Thursday, June 02, 2011
my little red suitcase is packed
ust 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.