Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Memorial Day with Pink Paislee

I am convinced that the "sewing with material" gene skips generations in my family. Both my mom and my mother-in-law are expert seamstresses . . . Me? Not so much. I can sew on paper, but give me something flexible, like fabric or ribbon, and I fumble like a fish out of water.

Now, that doesn't mean I don't admire the look of homespun items, . . . infact, every year about this time I get the itch to create a quilted-looking item on my scrapbook pages. And that is one of the things I wanted to show you today. :)

First of all, here is my completed page. First, I'll show you how I did the background, and then I will show you how to create the 3-D star embellishments (they are sooo super easy! You will be shocked at how simple they are! :) )

First, I cut out a series of 3" hexagon shapes from several Pink Paislee Papers using my Cricut Expression machine and the Accent Essentials cartridge.

I arranged them on my paper in a combination that was pleasing to my eye, then I inked the edges with dark brown ClearSnap Chalk Ink and curled up the edges a bit with my fingers.

Before adhering them down, I stitched around the edges using my sewing machine. I like to stitch my elements before adhering them *just in case* I make a mistake. That way if I mess up, I can just remake one little element and not sacrifice my entire page. :)

And that's it! Now you have a colorful, summer picnic quilt look on your background. Fun, right?!!

Now, the 3-dimensional star embellishments. This week I found these rustic, barnwood stars on clearance at my local craft store. I am going to hang them in Owen's bedroom, but first, I'm using them as my inspiration piece for this page.

I cut out two 2.5" stars, one 3.5" star, and one 4.5" star for this page.

Using the Scor-It-All add a score line going from each tip of the star to the opposite indent, like this.

Continue around, scoring each of the five tips until you are finished.

Use your fingers to pinch and fold the star into shape.

Now it looks like this! :)

Stack a few foam dots together and adhere to the underside of your star. You are now ready to add it to your page.

Easy! I hope you'll try this star technique on a soon-to-be Patriotic Parade layout of your own.

Happy Scrapping!


  1. I *adore* the look of barn stars... I'm so excited that you shared how to make these. That's such a simple thing but I would have never thought of it! I'm in love with this, girl!

  2. Well you bet I'll be trying these stars on a layout! I mean, stars are a staple for a momma scrapping two boys. That quilted background is stunning, just stunning!!!

    Oh, and I love the new blog look. Those cute little birds are perfect for your blog title! :)

  3. I'm laughing about the sewing comment, sounds just like me---maybe it's because it isn't a need like it used to be.....LOVE the star,great idea!

  4. This is absolutely gorgeous Jana. Love the quilted look and also the fabulous tutorial.

  5. Totally gorgeous LO, Jana!! I can relate to your feelings of sewing. ;) Love the new blog look too!! So warm and love those little birdies!! :)

  6. LOVE it! I too come from a seamstress mom, and don't love to sew. I love those stars- beautiful!

  7. gorgeous page, Jana! love those stars!

  8. wow! that background is amazing!! and love the stars too! thanks!!

  9. did you write this post just for me??? Yep, my mom is also a seamstress! Me, terrible.

    Okay, am I so blind or what??? I would have tried to sew all the hexagons onto the page. DUH!! thanks for letting the blonde in on the simplicity. :)

    And the stars, AMAZING. Thank you, really!!

  10. I love this layout and thank you for the tutorial on the stars......I plan to use that idea Thank you

  11. Super stars! Love em! I'll be trying this out soon :) Love that layout, too- just beautiful!

  12. This is gorgeous Jana! Love the hexagon shapes and the row of fab pictures! AWESOME girl!

  13. WOW!!! This is absolutely beautiful!! Thanks so much for telling us how to make those stars! They are awesome! I'll definitely be trying that quilt pattern & those stars on a LO. You are such a wonderfully talented scrapper girl, so don't worry a bit about not being able to sew! ;)

  14. Awesome layout Jana. I find your blog chocka-block full of inspiration and today is no exception. Thanks for the tutorial on the stars...they don't look too hard at all but they look great when finished. Cheers!

  15. Gorgeous page! Love the"quilt" and thanks for the star tutorial!

  16. This is so so so awesome!! :)

  17. I love the star!!!
    Great look.
    Danny Faillace

  18. cool tutorial! I must try this one

  19. I loved the star, I'll see if I make some.
    Thanks for sharing the tutorial!


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