Three Things : Fabric (& a giveaway)


(Unikko - Orange, Mirabelle Red (Alexandar Henry), Alfie Barkcloth (Yellow))

One of my favorite parts of my recent creativity travel was working with fabric in my projects. I have been playing with bits of it with my sewing machine and starting to collect small pieces here and there (haven't gotten into any clothes sewing yet).

Here's a fabric layout I made in Christina Lazar Schuler's class at Inspired called Textile Anthology (check her Etsy store for available kits):


She talked about making an entire album of fabric pages (the one above is 8x8). I like that idea and I also love that this sort of page  can just go in my regular albums as well (put it into a page protector or add grommets to fit to your album rings).

So why fabric? I like to think of it in the same way I think of pattern paper - a decoration. A bit of color. The cool thing about fabric is that it also lends texture to your project. We can all use a bit more texture in our lives. Fabric can be added to a layout with adhesive or stitched on by hand (I actually really liked the process of hand-stitching the photo on the layout above) or with a machine (quick and easy). Try using it in place of patterned paper on your next project. It's also especially great for covering chipboard albums.

Currently I am storing my fabric pieces in my metal shelf:


Here are three of my favorite sites for checking out fabric include Sew Mama Sew (love searching by color), Purl Soho (especially loving their contemporary collection), and Repodepot. You can also search etsy for vintage fabric sellers like Shabby Vintage Mom who has some cute bundles of vintage fabrics.



The giveaway today is for Donna Downey's newest book Fabric Scrapbooking. It's very much a project-based book with step by step instructions and supply lists to walk you through each project.


To enter the giveaway simply leave a comment below. I will close comments and pick a winner on Wednesday night around 7pm (April 23).

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  1. Jane

    2008-04-23 12:13:19 -0400

    I love fabric and have gotten quite a nice little stash over the past few years. I am a little intimidated on how to use it. I am so glad Donna came out with a book. I also have some cotton fabric from some of my Mom's favorite outfits. She is gone now - but what a wonderful way of remembering her and weaving it into my albums. Thanks Ladies!

  2. Jamie Kuhnhausen

    2008-04-23 12:18:16 -0400

    Hi Ali,
    What a fun giveaway!! I love Donna, love fabric, and I love your blog. I like using fabric paper on my pages; but haven't done much with actual fabric. Can't wait to try.
    You are an inspiration! Have a FABULOUS day!

  3. Kelly P.

    2008-04-23 12:18:37 -0400

    Fabric gives that extra bit of texture and depth to pages. It is also a great way to use up scraps. I have always wanted to do a page with pieces from my daughter's favourite dresses that she has grown out of (she is 8 now) with pictures of her in the different dresses. I love layering fabric with ribbon and also using it with good old mod podge on the front of journals etc. Michael Miller Memories has some GREAT fabric paper in 12 X 12 sheets and 1/2 yard cuts. Check out their website at:
    Thanks for all the inspiration Ali!

  4. EmmaJ

    2008-04-23 12:21:00 -0400

    Thanks for listing the fabric sites you like. I have been sewing really simple craft projects lately and have been looking for new places to buy fabric.

  5. Heidi

    2008-04-23 12:21:23 -0400

    Holy Cow!! You have a lot of comments!! lol Loving the way your photo looks like it was printed on fabric just by surrounding it with fabric items. Very thought provoking.

  6. Holly

    2008-04-23 12:26:20 -0400

    I just started to sew again. I forgot how much fun it is! I am excited to use some fabric in my scrapbooking. What a great idea. Thanks again for all the great inspiration :)

  7. Joyce Miller

    2008-04-23 12:27:37 -0400

    I love the way fabric adds extra texture - great idea for this quilter - I need to combine my two favorite hobbies. Did your class discuss the printing of photos on fabric or just adding them to the pages? Thanks for sharing all that you learn with us.

  8. Angela

    2008-04-23 12:27:46 -0400 Donna and fabric! Can't wait for Donna's visit to Toronto in May and some ideas to use up my own little fat quarter collection on scrapbooking.

  9. Lori W.

    2008-04-23 12:30:14 -0400

    Just now found this...hope I'm not too late!
    I have a new sewing machine that needs some projects!

  10. Christa H.

    2008-04-23 12:38:52 -0400

    I love fabric!

  11. christie

    2008-04-23 12:40:27 -0400

    I love to stitch in my layouts...especially the blanket stitch. How fun to use fabric!
    Your layout is beautiful!

  12. briTTany

    2008-04-23 12:44:16 -0400

    I am just learning to sew, so this book would be great!

  13. Olivia

    2008-04-23 12:53:25 -0400

    I'm not sure about the time difference between the US and Australia but count me in if I've made it before comments close!! I love fabric and am just getting into it with scrapping and also making "softies" too.

  14. Alisa

    2008-04-23 12:55:13 -0400

    Wow! There are so many comments. To win would be a small miracle. Did I mention that I believe in miracles and so enjoy Donna's books.
    Thank you.

  15. Kymmie Smith

    2008-04-23 12:55:45 -0400

    ooh - i have never used fabric in my scrapbooks

  16. angie

    2008-04-23 13:05:12 -0400

    I love fabric and sewing so much that at times it really hoards into my scrapping time. I don't know which one I love more! I would love to win Donna's book!!
    port clinton, OHIO

  17. TriciaH

    2008-04-23 13:08:35 -0400

    Your work is always amazing Ali. Love it and thank you for sharing! TriciaH

  18. Pat Daigle

    2008-04-23 13:23:12 -0400

    It amazes me at how different crafts make the way into scrapbooking. Who would have ever thought that sweing and fabrics would become such a big thing, butthen again look at all the other crafts that have come into scrapbooking. Thank you for sharing your amazing work with us.

  19. scrapfairy

    2008-04-23 13:25:22 -0400

    Wow that's alot of posts. Your blog is awesome.

  20. Lynn Y

    2008-04-23 13:30:09 -0400

    Hi Ali,
    Great inspiration as always!

  21. Suzy Coborn

    2008-04-23 13:35:51 -0400

    What a neat book! Thanks for the chance to win it!

  22. Suzy Coborn

    2008-04-23 13:35:55 -0400

    What a neat book! Thanks for the chance to win it!

  23. angiesparkles

    2008-04-23 13:36:00 -0400

    that book looks so fun!

  24. Michelle M

    2008-04-23 13:41:00 -0400

    I have always loved fabric! That is probally where my love for pattern paper came from.

  25. Tami

    2008-04-23 13:47:05 -0400

    The sample page of Donna's book you show here is inspiration in and of itself! I visit your site daily and appreciate the hard work you put into your postings!

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