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Sew Seasonal

Scrapbooks Etc. 2008 Creative Team Member Robyn Werlich shows you how to spice up your scrapbook pages with sewing in this class that covers both machine-stitching and hand-stitching. Make a year-in-review album showcasing your favorite photos.

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-Hi everyone and welcome to this one class called Sew Seasonal here at Scrapbooks etcetera. My name is Robin Warlick and I am a 2009 creative team member. In this class, we are going to be discussing and making a fun album using different sewing techniques. We will be using both a sewing machine and needle and thread to teach you different techniques that you can use on your projects. Sewing is so much fun. I love to add sewing to my projects. It adds the perfect amount of texture. You can use different threads and techniques on your sewing machine and I also love the homemade goodness that it adds to my pages. Today, we are gonna be discussing and making a really fun album. I made this album, a 2007 year end photos. And this is what we'll be creating today. Each season has a different page that has different sewing techniques. Whether it's with the sewing machine or hand stitches that we'll be teaching you. Each page is for a different season. And after that season, you will be having cards that have photos of your kids, your favorite photos throughout the year. So if you guys are ready, we're gonna go ahead and go through the supplies that you need to have for the class and then we will get started. So let's go. Now we are going to discuss the tools that you'll need to complete your album. First, you'll wanna grab a mouse pad and a paper piercer. I love using a mouse pad when I'm doing sewing because it helps the piercer to go through smoothly and not hit on my table. We'll use that for creating the holes in your projects. Well also want a good variety of circle punches, a corner rounder and a good variety of threads. I have some linen thread, sewing machine threads and string, a yarn, just whatever you have on hand should work just great. You'll also wanna grab a pack of these sewing needles. Actually in the needles, they have different eyes for different widths of thread. So you want a little bit of a variety so you can use different ones that will work for you and what you have on hand. You wanna grab a pencil and a marker, I used a green marker, a trimmer, a really good tape gun, I love this one form Glue Arts. Some tape and a glue pen. The glue pen is really good when you're using your sewing machine because it allows the needle to go through without coming up. So grab your supplies, your basic tools and we're gonna move ahead to the fall page and when we go to each project, I will show you more specifically the colors of card stock, threads and things like that that you'll need to complete each page. So let's get busy. Now we're gonna go ahead and start with the fall page. On this page, we'll be discussing some basic techniques using your sewing machine and also a simple back stitch and a blanket stitch here on the edge. So, let me go over some of the supplies you're gonna need. Basic colors, whatever you guys have on hand that reminds you of fall, it's pretty much what I'll just grab from my supply. I grab the piece of craft card stock, a green card stock, orange and yellow card stock. And for the background, I use just a piece of paper, a pattern paper that had all over texture to it. This one just had some red polka dots. If you prefer to use line paper or something else that you really love, go ahead and do that. You'll also wanna grab some sewing machine thread. I have orange and a light yellow that kinda coordinated with my card stock. You'll want a needle and some linen thread. This is from Stampin' Up and it's really the best linen thread that I have found. It's pretty consecutive. It doesn't have a lot of knobs in it which is really good and important for sewing. And then you will need your piercer, your glue pen, tape, corner rounder and a good pair of scissors. And of course, your sewing machine. So, we're gonna go ahead and get started with this page. I will show you what colors to start with, what to cut and how to thread your machine. So let's go ahead. Now we're gonna go ahead and get started with creating the fall page. First, you're gonna wanna gather your red piece of paper for your background and cut it down to 5 by 7. I blew up all my photos and created all my pages in this size. If you would prefer to use a smaller size, you could do 4 by 6; just go everything down to the appropriate size that you are using. So get your 5 by 7 piece of paper and you're gonna go ahead and use your corner rounder and corner round each of the 4 corners. Then you're gonna wanna gather a good selection of punched leafs. I use my Cricket Cutting Machine and created a few different leaves in different sizes and different styles that worked for me. I created orange ones, green ones, yellow ones. This is also a great time for you to use up your scraps. That's actually what I used for all this project. I gathered scraps of pieces of card stock that I had and used them with punches and things like that. So, great time to use those up. Once you have a good variety of paper punched leaves, you're gonna wanna go ahead and glue them down in kind of a cascading falling motion to give your page some motion. I started with the green on the top. Punches are really fun too especially when you punch them with that textured paper. Right here, I use this one and I showed the texture and then I flipped it to give it a different look and it's actually smooth on this side. So that's a fun way to add a different look to your page as well. So once you have those all glued down, we're gonna go ahead and move to the sewing machine. But first, I wanted to make one point about gluing. I like to use the glue pen when I'm gluing things that I'm gonna use under my sewing machine because it helps it not to gum up. And so if you use the glue pen, you just need to use a small amount, glue it down and then as we sew, it won't get gummed up and it works really great. So now we are gonna go ahead and start the sewing part of this project. Before we start sewing, I wanna go ahead and show you the basic stitches that we'll be covering on this fall page. We will be using our sewing machine and using simple straight stitch on all of the leaves and on the insides of the leaves. Then, on a few of them, we will be going back over with the zigzag on some of the edges of the leaves