suitcase by Michele Force-isn't it the most charming thing ever? I decided to make one for my hubby for when he goes to his training in the fall--but I'm not sure if I can wait that long to give it to him!

It started out as an Altoids tin. I covered it with SU Maine Blueberry (I think that's the name? It's before my SU time-I nabbed it on ebay a while back), adding some white ribbon and an Old Olive "handle" with self-adhesive metal nailheads. Then for some reason, I thought it didn't look "suitcase-y" enough, so I thought, "hey, I should add some vintage luggage stickers to it! Yeah, of places we've been to!" Cue at least an hour of searching the internet for vintage tourism posters/postcards/airline logos (and resisting the temptation of buying said vintage posters), then copying and pasting the image into word and reducing the size. Then I printed them all out onto adhesive labels, cut out, and stuck down. For the final touch on the outside, I added a tag printed with "crew" on one side with a heart on the other.

Here is the other side (feel free to click the pic to see it bigger):
For the inside, I picked out six "couple" pictures and five Addison pictures, sized them down to 4x6 (which is the same ratio as 2x3) in Picasa, added 1960s and cross-process effects in Picnik (I may have cross-processing addiction issues), then inserted them into a word document where I made them 2x3 inches big, and printed them on photo paper. I cut a strip of Not Quite Navy 3 3/8 inches wide, then scored it every 2 1/8 inches (which leaves a nice small little flap to glue to the bottom of the tin, which I then covered with DP and another picture). I also lined the inside top and added a little pocket for a love note. As I was taking pictures of it, it seemed a little blah on the inside so I went back and printed out the stickers again and pasted them on the appropriate photo. I even found some cute airplane/travel vintage pin up girl posters to adhere to the inside top.

I give myself two, maybe two and a half hours before I cave and show it to him! :)

My shopping trip to Ann Taylor Outlet yesterday was not as productive as I would have liked, but I still got a few new items. When we were checking out, I asked the salesgirl if they had an outlet coupon book (they do at the outlet we normally go to, and it's usually 15% off total purchase at Ann) and she said they did. DH immediately asked me if I wanted him to go get one and asked the salesgirl where to get it. The salesgirl said it was so cute of him to offer to get she'd just give us the discount without the coupon! How awesome is that?!?

Right now I'm off to dinner and then a free sneak preview of Dinner With Shmucks starring Paul Rudd and Steve Carrell. Be prepared for the full review tomorrow. ;)


Michele Force said...

Adorable, Meg - and thanks for the compliments! To answer your question on my post, the best way to punch holes in an Altoids tin (in my opinion) is to use the Crop-a-Dile. Slices through it like butter. Let me know if you have any more questions.


PS: ...so have you given it to him yet?! :)

KER said...

alot of work...and an awesome project

Angela said...

First, you and the hubby are so dang cute! Addison too, of course, but that goes without saying!
Next, haven't you claimed to not be a Scrapper? I beg to differ. Awesome project! Love the details.

Karen H. said...

This is so adorable! I especially love the Corgi travel sticker :)

Emily Keaton said...

Wowza, Meg, this is fantastic!! Looks like it took quite a while to put together, but I love all the thought you put into the details. Those vintage-y travel stickers that you made ROCK!!! I don't "scrap" but that's the kind of thing I'd want if I did. Your Altoids tin's alter ego of "suitcase" suits it well--dang cute!! How'd you score a free sneak peek of Dinner with Shmucks?? Looking forward to your review!!

Crafty Creations said...

This is terrific Meg! I'm sure your hubby will LOVE it! I love it!!!
How nice of the salesgirl to give you the discount! Good karma working!!

Can't wait for a review of the movie - I can't decide if I want to see it or not!

Emily Leiphart said...

Oohhhhh, Meg, if you didn't say it was an Altoids tin, I never would've guessed! You did an incredible job of altering it. I couldn't stop looking at all the details last night and of course I got too sleepy to comment so I had to come back, drool over it some more, and finally comment! I really love all the adorable photos and the way you laid them out. F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S!!! This is so cute, I might just have to copy it. ;)

Crafty Math Chick said...

These suitcases are cute cute CUTE!! So is Addison! Don't you love it when salespeople are helpful like that? Gotta love good customer service! Can't wait for the feedback on the flick! Enjoy!