Thursday, December 13, 2007

Packin' Up Our Suitcase...with a Mini Book

I hope everyone on the East Coast is keeping warm and dry. We're getting whatever everyone else had earlier in the week and we're supposed to be getting a "Nor-east'r" this weekend...a perfect time to make samples and play (and do laundry...oh well)!

We made a fun, fun project on the first full day of our retreat. Clever Tim, trouble maker extraordinaire, was able to finagle this cute as anything mini suitcase so everyone had it in the Christmas red and green. Some things you don't ask, just appreciate it! The insides were the fun part...this was an easy mini book that can be recreated in tons of different sizes!

Tim used the Wonderland papers from Cosmo Cricket. We folded them to create little pockets for the mini-folders and with the mixture of Distress reinkers, water and Perfect Pearls in the Mini Mister(tm), you're ready to go! As an aside, we were given the MOST WONDERFUL block of wood from Kim DeRonde with 30 holes drilled in, perfect for the Mini Misters! I can't wait to decorate mine so that everyone know that it's mine and not to touch it.

We distressed all the pages with Tim's Paper Distresser and edged with Distress Ink(tm) and the Ink Blending Tool. Just a little ink on the paper creates dimension...love to use this. Remember, you can use either the Ink Blending Tool or the Alcohol Ink Applicator handle for the Ink Blending Foam...it will stick to both! We punched holes on each page and added some vintage binder rings and ribbon from American Craft-love their embellishments! Don't you also love the foofy ric rac? Crazy Kate brought it and was kind enough to share!

Don't forget to distress the suitcase. A few scrapes with sandpaper and more inking and pounding the hardware with Tim's Texture Hammer. I almost got out of hand with the hammering...the snaps almost stopped working...!

I'm going to go through a bunch of photos that I have of my mom and my uncle and add them to the book! It's a great gift for someone and a wonderful gift I made for myself!

Keep toasty, everyone!



TA Carbone said...

Robin everything looks so nice. I contacted the site you gave us about the wood block to see if they are going to be available as this is also something good to hold my most used parchment art tools


Rachel Greig said...

Love the suitcase :) I've also updated my blog with a card using Mr Dick-sticker! Check it out :):)

Kim said...

You go girl! I love your stories...its like being there all over again!! Miss you and your fun!! See you at CHA

- Kim

cain81 said...

DH made me a 9 hole rack by drilling holes in a piece of a 2x4, but this is classy!

Wendy said...

LOVE the updates. What a fun project. Lucky you...I'm drooling!!

Margot Potter said...

Oh very, very cool. I like that wooden block...hmmmm...

Evonne said...

What a lovely project! It looks great.

Kriss said...

Beautiful stuff! I love the suitcase! And, great gift -- the wood block is a fantastic idea for Mini Misters.