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Vintage Vagabond Kit & Tiny Traveler Artwork by Kristin Batsel!

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The theme this month is Vintage Vagabond. This year is the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition (that was held in San Francisco) and I have fallen down the rabbit hole! So many collage sheet images in this kit are from that World’s Fair.

All FOUR (!) of the new collage sheets in this kit also have more photos and info on their individual pages:

Vintage Travel Tags & Hardware Collage Sheet

Tiny Vintage Letters & Postage Collage Sheet

Tiny Vintage Scrapbook Collage Sheet

Travel Reading Collage Sheet

I’ve included 6 double-sided sheets from the new Serengeti 6×6 Paper Pads. Even if you can’t imagine a vintage safari, the backs of the papers have some nice small prints in a tan/sepia palette that are good background papers for some dusty old luggage (like the outside of the artwork below).

Look at that sweet artwork by Design Team Member Kristin Batsel (below at left)! Kristin mixed the papers and collage sheet images with the Chipboard Steamer Trunk (a related item, available separately) to make a Tiny Traveler Chest.It's so cute that everything gets packed away in the finished chest. It's amazing that whole group: fold-out bed, table, chair, light, fold-down desk (cleverly rearranging the dividers from the steamer trunk to make room for a desk), tiny books and letters from the Tiny Vintage Letters & Postage Collage Sheet in that little desk area — everything (including the girl), all came out of that chest, like clowns from a circus car!

Note: The old steamer trunk kit was replaced with the Chipboard Steamer Trunk – 4 Inch.

You'll want to see all the tips Kristin shares on her blog post. And/or see the other new goodies Kristin used (like the wooden doll she painted, and the faux suede sheets she cut the straps from) on Kristin’s supply list.

See the Vintage Vagabond Kit page for more kit details. Note: all the papers, metal bits, ribbon and collage sheets in the kit are On Sale, too!

And there are FOUR MORE new collage sheets, more tiny trunk hardware, and a related Steamer Trunk Mini Kit (see below for more info).

And don’t forget to scroll down to check out today’s Giveaway that includes bunches of the new goodies!


Hooray for the Vintage Vagabond Giveaway!

I started with a Vintage Vagabond Kit.

And (beside the four new collage sheets in that kit), added the other FOUR NEW collage sheets announced today:
Steamer Trunk Parts Collage Sheet
Fun Photos from the Fair Collage Sheet
Art Deco Travel Posters Collage Sheet
Out of Africa Collage Sheet

AND these other new goodies announced today:
Chipboard Steamer Trunk
Faux Suede Sheets
2mm Brass Flat-Back Studs.

To enter the Vintage Vagabond Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, MONDAY NIGHT, April 6, 2015). AND tell me what you’d make with your Chipboard Steamer Trunk.

Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via So make sure to check back to see who won! And check your mailbox on Thursday morning for the next Giveaway and Newsletter

Hey, who won the Mermaid Altered Tin Giveaway? That would be Michelle Toops! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, April 5th, 2015

112 responses to “Vintage Vagabond Kit & Tiny Traveler Artwork by Kristin Batsel!”

  1. Linda K says:

    Love this and I would make a miniature library.

  2. Emily N says:

    That tiny traveler cest is so cute! Love it!

  3. Barbara says:

    I love this kit! Love to travel – never get enough!

  4. Sokat says:

    The steamer trunk is so precious. I am thinking dressing closet for fairies. Well done… I am inspired because I am in awe.

  5. Stefanie says:

    Oh wow!!! Love the Traveller’s chest – want one now!!

  6. Sunny says:

    That traveler’s chest is so cute! I’ve always wanted a Murphy Bed…

  7. Shelby says:

    Just wonderful!!! 🙂 Another great Giveaway!

  8. Ina Good says:

    Love i Would make an altered doll for it all!

  9. yvette leblanc says:


  10. Connie L. says:

    I would make a vintage Titanic steamer trunk. What a great package this is!

  11. phoebe diamond says:

    Fun! This would be a great addition to my altered travel journal.

  12. Gail Gill says:

    I think I would make a tiny Street Vendor kit. I would put folding table legs on the bottom and the trunk would sit open to display tiny souvenir pieces for the tourist to buy (watches, post cards, little statues of liberty, etc). I always saw these street sellers in old movies and loved the ‘quick getaways’ if needed. I would love this in a city street diorama.

