I took a "Train Case" class at Croppinsville in Collinsville a few weekends ago. The class was taught by Sara Hanlon of Fifth Child Studio. Each participant had their own case to collage. My theme was birds and butterflies. I think most of the participants put fibers on their handles when they finished, but I had this material that I had dyed for a project. I tore it into strips and added various types of ribbon. I attached the nest with the eggs to the netted ribbon. I made several medallions using images and words with Tim Holtz's fragments. I tied a medallion to each end of a piece of heavy string and then tied these strings in with the ribbons.
I started my case by painting the bottom with Studio's Landscape Green. I chose images of birds that had greens and blues. I then added browns and oranges. I had three indented areas around my case at the opening. I chose a blue ribbon with green and brown circles for the larger middle indention. For the two smaller ones, I cut cardstock with thin stripes of greens, blues, browns and oranges. I added butterflies, faux postage and words to my collaged images. I sponged inks into areas to tie the images together.
Sara is a great teacher and is so patient! She offers so many images and a folder full of choices. One thing she said over and over was that she was "all about choices".