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Winter inside the White House

It started out innocently enough  . . . I decided to go to a cooking retreat called the Sensual Sustainable Summer Kitchen.  One of the items on the packing list was an apron.  So, hey, I thought, "why don't I make an apron?"  That one apron turned into a series of aprons for myself- enough to wear a new one every day of the week-long retreat.  Those aprons for myself led to series of aprons for my family and friends this winter. 

To make this layout, I started out with photos - most of which were cropped to 2 1/8" squares or 2 1/8" x 3 1/4" verticals.  I then added fabric scraps from each apron pictured.  I mounted the fabric scraps onto a heat-activated adhesive backing paper, trimmed them to size using a rotary cutter on my Mosaic Moments mat, removed the paper backing and then ironed the adhesive backed fabric onto my grid paper (Yes, I used the lotus colored paper for this challenge instead of the next one!  We creative minds on the design team can't be bothered with the written guidelines, right?  LOL!) 

Now, here's where it gets fun!  Taking inspiration from my friends at, I decided to do a little sewing on this page and combine the elements of my two hobbies. I used a variety of stitches to sew the fabric onto the pages. Now, mind you, my mother bought me my sewing machine for this very purpose about five years ago.  But, this is the first time I've ever used my machine for that purpose!

CREDITS - The sewing machine and measuring tape papers I used came from the My Minds Eye "Lost and Found Two" collection.  I also used a couple of stickers from Doodlebug Designs Nifty Notions sheet. The stamp that I used to create the apron on the left side page is from Lockhart Stamp Co.

But, the REAL credit goes to my mom and my grandmother who raised me in a home where anything I could dream up could be whipped up at their sewing machines - often as I slept through the night, so I would awaken to new clothes on special mornings.  I have always been inspired by their talent and creativity.

Shared by Deborah White on February 7, 2012 | Memory Date: February 6, 2012
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WOW!!! I adore these pages. I love the pics and fabrics. The story made the layouts complete. Really enjoyed!
Posted By: Tammy Lawson  |  June 29, 2012 at 12:27 am   
Deborah you really showed your creativity with this layout. I love the combination of sewing and scrappin; it reminds me of growing up with my mom who sewed everyday. I have done some sewing in my scrapbooks, but yours is really beautiful. Great job.
Posted By: Dale Hill  |  February 11, 2012 at 7:29 pm   
You made me laugh about the lotus paper! Your creative muse got the better of you - you were IN THE ZONE, LADY!!!! Love the layout - I love combining other crafts with my scrapbooking - and especially adding in the actual fabric that you used - perfect!
Posted By: Nancy Sanders  |  February 8, 2012 at 10:51 pm   
Deborah what a great layout! Love adding fabric and sewing notions to scrapbooking. Love the retro stuff. What a special family you have! Keep up the good work.
Posted By: Julie Oconnor  |  February 8, 2012 at 10:28 pm   
What wonderful pages and memories! I have planned for years to incorporate sewing onto my pages but have never "gotten around to it. I vow I am going to DO it this month. I really like the fabric idea too!
Posted By: Linda Holmes  |  February 7, 2012 at 8:53 pm   
Hey Deb! Great memories of your Mom and Grandma...inspiring women! I love the variation of block sizes while featuring the 2.125" block for the challenge. Love the fabric swatches and of course the variety of aprons! what a great memory to scrap!
Posted By: Andrea Fisher  |  February 7, 2012 at 4:14 pm   
Reading your story was "sew" much fun! I love how you incorporated your fabric into the page and sewed too! "Sew" very clever and effective.
Posted By: Sarah Lewis  |  February 7, 2012 at 3:35 pm   
Thanks Tami - if you only knew! When I was a senior in high school, I had a week where I had an event to go to every day of the week - a play with my Brit Lit class, a French Restaurant with French class, etc. I was bemoaning the fact that I didn't have enough "nice" clothes to wear every day that week. When I woke up on Mon morning I had two brand new dresses that my mom had sewn through the night. (And another later that week!) My mom is and my grandmother was a truly amazing woman. I have truly been blessed in this life.
Posted By: Deborah White  |  February 7, 2012 at 3:16 pm   
Deborah you have created art work here! I love all the textures and the sewing and the references to your mother & grand mother - reminds me of my mom. :)
Posted By: Tami Potter  |  February 7, 2012 at 3:05 pm   

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