which will create a really fun texture and a different look to some of them. We'll then be threading our needle with some twine and doing a simple back stitch to create the vines on this upper leaf. And we'll also be creating a blanket stitch here on the bottom corner. Don't forget that at any time, you have the downloadable PDF which has additional step outs, photos and techniques on all the sewing stitches that you can refer to at any time. So now let's go ahead with the orange thread and we're gonna start sewing the upper leaf, this top leaf here. And you're basically doing the straight stitch. I like to start in about an eighth of an inch in and you're gonna, I like to keep the length at about 2-1/2 which is a good mid-size stitch and it's a good length for small projects like this. So first, you're gonna want to put your needle into your project. And I like just to use the manual down, the manual; I'm not sure what that is called. But it moves the needle down into the page and I do that and then I will start slowly sewing the perimeter of the leaf. Now depending on the speed of your machine, I'm sure you're more used to what your very machine has, go ahead and feel free to use the hand roller anytime. I like to kind of lift it up and turn my page with keeping the needle down; it helps me to keep my needle in place instead of messing up by pulling the needle out. And by lifting it up and moving it, I'm able to turn it and get the base of the leaf. You can also just slowly turn it when you're sewing if you're comfortable with that. Once it's done, just pull it out, grab your scissors and snip off the ends of the threads. And there you have a sew leaf on your page. It's okay if it's rustic. It doesn't need to be perfect. You can even go over it 2 or 3 times if you want additional texture. Feel free to do whatever fits your style the best. Now, we are gonna ahead and skip to the second leaf and I'm gonna go ahead and sew the veins of the leaf with the same straight stitch, you don't need to alter your sewing machine at all, with the orange thread. So I like to once again place my needle where it needs to be and lower it by hand manually and then I'm just gonna sew a straight line down, really basic. Then I'm gonna raise the needle, cut and then I'm actually gonna go back now and sew the leaves. And it's a simple V if you start at the top of one side and go down towards the middle that you just sewn. It's okay if you need to go backwards, just do that manually with your needle and then go back up the other side creating a V. And then go ahead and cut your threads. Really simple straight stitch. It's probably the most basic stitch that you'll use on all your sewing projects for attaching things or just for decorative strips. It's really fun look. Now, I am gonna show you the zigzag stitch here on the end. You can go ahead and change your thread to the yellow thread which I love using different colors of threads on my project because I think it adds a lot to your pages instead of just using white thread all the time, I found fun metallic threads, I have this fun silver metallic thread that I love that adds an extra little sparkle. But colored threads are really fun. I urge you to go into your local craft store and just get some fun colors that you love and try them on your projects. So now you're gonna go ahead and sew the same outlined leaf with the yellow thread and I'm gonna show you how to do the zigzag. You can keep the length; I like to keep it really, really tight for this part of the project. So I'm gonna put it at about 1-1/2 and then you're gonna move your zigzag on your machine to the tight zigzag. Lower your presser foot and you know what is a simple technique to do is grab a scrap piece of paper and practice on a scrap piece of paper first. That way you're not ruining your project and you get a good idea of how close the zigzag is gonna be. So, once you have practiced, go ahead and lower your presser foot. And sometimes, I'll do a few by hand just to make sure that I'm going over the shape of the leaf the way I want it to and then I can go ahead and use my presser foot at the base to make it go quicker. And the fun way that you get it really tight like that is using your back on your sewing machine. You should have a little dial that allows your sewing machine to go backwards. I like to use that. If you need to move it around, feel free to do so. And then just keep going back and forth over it a few times. Raise your needle and once again clip your threads. If you have any that are sticking out, just go ahead and clip those off. And you can see it's a lot more rustic but it adds a lot of texture to your page. Once you have cut your threads, we're gonna go ahead and assemble the title on your page. I use some die cut letters once again from my cricket machine. Just in different colors of card stock. You can go ahead and use whatever works best for you though, whatever you have on hand. Like I mentioned earlier, this is a fun project to use up scraps that you have. Using the glue pen, I'm gonna go ahead and glue down my letters, just press on a little bit of glue. This is also a place where you can use tip boards. Tip board is really fun to sew on. You can use letter stickers, you can use stamps. I thought that would be really fun to stamp these letters out on your page and then you could actually go over them with your sewing machine to accentuate them which would be a really fun look. I also varied the capital and small letters which is fun. So once you have your letters glued down on your page, you're gonna wanna get your needle threaded. Oops. Sorry about that. Your needle threaded with the twine. You can add as much decorative stitching to these or as little as you would like. As you can see here, I added just 2 little straight stitches with the yellow thread. You could actually stitch all the way around each letter to really make them pop off your page if you would like. Once you have that done, you can go ahead and move your sewing machine aside and we will start with the hand sewing. I get my mouse pad, my linen thread. I just cut long pieces of linen thread and went ahead and threaded my needle. They have different needles like I mentioned before and some of them are really blunt. They're good hand sewing needles so you won't poke yourself. Those are the ones that I like to use. So, first thing first, my tape and my paper piercer and we are gonna do the veining on this top leaf with a simple back stitch. All of the other leaf should be sewn and completed on the sewing machine except