Outside the box

Are you an "outside the box" kind of person? If so, you should check out the challenge on the Imaginisce blog today: create a shaped layout.

I have to admit that I struggled with this one a bit. When it comes to layouts, 12x12 is my comfort zone. So coming up with a shape that wasn't a square or rectangle or circle was a little daunting. I kicked around several ideas, but here's where I ended up:

As I started pulling supplies, I came to the Bon Voyage collection, and I immediately thought of a suitcase. Not the new, modern hardsided roller bag. I'm talkin' about the old-school, worn leather box with the handle that's just a little smaller than your hand.

The shape is really pretty simple: a 9 1/2" x 12" rectangle with rounded corners and a smaller 4" rectangle with rounded corners (and the center trimmed out) for the handle. Then add the two strips of paper for the straps and build the layout from there.

I added some inking around the edges because a good suitcase always shows signs of the places it's been. And I finished it off with some luggage tag embellishments and a bit of twine on the handle.

By the way, if you're interested in trying out for the 2012 Imaginisce Design Team, the call is open now. It's a wonderful team to be a part of, and I've thoroughly enjoyed working with the talented women on the team for the past two years. I've decided to let my spot go this year, but I know that it will continue to be an amazing team and I'll definitely be an Imaginisce fan for life. Good luck to all who apply!

1 comment:

Auntie Em said...

What fun and how cool an idea to make a suitcase for a vacation LO! I love how you made it look a little worn and well traveled with the distressing techniques. This idea is a real keeper!
Thanks for sharing! :)

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