Here is a picture of the entire album looking down from the top after it has been assembled.
I found the suitcase that fit my needs on the Heritage cart. I liked the details, especially on the top of the suitcase. I must admit, it would have been easier to cover with the patterned paper if it had been a little more rounded. Using Design Studio I sized the suitcase as large as would fit on 12 x 12 mat. I then flipped the image on the other half of a 12 x 24 mat. I also added a 1.5 x 11 rectangle for the bottom of the cover. All of these were cut out (without welding) in chip board.
I bought my chipboard from Bug Junkie a few months ago. I love the way this chip board cuts. You can buy the chipboard from her on the left hand column of her website. It is just below her followers. While you are there, you should check out her lovely shape albums. She is a very talented creator.
1. Layer of brown cardstock cut with the rectangle welded to both of the suitcase cuts (layer against the table)
2. Layer of chip board -- no welds
3. Layer of chip board identical to layer two
4. Layer of brown cardstock identical to Layer 1
5. Pattern paper for the front and back of the suitcase
I also cut the handle an additional 4 times so that I could use some textured paper for the feel of alligator skin. I covered the seam between the handle and the suitcase with a VERY large brad which I affixed with hot glue.
The lock for the opener is on the front but it is purely decorative. The back is where mine opens. I put a circle of velcro on the back to close the album. I used Tim Holtz locks, keys and chains. I couldn't believe how easy the chain was to cut using my Bind-It-All metal snips.
Now for the inside. The reason they call these paperbag albums is because the pockets or pages are made with... Paper bags. I actually used craft bags from HL. Below is a picture of the bag as it comes out of the package. I scored all of the edges.
The paper I used to cover all of the paper bags and many of the tags and mats came from three packs. I love these paper pads made by paper House Productions. (I even bought a second pad of the European Travel pad). I first bought them at M's but then also found them at HL. The European pad has a lot of sepia tones, tans, a little bit of glitter and some grays.
Here is the inside of the album's front cover. I love the paper with Big Ben. The lower set of pages says, "We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment." I thought that was a wonderful way to start off the book. If you notice, the book isn't especially "frilly". I used many embellishments from Tim Holtz. The tags have simple ribbons holding them together or twine or chains.
|A close-up of the Yellowstone cut from Destinations. The glue hadn't completely dried when I took this picture.|
|A picture from the Spanish Steps in Rome with the Rome cut from Destinations.|
I love the way the cuts from Destinations cart look on the different pages. I wouldn't recommend cutting the Destinations cuts any smaller than 2 inches. They can get a little tricky and tough on my poor E.
What do you think of the Moab charm? I haven't found the pictures for that page, yet.
Remember that card you saw earlier that had been inked but didn't have paper yet? Here is another version of that car, this one had the parts cut out of it so you can see the pictures below. The one above shows the car in the pocket. The one below has been pulled out of the pocket.
Here are a few pictures of the book before I did any stamping and without the tags, mats or pictures.
I hope you have enjoyed my project and been inspired to create your own mini album. This one was a ton of fun, even if it was a lot of work.