for this top leaf. And with my paper piercer, my paper in the mouse pad underneath, I'm just gonna poke some holes down in a straight line and you can do varying widths of them apart. You can do some close together like a1/4 of an inch together or you can do them more 3/8 inch and down all the way. And then you're gonna go ahead and add just 2 holes on the sides to create once again the V for the veins. Really simple. You see how that mouse pad is really great coz it helps your piercer go through your project really easily. So now grab your needle. And I'm gonna start at the top. You're actually gonna start at the 2nd from the top hole and this is where we start with the back stitch. Pull your needle through and I'd like to leave an inch on the back. This is where your personal preference comes in. You can either tie it in a knot to seal it on the back. I'm kind of quick and lazy and I don't wanna do that so I just grab a simple piece of tape and tape it down. It helps it to not be bulky when I'm putting my project together and it also keeps it in place and I can still poke through it. So it's a great alternative for me. So once you have it through, you'll see that it's nice and tight. You're gonna go ahead and go through the top hole and pull it back through and you have your first stitch. Then you're gonna go down the third hole so it's kinda like sewing backwards on the back of your page. Gonna go through that third hole so you see them coming up in the next empty hole, pull it up and go back down the second hole again. Washing on your hands doesn't help, I'll tell you that. Kinda slippery. Then you're gonna go down the next hole and just continue down and this is just a simple back stitch, it's really easy. But this will be really fun to have this twined up here in the corner on your card. You don't need to clip it. At this time, you can just go up and start with the veins. They don't really need to be back stitched since it's not a straight row. You can just pretty much sew them on going through each hole and you need to use your pad anytime to poke your needle through, that's what it's there for, always helps me out. Ouch! And that happens too sometimes but that's okay. Hahhaha. No, bleeding, that's all that matters, right? Okay. You can see I'm almost done here with this whole vein. And how fun the texture it adds to your page. When you're done with the veining, just go ahead and clip it on the back. Once again with about an inch and go ahead and tape it. Now we're gonna go ahead and add this little bow to your L. I use it on my capital L on the middle. I really like to balance my projects and I think with having the bow and the twine up here in the corner on the leaf and a stitching here on the bottom, it kinda creates that visual triangle that helps make your lay out really go together. So grab your paper piercer and your mouse pad. And I just punched a few holes here on the side of the L. They don't need to be, I mean, mine kinda blend altogether to create just one big little gap which is just perfect. Take your needle with the twine through the top this time. And you're gonna wanna leave a good length of the thread out that you're gonna actually use to tie in the bow. So leave that out. You can just hold it in place with your thumb. Bring your needle up through the other side and you're just gonna go back and forth a few times, up and down to create a fun little border here on your L of twine. You can go back and forth as many times as you like. I usually do 5 or 6. And then once you have as many as you like, pull your thread up, go ahead and pull your needle out and tie it into a bow. I like to tie to make a full knot to really keep it in place so it doesn't fall out. And then tie your bow. I really like the look of having the strings a little bit longer. But if you prefer to cut them short for your project, whatever works for you. Now we're gonna go ahead and do this blanket stitch here on the edge of your page. A simple tip to get even stitches on your pages to grab a piece of grid paper. You can find these at any store, any craft store, any supermarket should have these. What you're gonna do is place is in the corner of your page. Using it as a guide, you're gonna go ahead and just punch the holes. And I love this grid paper because they're about an inch apart which is perfect for this blanket stitch. So line up the paper, perfect. Go ahead and punch some holes with your paper piercer. You're gonna do it all around the corner, the bottom right hand corner. I did mine about the way down my card on the bottom. Once you have gone ahead and pierced your holes, when you remove your paper, you'll see that they're on a straight line and I love that simple technique to get even pierced holes on your page. Now go ahead and grab your needle. This should be re-threaded with linen thread. And we're gonna start on the chain stitch here on the bottom. Don't forget that you always have the PDF that you can refer to on how the stitches work. You can reference that anytime. Starting at the first hole, you're gonna go ahead and put your needle down through the hole and tie it in a knot on the top. This will help keep it in place. You obviously don't want the tape on the top. So if you go ahead and do a small knot, pull that on and you can go ahead and clip that. Now this is a simple stitch. It may seem hard at first but it's really simple once you get the hang of it. What you're gonna do with your needle at the back is bring it through the first hole and leave a loop at the top. You can see that there's a loop here. You're gonna go ahead and push your needle through the loop so it's sitting through the loop and pull it tight. Now on this first stitch, you're gonna wanna hold with your finger on your non dominant hand that you're not using. Hold it at the top of your page right there on the end so that it doesn't fall back. Then again, you're gonna repeat that exact same stitch. You're gonna bring the needle through the back of your page, pull it all the way through and you're gonna move ahead and leave a small little loop there again. Put your needle through the loop and pull it down and you can see that we're getting this fun blanket stitch here on the edge of your page. So now that that's pulled, go through the back again, pull it through the top creating a small loop on the back, needle through and pull it to have the thread come down to the bottom. Really simple. This is a way fun stitch to do on edges of your pages. I wish my sewing machine could create it just that way but it doesn't. So it's a fun