By Guest Blogger, Jennifer from the blog “So Many Products, So Little Time”.
My husband Steve grew up a farm boy in Southwest Iowa. A tractor originally owned by his Grandpa Stanley Hansen was passed down to his father Robert Hansen. When Steve was a young boy while he was driving it, the tractor rolled over on top of him. Miraculously he wasn’t hurt. The ground was very soft from a recent rain and they think it had just enough give that it kept him safe. The tractor was damaged after rolling over and so they stored it. A few years ago my husband started to restore this tractor and finished it up a couple years ago. It currently takes up his side of the garage and he likes to drive it during tractor rides at the local county fairs. I made this album of pictures with him and his tractor. I used pictures from the recent Warren County Fair, and from back in 1951.
Wooden Album: Genuinely Jane Studios (4 pages – 8 sides) approx. 5 x 6 ½”
Plaid FolkArt Paint – silver, black, red
Black Photo Corners: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
Provo Cuttlebug Embossing Machine
American Crafts Black Paper
I started by painting the tractor part of the wood album red, and the side of the tires black. I used my circle Coluzzle template to determine the tire sizes and then cut them out. Be sure when using a Coluzzle knife that you have it straight up when cutting. If you do not have a Coluzzle or large punches, you can trace a template and cut by hand.
I ran my circles through the Cuttlebug Embossing Swiss Dots template to give them some dimension.
I made my hubcaps by using chipboard circles and used the outside ring for the large tire and the inside circle for the smaller tire. I painted them with Plaid silver paint. After gluing down the tires and hubcaps, I added red jewels to the centers.
Next all you have to do is add your photos, photo corners and captions. I used white cardstock as a backdrop for each photo. To make the small pictures, I used the collage 4×6 print feature at Walgreens (most photo centers would have the same function). I selected 4 pictures that were either all portrait or all landscape and for around 25 cents. I had 4 mini photos that fit perfectly as tractor windows. Their size is 1 ¾ X 2 ½”.
Lastly join all your pages together with ribbon or a binding ring.