Tips for scrapbooking that you should try

Scrapbooking is fun and following certain tips will make it more fun. Here are certain tips that can be beneficial for the beginners and experts alike. Have a look and enjoy your scrapbooking.

Don’t Start with your Favorite Photos Immediately: When you are a starter, it is not necessary that your first few albums will end up perfect. So try to go for the newer photos first because you will surely grab the negatives or soft copy of those photos and develop them again, but you might not do that with the old ones.

Try to Limit Your Purchase: Only go for the things that you need to buy; don’t overload your pocket with so many albums and other stuffs. When you move on with scrapbooking, your taste will surely change and your style too; so keeping the supplies in bulk in the background may restrict your new style.  Also make a list of things when you are going to shop and only buy anything other than list when you feel that the thing you are about to buy is highly important. Every supply that you find in the market will look stunning but remember to see your budget too.

Don’t Cut Pictures in All Shapes: At start, it may seem good to cut the pictures in different shapes other than oval, square and rectangle. Try not to do that immediately because it will not going to give you any good.

Go for the Focal-Point Photo: Select it and treat the rest as accessories to narrate the story. As we move from left to right, so top-left hand corner can be the perfect focal point. Enlarging the focal-point photo can also improve the overall result of the page.

Use Embellishments with Care: Don’t get carried away with the beauty of stickers and other similar supplies. Simply, don’t ruin your album by just putting things here and there. Try to make your album look amazing with minimal embellishments.

Plastic Cards As Glue-Spreaders: Your old plastic credit cards can come handy when it is time to apply glue to the huge surface. They also allow you to make a thin and even layer of glue over the surface. When done, wipe them and save them for the next time.

Sewing the scrapbook pages:

You have to sew the scrapbook pages together and I recommend using Brother se400 sewing and embroidery machine for this purpose. I know I used this machine in past and I loved the way it sews and save ton of time so I can focus on next scrapbooking project.

Ways to Have Fast Page Accents: Take patterned papers and cut out design from them. Use button to make the flower center. Using ribbons and buttons as page accents provide special cute looks to your layouts. Use staples to fasten page accents, this will give edgy look to your layout.

Titles are Important but Keep Them Short: Don’t overload the title, try to keep it simple. Try to narrate the story in fewer words and don’t waste all your energy and efforts in making titles only. Sometimes, going simple means you are having the best. Cutting out letters from the patterned pages also make amazing title. If you want a handwritten one, then, cut your handwritten letter and mat it on a cardstock to have a perfect title.


If you are scrapbooking for thanksgiving you’ll require patterns ideas.




Thanksgiving Patterns Ideas

Thanksgiving is a great celebration. Here are two thanksgiving patterns ideas that you can use to make the occasion more special. As it comes during the fall time, both of these ideas will compliment the season and increase the beauty of your house.

Make Maple Leaf Coasters:

maple leaf sewing
Decorate your thanksgiving table with these beautiful handmade maple leaf coasters. The supplies here given are to make 4 coasters:
• Wool felt scrap: try to use the colors that are similar to maple leaves
• Contrasting thread
• Interfacing

How to make them:
• To make 4 maple leaves, cut 8 leaf shape patterns
• Make four pieces smaller for interfacing.
• Fasten two contrasting colors leaves together
• Use hand or machine to sew leaf veins
• And your beautiful maple leaf coasters are ready.

Make Fall Wreath:

fall wreth pattern

Decorate your door with this fall wreath. Buy the wreath from the market. Give your fabric the shape of leaves. Use different patterned leaves and colors to make your wreath look beautiful. To curl the leave edges, on the front side of the leave, brush a coat of Modge Podge. After that, leave them to dry between the glasses. Use the hot glue gun to fasten the leaves over the wreath base.

