First up - sewing! Stitching on my layouts has become a must for me. I just love the finishing touch it gives to my layouts and cards and it's sew easy (pun intended)! Okay, I'll admit, it wasn't always so easy! So let me share with you a few things I learned along the way and hopefully you can speed up your learning curve!
*Use a basic machine with basic stitches! In fact, I went out and purchased a small, basic machine for under $75.00 just to use for my scrapbooking. It's all you will need. Keep it handy and threaded with a basic color and you will find yourself using it all the time!
*Apply a small amount of adhesive to hold your papers in place while stitching. Avoid stitching directly through adhesive tabs as this will gum up your needle and your thread will continually break. If you do get glue on your needle, you can clean it with Un-do or rubbing alcohol.
*Use a medium to heavy weight needle for most paper stitching. The exception would be if you were sewing through light ribbon or vellum. In this case, a light weight needle will suffice. Remember to keep your stitches long - short stitches too close together will act like a perforation and your paper will tear.
*After stitching, turn your project over. Grab hold of the bobbin (bottom) thread and give it a light tug. The top thread will come through a bit and make a loop. Grab this with a sharp point and pull it all the way through to the back. Use tape to secure both threads to back of project and cut off remaining.
*Play with a variety of stitches! I combine straight and zig zag stitches on almost all my layouts. Sometimes I leave the ends loose on the front, sometimes I go around 2 or 3 times, sometimes I use a pattern and sometimes it's random. There is no right or wrong way!
Next up is my sketch! I love to work from a sketch! They make great starting points for photo placement and help me to get my mojo flowin'! I love to rotate them, add photos, delete photos - you can make the design all your own! Some of my favorite sites for skeches are My Sketch World, Page Maps, and Pencil Lines. Here is own I created for you to play with:
And last but not least is Scooter's Vacation! This is one of my all time favorite lines by Imaginisce. It's such a versatile travel line full of fabulous 2-sided papers and embellishments! You can find it all at Two Peas in a Bucket and at your local Michael's Craft Store.