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Machine Stitching on Scrapbook Pages

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…

Both Pages

Magic Moments Left

Magic Moments Right

Magic Moments L -Detail

Magic Momnets R -Detail

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 :)! 

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