To make wreath more stunning, add handmade pumpkins to it. These pumpkins don’t have to be perfect because the rustier they are, more autumn look they will give. Cut a rectangular piece of fabric having the size 8×9. It is for small pumpkin; if you want big one, use a bit bigger rectangle. Sew the side seams with Brother HC1850. You can set the measurements according to your will. Still with the wrong side out, make a running stitch with the help of a needle and thread at the bottom edge of rectangle. Only small hand stitches will be needed to anchor the whole thing together. Then turn the piece right side out and stuff it. With a running stitch, fasten the top of it. Do some extra stitches to keep the pumpkin in place. Now from the center, push the needle down to the other side so that the center becomes neat and it looks like a center of pumpkin. Tie of the thread at the pumpkin’s base. Make small stems by using real dry stems from the garden. This will give a genuine look to the pumpkins; stick them in the middle with the hot glue gun.

To make vine curly cues, use wires and cover them with floral tape. You can set the length according to your will. Start wrapping the tape by pulling the tape downward and continue twisting the wire while doing so. When the end is reached, cut the tape. Take a pen or pencil and wrap your tapped wire on it to give it a curly look. Around the stems, fasten the wires with the help of hot glue. You can also place some leaves there if you like. When pumpkins are ready, glue them to your fall wreath. Use a ribbon to hang your wreath and welcome thanksgiving with fun.

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 Baby Doll Sewing Patterns Tips
babydoll patterns sewing
Doll making is a fun art. Formerly, dolls were made at house only for the little princesses, but as the time is passing, more and more people are going for the company made dolls. But, these dolls cannot compare the love and care of the home made dolls. Here are certain tips that can help you with baby doll sewing patterns.
Must Have Supplies:

  • Seam Ripper: Having it will be great help! Trust us!
  • Pins: Always keep a good supply of pins with you. They shouldn’t be rusty or bent. As they become dull, they also hurt the fabric. So when they become rusty, don’t use them at all.
  • Measuring Tape: When you are working with tiny clothes, having measuring tape with clear markings is must.
  • Marking Tool: In this matter, tailoring chalk is your best option; because disappearing ink pens are not very reliable and they can reappear too.
  • Rotary Cutter: This tool will help you with curved edges like when making head. Have a neat cut with it.
  • Rotary Cutting Mat: This tool comes handy when you work with rotary cutter and keep your table top safe.
  • Pinking Shears: Use them to make a pattern piece a little bit more fun.
  • Fabric Scissors: It is important to have fine blade scissor and use it on fabrics only. Don’t cut papers with it.


Turning Limbs: For that, on thin limbs and stiff fabrics, use tweezers to pull them; you can also use your fingers.


Stuffing Tip (Limbs): Don’t over stuff, specially legs and arms; because it will make sewing hard. When it is your first time, go for light stuffing. When you become an expert, adding more stuffing will become easy. Leaving ½ – ¾ inch gap on arms and legs top is important, this way sewing will become easy. After you are done, rearrange the stuffing; this way no gap will leave and your doll will have pretty limbs. If limbs movement worries you, fasten them to the body panel’s front before making a doll sandwich.


Stuffing Tip (Head): It is important to have lots of stuffing in the head and neck region because this will allow the doll to keep the head up; otherwise, you will have wrinkles on the face. But keep the stuffing moderate. Use chopstick or the back of the paint brush to fill the corners properly. Don’t add stuffing as a whole. First, divide it into small fragments and add each fragment separately.


Perfect Stuffing Material: Use synthetic Poly-Fil as it is cheap but the looks it gives to your doll is very fluffy and cute but you need to wrinkle out the neck and head region. Fill all the holes carefully. A large bag roughly has 32 ounces of stuffing that is enough to make 4-5 dolls with full and proper stuffing. If you don’t have any budget issues, then going for wool will be the best as no lumps will remain. Bamboo is pricey but good to provide shape. There will be no wrinkles but lumps may appear. Going for beads can be dangerous for small kids, so it is not recommended.

Once everything is done you need a Brother cs6000i sewing machine to sew the pattern:

Our Next article is here thanksgiving patterns.

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