Wednesday: Yard Lines

Lori Fairbanks


Try these 5 ideas for using fabric on your pages.


Have you ever noticed that a drawing of a football field looks very much like the self-healing rotary mats often used for cutting fabric? It kind of makes you want to pull out some cotton or canvas to use on your scrapbook pages while you're watching the big game, doesn't it?

After you're done measuring and cutting your fabric "yard lines," here are five cool ideas for using this pretty material on your layouts.

"Gloomy" by Cindy Tobey

1. Make flowers. Flower accents look great on so many pages, and it's easy and fun to make them from fabric. Plus, you'll love the extra texture and detail the fabric will add to the overall look of your layout. Here's how:

1. Use pinking shears to cut a long strip of fabric to 1" or 1.5" wide.

2. Hand-stitch the fabric strip to a small cardstock circle, gathering the fabric in pleats as you sew.

3. Attach felt circles and a button to the center of the flower with embroidery floss.

4. Stitch stems on your layout, and accent them with leaves cut from fabric.


"Bakin' Cookies" by Stacy Cohen

2. Fashion a photo mat. Use a light fabric like cheesecloth or tulle to add soft, sweet texture to your layout. Use a fabric adhesive to attach it to your pages. Be sure to place the adhesive behind your photos to prevent it from showing through the fabric.


"Dress Up" by Jen Jockisch

3. Stitch pretty pleats. Fold a block of fabric into long pleats and stitch it to your page, using it in place of patterned paper. Let the block house smaller accents, journaling strips, or even your page title.


"When This Lady Met This Fellow" by Joannie McBride

4. Fray fabric strips. Tear fabric into strips, leaving the edges soft and frayed. Use the strips as border accents along photos or page edges, or attach one to the center of a flower accent to give it a new look.


"Valentines" by Mou Saha

5. Bling out a pocket accent. Cut a pocket shape from a piece of canvas or denim using pinking shears. Iron on a sparkly accent, and stitch the pocket to your layout. Place photos, journaling strips, or memorabilia inside it.


Creativity Challenge: Use fabric on a layout trying one of these techniques or creating one of your own. Upload it to our CK Scrapper Bowl online gallery.



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