I am always looking for ways to combine all of the different crafts I love into one. I have finally come up with something that lets me combine beading, silk ribbon embroidery, vintage embellishments and notions, sewing, and paper crafting.
I call these Shabby Scrapbooks. They have a heavy chip/mat board covers that are covered with batting to make them soft and then covered with fabric.
The fronts are embellished with vintage images from my personal collection that I have scanned and edited and then printed on fabric. I then embellish those images with silk ribbon embroidery, beading, vintage notions, papercrafting embellishments, or whatever strikes me at the moment.
On some of the books I add extra embellishments to the covers in addition to the image. This book has a bit of vintage lace that is fashioned into a flower and centered with a vintage rhinestone button and bit of ribbon.
On this book, I added a new flower from Maya Road combined with a piece of vintage jewelry and vintage handmade lace.
I really love this one. First off, I love that image. It is a vintage store trading card advertising Acme Soap. Way back in the day, stores and companies made trading cards to give to customers to advertise. People would collect them and place them in photo albums. The thing I love most about this one though is the fabric. It used to be a vintage baby girl dress coat. I bought it thinking I could do a little embroidery on it. It ened up being too damaged in a few spots to use as it was so I disassembled it to salvage the fabric. I really love it combined with this image.
I have several more of these books planned and will have them available at both Candid Gifts and Show Me Handmade as well as my shop here and on Etsy.