Saturday, April 21, 2012

Vintage Valise Chipboard Book

Some time ago I gave you a sneak peak of a chipboard book I was making using the Tim Holtz Vintage Valise die and Graphic 45 papers called Tropical Travelogue.  Over night Google updated the blogger platform and I am not quite sure what I am doing here so I apologize in advance for any weirdness that might occur!

I cut the front out of Stampin'Up! retired cardstock and glued it on chipboard and distressed it with Vintage Photo.   I used multiple dies to create the foliage and leaves on the lower left side.  Flowers came premade and I sprayed them with a spray I created using reinkers.  The chipboard bits on the ball chain came from Graphic 45.

Inside cover and Page 1  Me, Alan, and Chuck a favorite pastime whilst on vacation

I decided I needed an explanation of the trip on the inside cover of places and things.  Why?  To remind me of what's up after the drinks perhaps!

Pages 2-3 At the Bar Central in Bunyola, Mallorca, Spain
The bars in Bunyola were the hearts and hub of this small village.  People gathered to watch 'futbol', read the paper, have meals, wait for children to get out of school.  Definitely the social gathering place of the community.  Across the street from Bar Central was the Catholic Church and the priest would meander through the bar greeting the parishioners.  A nun used to stop buy when we were sitting outside and speak to Chuck and I in Spanish and when we responded appropriately praised us and went we didn't she gave gentle tutoring.  Lovely lady!
Pages 4-5 A trip to Porte Soller via Tram.  The Mallorcan train travels literally from one side of the island (Palma to Soller) to the other making stops along the way.  In olden days it was a several hours trip but now days it is less then an hour because of the beautiful new tunnel cut through the mountains that separates the island.  Once in Soller you board a tram that that takes you to the port which is still relatively unspoiled compared to some of the more touristy parts of the island.

Pages 6-7 The Cathedral (1400's), Palazzo de l'Almudaina (royal palace built in 1700's),
and Belveder Castle, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
The Cathedral and the Royal Palace sit side by side and can be seen from miles out to sea.  The Castle is up on a hill several miles out from downtown proper and also is clearly visible from the sea.  The Castle is a round castle, the first built in 1300, one of the first in western Europe

Pages 8-9 The market at Llumajor, Mallorca in the southern region of the island. 
We attended the big annual market and had it not been for our friend living there we probably would have had to walk a mile to get into the town.

page 10 and inside back cover  Our friends ancestral has only be in the family 5-600 years! 
Back cover to the valise
If you click on the images you will be able to see the photo collages a little better.  I was going to describe every picture but...I don't have enough coffee in the house to keep you awake!  Hope you enjoyed it!


  1. What an awesome chipboard altered suitcase you have done a wonderful job you should be proud.

    Eliza #103

  2. ...amazing work...loVe your flowers so bright & bold & very eye catching...Mel :)

  3. WOW this is stunning, its really beautiful and I love all the different elements that you have added to it :)

    Have a great weekend, hugs, Karen xx

  4. WOW, WOW, WOW, Stunning creation Vickie.. every element is just perfect, Hugs May x x x x

  5. Oh wow Vickie this is super, love the colours, your LO's everything. Zo xx

  6. Lovely lovely lovely Bickie, you must be really pleased. I love the concept, the pages, the stories, the photos..everything about it...the best bit, you get to keep it to browse at great!

  7. awesome I just sit in admiration of what you have achieved with this wonderful creation.....hugs Margaret

  8. Oh Vickie, this is really beautiful!! I also have some exciting news for you! You were the blog hop winner from my blog for Crafter's COmpanion! yay!! If you could contact me at my email address with your information I will give it to Bindy so she can send out your goodies to you.

    Tracy Valure

  9. This is so fabulous!! Thank you for sharing it with us at Paper Issues! We featured you today:

  10. Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing at Paper Issues.

  11. How cute is that, to make a book out of the valise! Cool!


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