I missed scrapbooking! But what better way to get back into it than digging out some photo shoot pics and starting on a new album :D Before we set off for Cambodia, I took the team outside and we had a quick photo shoot of us looking all shiny and happy and excited.
This was it: the last time we were properly clean and sweat-free for three weeks. Definitely worth an extensive photo shoot! While I think we all looked quite relaxed and happy, in my head I'm thinking about printing aeroplane boarding passes, triple checking flight times, hoping we can cram all the resources into our bags without exceeding the luggage weight limit, printing insurance documents, copying passports and credit cards and wondering if it's acceptable to feed the team the leftover contents of my fridge. (It is acceptable). So obviously, photo shoot comes first!
However, when I had put most of the page together, everything seemed to have drifted towards the bottom of the page leaving a lot of white space to play with. Now I love white space as much as the next person (and probably a little bit more) but I like it to give a page a bit of breathing space rather than looking like a big dead area that I forgot to scrapbook in. So I needed something to fill it...
See? I was looking at the page and thinking it was scrapped by someone who couldn't reach all the way up to the top of the page. 12x12 is a large canvas, but it's not so huge I can't reach the top. So I added a little plane rub-on - good chance to break out with my beloved October Afternoon Boarding Pass stash - and doodled a little flight path for the plane in pencil, ready to be stitched. I love hand sewing on pages as it adds great texture and and nice hand-crafted vibe.
I pricked holes for the stitches with a paper piercer - I wanted long-ish stitches with small gaps in between as I thought a solid stitched line would be too heavy. Little gaps still gives the suggestion of a flight path but looks a bit lighter and freer.
Then comes the sewing - it's reasonably straightforward to follow along the pattern and I rub out the pencil marks a few stitches ahead so that it won't show through in the final design. I deliberately left some stitches out so I could come back in an accent colour.
And here's the finished sewing; blue thread with the odd yellow highlight to draw from the yellow and blue tones in the patterned papers. I also added a couple of cross stitch accents in different areas of the page to tie the sewing in with the rest of the page. I have found this to be a great way to fill up white space - the page now looks much more complete to me and the sewing adds interest without dominating. I still get my white space but it's not dead space any more!
A few ink splatters in blue and pearls in yellow made ideal little page accents and again toned in nicely with the sewing and the papers. A camera - must have for me these days - tops off the title and I popped out the lens on a foam pad and added a little heart. Journalling done, and finally the doodled border (broken every so often with the words 'Zoom! Zoom!') completes the design.
P.S. I think since I'm bubbling over with pages to make, I'm going to hunt the internet and take on some scrap challenges. Sketch challenges, product challenges, theme ideas....Anyone have any recommomendations that they've enjoyed?
P.P.S. Great British Bake Off is back tonight. SO EXCITED!!!!!
P.P.P.S. Well and truly jet-lagged. I got up at 3:30 this morning and scrapped for a couple of hours as I woke up and just couldn't get back to sleep! However, it was quite fun to be up and crafting; cup of tea, catching up with Glitter Girl, bits of paper everywhere... What more could a girl want? I think I'll do this every night :D