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Scrapbooking should be more than just using paper and pictures to make pages. It's fun to use some unconventional items to spice up your pages! These are all easy and accessible with items that you most likely already have laying around your house. They're great ways to reuse and recycle too!
Take a look and see what some of our favorite things to craft with are and tell us what other things you use too!
We all have tons of CD's that we don't use anymore, either because we have all our music on our ipods or the CD's we played years ago are too scratched to even play a full song. Well instead of throwing them away, utilize them! Use a good pair of scissors to cut out your shapes and be sure to use tacky glue or a hot glue gun to adhere them to your page. It'll add a little bit of sparkle to your page!
Newspapers, Magazines & Tissue Paper
This is one of my favorite ways to recycle! After I'm done reading my magazines, I go through them and begin snipping out words, phrases and fun backgrounds. I keep them all in a plastic baggie until I want to use them. I will also tear a part newspapers to use when I scrapbook. I'll layer down a whole scrapbook page with bits and pieces of newspaper, then I place my pictures, and over the edges of the photos to make it look cool & fun. For extra sparkle, add glitter to your modge podge and when it dries, it'll shine! You can use this same technique with pieces of tissue paper. Add texture by crumpling it up slightly too! Lightly use modge podge with a paintbrush when you're decoupaging, but be careful not to get any on your actual pictures!
Sponge & Paint
Your scrapbooks will come with blank white pages. I like to take those and use them as a blank canvas when scrapbooking. One of my favorite ways to make my own background is simply by using a sponge and paint. It'll add texture and you can make it as simple or as intricate as you'd like! You can take a round or a rectangular sponge, uncut, and make large shapes on your page. Or go ahead and cut up some pieces and do smaller shapes. The trick is, to not glob on the paint onto the sponge. Dip it lightly, then do a test blot on a paper plate or paper towel before doing it on your page. You can decorate the whole page, or maybe just do a boarder! If you're making a border, lay out your pictures first so you get a sense on how wide the border should be before making it. If you'll be overlapping colors, be sure to let each color dry first before you begin to do so. It shouldn't take long to dry if you're lightly using the paint.
Old Soda Bottles
Before recycling your 2 liter soda bottles (or even your smaller ones!) use them to make beautiful flower prints on your paper. Take some paint and place the bottom of the bottle into it and simply place it on your paper just like you would a stamp. If you want each petal to be a different color, or a pattern of colors, simply paint each "petal" with whatever color you like then stamp it! Using different sized bottles will yield different sized flowers so you can make a whole garden! Be sure to do a test stamp to make sure you're using the right amount of paint first.
I am a huge fan of using twine to create a new kind of border on my pages. My favorite way to use it, is by braiding it and gluing it down. You can experiment with your traditional braid or learn a fish braid or 5 piece braid to make things interesting! If you want to add a little more color to your twine border, braid in a piece of ribbon to add more character. When gluing it down, you're going to want to use either tacky glue or a hot glue gun to make sure it really stays.
Tulle is a fun way to add either little pom poms to your page or to make little bows! I'll use the scrap pieces from making my tutus to use when I'm scrapbooking. You can make little bows which are perfect for kids pages!
This is one thing we absolutely love to use! If you have puzzles that you've done before, or if you have one that has missing pieces, don't throw them away! Use the pieces to make borders around your pictures or around the whole page. It adds a fun dimension, color and texture to any page! I would suggest also using a little bit of tacky glue when gluing the pieces down so they don't pop off. You can even go into your local craft store or a garage sale to get inexpensive puzzles to use.
These are a few ideas that I use when scrapbooking and I'm always testing out new things too. It's important to test things first before using them on your actual scrapbook page so that the techniques are coming out the way you want them to. It's a fun way to express your creativity! Don't be afraid to try using new items either. We'd love to hear what other things you use and how you use them!
Enjoy trying new things, it's one of the best things about being creative!
My earliest memories are surrounded by family, camping trips, days by the pool and Sunday dinners at my Nonna's house, Italian style.
For those of you who don't know, Sunday Italian dinners are long, loud and filled with endless amounts of food & family. Being Italian myself, I have had countless of these dinners with my family.
As I have spoken about before, my Nonna was a seamstress and one of my favorite things were the aprons she made her grandkids. They were stashed in the downstairs kitchen so that when we helped, we were ready. Or in my case, I'd always have one on, even when eating to not make a total mess!
