Documenting My Life: Episode 4

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Scrapbook Layout

For this month's installment of Documenting My Life, I was a little more excited than usual when I started pulling my supplies together. Not only did I get to pull together the bits and pieces of our life and get them recorded in words and photos, I got to incorporate 2 of my favorite things, using fabric in my paper crafting and thrifting.

There is no shortage of beautiful papers available for creating books to document the events in our lives, but I always like to also add fabric for two reasons.  First, it adds some texture and second, it adds touches that are unique to my project. Using thrifted items increases the likelihood that my project will be unique because I'm not buying my fabric off a bolt in a fabric store where others are going to shop. My thrifted item is likely to be a one-of-a-kind in a crafting project!

Before I share how I used my thrifted clothing, I'll share photos of a couple of my completed spreads this month.

This is week 7. Can you figure out where I used fabric on this one?

 

Photo of a 2-page layout for the Documenting My Life series

 

This is a closer view of page 1.

 

Photo of page 1 of a layout for the Documenting My Life series

 

And a closer view of page 2.

 

Photo of page 2 of a layout for the Documenting My Life series

 

This is week 9.

 

Photo of a layout for the Documenting My Life series

 

This is a closer view of page 1.

 

Photo of page 1 of a layout for the Documenting My Life series

 

And a closer view of page 2.

 

Photo of page 2 of a layout for the Documenting My Life series

 

Here are the 2 t-shirts I used for week 7.

 

Photo of articles of clothing used for the Documenting My Life series

 

Since the material is so soft, I backed it with fusible interfacing to add some stiffness to it and make it easier to work with.

 

Photo finished sample of die cut fabric bird

 

This is how the finished die cut bird turned out.

 

Photo of die cutting material backed with fusible interfacing

 

For week 9, I die cut an old pair of blue jeans using the Fuse and the Marquis die.

 

Photo finished sample of die cut fabric bird

 

Before I close out this month's installment of Documenting My Life, I'll leave you with a tip. When choosing clothing to incorporate into your paper projects, it is easier if you avoid items made of fabrics that  have a loose weave to them, things like sweaters, as they unravel very easily as you try to work with them. If you can't resist, you can try backing your material with interfacing or fusible web before cutting it.

Other installments of my Documenting My Life series can be found here.

Thank you to Authentique Paper, Graphic 45, Basic Grey, and Bazzill Basics for providing many of the papers used on these layouts.  And the cute little TV journaling card can be downloaded for free at Scrapbook Printables.

Supply List

Teresa Collins for Fiskars Stamp sets

Other Supplies:
Pocketed photo album pages, decorative papers, stamping ink, preprinted journaling cards (optional), adhesive, pen and/or printer for journaling, thrifted clothing, fusible interfacing.