Monday, August 23, 2010

The Fabric of Our Lives

beautiful 8 page album showcasing fabrics of long ago

So have you ever gone through your wardrobe and found yourself not being able to part with certain items for sentimental reasons? Baby blankets, your favorite high school T-shirt, grandma's apron? I tend to hold onto these items and sadly they get shoved in a drawer or bin - their memory becoming dusty and sometimes forgotten.

cover of album with vintage ribbons holding its pages together. you can also tear fabrics and use them instead

I tried to think of a way to keep the sentimental moments of these fabrics and bring them back to life and came up with this adorable vintage sewing album using Crafty Secrets "Sew Nice" creative scraps. By snipping these fabrics, you are able to tell a story of love, friendship, and family. I added baby blankets, baby's 1st hospital outfit, fabrics from loved ones and myself. Now this little keepsake can be put on display - cherished for many years. Become a conversation piece for family and friends - instead of the back of my closet.

papers used: papertrety ink and websters pages
baby's first outfit
using your own handwriting gives your work that personal touch
love this cut from the "Sew Nice" creative scrap. Add a few vintage buttons for dimension

vintage textiles and baubles like this spool or thread and doily can be added throughout your album

i just love this image! perfect for my wedding gown! vintage buttons and earring worn during the ceremony make beautiful embellishments

back view which shows how the album was decoupaged with layers of a vintage sewing pattern

You can create albums for each child, weddings - any special loved one!

*if you are interested in the svg file for your cricut to complete this album - just become a follower and drop me an email and I would be happy to send it to you! (

The Crafty Secrets Design Team has many more creations to share with you today - using the LATEST and GREATEST products. Stop on by the other design team members' blogs to see their goodies for the month!

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· Vicki Chrisman Team Leader

· Pam Hooten

· Heidi Blankenship

· Marisa Grosson

· Linda Duke

· Michele Kovack

· Melissa Phillips

· Flo from France

· Julie Campbell

· Heartwarming Vintage Blog

· Crafty Secrets website


  1. Clever idea, and the album is perfect for the tresured fabrics.

  2. Wow, what a fabulous idea! So artfully put together, too. I am also a collector of those fabric treasures, from my wedding & grad dresses to my Dad's sailor suit he wore at age 2. This is so inspiring!

  3. Oh I just absolutely love this idea. I too am so sentimental with things like this and what a wonderful idea, I'm going to make one too! Thanks for sharing

  4. This is just gorgeous!! Great art!

  5. Beautiful album Mary! I love your creative idea using the fabrics, I NEED to do this!

  6. Beautiful little album Mary!! Super cute idea! Welcome to the Team!

  7. What a sweet creation Mary...I love this.
    Welcome to the team.

  8. SUPER CUTE album !!!! Thanks for the comment, I am always glad to be of help pushing people in the general direction of great scrappy deals lol

  9. Your album is so clever & very beautiful! Great inspiration!!!

  10. Beautiful album you have here. I'm digging your play list too by the way.

    Juliette Samuel

  11. Congratulations on being the newest member of the Crafty Secrets DT!!!! As I am looking at your blog, you totally deserve a spot on that team! Your work is jaw dropping gorgeous and amazing!!!!! I am subscribing and/or following your blog, because I just have to keep coming back!!!! Keep up the AWESOME and OUTSTANDING work!!!!

  12. I ditto everyone's comments! Fabulous work, truly amazing!!

  13. Wow what a beautiful album! This is simply breathtaking. Thanks for the kind words on my blog.

  14. Oh my, you have a beautiful blog! The sewing machine mini using all of those cherished fabrics are just stunning and what a keepsake!! I'd love to try one of these myself! TFS

  15. Oh how lovely and SMART!! You did a beautiful job!!

  16. Just gorgeous can't wait to browse through the blog..hope you will follow back i am a newbie :)

  17. Wow Mary - I just adore your memory album and and your theme to scrap the outfits that favorite memories are made from! Great first post on our DT!


  18. This is such a pretty album......I would love to see it in person! Welcome to the team! Looking forward to working with you!

  19. Welcome to the team Mary. Your project is so pretty. Love all the fabrics and how you put the whole album together.

  20. Mary, I can understand why you are the new team member. Your projects are all gorgeous. Absolutely love what you have done with your collectable fabrics. What a great idea...

  21. Thank you so much everyone for such a warm welcome! I am super excited to be part of the Crafty Secret DT - such a talented group of ladies! I can't wait to share all my ideas with you!

  22. really a great idea....
    it's beautiful and so sweet for saving pieces of fabric from special times.
    awesome 1st crafty secrets design team project for sure!

  23. What a beautiful album, Mary! Love all the elements you combined for it--just perfect! So glad you're on the team with us--looking forward to getting to know you better!