Thursday, September 24, 2015

Vintage Style Suitcase with a Drawer-Album

Hello everyone!

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01/11/2015 - Update
There's a full kit for making this suitcase and an album available for purchase from 'Photographs and Memories'. Hurry to get your copy of the kit:


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I have a warning before I begin, that this post is PICTURE HEAVY!

So, today I've finished one more vintage style project, that I have been working on for the last 3 days.
It includes a suitcase and a drawer album. The album and a drawer are ONE piece, and share the same spine. There were times when I wanted to have a drawer in a photo album for the non-standard size pictures and really small ones too, which keep on falling out of the album and the fact gets on your nerve :)


Anyway, the initial inspiration for creating a suitcase came from a truly amazing crafter Andrew Roberts. I adore his way of using hardware parts in his projects and his "engineering" ideas too.

The idea of combining a drawer and the album as they are presented in this post is mine and was not inspired by any other person or project.

No designer paper was used here, only black & craft card stock, painted with Walnut Stain/Vintage Photo distress ink and stamped with different stamps from my stash.

Here goes my suitcase and an album:


































I've uploaded a video to my YouTube channel in which I'm showing you the suitcase and flipping through the album' pages, in case you want to have a "live" look at it.


Thanks so much for stopping by.

Hugs,
Alexandra

18 comments:

  1. This is so amazing! I a newer paper crafter and to look at this I'm in awe! I mean sure it scares me to think of ever trying this.But,one thing I agree with is the little pictures that fall out of albums is a nuisance. Thank you for sharing.To see what people can do with their own hands is such a wonderful blessing.In 3 days wow! Beautiful.....

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  2. Another beautiful album!! May I ask what stamp you use on the edges? I noticed it on another video. It looks like a little vine or something, but it adds just enough. Thanks for the inspiration to make something beautiful!

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    1. Kerri, it's one of the stamps from the "Vintage Garden" set by Stempelglede
      http://www.stempelglede.com/stemplervintagegarden.html

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  3. This is so amazing! I a newer paper crafter and to look at this I'm in awe! I mean sure it scares me to think of ever trying this.But,one thing I agree with is the little pictures that fall out of albums is a nuisance. Thank you for sharing.To see what people can do with their own hands is such a wonderful blessing.In 3 days wow! Beautiful.....

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  4. Wow!! Love it!! Great idea !! That would be cool as a gift to a man. Are you making a tutorial? Please, please, please!! :)

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  5. OMG i'm always impressed by your fantastic albums
    hugs
    céline

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  6. WOW!!! This is absolutely incredible!! I've just discovered your blog when looking for ideas to use the metal corners on projects. Your work is amazing! hugs, Jane x

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  7. Please please please make a video!! At least make one showing how you made the drawer and box!!!

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  8. You are AMAZING at these STUNNING Albums just saying!

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  9. Another beautiful album! This is absolutely incredible...
    This is so amazing! Thank you!
    Hugs from Sweden
    Shirley
    http:// myartadventures.cherryart.se

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  10. left me speechless, amazing!

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  11. Beautiful suitcase and with this being my FIRST paper crafting project, I am sure I will be able to follow along without any problems. Your you tube videos are very detailed and even a novice like myself will create a nice piece. Can you tell me where I can find the link to the album pages. This in part 2 of your video I am looking for the part where you score the paper that is used to hold the pages. Thank you for allowing those of us who have never crafted to have full length tutorials!

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    1. Thank you Neenee! I really hope that the tutorials are clear enough for anyone to follow. The part 3 can be found here:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiJSrpGurCw

      The post with the measurements here:
      http://clayguana.blogspot.sg/2015/10/vintage-style-suitcase-tutorial-part-3.html

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  12. What a beautiful creation. The album with the drawer reminds me of antique traveling writing desks, with the slanted writing surface above and the drawer below. The craft and black cardstock, with the vintage inks and the fabulous metallic pieces, was an inspired choice! Thank you so much for the photos, videos, and tutorial; your generosity is much appreciated.

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  14. Thank you for the great tutorials! You are so generous to share them freely. I plan on making the album w/drawer by itself as a gift (probably more than one!) May I make a suggestion? If you reinforce one side of the paper hinges with clear packing tape, it will make them stronger so they don't tear with use as you open and close the covers and pages.

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  15. Where did you say on your YouTube video that you are getting your embellishments from?

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Thank you for the kind comments!