Three Things : Fabric (& a giveaway)

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(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):


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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:


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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.


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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.


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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. Debbie says…
    04/22/2008

    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!

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  2. Kim says…
    04/22/2008

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

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  3. Nancy says…
    04/22/2008

    Love your blog!

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  4. Karin says…
    04/22/2008

    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.

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  5. amy says…
    04/22/2008

    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

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  6. maria c. says…
    04/22/2008

    This is totally cool!!!! I took Donna's "Beautiful" class and loved it. So I would really enjoy her new book.
    Thanks,
    Maria C.

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  7. Deborah says…
    04/22/2008

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

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  8. michelle says…
    04/22/2008

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

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  9. Stephanie G. says…
    04/22/2008

    Ali,
    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!

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  10. Mabel says…
    04/22/2008

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

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  11. amanda m says…
    04/22/2008

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

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  12. jujusmother says…
    04/22/2008

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

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  13. Jenn says…
    04/22/2008

    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!
    Thanks,
    Jenn B

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  14. Dawn H says…
    04/22/2008

    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

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  15. Dana Barbieri says…
    04/22/2008

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

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  16. Chris SB says…
    04/22/2008

    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

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  17. karen lee says…
    04/22/2008

    fabric pages, awesome!
    karen lee

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  18. Jennifer C says…
    04/22/2008

    I love that project! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  19. Karen C. says…
    04/22/2008

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

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  20. Christina Herum says…
    04/22/2008

    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)!

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  21. ratqueen says…
    04/22/2008

    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.

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  22. Purvi says…
    04/22/2008

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

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  23. Katie Lee says…
    04/22/2008

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

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  24. Martha Thomas says…
    04/22/2008

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

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  25. amanda m says…
    04/22/2008

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

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