Monday, April 25, 2011

return on creativity: scrapbook paper pillow

This post first appeared as a guest post at The Scrap Shoppe.  This project combines my love of scrapbooking with my love of sewing.




I love this piece of scrapbook paper.  The flowers are funky and seventies inspired.  I wanted to translate this print to a pillow. 


This paper comes from an SEI paper pack called Dill Blossom.


Cut a 13 inch square piece of muslin.  Grab a fine point Sharpie, a lightbox and start tracing the scrapbook paper design onto the fabric.  I taped the paper to the fabric with scotch tape so that it didn't shift.  If you don't have a lightbox, you can get the same effect with a sunny window.


Here's how my fabric looked after tracing.


and a close up...


Grab some ink pads and start adding color.  Stayz-On ink stays on through washing.  I haven't tested other inks.  I did use other inks in this project as shown above.  So if I ever have to wash the pillow we will see what happens...


I intentionally "colored outside the lines" by rubbing the stamp pads directly onto the fabric.  I decided to use a different color scheme than the original scrapbook paper. 


Sew into a 12 inch pillow with an envelope closure and insert a pillow form to finish.

39 comments:

Maggie said...

I LOVE it! Thanks so much for sharing. It's way too cute. I think I like the recreation better than the original paper.

Krista said...

You come up with the most creative stuff. Love he color scheme you chose. Very cool. Thanks for sharing this.

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

this is such an awesome idea!! it turned out so cute. i love it! :)

Eleni said...

This is so crafty of you!!! Such a great idea!! You're so inspirational!
I LOVE IT!!!
Thanks for sharing!!

Ange said...

Very nice! I agree with Maggie and Krista, your colours are nicer and your pillow looks better than the original paper.

Rachel @ Pleased as Punch said...

wow, do I love this! I love scrapbook paper but I don't like to scrapbook. What a great way to use it!

Kim said...

You are brilliant:)

Amy Louise Stokke said...

This is awesome! And so easy! What a great way to combine two passions!

Brooke @ Inside-Out Design said...

Oh my gosh this is awesome!! I am so excited to try this! Thanks for the best idea ever!! :)

Wendy said...

Wow, this is fabulous! You have got such talent. You say "just grab a sharpie and trace" but believe me when I say mine would NOT turn out looking like that! It's just gorgeous.
I'm pretty sure the other inks will wash off - definitely the Versa Mark ones as they are pigment based.

Full Circle Creations said...

Love it. Great idea and you did a wonderful job with it! Thanks for sharing!
Holly

Jamie and Shane said...

Love it...you and I have very similar tastes. I love anything that is eclectic and funky; this abslutely qualifies. Thanks for the inspiration!

Pam Emerson said...

Ok, seriously? I need to make myself a light box right now and try this out! This makes me so happy just looking at it, knowing that the possibility of doing this exists. :) *sigh* I'm in love...

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Krystal said...

I just wanted to let you know that I am featuring this on Sassy Sanctuary today. Love it!

Sara E.K said...

I love it! It's really good! Where did you learn to do everything? :) Take care!

Maria Matter said...

this is such a cool idea!
beautifully done Megan!!

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

Gosh, the pillow turned out so cute! Was it really time consuming to trace?

Jen said...

LOVE this idea! Thank you so much for sharing! I think I might just have to try this for myself. :0)

Randi~Dukes and Duchesses said...

That's beautiful! I love your unique ideas.

Heather said...

Great idea! I always see paper that I wish was fabric, and fabric that I wish was paper. Now I can re-create.

Holly said...

This is so cute! I've not run across a scrapbook paper that I'd want to do this with but now I can have the idea in my head if I ever do see anything.

Miss Charming said...

You did a wonderful job! I love how it turned out!

Saraccino said...

Really cool! The design came out beautiful (ways better than the paper!) :)

Molly said...

Such a cute idea! I love the print you chose, beautiful end result! Thanks for sharing :-)

Felicia said...

Too clever! I too have found awesome scrapbook paper, but wish it was fabric!

Would love for you to share at Calling All Crafters!
http://allthingsfee.blogspot.com/2011/05/calling-all-crafters-5th-edition.html

Curtsay said...

Wow that is truely amazing. Great idea!

Michelle@Somedaycrafts said...

I saw this last WEdnesday and loved it! Great idea! I'm loving so many of your projects lately. The tackball, braided pillow etc. I need to set up a date with you! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blgospot.com.

Kaysi said...

That is amazing!!!!

Crystal said...

This is so cool! I have some paper I'm excited to turn into fabric.

Michelle@Somedaycrafts said...

I forgot to tell you that SEI headquarters are in my town and they have some great discounts!!!! Love it!

{nifty thrifty things} said...

Megan, this turned out beautiful! I love ALL of your projects! :)
I would love it if you shared your creativity at my linky party @ {nifty thrifty sunday}!
xoxo,
Vanessa

Events DEE-signed said...

Wow!! That is so creative, and it turned out beautifully. Thanks for sharing the project.

NeseScott said...

Beautiful! I would have never thought of this!

Alexis @ persia lou said...

Genius! Beautiful! Love it!

Nora B. Peevy said...

I love unconventional paper projects. Nice job!

I found you on the Weekend Creation Hop.

I write speculative fiction, i.e. horror, fantasy, and science fiction.

http://norabpeevy.blogspot.com/

Hope to see you visit.

-Nora

Lisa said...

This is perfect! I've loved that paper, but didn't know what to do with it. This project makes my day. My new pillow should be on my couch in a few hours. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us!

Vicki K. said...

Wow - that looks like that (expensive) self-designed fabric you can print from Spoonflower - this is just excellent. Thank you!

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