  13. Susan McMenamin says:

    I would have my trunk theme centered around a gentleman traveler crossing the ocean to the ‘new world,’seeking employment before sending for his bride.*sigh*

  14. Noreen Johnson says:

    Love this giveaway.

  15. Blair Lowery says:

    Pack the steamer trunk and let’s hit the seas. Wonderful collection.

  16. Mary Mac says:

    Love the wonderful collage sheets.

  17. Lina says:

    I would make the perfect Christmas gift for my friend who loves miniatures!

  18. Carol VanGerve says:

    You’ve captured the mystery of miniatures so well..
    Love it !!

  19. Lou Anne Colodny says:

    wow..this is wonderful. I’d create a library and fill it with wonderful handmade tiny books..

  20. Jo Ellen says:

    I would make a traveling trunk for a dog!!!

  21. kim says:

    I love the mini scene! Has to be a mini library in the trunk! Carry treasures everywhere, so fun! Happy Easter!~kim

  22. Jean Marmo says:

    Ok – I think this one is my fave!! Just love the mini trunk!! Thank you for the chance to win!

  23. InkPattie Fulton says:

    sweet miniatures! I would either make a gnome castle, or something that could be shared by the three little girls in a Tim Holtz set, maybe a traveling tea chest for three girls on safari.

  24. Sara H. says:

    I love this! My sister inherited my great aunt’s steamer trunks from her days traveling around Europe as an artist. I’ve always been a little jealous, so I think I’d make my own artist/bohemian steamer trunk.

  25. Denise Bryant says:

    love that tiny traveler chest… fun project! I love minis!

  26. Linda Ellis says:

    This travel theme is my cup of tea. I am definitely going to make Agatha Christie’s “Death on the Nile” from the trunk!

  27. Jo says:

    I would make my plans to travel to Europe with this kit!
    I love the idea!!!

  28. barbara macaskill says:

    LOVE the Tiny Traveler Chest! Amazing!! I would make a very masculine steamer trunk and have it filled with all the items that a hunter would need to go on a big game hunting trip. I would give it to my husband as a Just because gift and maybe even a trip to go hunting himself! Thanks for sharing this amazing creation!

  29. Cindy Fitch says:

    What a fun kit! I have a small travel alarm clock that looks like it might fit in place of two of the drawers. It would travel with me where ever I go.

  30. Denise Humenik says:

    It brings visions of travel & romance to mind!

  31. Marilyn H says:

    I would probably make it into a traveler’s chest similar to the above or I might make it a linen chest. I’ve worked with miniatures for years.

  32. Rosemary Sharon says:

    out of my comfort zone maybe…..but would love to try it

  33. Lorna E. says:

    Love these kits! My steamer trunk would have a magic theme to it – potion bottles, books,maybe a small robe and a skull.

  34. MaggieM says:

    When I was in high school, many, many moons ago, I was fortunate enough to travel to Tunisia, North Africa with a group of students. We studied French and lived like locals. I would love to re-create that wonderful experience with an out of Africa themed chest. Thanks for the chance 🙂

  35. Kim c says:

    As always ….delightful! Wonderf eye candy!!!

  36. Lana says:

    I love every single item of this giveaway. keeping my fingers crossed.

  37. Sara says:

    Love it!!!

  38. Joan Harsha says:

    I’d make it a witch’s trunk, full of bottles and potions.

  39. Noreen says:

    I would make a little Pirate’s treasure chest.

  40. Dawn says:

    My sister has created an entire miniature world of a beautiful Victorian heiress, her homes, and travels. My sisters birthday is in April. I would create a lovely steamer trunk, so Simone (name of heiress) would have an additional trunk to carry her many lovely jewels and gowns for her exciting trip abroad, on the brand new unsinkable luxury liner, The Titanic! Of course Simone would have to be one of the survivors, so that her fantastic miniature world can live on…..

  41. Luanne Shoup says:

    just in time for our cruze!

  42. This could be in my top 10 list !!! I loooove the vintage look, Dream away !
    melody H.

  43. I will make a little spooky trunk ….witches brew….from this trunk…
    Happy Easter from Germany

  44. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    I’ve got my bags packed.

  45. KIM says:

    I would fill the trunk with a miniature quilt ,vintage fabric and sewing supplies.
    Thanks for the chance to win Alpha Stamps.