one to use with needle and thread. Once you've got that side done, just go ahead and do it all the way around the edge through all your punched holes, bring it through the top and tie it in a knot. And once you have that complete, you are done with the fall page. Way to go! I think it's really cute. I hope you guys love it. We're gonna go ahead and move on to the next page which has a lot more fun techniques for you to learn. Thanks. Now we're gonna go ahead and create the winter page for your album. Let's go over the supplies first that you're gonna need for this page. Let's go over the card stock. Again, don't be afraid to use your scraps. Grab any pieces of paper that are around. This is a great time to use them up. You're gonna grab a blue, a white, a brown and a green piece of card stock. You're gonna wanna get a 1-inch circle punch, a corner rounder again, white sewing machine thread and white floss. I love this floss from DMC that comes on a roll coz it's only 1 ply. It's really great for using we're sewing buttons and things like that. Clear buttons, these are from Hero Arts and your needle, paper piercer, scissors and if you like to distress the edges, I did that on the tree and on the edges. Get an edge distressor that works really great, your mouse pad and of course your sewing machine. So, let's go ahead and get started. We're gonna cut the pieces of paper down to the sizes you need and then we'll get sewing. Now we're gonna start putting the winter page together. First, you're gonna wanna cut your blue piece of paper down to 5 by 7 or whatever size you're using. Then, you're gonna wanna punch numerous circles, I think I did about 9 or 10 of white card stock in 1-inch size. If you wanna do bigger, that's fine. It doesn't really matter but you just want a bunch of circles that are gonna act as your snowballs for your page. Go ahead and glue them down, kind of just in a random fashion. You can see how I did them all over the page. Keep in note that you're gonna have your hill down here and your tree here so kinda keep that in place when you're gluing them down. Next, you're gonna cut your piece, your hill, white card stock and pieces and some scissors and you're just gonna free hand and cut a hill. Really easy. If it bothers you, you can trim more off. Looks good to me, so that will be my hill base. And with your tree, I have a green piece of paper and all these dimensions are in your PDF but it's 2-1/2 wide by 4-3/4 long and a simple way to cut a triangle is measure the half mark which is 1-1/4, make a little mark with your pencil or your piercer. You're gonna line that middle markup with the bottom right hand corner. And make a cut and then do the same on the other side. Bottom corner to the top and it will make a perfect size triangle for your tree. If you don't want it to be perfect, feel free to cut it by hand. So once you have all your pieces cut, the tree, your hill and then just cut a simple stump for your tree. It doesn't need to be anything exact. You also wanna cut some scraps of paper. I'm gonna show you a special technique with sewing the circles. So, let's get started with sewing the circles. You're gonna have your machine thread with the white sewing machine thread. Get your machine on. Now these are just messy sewing circles. They're really fun, nothing perfect; just have fun with your machine here. Another note I forgot to mention, on your circles, when you glue them down, use the textured card stock for projects like this. It's really great when you're just using all card stock coz it adds a little bit more into your project. And with the circles I added or I turned some of them smooth and some of them textured. And when you sew on them and you look up close to your project you can really see the difference with that. So, this is kind of free form sewing. With your machine threaded with white thread, this is a simple little trick that I like to do. I clip a white piece of paper; you see these 3 circles are hanging off my page. You put a piece of scrap paper behind it and that way you can sow all the way in a full circle. If you don't, it's kinda hard to get it to go all the way around your white piece. And then you just snip it off when you're done. So put the white piece down and once again, down, put your presser foot down, start by hand for a few stitches, kinda get the feel of it. Ooops. I have it on zigzag stitch. Make sure you have it on straight stitch. And again, the length, I like to keep it at about 2-1/2. And basically, you're just gonna sew around the circle numerous times. I probably do about 5 or 6 times to create a fun circle. Go off into your blue a few times, go in the white. Go by hand if you need to. You could see here how I'm gonna go on the scrap piece of paper and it doesn't need to be perfect on the scrap piece of paper coz you're just gonna cut that piece off. Just move your paper around while you're sewing. Pull it off and cut your threads. You can see right here, I'm just gonna trim that scrap piece of paper off and that way the sewing will be consecutive on your circle. Cut all your pieces of thread and you have a messy little fun snow ball on your page. Once you have finished sewing all of your messy circles for the snowballs, you're gonna go ahead and attach your snow hill. Apply some glue to it. Be sure to put the glue just at the base of the hill, not at the top because you will be sewing that through your sewing machine. Once you've attached your hill, you're gonna go ahead and run it through your sewing machine just at the top like I've done here on the finished sample with a tight zigzag stitch. You can play with the width of it and the height of your stitch. But just sew it down with the zigzag then add the tree trunk with the brown card stock. Then you're gonna take your green tree and be sure that you're sewing just on the tree alone. Don't add it to your page yet. It will help you in case you make mistakes or so forth, then you can just cut a new tree. Go ahead and put it in your machine and you're just experimenting with this tree and having fun with your sewing machine. Every sewing machine comes with different stitches. Some from 10 up to 50 or even more. I had a lot of fun playing with my sewing machine and finding out what some of stitch has done since I've never used them before. I would suggest maybe getting a scrap piece of paper, piece of card stock and playing with your stitches seeing how they look to you, how wide you want them, how narrow and find out which ones you like the best and then you can get your tree and go ahead