Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Do You Scrapbook Your Sewn Creations?

Despite my lack of actual sewing as of late, I have been spending copious amounts of time thinking about sewing, patterns, and fabric. I have also been thinking about scrapbooking. Let me explain, I always have grand ideas about scrapbooking, but in reality, I'm lucky if I get my pictures developed before my memory card is full. No pictures, no scrapbook.

 However, I really like the idea of having a scrapbook dedicated solely to my sewing projects. Sure, I have this blog, but I'd like something a bit more tangible. As someone who is a self described packrat, I want a book that I can keep forever and ever. Something that I can hold in my hand and thumb through the pages when I'm old and gray. I love the idea of having a sewing timeline in a book that I can look upon to see how far I've come. I truly hope to sew all of my life, so it would be amazing in 30 or 40 years to look back and see all of my creations. A life story, if you will, that is told by outfits that I have sewn could be created if I was diligent about the scrapbook. 

As for the logistics, I'd want to dedicate one page to each garment that is sewn. So, if I sew an outfit, that would actually get two pages in the book. Each page would contain one or two photos of the garment, a picture of the pattern envelope, and a name that I gave the garment for the blog post. Since I have a picture of everything I've sewn, I could truly start at the beginning of my sewing "career". However, a few of the items I made as soon as I started sewing have already bit the dust, so I'm unsure if I'd want to include them. For example, two shirts I made early on had no seam finishes, were put through the washing machine a few times, and then met the trash can. Would I really want to include them in my scrapbook?

What do you all think? Do you scrapbook in general? Do you keep a creative scrapbook of things you've sewn? Do I really need another money sucking hobby? Chime on in!


  1. I think that is a fabulous idea! I scrapbook digitally and love it. I think it is great to document the things you do.

  2. I scrapbook loads and I also have a sewing scrapbook. I shared some pages back in January ( I opted for an 8x8 book instead of the normal 12x12 because I didn't have enough pictures for a full page of many of my pieces and it's cheaper to do a smaller book. Each piece has one or two pages depending on how awesome it was. To me, it's kind of a portfolio.

  3. I think this is a really interesting idea. To save yourself some time, you could even print out some blog posts and put them in the book with the photos (maybe in cool fonts or something if you want it to look pretty.) I too like the idea of having something tangible. Because what if one day, the internet bites the dust? Our blogs would be gone!

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  5. I am no good at scrapbooking but I feel the same way about wanting something tangible. Awhile back I stumble across a website that will take your blog posts and print them in a bound book like the photobooks from Snapfish and Shutterfly. There are now several different sites that offer this type of service.

  6. This is only my opinion, but I have always thought scrapbooking (sorry scrapbookers) was an insane hobby. However, I think this is a brilliant idea, you could keep small samples of the fabric, interfacing, buttons, even thread. This would be so useful, entertaining, and perhaps even sort of a historical document. Imagine someone coming across it in a hundred years, what fantastic information to pass along. I may even start one myself.

    1. I hadn't even thought of keeping a snippet of the fabric. That is a fabulous idea!