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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Faux Embossed Leather Suitccase Album

Here's a fun mini album that I wanted to share today...that is basically distressed folded paper and chipboard; it looks like an embossed leather satchel or suitcase and the 5x7 mini accordian album slides out to reveal your photos and memorabilia.  It's fun to create and fun to share.  

I started out by creating a 5x7 accordian album.

The album is basically very easy to create, requiring only heavy cardstock or chipboard, some liquid glue and some creative scoring.  

Next, I created a suitcase with a piece of Coredinations French Roast colored cardstock cut to 12"x7" and scored to create a simple folder.  I embossed the cardstock with Spellbinders Imperial M-Bossabilities Folder, sanded it to reveal the core color of the card stock,  and folded it over, and glued it in place to form the suitcase.  

I "clamped" the edges together with paper clips to hold the glued edges in place until they had dried thoroughly.

After the adhesive had dried, I created straps as faux closures and a handle with the same card stock.  

I inked the edges with Quick Quotes Chalking Inks, Mocha Mama. 

This image shows the suitcase with the mini-album extended from inside.  

While the glue was drying on the mini album suitcase, I created a few embellishments and ephemora with Graphic 45 Boardwalk papers die cut and embossed with some of my favorite Spellbinder's dies.  

Here's a list of supplies and tools I used to create this mini album suitcase:

Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die Cutting Machine
Imperial M-Bossabilities Folder Side A
Spellbinders Romantic Rectangles
Spellbinders Office Supplies
Spellbinders Mix'd Media Elements
Spellbinders Labels and Tags
Graphic 45 On the Boardwalk Seaside Chic
Graphic 45 On the Boardwalk Coney Island
Graphic 45 On the Boardwalk High Style Holiday
Quick Quotes Powder Puff Chalking Ink Mocha Mama
Core'dinations Core Esssentials French Roast
Core'dinations Sand It Gadget
Aleene's Original Tacky Glue

And, when I'd die cut, distressed, and inked the all the emphemora and memorabilia, I affixed all the pieces behind one of the suitcase straps.  I loved how this turned out and I can't wait to work on the mini album that goes inside.

With the embossing, the sanding, the cool die cuts, this was an exciting project to design.  I hope you like it and please leave a comment below.  I'd love to hear your thoughts.  

Thank you for stopping by!  


  1. Fabulous project, Ken! LOVE the look of that M-Bossabilities = SWOON~!!!

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  2. It's gaw-geous! This is one for the inspiration folder.

  3. This is THE JAM, Ken!!! I'm drooling right now!! Can't wait til some of these classes come online!! AWESOME!!

  4. I love the suitcase. I'm going to make one for each of my daughters & hubbies for their trip to Alaska. Fun group going (not mom, boo hoo)so I know they'll have lots of memories to write down and lots of memorabilia! Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. I love that vintage look and the suitcase is awesome! When I first saw it I thought that the straps were real and you had to undo them to open up the whole album- I love it as a slip cover and it is something that I def want to try. I just have to get my hands on some of that cardstock! Thanks for sharing!

  6. That is just beautiful!!! I thought the straps were real also,you're so creative,thank you for sharing your inspirations with us.

  7. Thank you for so much! This was a really fun little cover to make and I want to make another one right away. I want to teach it as a class too...it's so easy.

    In the past, I have created straps that actually open...what I found is, that over time, and after they get handled hundreds of times at trade shows, the straps and closures wear and need repairs. But I love creating straps and buckles that really open...it makes viewing the book extra fun. Here are a couple links to projects from the past with real closures.



    Now I really want to get back into my craft room to make a suitcase that really opens.

    Ken :)

  8. Wow !!! Ken, you have mad skills !! I also thought you had to open the straps to open it up. Really great work. TFS .