and just do a few stitches, a few lines of those fun stitches on your tree. I did a loop here at the bottom. I'm not sure what these are called, kinda look like a herring bone, a zigzag, some straight stitches at the top. Another really fun thing I love to do on my projects is take the thread out of your sewing machine and try just using the needle on your project to poke some fun dots. That is also another great idea is take your thread out and sew on your sewing machine with the dots to poke the holes and you could actually thread that with thread and needle afterwards. It's a great way to get the holes already done for you on your page. So once you have all that done, your tree and stump, go ahead and glue that to the top of the tree trunk and we're gonna move on to sewing the buttons on to your page. My tree trunk is not sewn. But I wanted to show you the buttons and the placement of everything. So once it is down, grab your paper piercer and your mouse pad and your clear buttons. I just like to put the clear buttons down on my page where I want them to go to get a good idea for placement and balance, what looks best to me. Then grab your piercer and go ahead and poke the holes through your buttons. Once you have done that, move your buttons off to the side and I try to keep them in the same general pattern that they're gonna be on my page so that I don't get confused. Thread your needle with the white thread, the DMC Floss or thread, which ever you have and bring your needle up through the back of the page at the first button that you're gonna attach to your page. Once again, about an inch. You're gonna go ahead and tape that down, pull your button through and go back through the other hole attaching it and pulling it tight. Grab your next button in row and add your button and you're just gonna continue doing that, sewing all your buttons on to your page. When you're done, you can just cut it off and tape it off on the back. And you'll have all your fun snow balls and page complete. One thing I did initially do is round the corners, just here on the left side. On the right side, I didn't round the corners and I actually added a strip of scallop. You can just cut scalloped white card stock with scissors or a trimmer, whatever you may have and glue that on the back and your page is done. Now we're gonna go ahead and start with the spring page. This is a fun page that talks all about hand stitches. You will not be using your sewing machine anymore so you can set that aside. On this page, we're gonna be talking and teaching you the lazy daisy stitch for the flower, the French knot for the middle of the flowers. Some of the supplies you'll need for this page are white card stock, green card stock, yellow card stock and a pink piece of paper. If you like to use card stock or a pattern paper that has just a subtle background to it, that will be great too. For our threads, you're gonna need the linen twine or thread, white DMC floss, yellow DMC floss and this is a type of thread too. It's more kind of like a yarn that's a thicker ply which just adds a lot of fun texture and depth to this circle here for the flower. If you don't have that, just any type of thread will be fine. You're gonna need your needle again, the corner rounder, a glue pen, your pencil, scissors and your piercing tool and mouse pad. So once you get all your supplies, we will go ahead and get started with cutting and putting the page together . Now we are ready to go ahead and assemble the spring page. First, you're going to wanna get your piece of paper and cut it down to 5 by 7. Then add your green base. Remember that all the dimensions for all these projects are in your PDF that you have downloaded. Next, you're going to want to add a yellow scalloped edge right above your green piece of paper. I simply use scallop scissors, you can use the die cutting machine or whatever you have on hand. Add some glue to it and I simply lifted up the green piece of paper and just slid it right underneath. Next, we are gonna start on the sewing portion of this page. We are gonna start with the stems. And the easiest way to do this is to get your circle punches. I want you to punch a circle from a 3/4-inch punch and a 1-inch punch. And these are both, the 1-inch punch is gonna be a guide for your flower. Go ahead and put them on your page wherever you want your flowers to be and you're just gonna grab your pencil and draw a stem. I like to have my stems overlapping a bit with the straight base so you can see I have them overlapping right there. There's my stems. Then I'm gonna grab my paper piercer and I'm just gonna go over that line adding some holes. You can add different widths, you can have them close together or farther apart. Once you have punched all your holes, you can take an eraser to erase your lines. It's not necessary because your thread will most likely cover it up but if it bothers you and you don't wanna take the risk, go ahead and erase it. Next, you're gonna wanna take some glue and glue down the small circle on the top right flower. Just right above that first hole that you punched where you had it. The second circle where you have it, don't glue it down because you're using as a template. So grab your pencil and I want you to just trace around it lightly to draw a circle on to your page. Then you can set that aside. Now I want you to grab your needle with your thread and then using the linen thread to start, and we're doing the simple back stitch that we did previously on the other page. So start the second hole down and come on through at the top leaving an inch and you're going to glue that down with your tape and just kind of backward stitching again, go up the back hole and come back down. And you're gonna do that for all your stems, both your stems all the way down to the base. Once you have that completed with both stems, you can go ahead and add this bow. I just simply poked 2 holes with my paper piercer on the side of the flower stem and brought them through the top and tie them into a bow. Now we are gonna go ahead and get started on the left flower which is the flower using the thick blue yarn that you have and that simple back stitch, what we've already been doing. So real simple. I want you to get your paper piercer and your mouse pad and going over the circle that you drew with pencil, you're just gonna poke holes. I mind about an eighth the inch apart, almost a fourth an inch. So pull it close all the way around and then bring your needle up from the back again, attaching it with tape. Then you're gonna go ahead and