  46. Lou Anne H. says:

    This is fabulous! I think I’d make a travel trunk for one of my altered dolls.

  47. Jennie says:

    Stunning little trunk!

  48. Traci says:

    I Love,love love the traveler chest too darn cute-Alpha Stamps has the BEST design team everything is too awesome!

  49. Patti Flasch says:

    I think everyone dreams a little about the vagabond life. You always have the most interesting products. Thank you for giving all of us the opportunity to win.

  50. Holly Day says:

    The streamer trunk is incredible–I’d make a jewelry box out of it myself, maybe make a little drawer to hold a music box!

  51. enrica p says:

    I’ve been thinking about victorian faeries lately, so I’d make a steamer trunk filled with the necessities for a travelling lady faery.

  52. Jen R says:

    I like the trunk that’s posted but I’d probably do a Marie A trunk with the kit. I hope I win!

  53. Betty Bead says:

    I would fill this little trunk with everything an adventurous Victorian lady would need. And of course it would be embellished with stamps, stickers and flyers from all the exotic locales she’s been to.

  54. Kim Lucak says:

    We would be traveling to Europe and collecting trinkets and stamps along the way!

  55. M.E. says:

    Oh my! This is just wonderful! I would create a Steampunk-themed steamer trunk from all these great supplies – you know, a little Victorian, a little retro, and a whole lot of fun! Makes me want to get started now! Thank you for the lovely inspiration!
    Bisous and Bon Voyage!

  56. Sandy says:

    The trunk is to die for, a must have!

  57. Thalia Kottke says:

    Makes me want to go on a tiny vacation.

  58. Megan Warren says:

    I have so many thoughts running through my head, from putting small mementos of my own travels, to doing one with some of my family’s travel or history in it. I have my great X three grandmother’s trunk that is one with rounded top with some of her things in it. So many possibilities.

  59. DebR says:

    Wonderful giveaway, love that tiny steamer trunk! I think I’d make it into Santa Claus’s trunk where he stores his lovely red suit and boots and hat for the summer months. Such fun!

  60. I would make it a lady’s trousseau chest for a long sail for a honeymoon.

  61. Lisa R. says:

    My imagination is running wild with this one lol! Love it! I think I w make a travel treasure chest, filled with tiny books, memorabilia from the 1700’s. Too many different ideas lol! Thanks for the chance to win it!! I love the pan… Maybe he’s protecting the chest, but wants the lady traveling to find it… So he’s calling to her?! Lol idk

  62. Karen says:

    Oh my goodness! When I was a teenager (back when dinosaurs roamed the earth) my mom gave me an old steamer trunk to fix up. Well, I did “fix it up.” I wallpapered the inside, painted the outside, and created a mini dresser on the drawer side. On the hanger side, I fashioned a wallpaper covered desk top that slid in and out. I actually attempted to do my homework on it, but it was just a wonderful addition to my very eclectic bedroom! I would love, this giveaway and may just purchase it anyway!

  63. April Dudko says:

    I’d have to make an elegant trunk of beautiful clothes to travel to the exhibition!

  64. Ruth Anna says:

    I’d make a traveling trunk for my tiny dolls. Would love the kit!

  65. Christine V says:

    What a truly interesting kit! I can see some creative challenges in this = more fun.

  66. Karen Mallory says:

    This is such a cute project! Love making minis!

  67. Patricia League says:

    WOW, sure would love to win this set! I just love the streamer trunk!

  68. Lorrilee Stackhouse says:

    Love this trunk. I would fill it with old looking photos, books, clothes, and nostalgic items and put it in the attic of my dollhouse and have a Grandma sharing the contents with a little girl.

  69. Carmen Willis says:

    How adorable is this Tiny Travelers Trunk is, and very clever. Love all the miniatures too! Great giveaway!

  70. Joan says:

    Love all the tiny treasures.

  71. Pam Weiler says:

    Love this kit. Happy Easter to everyone

  72. Janet Turner says:

    I really love this kit! The trunk motif is adorable.

  73. Kimberly Barcello says:

    Oh yes!

  74. Julie F. says:

    This is absolutely adorable! I would make a Chronicles of Narnia wardrobe!

  75. Lori D. says:

    I adore this giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity to win. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  76. Carrie j says:

    My Barbie needs a wedding trousseau.

