A few weeks ago, I ordered the Sew Easy (made by We R Memory Keepers) from Scrapbook.com. I really like this tool, but I have always loved hand stitching on my pages, so I really wanted to like it. I’m happy to report that after using it on several projects, I truly, sincerely like using this tool.
I wanted to share a few projects I’ve worked on, to show my progress.
Dude, Happy Birthday
I’m not really a big card maker, but last week was my brother’s birthday, so I found some scraps from one of my very favorite vintage Basic Grey Collections (Vagabond) and made a card for him. Once upon a time, I sent out cards all the time. Somewhere along the way, I got so wrapped up in making layouts that I hardly ever make cards anymore. Well, that’s going to change. Cards are such a great use of all of our scrapbooking paper scraps. There is just no excuse not to make them!
I LOVE how the zig zag stitching looks. I mentioned this before, but I’m finding that if I’m rolling the tool along a straight edge (like seams of the paper meeting) I get much better results. I actually get down at eye level with the roller attachment and make sure I’ve got the tool centered over the seam before I start rolling. Because there are two layers of paper here, I did need to take my Brad Setter piercing tool and poke through some of the spots that didn’t go all the way through.
Scrap Paper Example
This is just a scrap piece of paper using the pink straight stitch. I wanted to show that there’s versatility here. With this head attachment, you can curve the tool as you roll to get curvy edges like this. There is a scallop edge roller too, but say you created waves or hills on your layout — you could use stitches for extra definition instead of inking your edges. Just another look and another way to use the tool.
’08 Xmas Faves
Here is another completed project — a Christmas layout from 2008. I went back and added the stitching. (I seem to be doing that a lot lately, going back and putting finishing touches on older layouts.) Once again, on this layout I had a paper seam to work with. I’m finding that the longer the length of paper (here it’s 12 inches) the harder it is to roll in a straight line all the way along the edge. You just can’t go too fast and you really need to watch where you are going. But I didn’t do too bad here for my first try.
Adding stitching is just one of the finishing touches that can help take a layout from OK to fantastic.