7 Gypsies American Vintage Photo Crate and Travel Journal
Hello, Friends! I don’t know about you, but I love a good road trip! There’s something magical about waking up in the pre-dawn darkness and packing suitcases, snacks and people into the car for a far away destination. I have such great memories of car trips we took with our kids when they were small: the silly songs we sang, playing the Alphabet game, I Spy, counting cows, roadside picnics and even the bathroom breaks were fun. So, I am super excited to share today’s project with you! I’ve been busy working with 7 Gypsies American Vintage Collection…which was just released this week…and I have made the most fun travel journal ever! It’s vintage, and funky, and fun, and interactive …and it’s in a photo crate! How awesome is that????
This darling little photo crate measures 4″ x 6″ x 4″ so it’s the perfect size for holding photos, souvenirs, maps and all kinds of bits and bobs. I changed the finish on mine by treating it to a light coat of Picket Fence Distress Paint and then lightly brushing it with Tattered Angels Roses R Red Glimmer Glam. I wanted it to be the same color as an old barn on the side of a country road. How’d I do?
I used just about every single element found in this collection…and some besides…to fill up my crate with fun file folders, ephemera, journal notes, and papers. On the front of the crate, the borders from “Go and See” and “States I Visited” were used to decorate the slats. I topped this off with the Road Trip book knob and a bunch of gears.
You know how when you are in the car, there’s something to see no matter what direction you look? Well, I designed this crate so that no matter which side faces forward, there is a nice view to be had. On the back of the crate, I created a happy little banner with denim and burlap from the famous scrap packs that are filled to bursting with fabric, burlap, paper and cord. I hand cut my little banner pieces, then sewed them onto a piece of natural sisal roping and topped them with more gears. They are held in place with a jaunty pair of antique silver vintage clips. That great vintage truck is from the ephemera pack. The crumpled road maps were fussy cut from the 8×8 paper pack. I know nobody uses maps any more, but I kind of miss them…and this is how ours always ended up looking after having been folded and refolded time and time again!
I tinted a 2″ x 2″ stretched natural canvas with Blue Ribbon Chalkboard Mist, topped it with a fringed burlap square, another gear (that makes me think of a steering wheel) and some cut out words from the totally fun “Across the USA” 12×12 paper. Both short ends of the crate received a little ribbon treatment with Red Center Stitched Burlap Ribbon and a vintage button. You can also see another great ephemera bit here….I love these replicas of route signs!
There’s nothing but fun inside the crate! On the right, I salvaged the gear package to make a really fun tag that looks like a vintage luggage tag. On the left is one of the file folders that I loaded up with fabric and ephemera and then stuffed with the hilarious “Are We There Yet?” journal tag. You will get quite a chuckle from the sayings because I guarantee, you’ve heard them all before. And, this is a quick, easy way to document a trip. Just fill it out and put it in the file folder along with photos, menus, and other great memorabilia.
The vintage photos on the “Go and See” 12×12 page are perfect for creating a quick card, journal page or in this case, a divider for the crate. I made each divider the same way: cut a 5.75″ piece of Kraft C-Flute, paint with Roses R Red or Blue Ribbon paint, and top with one of the photo squares from the paper. I added stitching, distressing, buttons and even stamped a compass on the paper. The red cording adds great texture, as does the clothespin.
I lined the back side of the C-Flute with paper from the double sided American Stamps paper. I love these bold stripes. I cut a thumb hole in the top and did not glue the top edge down, creating a pocket for photos. The 4″ x 6″ vintage post cards were scored, folded and turned into little journal notes.
I like that the file folders can be used horizontally or vertically. This makes for a great look in the crate and gives you lots of options for designing. Here, I mounted another of the border strips on a scrap of C-Flute and tucked a Travel Log notecard into the pocket. I found these vintage keys in my stash, and thought they looked great with this line. You could easily pre-load your crate with folders and dividers and then fill in the cards as you go…a great way to keep the kids engaged with the trip.
These letters were fussy cut from the 8×8 pad and matted onto a journal page that I splashed and splattered with Glimmer Mist.
Here’s the red barn that was the inspiration for this project along with some more fussy cut mini ephemera.
I made a handy little notebook to tuck into the crate by stitching papers into one of the file folders. Don’t you love the vintage telephone dial? Ask your kids or grandkids if they know what this is….that could lead to a really fun conversation!
Here’s the inside of the file folder. I love that these are decorated inside and out, making them reversible.
So, that’s my 7 Gypsies American Vintage Photo Crate and travel journal. Doesn’t it just make you want to hit the road and go someplace? I’ll bring the snacks!
Thanks for stopping by,
This is fabulous!
I LOVE this paper line, and we made something similar using it at last weeks Collins Show! Yours is gorgeous…I want to see it person!!!
I could gaze at this for hours and still not catch all the goodies you’ve included, Kathy! How fun! Thanks!
Dearest Kathy … if someone had given me that assortment of crafting stuff, I could have sat in my craft room until the world ended and I still wouldn’t have come up with something SO amazing! It’s totally fabulous. You clever, crafty, talented, artistic thing you!
I love you to pieces. ~ Cobs x
Oh my word… you just keep blowing me away with all your fabulous projects. You must have so much fun creating, it shows up in your work!! This is amazing, what a fabulous keepsake!!
Great 7 gypsies project!
Now I can really see how awesome this project is, You have put so much into this project Kathy, every little nook and cranny is fill with lots of goodness, love the vintage feel of this projects, I just wish I had more of your talent.
Here we go again with you and your talents. There are no “new” words that come to mind to express how I loved this one. I have always dreamed of having a lovely decorated vintage trailer and good ol’ truck to pull it and travel around Canada and down into the States. I have always wanted to do that sort of thing. Maybe on day I will then I would have lots of things to put in “my” crate. 🙂
OMG you have done it again! This is AMAZING Kathy!! WOW!
That is just adorable. I can see someone sitting down and just pulling out each one of those little journaling cards and reminiscing. Neat colors too – the rusty look definitely makes it feel Americana.
My, Word! Kathy, this is the cutest little “album” I’ve ever seen! I could totally see this sitting out on the coffee table, just begging to be picked up and perused! Yes, barn siding red–you hit a home run on that, too! I just love all the pockets, notebooks, tags, ever single detail! I would be here for hours writing if I listed them all! Where in the world do you get the time to do such a tremendous project? PS I have a cool old rotary phone I picked up at a flea market in FL, and every time I go by it, I give it a spin! Weird, huh? Hugs!
Oh yes! I saw this collection, too, and it also brought back fond memories of youth! You created an amazing project with it!
Beautiful, I love all the dimensions. TFS
Oooh, I love vintage and this would keep me occupied for hours just looking at everything!
Gosh Kathy you never fail to amaze. This crate and all the memories it holds is simply stunning. There is so many wonderful things to see. Love the sayings too especially Are we there yet? Fantastic my friend x
Well you have done it again, an amazingly wonderful project. Love the vintage feel of it, the colors are great and chocked full of awesome goodness!
Love it! How cute
this crate full of
fun and memories
Carla from Utah