But one of my favorite memories, and earlier memories would be during these Sunday dinners. My Nonna kept a box of scrap fabric, all different prints and colors. Us grandkids, to entertain ourselves in a house where the television was in Italian and the grown ups were just being boring, would put on a fashion show.
We would dress ourselves up, figuring out new ways to make funky outfits from her scraps and just letting our imaginations run wild. When we were ready to present these outfits to the family, we would prance out with sass and smiles making our own runway show from the living room to the kitchen and back again.
It was obviously well responded!
Eventually we grew out of it,but I'll always remember how happy we were and how much fun we had. I know my Nonna had enjoyed it, laughing at how we used her scrap pieces and loving how we chose to spend our time.
It's moments like these, where I wish I had pictures to look back at. I would have showed them off to you in what I would imagine would be some pretty fantastic scrapbook pages! But thankfully, the memories of those days will never fade and I will keep them close to my heart always.
What are some of your earlier memories that you will hold dear? We'd love to hear them!
Now that we've gone over most of the bare basics of sewing, it's time to briefly go over step by step what you should be doing when starting a sewing project! Right now we're just going over the basics of sewing 2 pieces of fabric together, this is a great starting point for sunglasses cases, perfect for the summertime!
Other projects might require more steps but will typically always refer back to these steps. Remember, you need to know the basics before moving on to more advanced techniques and projects! Lets begin!
Step 1: Iron all your fabric materials to get out the wrinkles so that you're measurements are precise. A simple step to make your project come out awesome!
Step 2: Measure twice, cut once. Know your measurements, make sure you're leaving extra fabric for your inseams. Double and triple check your measurements before you cut so you don't have to re-cut your fabric. Use your marking pencil to help guide you. Feel free to use a pattern or make your own to use and re-use.
Step 3: It's time to cut your fabric. Remember, if you want to ensure your fabric won't fray so easily, use your pinking shears to cut. Cut slow and make sure to be following your lines. It's ok if you cut a little crooked, you can fix it when you sew. But keep in mind you still want to try to be as straight as you can!
Step 4: Take your fabric and your lining, put them right sides together. Start pinning your two pieces together, place your pins perpendicular to your fabric, your machine will sew right over them.
Step 5: Lets sew! Turn on your machine and begin sewing around your edges, remember to go slow since there's no rush! Make sure you leave an open hole one one side so you can flip your project inside out. When you're done, tie up your threads and turn your project inside out so that the right sides of your fabric are now facing outward.
Step 6: Pin your open hole and carefully sew it shut. Continue finishing up your project, you might need to add buttons, zippers, snaps, etc. For a sunglasses case you'll then have to fold your fabric in half (right sides facing inward), sew them together leaving your top hole completely open and un-sewn. Lastly, flip it so that the right sides are outward and you're done!
Step 7: You should be done now! Depending on what type of fabric you're using, you might need to iron it once more to get it to look as crisp as you want! Use it, love it, be proud of it!
Now that you know how to sew a basic project, give it a try. You might need to tweak some steps to what feels most comfortable to you, and that's ok! These steps are what I have found work best for me, and my style. I want everybody to love sewing and crafting so try it out and make it your own!
Stay tuned for more sewing posts, we'll go over how to perfect button holes, zippers and snaps. There will be more about making pockets, adding handles, and so much more!
It might sound silly, but sewing in a straight line isn't as easy as it sounds!
It takes practice just like everything else. If you're new to sewing or if you got a new machine, read on to see a few tips on how to get your lines pin straight!
First things first, you need to be comfortable with your machine. If you're unsure about it and a little nervous, it's going to affect how your lines come out. Spend some time getting to know it! Name if you'd like! Play around with your pedal and the different adjustments so you can get it just right. Start off by using fabric you don't really love while you practice. Maybe use muslin to practice straight lines over and over until you're ready. That's what I did!
Most sewing machines should have some sort of grid on the inside, typically to the right of your needle. Some might even have a grid on both sides. We're going to use that to our advantage. You're going to use these grids to make sure your inseams are the right measurements, they'll help you keep your items consistent.
You're also going to use these lines to help guide you to achieving your straight lines.
Lets get started! Turn on your machine and get your fabric ready. Pick a line from the grid you want to follow and line up your fabric with that line. Start slow with your pedal, there is no need to rush.
