Sunday, 15 November 2015

A bag full of MEMORIES

Hello crafty friends..
Welcome to my page today. Back to paper crafting after a long time...yes this time with some scrap denim too!
I had an empty cereal box sitting on my table for sometime now and I was wondering what to do with it. As I was playing with it, I realized I could make a bag and so was born this project!
Next, my hands reached out to some old jeans and i ripped some fabric to make the cover. The best combination to go with denim is leather and so.... some faux leather too for this project.
Here is what I you think this is just a bag!
It opens into a handsome, macho masculine album! The paper line used is Tim Holtz “lost and Found” and have used the hidden hinge binding here.
I followed the score line of the empty carton and so the size of the album and spine was determined by that. To enforce the strength of the album, i used thick chipboard and tyvek too to make the album durable.
There are 4 interactive pages...the base being Kraft, the papers compliment so well with it. I have inked the edges with walnut stain to further age the album. There are a lot of tuck spots and some little interesting tit bits that can be opened up for a little surprise!
The faux leather too is with Kraft CS as base and I have actually done some stitching to attach the leather and denim to the cover! How cool is that.
This album screams “masculine” from all sides and so I kept the embellishments sans flowers! Now that is a relief...
The handle is fixed using bronze metal brads and there some charms too hanging from the handle. The little glass bottle is filled with colored sand...white sand + fired brick distress inks!
In all this album has a list of men’s favorite stuff....denim, leather, metal, machine, football , blues, browns , reds and NO FLOWERS! Do you agree???
Do leave me a note about this album...I had a great time making the bag too! A lot of Tim Holtz Visual artistry stamps have been used for the secret elements and surprise notes that spring from the pockets!
I have still not made up my mind about the recipient of this bag full of memories...may be my brother who is visiting me next month with a box full of crafty goodies??? Definitely a deserving candidate...what say?
I would like to enter this album in the following challenges...
Lulupu- make a mini
Sparkles monthly Challenge- Anything But A card
All Sorts Ch Blog- Anything but a card

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.


  1. the wonderful have started stitching too now !! sooper sooper like !!

  2. Rupa, this is fantastic! Love everything about it! You have inspired me to at least think about tackling another Mini Album!

  3. Wow, this is fantastic, you have created something very special from the boxes and materials
    Yvonne xx

  4. Gosh!!! Truly a bag full of memories aka surprises...Of course...Ur blog is full of surprises...
    U know...Rupa...un blog enaku Ra. Parthiban kavidhai madri...Vithyasam...Arumai...Azhagu..Pudhumai :) :) :) Short of words...Adan en mozhi kaikodukudhaanu tamizhil solla vizhaindhen :)

  5. This is some fabulous work Rupa! Love it!

  6. This is such a great project. Awesome and inspiring :)

  7. This is really interesting & the album looks lovely :) great memories!

  8. Oh my gosh Rupa, this is awesome!! I can't believe you turned a pair of old jeans and a pile of cardboard boxes into this incredible album! Yep, you're a creative genius!! Love it, every bit of it!! hugs :)

  9. Love it love it !! Too good. Looks so much like a bag. Hifi to that lil brain of yours

  10. Love it love it !! Too good. Looks so much like a bag. Hifi to that lil brain of yours

  11. Gorgeous project, Love the vintage look & masculine finish :)

  12. Wonderful project!! Love every part of it & especially the faux leather is looking amazing!!

  13. Tracy 19 November 2015 at 22:24

    Fantastic creation, thanks for joining Allsorts challenge, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  14. Rupa this is a wonderful project. You are cant go wrong with a masculine project.Thanks so much for joining us at Lulupu - Make a Mini Challenge. Good luck!

  15. Inspired by your amazing vintage albums I had made one mini album,

    Thanks for your wonderful inspirations!! :)

  16. Wow! What a fantastic project. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Sparkles Monthly Challenges.

    Hugs Helen P (DT) x