Thursday, February 7, 2013

sewing and scrapbooking

My mother sews beautifully... she made lots of dresses for me when I was little and now she makes wonderful quilts. I, on the other hand, made an F on my 9th grade Home Ec sewing project. But I decided to give sewing a second chance this week and purchased my first sewing machine from Amazon. It's a Brother XL-2600i and it's perfect for me... not too big, and easy to figure out (with the help of a few youtube videos!)



I've already tried it out on a layout! I made this layout with some photos I love from a couple of summers back. I used the Studio Calico Front Row kits. The clouds were made by applying the washi from the main kit to card stock and then punching them out with my cloud punch. The alpha stickers, wood veneer arrows and patterned papers are from the Big Screen and Matinee add-ons which are still available.







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14 comments:

  1. oh i want to learn how to sew! I never wanted to when I was younger and now my mom has passed and my only sister who sews lives too far away to show me. :(

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    1. I only want to sew on paper! Anything else would surely be too advanced for me. :)

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  2. good for you! I could not end a layout without stitching! love what you did here!

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  3. That's too cute. Good job. You will probably get to fabric before too long.

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  4. This is such a great layout! I want a small sewing machine so I can sew on my cards I make!

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  5. Just wonderful - the machine and your Layout. Best regards, Synnöve

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  6. Beautiful page! Love the stitching! I am determined to learn how to sew. So far I've made 2 place mats with the other 3 still waiting to be finished. One of these days. :)

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  7. Great stitching Deb, you make that look super easy.

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  8. thanks for your comment on my blog....i really appreciate it!!! Have fun with your sewing machine, i can't leave mine alone when it comes to scrapping ;)

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  9. I love how you used the stitching. you sound like me, I love the look on stitching and only just got a machine on the weekend - and i only want to sew on paper!! just wondering, what camera do you use to take photos of your layout??

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    1. I use a Canon dslr, it's the 5d mark ii although I have in the past used my iphone which works out fine as long as you're in good indirect light. The most important part is getting the white balance right which I tweak in photoshop.

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    2. Thanks for that - I have a canon dslr too for the layout photos but it always comes out too dark :-( i find i have to do a lot of tweaking in photoshop too. the last lot i did was appalling, will have to reshoot lol.

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    3. thanks Deb for coming back to me on my blog. much appreciated! i've bookmarked your blog so i was coming back :-)

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