do the stitches all the way around the circle. Coming up one hole and going down the hole that you had just finished coming out of. You could see how this blue thread, with it's different thickness probably looks more like a yarn really adds a different texture and look to the page. It's fun to play with different mediums when you're sewing. So go ahead and finish sewing your circle and then you will get, we will get started on the lazy daisy stitch for the other flower. We are gonna go ahead and stitch the lazy daisy stitch on the upper right hand flower now. Grab your paper piercer and we're gonna go ahead and punch the holes that you're gonna use for the stitches. As you can see here, I have 1 poke, 1 hole here next to the circle and then one straight outside. So just go ahead and punch hole right next to your circle and then 1 about -inch, -inch outside of it. You can do as many or as few petals as you'd like. And once you have all your holes punched, you're gonna grab your needle which should be threaded with the yellow thread. Go ahead and start, I'll tell you an easy way we're gonna do this. I will call this hole A, the inner hole A and the outer hole B. In that way when I reference them, you kinda understand what I'm saying. Come up through hole A which is right next to your circle punch, 1 inch and tape that to keep it in place. Then come on over to hole B and you're actually gonna create a little loop with your thread. You're not gonna go down hole B with your needle. You're gonna just create a loop and I like to use my left hand and kinda hold that in place. You're gonna actually go back down through hole A again. So you never went down hole B. You're holding that loop in place with your finger. That's what it looks like. You see it's loose. Then you're gonna come up through hole B on the inside of your loop and pull that tight and you'll see that you are now holding that loop in place. Now, take your thread back down that same hole just on the opposite side. So you're creating a little stitch over your loop. Now it will be kept in place. So let's try that again. Go up through hole A, pull it tight, create a loop with your thread, hold it in place with your opposite hand and go back down through hole A. Holding that loops in place, go back up through hole B on the inside, pull your thread through and pull it a little tight. You'll notice the tighter you pull it, the closer your strings will come together. If you leave in a little loose, you'll have a little more puffiness, is that the word, to your leaf, to your petal. Go back down the same hole just on the opposite side creating a little stitch to hold it in place. Now don't forget, you can always refer to your PDF and to the stitching guide for more directions on this. You're gonna wanna go ahead do all of those petals with the same stitch and then be sure to tape it off on the back. I am gonna go ahead and snip this and tape it down. And I will finish those later because I wanna show you the French knots now in the middle of your flowers. Thread your needle with the blue thread again and you're gonna pierce one hole on the inside of your green dot and on your other flower, I just did 3 little holes and a little visual triangle here. Grab your needle, it now has the blue thread that we used on the flower and we're gonna start here on this green French knot here. So go ahead and pull your needle up through the back again adding the tape to keep it in place. I'm gonna grab the thread with my left hand and have the needle in my right. I'm gonna put my needle down and wrap the thread around. You can do it as many times as you want. This is a thicker thread so I'm only gonna do it 3 times. If you have a thinner thread, feel free to have fun with it and do 4 or 5 loops, you'll get a bigger French knot. Now that the thread is looped around my needle, I'm gonna push my needle back down through the same hole that I came up. And as you do that, you'll see that all the thread has bunched at the bottom. I'm gonna keep this thread tight in my hand so it doesn't get lost. And as you pull, you'll see that the French knot gets pulled against your paper and creates the perfect French knot there in the middle. Go ahead and cut the thread and tape it off. Remember that all these directions and more photos are in your PDF if you have additional questions about how to do that. You're gonna wanna get your white thread and needle and go ahead and do 3 more French knots and a blue flower. You can wrap them since this is a thinner thread for me, I would probably wrap them about 4 or 5 times and pull them through and that will create a good sized French knot. Once you've completed your French knots, your page is almost done. All you have to do is add your spring title. I added my title with doing, using die cuts. You can use again stickers, chip board, anything that you have on hand. Stamps, make it new, have fun with it and you are done with your spring page. I hope you love it. We are gonna go ahead and start on the summer page. The summer page is my personal favorite. It has more fun hand stitching and what we're gonna do on this page is we're gonna sating stitch the sun, we're gonna back stitch some of the rays of the sun adding in some beads and we're gonna add just some simple straight stitches with your needle and thread for the grass. For this page, you're gonna need just basic colors of card stock again. Blue, 2 shades of yellow that are pretty close to each other, a dark green. For your thread, once again I love these ones that are bound on the bobbins. I have 2 shades of green so I have some different shades in the grass, a yellow and then a thicker yellow of DMC floss or thread that you're gonna use for the sun. You'll want to use the full ply of this so the thicker that you have it is the better for the sun. Some beads, I just got some white beads at the craft store. You're gonna need some punch circles, you're gonna need a large dark yellow, a smaller yellow to the layer. If you don't want to layer the 2 together, that's fine. And then you're gonna use a smaller, I think this is a 1-3/8 punch circle that is actually underneath here that you're gonna sew over that will be your template. Grab our scissors, your puncher, your glue, your tape and your pad and we are ready to go. We are now gonna put together the card stock to create your page. First, cut your blue piece of paper down to 5 by 7. Then with your green card stock, we are gonna create 2 little valleys here with the card stock and you can tell that by using the edge distressor on the edges, it