as seen in the Scrapbooking with Fabric & Notions Special Issue, from Creating Keepsakes magazine. copyright creative crafts group. posted with prior permission from the publisher.
i was asked to use satin material on a layout. when i think of "satin", i think of something dressy or fancy looking. i was picturing cream or white satin fabric, and i'm so NOT a fan of cream. i headed to joann's, in search of satin, and was pleasantly surprised to find lots of gorgeous, bright colors to choose from. i had NO clue what photos i wanted to use for my layout, so i just choose some colors that stood out to me. i went with the aqua, green, and brown. so pretty!
later, i remembered the girl's halloween photos from 2 years ago. both their costumes had a lot of aqua in them, and sarah's had a touch of brown. i figured the green could pick up the little bit of greenery in the background of the photos. when it comes to scrapping halloween photos, i'm not really about using your typical halloween colors. so i knew this would make a fun, colorful layout.
i searched for quite a while to find some pattern paper for this layout. i didn't want anything too overpowering, and this trees paper from studio calico just kept calling me. no matter how many other papers i tried out, i kept coming back to it. so i just went with it. for my title, i used some chunky brown glittered chipboard letters from making memories, along with my favorite loopy alpha stickers from doodlebug.
edited to add: i just noticed i have white loopy alpha stickers on my two page spread photo, and brown loopy alpha stickers on the other photos. i guess that gives away the one change i had to make to this layout, before it was sent to the magazine. lol! the white looked good in person, but the brown definately stands out more in photos and in print. i really should have re-photographed the entire spread.
when it came time to use the satin, i knew i would keep it fairly simple. i have done some work with fabric before, but have never really used satin material before. it wasn't the easiest thing to work with. i did my best to cut fairly straight strips of each color, and then did zig zag stitches across the edges. i embraced the imperfection, and tried to make it fun looking.
i also found that the satin fabric was tricky to adhere. i used glue dots on the bottom piece (the green). but since the brown was overlapping the green, it wasn't really adhereing. so i started the brown pieces again, and stitched them to some scrap strips of cardstock. it was much easier to adhere that way.
i also machine stitched around my journaling tags, and tied some small strips of the satin fabric to the tops.
i had the shiny satin fabric and the glittered chipboard letters. to add just one more little "bling" to my layout, i sprinkled on some of these colored sequins. i happen to have some in aqua and green, so i used mini glue dots to adhere them.