I finally have some non-digital pages to share with you, well – MOSTLY non-digital, the second page is hybrid :). I actually made these a while ago for the design team at my local scrapbook store, but I forgot to take photos before I handed them in! But since my term with the scrapbook store is now over I just got all of my pages back. All the paper I used is from Fancy Pants Design, mostly from the Sweet Pea Collection. The transparent stickers are Rain Dots, by Cloud Nine Design. I made the journaling block digitally and printed it out on cardstock. The digital stamp I used is by Michelle Coleman, of Little Dreamer Designs. The Sweet Pea papers I used are also by Michelle – how cool to be able to use both digital and paper designs from the same artist :)! Sorry for the bad photos, I can never get them to look as nice as the real thing…
Tips and Tricks
I cut the “Rain Dots” out individually (with the backing still on) and arranged them on my page before sticking any of them down.
All of the sewing is just for decoration – I sewed the paper before I adhered it.
I took these photos of Gabe while he was inside the playground equipment on a bright sunny day. I love the interestingly colored photos that resulted.
To add the angel wing, I used a craft knife to cut along the edge of Gabe’s shoulder and arm, then I slipped the wing into the little pocket created by the cut.
I only adhered one side of the wing and hat, then I curled the other side away from the page to add some extra dimension.
Technique: Machine Stitching on Scrapbook Pages
I love the look of stitching on scrapbook pages and cards! Up until recently, I always added stitches by hand, because I didn’t have a sewing machine. But now that I have my very own sewing machine, given to me by my family on my last birthday, I was finally able to try machine stitched scrapbooking :)!
I was very lucky to find this helpful tutorial by Julia Stainton on the topic, which gave me confidence to actually sew on my papers! I could repeat a lot of what she said, but she really seems to be an expert and she covers pretty much everything in her tutorial, so I highly recommend that you check it out! The only thing I did that was a little different was that I sewed my papers before adding them to the page, then I adhered them with double-sided tape.
I have a very basic Janome sewing machine, and the settings I used were: Tension: 5, Stitch Pattern: A, Stitch Length: 4. I practiced on scrap papers first until I determined these settings, then I sewed on the actual papers. I think it is a good idea to choose a long stitch length, because if the stitches are too close together, the thread might tear through your paper. It is also important to get the thread tension just right (again, I highly recommend this article). I like the look of freestyle stitching, so I just started on one edge, sewed almost to the other side, advanced the needle by hand for a few stitches, and with the needle still down (in the paper), I lifted the presser foot and pivoted the paper 90 degrees to sew along the next edge. After making a few laps around the paper I trimmed the threads really close (no need to tie a knot or anything). That’s it! Next I would like to try some zig-zag stitching, or as Julia suggests, mix a few different types of stitching together!
Have you used machine stitching on your pages? Please share your projects, tips etc. I’d love to learn more :)!