Fabric Stash Selfie:
I adore the multicoloured bakers twine on this layout –Vintage NYC by Katie Ehmann as well as the way it radiates out from the central photo. On my Fabric Stash Selfie page I added the twine by couching it to the background, which features a strip of striped patchwork to mimic the stripes of the twine.
Dublin Natural History Museum
One of my favourite places is the Dublin Natural History Museum, a place seemingly frozen in time! I first visited whilst on a drawing trip with some friends at Uni (where we spend 3 whole days drawing there!) but then re-visited in 2016. I didn’t have many photos from my visit so I decided to add some stamped animals as well as the pictures. The inspiration for the circular holes came from this page: Circular Scrapbooking Inspiration by Shimelle and they are reverse applique – with the coloured fabric being sewn to the back of the circular hole.
Born to Accessorise
Mini Mists Tutorial by Studio Calico. I am very interested in paper scrapbooks that use stitching in their layouts, like this one -which has yellow paper leaves stitched by machine to the background. I loved the cut out shapes and the grid of leaves, as well as the graded colour. For my page I decided to have lots of different shapes for my cutouts, although I kept the idea of a colour fade across the objects.
I tend to shy away from the colour black, especially where baby photos are concerned, but when I saw this layout: You are my Happiness” layout by Adriana Bolzon I immediately wanted to try black pages. I think it is the contrast of the light pink with the black – It’s feminine but modern. Luckily I had some scraps of a fabric with pink and white flowers on a black background that are almost identical to the ones in this picture!
I had saved this page: Jane@ 5 Months by Paige Taylor Evans on Pinterest, so when I wanted to to record a visit to my baby cousin (aged 5 months) it seemed an obvious choice! I loved the circular shape of the frame with the butterflies around the outside, so I tried to replicate it using prairie points around the edge of a large appliqued circle.
Family Side 2 by DWelch : This is a technique I have seem several times on scrapbooking sites, as well as on my old family photos. The photo has been traced and there is a key labelling each member. I took this idea and transferred it to fabric, using PVC to trace the shapes and hand embroidering all of the names (yes it did take a long time!!). I really love this technique and it’s one of my favourite pages in the book.
Inspired to have a go at one yourself? Check out my Stitchbook Starter Kit which has all of the construction materials for you to create your own mini- stitchbook!