Thursday, June 02, 2011

my little red suitcase is packed

Just in time for my flight tomorrow to St Louis and Mary Engelbreit's two-day birthday workshop, I've finished packing my little red craft suitcase. It was my friend Amy's idea to take a craft suitcase tailored with supplies for the event.

You don't have to do much to a cute red suitcase from Paper Source except fill it up. But I did add a couple helpful "containers" to the inside lid. First, I made a coordinated blue pocket from a leftover product package, taping it firmly on three sides. It holds various papers and labels. Then I taped the red packaging base from my iPad stand, with its elastic ties already in place, beside the pocket to make a handy hanger. It holds some crystals, netting, and some French ribbon tape.

To organize the case, I made 4 blue boxes, each cut out of one 12"x12" piece of cardstock and folded up sort of origami style, to put in each corner. On the lid of each box, I glued something, like a button or a flower or a butterfly, to remind me of the assortment inside. Can you see the pearl button on the box in the back left corner (below)?

After adding a couple favorite vintage tins for more storage, I stuffed all the remaining space to the brim. I sure hope the cardboard suitcase is comfortable with this cramming technique. Obviously, there's a limit to how organized I can get.


Debby Schuh said...

LOVE it!! Hope you have a wonderful time!

LiLi M. said...

Due to the most beautiful spring weather ever I am not much of a blog friend lately, sorry for that, but I haven't forgotten you! And to think that the summer even has to start, well sometimes real life is just calling you. Love your doodles and your suitcase, have a lot of fun in St. Louis!

Abigail Schoorl said...

Your passion in what you do clearly can be seen in the stuff you have in your suitcase. The idea of organizing your suitcase is very resourceful and creative. And I just like how the red colors make a striking contrast with the softer colors in your pack. They just jump out to you. How was the two-day birthday workshop?