By Scrapbooking & Card Making Contributor
September is National Sewing Month and even though we are scrapbookers and card makers we have done some form of sewing on our projects at one time. Why not have some fun and document our experiences and memorable moments of sewing in a layout? There are a lot of great products that as paper crafters we can use to create fantastic sewing layouts.
Create a quilt type pattern using the hexagon shaped dies by Spellbinders and a die cutting machine. The Grand Calibur by Spellbinders was used for this project to die cut a piece of the Lace & Linen patterned paper from Die Cuts with a View. Emboss the details by using the embossing plate and mat that comes with the machine.
You can choose to print one photo in black and white to add a little interest to the layout. Trim the photos that you will be using to the size that you would like and lay them aside.
Mix things up a little by using a piece of card stock for the background since you used patterned paper for the hexagon shapes. Add a border around it using a scoring board (Martha Stewart Scoring Board) and scoring ½” on each side.
Decide where you would like all of the elements on your page and adhere them using a tape runner or tape gun. Do not adhere your photos at this point, but be sure to keep the space for them open as you work.
A little tip: When I do embossing I first heat the powder from the top to set it and then turn the paper over to the back and heat it from the backside. You can also hold the heat tool on the back of the project, but remember that lighter weights of paper and card stock will bend and need to be placed under a heavy object to straighten them out.
Add journaling to your layouts be first writing them in pencil and then going over them with a marker once you are happy with the way it looks. Write lightly so that any mistakes can be erased and redone and once you have it done in ink you can erase any pencil lines.
Finish off the layout by adding ink to the edges of the card stock. Lay it on top of a mat and use an blending tool that has been pressed onto the ink pad (Vintage Photo by Ranger used). Start on the mat and rotate the tool in small circles and move inward and onto the side of the layout. This also helps to bring out the scored edges that you created. You will have ink left on the mat so as you need more on the tool just simply start moving the tool in the ink.
Tie a bow or several using some ribbon to add to your layout for more detail and dimension.
Just because you love to scrap your memories or make cards doesn’t mean that you don’t also enjoy a little sewing. Create those special moments by using the items you like such as stamps or dies to share the times you’ve sewn, too. Who knows you may end up starting another hobby for yourself!