Scrapbooking with your handcraft skills II
This hub is part two on my 'scrapbooking with your handcraft skills' series. In the last article i discussed the idea of using handcraft skills in a broad sense. In this hub i will go into more detail on ideas for individual pages.
To commence your book can be overwhelming especially when it is your first attempt.
Once you have decided on a theme eg:- My baby daughter, first concentrate on the opening page or two with an introduction.
Think of the first page as being your shop window where good display entices one to look further inside.
List all the baby’s birth details, date, weight and any other relevant information and on this page, attach the items kept such as your baby’s arm wrist and so on.
Your baby’s first photo could be entered here to.
Before going straight into the work with photos, a page with a poem relating to the theme or adding a letter you received at that time just makes the book more interesting.
If embroidery work is your forte, work a name or date for example to attach to your opening page.
Tassels attached to the opening pages give the effect of book work, and these can be bought in many different colors at your handy craft shop.
I always had a range of these in my craft box as they often fill in empty gaps where you are at a loss of what to add.
Before starting your actual handwork pages I suggest you buy a range of odds and ends from your hand craft shop such as fabric made rose buds just to accessorize your pages.
There are the obvious items needed for scrapbooking eg:- fabric glue, scissors etc and to prevent frustration buy these items up front. A stroll through a scrapbook shop will alert you to needed items to work with.
For those who have been dressmaking through the years, no doubt scraps of fabric have been stored away. Find all the leftover pieces from your baby’s clothes for example, so that you can make the same outfits in miniature, small enough to fit onto a scrapbook page when finished.
Left over crochet cottons or wools can be used too by making the same garments in miniature that you originally knitted or crocheted for your baby.
The clothes are ever so cute made this way and become an everlasting reminder of what your baby wore. All the needed ribbons and trims are available for purchase.
I found that miniature clothes measuring 10cm x 10cm when finished fitted onto a 30cm x 30cm scrapbook page proportionally.
If for example you are needing to make a satin baby dress, buy satin ribbon which comes in many different widths using the depth of ribbon as the width. The edges won’t fray making it easy to stitch. I made a baby’s dress this way and attached very narrow lace to puffy sleeves and this became my favorite piece of work.
To begin making your fabric page use a thick piece of paper and preferably white so as not to have color showing through.
Then having cut your chosen fabric to size for the background page edge the fabric with glue, sticking it to the back of your paper.
Don’t make the mistake I made at first, by not trimming your paper down a few millimeters to allow for the added sizing after covering your paper with fabric. This is an obvious thing to do but easy to overlook when you are caught up in your creative moment!
Having chosen your photo or photos for the page position them along with your handwork and make the frames to match.
For example, if you are working with a baby photo think of using lace to frame it.
Your frames can also be in a color to highlight an item in the photo. Thin cord is easy to glue as an edging and effective.
There are several ways of attaching your handmade items. As an alternative to glue I often use small tack pins as gluing can go so wrong without a very steady hand and once attached always attached.
Stitching items to your back page is possible but awkward and should really be done before positioning your backing fabric.
Dwell on the page at hand and paint a picture in your mind looking beyond what the photo reflects. For example, if it was bath time when you took the photo no doubt the towel was on hand and here you can use a face cloth as the page backing.
I never felt as though I had completed a page without making a suitable edging and that gap on the perimeter of one or two centimeters gives the unfinished look you don’t want after any hours of delicate work.
Most of my edgings are done with a stiff ribbon which is easy to work with and attach.
I hope this approach to scrapbooking has inspired you to get started.
Whatever your style of work when scrapbooking, enjoy the hobby and experience how very therapeutic it can be.