The Fiskars Fuse is not just for paper. It will also cut fabric!
To create this vintage-inspired scrapbook layout, I used the Fuse to die stamp and die cut a piece of muslin to create a large but subtle embellishment.
Beginning with a 12 x 12 sheet of cardstock, cover the edges with strips of a variety of patterned papers that have been cut slightly irregular in width. These can be stitched with a sewing machine or just tacked down with adhesive.
Next, place some large scraps of textured fabric in the center of the paper. Since we're going for an aged look, frayed fabric is a good thing.
Matte some wallet sized prints on white cardstock and using a Fiskars paper trimmer, cut the cardstock down so it looks like the border of a Polaroid photo.
Using the Fuse, put the plate into the die then ink the letterpress plate with a dark brown ink pad. To prevent smearing the ink, when placing the fabric over the plate prior to running it through the machine, take care not to shift it around as the fabric is limp and is most likely already touching the plate.
Create a second fabric diecut in the same way and cut the snowman from it. If the arms tear off as you do this, it's OK. We're going for a worn, aged look!
Layer a piece of printed fabric on the left side of the layout over the textured fabric and tack it in place with a few zig-zag stitches. Place the die cut over this and the cut-out snowman atop that. Poke brads through the snowman's buttons to tack the layers in place.
Determine the placement of your photos and fill in the remaining space with small envelopes, tags, a variety of punches, lengths or crocheted trim or ribbon, and buttons. Anything with a vintage feel to it goes!
To finish the layout, begin by running an piece of patterned paper through the Fuse using just the die and no letterpress plate. Fold the diecut in half with a length of baker's twine or other string encased between the layers and positioned at the fold. Use a small punch in the lower right-hand corner. Journal on the folded diecut and machine stitch some irregular lines beneath the journaling. Loosely string the banner across your layout as desired wrapping the ends around buttons.