Monday, March 20, 2017

Simon Says...Layer It Up...

Hi Everyone...welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog...thank you for joining us for last week's "Handmade Flowers" challenge...we hope you can join us this week too because...

and the theme for this week is...
I decided to dig out an Idea-ology Small Folio Folder I've been hoarding for ages and create a travel documents holder/journal for a fun trip I'm taking in April and take the opportunity to use some of the scrap papers I've also been hoarding from Tim Holtz Correspondence Paper Stash. Chances are this will be in and out of my handbag numerous times on my trip so anything bulky is not going to be practical and any fussy 3D embellishments are likely to get damaged so the challenge was to create a layered look without the bulk...
With no plan in mind and no measuring involved...I started to cut up the scrap papers into an assortment of sizes and fixed them down...overlapping to create a layered collage effect...with the best adhesive for the job...the fabulous Ranger Distress Collage Medium. I work in small areas at a time because this medium dries very quickly. 
with the outside covered I turned my attention to the inside...
covered the removable insert with papers and created pockets to hold flight and hotel reservations. I then stuck the insert in place with strong double sided tape and created extra pockets inside the flaps.
I die cut the Thinlits Globe...the Cityscape Skyline and the Cityscape Commute aeroplane from the Idea-ology Classic Kraft Stock Pad...die cut the Skyline again from blue and red papers from the Kraft Pad and cut out individual elements but omitted to take a photo. I then applied a top coat of Collage Medium Matte over all the collaged surfaces and used the Walnut Stain Distress Crayon to add shadowing to the papers and the die cuts and Picket Fence to add highlights.

I used Tim's Block Upper alphabet to stamp the word on to Idea-ology Plain Tissue Wrap...with Black Archival and again with Versamark...heat embossed using Ranger's Fine Detail White Embossing powder...cut around the lettering and fixed them in place with Collage Medium Matte slightly offset to create a drop shadow...
I added Idea-ology Postal Design Tape...Elements and Words Remnant Rubs...SmallTalk and Chit Chat Stickers...
and the aeroplane from Thinlits Cityscape Commute die cut from red paper from the Kraft Pad and white card...

all finished ready for my trip with a place for all the important stuff...passport...flight e-ticket...hotel reservation...I just need to tuck in some spending money and I'm good to go. 

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Have Fun and Happy Crafting
Hugs Kath xxx


  1. WOWSER Kath this is brilliant, what a fab folder, oh I really love must be getting really excited now...have a good day...xx

  2. This is gorgeous Kath, loving the layers.
    Linda xxx

  3. Wonderful make and such a useful item.
    Toni xx

  4. This is a wonderful idea for a travel journal, Kath! I love the layers you created and how you used the new foam alpa stamps. Have a great time on your trip!

    Cathie ♥

  5. Totally wonderful travel book!!!!

  6. this is fabulous Kath!! I love every bit of this project!

  7. I need two of these for an upcoming trip to the UK. Just brilliant Kath! I guess I better break out the glue and Correspondence paper! Thank you for the kick start my friend

  8. Oh wow Kath, it is ages since I did one of these and I just love what you have done with yours, the Correspondence papers are absolutely ideal for your project and I just LOVE the Cityscape dies that you used (my current obsession!), they look amazing!! What a great way to store your travel documents!! Hugs, Anne xx

  9. Love you beautiful project, Kath. The papers and embellishments on this book are fantastic! :)

  10. Fantastic! No one else will store their documents with such style.

  11. Take me back to London!!! That was my first reaction to your gorgeous piece! This has such a great feel of adventure and travel and the color palette was so wonderfully European. I loved seeing some of Tim's new dies in use and I adore the way you add subtle detailing with white lines on the buildings, etc. Truly a feast for the eyes!

  12. Oh my, Kath. What a fantastic thing. It makes me start to dreaming about travelling and lost in a random place. Great vintage patterns and the building dies colored into loud red - amazing. Hugs, Marzena

  13. Fabulous red, white & blue layers - and I love how you've added the die-cuts to top things off, adding detail and dimension. What a great way to prepare for your trip... hope you have a fantastic time!
    Alison x

  14. Love this project Kath! the whole travel theme is fabulous. The layers, papers and whole design of this is AWESOME!!

    I am sure you will have a great trip! Enjoy! ;-)

    Lols x x x

  15. Wow! Kath, what a wonderful folio for travel!! Love the RWB theme you went with and the very vintage feel. I have a feeling if you are traveling with anyone on your spring trip (have a super time!), they will be a wee bit jealous each time you pull this out to use! hugs, Maura

  16. This concept is so much fun and way cool! Great layering and uniform color palette. Really inspiring. Hugs, Autumn

  17. It looks fantastic, Kath! I haven't done any stamping or collating for the longest time, but you've made me want to delve into my craft stash! Love it. Sue

  18. LOVE all the components to this the theme too!

  19. What a gorgeous travel file, Kath! I love the textures and how you stayed true to the red, white, & blue color scheme throughout! :)

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  20. You amaze me every week! this project is absolutely stunning, love every little detail! It's fantastic! New Tim dies are incredible and you used them so well! barbara

  21. This is such a great project Kath and you've packed it full of so much wonderful's a real feast for the eyes and I love how you've used Tim's new dies, they look fantastic! Hugs xx

  22. Kath, please take me with you on your holiday. Love the document holder so much.


  23. Gorgeous folder Kath! They are such fun to decorate. Love the wonderful mix of patterned papers here, and of course the houses.

  24. This is amazing, Kath! Love the red, white and blue travel theme! Love the gorgeous ephemera dn stamping. Hugs, Sandra


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