  77. Kathleen says:

    Oh my gosh – what would I make? A library, maybe. Or a witch’s travel trunk, or perhaps a immigrant from the 1800s, coming to American from Eastern Europe…..or a witch coming to American in the 1800s, from Eastern Europe! I would place it on my table and walk around and around it, imaging all the things I could do with it, before I sat down and got started….oh, pick me, please!

  78. Iris Pistor says:

    These would be great for my mini-vacation Journals. Thanks for the great giveaway!!! Happy Easter!!

  79. Maura Flood says:

    I would turn my steamer trunk into a mini artist’s studio. I’d love to play with this kit.

  80. This is the best! My niece is going abroad for the first time, and we are throwing her a surprise Bon Voyage party. I think this will be the PERFECT gift for her; I would embellish it to personalize it for her and she can store mementos upon her return as a great memory keeper!

  81. orianna says:

    ready to pack up that trunk and set sail.

  82. Brenda Lubrant says:

    I would love to create some pretty stuff out of this great giveaway kit.

  83. Michelle says:

    That’s so cute.
    My husband and I just went to Italy and Switzerland so I would personalize mine to keep memories of our time there. (Does it close up like the picture shows?)

  84. Winnie says:

    Love, love, love the steamer trunk!

  85. Gigi Jordan says:

    Just love the miniature steamer trunk. My son has traveled the world as a musician. I would love to make a musician’s trunk for traveling in a long ago era and give it to him as a gift and a reminder of his own adventures.

  86. Ramona says:

    Worth going on the road for :-).

  87. Karen says:

    Awesome! I would try to make my version of the tiny traveller’ trunk with the chipboard trunk.

  88. Deanne says:

    I want several tiny steamer trunks….book shelves, travel bags,

  89. Jennifer J says:

    i like a mini library idea, but i also might want to copy the amazing example.

  90. Diana jemison says:

    I have an authentic steamer trunk that I store clothes in but I would make this into a miniature traveling apothecary. Love it!

  91. Lisa anMills says:

    I just love the steamer trunk that Kristen made. I would love to make one also!!! Soooo without further ado… pick me! pick me!

  92. IKE says:

    WoW – such amazing things in this great giveaway. That little travel trunk is AWESOME !! Thank you for a chance to win 😀
    IKE xx

  93. Tammy says:

    love t o win

  94. Jen C says:

    I’m torn between turning it into a corner of Bag End, with Bilbo’s writing desk, or a bit of the witch’s house in Hansel and Gretel, with a window view of them making their way through the forest.

  95. Stacia says:

    The trunk would be perfect for a steampunk debutante’s trip to Europe!

  96. Amanda says:

    This is so cute!!

  97. Stacy Blow says:

    Oh wow! This is awesome!!! I’ve got some dolls who would just flip to have a steamer trunk like this one! And a couple of nieces as well!!!

  98. Heather says:

    I love this! I believe I would make a trunk with memories of a trip I am taking to Prague this summer!

  99. Helen says:

    This is so fun! I would make a traveling salesman’s apothecary trunk. Think of all the traveling to be had from all the elixirs and potions to sell!

  100. Carol Slowik says:

    I would love to win this giveaway! It’s one of my favorite’s. I would turn it into a magical place where a little girl or boy could store all of their youthful treasure’s! Thank you for the chance to win it!

  101. Nancy S says:

    I just love,love,love that steamer trunk. It’s absolutely adorable!

  102. LeAnn says:

    I would use the chipboard steamer trunk as a bookcase for the house of Poe I hope to create.

  103. Diane D. says:

    Love everything about this give away. Thanks for the chance to win it.

  104. barb says:

    That Steamer trunk rocks!!! Would certainly work in one of my miniatures for a shadowbox collage..

  105. Tammy says:

    Love this!!

  106. Lori Wilczek says:

    The trunk is absolutely adorable! Love the Vintage Vagabond.

  107. Ginette says:

    Ready for the trip

  108. Jackie from NY says:

    This is such a fun giveaway!!

  109. Sylvia L. says:

    I’d like to use the trunk as a coffee table in my haunted house dollhouse. The residents are male (Wolf Man, Dracula) & the trunk would look suitably masculine.

  110. Maryellen says:

    Awesome collection.

  111. Dena Cottrell says:

    I would make a traveling home for a pixie couple. With each drawer consisting of different rooms. May need to put base this little trunk to do just that.