With Project Runway planted firmly in our brains from Tuesday, we couldn't keep ourselves from heading to the fabric store today! (Today = Wednesday still in my world, because even though it's after 1 a.m., we are still awake and scrapbooking, and boy does it feel good! It won't feel quite so good tomorrow morning when we set out on our 8-hour drive starting at 7:00 a.m., however.)
So, today's challenge this time was quite a bit simpler: find a way to incorporate something fabric-y onto a scrapbook page. I've got to admit it; this was a first for me (unless you count fabric stuff that was made for scrapbook pages). I may be the most experienced quilter in our trio, as we clearly established earlier, but I still cruelly let Wendy and Elizabeth flounder as they attempted to thread the bobbin all on their own. (Bwa-hahaha!)
Here are the highlights:
To start things off, little Bridget turned the tables on me. I was supposed to be putting her socks on her, and yet somehow she ended up trying to force her socks on my big feet. I felt like a character in Cinderella (and not the one I always dreamed of being as a little girl).
Like this fabric, for example, which is identical to the patterned paper Elizabeth bought yesterday for her scrapbook page! The fabric and the paper were both designed by Anna Griffin. We also spotted our fair share of BasicGrey designs.
While Wendy and I posed outside the store with our finds, Bridget showed us how she really felt about hour excursion to another "don't touch" store. So, in retaliation, we didn't allow her to make a fabric page with us. (She was too busy playing Pocket God on my iPhone, so she didn't care.)
And here was our 12:30 a.m. reenactment of 4-year-old Gracie's earlier attempts to "help" me scrapbook by shining the cow flashlight (which does actually moo), on my layout, no more than 4 inches above my hands. Clearly, Wendy appreciated it too.
Here are the results:
Elizabeth bought a lovely swatch of pink fabric and sewed it to her background as an oversize photo mat. A simple straight stitch around the perimeter of the fabric was all it took. Her tip? Stick your fabric in place with a bit of dry-dot adhesive to keep it from slipping. Super easy! She also chose a supporting accent for her page that ties in to the fabric theme, with the adorable faux-stitching around the framed phrase.
While Wendy was playing with her fabric of choice, she decided she didn't want to do something with fabric that she could just as easily do with paper. Otherwise, why not just use paper? (Finally, the look of paper, with the convenience of a special trip to the fabric store!) So she trimmed a fabric strip, gathered and folded it, and then stitched it to her page with a straight stitch. Elizabeth and I declared this the winning fabric look of the day, hands down.
And me? I took the easy route by picking up a piece of pre-sewn bias trim and just sticking it to my page with glue lines. The girls wanted me to suffer just a bit more, so they suggested that I sew a border around the edge of my page for a more finished look, and I have to admit that they were right! I love the results. I also purchased a few "fat quarters" that will surely make their appearances on future projects, but they weren't quite working for this page. (Note: it was surprisingly fun to scrapbook photos that had just been taken earlier in the day! These memories are as fresh as they come—just minutes old.)
Well, that's it for today's Cheyenne-based scrapbooking adventures! Wendy and I may be on the road tomorrow, but we finished another joint challenge today that we'll share with you Friday, so we hope to see you then! (And not at 1:00 in the morning.)
Until next time,