Monday, June 19, 2017

Simon Says...Let's Take A Vacation

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

and the theme for this week is...
I created a Mini Suitcase for a rather Dapper gentleman to take on his travels with lots of room inside to store mementoes of his vacation. 
I've always wanted to make one but paper engineering is not one of my talents so I hopped over to YouTube and found a fabulous tutorial HERE from Alexandra and decided to give it a go. I did however alter the size of the album so I'm going to share the measurements and scoring details with you.
You will need 2 pieces of Kraft Card
cut to 5" x 9.5" and scored at 1.1/2"...3.5"...7.5"
cut to 5" x  6" and scored at 4"
I applied Ranger Wonder tape to the section on the right hand side of the larger piece of Kraft card which is the bottom of the box and fixed the two pieces together...
and then covered each section with papers from Tim Holtz Dapper Paper Stash Pad cut slightly smaller to leave a border around the edge of each section...
and repeated on the inside leaving the section where the two pieces of card were joined together (the bottom of the box) blank because this is where the hidden binding section will be fixed.
I cut a strip of Kraft card to measure 7.3/4" x  4.5" and scored on the long side at 
1/4"... 3/4"...1.1/4"...1.5"...2"...2.5"... 2.3/4"...3.1/4"...3.3/4"
creating an accordion fold strip
I applied glue to the inside of the 1/2" strips and pinched them together until the glue set...this is what it looks like from underneath.  I was struggling to get my head around this bit of the process but once I applied Wonder tape and Multi Medium Matte to the underside...
and fixed it in made have 6 - 1/2" either side mountains with 1/4" valleys in between and a 1/4" section at each end...simples...
I cut 6 pieces of Kraft card cut to 3.3/4" x 10" scored on the long side at 4.3/4" and 9.5" and folded to create the pockets.
covered both sides with paper...applied Muti Medium Matte to both sides of each mountain section...
and fixed the pockets in place...
you can personalise your album by adding extra pockets on the covers...create tags and inserts to pop into the pockets but let's move on to decorating the outside of the suitcase album. I created the straps and handles from strips of Idea-ology Substrate Sheets and added buckles and brads.
I stamped Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Label Frames with Walnut Stain Distress Oxide on to Mixed Media Heavystock and overstamped with images from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Correspondence with Fired Brick and Peeled Paint Distress Oxides...
I die cut Sizzix/Tim Holtz Dapper from Mixed Media Heavystock and coloured with Distress Oxides and Distress Markers...
and fixed to the front of the suitcase with 3D foam pads...
added Idea-ology Travel Design Tape and Idea-ology Lost and Found Salvage Stickers to the front of the suitcase...
and also the back and finished off by adding faux stitching to the straps and handles...

You can find all the products I used over at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp online store...just click on the links below...

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I look forward to seeing what you create this week...
Have Fun and Happy Crafting
Hugs Kath xxx


  1. Kath...your suitcase is so cool ! nice job ! a fan from Canada...hope you and Buddy have a great day !

  2. Gorgeous little case Kath I love it and I love how you added the dapper gentleman too. Lovely piece. Tracy x

  3. Oh I love making these Kath, the cover on yours is just brilliant, love it...x

  4. Fabulous little suitcase album Kath! the whole design of this is brilliant! I love the decorative little touches, the dapper gentleman, the brads and buckles, the whole thing is AWESOME!! :-)

    Lols x x x

  5. I am (nearly) lost for words Kath, this creation is absolutely fantastic!!! What a fabulous way to create an album, perfect for a gent - I love that you showed the 'how to', I am definitely going to have a go at one of these, it looks like so much fun. Incredible work! Hugs, Anne xx

  6. What a fabulous project! I absolutely love the shape of your album, the cover totally rulez! Love the vintage colors and all the masculine elements. Such a creative piece! Hugs, Marzena

  7. What a fabulous make Kath. The suitcase is amazing.
    Toni xx

  8. Wow, Kath, this is amazing! I love the design and papers you used for this lovely album. It's so original and clever. Awesome job!

    Cathie ♥

  9. This is awesome!!! This handmade suitcase is brilliant!!! I love the design too!!!

  10. Wow Kath This is an amazing piece. You are so talented.

    Sarah x

  11. You have just brightened up my day. Having one of those days where everybody else wants a bit of your time and emotions leaving me a bit drained and tearfull.This is amazing and your instructions are great, I think I might have a go when I find a quiet corner to go and craft in.

  12. Amazing pice of work. Love it. xxx

  13. Super cool suitcase, Kath! Your project could not fit the challenge any more perfectly! Love the way you embellished it too! :D

    Simon Says Stamp!

  14. wow Kath you did a brilliant job with this suitcase. Love how all the TH products come together in this. I can see another suitcase for the wife in pretty florals:)

  15. Let's grab this luggage and run away Kath!!! Let's go, any place, I'll come!!!
    Thank you for sharing with us how you created it, it makes me want to give it a try aswell!!!
    xxx Zoey

  16. This is one awesome project, Kath, and I totally think you have the paper engineering under control! Thanks for sharing the steps - I want to try this one out. Love the dapper Dan, and all the cool goodies you used to make this! hugs, Maura

  17. Oh this is so cool!The buckles and brads are awesome on your suitcase/album. A stunning piece-gorgeously done!!

  18. This is such a fabulous project! The structure alone is drool-worthy (in the best way possible) and I love the vintage feel it has to it. I also love the dapper gent shape you added to the front. This came together perfectly!

  19. This is absolutely amazing, Kath! Love every detail of this gorgeous project! The dapper and all the fun ephemera! Hugs, Sandra

  20. What a fun project and I love how you've captured the theme perfectly with this vintage style box! Wonderful detailing and I love all the ephemera, it's gorgeous! Hugs xx

  21. Wow Kath, what a great idea! I love the suitcase and the wonderful buckles. The inside looks fantastic too.

  22. Gorgeous project .
    Thank you for the tutorial .