Sunday, August 2, 2015

Planning a Vacation

We have had an incredibly busy summer for us and one that didn't even get our usual road trip family vacation.  When I heard our challenge was Planning for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this week I decided to create a planning portfolio for our next trip to keep us thinking about when to fit one in as a whole family.

I had purchased the Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Small Folio awhile ago with the intent of making a trip planner to hold all kinds of keepsakes and mementos. 
I knew I wanted pockets lots of them to stick things like tickets, receipts, scraps of materials inside.
So pockets was the first thing I made.  The portfolio looked like this after I covered it with several pages from an old atlas of the United States.  I added a coat of white paint watered down to soften the background.

Then the pockets:
I am not much for creating in three dimensions so I usually sketch my idea and try it a few times to get what I want.  I ended up with two pieces and you can see I just scored multiple times on a basic square shape with a few extra 1/4 inches on the side and bottom.  I attached them with the super sticky score tape to ensure they would stay.   I made them the size of the pocket cards from Idea-Ology for the design.

I had these fun circular ties and they stuck right on the front to open and close.

When you open it up you can see more pocket cards with pockets to store slips of paper.

On the bottom of the inside I added a big vellum envelope to store larger items:

and on the inside I added a little clipboard mechanism to slide things in and have them held there to easily grab them if needed. Also a few more pockets with fun images and layers.

Well the planner is ready to go... now we need to find time to take that trip!  :)

Products: Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Folio (small)Idea-Ology - Pocket CardsIdea-Ology - Life Quotes Remnant Rub-Ons, White Gesso, Clipboard, Vellum, Stampers Anonymous - Documented, Idea-Ology Journeyman Tissue Tape, Idea-Ology - Trinkets PinIdea-Ology - Philosophy Tags, Circle Ties, Stampers Anonymous - air mail, Ranger Archival Ink - Black, Idea-Ology - Found Relatives,   Tim Holtz - Idea-Ology - Ephemera Pack,   Idea-Ology Long Brads

Come join in and show off what you are planning this week  for a chance to win a Simon Says Stamp  $50 gift voucher!

Have a wonderful week!



  1. A fabulous altered folio ! Sue Love that you covered it using an old atlas of the USA and created all those pockets . Hope you find time to take a trip real soon so ya get to fill your your work of art . x

  2. Fantastic project!! So clever to cover the folio with maps!!

  3. Great project! I hope you get to take that vacation soon.

  4. Oooh, I love this! It would be so neat to take on a trip and fill with all kinds of memorabilia!

  5. This is SO cool!! Love the map background!!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  6. Gorgeous folio! Love the travel theme! Fabulous! Hugs, Sandra

  7. love the folio Suzz...super fun pockets too!

  8. Wow... this is such a gorgeous portfolio. Suzz. Love those beautiful pockets and pretty embellishments. :)

  9. Love your folio Suzz, it's got so much wonderful detail and it's so much fun! I really must get around to making one of these for myself, you've inspired me! :)

  10. What a totally creative piece! I love anything with pockets and flaps and foldy-things and you nailed it here! Thanks for the details on how it came together. This not only makes me happy to look at, but it also makes me want to go on a roadtrip and gather as many tickets and mementos as possible! Love this!

  11. This is fantastic Sue!! I love all the pockets you made and envelopes. The map prints are perfect and so many great little details.

  12. This portfolio is brilliant! I love all of the storage! And of course, the fact that it's GORGEOUS!


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