really helps make the edges stand out. So I will show you that in a moment. Grab your scissors and you're just gonna go ahead and cut a little valley out of your card stock similar to what we did on the last, on the winter page. So create a larger hill and then you're gonna go ahead and create a smaller hill. And they will overlap each other. I'd like to take my edge distressor, if you have one great, you can use the side of your scissors, you can use a standing block, whatever you have. But it really gives that little edge. Pulls it up a little bit, helps it stand out. Go ahead and glue your hills down the base of your page. Then we're gonna go ahead with assembling the sun. Take your circles, we're gonna start with the dark circle on the back, I'm just gonna glue the light circle on top and the smaller circle in the very middle. Kinda place it where you think it will look best and put some glue just in the middle and glue it down. The reason why you don't wanna glue on the outside perimeter of it is because we are actually gonna be sticking these rays of sun with the card stock underneath so that will just help that be a little easier for you. Next, I cut some really teeny strips of card stock of both shades of card stock. If you don't wanna do the alternating colors, that's fine. But I really think it helps add some personality and depth to the page with different colors. So I have some in dark and some in the lighter yellow. And what I'm gonna do is simply lay them down on the page, see where I think they look best and cut them while I go. So here is a dark one, I'm gonna stick that there. I like to cut things on a little angle just to give it a little finished look on the end. Apply some glue and stick it under your circle and glue it down. You're gonna go around your entire circle adding different rays. On some of the rays, I added 2 with a light and a dark of the yellow. On other ones, I just added one. Make sure to cut the ends on an angle and at the top, just trim them off so it's all square. Once you have that done, we're gonna go ahead and start the sewing stitches next. So grab your needles and thread and let's get started. As you can see, I have all my rays of sun down. So I'm gonna go ahead and trim off the excess. It's easier if you turn around the card stock on the back side because you can see the edge a lot easier and trim those off. Then I want you to grab is your needle and your thick yellow thread, the thick DMC floss. I have that here and we're gonna go ahead and start with the satin stitching here on the sun. So grab your paper piercer and as I had mentioned this inner circle is basically working as a template for you. So what I want you to do is start at the top. You're not gonna start at the very top because we need 2 holes on the side of each other. All the holes are gonna go down the side of the circle. So, start on the left hand side and punch a hole and then go directly across it and punch another hole. You want it fairly close to the top so that you're trying to cover that circle with your thread. You're just gonna continue down. Keep your holes fairly close together so that your stitches will be close and cover up the sun. And you're gonna do that all the way down leaving about the same distance apart as you have on the top. So you'll have holes on both sides. Then get your needle with your thread and coming up from the back on one of the sides, pull it all the way through and again, tape it off on the back. And satin stitch is really simple and yet it's a really fun way to cover up die cuts or sew something onto a page. What you're gonna do is you're gonna come up through the left side and go down the right side. And basically, you're gonna follow that technique all the way down your circle. As you can see here, I didn't completely cover the hole, the circle at the top. So if you need to go back, punch another circle right above it, come up at the left and go down at the right. And you're gonna do that all the way down your circle until your circle die cut is completely covered with the satin stitches. So go ahead and finish your circle and then we will come back and add the stitches to the rays of the sun with the beads. Now we're gonna start on the backstitches with adding the beads. This is a really fun way to add extra elements to your stitches. So, let's get started on it. First, grab your paper piercer and we're gonna add some holes to the thread, to the rays of the sun. Just start at the top by the circle. I added 3 holes to each ray in the sun. So you can do them as far apart as you like, in the middle, whichever you prefer. I kind of varied the length of the stitches on them and not doing it on every ray of sun. I just alternate pretty much every other one and on these small ones, just do 1 stitch. There you go. Now we're gonna grab your yellow thread, come up through the back, have your beads nearby. I just have white beads, you can have clear or yellow, whatever you have. And on this stitch, you can see I already added 2 beads to this stitch. So what I'm gonna do is simply put a bead on my needle, put 2 beads on and make sure that the beads are, have a wide enough hole that they'll slip over your needle. Pull them down and go back down. Then we're basically doing a back stitch again where you're gonna come up at the opposite end, come up. I'm gonna add 5 beads to this one since this is a longer stitch. Pull those down, go back down through the hole in the middle and your first ray of sun is done. I love how they move around. I think it's really fun. Go ahead and just add your beads to each of the rays of sun. You can notice on this one over here since it's really small, I just did a loop of the thread a stitch of the thread and didn't add a bead. On some of them, I didn't add a bead either. I just did 1 or 2. Just play with it, whatever feels fun to you. So go ahead and add all your beads to the sun and then come more back and we are gonna add the straight stitches for your grass. Now we're gonna go ahead and add the straight stitches for your blades of grass. Grab your paper piercer and you're simply just gonna create visual lines with your punches. You can kinda do them a little off center if you want a few of them and not have them right on top of each other. You can see that I'm just doing them spread out, longer, some shorter. And then you're gonna do them also on the bottom hill. I have 2 needles here. 1 with the dark green thread and 1 with the light green thread. Start with one of them and you're just gonna alternate which blades of grass you do so