Thursday, 30 June 2016

Making Fabric Elements for a Scrapbook Page

Hello, Karen here with yet another discovery from the Graphtec site - printable cotton fabric.

I was sent a pack of this last month and initially thought I would print a photograph onto it and then stitch it to a cushion.  BUT then I had the idea of making scrapbooking elements with it - very tactile and they gave my page a soft, feminine feel.

STEP ONE - Making your elements.
  • Knowing the photo I wanted to use (one taken of my girls in May) I opened it in the Silhouette Studio software, this can be done the same as opening any other file that is compatible. 

  • I then opened the flower flourish and used the dropper tool to choose colours from my photo to colour the flowers and leaves 

  •  I then selected all the shapes and under the cut settings chose 'No Cut' and layered up the flowers and leaves to make a swag a small cluster.

  • I next used the offset tool to add a white border to my flowers.

  • I chose a doily, frame and journal block and coloured them in the same way as above - remembering to make the lines 'No Cut'.   
  • I then wrote my title using the font LW Bunting 100pt to make my title and changed the character spacing to 140. 
  • Use the 'Divide option to separate the letters and colour the penents with a colour picked from your photograph and use the 'Offset' option to to give you a white border around each shape.
  • Open a letter size page and add registration marks.  Arrange your elements onto two pages - I used the knife tool to remove the bottom of my doily so that everything would fit. 

  • I drew a 3in x 2in rounded rectangle for my journaling card and used the perforated line feature as a 'No Cut' and coloured purple. 

  • Print onto your printable fabric and then load it into your Silhouette and cut out your elements. 
  • I drew a faux stitched line around the edge of a piece of 12 x 12 cardstock with my silhouette and a Silhouette Sketch Pen. 
  • I then constructed my page and added some garden twine, purple gems and letter stickers to finish.



Light hold cutting mat for Cameo