Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

April 22, 2008

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 8×8). 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).


  • 1.
    Debbie said…

    Fabric is calling my name too.. as a child my mother made all our clothes and we spent hours and hours in the fabric stores while she looked for good, durable material. I just don’t sew but I know I can incorporate this into my scrapbooking! As always, thanks for the inspiration!

  • 2.
    Kim said…

    Beautiful. I’d love to begin exploring all of the fabric posibilities. Just have to make it happen!

  • 3.
    Nancy said…

    Love your blog!

  • 4.
    Karin said…

    Hey.. from Denmark :-) I love working with fabric and I´m thinking of a combination of paper and fabric, but its not end up with anything yet :-) I still hopes.

  • 5.
    amy said…

    i’ve been getting into more fabric, too, but more along the lines of finishing my quilting projects. This book would help me use up my stash-so many of my fabrics have a story behind them because they are from my grandma, or i bought them in a special place, etc. Happy Earth Day! (i really hope i get picked because it’s also my birthday!) =), amy

  • 6.
    maria c. said…

    This is totally cool!!!! I took Donna’s “Beautiful” class and loved it. So I would really enjoy her new book.
    Maria C.

  • 7.
    Deborah said…

    Thinking about getting that old sewing machine out. Maybe I need a new one? So many cool fabrics available. Thanks for inspiring me!

  • 8.
    michelle said…

    Love your page! I had never thought about using fabric. I’ll have to try it!

  • 9.
    Stephanie G. said…

    You are such an inspiration! I love reading your blog. I’ve been picking up little swatches of fabric too after seeing Donna’s projects. This book would be awesome. Have a great day!

  • 10.
    Mabel said…

    Really interesting the fabric scrapbooking,thanks for sharing us Ali!

  • 11.
    amanda m said…

    I’ve been waiting for another book from DD. Fabric store here I come!!!

  • 12.
    jujusmother said…

    I love using my sewing machine and incorporating scrapbooking. Thanks for the Giveaway.

  • 13.
    Jenn said…

    Oh! I love the idea of working with fabric. I used to sew barbie clothes as a child (under the kind eye of my mother), but haven’t really incorporated sewing into my scrapbooking. Would love to see what Donna has to offer!
    Jenn B

  • 14.
    Dawn H said…

    I have been collecting bits and pieces of fabric and would really love to start using them! Love Donna and her stuff and would love to have her new book. Thanks so much!! Dawn H

  • 15.
    Dana Barbieri said…

    I am a fabric designer so this is so cool to me.

  • 16.
    Chris SB said…

    Thanks for the idea Ali. I really enjoy learning how to incorporate things that I already have into my memory/art/scrap books.
    Thanks for inspiration.
    Chris SB

  • 17.
    karen lee said…

    fabric pages, awesome!
    karen lee

  • 18.
    Jennifer C said…

    I love that project! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • 19.
    Karen C. said…

    oh, i too love fabric. it is so fun to work with. I love donna too, so very inspiring. Karen C.

  • 20.
    Christina Herum said…

    I am so loving sewing and using fabric in my layouts and projects right now. Thanks for having the giveaway and sharing your ideas (and sites for getting cool vintage fabric)!

  • 21.
    ratqueen said…

    I love all the fabric stuff you and Donna do. I am so intimidated by it, but I want so badly to try it out… I feel like it’s a whole new world of possibilities.

  • 22.
    Purvi said…

    What a great idea! I would never have thought to use fabric. Thanks for the inspiration and giveaway!

  • 23.
    Katie Lee said…

    Donna (and YOU) are huge creativity boosters for me! Playing with fabric is fun, and I definitely want to do more of it!

  • 24.
    Martha Thomas said…

    I always LOVE what you are up to! Thanks for always being willing to share.

  • 25.
    amanda m said…

    I’ve been waiting for another book from DD. Fabric store here I come!!!

  • 26.
    Christine Mc said…

    So very creative. I have a stash of fabric from my quilting days – love to get it out again!

  • 27.
    Kimberly Perez said…

    Beautiful fabric page!!! I’ve been wanting to make a vintage apron to put all my goodies in so I’ve been searching for soeme fabric inspiration and stumbled across Amy Butler’s site. It’s a great place to get color ideas from at and a great fabric blog is Heather Bailey’s at

  • 28.
    Jenny A. said…

    Wow – another creative push from you that I would have tried before. Sewing has always scared me but you (and Donna) make it seem so do-able. Thanks for another inspiring moment.

  • 29.
    Jan Perilli said…

    Thanks for the inspiration Ali,I’m going to dig out my fabric I haven’t used or seen in a long time.

  • 30.
    Shaquanna said…

    I LOVE fabric, although I don’t sew (I want to learn) and would like to learn how to utilize it in my scrapping. TFS!

  • 31.
    Melissa said…

    I love fabric about as much as I love patterned paper – just knowing how to use it is my dilemma. This book would solve that!

  • 32.
    Sheri F said…

    How Cool! I would love to win that book!

  • 33.
    Mel said…

    Love those fabrics-that orange is to DIE for! Just wonderful stuff-thanks for the inspiration.

  • 34.
    Sue Pinkowski said…

    as always you rock! I have been gathering material, have a sewing machine, and just have not had the “idea” to put into action. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 35.
    Sarah said…

    What a great idea! I should look through my stash…..

  • 36.
    Lorie said…

    Oh I would LOVE to have that book! Im so in need of a boost of awesome creativity in my little world lately. Thanks for the links to beautiful fabrics!

  • 37.
    Agnes said…

    I love how I can always count on you to show the latest & greatest. I might just have to try to work with fabric. I’m half way there – I have a sewing machine…Thanks for being just an inspiration!

  • 38.
    Lynette said…

    WOW! I would love this book!
    THanKs for the INSPIRATION!!!
    Medina, Ohio

  • 39.
    Trine said…

    Donnas book looks so inspiring, thanks for the giveaway!

  • 40.
    jonipossin said…

    I am so inspired to try a fabric page today.

  • 41.
    Tracey said…

    Was just checking out Donna’s book in the store the other day and put it on my mental wish list!!! I have TONS of fabulous fabric from my quilting days to incorporate into this new love of scrapbooking. (Oh, and I LOVE that photo of your family!)

  • 42.
    sally said…

    Love it, love it, love it = always inspirational and always so generous. Thank you Ali for another great give-away.
    Sally (Florida)

  • 43.
    Suzelle Kasaian said…

    LOVE fabric too :)

  • 44.
    annette said…

    Please enter me in the drawing…I’ve wanting to experiment with fabric projects for a while now!

  • 45.
    Linda said…

    Fabric? Really? This I could get into!

  • 46.
    Cathy said…

    Ooooh, that fabric makes me want to get the machine out and get busy….

  • 47.
    patty said…

    i L*O*V*E your fabric layout!
    thanks for sharing…

  • 48.
    Marcie said…

    I have been working on getting my sewing machine up and running so I would love a copy of Donna’s book! thanks for all your inspiration Ali.

  • 49.
    tara said…

    what an awesome giveaway! i’ve really wanted to try a little fabric album. -tara

  • 50.
    Joelle said…

    Thanks so much for the chance! You are such an inspiration to me. I made a year end album using your Everyday Life book on Shutterfly. It is so beautiful, and I know we will treasure it even more as the yeras go by. Thank you for all you do.