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« on: May 26, 2007 10:59:47 PM »




I have some very scary luggage from years ago when my crazy friend Darsee and I were decoupaging everything in sight. The photo shoot for a book that we were writing about decoupage was a hoot, with me dressed in vintage clothing and standing on the railroad tracks looking longing for someone special to arrive on an imaginary train. Pretty funny now, huh? *giggle*



Anyway, I took that old luggage and made it new again. First of all, I had to start with covering up all of the old paint and photos from the first makeover. Gesso to the rescue! It was perfect for major coverage and it gave me a blank canvas. The next step was to spray paint it all white. Now I was ready to decoupage and pick my paper. I have some fabulous new scrapbook paper that is to die for. So I used it for my decoupage and it turned out soooo pretty. I am going to use the new luggage to organize and store craft supplies in my studio. I'm lovin' how fresh and sweet it looks.

Whaddaya think?
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« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2007 11:01:58 PM »

very cool. i just found a bunch of old luggage and was thinking of what i could do with it...
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« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2007 06:10:23 AM »

i think its lovely!!
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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2007 07:48:22 AM »

What a beautiful job you done.  btw, I kinda like the track photo..  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2007 07:53:47 AM »

Hooray suitcases. I have a problem... with buying vintage luggage. I have 20 suitcases in my attic.  I decoupage mine too!!  But not as nice as these, mine are *slightly* ADD.
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« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2007 08:35:19 AM »

Lovely job! Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2007 10:40:23 AM »

those are so cute! do you have to seal them with anything, or does whatever you use for the decoupage do the trick (mod podge, right)?

i'd want to use them for real but on my last trip, my one bag came back from the airport guys soaking wet (it was drizzling out but i think they dropped it in a puddle, everything in it was even soaked) and my other suitcase was completely missing it's zipper. i'd worry about something so pretty getting messed up right away.

they'll look awesome in your craft room Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2007 10:50:31 AM »

Wow! They look fantastic!

I always think of decoupage as using lots of little pieces of paper together, but this goes to  show that you can use big pieces too. I never would have thought of that.

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« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2007 09:04:16 PM »

that's so lovely! they look amazing
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« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2007 10:39:49 AM »

This is gorgeous.  I often see old Samsonite in usually fugly colors.  I'll have to rethink passing them by.
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« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2007 12:28:21 PM »

Lovely pieces-- I particularly love the small travel case in the green and pink toile!

Also, thanks for sharing the atmospheric railroad track pic. Stuff like that, how can you not smile?

I keep saying it: decoupage is great-- there is just no end to what you can do with it.

(Now I wonder why I have "Last Train to Clarksville" running through my head?) :-)
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« Reply #11 on: June 02, 2007 10:46:17 PM »


Thanks!  I also did these wooden pieces, using actual poster prints, so when it comes to decoupage, there is no paper too large to use.  I like to wad the paper up into a ball to soften it and "age" it, smooth it out, then glue it on.  When I'm decoupaging papers this large, I use my fingers on top of the print, swirling the glue in small circular motion, pushing out the bubbles, and causing it to look old and canvas-like.  Does that make sense?  Especially with this type of art.  But with the suitcases, I liked the soft matte look with the crispy clean scrapbook papers, so instead of putting decoupage glue on top to seal it, I used matte spray acrylic sealer.  And no way would I put it in on the conveyor belt on an airplane.  Those guys really know how to tear up luggage. 

Happy decoupage, everyone!
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« Reply #12 on: June 02, 2007 10:57:20 PM »

Thanks for sharing your technique. Sometimes my decoupage comes out all crinkle and bubbly unintentionally. I like how you age it and you use your fingers to push it out!

Gorgeous!
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« Reply #13 on: June 03, 2007 09:07:07 PM »

that is so perfect.  I use to collect the round casses many years ago.  well I moved out of my folks house and got rid of them.  now I wish I hadnt.
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« Reply #14 on: June 03, 2007 09:17:07 PM »

love the color combinations!  great idea!
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« Reply #15 on: June 07, 2007 04:36:48 PM »

I love what you did with those cases. Glad to see I'm not the only one who snatches up suitcases to use for storing my craft stuff.  Grin
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« Reply #16 on: August 03, 2007 11:18:41 AM »

Cute idea!
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« Reply #17 on: August 18, 2007 01:13:14 PM »

so, so pretty!
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LivAdorned
« Reply #18 on: June 10, 2012 09:29:10 PM »

Those are so pretty! I have a kinda grungy looking vintage train case that I wasn't sure what to do with. Now I'll be looking out for some paper that catches my eye so I can get decoupaging.  



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sherrylee
« Reply #19 on: August 26, 2012 02:31:16 PM »

I've always wanted to decoupage an old guitar case I have... this has inspired me. Beautiful!
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« Reply #20 on: September 12, 2012 02:53:33 AM »

Oh Wow!  Smiley  You have done a superb job. It is so great to turn such simple not so cool looking stuff into something so creatively beautiful. I really like your work, and must say that you are really creative. This makes me feel that I really need to get up, look around and see what can I turn into something beautiful.
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