I like to spend time recording the life of our family in my scrapbooking albums. But for some time I also like to sew my clothes, and my sewing machine is often on the table. I started using my sewing machine more and more to make some embellishments on my scrapbooking layouts. Of course you do not need to own a sewing machine, a simple needle and thread also allow you to start sewing on your projects.
Here are ten ideas for adding stitches to any scrapbooking layout. I used Amore collection by Sahin Designs in the project.
1. Sew clusters on to the background
The first idea that comes to mind when thinking about sewing is putting together various embellishments to create a new decoration: it’s handy when you want to have pre-made embellishments created in advance for your future projects.
You can also simply sew an embellishment on your background paper, some stitches on a tag and it is nicely maintained on your project.
2. Draw a frame with stitch
A simple way to add sewing to your scrapbooking project is to make a frame all around your page. Either in simple decoration, or by using this seam to add a second paper on your background. You can also make a frame around your journaling, it’s a good way to highlight it.
3. Add a ruffle ribbon
Looking for a girly embellishment to finish your page? Take a long rectangle of crepe paper or tissue paper and sew it by giving it that pretty wavy look.
4. Hang your title
One of the current trends is to add big size titles. To give my layout a bit of texture, I regularly use foam or acetate embellishments : sewing them is an interesting way to integrate them to my layout.
5. Attract attention to a special point
To draw attention to an element in your project, you can add stitches with embroidery threads all around its shape. You can find a very good example proposed by Cristina on the blog here where she stitches her week number in a project life pocket card.
6. Add texture to the background
When I find out that a layout background is too empty and I no longer have coordinated embellishments for my project, I like to add cross stitches directly to my layout. I choose a very simple form (a rectangle or a circle ) and I embroider directly on the paper.
7. Make vertical lines
Another idea is to make straight lines from top to bottom in an irregular way and then add an embellishment to the end of the stitch, such as a star. It gives the impression of a falling star. It’s also possible to make straight lines that go from the bottom up to make the flower stems.
8. Add vellum
I really like to use the vellum in my projects for the lightness it brings. Unfortunately it is not always easy to find a solution to paste it without seeing through. Then just add a few stitches and the vellum is maintained nicely.
9. Hang word strips
With the travelers notebook trend you often see word strips in the layouts. It is true that it is a nice way to tell the details of the photo. The easiest way is to stick these strips directly but you also have the possibility to sew them. I like it a lot when the seam goes through the middle of all the strips.
10. Make sewing holes
Have you ever thought about using your needle without thread? It’s a very simple technique that I find funny. You just need to make holes with your needle to draw the pattern of your choice, or even write something. The result is very surprising.
I hope this article will help you take out your sewing box and try integrating sewing with scrapbooking. And of course do not forget to vary the points (cross, straight or zigzag).
Once you have a chance to read the article I’d love to hear your thoughts on the topic in the comments section below.
Do you use stitching in your scrapbooking layouts? What’s your wins and struggles using this technique?