Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Darkroom Door Nomad Layout and Accordion Flip Album

Hello everyone! I am so happy to finally share my first Darkroom Door DT projects. It has taken long because my parcel got stuck in the middle of a postal strike, so I only recently got it. For this post, I used the wonderful Nomad rubber stamp set and made a layout and a double high accordion flip mini-book. I love the old stacked suitcases and fabulous sentiments.

These stamps are perfect for a travel layout:

I decided to use an old photo of my dad and his best friend in a boat, taken during a holiday trip. The background is kraft-core cardstock which was sanded and stamped with some of the sentiments and images using black ink. It is hard to see on this photo. The Journey Word Block stamp works very well together with the Nomad set. I die cut three tags from manila cardstock for a photo mat, inked the stamp with Vintage Photo and Broken China, misted with water and stamped repeatedly, reinking between each impression.

I used an old map paper in the background and whitewashed it with Distress Paint (Picket Fence and Antique Linen) to tone down the colours. The passport stamps and post card were stamped here and there on the background. I also stamped the post card on an inked piece of manila cardstock, cut it out and tucked under the tags.

I used one of the sentiment stamps as my title. Since I wanted to stamp it on a banner, I masked first 'journey' when I inked it up, stamped and then did the same again, only masking 'enjoy the' this time.

The stack of suitcases was stamped on cream cardstock and the three solid suitcases were embossed with different colours Distress embossing powders (Fired Brick, Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint). I stamped it one more time and embossed with black embossing powder and inked the two remaining suitcases. The suitcases were cut out and stacked on top of each other. I cut out words from the Prague Vol. 1 Wordstrip to use on the layout. I also die cut three different Filmstrip images, from New York Vol. 2 and London Vol. 2, with a postage die.

Love this old worn suitcase. I embossed it with Vintage Photo Distress embossing powder and stamped it again on top of the melted embossing powder with Stazon Jet Black, to make it darker around the edges. The sentiment was stamped on a piece of transparency and layered on top.

I used some of the new Sizzix Echo Park Thinlits on the layout, die cut from kraft-core cardstock. The wave embossing folder comes from Tim Holtz Travel Signs Set.


Darkroom Door products:
Stamps: Nomad Set, Journey Word Block
Paper products: Prague Vol. 1 Wordstrip, New York Vol. 2 Filmstrip, London Vol. 2 Filmstrip

Surfaces: Core'dinations Tim Holtz kraft-core cardstock; Tim Holtz Idea-ology grungeboard; Claudine Hellmuth sticky-back canvas; Ranger manila cardstock; old map paper; acetate
Dies: Sizzix: Tag & Bookplates, Mini Film Strip & Mini Tickets, Mini Old Jalopy & Arrow, Charming This & That, All About a Boy Note to Self, Mini Bottle Cap & Stamp, Tattered Banners
Embossing folder: Sizzix: Travel Signs Set
Ink: Ranger Archival Jet Black; Distress Ink: Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, Broken China, Antique Linen; Stazon Jet Black; Versamark
Paint: Ranger Distress Paint: Picket Fence, Antique Linen
Embossing powder: Ranger Distress embossing powder: Vintage Photo, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint; Ranger Black embossing powder
Embellishments: twine

I also made an accordion mini-book:

This would be a perfect gift for someone who loves to travel. I used all the stamps in the Nomad set, they of course work perfectly together. To make the mini-book, I used Karen Burniston's Sizzix Accordion Flip 3-D Album die, but to fit with the stamps, I made it double high (7 in tall) instead of its ordinary height (see how to do this here). I used Sydney Montage photos and Prague Vol. 2 Wordstrip to embellish the mini-book, both fit so well together with the stamps.

Here you can see the album flat, before I adhered the pages together.

When you close the album, the first page flips over to become the front. I love this great sentiment. The passport stamp from Nomad was stamped repeatedly around the edges and I also stamped it on the car and on the arrow. Both the car and arrow were die cut from grungeboard, inked with Distress Inks (Gathered Twigs and Broken China) and coated with Glossy Accents. There is a piece of mica behind the windows of the car. I also used two word stamps from Venetian Vol. 1 ('journey' and 'explore').

It is easier to take photos of the inside pages before assembly, so here you can see the flaps used to attach the pages together. The stack of suitcases was stamped with Archival Jet Black ink on text patterned paper. One suitcase was inked with Broken China and one with Gathered Twigs. The page was finished with a beautiful Sydney photo and some wordstrips.

I thought the Sydney photo with the pointing statue worked really well on a travel mini-book. Here I used more word cut outs and a vintage globe.

The Vintage Globe was die cut twice from grungeboard, first covering one of the pieces with a text paper scrap. The latter was used for the continents. The globe was inked with Broken China and the stand with Gathered Twigs. I stamped the water repeatedly with the passport stamp from Nomad. After gluing the continents to the globe, the whole thing was coated with Glossy Accents.

The last page in the mini-book. The suitcase was stamped with black ink on a piece of manila cardstock which had been coloured with Distress Stains (Antique Linen, Broken China, Brushed Pewter). The post card was stamped on another piece of the same paper. I was happy to discover that the World Traveller and the Enjoy the Journey stamps fit perfectly on a mini ticket die cut. Here you can also see the stamping around the edges better.

Thank you for looking at this long post!

Happy Stamping!!



Darkroom Door products:
Stamps: Nomad Set, Venetian Vol. 1
Paper products: Sydney Montage, Prague Vol. 2 Wordstrip

Surfaces: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Destinations, Crowed Attic, Vintage Shabby, Grungeboard; Ranger Manila cardstock
Dies: Sizzix: Accordion Flip 3-D Album, Bracket Frame & Label, Mini Tickets, Vintage Fan & Globe, Mini Old Jalopy & Arrow, Mini Bird & Cage
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black; Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs, Broken China, Black Soot
Stain: Distress Stain: Antique Linen, Broken China, Brushed Pewter
Embellishment: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Terminology Tissue Tape
Adhesive: Ranger Glossy Accents, Wonder Tape


  1. Seriously. You're trying to blow my brains out with your talent and it's working. That globe styling sealed it - brain . . . blown . . .

  2. Another brain blown out. So cool!

  3. You are amazing, A-K!! Love every single thing you do. You're truly an inspiration!

  4. I absolutely love everything in this post - beautiful!

  5. Brilliant!! I knew you would come up with fantastic Darkroom Door projects. I love your work, and all the detail shots and explanations.

  6. I'm posting again. With what's left of my brain. Yeah, these projects are THAT GOOD. I just bought two sets of Darkroom Door stamps because of you, A-K. Clearly they chose an excellent candidate for the DT! My mushy mind thanks you! My wallet does not. :)

  7. EEK - this is wonderful ... LOVE THIS!
    thanks for the inspiration and tips!
    Sandra ltb

  8. WOW! both these projects are so wonderful!!

  9. Fantastic projects! I love all the many wonderful elements!

  10. Oh, these are fabulous! Thanks for showing several close-ups of the flip album. I had seen some pictures before, but not close enough to see how in the world they worked. I am just in love with that Flip Album! Your talent was well put to use on these! Thanks for sharing and all the photos!


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