Scrapbook Photographs -- How A Picture Can Be Worth A Thousand WordsWritten by Nigel Patterson
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Always bear in mind that scrapbooking is permanent. For this reason, it is probably better to use copies of your only picture of Great Aunt Betsy rather than risk ruining original photograph forever. So just scan picture on your computer scanner and print image on lignin free and acid free paper.
Everybody loves looking at photos of family, friends and special places. That’s why they have such a special place in any scrapbook. It can be a lot of fun to use photos in imaginative layouts and for abstract effects -- don’t feel confined just to mounting your photos as you would in a traditional photo album.
You can find inspiration for new scrapbooking ideas from magazines and visits to art museums. Just keep your eyes open and let your imagination run free!
Nigel Patterson is a writer on arts and crafts and the publisher of Create Your Own Scrapbooks.
Visit his website for new and imaginative scrapbooking tips and ideas -- so you can maintain your most treasured mementos and present them artistically for you, your family and your friends to enjoy.
How to run a quilters row by row or a round robinWritten by Michelle Steel
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After all, owner will have to live with finished quilt. Sometimes it ’s a good idea to include some ‘theme’ fabric for all friends to use to provide some continuity in quilt. Sometimes, all of fabric is included so that there is complete control over finished colour scheme. However, you may like a more serendipitous approach and leave colours to your friend’s good taste. In these quilts, you may decide to make same row, or border for every ones quilt so that you end up with six quilts that are all alike, except for colours. You may like to leave design concepts to each individual so that you get six completely different quilts at end. Other concepts to consider include how many borders to add in one go. Maybe for a lopsided or arty effect 4 borders in a round robin can be optional. There are other ways to make a group quilt like this. You can start with an appliqué rather than a block, and simply continue to add to appliqué. This method works well with a theme, such as underwater scene, tree of memories, rainforest etc. You can alternate methods for each border. Border 1 needs to have piecing. Border 2 needs to have stars and hearts. Border 3 should contain green. Again, variations are endless. Another way to work on a quilt top is to make a certain amount of surface area in various sized blocks. Each person makes a certain amount of blocks and hands them onto owner. That way, finished quilt can be put together by owner and a Scrappier look is acquired.
Remember to set rules, make sure everyone agrees and understands and them have FUN!
Michelle Steel produces instructional Cd-roms and DVDs for Patchwork Interactive. www.patchworkinteractive.com.au