Saturday, June 8, 2013

CSI case file #75 - Travel

Hello everyone! This week we have a lovely case file at CSI:Color, Stories, Inspiration, with soft colours:

I made a layout with two pop-ups using Karen Burniston's new Sizzix Journey collection. Love to hide little surprises on layouts with pop-ups, and they add such a fun interactive element, and more space for photos and journaling.

Travel Pop-Up Layout - Layers of ink
I had just developed some photos my dad took with his very first camera, on a rare road trip that he took with my grandmother and uncle. I love these photos, and the colours of the case file fit them very well. From the evidence I used: distressing, jewels, lace, hearts and gold. For the journaling, I asked my dad what he remembered from this trip and he wrote quite a long piece of memories about the places they went to, the car, his camera, the people they saw, etc. It is printed on piece of paper and tucked behind the layout. I added some jewels to the journaling.

For the background, I used watercolour paper and mixed a thin wash of the mint colour. The paper was painted with clean water first and then I added the colour. A bit of random stamping was done on top.

I love this photo which was taken before they drove off, with the car all packed. My dad and his brother are looking at a map, I think. My grandmother is chatting to a relative. The suitcases from Darkroom Door Nomad set were stamped on cream cardstock with Archival Jet Black ink. One was inked peach and the other pink.

I applied Wendy Vecchi's gold embossing paste through a stencil. It dries to a gorgeous gold finish. The Journey butterflies were die cut from mat board, inked with Adirondack Salmon and Victorian Velvet Distress Ink and coated with Glossy Accents.

The Darkroom Door Trees were stamped with Versafine Smokey Grey and the title letters were die cut from white cardstock.

Both the flaps open to reveal a super fun suitcase pop-up. The flaps themselves were die cut from Tim Holtz French Industrial paper with the new Square w/Ornate Edge Card, a new pop 'n cuts base die. The Suitcase pop-up insert was placed inside the Square w/Ornate Edge and die cut from cream paper. The paper was inked with Salmon Adirondack and Victorian Velvet and Antique Linen distress ink, and stamped with various Darkroom Door stamps. I used the new Postage Stamp for the background here, more trees and script.

There is an accompanying Bigz Suitcase die, which die cuts the suitcase again (leaving a thin mat), the handle, corners, little tag and cute ribbon. Love it! I had so much fun embellishing my suitcases. The suitcase was die cut again from cream cardstock and inked with Evergreen Bough. I stamped it with a map stamp and added some journaling stamps too. The handle, corners, and ribbon were die cut from natural sticky-back canvas and inked with Gathered Twigs. The little tag and buckle were die cut from cream cardstock and the buckle was inked with Tarnished Brass Distress Stain.

I wanted to make little signposts, since that fit with the topic of my layout. The posts could not be high since then they would show when the pop-up was closed. I made the posts with the Flagpost w/Lantern & Sign die, but instead of using a sign shape, I die cut small arrows and stamped a word on top. They were attached to the post with jump rings.

I love this sentiment from the Darkroom Door Tree set and stamped it on white paper, die cut with the new Wavy Labels Framelits.

This is the front of the pop-up, with a photo that fit real well together with the quote above. All the edges were inked with Gathered Twigs.

Here's the left-hand pop-up, using different stamps on the background. I switched the main stamp on the background and the suitcase, so while the Postage Stamp is used on the background on the other pop-up, I used it on the suitcase here.  

By mistake, I die cut the little tag from a paper that had stamping at the back, but it was a happy mistake, love the partial clocks. The buckle and handle were inked with Salmon, the rest of the suitcase was done in the same way as the other one.

I made another signpost, but stamped the arrow with a different journaling stamp, from Venetian Vol. 1.

Another quote from the Tree set, stamped on another die cut Wavy Label, a great shape for a little label. The hearts were die cut from mat board with the Flower & Heart die, which is a new favourite of mine, cutting five hearts at once. I smeared gold embossing paste on top.

At the front of the pop-up, I adhered another photo, a piece of lace trim and journaling stamps.

Here you can see both pop-ups open side by side, with the arrows pointing in different directions.

And a view from the top, to show you the pop-up mechanism. Love this suitcase die, it is great to use for anything travel related, or would work great on, for example, a Father's Day card.

Thank you so much for the visit! Have a great weekend!


Dies: Sizzix: 3-D Suitcase pop-up, Suitcase Bigz, Butterflies, Flower & Heart, Wavy Labels Framelits, Square w/Ornate Edge Card, Flagpole w/Lantern & SignVintage Market, Mini Old Jalopy & Arrow, Torn Notebook On the Edge
Stamps: Darkroom Door: TreesNomad set, Venetian Vol. 1., New York Vol. 1New York Vol. 2,  Postage Stamps, French Script, World Map; Stamper's Anonymous: Tiny Things
Surfaces: Sizzix Little Sizzles mat board; Tim Holtz Idea-ology French Industrial paper stash, Daler & Rowney watercolour paper; Neenah cream smooth cardstock; Claudine Hellmuth Natural Sticky-Back canvas
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black; Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs, Antique Linen, Evergreen Bough, Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet; Adirondack: Salmon; Versafine Smokey Grey
Paint: Daler & Rowney watercolours
Stain: Distress Stain: Tarnished Brass
Medium: Wendy Vecchi Stamper's Anonymous Gold Embossing Paste
Stencil: The Crafter's Workshop: Mini Cherry Blossoms
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology jump rings, Chit Chat stickers; lace trim; rhinestones; pearls


  1. There's certainly no other scrapbooker like you, Anna Karin, the details you put into every single one of your creations are breathtaking.
    I love the pop-up flap with the suitcase, it's FANTASTIC! What a great idea!


  2. Wow what a great job! How creative!

  3. Lovely case file and your layout is just jaw-droppingly brilliant! Pop-up scrapbooking - there'll be no stopping you now... what a wonderful idea, and carried out with all your usual perfect colour and style. The photos are wonderful with that look of faded summers...
    Alison x

  4. much detail here with the suitcases, stamping and signs. I love reading the process of how the layout evolves. TFS

  5. I adore this scrapbook layout especially the suitcase pop out! And The pictures are just fabulous, they tell a story that I would love to hear and see more of!

  6. This is exquisite Anna. I am seriously lacking in mojo I think I need to come to you for some play time...

  7. Your layouts are always wonderful, Anna-Karin. I love the addition of the suitcases and how beautifully decorated everything is. A feast for the eyes!

  8. Anna-Karin, you are so amazing. I love the suitcase and everything about the card. Your colors are always lovely.

  9. Anna, each project that I see here is so very lovely. The old photos of your Dad and Grandma are a treasure to add to the layout. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  10. Anna-Karin, I have loved finding your site and seeing such beautiful scrapbook pages and cards, just beautiful! This post really caught my eye, it is just beautiful, but also I have been trying to find the Sizzix Bigz Suitcase die that you used that cuts the individual suitcase pieces, but it is discontinued everywhere. No luck on eBay either. So, on the chance that you still own that die and would ever want to part with it, I would really be interested in buying it from you. Thank you so much, Laura

    1. Hi Laura! Thank you so much for your sweet comment. Unfortunately that the Bigz Suitcase die is discontinued. Perhaps you could use a different die instead - even though the pieces won't be exactly the same. For example the Vintage Valise: Good luck and happy crafting!! / Anna-Karin


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