that you can fill some in with the light thread. So start with your dark and alternate, skip 1 or 2. And then I'm just gonna leave this hanging just to show you the lighter thread. You'll come back in on the ones you didn't stitch and complete them with the lighter green thread. Just like that. And once you have all your blades of grass sewn, you're ready to round your corners with your corner punch and then you can add a little embellishment here if you like. I added a chipboard S for Summer. I tied a little string around it and wrote some, a little tag with a string and wrote summer on it with my green marker. And I added a little butterfly. You could punch out a butterfly of a transparency or card stock. I actually sewed it on with my sewing machine. This is a thick acetate butterfly and my sewing machine was able to go right over it. I just went back and forth a few times. So you are now done with your summer page and we are gonna move on to actually putting the whole album together now. Now that you have the front of all your seasons cards assembled, we are gonna ahead and talk to you about the rest of the album and putting it together. On the back of each card, I have created a simple journal of each month. I went through the year. This is a spring card so I have February, March and April of 2007. And I went through, just, I simply went through my photo folder on my computer and each time that I have a photo in a folder, I knew what date it was. So February 2007, the first of February, went to the park and played, took lots of fun photos. On the 8th, got photos of Hudson and his big Thomas the train set. So just random things like that. Things that you did throughout the year. This is just going to be a journal of that. In my word program, I simply move the margins to create a 5 by 7 document and type this all up. So when I went to print it, it was already formatted to the right size. All I had to do was cut it down and round the corners. So, go ahead and get on your computer, get your calendar out, use your computer, whatever you may have as a document of your year and type up your events throughout the seasons and print them off and put them on the back of your season cards to which one they correspond to. If you don't have a really good calendar of events for the year, go ahead and type up memories. You could type memories on that. You could type your kid's thoughts of what they remember through the year, what their favorite events we're, whatever works for you and whoever you want your album to be for you. Once you have that done, then your seasons cards will be completed and we're gonna go ahead and move on to discussing the photos for your album. What I did is I went through my photos, my photo folders that corresponded to each season. So this is the fall season. And these are photos all from fall. My favorite photos of the season of fall from my kids and I enlarge them to 5 by 7 and printed them off. I got them done, developed at a photo lab. I think it's really fun to alternate between color, black and white, sepia. Feel free to use all different finishes on your photos. I think it adds a lot of fun texture, fun, interesting, makes it fun to look at for the viewer. You can do as many photos as you like. I try to keep to an even number for each season so I had enough to go back and forth. Once you have all your photos printed, sort them into the seasons that they go in and you're gonna glue them back and forth to each other. I cut a 5 by 7 piece of card stock to go in between just to make it a little bit firmer so it doesn't fall apart. Once you have all your photos assembled on the pages, you're gonna wanna be sure that all of your pages, both the season pages and your photo pages have rounded corners. Once that is complete, go ahead and put your album together. You're gonna start with the season page. You can choose really whatever season is your favorite. Or you can start the beginning of the year with winter, spring, summer, fall. Once you have them all lined up, the easiest way I found to punch the holes for the ring to bind it together was to use a crocodile. What I did was got the crocodile and lined it up in the upper left hand corner and punched the hole. Once the hole was punched, I was able to take the next page, place it directly underneath it, make sure it's all lined up on all the edges. Take the crocodile again and using your top page as the template, you're gonna place the crocodile and you'll see your page underneath in your hole, punch again and you'll have 2 holes all the way through. Put that page down and you're just gonna keep going through your album the same way. Line it up and punch another hole. If you need to, be sure to hit your punch out to get the pieces out so you'll be able to see through it to get the holes in the correct place. Once you have all your holes punched, get your album together, get your metal ring and this is preference for you, whatever you would like to do for a title. I just did a simple circle, a metal edge circle. This one is vellum. It can be paper, whatever you prefer or have on hand. And on my computer, I typed in 2007, a year end photos. So type your year and a yearend photos. And I just cutting them into a strip, 2 strips. Cut them down to a little square. With the 2007 piece, I actually laid on my tag, looped it around the back and stapled it on the side just to add a little more element to the tag. Glue on your year-end photos and then you're ready to put the album together. Get your ring apart and I simply decided one page at a time. Starting with your ring, your title, put that on, add your winter page and then add your photos for winter. Add your spring and your photos and you're going to continue doing that until your entire album is on the ring. Remember that you can add as many photos as you would like for each season as long as you feel that you can fit it on the size ring. Also, if you feel like it's too heavy or too bulky, feel free to add 2 rings to your album. You could punch holes at the top and the bottom so it would flip open like a book, like this. Or you can just do them at the top, whichever you feel is best for you. Once you have it done, you've completed your album. I think it's a great memento for the year. I'm really glad that I created it for my daughter and I plan to do one for my son for 2007 as well. I hope that the techniques you learned in this class will be some that you can use on all your projects. I hope that you love the class. I'm so thankful that you came to join me today and have fun sewing. Goodbye!