Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Vintage Style Suitcase - Tutorial - Part 2



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:


Another update on the Suitcase Tutorial - Part 2 is done!

Here are some measurements for you to follow:

Chipboard for the album covers, spine and outer walls of the drawer:
6" x 6" (2 pc)
6" x 2 1/4 (the album spine)
6" x 1.5" (the back outer wall of the drawer)
6" x 5 5/8" (the separating element)
5 5/8" x 1.5" (2 pc) - outer side walls of the drawer

Chipboard for the drawer:
5.5" x 5.5" - for the bottom base
5.5" x 1 3/8" (4 pc) - for the inner sides
5 7/8" x 1 5/8" - for the outer covering panel

Card stock for the hidden hinge binding (which will hold 6 pages):
5 5/8" x 9 1/4"

Score marks on the hidden hinge piece:
1 3/4" > 2 1/8" > 2.5" > 2 3/4" > 3 1/8" > 3.5" > 3 3/4" > 4 1/8" > 4.5" > 4 3/4" > 5 1/8" > 5.5" >
5 3/4" >  6 1/8" > 6.5" > 6 3/4" > 7 1/8" > 7.5".

Here is the link to the video tutorial on You Tube:

Thanks for visiting!



  1. I thank you so much for teaching us how to make this darling album. I watched the video and now will watch again and make one along with you!!!
    You are very talented!

  2. Your work is just awesome! Thanks so much for sharing with us. At the end of video 2 you said you'd show how to put the album pages together in video 3. Is this video #3, still in the making?

    1. Hello Cindy!
      Thank you for the comment. There definitely will be the part 3 of the tutorial, and everything is almost ready, just need to find time to shoot the video. Hopefully this weekend or the next week.

  3. Good morning from the U.K Alexandra. Thank you for showing us what can only be described as works of art! I have a question for you regarding the "hidden hinge"... at what point on the paper do we START our scoring? Your video tutorial shows space either side of the score marks to create the folds, but there is no mention of the distance from which the first score mark is made. I'm having a great time trying to make this for my sister's 50th birthday, and will include photo's of her during those 50 years! Thank you, Ilook forward to your reply...I can get on with the construction! x

    1. Hello Deirdre! I am glad that you having fun creating the suitcase. as for the hidden hinge binding, you take a piece of 9 1/4" X 5 5/8" cardstock and make the first score mark (on the long side) at the 1 3/4" mark. The second mark is at 2 1/8" and so on.... Once you are done you will have about 1 3/4" shoulders from each side of the hinge piece, so that you will be able to attach it to the album covers and spine. I hope this helps.

  4. Hello Alexandra, Thank you so much for your tutorial, I used it to create my own album :) Best regards from Poland.

  5. Where can I find the drawer pull and the metal closure for the book

  6. Love all your work so excited hou were chosen for Graphic 45 as I love the papers so much. Thank you Kelly S from Ohio USA

  7. Love all your work so excited hou were chosen for Graphic 45 as I love the papers so much. Thank you Kelly S from Ohio USA

  8. Hermoso album!Gracias por compartir tan bello trabajo :)

  9. nice work... and very neat.. I have made some..
    thanks for sharing


Thank you for the kind comments!