Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Sepia travel themed mini suitcase for Tuesday Taggers

The Stamp Man is sponsoring the Tuesday Taggers Challenge this week and I couldn't pass the chance of joining in with this theme, it had my name on it!! SEPIA!

It gave me a good excuse to get my suitcase out... no I'm not going anywhere... it's one of those mini ones I posted about previously.

Apart from decorating the suitcase with lots of travel stickers, I made a double-sided mini concertina book to go inside. There are 11 panels each side, 22 atc(ish) sized pages. I left a blank page on each side for notes or a greeting. I had intended it to have 10 panels but thought it would be nice to have somewhere to write in it too. I have just shown a selection of the pages here, I don't want you nodding off half way through the photos!! I will post more photo's in a separate post that will be at the end of this one so I don't bore you with too much detail here. I also have one of the pink cases that I will do a similiar idea with another time, but with a different theme. I have really enjoyed this project....

The main colouring is from using various pieces of card/paper I have made with Moonshadow inks. I used rubber stamps, stickers, rub-ons, mini postcards, printed word papers, brass charms, and even managed to fit in a bit of Cuttlebugging too.

I made the actual base concertina from the paper we have in our concertina card packs which starts as a metre long piece. I didn't want to leave it white so I used Ranger's Tea Dye Distress ink for a sepia look. I made all the separate panels then laid them all out on the paper before deciding the order I wanted to place them, so that similiar panels were not next to each other.

I made some tags to adorn the handle that are attached with gold jump rings, one is a suitcase brass charm, another is a tiny tag decorated with a cigar label and a TH discover word bubble. The 3 metal dog tags have a separate word on each, saying 'pick a place'. As these were silver metal and I wanted gold/copper, I used alcohol inks on them which toned them down alot.

If you'd like to join in the challenge too, I know you will be most welcome, so visit the Tuesday Taggers blog for the info.



  1. Really brilliant work Jill.love it
    debbie xxx

  2. Jill, this is fabulous. My favourite sort of stuff!

    Lesley Xx

  3. Jill - This is fabulous ... I have a half finished mini suitcase ... not in your league ... but you may have just spurred me along to get it finished :0)

  4. Thanks so much for playing along with the theme this week Jill this project is really beautiful - I love all the different elements you have added and all the techniques - Thanks for sponsoring Tuesday tagges again too xx Janet

  5. Wow, thanks for all your lovely comments! I really enjoyed making this, definitely my sort of thing.

    Janet, I used lots of different elements, many that I have been stroking for a while, I finally gave in and used them:)) Part of the fun was finding the bits in my stash and collecting them up in the case ready to make it. I had loads of other bits and pieces I was going to use that I didn't have room for, maybe on the next one!

    Thank you

    Jill x

  6. Jill this is FAB!!! And the suitcase even has a little pocket just like a real suitcase! I can see you selling out of these little cases ;) Love, love, love the tag book that goes inside :)

  7. I absolutely love it.

    I use my little suitcases that I have to store jewellery in.. lol.. me thinks that I will have to change what's inside them and make little mini albums.. with dogs on of course!

    Love n hugs.
    Jo xx

  8. Jill this is soooo wonderful! A work of Art! I love everything about it and admire the skill in making it. Thanks for making so much effort for Tuesday Taggers and for sponsoring another challenge.
    x Michelle

  9. Really love the project it's really special Bee


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