I have another lay-out to share! This one was part of the PDQ (Pretty Darn Quick) Birthday themed gallery in the previous issue of Scrap365.
I’m not really a ‘quick’ scrapper at all… Especially if the lay-out in question is supposed to be send to a magazine! I’m getting better at it though!
It’s definitely a lot of fun coming up with ways to speed up the scrapbooking process and I’m confident that this lay-out is easy to recreate in a short amount of time!
Haven’t been feeling like creating this week… Have been exercising instead. And cleaning my kitchen. Or so it seems.
Good thing I still have these ‘oldies’ to show you. Maybe you remember seeing lay-outs like these before: they were commissioned and I used them to do my homework for Art Class with Wilna Furstenberg: a win-win situation!
The funny thing is that something about the sketch felt oddly familiar when I went to create something with it. And it wasn’t until I had finished that it occurred to me that Birgit had shown me the original art work a while ago…
It can be seen in the June/July issue of Scrap365 (coming out tomorrow). In fact, it even made the front cover:
OK, I understand you can’t see it very well on an image this small… Just find yourself a copy and check it out IRL! The techniques used on the lay-out are pretty cool and you may even recognize the people in the photo ;-).
Onto my own project!
Thanks to generous Basic Grey, I got to play with the pretty Basic Grey Knee Highs collection pack for the occasion. I love the colours of this collection, they’re so bright and fun. And although this is a girl themed collection, I think most of the patterns are really versatile and can be used for non girly pages too!
The photo was taken with my iPhone using the Dblcam app (at our local IKEA restaurant). The app needs a little getting used to, so my first attempts were well, interesting…
Now go and check out the sketch at Sketchbook365 and play along! It’s definitely fun, there are more than enough ideas there to get you going and you never know: you might even win something!
I looove(d) this sketch! It’s so versatile and you can use it no matter how many photos you want to fit on the page! And I of course had to use photos of beautiful Finland! I had the chance to explore a little bit on my own when I was there. It was awesome!
Yes… you’ve read it: tea towels! Each month Riikka and I challenge each other to create something with a particular theme or thing in mind. This theme or thing can be anything and this time Riikka and I chose for a kitchen necessity: tea towels.
The tea towel idea came up a couple of months ago and back then it made me think of a couple of my grandmother’s linen tea towels that were in my fabric stash.
You would think that I had more than enough time to think of something spectacular to do with them… But when push came to shove, the fact that I only had one chance to make something nice, kind of blocked my creativity…
So I considered using other tea towels and I looked at all kinds of sewing books and websites. I just couldn’t find anything that I liked and that would also accommodate my limited sewing skills.
I also considered creating something within my comfort zone: taking inspiration from the colours, maybe scanning the fabric, using it to cover a journal or attaching it to a canvas…
I asked everyone I could think of to help me with ideas. My mom showed me this watercolour:
And it led me to this:
Which was FAR too easy… Inspired by is supposed to be a challenge!
And then I thought: my challenge is to sew something. From a pattern. With my sewing machine.
I regularly use my sewing machine on cards and lay-outs, I’m able to hem pants, repair seams and I can even alter clothing, but I have never sewn anything from scratch using a pattern.
Besides, a couple of weeks ago a new Marie Claire Idées found it’s way into the house and just last week I bought another Mollie Makes. I love to flick through creative, crafty magazines like that, but I never actually make any of the projects that are in there.
So that settled it: I was going to sew something using a pattern from one of these magazines I love and hoard…
I found a pattern for a shopper in Mollie Makes issue 5. The pattern looked easy, the instructions sounded easy enough, I had all materials on hand and I had enough tea towel to pull it off. Equally important: it looked like something I might actually use!
I will spare you the step-by-step photos (I don’t have any…), but here’s the finished product:
Well, not exactly perfect… But it came pretty close!
First of all: the pattern was clearly intended for thinner fabric. But I obviously used linen tea towels so now my fabric tie doesn’t wrap around the bag when you fold it up.
Not a big deal!
But this on the other hand is:
See that tidy French seam?
You’re not supposed to see it!!!
It belongs on the inside of the bag… I think I missed one important, bold printed ‘Turn the bag inside out‘, but I’m still not sure how I could have possibly missed it… When I realized, it was already too late. Well, I could have pulled all seams out again, but the bag was nearly complete and it would have been a pain anyway…
And then there are the little rust stains… I knew they were there from the beginning and if I had paid more attention I could have used that fabric panel for the back of the bag. But I didn’t pay attention… and now the stains are visible on the front.
Ah well… I can always add something like this:
So that concludes my little sewing adventure: I tried something new, I learned how (not) to sew a French seam AND I have something usable to show for it. I call that a triumph!
We celebrated my mom’s birthday with a surprise lunch. All her sisters and brothers were there!
After lunch we took a short stroll through the park. I’m glad I had my DSLR with me for the occasion!
Here’s is my entry for the new Dutch Dare: Young!
The lay-out shows one of my happiest childhood memories: going outside on a summer morning to play in the garden, still wearing pyjamas…
I’m excited to see what the other girls have created! You can see their projects on the Dutch Dares blog!
A week and a half ago today I took a plane to Helsinki to attend the Intohimona Skräppäys 2013 event. I didn’t bring my camera, so I only have iPhone photos to proof it:
In Helsinki my solo adventure continued with a speedy bus and an interesting subway ride to Rastila station, where Riikka was waiting for me!
There were a couple of hours to chat, drink some tea, exchange gifts, get settled and to have a quick meal before classes started.
The first class I took was the Empowering Scrapbooking class by Emmo. It was all about using scrapbooking as a device to help you cope with feelings and insecurities on the one hand and celebrate yourself and the roles you play in life on the other hand.
Emmo did a great job translating everything for me and it was fun to hear her explain stuff about different (spray) inks in Finnish. Turns out the crafting language is pretty universal, because I understood perfectly :-).
Next was Riikka’s 1-2-3 Mixed Media class. Don’t be fooled by the empty space around her, because the room was jam-packed with people. Maybe that explains why I only managed to take exactly one crappy picture! (Sorry Riikka!)
I had fun though, because we learned three easy but effective background creating techniques. I created a total of four backgrounds, one of which I used to back-up the lay-out I started in Emmo’s class!
I have no explanation as to why I hadn’t finished it before, because it only needed a title and some journaling. I wrote about how What’s App makes a place that’s 2,000 kilometres away feel like it’s next door.