Tuesday, 20 August 2013

A Stitch in Space: Sewing on a scrapbook page


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.  

Journalling reads:

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. 

Kisses xxx

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

22 comments:

  1. And a perfect way to add something to the 'sky' of your page - the two colour stitching is a super touch. You will be streaking ahead on your album if you can scrap half the night!

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  2. Ah! I can't believe your PPPS, as I am reading this at 3:45am all jet lagged as well :) I love this page and will promptly add it to my Pinterest board. I love hand stitching as well and the use of two colors is a great touch! Very excited to see your upcoming pages as well!

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  3. Love the hand stitching and the hand doodled border. You'll have to get back in a routine for school but I was the same after travelling to America and I used to watch episodes of prison break in the wee hours!

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  4. Gorgeous layout, the stitching is just the perfect addition. I love the look of stitching on layouts but I don't do it half enough. Your jet-lagged middle-of-the-night scrapping sounds like so much fun :D I'd join you any time! Looking forward to seeing lots more layouts x

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  5. Great LO, can't wait to hear all about your adventures this summer.

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  6. I just love your LO's. The stitching is perfect. Can't wait to hear all the stories about your adventure.

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  7. That's a wonderful page to start your album. You're so right about stitching filling up dead white space ~ I've been stitching circles on pages about roller coasters and using ink splats as well!

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  8. I love this layout! Really need to starting stitching more on projects.. looks fab! :)

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  9. Just gorgeous and it was a great way to fill the gap. Hope the jet lag settles down soon. I always check into look at weekly the UKS weekly challenge and I'm also liking "nuts about sketches".

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