Thursday, February 4, 2016

Sewing Machine Mini Album

Hello "chippie" friends!  Barbara here today with the cutest little mini sewing machine album I have ever seen.  It comes with the front cover that is cut out in more detail, and five additional solid pages to add your photos, ephemera, memorabilia, buttons, embellishments, or whatever your little ole' heart desires.

I began by covering each chipboard page with scrapbook paper.  I used the Needle and Thread paper collection from Kaisercraft.  I thought this was perfect for my mini sewing album, but any paper that reminds you of sewing, fabric, Mom, home, etc., would work.  

After adhering the paper, I trimmed the excess paper and used an emery board (or sandpaper) to remove any bits that I missed.  When that was done, I painted the edges with an ivory colored acrylic paint.  I thought it would give a more shabby chic look, and it also seals the paper edges.

Ink large scissors with black pigment ink, heat emboss with silver embossing powder.  Since this will be seen from both sides, it is important to decorate both sides with the embossing powder.  Be careful not to re-melt the embossing powder on the opposite side.    When cooled, stamp a small filigree rubber stamp, inked with black archival ink, over the scissors for a vintage look.  Add a small, round metal sticker on both sides where the scissor pieces join. 

Color legs of dress form with copper metallic cream, add small bits of Patina paste to resemble patinated copper.  Adhere burlap paper to bodice of dress form on both sides in case it extends past the cover.

Color both sides of bobbins with Vintage Photo distress stain.  Wrap one with ivory cotton floss or crochet thread.  I later added a tiny sewing quote to the second one (see page 7).

Color the stand with Vintage Photo distress stain, dry thoroughly.  Ink wire portion of dress form with Versamark ink and heat emboss with Rustique Patina Bronze embossing powder.  Cover bodice of dress form with burlap paper. (See Page 2).

Ink dress form with Frayed Burlap distress ink.  Color bodice portion of dress form with Iced Spruce and Peeled Paint distress ink.  Color corset with Picket Fence, Victorian Velvet, and Worn Lipstick distress stains.  This will give some nice variation in the colors.   Thread nylon thread through corset holes and tie off in a bow.   (See Page 8).

Cut apart the large corner from the Fanciful Elements set and color with Bundled Sage distress paint. Dry paint thoroughly before dragging Iced Spruce distress ink pad over the corner elements.  Heat set to dry.  (See Pages 2 and 6).

I fussy cut images from the Kaisercraft papers and from the free collage sheet offered by Gina's Designs Laser Cuts (aka Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts).  I have been collecting embellishments for many years, so I used flowers, metal charms, computer-generated quotes, collage sheets, buttons, ribbon, and anything I found in my stash that I thought would be suitable.

Below are pictures of each page fully embellished.

Front Cover
Chipboard dress form, scissors, and bobbin, were added.  A tiny wooden spool with thread wrapped around it was  glued to the top of the spool holder on the album cover.
Inside Front Cover
Chipboard Lady Silhouette and gloves were inked with Versamark and heat embossed with black embossing powder.  Lace border stick section was painted with ivory acrylic paint.

Page 1
Real metal snaps were added to the card in the center.

Page 2
Cardstock intricate doily adhered beneath seamstress quote, along with chipboard dress form and fanciful elements.

Page 3
Real buttons were sewn to the button card on the left.

Page 4
Chipboard dress form was inked with Versamark ink and heat embossed with black embossing powder.

Page 5
Cardstock dress form was inked with Versamark ink and heat embossed with the Rustique Patina Bronze embossing powder.  Another intricate card stock doily was adhered beneath the collage image.

Page 6
Chipboard dress form was painted with Victorian Velvet distress paint and Milled Lavender ink pad dragged over the top.  A portion of the chipboard fanciful elements was added along the bottom

Page 7
Chipboard bobbin was adhered to the top right with a computer-generated sewing quote glued to the center.  Another Altered Pages collage image is adhered over an intricate card stock doily.

Page 8
Chipboard dressform, free sewing collage image from Gina's Designs.

Inside Back Cover
Chipboard Dress Form painted with Bundled Sage distress paint, Iced Spruce distress ink pad dragged over the top.  Collage image added as well as free printable images from Gina's Designs.

Back Cover

This is how the front cover looks with Page 1 showing through the opening.

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Used:

Mini Sewing Machine Album (Coming Soon)
Vintage Seamstress Shape Set
Dressforms 1 Shape Set
Dressforms 2 Shape Set
Miniatures Shape Set - Ladies Choice
Dressforms 2 Miniature Shape Set
Cardstock Doilies Intricates
Border Sticks Lace
Fanciful Elements
Gina's Designs Free Printable Sewing collage sheet 

Other Supplies used:

Kaisercraft Needle and Thread paper collection
Vintage Sewing collage sheet
Black pigment ink
Black archival ink
Versamark ink
Embossing powders: Silver, Rustique Patina Bronze; Brown
Small filigree rubber stamp 
Fashions fade rubber stamp 
Distress Inks: Vintage Photo, Iced Spruce, Peeled Paint, Frayed Burlap
Distress Stains: Picket Fence, Victorian Velevet,  Worn Lipstick, Milled Lavender
Distress Paint:  Bundled Sage, Victorian Velvet
Copper Kettle Metallic Lustre 
Patina Gilder's Paste 
Ivory crochet thread
Scrap fabric
Small, round metal stickers

I hope you enjoyed my sewing machine mini album and are inspired to make one for yourself or a friend who loves to  sew.  Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts has quite a selection of sewing related chipboard to embellish your mini album, so be sure to check out the online shop for more choices.  

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful, creative week!



  1. Such a lot of hard work and talent in this. Love what you did with those scissors!

  2. what a clever idea! And the execution is top notch (as always). I think I have to bookmark this page and come back to it next holiday time to make one for my mother to giver her seamstress for Christmaas....the perfect gift Thanks for the indeas and inspirations and sharing!

  3. Barbara,
    This is the most wonderful and adorable album - I love it! The design of the chippies is awesome and your pages are beautiful.