The great thing about sewing is that you really don't need to do much once your machine begins. It will automatically feed your fabric through, so don't force anything. Just keep a careful eye out to make sure your fabric is still following the line you chose. You can adjust the direction it's moving as you're sewing if needed. That should be easy to do since you'll be gently holding your fabric as it goes.
So take your time, keep a good eye on your grid and only guide the fabric when you need to! As you get more comfortable during your practice sessions, you'll feel better taking on bigger projects or hemming your favorite pair of pants!
Stay tuned in later poses to learn about how to sew patchwork projects!
So we have talked about some of the sewing basics in previous posts. Like some essential tool you'll need, some great ideas on where to buy fabric and even tips on sewing in a straight line! Now it's time to talk about a few more basics before we jump into sewing zippers, cutting corners, etc.
Understanding the basics will really help as you move onto other, more difficult techniques.
Let's talk about basic seams first.
-Seams are basically the line where your fabric meets and you sew along.
-Look at your clothes you're wearing, you'll notice the seam lines on your sleeves, the sides of your shirt, the hem of your pants, etc.
-When sewing, make sure to account for your seams. You will always need to leave room when measuring to ensure your projects don't turn out too small.
-Say you're making a sunglasses case, measure your sunglasses (width & length) and add perhaps a half an inch all around. You can decide how much extra fabric you'll want, it might vary from project to project.
-Remember you can always adjust your adjustments if it's too large but if it's too small, you'll have to start over.
Next, your bobbin. Such a silly word, but what an important part of your sewing machine!
-Before you can sew, you'll need to have your bobbin filled with thread. The bobbin provides you with your bottom thread, it'll catch the top thread once you start sewing, which together will make your stitch.
-Each machine will be different, so reference your handbook before you begin.
-You'll typically want your bobbin and your top thread to match when you begin unless you want to spice things up and have dual color stitching. Feel free to experiment!
-The key, is to make sure your bobbin is being threaded evenly. You don't want the top portion to be filled up before the bottom. Rather, pay attention so that the thread is gently going up and down & up and down, etc.
-Watch your machine as you're doing this. It'll tell you when the bobbin is full and can be used. When I'm filling up my bobbin, my machine will let me know it's done when the bobbin and the winding spindle meet. It'll slow down, make a few weird noises and that prompts me to stop pushing the pedal.
-Now that it's ready, you can place it where it's supposed to go. Each machine will vary, but it'll typically be placed in a compartment under your needle.
-Your sewing machine should have a reverse button, which comes in great use! I use my reverse button constantly, especially when I'm sewing handles onto yoga mat bags, wine totes, etc. Going over my stitches a few times helps ensure that it will be sturdy, durable.
-You don't have to do this for every project. Utilize this option when you want something to be extra secure, such as when adding handles.
-Go slow when you're in reverse so you can easily go over your original line.
-If you're a righty, you'll be using your dominate hand to push the reverse button while your left hand will be guiding your fabric. Don't worry and don't get anxious! Keep in mind that your machine feeds your fabric through, so go slow, keep steady and just keep an eye on what you and your machine are doing.
Lastly, lets chat about your fabric's wrong and right sides.
-The right side of your fabric will be the brighter more vibrant side of the fabric. When your project is complete, this side will be the visible side.
-The 'wrong' side to say, will be what is dull. It's the wrong side that will end up on the inside of the project you're working on.
-Just be aware when you're pinning and sewing your fabric as to which way your fabric is facing.
-We'll get into more detail about tips on pinning and placing your fabric in another post!
So there it is, a few more basic tips on sewing! Keep coming by to learn more basics as we work towards more advanced techniques, tips and tricks!
Let's take some time to talk about one of our most popular options Love Struck Creations has to offer.
Sometimes you might like a product but you might not love the print it's in or the details it has. But have no fear, you can custom order any and all of our products.
It's simple, pick a product, send us a message with what you're looking for and we'll let you pick the fabric, details and modifications. Custom ordering lets you fall head over heals in love with your Love Struck purchase. That's how we want all of our customers to feel, so in love with what they are buying.
Our most popular item to custom order has been iPad cases. We have tons to choose from but we find that people who have extra protection cases, keyboards or accessories need a case with more room. We can do that for you! You can even choose if you want a zipper added or maybe a flapped closure. It's up to you!
