I have been wanting to do this project for months & was waiting for the right paper line to come along & Simple Stories Year.o.graphy could not be more perfect! Using the Tim Holtz Valise die & the cinch to make a mini-book. The obvious thing for this would be a travel book but isn't life travel also? I made a page a month plus book. I made the cover & back using heavy bazzill chipboard that I purchased at ScrapbooksPlus. I cut out the paper -"green" & heat embossed a map design with copper. The straps were cut out using the kits "red". The buckles are glassine that were sanded around the edges to look aged. The nails were made with pearls. Everything was distressed with vintage photo my favorite go to. I added fun metal elements. The base of the book is the monthly journal card elements and an alternated fun element in the middle. Tags, envelopes, or the kits flash cards.
Here I made a bingo card with craft paper, cutting the edges with Alterations. Stamped a script image & ran it through the bingo emboss texture fade. The page was swiped with fired brick to pick up the bingo card image & distressed.
This page I used a glassine envelope & ran it through a texture fade than added perfect pearls & heat set it. To pick up the embossed image I swiped black soot over the top.
This was an insert where I just added a tag. Once all the pages were assembled I put them together using The Cinch. It was super easy & makes my book look very professional. Now all I need is photos, embellishments, journaling...... Have a very Merry Christmas & peace be with you!