Thursday, 11 March 2010

Further Confessions

I've been gathering confessions for a little while now, but at the weekend I actually made a start on my album! As some of you know, I really rather like Costa's gingerbread lattes....


The great thing about this page? It's two assignments in one! As well as Shimelle's I Have To Confess class, I've also been following Sew Scrappy Happy to help me get to grips with my sewing machine. I've managed to apply several of the techniques covered there to this layout :-) In particular, I rather like the stitched journaling lines, and the random stitching in the bottom corner where there was a gap that just needed a little 'something':


I picked up the cup over the Christmas period and had been intending to use it on a Costa page. The size of it helped decide the size of the album - I needed at least A4 just to fit that and the title on! The title and details of my 'usual' were computer-printed onto the card using my new Ali Edwards font (with huge thanks to Ruth for pointing me in its direction x) I then stitched the journaling lines, adding extra lines to better define the title, and leaving the ends loose and messy.

I placed the other elements (photo, paper cup, napkin, receipt and ribbon from a packet of Costa shortbread) onto the page to get an idea of where they should go, then began with the photo - with a bit of messy zigzag stitch on each side - and stuck down the napkin and receipt. I trimmed away some of the excess from the back of the cup, folded over the edges and used double-sided tape to just hold it in position, then laid the ribbon on top with a couple of pieces of tape to keep it from moving. A zigzag along the length of the ribbon held it down and secured the cup firmly too, as well as adding texture and interest! Finally, when that bottom corner looked a bit unfinished, I added some random back and forth straight stitch.

And you know what? It went a bit wrong here and there. The napkin didn't quite lie flat. The tension wasn't quite right so you can see the bobbin thread here and there. When I started the zigzag over the edge of the photo I actually missed the photo altogether at first! And the thread got snarled up slightly when I was doing that last corner, so the card tore just a little. But it's OK!! I embraced the imperfections and worked with them. I allowed them to add to the layout instead of freaking out and starting over. And the layout is better for it. You see, Clair? I am learning to be (slightly) less of a perfectionist! x

19 comments:

Ruth said...

It look so cool like that! I scrapped a Starbucks cup for JYC 2008!

debs14 said...

I love the stitching on this page, I never use plain white as a background colour usually, but now I have seen this I may have to give it a try.
Thanks also for the link to the font, I love collecting new fonts and have now added this to my collection. If only my own handwriting were as neat!

Jane said...

Gorgeous page!! Imperfect is definitely the new perfect!!

Kara Haupt's FAB online classes taught me to be less perfect in my art journals and scrapbooking - since taking her classes I've really relaxed and enjoy it soooo much more!!!

Sian said...

Fabulous page, I love it! The stitching is just plain gorgeous. It really is my favourite technique of the moment.

Maria Ontiveros said...

I love the stitched lines for the journaling and love seeing the confessions!
Rinda

Clair said...

Yeah, it's my 'oh, it'll do' attitude rubbing off on you. Looks good though, right? x

Cheri said...

I love the page - guess this will be one of those "thick" albums if you are putting items like coffee cups in it. What type of album/binding are you planning to use?

scrappyjacky said...

Love the way the stitching looks...this is going to be a great album.

Lizzie said...

This is Fab! The stitching is really cool, Mel. I love the whole idea of scrapping your "Confessions" too!

It can be quite liberating to accept that something can be good, even though it's not totally neat and tidy and "Perfect".

This layout looks all the better for the little imperfections - it really suits the whole idea.

You know what? (whispers) **You don't have to have all your album pages the same size... You can mix and match - even if they're in page protectors... as long as the binder/album is big enough to hold the largest page. It could be great... even if it's not "perfect"!

Kirsty.a said...

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sharyncarlson said...

Love the look of this page and how you used the napkin and cup. And the stitching between the journaling -- fabulous!!

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

I love all the stitching. It makes the journaling & toitle really pop

Rhona said...

This is a great layout, I love the way it turned out and that you got to finish two challenges with one layout - way to go!!
Seeing your link to Ali's font reminded me that I had downloaded it a little while ago. Must remember to use it! In fact, would help if I just did some scrapbooking again!! :o)

JO SOWERBY said...

it haS TO BE STARBUCKS OVER HERE
JO XXX

Amy said...

I really like this one Mel - the stitched journal lines are great and the doo-dad in the bottom right corner caught my eye immediately ... such a great idea for a page!

Deb said...

I LOVE this page, Mel! The stitching on the journaling is wonderful and something I'm going to try myself! Thanks for the inspiration! xo

furrypig said...

I know you don't think it's perfect but I really kie it that way! Stiching is so great on Layouts too so go girl!

Rachel B said...

Ooh I love this, I love all coffee related pages!

The Scrappy Tree said...

This looks great! Loving the coffee cup :)