Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Altered Slide Mailers

I'm in a swap where we are altering "slide mailers."  They are small cardboard holders originally developed to mail microscope slides without breakage.  I used Tim Holtz's alcohol ink agate technique to create the background for the cover and created this slide mailer called "moon garden."  I thought it was pretty cool and was all set to mail it off, until I received mine from my swap partner.  It was so amazing that it blew me away!  Here's a picture of the outside and the inside:




So, I went back to the drawing board and created a double mailer called "captured muse."  The idea is that I have captured the muse for my swap partner so that she will know where to find it anytime she seems to have lost her creative mojo.  Here's the front and inside.  I used Tim's shabby chic technique for the background on the inside:

But I cracked the glass on the captured muse when putting on the finishing touches.  And I'm beginning to think my original one might be better.  Please help me!  Should I send my swap partner "Moon Garden" or "Captured Muse"? Which would you prefer to receive?  Have you ever altered a slide mailer?  It's fun!

14 comments:

Amy said...

Why not send both?
Could the glass be easily replaced?
And, no - I have not altered a slide mailer, I lead an extremely sheltered crafty lifestyle ;-)

SarahLP said...

Yes, I was wondering if you could either replace the broken glass piece or 'fix' it with, ummm, Diamond Glaze and maybe stick something over it like glitter?

I love them both! At first I thought I preferred the second one, but I also love the little drawing of the ladder going up to the moon and the alcohol inked background.

I've never seen these slide mailers before - they do look fun to alter.

sharyncarlson said...

I think they are both beautiful. Can you send both of them? Can the glass be repaired or the crack covered? I've never made or received a slide mailer before, but they seem quite fun!

Karen said...

I've never even heard of a slide mailer before. I have to say I am partial to "Captured Muse," but they both are lovely.

Deb said...

I've never altered a slide mailer before, and once again you inspire me to try new things.

My choice would be "Moon Garden". :o)

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

I like captured muse. Is the glass in danger of breaking more or are there sharp edges? I kind of like the crack, like the muse is trying to escape

Sian said...

I haven't ever seen one of these before either. Very cool idea. I think I do like the second one even more than the first and I kind of like the crack too!

Nancy Y said...

I say leave the crack! But I do like the sassy face in the first one too ;-)

I've made many a slide mailer for swaps before - they are a great creative "canvas"!

Fiona said...

Have never altered one of these. I like them both, but I really like the quote in the first one.

Anonymous said...

i think the broken slide can symbolize the muse trying to escape and i'd leave it the way it is and send it with a "i planned it that way" sort of thot :)

i love them both!!

Mariana

scrappyjacky said...

I actually like the cracked effect...I'd be tempted to make more cracks....and then seal them with diamond glaze or something....and it will look quite intentional.

Sonja said...

hahaha! I just put some of these in a RAK bag, because I never got around to doing anything with the ones I got from Club Scrap.

My favorite is Captured Muse, and I love that you cracked the slide. I think that gives it even more character. Awesome!

humel said...

I love slide mailers!! They're both amazing, Rinda - I honestly couldn't choose between them. I think the crack in the glass adds to the second one so I certainly wouldn't worry about that x

The Scrappy Tree said...

Love these! Haven't altered a slide mailer in ages! I do like them both!