You can even place bulk custom orders. For example, last summer we made a custom order of wine totes for a bachelorette party. Our client picked an awesome fabric that matched the color theme, we made extra wide wine totes to ensure it could fit larger bottles and we gave our client the choice to make them uniform or just a little different. We added some awesome details to make them sparkle. They came out gorgeous and ended up being a fantastic party favor.
We even custom order tutus for your favorite little princess! Fluffy, fun and bright, your little one will look adorable in her very own tutu. Tutus are made only through custom order, so send us a message if you're interested.
So take a look through our products and if you don't fall instantly in love, let us know, we'll work with you to make something you'll want to tell all your friends about! You can even custom order a group of items to match or coordinate, let your imagination run wild!
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I hear this all the time, where do you find the time to sit and scrapbook? The answer is easy: I make time for it and I follow 5 easy steps to make scrapbooking efficient.
I'll spend my weekend mornings working on new pages, but for some people, I know, you're still busy during those times. Follow these few tips and making a scrapbook page in a half hour or even 15 minutes will be easy and fun! Before you know it, you'll have a gorgeous collection of scrapbook pages to make up your complete scrapbook. Your family and friends will be in awe!
Tip 1: Have your pictures printed and ready!
I have tons of scrapbooks and I choose my absolute favorite pictures from events to show off on a page. The rest of the pictures I keep in a regular photo album to look through when ever I want. So choose the few pictures you want to show case and order them. You'll get a sense of how many pages you'll want to make for an event too. Order from www.snapfish.com and just for signing up, you'll get 20 free prints! They ship them right to your house so you don't have to worry about making a pit stop to pick pictures up. I stash them in either a photo box or a picture organizers so when I need them, they're ready for me!
Tip 2: Stock up on supplies!
First off, pop into your local craft store and pick up a variety of paper, stickers, decorations and more. Stock up on birthday, holiday and seasonal paper. Don't forget to grab a variety pack of solid paper so you can dress up a solid page or tame a wild printed paper! You can buy paper in all sorts of sizes, even the perfect size to mat your pictures with little to no cutting! Pick up the same variety of stickers and decorations too. You'll be ready to tackle any event when you're ready!
Tip 3: Get the right glue.
I am a huge fan of glue dots and glue lines. You'll be able to stick them on your pages and pictures quick, easy and with no mess! When you have limited time you can stick them and put them right away if you need too. You don't have to worry about needing to wait for a page to dry because it'll already be done. There's no mess for you which means no clean up! Bonus!
Tip 4: Keep it organized!
There are many ways to organize your scrapbooking items. I would suggest taking a little bit of time to do it right. That way when you have the few minutes to spare, finding your pictures, paper, stickers, markers and more won't take up all your time! You'll be able to focus on actually making your page rather than scramble for what you need. You can buy a mini accordion folder that fits your pictures perfectly and a larger one for your paper. You can store your your pictures by occasion with a note with what event it is and what you might want to say. Your craft stores will have different options to store your paper too. You can keep them all in one place! You can grab, scrapbook and go. Check out other storage options your craft store has too to see what works best for you and the space you have.
Tip 5: Don't feel rushed and enjoy it!
Even if you're squeezing in making a scrapbook page into your busy, busy day, don't feel rushed or like it's a chore. Enjoy turning your vision into something magical on a page. Allow it to be time for yourself because you deserve to do something awesome that you'll be proud of!
Being prepared, organized and excited to scrapbook will help keep you efficient during your busy life. Remember, you can take the 20 minutes to make a basic page and then when you get more time, add details! You can always go back to add more once you've begun. As you get more comfortable with cutting pictures, laying out pages and thinking of the perfect caption, you'll be able to whip up a page in no time! Don't get discouraged either, anything you make will be gorgeous!
Before you know it, you'll have a complete scrapbook to be proud of!
Are you ready to make your first scrapbook page? You have come to the right place!
Scrapbooking is a really great way to preserve your memories and showcase the great times you have had. Make sure you have all your necessary items ready (see our Scrapbooking 101 blog post) so we can begin! Today we'll be going over the basics of assembling a page. As we go on in future blogs, we'll talk about some more advanced techniques and tips. But let's start small!
Step 1: Get your pictures from your event. Today I'm working on a scrap book page from a Christmas party. You might have 20 or more pictures from one night, but choose a few to show case. You can choose 1, 3, 5 or more! However many you want to show case is what you can use. Feel free to even do multiple pages for one event!
I'm going to use 3 pictures for this basic page today.
Step 2: Choose your paper. You'll need one 12x12 piece as your main background. Then, chose pages that you can use as a boarder for your pictures and perhaps a piece where you can write captions. If you have a theme in mind, choose pieces that will make your vision come alive.
Step 3: Time to cut your pictures (if you want too!) Don't forget that once you cut, you can't go back, so measure twice before you slice. I personally have a mini paper cutter, you can buy these at most craft stores. If you aren't using one, a ruler, pencil and scissors will work perfectly!
Step 4: Now that your photos are cut, it's time to choose the ones you want matted. It could be one or a few or all of them! What I find to be the easiest, is to first glue your picture (face up) on the page you want it matted on. Utilize your paper so that you'll be able to use it again if space allows. If you're using liquid glue or a glue stick, wait a few minutes to let it dry before you cut again. If you're using glue dots you'll be ready to cut as soon as you mat it. Measure your sides so that they're nice and even, trim the edges and you'll be ready! When you've matted down your selected pictures, you'll be able to start to plot out your page.
To make your edges stand out, use a textured scissor to make them pop!
Step 5: Time to lay out your page! Fool around with it, figure out what you like the most. You can over lap pictures, lay them on a slant, put a picture in each corner. The possibilities are endless! When you have chosen your layout, pick up one picture at a time and glue it down then continue one by one until you're done. That way you're still seeing your layout and can place each picture accordingly. When everything is glued down, you'll be finished!
There you have it! The basics of cutting pictures, matting them and laying out a page. Practice getting used to the steps, you can always go back to your pages and add more details too! Stay tuned to learn more tips, tricks and techniques!
Scrap booking is what got me into crafting in the first place. It got me hooked on the idea of making something and preserving my memories. I absolutely love going back and looking at my scrapbooks and sharing them with all my family and friends!
The great thing about scrap booking is that you can run into any craft store to get everything you need. Pages can be as simple or intricate as you'd like, it's all up to you! Scrapbooks make wonderful, personal gifts or are a great way to showcase your precious memories!
Before I talk about lots of techniques, I'm going to share with you what I think are the essential basics you'll need to start scrap booking so you can start.
-You'll need a scrapbook of course! A standard scrapbook size is 12x12 and can range in prices. Look for sales or use coupons to get some for $10 or less! You can also buy extra pages to get the most use from one scrapbook.
-Paper! You can buy scrapbook paper individually, this I do when I have a specific event in mind to scrapbook. I love buying the scrapbook packs, the paper in there is all unique but they tend to be complimentary to each other. Don't forget to get solid paper too, you can dress up simple paper or you can simplify a crazy pattern too!
-Scissors and a paper cutter. I love my paper cutter, it makes sure my lines are all super straight. It also cuts down the time I use to cut, I can slice my paper very quickly. But if you don't have a paper cutter, don't worry! To get straight lines whenever you're cutting, just use a ruler to line it up and you'll be just fine. If you have a rotary cutter, you can use that as well on card stock.
-Glue: I prefer glue sticks or glue dots over your regular liquid glue. Sometimes when using regular glue, when it dries it might wrinkle your paper a bit or show where you glued. Glue dots are my favorite and they're photo safe too so you won't have to worry if you decide you need to remove the photo from your page at a later date. You can also give using a glue gun a shot, I have not yet tried this but a friend of mine only uses a glue gun when she scrapbooks!
-Stickers & other embellishments make great details on all your pages. You can get special occasion decorations or just some fun flowers and shapes to add glamour to your page!
-Don't forget to recycle and use other items to make your pages stand out. You can use newspapers, magazines, glitter, rhinestones, twine, rope, old CD's, toole, and so much more! Get creative!
Scrap booking is a great craft to start with if you're just getting into crafting. If you're a huge crafter, give it a shot! You'll love how you can jazz up your pictures and show case your favorite photos in a scrapbook.
If you don't have time to make your own scrapbook pages, Love Struck Creations does custom orders. We can either send you pre-made pages or complete your whole scrapbook for you! Send us an email to learn more about it at firstname.lastname@example.org
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